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Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #12
Ranked #3,163
4.17 | pDev: 9.11%
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
La BohèmeLa Bohème
Notes: Flanders-style brown aged in wine barrels with tart cherries.
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 165 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Stevedore from Oregon

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Snifter glass. Pours a darker brown body, one finger offwhite head, good retention, no lacing. Smell is standard vinegary Flanders brown acetic acidity, a bit of dark fruit, cherry skin, light red vinous character, bit of oak and minimal leather. Flavour follows; a bit more acetic than expected, light cherry skin and a touch of leather, quite a dry vinous finish. Mouthfeel is light in body, tart and dry, good carbonation, fairly acetic beer overall.

Oct 06, 2018
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Dec. 2013

L - The body is port wine colored, may'be a little lighter with traces of light streaking through it. The tan and fizzy one finger head dissipates to a ring around the glass. No lacing or retention to speak of.

S - Sour cherry and blackberry nose that has a good helping of oak and slight vinegar base.

T - A punch of sour cherries and blackberries that attack the palette and follow through until the end. Nice medium sour, oak and mild vinegar. Pretty much just like the nose.

F - Light bodied and medium carbonation. Has a really dry body and finish.

O - Overall, very tasty. Another well done beer by the folks at Perennial.

Sep 11, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: The tawny colored liquid is capped nicely by a head of foam that leaves a few streaks behind

Smell: Like berries in the woods, the aroma has both fruit and earthy tones

Taste: Lactic berry flavors forward, the funk and earthy tones build through the middle; lacks complexity in the finish, however

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent Flanders but not one that has tremendous complexity or staying power, I would suspect

Jan 25, 2015
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RaulMondesi from California

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%

Wow. Wow... Like an Arrow Shot Through the Air ,Raul is feeling like Rod Serling while sipping on this one. Light and slightly crisp like a bride before her wedding, the berries and barrel aging in this bad boy marry oh so well.

Yes, my children.

Oct 23, 2014
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Huge initial punch of sourness that fades rather quickly. Not a large cherry or wine flavor. Has a Flanders Red tannic quality to it........................................

Sep 30, 2014
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sweemzander from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter
(A)- Pours a deep and dark mahogany brown color. Some minimal froth.
(S)- Deep, rich barrel with slight reddish fruits meets some classic flanders aromas of slight vinegar and dry oak.
(T)- Some deep & rich dark berries meets very dry oak and well integrated tartness with just a hint at the vinegar side of a flanders style.
(M)- A well integrated and cohesive beer with a good carbonation level and balance. Good fruit; good dryness; and good oak accents.
(O)- Think of a sour brown meets a mild but sour flanders. Great stuff

Aug 18, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 12/2013.

Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, fruit, funk, and vinegar aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Jul 04, 2014
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kingston2 from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep tawny pour with fine head that dissipates to fine lacing around edge of glass.. Lots of oak and sweet/sour cherries on the nose. Taste is perfect combination of sweet oaky flavors and sour tartness. Really a nice long finish as well. Doesn't overwhelm with sour and can really tell the cherries are there. Really enjoyed this much more than I expected too. Would highly recommend.

Jul 04, 2014
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If this beer had an inspiration/spirit animal, I'd guess Rodenbach Alexander.

Dark burnished reddish amber, glistens in the light. Nice clarity, compact layer of tan tan foam that recedes to a ring after a couple minutes.

Distinct cherry aroma, saddle leather, oak, nice depth to it, definitely spent some time in a barrel.

Very tart and cherry forward, verging on sour. Drying oak in the finish, sour cherries linger long in the aftertaste. Easy to drink with a very light acetic presence that's perfectly acceptable for the style. Sour cherry for days. If you like La Folie, this is even more interesting.

Mar 08, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a very elegant beer, not quite what i would call an oud bruin, but much to appreciate in this brew as far as style fusions are concerned. it has a faded dark red look to it, auburn maybe, without much head at all, just some light khaki fizz around the edges of my wine glass. not overly appealing, it looks like one of those fruited lambics, almost still and cloudy. the nose is great though, tons of tartness, and its sour before it is cherry, although the fruit in this is right up front too. sweet and then tart are the cherries, like pie cherries, they are carries on by a really funky yeast which is a cool combination, a little familiar, but also unique to this beer alone. perennial does a lot of that, and its always appreciated. the base beer itself is a bit confusing, not quite dark or sour enough to be an oud bruin, maybe closer to a flanders red ale, but again, that lactic sourness is too subtle in this beer. it almost tastes like a blend, but i dont think its that either. very enjoyable whatever it is, with the cherries drying up in the finish. hard to tell if its sour from a bacterial sort of fermentation or if its just from cherry juice alone, it could almost be either. the red wine barrel aging likely also muddles just exactly gives it its tartness and moderate acidity. puzzling but wonderfully crafted. a little expensive at over 20 bucks on the shelf, but a very cool beer to try. thanks to drlovemd87 for bringing this one over. it was my girlfriends favorite beer in a night that featured many greats.

Mar 05, 2014
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t8dd from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. Aroma of funk, sour cherry, wine. Hazy reddish brown pour with a beige head that faded quickly, minimal lacing. Flavor of tart sour cherry, red wine, wood, subtle chocolate. Sourness lessened as it warmed in the glass. Finish is a touch hot. Nicely done.

Feb 25, 2014
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LambicPentameter from Nebraska

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station as part of a tap takeover celebrating one year of Perennial distributing to Kansas City. Poured into a fluted Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Body pours a deep, dark brown--almost black when the light reflects of the glass, much darker than I expected. When held up to the light, you can see hints of burgundy and ruby red. Atop the body sits a half-finger head of off-white that quickly dissipates into a rim of sudsy-looking bubbles around the edge of the glass and no film to speak of across the top. Lacing is sparse.

Smell - A pleasant blend of sour cherry, red wine vinegar, oak tannins, and some nice slightly-sweet support from the malt backbone. There is a healthy dose of acidic tartness on the nose as well, revealing the promise of a sour taste to come as well as a mustiness that I can only imagine comes from the barrel-aging.

Taste - Delivering on the promise of the nose, there is a wonderful blend of flavor profiles going on here. Vinegar, granny smith apple, oak, vanilla, light leather, and of course, a healthy dose of acidity from the cherries. Sourdough bread and a bit of pleasant spiciness, like cinnamon candies, but less sweet. Speaking of, while the main taste has a nice bit of sweetness, the finish is mostly dry and vinous.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate-to-low carbonation, with a predominantly dry finish and a slightly sour aftertaste that cleans up after a few minutes. The feel has a surprising amount of carbonation bite in spite of not having a heavy does of CO2. Perhaps the acidity enhances the perception of that characteristic.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer and one that I wish was more readily available. As a Flanders Oud Bruin, it's not the best I've ever had, but I've seen it listed as a fruit lambic (kriek), a Flanders red an Oud Bruin and even an American Wild. There seems to be so much grey area between those styles. Either way, it's a beer that I will make a point to drink anytime I come across it. Just outstanding stuff from Perennial.

Jan 31, 2014
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is brown with red edges and a tight light brown head. Nose is strange, bready and dough malts abound, a bit musky. Some sour cherry behind but light. Taste is more tart cherry than the nose, the musky bread is there, very strange. Light leathery brett mid palate. Rather full bodied with a strong carbonation.

Jan 26, 2014
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JoEBoBpr from Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Perennial snifter from a 750ml bottle.
Bottled: 12/2013

An agressive pour yields a very nice traditional brownish color with some nice dark ruby red hues. Nice earth and mahogany chocolate tones are present. There is a nice yet fleeting half inch head that quickly recedes down to some thin film and ring around the glass.

Aroma is amazing and quite traditional. Musty notes of wood and barrel, notes of farmhouse and slight hay notes. These are then enveloped in a milder balsamic vinaigrette blanket. This aroma is then followed by superb notes of cherries. Cherry tartness rules but is underlain by some nice cherry jam sweetness that is faint. Mild grainy and earthy notes of pie crust that bring the notes of cherry pie to mind. Nice vinous notes with some good tannins and some amazing dry oaky notes as well as some soured grape notes. Quite complex.

The flavor is incredible. Such a well crafted brew. Starts off with tight and noticeable notes of balsamic vinegar tartness; this tartness is quickly followed by some tartness imparted by the cherries. Oh, the cherries, what and amazing facet of this brew.They are tart and puckering but at the same time have a sugary jam quality to them that balances out the tartness that could potentially overwhelm this brew. There are some nice buttery pie crust notes that are perceived as well. Potentially from the yeast notes and the grains. Soo delicious. There are some nice dry vinous notes that work so well with the tartness and lend the beer some more MILD dark fruit sweetness as well as some dryness. The body is perfectly light and dry with lower levels of carbonation that let the flavors shine through. Solid brew in my book.

Jan 06, 2014
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml brown bottle with a freshness date.

Deep brown color, opaque with a off white lacing on top. Aromas of vinous wood, faint vanilla, tart cherries, mint, toasted bread, yeast and a hint of alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel, mild tartness, wood tannin, hint of wine, pungent cherries, cake batter, kiss of alcohol, modest hopping. Finishes with a long lingering tartness with wood and fruit and lands dry.

Seriously ... is beer is amazing, the balance of wood to tartness and the actual foundation of this beer is spot on. Each sip make me want to go back for the rest ... hard to share this bottle. ;-)

Hunt this beer down.

Jan 06, 2014
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tried on tap and grabbed several bottles, one of which I've opened for this review
The beer pours a clear/slightly hazy dark rusty brown with a thin white head that fizzles into an even thinner white halo shortly after pouring. The nose is a mild acetone, cherries, caramel sweetness, and bread. However, upon tasting the beer the flavor is more reminiscent of tart cranberry and pear upfront which transitions into a deeper berry/ester sweetness, and finishes dry with a hint of cherry. I'm really digging the modest, drinkable sour mouthfeel with a fruity, bready, tart finish that doesn't get tired or overwhelming. It's a bit more sour than most flanders, but it doesn't lay down the heavy acetone or slap you in the face with cherries. This is a blatantly delicious beer, one of the best flanders I've had.

Jan 04, 2014
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