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Modern Times Beer

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Style:
Flanders Oud Bruin
ABV:
7.4%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.25 | pDev: 7.76%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
63
From:
Modern Times Beer
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  16
Gots
  18
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: Red wine barrel-aged Oud Bruin.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 63
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.31/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This one pours a light murky brown color, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

This smells somewhat metallic and vinegary, with cherry and slightly sweet malt.

This is a touch too prickly and acetic for me - it doesn't feel carefully brewed to me. There's some metallic astringency on the back end, too. There's not enough malt richness to balance these flavors out.

This is light bodied, but not super drinkable, with a prickly and lactic finish on the back end.

I usually like Modern Times a bit more than I enjoyed this bottle. There were too many off flavors.

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Photo of BreweryRun
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Have tried both the 2015 and 2016 (both from the bottle) versions which were largely similar except that 2015 was significantly more sourless balanced. Smell is brown malt, light oak, and lactic acidity. Taste is similar with the malt lending a slight sweetness which balances the the oak and acidity. The barrel also lends some nice vanilla character and medium full mouthfeel. Overall, this is one of the best dark sours out there, I personally prefer the more balanced 2016 but both were excellent.

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, this beer is not retired and has been brewed once again, released april 2016. It is the same great, barrel aged FOB that I remember though. Another exceptional brew with that signature modern times funk!

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Lots of lactic sourness mixed with funk, slightly vinous with some oak presence on finish.

A: Brown color with some reddish highlights, slight head retention.

T: Upfront some dark fruit notes, followed by leather (which I presume is from the red wine barrel), slightly earthy with some oak astringency on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; sourness is clean.

O: Bit sourer than most Oud Bruins. The red wine barrel imparted some leather notes more commonly found in red wine. Overall, pretty interesting take on the style and something I’d drink again.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I must say that for the first release of any Modern Times sours they definitely hit the nail on the head with them. A wonderful balance of sour and sweet.

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Photo of dar482
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a murky brown color.

The aroma is quite tart with lemons, lactic, Brett funk, a touch of oak, and vinegar.

The flavor follows as the beer is generally sour throughout. A touch of dark fruit and vinegar. Funk hits the beer in the middle. Oak drying hits the back of the beer, although slightly lacking on the back.

A great attempt and similar to the traditional brews in the style.

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Photo of ETPH
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an exceptional first sour from Modern Times. I really hope they continue to make more. Seemed slightly expensive for an untested sour but well worth it in retrospect.

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Empty Hats from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 63 ratings