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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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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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4.57/5  rDev +8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
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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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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.68/5  rDev -13%
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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3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
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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4/5  rDev -5.4%
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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4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Oud Floris from Avery Brewing Company
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