James & Julie
Allagash Brewing Company

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From:
Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Style:
Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #3
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,184
Avg:
4.25 | pDev: 7.76%
Ratings:
244
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 06, 2022
Added:
Oct 25, 2015
Wants:
  16
Gots:
  50
SCORE
94
Outstanding
James & JulieJames & Julie
Notes: James and Julie is our take on a Flemish sour brown and offers an aroma of raisins, figs, cherries, and caramelized sugar. Mahogany in color, this medium-bodied ale finishes with clean acidity and a hint of spice. We brew this sour brown ale with Pilsner, Special B, Maize, and Chocolate Malt and ferment it with our house yeast strain. It then ages for two years on stainless steel with our own blend of Lactobacillus and Pediococcus cultures.
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Photo of LeRose
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LeRose from Massachusetts

Beautiful clear mahogany pour with a compact half inch tan head. Nice to look at...

Ohhh...smells nice, too. I get caramel sweetness, a little cocoa, a tartness that strikes me as fruity vs vinegar. Very mildly funky. Raisins and figs on top of the caramel, maybe a touch of cherry and some other fruity things going on.

The taste is more controlled than the smell suggests. Very clean but assertive tartness, then caramel, bready malt, and it does have a fruity character that is sweet and dark, but there are other elements that taste like plum and maybe pear. The malt is sweet and kind of brown bready and there is a faint sense of cocoa powder. The funk is quite mild, being more earthy and grounding than in the face barnyard. Mello, maybe the result of graceful aging?

Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, a little stickiness.

Overall, I think this is a very refined beer. Nothing dominates to any great degree, and the flavors play off one another nicely. The net effect is a pleasant tartness and a very clean beer. Definitely a worthy beer from the good folks at Allagash.

Jun 06, 2022
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

2017 bottle.

This one pours a light brown color, with a small white head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like red berry, caramel, cocoa powder, red wine, oak, and vanilla.

This has aged really, really well - it honestly might have gotten better with time. There's a very pleasant and soft tartness, with a complex fruity and caramel like bready maltiness. There's also some chocolate and a hint of red wine.

Allagash beers always tend to age well, and they always tend to be some of the most underrated beers out there.

Nov 22, 2021
 
3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Nov 15, 2021
 
4.25 by aucanuck from Georgia on Jun 13, 2021
 
4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland on Apr 17, 2021
 
4.56 by blisscent from Rhode Island on Nov 01, 2020
 
3.83 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Jul 26, 2020
 
4.5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Jun 08, 2020
Photo of justme
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by justme from Massachusetts

Wonderfully delicious. Nicely tart. Good crisp flavors

May 24, 2020
 
4.24 by ColForbinBC from New Jersey on Apr 06, 2020
 
4.25 by PprBurke from Virginia on Jan 15, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by npolachek from New York

Very solid Flemish brown ale. Tastes sour, but not too sour. good aromas with dankiness as well as tartness bundled into one. Very earthy and great drinking.

Dec 20, 2019
 
4.19 by drstalker from Illinois on Dec 08, 2019
Photo of Gatch
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Gatch from Massachusetts

Bottled June 20, 2019 and picked up at the brewery on October 12th. It’s a rare occurrence that I get to drink a Flemish sour brown ale and even more special coming from such a top notch brewery. Nose is super aromatic and complex, with dank wood, dark sugary fruits, and even bourbon barrel?? Flavor is similar, though heavier on the earthy, fruity character. Pleasantly tart with plenty of carbonation. A seriously well-executed Flanders Oud Bruin!

Nov 08, 2019
 
4.15 by Massbmx from Massachusetts on Sep 08, 2019
 
3.88 by dsshuck from Delaware on Aug 17, 2019
 
4.08 by taospowder from New Mexico on Jun 23, 2019
 
4.21 by kingjohnh from New Mexico on Jun 22, 2019
 
4.25 by paulish from New York on Jun 07, 2019
 
4.24 by Nunya from Ohio on May 19, 2019
 
3.88 by TheWolf from Delaware on Apr 07, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

It is the first time I've had an Oude Bruin, but I thought it tasted pretty similar to Flanders Red Ales. It is a tart beer but very crisp and drinkable.

Look: clear brown with a very thick tan head

Aroma: lemon, tart cherries

Taste: tart, a bit sweet, caramel, red wine, tart cherries and oak.

Feel: light and somewhat bubbly

Apr 01, 2019
 
4.25 by y2kawakami from Hawaii on Jan 25, 2019
 
4.37 by Bum4ever from California on Dec 31, 2018
Photo of brother_rebus
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by brother_rebus from Maine

popped a 2015 on 12/23/18. Kept well. Smooth. Sour. Fuzzy n fizzy. Wish i had another.

Dec 24, 2018
 
4.37 by Kurmaraja from California on Nov 17, 2018
Photo of Sabtos
3.57/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

Even after a full pour, the body is clear, with tiny light bubbles under a shadow of dark acorn red with a head that fizzles out so quickly you never know it was there.

Smell seems pretty acetic and vinegary. Balsamic, dark oak, red wine grapes and cherry with a slight nostril-stinging draft.

Taste up front is startlingly sour at first, tart and sharp, and very Oud Bruin-esque, but you warm up to it quickly. It's not acetic as the nose would suggest, but is at the same time very old world, oaky, and balsamic-like without being full on vinegary. There's some plum, cherry and red grape, but the overall "sour brown" is the main takeaway.

Feel is crisp, tingly and moderately thin with a semi-dry finish.

Nov 09, 2018
 
3.85 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Oct 09, 2018
 
4 by eldoctorador from Chile on Oct 04, 2018
Photo of Damian
3.74/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Damian from Massachusetts

Drank from a 12.7 fl oz (375 ml) corked and caged bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Date Bottled: Oct. 11, 2017
Served in a tulip

Crystal clear mahogany appearance. The body was topped by a tight, creamy, light khaki crown that fell to a frothy film. Streaky patches of lacing stuck along the glass.

The nose was mild but had a dominant plastic-y quality to it. Some mild tartness and funk were detectable as well. Touch of caramel malt sweetness. The aroma definitely improved as the beer warmed. The plastic notes dissipated and the sweetness came forth. A slightly oxidized, sherry-like note was also detectable. Hint of smoke as well.

The plastic presence also came through in the flavor. There was a moderate tartness too. Mildly acidic. Underripe raspberries came to mind. Bit of malty sweetness. Carmel malts were noticeable. Lemon appeared on the back end. The beer finished quite dry with even more tartness and acidity. Pithy lemon peel notes were apparent as well.

The beer was light and fluffy on the palate. A touch airy perhaps. The liquid contained a zippy, rather aggressive effervescence that was somewhat reminiscent of Champagne. Toward the drink’s end, the acids in the beer made my teeth feel super sensitive.

I tend to really enjoy most Flemish sour ales, but James & Julie seemed rather thin in both flavor and body and contained an odd plastic-y quality. I think a bigger malt backbone would balance this out and improve the beer substantially.

Sep 30, 2018
 
4 by oline73 from Maryland on Sep 16, 2018
 
4.1 by swierczt from Connecticut on Aug 23, 2018
 
4.3 by Phineasco from Massachusetts on Aug 17, 2018
Photo of Franziskaner
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Dark copper colored and very clear in complexion. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering the majority of the top. The aroma is of barnyard funk and horse blanket along with some apple cider. I'm tasting apple cider, horse blanket, and a touch of pear. The mouth is moderately carbonated and very dry.

Jul 15, 2018
 
3.98 by CavemanRamblin from North Carolina on Jul 09, 2018
 
4.28 by Duffman79 from Connecticut on Jul 08, 2018
Photo of snaotheus
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by snaotheus from Washington

2018-07-01
375ml bottle served in a WABL sampler.

Pours a brownish red with a smallish head and little carbonation. Smell is tart and dark.

Taste is woody, cherries, tart.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Overall, i's pretty good.

Jul 02, 2018
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Apellonious from North Carolina

12.7 fl oz bottle poured into a WW tulip glass. A ruby red brown mix, dense, a thin rim of head that moves immediately to a thin lace. The aroma is wood, cider and pear. Immediate, but not overpowering, pucker initially, cider, some pear and dark fruit notes. As it warms, you get more of the dark fruit, but the sourness remains even for the entire glass. The mouthfeel is medium, carbonation sharp. A very well made sour brown, it hits all the notes.

Jul 01, 2018
 
4.14 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Jun 23, 2018
 
4.24 by jakea from Wisconsin on Jun 23, 2018
James & Julie from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 244 ratings