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Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #88
Ranked #31,357
3.74 | pDev: 12.57%
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Very Good
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Photo of VABA
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a hazy dark reddish brownish color with a very slight head and lacing
A- Aroma has fruibty and caramel malt hints
M-The taste follows the nose with a fruity and caramel malt flavor
M-A light bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A well done Flanders Oud Bruin

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

12.7oz green bottle. Gold/black foil wrapped cap and bottle. No bottling date found.
Medium brown colored body. Slight off white colored head, results in skiff and ring. Some spots of lacing left behind.
Smell is malt, yeasty funk and vinous.
Taste is vinous, green apple, malt, and a little yeast funk. Blend of slight sweetness and tart.
Medium mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
Quite refreshing Belgian concoction. Quite of dry at the end with some stickiness through the sip.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on draft in a bar in Ghent, Belgium. in proper Bacchus 25cl glass

dark red, clear, with both dark ruby and some brownish highlights. pleasant mixture of some caramel malt, dark fruit, and vinous tart flavors. medium bodied.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pouring a 12.7 oz. bottle dated 02/14/12 into a wine glass. This beer pours out with surprising carbonation. Bubbles fizzing, form a crown and quickly dissipate in seconds. The beer itself is a dark brown. Like a strong tea. The smell itself is acidic with very little of anything else showing through. Seems bland from the smell. The taste comes in with an almost a tea like sweetness and a tart acidity. Mouthfeel is dry. It ends up being almost like a sour tea, kind of. It's not bad by any means.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2012

Appearance - deep eggplant color with slight tan head

Smell - grapes, cherries, vinegar

Taste - Cherries, grapes, vinegar, sweetart

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium plus carbonation, cherry/grape upfront, tartness/acidic on the back end

Overall - decent iteration of a style I don't sample very much

price point - $4.99/12.7 oz bottle

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter glass.

A: Quite dark brown, hazy but not quite opaque. Forms a thin off-white head, but it fades fairly quickly.

S: Malty sweetness up front with bits of toffee. Mild funk and bleu cheese, and a hint of acetic tang in the background. A bit weird, but not terrible.

T: Sweet malts and toffee again, with malic acid tartness and milder acetic acid burn. Some grape juice or low-tannin vinous character, and a candied fruity flavor (like cherries and lemons). Some funk and some cheese and some feet. It finishes with some sweetness fighting the malic and acetic tartness.

M: An average heft to the body. Good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol presence noticeable but not overdone.

O: This is weird, though not completely unenjoyable. It doesn't really strike me as a Flanders at all; if that's what you're looking for, I'd go elsewhere. Still, the flavors aren't objectionable if somewhat style-defying. But nothing to seek out.

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Photo of marcbosch
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: dark ruby red. Thin but dense and persistent head, plenty of lacing.
Smell: mainly sour with green apple but with a malty backbone.
Taste: Reminded me of sherry. It starts with green grape (not exactly unripe, just grapes of any sour variety), a point of cane/candi sugar. Malty. Complex and satisfactory.
Sensation: medium bodied, strong and fizzy carbonation.
Overall: very pleasant and enjoyable.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Dark ruby brown. Nice cream colored head, but no retention.

Cherry and fig nose.

Sour, thick taste follows. Some grape and chocolate.

Smooth mouth. Lightly chewy.

Delicious sour brown. Belgians do not make bad beer.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle
4.5% ABV
Queen’s Quay LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
October 4, 2011
The beer poured a murky brown colour with translucent edges and a thing tan cap. The aroma was tart cherries and vinegar. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium high carbonation. The flavour was tart cherries up front, some sweetness in between, and a very sour finish.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours dark red with almost no head at all. The aroma is for most part suggestive of a sweet beer, albeit with some tartness. However the flavor is very mild and only a little but sweet. Some vinegar notes. Light body for the style. Easy to drink.

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Photo of russpowell
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent brown/scarlet with a pinky of sandy colored head. Slightly better than average head retention& lacing

S: Musty grain, & a little cherry too once warm

T: Hints of red grape, cherry, dryness & slight sourness up front, aged weedy hops as well. More cherry, a little bit of leafy hops, a touch of red grape & faint tartness as this warms. Finishes tart, with a little cherry & leafy hops

MF: Light body, negligible carbonation

A very muted take on the style, not that impressed. Perhaps I should've drank it sooner? Was expecting it to be more assertive

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

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a dark rugged brown color with a thin white foamy head that dissipated immediately. Some messy lacing. The aroma starts with some apple cider vinegar, lean sour to sweet with an embracing caramel loved malt. Some green apple fresh tartness flows over the soured malts. The flavor blends the sour to the sweet. Green apple sticky aftertaste leading on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat between a light and a medium on the body. Semi-sessionable sort of mild sour and then sweet sort of funky and then oatiness. Overall, this is a good Flanders Red ale that I could have again.

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Photo of Suds
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife and I shared this one on Christmas Eve... it is a ruby-like color with some brown and a tall, fizzy, tan head. The aroma is complex....malt, spice, apples, tartness, wood, earthiness. Interesting. The taste is refreshingly tart, but it doesn't cross the line to sourness. There is, however, an underlying sweetness and malt character. Very nice. Cherry, apple, grape....lots of flavors. The finish is just slightly dry. Quite good.

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Photo of janubio
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque red colour, with a medium head that fades soon, leaving a lace that draws figures on the glass. Aroma of grapes, sherry wine, cherries, vinegar. Medium body, with a creamy palate and an average carbonation. Taste is sour, grapes, cherries, wood, sherrie wine, vanilla.

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Photo of stephens101
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with faint hues of crimson. The tan froth settles quickly into a thin quilting.

Smells of grain,brown sugar and ripened plum.

Tastes sweet with a sharp tartness that passes quickly. More plum and brown sugar and even a touch of berry. Very dry and light to medium in body.

Not a tart bomb, but hey that's ok with me.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of lightly tart cherry, berry, raisin, plum, red grape, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light nuttiness, oak, hay, straw, herbal, light funk, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, oak, and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lightly tart cherry, berry, raisin, plum, red grape, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light nuttiness, oak, hay, straw, herbal, light funk, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, berry, raisin, plum, red grape, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, oak, hay, straw, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, oak, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness fro macidity as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very good Flanders brown ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, oak, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A bit tame on complexity, but still showcases nice classic style character overall. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Dzu
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chalice.
L: Dark brown color,transparent with a weak white foam head.
S: Sweet red wine notes, caramel.
T: A little sourness, spicy, tart may be raspberry notes , but too ordinary.
F: Low carbonation, average body.
O: Interesting but not my kind of beer.

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Photo of dshiplet
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Drink Vanuxeem in Ploegsteert Belgium in May 2016. Cap on bottle said 20/10/2017.

Pours a clear mild brown color with very little head. What head did form dissipated in a few seconds.

Smells of fruit and vinegar, but very mild.

Tastes the same with a moderate acidity. Very pleasant on the tongue. Not as sour/tart as many other Oude Bruins.

Feels very smooth with just a slight carbonation. Low carbonation for a Belgian!

Overall very drinkable. I'd drink it again if I could find it easily.

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Photo of ngusset
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Goulden Carolus chalice on 5/5/16, bottled on 5/22/14. Beautiful rich dark brown malt color. Impressive grey brown head. Smells faintly of cider or raspberries, and rust. Crisp mellow tartness, very refreshing, good mouth feel, light yet not too thin.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" calls the West Flanders shop Van Honesbrouck "prolific" and says it "has in the local style a beer called Bacchus: lightly toffees, with an almond nuttiness, and a spritzy raspberry-like tartness in the finish."

As for my notes, they can't be deciphered. I should have Bacchus again.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is dark brown with a very fluffy tan head and nice lacing.

Nose is tart, with apple cider vinegar, cardamom, crusty bread.

Taste is mildly tart, with malt vinegar, cherry juice, RC Cola.

Mouthfeel is refreshing with medium-mild carbonation.

Overall, not the best Flemish in the world--mild in flavor and personality--but I'm not asking for my money back either.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 1/13/16. Comes in a heavy single 12.7 ounce green bottle that I purchased today at Whole Foods in West Omaha for $5.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 14 ounce "STORZ" snifter glass.

Brew pours a deep mahogany in color with a small beige foamy/creamy head. Some light spotty lacing is seen when sipped but not a whole lot. Aroma is of tart dark fruit which might be cherries with some 'vinegary' overtones. Taste follows the nose with tart sourness. Actually goes down easy with no harshness or bitterness. Lighter-bodied with perfect carbonation. Like a sour ale which I actually like. A different tasty brew that is worth a try.

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Photo of kitch
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.75

A 375ml wrapped bottle with a best before date of 25th November 2016 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear dark brown colour with a less than one finger tanned head that dissipated quickly but leaves some nice stringy lacing.

Aroma: Mainly tart cherries with some grape, apple juice and vinegary elements.

Taste: Taste is similar to the aromas with tart cherry sourness and grape bubblegum sweetness with hints of apple juice and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with mid to high carbonation.

Overall: This was better than the Kriekenbier version that I tried before. However, unfortunately, according to the wrapping, it seems they add Stevia to the beer. I don’t use sugar substitute sweeteners in anything ever, and I don’t see why I need to start doing so in beers.

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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle, with a paper-wrap label holding all the deets. What is it with this brewery and artificial sweetening agents?

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with three hefty fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly tan head, which leaves a bit of my kid's dinosaur cookie profile lace around the glass as things quickly dissolve.

It smells of tart cherry, plum, and apple juice, white wine vinegar, a twinge of sour yeast, and semi-sweet bready, grainy caramel malt. The taste is quite in line, with mixed and matched plum, raisin, red apple, and cherry underripe fruit notes, cooking vinegar, grainy, lightly doughy pale and caramel malt, and a sort of free-range, but understated and thin brown sugar thing.

The carbonation is fairly frothy and a tad fizzy, but keeps it mostly reined in, the body on the light side of middleweight, and generally smooth, with a soft airy creaminess arising as it warms. It finishes off-dry, the somewhat tart fruitiness still predominating.

A pleasant enough rendering of the style, the tart, complex fruitiness sliding right in alongside the base caramel malt, while any other astringencies keep the noise down. Worthy of checking out if you're into sour beers that don't destroy your palate.

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Photo of MLoxxer
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I poured this beer from a 12.7 oz bottle dated May 22 2014 into a 14.75 oz porter/stout glass. The head dissipated very quickly, almost like that of a soda pop. It did however leave a remnant of foam around the periphery. The color is a rich, dark brown, through which light does not pass easily. The beer's aroma is very unpronounced, it does have a very slight nose which pleasantly reminds me of a lambic. Flavorwise this beer is pretty mild with a pleasing sourness but not at all fruity. The mouthfeel is very good, there is a nice tannic presence. Not having tried any other Flemish Oud Bruins I have nothing to judge it against. I do like it, it's just a little too mild and understated for what I expect from a $6.00 per bottle Belgian though.

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