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Collaboration Series: Marrón AcidifiéCollaboration Series: Marrón Acidifié

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by womencantsail on 02-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well rounded for the style. A palate grinder after a pint, not a palate smasher. Dark reddish brown. A foamy head. Mouthwatering tart cherry flavours. Above average mouthfeel. Lacey. Saaz hops, Belgian yeast. Carbonation is right there.
Great drinkability. Bottle from Whole Foods Tampa.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ehammond1 for sharing this one at MrHirschybar's place!

Pours a murky brown with a tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour fruits, funk, and some vinegar notes. Taste is the same with very nice funky and sour flavors. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer and I am very happy I finally got to try it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a root beer brown color with a modest head that leaves some streaky lace behind

Smell: Cranberry, black cherry, leathery tannins, oak and balsamic vinegar

Taste: Cranberry and black cherry flavors arrive first, with a growing acetic sourness that adds leather/oaky undertones by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet and tart tones of balsamic vinegar arrive to add another layer of complexity, though the sweet fruit elements linger underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation; rather puckery

Overall: While I would prefer a bit more carbonation and perhaps a touch more flavor complexity, this is a very nice beer and it will be interesting to see how it develops

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Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Beer Revolution.

Dark reddish-brown topped by a thin crown. Tart raspberry/blackberry aroma, very vinous, reminiscent of red wine vinegar. Hay-like funk, reserved acetic sourness with a little brown malt beneath. Sharply sour on the tongue, exhibiting a nice balance of acetic and lactic sourness with a lean toward the acetic side. Blackberry fruitiness, integrated oak and some nice vinous dryness in the finish. Easily one of the best American oud bruins I've tried, and probably The Bruery's best sour beer so far. Impressive.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep burgundy color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aromas of oak and sour notes are quite powerful with light tannin notes are also perceptible. Taste is a complex mix between some sour notes with some oak and some tannin and balsamic vinegar notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. The description is quite right about this beer being an imperial Flanders red – interesting though not something I could drink in large quantities in one serving considering it is quite sour with a tad too much of acidity.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip at 50º.
It pours an attractive dark crimson that has bright highlights. Slowly rising carbonation that forms a thin quarter inch layer of tan foam that soon dissipates, leaving irregular spotty lace to one side. Second pour brought out some painterly swaths of lace.

Woody, oaky spice, fall leaves, leather, cherry, pipe tobacco. Pretty textbook for a traditional Oud Bruin, though it has some nuanced complexity.

Moderately tart, tannic cherry pit and skins, juicy dark cherry flesh. Light acidity, balanced and mellow. Dry finish with oaky traces, salivary glands still working overtime. Medium bodied with easygoing carbonation. Bright tartness, savory oak and cherry fruitiness. Pleasant, though not quite as complex as Oude Tart. Worth a try for Flanders fans.

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Photo of oline73
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I reviewed this as a part of the a blind BIF

Here goes the last bottle. #12 is a 750 ml bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A: This beer pours a dark reddish brown with a layer of off white head that goes away quickly. Not much light coming through this beer at all. 4

S: We have a sour beer. Sour with a good amount of sweet malt to back it up. There is some dark fruit along with vinegar. There maybe some other fruit in this one, I can't really tell just from the smell. 3

T: The taste is a lot lighter than I thought it would be from the smell. There may be some raspberries in this beer, but it may just be the sour notes with the malt. Not as sweet at the smell would suggest. Some vinegar with a biting sourness in the finish. 4.5

M: The body is on the thick side of medium with very little carbonation. The finish has a touch of dryness to it. Could have used just a tad more carbonation. 3.5

O: I knew I was in trouble when I opened this and smelled it. My wife doesn't like sour beers, so this is all me. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste after the smell was just alright. I'm thinking Flanders Red or an Oude Brun? I'd go with the latter if I had to pick one. 4

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle at the Bruery and Cigar City salon at SAVOR 2011. Served in a SAVOR goblet.

Pours a somewhat-murky tawny red color with a small off-white head that sticks around a bit before falling into a thin collar. Some sparse lacing. The nose brings a slight amount of bread plus a good dosing of brown sugar. These characteristics fall beneath the semi-strong notes of cherry and oak with mild acetic character. Good acidity throughout. The flavor has brown sugar and cherry along with some oak and tannin. Moderate acidity and light sweetness for a really nice balance. Medium body and average carbonation. Really solid brew.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a small amount of beige white head. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a ruby caramel red.

Aroma: A lot of sourness here. Cranberries, cherries, and raspberries. Oak and grape skins. Leather. Funky. The nose fits the description on the bottle well.

Taste: Very much on par with what an oud bruin should taste like, but it has a little more flavor on top of that. Caramel and some spices with all of the flavors in the nose. Very sour and mouthpuckering. Very fruity.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this was a really nice beer. It was much better than I expected it to be and I expected it to be decent. This bottle drank very quick and I could easily have more.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review 1200! 750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in Spring 2011 (nearing 2 years old). Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a small 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big sour cherry, cranberry, apple, toast, grass, hay, oak, balsamic vinegar, red wine, earth, tobacco, light leather, funk, and light herbal. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance. Taste of huge tart and sour cherry, cranberry, oak, toast, apple, raisin, hay, grass, earth, red wine, balsamic vinegar, funk, leather, tobacco, light yeast spiciness, and light citrus peel. Nice amount of tartness and sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour dark fruits, toast, oak, hay, grass, leather, balsamic vinegar, red wine, tobacco, earth, yeast spiciness, and light citrus peel on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of flavors; with a great sourness/sweetness balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is very nice; nicely acidic without being overbearing. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic sour brown ale! Big complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on even with the acidity. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark maroon ruby like color, very little head.

Nose oak, toasty oak, sour malts, vinegar, little chemically, brown sugar, sweet molasses, little fruity.

Taste is more of the same, lots of oak, into vinegar and sour malts, some fruity flavors,mostly a tart cherry, some brown sugar and sweet malt flavors, molasses, decent acidic vinegar like. Finish is sweet and a little flemmy and syrupy, more sweet malts and sour cherry, sour malt.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, little acidic bite.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at the ccb tasting room, i was thrilled to be able to try this one, served in a snifter and consumed on 4/13/2011.

nice dark brown, almost a cherry wood color with light ruby highlights peaking around the edges of the glass. a small tan head rises up, not too high but never fades leaving nice concentric lacing all the way down.

aroma is wonderfully balanced, just a fantastic blend of tart cherries, wood, light notes of vinegar, plums, all sorts of dark fruits and a wonderfully balanced sour profile. smooth and effortless each sip was truly a pleasure and really set this apart with its depth. hints of leather, tobacco, smooth fruit notes, a touch of vanilla in the finish, it literally had it all and really you could not ask for much more. nice and clear with the long lasting note of cherry on the palate, i coul have drank this all night long.

overall this was a fantastic beer, seriously top notch and cannot wait to have again.

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Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured a murky brown color with some slight reddish highlights to it and a thin white head.

The aroma is tart and sour with a little bit of a vinegar, acidic quality to it. I get some fruity notes to it as well as a somewhat woody flavor. Very nice aroma overall, the sour and tart flavors mixed with the fruit very nicely.

The taste shows more of the tart and sour characteristics up front while some of the fruity, sweet flavors come out in the finish. It's sharp and crisp with a good acidic sour bite to it, without becoming overly sour. I get some dark fruits lingering in the finish as well which were nice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation was on the higher side. Overall it was a very nice sour beer. It had a nice mix of flavors and integrated the sweeter fruit with the tart and funky sourness very well. Very solid beer overall.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Bruery

A: The pour is garnet in color with a finger, maybe finger and a half, tall off-white head.

S: Smells great. Lots of oak and wine. The vinegar notes are minimal, which is a big plus for me. Some cherry skins and pits with a touch of leather. Maybe a bit of chocolate and sweet balsamic vinegar. Nicely tart overall.

T: Nicely sour with only a minimal amount of it coming from vinegar. Very oaky, especially on the finish, which is dry and tannic. Hints of sweetness provide a little balance. More fruit notes on the flavor, particularly cherries and red wine.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation and a dry, puckering finish.

O: Damn this was good. Probably the best of the Bruery sour beers thus far.

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Photo of orangesol
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jecker aka Josh for bringing this one to Ffej of July IX

A - Pours murky brown with a small one finger tall white head leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dark fruits like figs, raisins, and dates help cut down some of the vinegar sourness and light leathery funk. As it warms you get hints of red wine, dry oak tannins, and berries.

T - Starts off with a big vinegary sour kick up front slowly giving way to a mix of dark fruits; similar to the nose; dry oak tannins, cherries, and some leathery barn yard funk. The finish is a mix of tartness and dryness, lingering for some time. The alcohol is hidden well, but it begins to creep in more and more as it warms.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dry, tart, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - I liked this one. It has a lot going on yet it was well balanced between sour and dark sweetness. I am glad I have a few of these in the cellar, although I am not sure it can get any better than it is now.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to Trxxpaxxs for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a cloudy sienna (with a nice dark core) topped by a little over a finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises red apple skin, red grapes, lightly tart orange, cinnamon, toffee, light clove, and a kiss of fig. The taste brings in more red apple skin, generally mild vinegar, spicy grapes (wine-like ones, y'know), toffee, clove, raisins, tart mandarin orange, and a touch of grapefruit peel. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy, generally smooth, and fluid feel. Overall, a very nice brew, one that definitely lived up to its good press.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 03/17/12 notes. Big thanks to Desaparecido for sending me a bottle of this one in the Birthday BIF; thanks Ed! A big Want of mine. 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a reddish-mahogany brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, dark fruits, vinegar, leather, some wood, tannis, fruity malts, and sonme lactic notes. Not overly sour but sour enough; a very nice nose.

t - Tastes of sour fruits, vinegar, roasted malts, wood, tannis, light smoke and leather, dark fruity malts, bread, lactic notes. Not as sour as the nose and some more malts, but still nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. An easy to drink sour.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit. It is an easy drinking sour; since it was not overly sour, I had no problem drinking 12 oz. of this one. The nose is very nice and a little more sour then the taste. Worth checking out and would like to have it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

The beer appears murky brown with some crimson highlights when held to the light. A small head leaves some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite nice, with some funk, cherries, and oak. The flavor is tannic, with notes of cherry pits, alcohol, oak, and brown sugar. The beer offers a light sweetness, but is primarily sour in nature. Well done. Definitely true to style, the finish is acetic and lovely. Overall, a very tasty beer. Recommended.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a de Struise chalice.

Appearance - Reddish body. Small off-white head. A little murky.

Smell - Tons of sour cherry. Slightly vinegar acidity. Creamy malt and some oak.

Taste - The malt is much stronger in the taste than the smell. It's got a strong vinegar flavor. Balsamic without a really strong sourness. Very oaky. Cherry fruit flavors abound.

Mouthfeel - Could be less sweet, but it's got a decent sour kick to it. Heavy for the style. Tons of malt.

Overall - I liked this a lot better the first time I had it. A little too malty and heavy. Slightly metallic flavor tt as well, which may be age.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep shade of crimson with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to a smattering of foam on the top. The aroma is sweet with a hint of tart and balsamic. Sweet brown sugar mixes with tart cherries and plums with hints of tannic oak and light tart fruits. The flavor is tart and funky up front, but not bracingly so. Lemons and tart cherries mix with a bit of vinegar and tart fruits. A woody funk comes through mixed with brown sugar coated tart berries. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet tart mouthfeel going on. I thought this was pretty good, but for my tastes I'd have liked a bit more tart and carbonation.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hopleaf. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Served with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thick collar and partial cap. Lightly hazed reddish body and a few splotches of lace as well.

S - Red wine vinegar, oak, vanilla, leather, light tobacco, some nice funk and acetobacter. As it warms some guava acidity creeps in.

T - The taste is a bit sweeter - some brown malt character and vanilla. Some nice pucker, very tart, pleasant sour cherry and other nebulous fruits, and mild acetobacter. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

M - Nice carbonation zest, dry moisture-destroying tartness. Medium-full body, with some tannic oak in the finish and light residual stickiness.

D - I had two glasses of this one, and if it hadn't been $10 for a tulip I probably would have had more. Might have to get a couple bottles for the cellar, although the balance of sourness and malt character is already well-balanced at this stage. Impressive collaboration beer that is stronger than the sours made individually by these two breweries - hope they hook up again. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served at the SAVOR salon with the Bruery, thanks Patrick. Beer is rusty colored with a mild haze. The head is thin and brown, tiny bubbles, some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is quite sour, bright acetic acid and lactic, very nice aroma.

Beer is a little sweet but very sour, strongly lactic, great tartness at the back, acetic brightness overall a good beer. The finish is dry but overall it is really nice. I"d have it again.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle pulled from the cellar with a few months on it. I've sampled this beer quite a few times, but never an entire bottle to notate for a review. Shared with my girlfriend, and served into two snifters.

A: Semi-hazy mahogany copper colored body with an initially small, thick bubbly off-white head. The dissipation was very rapid and didn't leave anything in the way of retention. Almost no lace, either. Not horrible for the style.

S: Tart black cherries, leather, blackberry, oak and a gritty malt base. There's lots going on in terms of sourness with a good amount of funk and dry tart qualities. An astringent musky note leads into the end of the nose.

T: Very tart dark fruits, black cherry and apple are up front. Once your palate adjusts to the initial bite of the funky tartness, a lot more flavors open up. More leather and oak wood round out the majority of the flavors. In the finish, a touch of booze and sticky dry malts are into the linger.

M: Carbonated and bubbly, but I can't help but feel it might be a little under done. I expected this to be really carbonated but it does work quite nice how it is. Over time I think it would increase, perhaps making this more true to style.

This is a really well done Flanders but certainly not one for the record books. It is very complex in the flavor profile that provides a unique and ever changing experience. Quite good but not stellar. Would I drink it again? Absolutely.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured dark reddish brown in color with maroon highlights and had a half finger of head leaving some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: definitely had a nice oak vinegary aroma upfront with some cherry notes, slight brown sugar, but had acidic character to it as well.

T: sourness was more potent than expected with oaky cherry flavors, vinegar character, slight acidic citrus flavor but also had raspbeerry accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, oaky, slighty dry, and a mild sour finish.

D: drank really well and was a good interpretation of a Flanders Oud Bruin, I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the source itself....well, which source? It's a collaboration! Ok, to be more specific, at The Bruery. A generous 10-12 ounce pour for $6, on to the beer:

Brown colored, leaning towards crimson. There's a good amount of lace that sticks to the glass. But I didn't buy Marrón Acidifié to looks at it; I bought it in hopes of its taste. But first, the aroma. Wow!! I could sniff this for days. Currents, soured grapes, maybe soured plums too? There's just something about it that's awesome and addicting.

Now the taste. Here we go, lots of flavors, but all integrated very well in the liquid. Black current and plum start it off, some cherry as well. Balsalmic vinegar too. I eventually catch oak and vanilla (thanks wethorseblanket), and then arriving is cheddar cheese towards the end of the ride. The balancing of the tartness/sourness is a work of art, not too much of it, but enough to salivate your mouth.

I'm blown away by The Bruery, again. But let's not pigeonhole Cigar City, who helped with this magnificent "Imperial Flanders Brown". The best new Bruery work I've tasted in the last 18 months, maybe ever. Purchasing a few bottles afterwards was a no brainer, even if they were $20 a pop.

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