Grande Dame Oud Bruin | Brasserie Trois Dames

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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

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Added by Phyl21ca on 12-14-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
156
Reviews:
41
Avg:
4
pDev:
9.75%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I brought this one to share at jmgrub’s tasting.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is slightly sour with some dark fruit and slightly funky aromas. Taste is of tart dark fruits, slight vinegar, and slight funk flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

an elite oud bruin, a bit more sour than some of the others on the market, this has a lot of flare though. the bottle is over 20 bucks, and unlike the framboise, i think this one is a lot closer to worth what it costs. dark dark brown, and rather clear until the dregs run down, not much head, but a shiny and radiant luster to this. the nose is insanely sour, lots of caustic acidic citric acid and lemon flavors, while grain tannins are robust as well. some roast, but not totally coca forward or bitter, unique brown grain bill that has some sugar before it stars getting weird. the taste starts with the richer malt, but moves rapidly into a classic oud bruin sourness. more than just lambic sour, this is unique and brutally intense, especially when it warms up. lemon sourness on a brown beer is unique and lovely, somehow delicate for being huge, and there is a long lasting dry burn on the tongue, which you dont always get with these. i love the fuller body, the depth of flavor, and the acid intensity, but its a tough bottle by your lonesome. it works a lot better as a share, since a ton of this will definitely turn the stomach all kinds of inside out. enough carbonation to be lively, very cool yeast profile, dry as they get for the style. top quality oud bruin, worth paying for if this is your style.

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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 BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Belgium continues to spread its influence further from their border and deeper throughout Europe. Even the Swiss is getting in on the action with this sour brown ale that mimics the Senne Valley brands with authenticity and artistry.

The maroon tinted brown ale carries a yeasty haze that reminds me of rust. A quick rise and fall of foam leaves the beer mildly fizzy first, but then largely still later with a broken sheet of froth with low-lying lace- all is fairly indicative of acidic beers.

Sharp aromas of apple cider vinegar penetrate the olfactory glands bluntly and with pin-point precision. Red grapes, weathered oak, and tart cherry-like fruitiness all reinforce the sourness of the beer to come. Dry malt scent of toast lurk behind and is the real only clue that there's a beer underneath the wine and sherry overtones.

The sharp acidity continues and taste, and pick up where aromas leave off: apple cider vinegar, tart cherries, limes, red grapes, and a hint of prune provides a highly tart fruit taste to lead things off. But there's another side to the fence that includes toast, mild chocolate, charred oak, and hard candy. There seems to be two different beer in the glass; both vying for command. But its the vinous red wine character and lightly savory sherry taste that bridges on the the other.

Medium-light in body, the malts seem to provide a flimsy structure, but its the sheer acidity that lightens the beer and keeps it clean, crisp, and with a refreshed palate. Finishing with oak astringency, powdery dryness, and alcohol warmth, the beer exits the palate much lighter than how it enters it.

Grande Dame is a much more sour beer than nearly all of the Oude Bruins that I have had the pleasure to try. But its the unadulterated vinegar overtones that provide all of the sourness and could use more complexity from earth and age or it could exhibit a more restrained sour balance for noticeable improvement.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark redddish color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of vinous sour notes is well done. Taste is a nice mix between some tart notes with some oak and light cherry backed by a nice solid malt backbone. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no sign of the alcohol. Very well done and definitely underrated compared to some other beer form this style.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev 0%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of smithj4
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/02/11 notes. Shared a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruit, dark fruits, oak, malts, and light vanilla. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes sour fruits, oak dark fruit, fruity malts, spice, and vanilla.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - I thought this was a very good flanders. Lots of oak and sour fruits in the nose and taste. Would like to have again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This one pours a pretty dark brown color with lots of reddish notes and a finger of tan head.

S: Smells really quite nice. A touch of vinegar, but solid oak aromas and a bit of grass and wet hay. A light caramel sweetness and a lilttle bit of fruit notes. Some nice oxidation to it.

T: The flavor is not quite as good. There is a bit of a sweet, grape Jolly Rancher type flavor to it. Slightly tart with some vinegar and a decent amount of oak. Not quite as much of the grass and hay notes that were present on the nose.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation.

D: I liked the nose quite a bit, but the flavor was definitely a let down. Good, but not worth the rather hefty price tag.

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Grande Dame Oud Bruin from Brasserie Trois Dames
4 out of 5 based on 156 ratings.
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