Grande Dame Oud Bruin | Brasserie Trois Dames

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3.97/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Trois Dames
Switzerland
brasserietroisdames.ch

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A sour brown ale, brewed in the Flemish tradition, that rivals even the best Oud Bruins coming out of Belgium. Elegant and rustic, and full of complex flavors, berries, spice, and a hint of nuttiness, this is a great beer to share with friends on a special occasion.

Born of the fortuitous encounter between a strong stout and fermented apricots from the Valais, which never reached the distillers. Our Oud Bruin (Flemish for “Old Brown”) is a rather unorthodox take on the style. It nevertheless boasts the typical sweet and sour balance between a solid malty, toffee-like, chocolaty, roasted and fruity backbone. Into this the fermented apricots merge seamlessly, with their lactic sourness, leathery and horse blanket notes from wild yeasts and a discrete touch of apricot deep down. It finally evolves harmoniously into a slightly bitter finish. Altogether a pretty unique yet very drinkable beer.

Added by Phyl21ca on 12-14-2009

BEER STATS
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#9,781
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
160
pDev:
9.57%
 
 
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Photo of silverhorn
4.81/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of shelby415
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml brown bottle into glass. Label includes years and months for dating but no marks for this on the label.
Dark cola colored body, with slight reddish highlights when presented to glass. First pour into glass was all foam, which rapidly receded very dramatically. Subsequent glass pours were less fizzy, but very active and noisy 1/2 finger head stays around. Foam is tan colored.
Aroma is tart cherries, pale malt, funky and woodsy.
Taste is tart cherries and tart apricot, earthy oak, vinous like white wine, grassy and leather. Some light chocolate, toffee, and vanilla toward the end. It's got some funk, but more tart than sour.
Thin to medium mouth feel. High level of carbonation. Kind of dry, however. Fizzy like a cola soda.
A solid brown ale that has been tarted up, with expressions of funk. Interesting beer.

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Photo of Zach136
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of groleau
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bluecrow
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-dark red-brown tap pour with a 1.5 cm foam cap. The aroma is exactly that of a Flanders-style red, oak, some fruit and very astringent. The flavor is tart with some cherry, a bit of pepper and some oak. It is typical for the style, somewhat complex, not overly fruity. The finish is a tad thin, but I look forward to finding other offerings from the brewer.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KimoWino
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Looks like a porter, mid palate acidic, fuzzy finish. As it warms up it starts to taste like day old espresso or Columbia drip coffee.

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Photo of evergreen_machine
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a small dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tart raspberry, cranberry, cherry, red grape, apricot, green apple, hay, straw, brown sugar, toasted oak, light chocolate, red wine vinegar, light pepper/funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart raspberry, cranberry, cherry, red grape, apricot, green apple, hay, straw, brown sugar, toasted oak, light chocolate, red wine vinegar, vanilla, light pepper/funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-medium fruity/acidic tartness and yeast/oak spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, cranberry, cherry, red grape, apricot, green apple, hay, straw, brown sugar, toasted oak, red wine vinegar, vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness form acidity as well. Light-medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly acidic, and light creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Flanders brown ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Ave Pub
Pours opaque brown, no head.
Aroma is tart, vinegar, cherries.
Taste is really nice, tart but not sour, the apricot fruit pokes through and carries into a dry finish. Thin but smooth.Very good for style

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Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mikkeller Bar, San Francisco, CA

A: The beer is very dark brownish red in color—it's close to being black when viewed from a distance. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sour oak are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite sour and has some notes of cherries with hints of oak.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a good representation of the style—it's nice and sour but rather easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of taospowder
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Proclarush
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of tart cherries, sweet malt, alcohol, bacterial funk, pale malt, slight earthy malt, hint of grass, and slight wood. Fits the style of a Flanders Oud Bruin. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong tartness. Tastes of tart cherries, sweet malt, alcohol, bacterial funk, pale malt, slight earthy malt, hint of grass, hint of smoke, and slight wood. Overall, a very yummy beer; good tartness, aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of HoppySuds
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The taste comes through with sweet fruit, then sour, then some chocolate on the finish. Definitely some barnyard funk combined with woody notes on the nose. Pretty good overall but a bit expensive for what it is.

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Photo of Doublechar0517
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Grande Dame Oud Bruin from Brasserie Trois Dames
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 160 ratings