Oud Bruin
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Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #53
Ranked #21,329
3.78 | pDev: 11.11%
Feb 22, 2022
Jun 23, 2013
Very Good
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Notes: This "old brown" is a brewer flagship, and a typical beer style for the region in which it is produced. A blend of 'old' brown beer, already maturated for 6 months in oak barrels, and some 'young' brown beer. Each vessel is sampled separately and blended to taste, so as to obtain the perfect combination.

Each year, the taste slightly different though the main characteristics remain always the same: the aroma is dominated by green apple, red fruits and oak. The taste is refreshingly acidic and very thirst-quenching.
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3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 22, 2022
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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

12.7oz bottle into a teku. 2013 Editie, so 8 years old.

Mixed look here, first pour clear dark red with a loose bubbly head. Second pour muddied the water so to speak, and killed the head.

Aroma is sour and a little funky which for some odd reason suggests methane to my non too talented nose.

On tasting, certainly sour enough. A little woody. Tart and dry, light dark fruit notes. The aforementioned methane is hanging around, but not interfering.

Mouth just about medium, finish fruity and drying.

Overall, not bad. Not bad at all. Grew on me. Would have again.

Oct 08, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

12.7oz bottle, 2013 version with a best by date in 2023

Tiny bit of head after a hard-ass pour. Chunks. Smell is light with some oak and dried fruit poking out. The taste is just, umph, frickin' great: plenty sour with a complex flavor that I could blubber on about for paragraphs. Steady oak and booze presence that doesn't detract, but adds. That is getting more and more rare to find

I loved this. If you find it and like the style, buy it

May 19, 2021
3.78 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 10, 2021
4.14 by DvdP from Netherlands on Nov 27, 2020
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3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by josanguapo from Spain

De 2d2dspuma. En copa Grimbergen. En cena, con burger de ternera del Codim Tras partido de futbito en Umbrete. Acidez con un punto ligeramente tostado que ni fu ni fa

Sep 15, 2020
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3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25
by kitch from Hong Kong

A 12.7 fl. oz. bottle with an expiry date of 19th December 2025. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A clear amber orange copper colour with a nice two finger beige head, that had good retention and eventually settled to a thin replenishing cap, while leaving nice lacing.

Aroma: Sour, strawberry, balsamic vinegar, cherry, and light oak.

Taste: Tart, sour, balsamic vinegar, oak, with fruity notes of strawberry, cherry and blackberry.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: The balsamic notes were strong, and along with wood notes, overpowered the berry fruitiness that I prefer.

Apr 01, 2020
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3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by bigred89 from Maryland

2013 edition. Disappointing.

Feb 22, 2020
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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by DefenCorps from Oregon

Bottle, 2013 edition.

A dark red with a thin beige head with ok retention and no lacing. The nose is cooked cherry, honey, red wine vinegar, oak, brown sugar, a little cooked cereal. The classic old world oud bruin character, meaty and brooding and so different from the newer American interpretation of the style. The palate opens sour and lactic with a moderate acetic note. Vanilla, cooked cherries, caramelized brown sugar, a little savory, mild meat like note, like a fermented sausage. Lactic finish, this beer is medium light in body and softly carbonated. Solid.

Nov 23, 2019
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2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by Beaver13 from Colorado

12.7 oz bottle, 2013 edition with cap exp 18/05/23. Pours clear dark ruby with a medium creamy light tan head that goes to a thin film that leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet acidic and tart fruit with some wood and a little funk.

The flavor is sweet and lots of tart sour fruit with acidic earthy funk. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK sour.

Sep 25, 2019
3.84 by Quafftastic from Virginia on Feb 16, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

More funky and fruity than normal, but wait, before I lose you, I am going to try to convince you why this worked for me. The dark cherry was accompanied by raspberry, orange, apple and I swear blueberry, giving the cherry more depth and brightness simultaneously. The malt is strong enough to draw these fruit in with the assist by a funky belgian yeast, almost like a golden yeast. However, there is a little vinegar on the finish that is pungent on the nose especially, so close verzet!

Sep 20, 2018
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3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by puck1225 from Texas

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Murky brown color with a decent head and good lacing. Sour fruit smell and taste. Pleasant funkiness. White wine, cherries and hint of orange and strawberry. Good beer.

Aug 31, 2018
3.88 by robotic_being from Florida on Aug 03, 2018
3.81 by shelby415 from Oregon on Jun 24, 2018
3.76 by Dazka from Italy on May 22, 2018
3.46 by christoph28 from California on Mar 31, 2018
3.94 by steverx8 from England on Mar 24, 2018
4 by Dirtyhands from Maryland on Feb 07, 2018
3.94 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania on Feb 04, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by avalon07 from South Carolina

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a dark brown color and a murky, cloudy texture. There was a small amount of off white, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A nice aroma of apples, Belgian yeast, oak, cherries, and other berries.

T: Tasted of a tinge of oak, some Belgian yeast (it's kind of subdued), lots of apples, a heap of cherries, raspberries, light malt notes, and a vinegary quality. Quite a lot of fruit on the palate here, and that's a good thing. It's pretty sour, but also complex and interesting.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a lively, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: In general, this is a well made beer. If you like sour stuff, give this one a shot.

Jan 21, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Opted for my tulip for this one.
The appearance was a semi-thick dark amber to brown color with a quickly dissipating finger's of a little white foamy to fizzy head. Just a miniscule concave lace upon the sides of the glass.
The aroma captured a super nice blend of sweet to sour apple cider vinegar, sweet wood, caramel malts, light funkiness, some cherry sour flesh, light raspberry tartness, sweet grass, and ended with a touch of lemon.
The flavor leaned towards a crisp sour meshing of the cherries and raspberries that seemed to meld on into the funkiness and woodiness. Mild acidity. Underscored by a little bit of bitterness, everything came together in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation seemed a bit under, but I did see that this is a 2013 bottle (no harm, no foul to me). ABV did feel on par. Semi-sticky raspberry to cherry sort of finish with a really nice tartness.
Overall, an exceptionally nicely aged Flanders Oud Bruin, I'd love to have again preferably fresh just to see the differences.

Dec 04, 2017
4.08 by AGust82 from Connecticut on Oct 14, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice brownish-reddish color. Nice head from a vigorous pour, and the head quickly dissipated. Nose is funk, raspberries, cherries, and a bit of sourness. Really nice. Taste is sour upfront, with a woody bitterness on the back end. Sour is great, with some funky notes. It has some citrus peel and leathery notes as well. I'm a big fan of this. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit dry.

Sep 28, 2017
3.71 by hermit990 from Illinois on Aug 24, 2017
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3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by zeff80 from Missouri

Poured out a murky brown color with a good deal of yeast sediment. It smelled of sour green apples and hints of berry. Nice sour taste with a touch of sweetness and caramel.

Jul 28, 2017
3.68 by Trevor_martin from Texas on Jul 17, 2017
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3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by The_Bujon from Ireland

A typical Belgian sour red, pours like prune juice, zero head, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were about to embark on a detoxification concoction.

Aroma is a little lacking, don't really pick up anything beyond that sour tone.

Taste is pretty decent, but you really need to enjoy your sours to appreciate this one, a sour spicy fruit. Very similar to the petrus aged pale ale in flavour.

Feel is a little dry in the mouth, and does have a very dry aftertaste.
Strangely it does leave you licking your lips for another quaff??

Overall, it's an acquired taste, but many Flanders sour reds are.

Jul 17, 2017
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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

A- Pours a muddled toffee color (plenty of yeast suspended in this one), and with a minimal head, but rather a vicious ring around the liquid. Carbonation is much too hard to see, and the overall appearance seems to be a little watery, with little to no lacing sticking to the side of the glass. Average looking at best.

S- To me, this smells a lot like sour soother candies, with tart peach, muted balsamic vinegar, Belgian funky yeast strains that are most definitely wild...perhaps some Granny Smith apple and a slightly spicy wood aroma that has a bit of cinnamon. Interesting!!

T- Well this stands up to the style that it is meant to be.....heavy tart cherry, sour citrus, malt vinegar, green apples, sour raspberry, wild yeast and/or bacterium strains to provide a real funky nature and not much else.....this is definitely a sipping beer!

M/O- Medium body with some smooth buttery texture, and there is plenty of carbonation to boot, but it is very tart and could be a little less in your face....however.....I do find that after a couple of tries, the malt sweetness starts showing and it becomes a palatable beer. Not my favorite style but a palate cleanser and thirst quenching most definitely!

Jul 13, 2017
4.22 by AcidJosh from Canada (NL) on Jul 11, 2017
3.74 by stephenlee from England on Jul 08, 2017
4 by archero from Texas on Jul 01, 2017
3.71 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Jul 01, 2017
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4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SomethingClever from Ohio

8 oz pour on tap into a wine glass. This is a 2014 keg.

A: big frothy off white brownish head settles to a film. body is a slightly hazy brown red.

S: cherries, apples, raspberries, light vinegar, and a little oak.

T: sour cherries, light bits of oak, wine grapes, light carbonation.

M: Body is really soft lower carbonation the sourness grips your mouth quickly. It let's go gradually but not with much carbonation.

O: this is a great Oud Bruin. flavors are soft but huge and the sourness isn't crazy.

Jun 03, 2017
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3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by DrainBamage from Michigan

Pours a cloudy brown color with virtually no head. Expiration says 2022, but there is stuff floating in here. Smell is fruity and buttery. It hard to taste anything, because it is tart. Overall it's still really drinkable.

Feb 24, 2017
3.87 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Feb 21, 2017
3.81 by Bf_89 from Canada (ON) on Feb 05, 2017
3.79 by joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB) on Jan 24, 2017
4.74 by FlyingFlat from Canada (AB) on Jan 22, 2017
4 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Jan 21, 2017
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