Flemish Brett Brown
Old Abbey Ales

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Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
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3.66 | pDev: 6.01%
Old Abbey Ales
British Columbia, Canada
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LanceH from Canada (ON)

3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 11, 2016
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Derek from Canada (BC)

3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bit heavy on the roast and light on the Brett. Almost a Belgian stout, which wasn't expected (nor was I in the mood). Thin ring of retention leaves a bit of lace. Pleasant chocolate cherry duo in the aftertaste. Different, but decent.

Mar 24, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle - mo Brett, mo Brett, mo Brett. Sigh. At least this is a potentially malt-forward Flemish-style ale.

This beer pours a clear, dark red brick brown colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy beige head, which leaves a bit of thick, low-lying wavecrest lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of yeasty baking brown bread, a softly funky and cheesy tartness, muddled black orchard fruit, some oily nuttiness, and very plain earthy and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy and doughy caramel malt, a weakly funky and musty yeast (bacteria, really) thing, bruised cherries, red apples and plums, ethereal cafe-au-lait, and a still rather innocuous leafy, earthy and perfumed floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are adequate in their workaday support, plus a soupcon of frothy insouciance, the body a solid medium weight, and sort of smooth, as a random bitterness (the hops? pshaaaaw!) seem to step over the funk to mar things at this juncture. It finishes off-dry, the gritty malt, a resurging buttery nuttiness, and some flitting estery alcohol seizing this particular moment of my space-time.

Well, my fear of a Brett invasion was duly unfounded - the titular beastie does indeed show up at first, but then shortly disappears into the woodwork, as it were. What's left behind can best be described as one of the better Belgian-style dubbels that I've recently come across - too bad, because I was hoping for more of a Flanders Red Ale sauciness.

Feb 17, 2016
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chickenm from Canada (BC)

3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Jan 22, 2017
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MaltyPythonsHopCircus from Canada (BC)

3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sour notes on the nose but little in the flavour. As it warms the dark malts dominate. Funky flavours that somewhat clash with the roastiness of the malt. Still quite drinkable

Feb 05, 2016
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Mlkluther from Canada (AB)

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, it needs to be better. There is a lack of sour/tart that needs to be there if you are going to put Brett on the bottle. I was expecting something excellent and this is barely average.

Jun 08, 2016
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ivantheiceman from Washington

3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It poured with a two finger head that dissipated rather quickly to leave a silky film. It is a very dark brown color.

It is a bit of a soury funk smell. A little bit of sour barnyard I would say. However, that is pretty usual when using the Brett yeast and the Flemish/Flanders style. After that I get a roasted malt smell.

Initial taste is a bit of sour mixed with some booze. Then I start to taste the malts and the grain come in. The aftertaste is a mix of a funky malt grain mix. I have to say however, that the more you drink the beer and become accustomed to the funk of the Brett it seems to mellow and the grain and malt start to dominate more. I could also feel the warming sensation of booze in my chest when drinking this beer as well.

When you swish it around in your mouth it becomes very foamy and you can really feel the carbonization.

My overall impression is a good one. I think once you understand the combination of a Flemish/Flanders style which has the sour tones, mixed with the Brett to give it some funk, then ending with the malts and grains to give it a roasted sweetness, it is quite nice. It takes a bit of drinking and thinking to fully appreciate the style and the beer. For what the beer is I would give it a 4/5 because I would really have liked to taste more of the fruit notes with it. I would recommend this beer from this small Brewery in Abbotsford B.C. Just be aware of the style they are going for before buying it.

Jan 05, 2016
Flemish Brett Brown from Old Abbey Ales
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 7 ratings