Oud Floris | Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.39%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Flanders-style Oud Bruin. An homage to the complex sweet and tart beers of the Flanders region. A blend of barrel-aged wild beers of various ages.

67% aged in Cab Sauv Barrels
17% aged in Bourbon Barrels
8% aged in Rum Barrels
8% aged in Chardonnay Barrels

Added by chugalug06 on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for gifting me this one.

Bottled 6/14/12.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, and tart with grain, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet and sour grain and fruit vinaigrette flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is about as close to perfect as a beer can get. its so so so good. pours a rich coppery cherry color with a one inch off white head. it smells amazxingly complex. sweet from the rum aging right away, tart as anything from the brett in here, and a rich smokey whiskey smell at the end, with everything from dark dried fruit to vanilla to acidic white wine vibes, the nose has it all. the flavor is straight up sour, its piquant and puckey and delicious. lots of fruit and acid from the wine barrells, warming alcohol, oak, this beer really has it all, in one of the most complex packages ive ever experienced. i cant even quite place everything im tasting. this is the best beer avery has made that ive tried, its beyond exceptional. the feel is dry as hell from all the sour, but there is a sugary feel too, and lots and lots of booze. the combinations of different barrels this was aged in have made it entirely unique, and the sour in this beer is as intense as any russian river beer out there. i might have a new favorite beer in this one, its got all of those things and yet still some chocolatey malt because after all there is still a brown ale buried under here somewhere. this is epic and totally worth the price tag!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BOTTLE: 2012 vintage. 12 fl oz. Brown glass with gold foil covering the crown cap. Bottled June 14th, 2012. 252 cases produced. #12 in Avery's barrel aged series.

9.39% ABV. Barrel aged "Flanders-esque" sour brown ale.

HEAD: 5-6cm of head. Pale khaki colour. Not the most robust, but not thin either. Retention isn't bad - maybe 3 minutes at best. No lacing is left on the sides of the glass after it's receded fully.

BODY: Translucent semitransparent amber of average vibrance. More appropriate for a Flanders red ale than an oud bruin, but nevertheless appealing. I see no yeast/lees within.

Appears aptly carbonated. It's a nice overall look for an oud bruin, but there's ample room for improvement.

AROMA: Nails the style, more or less. Acetic acid, obvious oak wood (along with vanilla, but I assume that's from the bourbon barrel as well), bacterial complexity (lactobacillus is present, though not dominant per se), and vague fruitiness (maybe dates and grapes). The barrel character is atypical of the style in spite of the presence of oak, with plenty of barrel sugars coming in and countering what should be dominant - the sourness - with too much sweetness. Sourness is a meagre 2/10 in terms of intensity, making this brew hardly seem puckering.

Still, this aroma suggests a balanced and true-to-style brew with some interesting barrel notes - and I think that's exactly what Avery was after with this beer. Still, the wine barrel character isn't horribly evocative, nor are the rum or bourbon barrel notes.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Tart and puckering, indeed - I misjudged the sourness horribly going off the aroma. This is easily a 6-7/10 in terms of sourness, though a lot of it is just lactobacillus, and it lacks the bacterial intricacy of the best truly spontaneously fermented expressions of the style. There's plenty of lactic acid and wild yeasty twang bouncing around in the build, along with the requisite acetic acid and oak.

What never comes through is the high ABV; I'll never know how Avery hides their high ABVs so well (or, to be fair, why they think every barrel aged beer they put out has to be a monster even in delicate styles like oud bruin). There's no booziness or heat here at all.

More umami notes of pie crust manifest - always a treat in any Flanders wild ale. Faint suggestions of grape, raisin, and date do emerge, along with some barrel sugar sweetness.

Speaking of the barrel character: only the wine comes through, which is fine by me (who wants the coconut and sugarcane of bourbon/rum in their oud bruin anyway?). The wine acidity plays well with the acetic notes and grape/raisin notes, fitting in naturally. Would I know this was aged in cabernet sauvignon barrels specifically in a blind tasting? Likely not, but it does seem to be red wine, and I don't find any crisp chardonnay notes like pear. Red wine was a good choice for aging this oud bruin, though I do think its tannic sharpness and acidity makes it an inferior choice to virgin oak.

Brown sugar. A hint of caramel. Subtle leather (possibly from the bourbon barrrel). Brown malts. A kiss of English character in the form of biscuity almost nutty notes.

Certainly balanced, even if the thick red wine does get too prominent on the finish.

Texture is oddly chewy and leathery for an oud bruin. Medium to full-bodied, with a high acidity that holds it back from being refreshing. Slightly coarse and dry (especially in the first act), which is a little odd. Carbonation is slightly high. I do notice some pleasant warmth in the stomach drinking this; maybe that's the ABV finally giving a greeting.

While this lacks an ideal harmony of texture and taste, the mouthfeel is generally well executed at least to the extent that it doesn't get in the way of the flavours. Nice depth of flavour, with high flavour duration and intensity. True, most great expressions of the style are a bit more subtle and delicate in their execution, but Avery opted for a bolder brew when they through this in barrels and upped the ABV.

OVERALL: Avery's barrel series continues its excellence with this oud bruin, though it seems the barrel notes aren't coming through as vividly as Avery's brewers/blenders may have hoped. Unnecessarily high in alcohol, though unlike Avery's stouts, barleywines, monstrous Belgian ales, and pumpkin beers, it isn't noticeable except as a pleasant warmth after consumption. In any case, this is amongst the best American attempts at the style I've sampled, though it does fall short of the best Belgian expressions of the style. Absolutely worth trying and worth the price once (even if traditionalists might prefer a 4 pack of Petrus). I'd like to see this aged entirely in virgin oak with less lactobacillus and more other bacteria strains as well as less acidity for a more delicate and dialed in brew; the result could be world class.

It's aged well aside from beginnings of cardboardy notes indicating it will oxidize going forward. Drink now.

B (3.69) / GOOD

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Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is nice in the Leffe globe-- a coppery brown with golden highlights. A slight spritz at first pour but little head. Near flat after a few minutes in the glass. Interesting winey and vinegary aroma.

This brew is on the acidic side of this style. Some body to it from the residual malt, but sweetness is pretty well submerged in the acidity. A hint of apples and dry, bitter cider. To say it tastes like cherries would be stretching the imagination, but there is a little sour fruit. Woody. The four different barrels is a little over the top, and the confusion of flavors fighting through the sourness are not very enlightening. The alcohol seems to intensify the sharp flavors. Quite a bitter finish, though not from hops, apparently.

This 12 oz bottle says it was bottled June 14 2012. An interesting effort, and I will keep tasting these things to learn more about the spectrum. Bought at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nearly mahogany color to it with an off-white head that is poorly retained. Intense sweetness on the nose of red grapes, plums, prunes, vanilla, and chocolate. A weird combination, I must say. Only a hint of tartness in the background. Flavor shows off the wood flavors as well as the vanilla. A touch of chocolate on the finish with the intense fruit (grape and red wine) flavors in the foreground. Lightly acidic with a touch of lactic tartness, but not enough to cut through the sweetness.

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer bottled on June 14, 2012.

Allowed to warm up quite a bit, this one pours dark brown amber, dark tan head, departing quickly and leaving a fine film and strands of lace and a thin collar.

The nose is of red wine, vinagar, chocolate, raspberries, then earthy and musty to top things off, all sorts of stuff going on.

Quite tart, with more sharp vinagar, musty, ripe biting fruit, complex and overflowing with flavor and character. This is badass sour, that will not to everybodies liking. However the sour lovers amoung us will be pleased.

Likely could use some more time in the bottle...oh well...

It's a must to let this warm up, the first colder sip was kinda shocking, then the later sips, more enjoyable.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Kevin (DividedAvery). Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Very dark brown-red body, topped by a thick collar, wisps on top, and some splotchy lace.

S - Definitely maltier than Odio Equum; this is more in the Flanders vein of things. A bit of chocolate and fruit sweetness, with lactic sourness, cherry vinegar, and plenty of wet oak. Now that I see that there was a rum barrel component I'm not terribly surprised.

T - Less oak-heavy, with light chocolate and brown malts, and more overt lactic sourness. There's some fruity raspberry and cherry notes that are verging towards vinegar but aren't overly acetic. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden here.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, well-hidden alcohol, and a moderate-to-high acidity level.

D - Good stuff, although not quite as enjoyable as Odio Equum. Still, I'd happily drink another bottle of this or order a glass if it showed up somewhere on-tap. After some early missteps these Avery sours are getting quite consistent.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown in color with dark reddish highlights and a thin bubbly head that left very little lacing sticking to the glass. Plenty of vinous barrel character upfront in the nose with signs of vinegar, subtle cherry fruit, some brown sugar, slight oakiness and some underlying citrus notes. The vinegar was more prominent on the palate with a little booze kick coming through I'm assuming is from the rum barrels but had nice vinous barrel accents which added nice tart qualities alongside cherry fruit character, subtle oakiness and a touch of citrus twang. The brew was light to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, slight oaky, vinegary, vinous and tart finish. Definitely delicous and worth to try.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Errl for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and sour cherries, with some nice red wine notes thrown in for good measure. The flavor is extremely sour with a lot of sour cherries and sour red wine character. I also get some oak and a hint of rum. There is also a light amount of sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice sour.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to fortsambo for the bottle

A: Murky brown, no head, just a ring of bubbles. Not much to look at.

S: This was aged in a pretty complex set of barrels and it shows in the nose. The cabernet and chardonnay influences are clear, but the rum and bourbon are more muted. Nice lactic aroma. Probably the most interesting smelling Oud Bruin I've encountered.

T: Tangy and fruity. Rum barrels come out more here, as well as a rich, woody, vanilla finish. As it warms, blackberry starts to dominate the fruit profile.

M: Well carbonated. Good linger with moderate acidity and astringency.

O: Very nice take on the Oud Bruin style, and another great beer in the Avery Barrel Series.

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Photo of claspada
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi viscous, hazy reddish-amber color with a small quickly dissipating white head that leaves some spotty lacing; very wine-like here

Aromas begins with an abundance of fruit, highlighted by cherries, pomegranate and raspberry. As it warms it gets more complex with emerging oak tannins, vanilla and vinegar. There is a distinct sweet booziness that could either be the wine, rum or bourbon barrel, but it's hard to tell for sure.

The flavors are just as big and bold as the aromas. There is some intial brown sugary malt sweetness but then you get a ton of sour vinous qualities including sweet red fruity berries, red and white wine grapes complemented by a gentle funkiness. The drying vinious oak tannic flavors appear more in the finish as well as the rum and/or bourbon barrel vanilla imparted flavors.

The mouthfeel was medium to heavy bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is quite sour and drying with an emerging barrel booziness which is not unpleasant and no more biting than a red wine.

Overall I enjoyed this one a great deal, maybe my favorite so far of the series that I have been fortunate enough to sample. I think this one is still a bit green and could use some time for the complex and intense flavors to mesh and become a more drinkable beer because right now it's a bit of a sipper and rough around the edges.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle $10.99 Looks like Avery has raised the price of their barrel series starting with Uncle Jacob's, disappointing. Dark brown color, fleeting head. Looks good. Smell is a little woody, fruit, vinegar, you know it will be sour. Flavor is barrel, cherry like sourness, vinegar and possibly some sort of spirits (bourbon?). Overall a decent offering but compared to something like La Folie or even Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge this falls short. I honestly thought afterward that I wish I had bought two Jacobins Rouge for the same price.

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Photo of Holland
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with ruby highlights and a light brown head that refreshes itself and stays.

S: slight sweetness, musty smell, dark fruit, cherry

T: very tart, a little sweetness but a little is present, lot of fruity flavors resembling cherry and grapes. Leaves a lot of sour aftertaste.

M: beautifully carbonated, but it's just slightly too heavy for my liking. Still leaves a wonderful crisp feeling with the sourness.

O: excellent beer - should have grabbed more. It's my first Avery sour, and I hope to get more somehow in the near future.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1448th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
4oz pour

@Bruery Provisions for Experimental Sour Flight

App- I use this term a lot but this fits here. The color of a cordial mixed with some red wine. A little brown, a little gold, a little read. No real head, small trail of bubbles.

Smell- It smelled better than it looked. It was a lot to take in. Nice setting outside let it warm a little more to release some of the oak and tannins. This was all over the place for me though. Oaky, tannin, sweet, boozy, malty, chocolate and caramel.

Taste- Really had a lot working for it. The blend of the four different barrels was a really nice addition. The wine barrels balancing off the rum was very flavorul. Added a good depth of flavor but wasnt too sour either from the final blend. Smooth, silky, rich and chewy. Had a bit of a chocoalte flavor to it as well.

Mouth- A bit light and sweet IMO. More of a light medium where it needed some fullness to balance. A little bit of a thin carbonation as well. Residual sweetness with a good cordial feel.

Drink- Its a nice beer. The style get jumbled a little bit but all together nice. I wouldnt mind a whole bottle to sip on.

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Photo of spoony
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a tulip. Bottled Jun 14, 2012 according to the label.

A-Not anything special...poured a very dark brown with rust tinting. Thin tan head quickly fades into a thin cap. Streams of visible carbonation.

S-loods of wood, with dark fruit, and red wine (from the Cab Sauv bottles). It was tart, as well, with a hint of malt and vanilla.

T-Cabernet was very apparent. Thus, I got hints of almond and vanilla to go with the dark fruit. Some vinegar. It was pretty sour, but not mouth-puckering. I really noticed the wine barrels (especially the Cab Sauv), as well as the bourbon, but I didn't get much rum/caramel. There is long, long, sour cherry finish, but this isn't a cherry-dominant sour.

M-lighter body with prickly carbonation. I agree with some other reviewers that said this beer could have used a little more body.

O-I liked this beer quite a bit and am looking forward to cellaring some. It was complex with a great smell and, while not perfect, I could easily drink more.

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Photo of denver10
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Been waiting to check this beer out forever. Stoked to finally try this...let the session begin.

Pours dark brown with a thick cappucino style beige head. Nice lacing. Smells like a tart brown ale; cherries, grapes, brown sugar, vanilla, malt, tannins from the wine barrels, and the alcohol from the liquor barrels. Lots going on with the flavor, very impressive. A puckering shot of sour grapes and cherries, evena little apple once that shot starts to calm down, the tannins from the cabernet sauvignon is noticeable, some woodiness some brown sugar, some bread. Alcohol is noticeable but blends in quite well. A medium body, not much activity. Overall, a fantastic brew. I would gladly choose this over the also awesome sour brown La Folie if given the choice between the two. Another winner for Avery's barrel aged series..

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Photo of jegross2
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing Oud Floris from Avery Brewing Company out of Boulder, Colorado.

Score: 93

Bottled June 14, 2012. Served in a Bourbon County Brand Stout snifter and enjoyed on 06/13/13.

Appearance: Pours a murky chestnut brown color with some fade to dull yellow atop when held up to the light with a thin layer of tan bubble head that quickly settles to a bubbly ring around the glass. Poor lacing and retention. 3/5

Smell: Smells sour and acidic, but not funky. Balsamic vinegar, tart lactic acid, wet wood, rum and notes of sour cherry. When it warms, I get hints of "plastic." 4.25/5

Taste: Super tart, and growingly so as this beer warms up. The tartness hits you sharply on the inside of the cheeks. Lots of lactic acid, rum, sour cherry, balsamic and vinegar. A hint of medicinal funk, but it's very mellow and well incorporated. Wet wood and hints of vanilla too. Finishes with tart cherry, lacto and a little sour dark fruit. Tastes a lot like it smells with a little more funk, a dash of dark fruit and the flavors seemingly hitting you in a different order. The sour dark fruit and lacto flavors linger well past the swallow. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-minus bodied, low carbonation. Super tart and quite dry. Spot on mouthfeel for what I want on this beer. 4.75/5

Overall: A delicious sour brown with great complexity from the marry of barrel blending. This is one of my favorite Avery sours.

Cost: $12 for a 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky reddish brown with a minimal head and a few spots of lacing. Looks more like a red wine than a beer.

Lots going on in the aroma. Lots of tannins and oak, but I get a distinct buttery chardonnay smell as well. Some caramel notes and also faint traces of a sweet spirit most likely the rum.

Again very complex, but with different elements than the nose. Rich caramel and chocolate stand out. Tannins are just as strong as the nose, but I get way more of the cab presence in the flavor. Heavy oak and tannins make this one a bit harsh (in a good way for me, but dry red wine haters may want to stay away). Rum and bourbon kick it up just a notch and are really background players adding some complexity rather than standing out on their own.

Medium bodied with carbonation levels on the lower side which helped support a lot of the vinous flavors.

Really came together as it warmed and the deper into the bottle the more I enjoyed it. Very complex flavors with different things hitting through the process of warming. May be my favorite Avery sour I've tried yet.

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Photo of Prospero
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this style and with barrel-aging was anxious to see how it blended. This beer did not disappoint!

Poured a dark brown from the bottle with a tan head, pretty good lacing and retention for BA. The smell was filled with lots of character, nice tartness of fruit to it with scents of vanilla, caramel and tart cherries and dark fruit to it with the bourbon and oak blending in. The taste was simply amazing. A classic Oud Bruin base pretty mouth puckering but great body and character from all the barrel aging that brought so much more flavor to the table. The bourbon mixed nicely with the malt bill in the brown, the Cabernet & Chardonnay tannin blended well to balance the tartness, and coupled with the aroma just sent this sour brown to the top of my list for this style. Rich, medium bodied beer, even being mouth puckering it was extremely drinkable!

Simply amazing beer. Like others have mentioned this is better than La Folie. Great job Avery, hope you brew one like it again.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled June 14, 2012. Pours a dark brown with a nice reddish hue to it. Small, off-white head. Scent is funky is shit!!! Very sour aroma with some nice tannic notes. Musty funk with sour cherries. Light chocolatey scents with some great barrel aromas. Granted, I wouldn't be able to tell this beer was aged in rum barrels if I hadn't read the label. However, now that I know it is partially aged in rum barrels...I can make it out. The bourbon barrels are east to detect with the slight vanilla sweetness. Taste is just as it smells...maybe with a little more vinegar than expected. All the barrels come through so lovely. This beer is VERY complex! I know it's hard to believe, but you can actually taste the sweet spirits, as well as the red and white wines. So tasty, with some booziness that works very well with this beer. Mouthfeel is almost puckering with some sweet, stickiness to it. Drinkability is high. Although this beer is meant to be sipped and savored...it is VERY drinkable. Overall, this is very impressive. I am very pleased with this beer.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very average looking soapy head. Rises slow and falls faster. Cream looking. Brew is dark brown/purple/red.

Heavy barrel, the bourbon and rum stand out. Lots of vanilla. Heavy grape and sourness funk!

Lots of sour grape flavors. I'm not getting much thinkness, bourbon, or rum. Nice thin refreshing body with great tartness. Creamy after taste is gentile on the palate and removes pucker factor. As the brew warms, a lot of brown sugary roastyness steps forward. A bit dry from the Chardonnay, but it only detracts a little.

What Oud Floris lacks in appearance it makes up for in scent and flavor. Highly recommended, Avery did it again.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Oud Floris pours a dark cranberry brown color with cherry edges and a small tan cap that fades away to a small island floating on top.

The aroma really clues me in that this is going to be a heavily acetic American Wild. The Flanders component is quite obvious, with tart, acidic cherry notes coming through very clearly. The cabernet barrels are definitely prevalent in the nose as well.

Right from the start this is sour and puckering. The sour cherry notes have a very strong acetic vinegar flavor. There is a bit of boozy bourbon that actually fades into the background behind the more powerful sour flavors. Oak and a bit of vanilla come through with a cabernet flavor that does nothing to stop the building sour character. There is a strong lingering sour presence in the finish.

Maybe due to the huge sour nature of the beer, the body has a lightness to it, with a medium crisp carbonation. More noticeably is the huge vinegar burn that I get with each sip and the noticeable acidity that comes with it.

Even though I could not really place the barrels other than the cabernet, I think this is another solid sour offering from Avery. It is definitely more sour than most of the beers I have had from them.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Maybe a half finger of cola colored head that fell quicker than almost every other beer I have seen. Body is clear but super dark and root beer in color with some red.

S - Tons of red wine. A nice sour cherry and raspberry. Some good oak. A little green stalkiness.

T - Again, lots of that red wine. Good oak. Not really getting the whiskey and rum flavors. A bit of slightly green rhubarb and tart raspberries.

M - Very good carbonation. Body is medium. Feels right. The tartness pulls moisture right out the middle of your tongue and mouth. Also hits the back of your throat.

O - The wine is a little overpowering, but otherwise a fantastic beer. Grows on your as you drink.

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Photo of cfrobrew
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown with minimal head

S: Slight sour scent with hints of wine barrels

T: Moderately to very tart at the beginning, you can taste the barrels more and more it seems as it warms. Fairly good amount of alcohol but balanced nicely with tartness and body. The finish was a little bitter, which may have changed had it aged more.

M: Nicely carbonated for a sour, overall it was very nice.

O: Great beer, I liked it a lot. Wish I had another to cellar for a year or two and try again.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of StoneTSR
2.52/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

APPEARANCE: Pours a deep, dark brown with some lighter brown getting through near the top when held to the light. A small head rises and then quickly falls leaving a ring of off-white foam around the edges. Not much lacing here.

SMELL: Very funky. There is a lot going on here, but all of it in a subtle way. Vanilla, oak, hints of grapes, tart cherry and maybe even a touch of nuttiness. The aroma is pleasant and light, but warns of an intensely sour beer.

TASTE: Yikes. This thing is even more intense than the nose indicated it would be. The only thing coming through is tart cherry. It completely dominates. As the beer warms a few other flavors come out of hiding. Vinegar and a decent dose of wood shine through. The caramel and spice I expected never really comes through and sadly, neither does the bourbon or rum.

MOUTHFEEL: Slight carbonation with a TON of pucker. This is not an easy beer to drink.

OVERALL: I love big, bold beers, but this is simply too extreme. It goes over the top with the tartness and is nearly undrinkable, something I never, ever say about an Avery beer. But hey, when you're experimenting with beer, you win some and you lose some and 95% of the time Avery wins.

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Oud Floris from Avery Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 123 ratings.
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