Shadow Work
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Style:
Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #61
ABV:
7%
Score:
87
Ranked #22,561
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 8.4%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
16
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Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: Shadow Work is our new blended mixed culture dark sour brewed in the flemish red/brown style. We blended barrel-aged sour with young brown ale in the traditional manner, and the result is a perfectly balanced delicately tart beer with flavors of caramel, oak, dried dates, and a touch of sweetness. This is a great beer to cellar as it will develop new complexity and character over time.
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is way lighter and more subtle than i expected it to be, and actually i like its mild and understated nature, not at all what i thought it would be, but in a good way. this is the first and only grimm beer i have seen for sale in idaho too, hopefully more on the way. its lighter than a typical oud bruin or even flanders red, its like a medium amber to deep tan color, with a creamy off white head on top from the little bottle. its got good clarity through most of it, and the head retention is great. i wouldnt describe the color as dark, as the label suggests. the aroma and flavor are unique, not as bacterial and acidic as i thought it would be, instead its mellow and nuanced, lots of new oak character, subtle vanilla and dried red apple, golden raisin and date sweetness too, with just a little wine tannins and funkiness creeping in, it seems mature without being as sour as most in the style are. some red berry tang in here too, but smooth all the way, barely even sour, especially by grimm standards. i get some toasted chestnut and toffee notes, which add to the fall vibe, and this seems just right for this time of year. oddly dry for what it is too, smooth with the wood, elegant even for what it is. an impressive little beer, unexpected, but of superior quality. i hope to see more from these guys come out this way!

Nov 08, 2019
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Tony210 from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky reddish brown, abundant foamy head. Aroma is funky and yeasty. Nice tart flavor, a bit too yeasty for my liking. Overall I am glad I tried it.
6/9/19
500 ml bottle from brewery
3,75 rating

Jun 09, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shadowing the Flanders old brown style of historic ale making gives Grimm Ales a chance to offer a unique taste in today's beerscape, but doing it by going back... way back.

Rusty mauve in color and dusted with an ominous translucent glow, Shadow Work pours with a voluminous cap and a push of aromas that captivate the nose with red cherries, red wine, weathered woods and an overall briny scent of the sea. Cellar-like funk plays a secondary role before an initial sip of hard candy, taffy and wafers frame its malty upstart.

Malt sweetness is short on the palate as the middle palate prefers the moderate acidity and bold fruit overtones. Brisk in its sourness, the fruit flavors of cherries, cranberries, apples, red grapes and currant all take on an under ripened, more tart take. But the earthiness in taste comes in late with the brusk finish of leather, oak and an overall mossy character.

Seemingly like a ligher, maltier Flander's red ale, this Oude Bruin sits on the palate like an American wild ale but without the earthiness needed to sell that style well either. Somewhat flat on the palate, a watery kool-aid flavor comes to mind as Shadow Work is a beer between styles and not strong enough in character or complexity to compete with them either.

Mar 21, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Grimm recently, as their location near Interboro makes it quite easy to obtain their releases! Was intrigued by this since not many brewers attempt a Flanders Oud Bruin and this was a decent take on the style that took a bit of getting used to. Would not have guessed that there were any hints of a Brown Ale, aside from the hue, as this seemed like a dark sour (if such a thing existed) more than anything else...

This had an interesting pour to as the raisin hue was opaque, somewhat bright, and topped off with plenty of offsetting head that filled up the remainder of my pint glass nicely. Only a few spotty sections of lacing were left behind as I worked my way through this, as the soapy spots were quite small. Tartness, acetate, and dark fruit filled the notes as the taste was quite similar to the initial aroma. Dry, with mild sweetness and a ton of carbonation, this had an underlying woodiness to it from the barrel-aging that gave it a but of a funky and rustic tone to it, as the stickiness and sweetness were hardly anywhere to be found.

Just the right amount of alcohol was present and indeed, this was balanced to *some* extent as the body could have been a bit more rounded out and fuller. It had a faint slickness and went down easy as this was a nice example of a style that I'm not terribly familiar with. Enjoyable in moderation, I'd give additional beers like this a go if they were more readily available!

Mar 15, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice twist on a Flanders: not quite as vinegary / lactic, notes of dark chocolate-covered cherry, earthy yeast with a mild tartness on the tongue...

Feb 28, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a 4 oz (120 ml) Teku glass at the Grimm brewery.
A: Pours a hazy, dark copper color with garnet highlights, a one and a half finger mocha colored head, decent retention, but little serious lacing.
S: Tart, but lightly. Aromas of caramel, red and dark berries, and lactic acid all very evident.
T: Tart and semidry. Flavors largely follow the nose. Clean, satisfying finish.
M: Medium bodied with bodied effervescence. Reminiscent of a citrus drink on the palate.
O: An a enjoyable, flavorful, moderately complex AWA from Grimm. Enjoyed it.

Feb 10, 2019
Shadow Work from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 16 ratings