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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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Reviews: 207 | Ratings: 552
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 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 ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very cloudy brown color with a touch of red mixed in and a half finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is full of sour fruit with some sweet dark fruit, oak, balsamic vinegar, vanilla, and a bit of funk.

T - Starts off with some sharply sour cranberry with some dark fruits and vanilla. Through the middle some more dark fruit sweetness comes through with some oak, balsamic vinegar, and a bit of funk. The finish is a mix of sour dark fruits, touch of roasted malts, tannins, and vanilla that linger.

M - Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a sour and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice big Oud Bruin. The sourness is really nice, but the big body and other flavors keep things in balance.

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

Served a bit cold and poured with a medium sized foamy, light tan head that soon settled down to a ring and an island. Color is a slightly hazy, red brown with some bubble trails. Aroma is like they say, balsamic vinegar, cranberries, sour cherries and other fruit with leather and a little malt. Flavor's much like the nose, quite dry & tart some acid from bubbles. Body is solid and is astringent, carbonation is very good. Finish is like flavor, clean and satisfying. One glass is enough for me.

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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 Auracom
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer of the night for KBS Day 2012. Thanks to Dan for sharing! Bomber poured into a tulip on March 9th, 2012.

A - Pours a cloudy toffee-brown. Minimal white bubbles cling to the glass with no significant retention or lacing.

S - Big oak barrel, wood grain, some dark fruit sharpness, a hint of spices, and balsamic vinaigrette.

T - Soft leather leads into a biting sourness. Back end dark fruit and further vinegar.

M - Light body, fair carbonation, somewhat smooth throughout the drink, quite dry finish.

D - I think the drink needed a bit more complexity but otherwise, this one was pretty spot-on for my expectations. Decent stuff and a good starter for the bottle sharing.

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Photo of brystmar
3.22/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared 3 ways. Murky, muddy, ugly pour that fits the style. Malty, funky, sour aroma. Dirty.

Tons of oak dominates the flavor. Overpowers the funky yeast & sourness. Doesn't fit the style as much as I'd like, but then again nothing seems up to snuff anymore after having Barrel Select. Lingering bitterness is unpleasant. Seriously though, way too much oak & barrel character.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. the color is dark amber/brown. There is a half inch bubbly tan head.

The aroma is tart plum.

The taste is perfectly balanced between mildly sweet malt and fruity tartness. The start is mellow, finishing tart. There is a mild vinegar flavor to go with the tart finish.

The body is light to medium, with medium soft carbonation.

This is pretty good; one of my favorite oud bruins.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my cantillon tulip glass

A- Pours murky muddy brown with a pretty small white head and just some big bubbles around the sides of the glass. Splotchy lacing but nothing crazy.

S- Funk/brett create a nice sour tart notes with hints of dark cherries and fruits as well as a good amount of vinegar. Also some nice vanilla notes from the oak but nothing crazy.

T- Tart cherries and funk from the brett with a strong balsamic vinegar like flavor. Nice hints of sweet vanilla and oak that blend really nice with the overall flavor and some acidic qualities as well

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice tart and sour finish but nothing to crazy. Very well balanced.

Very nice brew !

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Photo of Proteus93
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have meant to try this beer for far too long, but I think the price turned me off for some time... especially when I had a number of Flemish Red and Oud Bruins that satisfied me already.

A: Deep brown and quite hazy. The head topping is quite sparse and dwindles away to very little in no time. A second fill does leave a collar of lace behind.

S: There's no hiding that there's acetic acid here... the beer just smells of some sourness, and that's quite promising. A little musty--some damp wood, perhaps, and I swear I pick up on something slightly citrus-like. I know it's not dish-soap because I hand wash these glasses myself, and don't use any aromatic soaps for cleaning!

T: It's certainly tart... a nice blend of that vinegar flavour with some yeasty funk and just a hint of fruitiness. This sets it aside from many others... often, there's a strong note of 'sour cherry,' and this beer is more earthy and musty. Slighly leathery. I'd go so far as to say that it leans towards lambic qualities.

M + D: Nice and tart... enough to bring out a bit of pucker from time to time. It has a character unique enough that it stands out from others, without straying too far from the style. I would be very curious to try this beer without the oak aging, as I don't think it really added much.

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Photo of Dope
3.34/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A reddish-brown pour, with a very small tan head. Small film never really seems to go away though. Spotty lacing.

S: Can smell this one across the room. Vinegar and tart cranberry/raisin. Lots of leather, caramel and brown sugar. Quite pleasant really.

T: Very puckering. Strong leather abound. Vinegary. Tart cranberries. Lots of oak, almost overpowering. Hints of soy sauce.

M: Medium bodied, very sour and drying.

O: I gave it my best shot but the taste is just plain unpleasant. Tastes like a good beer gone bad. I'm sure lots of people like the style but this one was a drainpour.

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Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark brown with a bit of haze so it is nearly opaque. Thin off white head leaves a little lacing as you drink from it. A few bubbles visible at the edge of the glass floating up.

Nose is sour apple cider vinegar, dark fruits like cherry and plums, brown sugar, and a touch of spiced rum booze.

Taste starts with sour fruit vinegar, apples and dark fruit sweetness following along with the brown sugar and caramel malt flavors. Finish is warming, lightly spicy with cinnamon and clove with some residual sour fruit flavors.

Medium body with some moderate carbonation that lightly tickles the tongue. Decent amount of alcohol integrated into the flavor but I did start to feel it after getting through the glass.

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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 hooliganlife
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep brown and ruby, a bit more brown. light creamy yet frothy head.

deep sour cherry and old smoked wood. hints of tobacco and leather.

more sour up front and tart in the back. the brown ale is very apparent through out this. the sour brown really shows. the deep cherry molds with the sour brown body with some added tobacco and oak.

body has a mild carbonation with a light feel. for 8.5%, this comes off light. slightly dry.

pretty decent, does not appear to be an "imperial" but very solid.

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

Pours a dark brown with a slight red tint when held up into the light. No head a all and no signs of carbonation from the apperence. Aroma of cherries, lacto and slight vinegar. Taste follows the nose, great sour presence, easily drinkable. I wish they made more of this stuff, it's an outstanding beer from two of my favorite breweries!

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Photo of Mahlik
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from Bailey's Taproom. Poured into a tulip glass. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a dark brown with a reddish tint. Almost opaque. An aggressive pour produces a one-finger tan head that dissipates quickly. Little lacing.

S - Funky sourness hit the nose first. Lots of tart cranberries and cherries follow. Grape tannins add a vinous feel. Hints of leather and balsamic vinegar also exist. Smells a bit boozy.

T - This is where the beer loses me a bit. Lots of sour acidity and tartness from the cranberries and cherries. Sour grapes and tannins add some vinous qualities. Hints of oak. I think the acidity keeps some of the other flavors from coming out.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. A bit thin but I don't feel that ruins the feel. A surprising wet finish.

O - I was bit disappointed with this one. Maybe my expectations were a little too high since both of these breweries are among my favorites. I felt the unbalanced nature of the taste was my biggest grip with it. However, this beer was still enjoyable. A good beer from two great breweries.

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3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to stemless wine glass. Sampled 11/27/11.

A: Pours a garnet cherry brown color with ruby hints along the edges. Almost entirely opaque except when held to light. The head rises to 1 finger, is light khaki brown in color and has decent retention. Spare smatterings of lace stick to the glass.

S: Sour cherry, ripe plum, raisin, prune and possibly even other dark fruits. Mildly acetic with an underlying balsamic vinegar quality. Leathery with earthy tobacco notes and a light astringency from the oak tannins.

T: Marrón Acidifié has a much appreciated balance of flavors. The sourness is prevalent, perhaps even understated, allowing the tartness of the cherry and sweetness of the dark fruit to come through. Part of the flavor profile is reminiscent of high quality red zinfandel as it begins to turn acidic. Oaky with a mild peppery spice.

M: Medium-light body with a luscious texture. A modest combination of tart and sweet on the front end with a semi dry, tannic finish. The downfall is the level of carbonation. This bottle was nowhere near flat, but it was definitely undercarbonated. (My experience on tap had a more bite to the effervescence but the flavor somehow wasn't as integrated.)

O: A solid brew that would have benefited greatly from a more substantial mouthfeel. The flavor, while very good, would have been even better with a heftier effervescence to elevate it all around.

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Photo of nhindian
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #400!

Review from notes. Had this at a Pittsburgh tasting a bit ago.

750ml bottle split and poured into a Stone taster.

A - Pours a ruddy brown with an orange sunburst around the edges. There's a noticeable amount of sediment floating around within the beer, giving it a cloudy haze. Not a whole lot of head, about about a half-finger of tan foam, with low retention. Not much lacing as well, besides some rogue bubbles hanging on here and there.

S - Even before the glass reaches my nose, I get a strong, sour acidity. Yep, it smells pretty damn sour. A mild amount of grape, but definitely chock full of cherry, from the pit to the skin, all the while being nice and tart. There's a slight hint of vinegar as well, but not to the extent of something like Duchesse.

T - The taste is definitely sour all of the way through. Although, this is somewhat mitigated by a decent caramel malt influence. Again, the main flavor here is inspired by the tart cherries, and this tartness lasts for a long time. Rounding out the flavors are some green apples, grapes, and a pinch of vanilla and oak.

M - Mouthfeel is medium- to full-bodied with carbonation a touch on the low side. It has tartness for days and definitely does pucker the lips and sides of the cheeks. A bit dry as well.

D/O - Drinkability is high. Very solid flavors here with a nice, full mouthfeel. The tartness in particular is memorable and it really sticks around long after the glass is emptied.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle courtesy of Soonami. Pours a hazy mahogany with a loose, cream-colored head that dissipates into a sudsy skim and an oily slick. Nose expresses buttery notes, tannins, oak, dark vinous fruit reminiscent of a merlot or carbernet, on a light, toasted, malty backbone. Taste expresses leather, tannins, cranberries, oak and balsamic vinegar. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation that falls just short of lively and a slightly sharp acidity. Overall, a solid example of the style. Perhaps a little thin for my general taste, which slightly amplifies the acidity; nonetheless, a very respectable collaboration. I'd be interested to see what a little time does to this beer - I feel like it might even out the edges a little bit. That said, it's drinking quite well right now as it is.

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Photo of drink1121
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with very little head and no lacing.
Smells of vanilla, caramel, sour cherries, oak, dark fruit jam and light booze at the very end.
Tastes of sour cherries, caramel, leather, dark fruits.
Really great beer. Tastes like it was aged in oak for the perfect amount of time. I love the caramel and tart together. Reminds me of a smaller, bourbon-less Bourbonic Plague.

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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 zhanson88
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear mahogany color with ruby highlights. About 1" of tan, slightly soapy looking head forms , which has decent retention and decent lacing. Nice color on this one.

Smell: Very pungent smell. Lots of tart and sweet cherries, a fair amount of vinegary sourness, lemon tartness and oak.

Taste: Cherry sweetness initially, followed by vinegar, lemon, and a fair amount of acidity. Tart cherries and oak follow on the back end and finish. Finish is fairly dry.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Fairly light, medium amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth. The initial sweetness is nice, but the sourness is a bit too much; too fake. Not my favorite of this style, but not bad either.

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Collaboration Series: Marrón Acidifié from The Bruery
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