Side Project Brewing

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Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #1
Ranked #445
4.43 | pDev: 5.87%
May 06, 2023
Feb 11, 2016
Notes: Balaton is our Wild Missouri Brown Ale that was fermented in and aged in local Chambourcin Barrels with Missouri microflora for over a year with Michigan Balaton Cherries. We wanted Balaton to be soft, yet complex, so it is only 5% abv with a higher level of Brett influence and more impactful oak presence to balance out the signature Side Project acidity and the tart, cinnamon notes of the cherries.
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Rated: 5 by JAWS from New York

May 06, 2023
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dark brown in color with a murky complexion. I smell barnyard funk, horse blanket, and dark cherries. I taste dark malt, tart cherries, and barnyard funk. The mouth is dry and crisp.
Nov 26, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by not2quick from Missouri

May 24, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by Jkolls from Ohio

May 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Blend #2, unsure of the year

We’ve arrived (far too soon) at my last beer from my recent trade with merpunk1. This is the highest rated Oud Bruin on BA, and the combination of chambourcin barrels and cherries has me excited to try it. It’s also pretty cool that it’s only 5%, so I imagine it will drink very easily

Pours a dark reddish brown with a finger of tan head that quickly fades to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing

There’s a decent amount of complexity going on in the nose on this one, given that some of these can be one-dimensionally tart. I’m picking up on aromas of tart black cherry, dates, red wine vinegar, sweet red grape, toffee, brown bread, and a touch of cinnamon

The tartness is really forward in taste, but the complexity is still awesome. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting black cherry, chewy grape, brown bread, sharp oak, and light cinnamon. The swallow brings notes of tart black cherry candy, red wine, toffee, dates, and a touch of leather

A light medium body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a sharp and tart beer. Finishes lightly sticky but still retains enough tartness to keep it from being cloying

This is delicious stuff. Man I really wish I had easier access to Side Project beers, they make truly fantastic stuff
Jan 04, 2022
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A 375ml bottle, blend #2, poured into a Tilquin stemmed glass.

Appearance: A dark maroon almost cola colour, with a half finger pinkish tanned head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the glass while leaving only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Sweet dessert, cherry pie, cherry, almond, berry yoghurt, caramel.

Taste: Sweet, sour and tart, cherry, almond, caramel, cinnamon, oak, with acidic notes especially on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Absolutely wonderful aroma, and while taste was enjoyable, it wasn’t as amazing as the aroma.
Dec 18, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Aug 22, 2021
Rated: 4.38 by chepi141 from Missouri

Mar 16, 2021
Rated: 4.22 by Jangoon24 from Illinois

Oct 22, 2020
Rated: 4.53 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Sep 05, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by MTKATL from Georgia

Jul 13, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Apr 27, 2020
Rated: 4.32 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Mar 17, 2020
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a bloody-burgundy-ruby with a finger of off white foam that bubbles away quickly. Aroma is rich dark cherry, tart green apple, plum and a little cellar stone at the base. Tangy twist is well defined and melded into the profile. Flavor profile is dark cherry, cellar stone, grassy, herbal, plums and figs. Initial profile is a burst of tangy sour that recedes to reveal a lightly sweet finish. Mouth feel is crisp and medium-thin. Overall, lovely dark cherry qualities wrapped up into a mild tangy and sour ale. Remarkable.

Served in a 12oz Side Project tulip from a 375mL bottle. Blend #2.
Feb 07, 2020
Rated: 4.46 by kevindp9 from Arizona

Dec 20, 2019
Rated: 5 by Ziosa from Missouri

Dec 18, 2019
Rated: 4.4 by HopBelT from Belgium

Oct 30, 2019
Rated: 4.29 by Mikexw from New York

Sep 30, 2019
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Rated by TimG_0913 from Delaware

4.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Cherry and tart. Little hint of cinnamon.
Sep 29, 2019
Rated: 4.4 by PugsandBeer from Florida

Sep 29, 2019
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Reviewed by Rristow from Ohio

4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tasted from bottle. Pours a ruby purple with white head. Aroma of cherries, grapes, vinegar. Taste is moderately to heavily sour tart. Lots of cherry on flavor with wine sourness. Quite puckery but well done.
Jul 29, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by kjkinsey from Texas

Jul 25, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Jul 10, 2019
Rated: 4 by jschott75 from Illinois

Jul 07, 2019
Rated: 4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jun 23, 2019
Rated: 4.44 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Jun 21, 2019
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Got to have at a bottle share, thank you for your kindness stranger! Pours murky red with a ring of pink tinted white foam. Smell has deep and non-sweet cherry with brett, oak, flowers, and some of vinous elements. Taste as much of what the nose lead on, the cherry is the clear leader but very wild, floral, vinous, and has a strong wood backing. Slightly acidic and tart on the finish, but my overall impression of this beer is wild and botanical. As always for side project, it is a well-made beer. The feel is wild, sneaky bright, properly oak soured, and very well-balanced, the right amount of brett. A fun take on the style
Jun 13, 2019
Rated: 4.55 by Danielr26 from Michigan

Jun 13, 2019
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Pouring dark and foggy Flanders-like reddish-brown, a fuzzy, fizzy khaki head quickly dies to a thin ring.

A very sour punch hits up front as very cinnamon-marzipan forward cherry pie flavors come with toasty crust and all. Charred oak backs as the crisp tingly light body finishes semi-dry with a touch of lemon. It's almost roasty at times.
Jun 10, 2019
Rated: 4.71 by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

May 23, 2019
Rated: 4.45 by Eman17 from Illinois

May 18, 2019
Rated: 4 by dohedan from Michigan

May 18, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by WoolEnthusiast from Connecticut

May 15, 2019
Rated: 4.49 by warnerry from Michigan

May 02, 2019
Rated: 4.42 by RyanTheLion13 from Iowa

Apr 29, 2019
Rated: 4.44 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Apr 27, 2019
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Reviewed by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Opened a bottle and as it warmed up the cherries really came to the a tart cherry blast that created almost a mouth watering pucker.....just wanted to drink more and more. Paired with some chevere, truffle honey and crusty bread. Amazing
Apr 19, 2019
Rated: 5 by WolverineFan1243 from Colorado

Apr 14, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by PprBurke from Virginia

Mar 24, 2019
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