Oud Bruin

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Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #43
Ranked #15,097
3.96 | pDev: 8.84%
Colorado, United States
Very Good
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Notes: This 7.5% traditional Flemish-style sour was produced from a blend of beers aged for a range of up to two years in a variety of oak barrels. Long and slow fermentation with a blend of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and other sour cultures contribute to the characteristically tart flavor. Notes of black cherry, raisin, and a hint of dark chocolate.
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Reviews by spoony:
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spoony from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle into a wine glass. I didn't notice any date on the bottle, but I didn't look too hard. Reviewed from notes dated Dec. 23, 2013.

A-The brew pours very murky with a sort-of purple-brown color; it looks like an old bruise (to get kind-of gross). The head is short-lived and khaki in color. The head starts at about a finger and drops quickly.

S-There is a bit of sour cherry, but this beer tends toward the earthy end of the style with leather, plum, soil, and oaky flavors being more prevalent than sour or vinous flavors. I get just a little hit of cola, and tartness. The smell is interesting and inviting, although not as sour or complex as the best examples of the style.

T-The taste is also on the earthy side with only a bit of tartness on the drying finish. I get flavors like leather, soil, plum, tobacco, and a bit of vinegar. It is semi-sweet for the style, but the sweetness is kept (mostly) in check by the earthy flavors.

M-The feel is medium body with a soft, slightly chewy carbonation that was odd for the style, but agreeable.

O-This is a pretty decent attempt at a tough style. A little bit more sour/tartness would have paired well with the earthy flavors, but even lacking the pucker factor, I found this beer growing on me as I finished my first glass and poured my second. It manages to be complex, but approachable. A nice take on one of my favorite styles.

Dec 27, 2013
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #84 (Jan 2014):

Amazing. Funkwerks without a doubt has a firm grasp on what it takes to make stellar barrel-aged beer, though this one is a bit rough around the edges. Perhaps a bit too acidic and a tad too dry from the wood, though that’s somewhat expected from the whiskey barrels. Overall, a great sour, but another 6 – 12 months in the bottle could help mellow this Oud Bruin out a bit.

STYLE: Flanders Oud Bruin
ABV: 7.5%

LOOK: Excellent show of froth, cloudy dark brown color

SMELL: Thick oakiness, vinous, tart, musty cellar, faint tart cherry, phenolic, mint, hint of vanilla

TASTE: Smooth, slick mouthfeel, semidry, moderate-sized body, oaky, tart, leather, toasty, mild hoppiness, raisins, hint of booze, vague vinous note, bone-dry finish

Jun 19, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

some of the best stuff to come out from funkwerks, and thats really saying something as all of their beer is outstanding. just getting into sours, this beer is quality beyond their newness. lighter brown in color with some amber hues and a soda head of clearish tan bubbles. the nose is tart as it is sour, with a richer malt base consisting of chocolate malt amongst others, not sweet but with a little richness to it. there is a lot of acid too, which pulls me from grain to yeast, almost fruity in nature, citric and lactic at the same time, subtle but leading. the flavor is just like the nose, although the acid is more forward than indicated. its all the way through, not just in the finish, and the carbonation being so bright makes it really come alive. dry in the finish, even though there is some heft to the darker grain, its all gone on the swallow. as carbonated as they come, its fizzy and almost loud in the mouth. i hope funkwerks keeps up with the sours, this is a heck of a way to make a splash in that world. i wish this was a little more available than it is, but a really nice american made example of the style.

Jan 18, 2014
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aquazr1 from California

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 02, 2015
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TickleMeTony from Colorado

4/5  rDev +1%

Dec 03, 2013
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Janis_Hoplin from Colorado

4/5  rDev +1%

Nov 30, 2013
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22Blue from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Oct 09, 2014
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paulish from New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 08, 2018
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4.52/5  rDev +14.1%

Oct 04, 2014
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atom714 from Colorado

4.76/5  rDev +20.2%

Oct 28, 2014
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Blazer22 from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 24, 2015
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Bluenose0988 from Missouri

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 30, 2015
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Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jan 26, 2019
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frasergrove from California

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 05, 2016
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markjknowles from Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jul 04, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brownish-red with a short fuzzy khaki head settling to a bubbly ring.

Charred barrel and dark cherry interplay well here, within a mildly sour base that has a good balance throughout.

Jan 21, 2020
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Feb 14, 2020
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.04/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Pours dark reddish amber with a big fluffy reddish tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is woody cherry with some acidic dry tartness. A little band-aid comes out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet and tart cherries with some vinous alcohol and an acidic dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation and is a bit watery.

Overall, a nice sour. I like the subtle sour and cherry, but it's a little thin and too dry and acidic for me. The longer it sits, the more band-aid notes come out.

Nov 26, 2013
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Gagnonsux from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Oct 08, 2014
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Magery from Kentucky

3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jun 29, 2015
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tempest from New York

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My favorite oud bruin, but I like that it's more bitter, less sweet, and more sour. It's still an oud bruin, right? There's a mild malty, sweet praline character. Then biting lemon rinds kick in with an earthy bitterness. The aroma is a bit plain with simple barnyard, but I have few complaints.

Jul 17, 2015
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drewone from California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Jan 24, 2014
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mothman from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 22, 2016
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spointon from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

Aug 21, 2014
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Haybeerman from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Aug 03, 2014
Oud Bruin from Funkwerks
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 66 ratings