Collaboration Series: Marrón Acidifié | The Bruery

Collaboration Series: Marrón AcidifiéCollaboration Series: Marrón Acidifié
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Collaboration Series: Marrón AcidifiéCollaboration Series: Marrón Acidifié

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by womencantsail on 02-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Cavery
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml shared with Klym, bottle courtesy of Chambic (thanks a lot!)

A: Deep earthy red brown with the browns dominating. Real deep maple syrup served cold look. Microfiber bubbles with the texture of algae. A fair amount of cling to the glass, a moderate head leaves small patching on the glass.

S: Deep woody blackberries with a very old wood character. A very fancy deep set dark jam note that forces me to nod in recognition of the beers depth. A craftily contained acidity invites some mild aged raspberries.

T: Wow! Wood infused vintage balsamic vinegars and blackberries. Deep complex wood flavors and berry mashes. Tartness welcomes dark currents. Sweet lime rinds with no citrus acid. Really fancy woody centers almost enter the realm of nuts. Hazelnuts linger amazingly in the end. A fairytale of complexity.

M: A soft but noticeably textural mouth feel. Very clean for the style, not muddiness at all. Mouth feels consistent without any glaring imperfections. Subtly noticed, but deliberate in its air tight consistency. Solid execution yields great results.

O: A great blend of flavors and flavor transitions. Woods go into raw nuts. Vinegars morph to sweet limes. Pretty darn amazing clean flavors. There are a great many "in between flavors" where the transitions collide. Extremely impressive for a collaboration, I think CCB and The Bruery are of hive mind. Will seek this out again.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stimulating collaboration, a hefty and noticeable woody sour ale with a nice range.

Presentation: 750 ml capped brown bottle. Label with the overall branding of the Bruery over a burgundy wavy pattern, with the logo of Cigar City at the center. Front label notes briefly main ingredients, style, collaboration and intent. Back label notes lifespan and serving instructions. Lacks bottling or freshness date, and shows 8.5% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy amber/red-brown pour with a good creamy head, moderate retention, fair surface memory and lacing.

S - Sweet and sour fruity range with a malty edge, woody hints emerging over cherries…

T - The palate kicks in with assertiveness, very woody, maybe too woody, sour… Cherries, cranberries, prunes… Tart vinegar notes with a hint of tobacco over the wood. Noticeable assertiveness around wood, booze and sourness that justifies the imperialized assertion, while challenging a bit the complexity to emerge.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, and a light acidic finish.

O - The assertive woody edge has a tiny tiring touch towards the end, but other than that this is quite a pleasing brew.

Notes: Nice collaboration from this two deservedly trendy brewers. This one is a bit too hefty, and maybe young to quite make it to another level but without a doubt is worth the try, and would be nice to see where they might go with these brews.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle... dark brown with an amber huge, very light tan head, too bubbly... really nice nose of vinegar with cherries and oak, very tart, like it a lot... the taste is mostly oak, no cherries or much vinegar anymore, the finish is a bit rough, wish this was more tart... pretty solid

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Photo of Klym
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lost Abbey Tulip. Shared with Cavery & Sundaysour.

A: Pours a reddish maple-syrup with a mild head and okay lacing. Quite dark.

S: Cherry sweetness (mostly) and tartness, brown sugar, and a hint of heat.

T: Very nice. Cherry tartness and sweetness both spiral up in intensity and then spiral back down with a thick maple syrup flavor hitting the top of the mouth and adding an almost savory note to the end. The interplay between sweetness and tartness in this is fantastic. This beer has me licking my lips, exceptionally delicious flanders oud bruin.

M: It's a little flatter than I expected but I don't really find it a problem. It has an almost sugar-water consistency, which sounds offputting but I merely mean to say that it has water like viscosity as your drink it but seems thicker as you swallow. It's a perfectly good platform for the flavors.

O: A very nice flanders oud bruin, one of the best I've had. Really loved the maple syrup note and never had a beer that treated both tartness and sweetness like such stars and gave them such an equal amount of attention. Hats off to both breweries for this.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to fogdog for this bottle. One of many he sent way in our last trade. Kevin you're a generous soul. Split into to tulips.

A: Dark red brown hue. About a fingers worth of light tan head recedes leaving a sticky lace ring.

S: Very nice sour cherry blast. Rich wet leather, barrel wood, tannins, lactic acid. This is how I like my FOB's.

T: The flavor is not as sour as I anticipated but it's still packing a huge flavorful punch. Macerated cherries, leather, wet oak, tart citrus fruit. A mild dark chocolate element comes through in the finish. Like a strong moderately sour brown ale. Which makes sense.

M: Medium to full body with mild carbonation.

O: I can't wait to see what times does to this beer. I have a solid stash of bottles and fingers crossed it only gets more sour.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. Crushed plum colored body with a thin off-white head. Leaves elegant lacing along the glass. Looks good for an 8% Flanders.

The nose is filled with fruity sour wine notes, plums, cherries and figs. Some light acidic ethanol. Chocolate and a hint of vanilla. The earthy, sour, acidic, grape notes are great.

Earthy leather with sour grape skin. Nice dryness with some warming booze on the finish. Quite fruity and smooth. Some light vanilla from the oak with a hint of cocoa. Grapes, figs, cherries and light citrus notes.

Body is smooth and sour with about perfect carbonation. Nice weight to the body with some warming alcohol on the finish.

Overall, I was more impressed with this beer than I thought I would be. A very solid Flanders. A bit on the heavy side with the ABV, but it works well. I think that Oude Tart is still a notch above this for me, but I would be more than willing to accept another glass of this and would also like to try the ISO:FT version. Definitely worth picking up a bottle if you like the style. Great nose.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass, revealing hazy red-brown body under half a finger of delicately yellowed-tan head. Smells sweet and a little fruity with a nice leathery, woody presence. Hints of the sourness to come throughout the nose.

Tastes refreshingly tart up front with very clean and distinctly savory flavors. More leather, some slight fruitiness and a gentle malt presence are at the forefront. Not as meaty as other oud bruins I've enjoyed, but nice in its own right. Mouthfeel is tinglingly carbonated, punctuating the weighted light body. Some nice tannic astringency at the finish. Since the body is not as unctuous as other oud bruins I've had, it's a little less drinkable than it could be for the strong flavors.

Overall a very nice offering.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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 orangesol
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Dreadnaught33
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle a little while ago at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont circle (DC).

A: A muddy brown look with some crimson and light brown highlights. Small tan head dies quick in order to leave some nice sticky lacing. Tons of sediment in there maybe from tropical fruit being added, nice look!

S/T: This beer has lots of tropical notes and a lot of oaky, dark chocolate malt to it. Berries, vanilla, tart fruit candy, balsamic vinegar, and some chocolate in the back of the palate. Lots of lactic farmhouse notes in the nose especially, which is nice. The taste is a fun mix of a Guava grove like beer from Cigar city and a dark variety Belgian beer from the Bruery. Nice stuff, good collaboration.

M:Nice smooth feel that doesn't have too much carbonation and has a lot of 'juice' in there. Thicker than expected with is great to counter the sour bursts.

Overall I dug this! I probably wont pay $22 for a bottle at Whole Foods though....

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Bruery/Cigar city marron acidife – nice murky brown, pretty attractive…decent head, good carbonation. Ooh nice tart smell, wasn’t expecting it to be that sour. Pretty good smell. Taste is again sweet tarts all day long, but nicely balanced and complimented. My palette has been put through the paces a bit today and this brew’s flavor is coming through nicely. Mouth is medium bodied, not overly watery, but good. Drinkability/overall is pretty good (not as pucker as I would’ve expected from the smell).

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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 DarthKostrizer
1.12/5  rDev -73.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

On tap at 38 degrees during Barrel Aged week.

Look: The beer pour a nice reddish brown with a 1/4 white head and very little retention.

Smell: Here is when this beer turned into a bad idea. The beer smells like someone put sour cherries in a jar full of vinegar and then set the jar in the hot sun for a week and wanted to see if the vinegar would consume the cherries like some sort of science expierment. This is hands down the worst smelling beer I have ever smelled. I would rather sit around and smell burning dog hair than ever smell this beer again.

Taste: Just when I thought to myself well this beer can't be as bad as the smell well guess what I was totally wrong. The beer literally taste worse then the smell and I did not think that was possible. First you get vinegar
followed by a bit of cherry and then the acidity takes over and I was so disgusted by the beer that at that moment I seriously wanted someone to light my head on fire so I could get rid of the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. Who cares

Overall: I have had several sour beers even had the Eagle Rock Yuengling on tap this same night but I must say this beer is liquid hell a complete embarrasement to what I have come to know as beer. In my 12 years of drinking beer I have never tasted anything so vial in my life. I have no idea what the two breweries were thinking when they said hey this taste great bottle and keg it. Jesus Christ I have a feeling that if I have a nightmare anytime soon this beer will be involved in it and I will be forced to try and drink a whole bottle of this abomination. Over fail on all levels.

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Photo of paytoplay
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much better out of bottle. lots of chunky sed when you get down to the dregs. doing it's work to add complexity. dark, intense flavors, dark fruits, bright acidity, great thick oak texture. should ave very nicely. Ok for the price but then again that's the trend. glad i have my 1 more to give a year or 2 of age too.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
1.25/5  rDev -70%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Hazy brown with a reddish. Decent thickness to the bubbly white eggshell colored head.

Smells like someone drank a bottle of red wine vinegar and vomitted.

Taste is just as bad if not worse. If I ate a handful of cherries and threw up in my hand, then pureed it, strained it and drank it again. That's the taste, Spot On.

Mouthfeel is quick. Cuz you gotta hurry and swallow or spit it out.

Overall Id have to say I rather drink a Mickeys, King Cobra or any other terrible malt liquor/terrible beer. This has got to be the most horrifying "beer" I've ever had in my many years of beer drinking/loving.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish brown color with a 1 finger off white head. the smell is slightly vinegar like and has some sour notes to it as well. the taste follows suit, while the brew is not very sour it is tart, and a slight vinegar flavor and has layers of complexity. this is a beer worth getting. the mouthfeel was light to medium and well carbed.

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Photo of JoshVandy
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cyrusthepup for this.

750mL bottle into a Bruery snifter.
Shared with my girlfriend.

A- Pours a dark red maroon with about a 1 finger off white head fades quickly, leaving a few bubbles and some foam. Fairly Average retention and lacing.

S- Nice sour funk, mixed gracefully with dark fruits, cranberries, slight vinegar and leather. Subtle oak comes through as it warms. Very complex and well rounded.

T- Follows the nose quite well, with loads of sour funk and tart dark fruits (most notably cranberries and cherries), mixed with a more well integrated oaky presence. As it warms to room temperature, the sweetness becomes more noticeable and balances out the sour astringency.

M- Medium body that has a smooth quality to it,  with medium carbonation. As expected, a nice dry finish that lingers for a moment, but doesn't overstay its welcome.

O- This really reminds me of Supplication, both in the smell and taste, but is ultimately more well balanced. Thankfully, I'm getting a few more of these to lay down in the cellar, as I feel this could become something special in a few years. A really well done collaboration between two gifted breweries.

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Photo of hdelavega
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 to a duval snifter.

Nice murky brown with red hues, bits of sediment are floating around mostly sinking to the bottom. Head is tan and sticky, it pretty much disappeared but left a small collar that is leveaing some nice lacing.

Smells like tart and sweet fruit with abit of spice.

Flavor mimics the nose lots of sweet and tart fruit.

Mouth feel is very smooth.

Overall a very nice sour. I ran out of time for this review I would have liked to be more in depth.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two snifters. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a muddy brown with ruby tinting. Not much head to speak of but a bunch of rust colored chunks of sediment floating on the top that left a greasy smeary mess on the inside of the glasses.

S: Subdued vinegar, shoe leather, cigar tobacco, and tart berry. There's a hint of something sweeet in there, as well.

T: Tastes a lot like it smells but a bit more complex. Sweetens out quite a bit as it warms but never quite loses its' edge of tart cherry and cranberry.

M: Pretty mellow and restrained. A really nice blend of sweet and tart.

O: Very enjoyable and the perfect patio beer on this 75 degree day.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a dark brown with a very quickly thinning light tan head.

Smell is of tart dessert. Brown sugar, fruit, and balsamic vinegar.

Bold tartness first then a layer of sweetness followed sour dry finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not bad for the style.

Overall this is a beautiful beer. Wish I had more.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from both the Bruery and Cigar City. My third sour review so still a rookie to the style. Found at a little liquor store in Induana. Poured into my Founder's snifter.

A: Deep reddish-brown. Almost no light shines through. Even with a vigorous pour this produced a very small amount of bubbly white head that quickly receded, however some of the head stuck to the sides of the glass.

S: Much more mellow of a smell then the other two sours I have tried. The smell that does come through has an earthy acidic quality to it. Pleasing to the nose.

T: An immediate sour punch follow by an acidic fruitiness. Hints if cherry and apple.

M: With this beer being so dark and knowing that it was barrel aged I expected it to be thicker. Overall it has a very light mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Although I did expect it to be thicker, I still can appreciate the overall mouthfeel.

O: A great brew. I am really getting a good feel as to why this style of beer has been so popular as of late. It solidifies my stance that I will be keeping my eye out for more of this type of beer.

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Photo of Pencible
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy leather color with a little light tan head and floating chunks of sediment. Not the prettiest beer ever.
S: It smelled like sour cherries and tart raspberries and oak, with a little vinegar and floral hops and clove and leather.
T: It tasted like sour cherries and tart vinegar and oak, with a little floral hops and clove and champagne and musk. It had a very clean aftertaste that was dry and tart and a bit musky.
M: It was thin with a little carbonation. Decent light body.
D: This was a very tasty, delicate and refined brew. It had lots of flavor and complexity that was fun to sip at. The body was a bit weak, but the alcohol wasn't noticeable, so it wasn't difficult to drink. This would probably last a long time in the cellar, but it was very good fresh. Recommended, if you can find it.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Bradford and poured into a tulip. This one pours a dark crannberry red with just a thin layer of foam. Real nice color with sparce lace.

Dark sweet tart cherries with hint of oak and vanilla. Pretty simple aroma but it's really pleasing. Dark chocolate in the flavor with a little bit of toffee and and dark slightly tart but mostly sweet dark cherries. Lots of oak on the back of the toungue with this one.

Nice soft carbonation on this one with a nice medium body. Overall a really well down bruin. One of the better ones of the style that I've had in my opinion.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared courtesy of Hophead101 on June 10, 2011

A - Hard pour does not yield alot of foam and only a little bit of lacing remained on the glass. The color is a dark reddish brown.

S - I'm not getting alot of aroma but I have my allergy ridden nose to blame for this. I could pick up some oak and an overall wine grape sourness.

T - Sour up front and it hits you in the back of the throat and makes you clench a bit, chocolate, grape tannins, tobacco and finishes with some more of the chocolate and grapes.

M - smooth & creamy, prickly carbonation that finishes slightly dry

D - very enjoyable and drinkable, could be cloying if you had the whole bottle to yourself.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice ruby hued brown with some slight carbonation that rises up after a vigorous pour and struggles up after a swirl. The head is nice off-white and has some chunky bubbles.

S - Wow! Delicious tart notes up first with some vinegar and some nice woody oak and cedar notes. There is some nice slight caramel sweetness present as well. There is some nice cherry and cranberry tartness as well as some slight fruit sweetness.

T & M - Flavor starts off with a lightly carbonated balsamic vinaigrette note. There is some great funk as well near the beginning. There is some nice slight malt and bread notes mixed in with some nice dark and dank oak notes. There is also some nice cranberry tartness and some slight sweetness that struggles behind it. There is some slight heat and some nice almost grassy hop finish to it. Obviously mostly a sour with some great tart notes. The body is medium but a bit undercabonated, nothing too bad though. Great beer that will get better.

O - Great beer. Nice traditional flavors with some slight "Imperial" notes. Cant wait to age my other bottle. It is definately a bigger sour though. Not for rooks.

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Collaboration Series: Marrón Acidifié from The Bruery
Beer rating: 88.8% out of 100 with 552 ratings
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