Grande Dame Oud Bruin | Brasserie Trois Dames

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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

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Reviews:
40
Ratings:
155
Avg:
4
pDev:
9.75%
 
 
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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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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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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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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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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 Huhzubendah
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man!

The beer is dark, chestnut brown with hints of ruby. The beige head is thin and fades almost immediately. The aroma offers oak, cherries, sweet cherry juice. The flavor brings a blend of sweet and tart cherries, along with some oak. Tannic throughout. Low carbonation. Slightly puckering finish. A good sipping beer, similar to a nice wine.

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Photo of Tone
4.28/5  rDev +7%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is tart dark fruit. The flavor is tart dark fruit, oak and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice sour beer. Not as complex as some, but the beer is very drinkable. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown color with ruby aspects. Off white head forms with good staying power. Lace is left behind on the glass. This Oud Bruin pours free of sediment until the final pour yields a bit of cloudy yeast.

The aroma reminds me of old school fruit snacks. Fruit, sweet and sour our bruin notes, just a hint of oak. Nice nose.

The taste has a nice sour tartness, cherry pit, nutty brown malt, slight saltiness possibly from a sodium bicarbonate water treatment. Faint bitterness, lemon rind and must. Perhaps more aggressively acetic than some, this hits the style nail on head but with authority. It has ample malts, and finishes with sweetness that loses its battle to the tart mid palate and hereafter. Medium bodied ale with a high level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good Flanders style brown made in Switzerland. Color me impressed guys, keep up the good work!

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Photo of dar482
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark red color.

The aroma has lots of vinegar, apricot and cherry.

The flavor follows with that tart vinegar with the peel of cherries and apricot along with a good sweet malt body that is really smooth. A wonderful balance between the sweetness and the acetic sourness.

A really wonderful beer of the style.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my doppelganger for sharing this one with me! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a reddish brown with a two finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, vinegar, wood, tart raspberries, and subtle tart cherries. The flavor was of sweet malt, vinegar, tart cherries, wood, sugar, and subtle raspberries. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. It was quite complex and enjoyable. I was really surprised that I was able to pick up on raspberries in this one, but it was definitely very welcome. The aroma on this one was top-notch for this style. A definite must try for any fan of the style or anyone curious without a doubt.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at avenue pub nola...f-ing awesome!
Pours a flat wine like ruby brown into a wine glass. Thin white lacing rims the glass.
Amazing cherry tart aroma with a bit of caramel.
Flavors of tart cherry and caramel brown. Slightly sweet and nicely tart and puckering. Its not over acidic at all. This is fantastic. Trois dame really makes some amazing brews...sours in particular and this does not dissapoint.

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Photo of bnes09
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Tart, vinegar-like aroma with an odd funk bordering on partially digested dark fruits. Berry, cider-like, sour flavor well balanced with a mild dark fruit sweetness. Hint of oak and cocoa. Dry feel. Sticky on the lips. Near perfection all around.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle in to a La Fin Du Monde tulip. Noticeable hiss as the cap is popped open and some foam rises and mildly overflows the lip.

Color is a shiny brown with some ruby highlights when held up to the light. Large light tan head dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing behind.

Nose is tart cherry and oak. Mild lactic acid comes through along with other dark fruits including red grape, blackberry, and currants.

First sip induces a mild pucker with tart cherry of the nose also the predominate flavor. Smooth oakiness balances the lactic sourness. Some vinegar in the aftertaste.

Crisp carbonated mouth feel which tingles the tongue. Medium bodied.

Overall, a crisp easy to drink oud bruin. Sourness is mild enough that this could be a good introduction to someone new to sour styles.

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Photo of crossovert
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml green capped bottle. Aged for a bit.

It pours a deep, dark brownish red with a nice off-white head that leaves a bit of sticky lacing. It is a nice looking beer.

The smell is nice too. It has sour cherries, some barnyard, lemon, vinegar, and caramel. It is sweeter perhaps than a normal one but is still funky and sour in the scent.

The flavor starts sweet but then goes into sour, then funky. It isn't overly sour but has a nice mild pucker. Tart cherries seem to be the main flavor along with some lemon and apple. There is even some raspberry and balsamic in there along with an underlying of malt. It is a bit sweet as you go but still a pretty fine Oud Bruin that reminds me a it more of American examples than Belgian ones.

I recommend aging this one.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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 rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev 0%
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 jwinship83
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle with no freshness information. drank out of my duvel tulip. the picture on the bottle has changed significantly.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a dark reddish brown colored body with a rather large eggshell colored head. the head lasts for a long time and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice about the nose are ripe dark fruits. lots of cherries, plums, and raisins. there is also some vinegary notes that remind me that this is going to be sour. a little bit of funkiness. somewhat vinous.

T- the taste starts out with some ripe dark fruits that remind me of cherries and plums. after that it moves into a lactic sourness that is tart but not overbearing. a little bit of vanilla from the oak barrel sneaks in.

M- medium bodied with an acceptable level of carbonation. there is no trace of the alcohol. tart, but not too powerfully dour.

D- easy to finish and i find myself liking this beer more and more. it definitely exceeded expectations. a great balance of sour and sweet. check this one out if youre a fan of the style.

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Photo of DCon
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle of this from Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO for $18. Poured from the bottle w/ a farm house scene sketched all across the label and definitely a sunset behind it into a 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Does not have a freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- An extremely complexed aroma (surprisingly!). Starts with a strong sourness that has not cherries but raspberries that dominate the nose. This also contains a ton of sweetness and then finishes with a bit of a goaty attribute. Everything well blended together.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger, off-white head that has average retention. A burgundy color makes up the body and good clarity is involved. Good lacing is left but never sticks, just falls back in the drink.

Flavor- Initially sour and then sweetness hits the tongue. No wait, back to a sour note at the finish, and then more fruitiness and malt? Very wild stages of the drink! I'm sure this is due to the complexity but man, does it throw your mouth for a spin! Maybe have very light raspberries but I mostly was concentrating on this sweet-sour battle all the time.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light Carbonation, Has a very tough to determine finish with both sweet and sour notes.

Overall Impression- What an Oud Bruin! I had to pass this one around the bar to let others experience this brew. Would throw this on my top 5 Oud Bruin Hall of Fame list without a doubt. Love to see if others note this sweet-sour battle all the way through the drink. Like nothing I've had before!

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml champagne bottle into a tulip glass (beer is 7.2% ALC/VOL) which is brewed and bottled in Ste-Croix, Switzerland.

A: Pours a nice reddish/brown hue with a mellow head that dissipates instantly leaving a small amount of lacing in it's tracks.

S: Sour dough bread with cherries and peppery woodiness that is dry and sweet. Clean and dry with no funk. Pretty much perfect!

T: Dry, clean, woody and sour; with a nice vinegar/pinot finish. Absolutely delicious - one of the better (non-belgian) Oud Bruins i've ever had the privilege of tasting.

M: Light to medium bodied with a dry and creamy finish; light carbonation and dryness that rolls across the palate nicely - super quality overall!

D: Beyond the norm. Could drink massive amounts of this - dry and easy to drink in large amounts. At 7.2% these are easy to crush!

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

500ml bottle poured in a chalice

A: Pours a deep brown cloudy color. The head is almost unexistent, only a thin and beige head is formed and that instantly disappears. Practically no lacings are left

S: Smell is fruit-estery and acid. Apples and vinegar are quite evident. Biscuity (Diacetyl?)

T: Lactic sourness, but not extremely acid. Softer than a Lambic, for example. So that you can feel some malts and hops. Again, fruity, apples and pears mainly

M: Medium body. Bit molasses. Very low carbonation. Acid with a bit bitter end.

O: Great beer

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Photo of July2Nov
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dirty, muddy brown with a thin off-white lacing.

Smell: Malty & sour like.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Sour and tingling with some good carbonation. Medium in mouthfeel and a syrup like finish. Getting some notes of cherries and pears.. really great tasting beer.

Overall: First Flanders Oud Bruin that I've had and I've got to admit that I dig it. It's the best of a sour and brown ale. I'm sold!

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