Grande Dame Oud Bruin | Brasserie Trois Dames

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Grande Dame Oud BruinGrande Dame Oud Bruin

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Brasserie Trois Dames

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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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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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 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 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 jIsh
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool looking bomber, although I think I like the look of the previous label a little more. I am excited for this one as Oud Bruin is one of my favorite styles.

An aggressive poor into my Belgian-style tulip yields a small amount of centrally connected large bubbles that slowly produce a small amount of head that appears as though it rises from the depths of the glass. As slowly as it appears, the head migrates towards to edges of the glass leaving cool looking designs on the surface of the beer. A slight swirl revives this small amount of head at any time.

An intriguing dark/roasted mahogany color engulfs my tulip. For some reason, the color reminds me of the holidays. The smell is that of vinegar, (rotten) apples, oak and just a hint of caramel. There is something a little off-putting about the combination, it almost smells of plastic.

Funk and bacteria fill my thoughts as I take a sip. Fruits (plums and apples) are immediately evident as I take a drink; this is quickly followed by lactic-acid sourness with some level of candy-type plastic flavor around them semi-rough edges of this beers flavor profile.

Overall, the body is medium to thin; lactic sourness dominates the palate, but at the same time the tart flavor is not overwhelming. The carbonation level seems about right for the style.

An enjoyable beer, if only for the fact that I like the style. Considering the rather hefty price tag, however I would not actively seek this one out again. There are much better options if you're in the mood for a Flanders Oud Bruin.

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Photo of natalsgd067
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Different than what I expected, but still good. I expected something more like Duchesse de Borgogne, or Monk's Cafe, a Flemish sour ale with hints of sweetness, but this has hardly any hints of sweetness. At first I thought it was almost too tart, but now I think it is well balanced enough that I would buy it again. No apparent head when I poured it, which is kind of disappointing. Little carbonation. The picture on the bottle is totally different, yet I assume it is still the same beer pictured.

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

Pours a hazy red brown with a slight head that dissipates to a fine ring, leaving just a little lacing.

Aromas of dark cider, apples, vinegar, cinnamon and other spices.

Apple sour on a malty backbone, with some milk chocolate, then the spices kick in, followed by a long spicy dry finish.

Body is light, and with not much carbonation, it has a flattish mouthfeel.

An interesting version of an Oud Bruin, by a Swiss brewer. I am finding this pretty enjoyable, and the ABV is sessionable.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle labeled "Grand Dame", however, all reviews and the ABV match the listing here for "Oud Bruin". I believe that the latter has been recently renamed to the former...

A- Poured with a thin foamy, light tan head, which quickly reduced to a haze layer and a collar; over a semi-opaque aged copper (dark brown) body. No visible carbonation.

S- Smells like a classic Flemish Brown. Tangy acetic notes and a touch of lactic sourness over a base of sweet crystal malts (and wheat?). The nose is predominantly acidic, and classically sweet and sour. Overall "clean", with just a touch of fruity ester in there.

T- Wow! Wow! Wow! Overall, this is much drier and more sour than I would have expected from a Flemish Brown... but I wouldn't call this a bad thing, per say. What I'm getting is an up-front flash of crystal and pale malts, but this is quickly overtaken by an acetic sourness which all but overtakes the flavor profile. The finish is an echo of light fruity esters and acetic acid. Incredibly refreshing and delicious.

M- A very thin body- fully attenuated. A soft carbonation that is abundant, but not bloating. A substantial astringency from lactic/acetic bacterial contributions. A little less here in the mouthfeel department than I would have liked.

D- Drinkability is somewhat limited overall by the pH of this beer. But for the style, I think it's still above average.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy, but settles to the color of dark stained wood. The thin beige head dissipates quickly, leaving minimal, soapy lacing. Light aromas of oak and cherries, with a strong whiff of sticky sweet balsamic vinegar reduction. Smells fresher than your average Oud Bruin, with the brightness of fresh grapes. The yeastiness coming through is funkier than expected, reminiscent of a saison. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a bit dry. Sweet notes of caramel and roasted almonds play nicely against mild flavors of tart fruit. The finish has a lingering balsamic vinegar sharpness

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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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