Oud Bruin Belgian Style Ale | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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136 Ratings
Oud Bruin Belgian Style AleOud Bruin Belgian Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States
grandtetonbrewing.com

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Oud Bruin is firmly in the East Flanders tradition. We used American 2-row barley and German melanoidin malt (for red color) as well as maize (to lighten the body). The wort was simmered in the kettle for 24 hours and then hopped lightly with English Kent Goldings for balance.

We fermented with a Flemish blend of yeast and bacteria cultures, including lactobacillus, pediococcus, and brettanomyces. It took six months at cellar temperature for the culture to achieve the style’s characteristic quenching sourness. Finally, we bottle-conditioned the beer according to the “methode champenoise,” so it, too, can be laid down, to be brought out when it can be truly enjoyed.

Added by jwc215 on 06-16-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
136
Reviews:
44
Avg:
3.32
pDev:
18.67%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
4
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of ajzy
1/5  rDev -69.9%

Photo of Crosling
1.64/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 ounce bottle, not for retail sale sample. Very light in color, with a filmy head. Sweet fruits and pumpkin spice aroma, seems way off for the style. Flavor is absolutely nothing like an oud bruin. Where do I begin? Sweet beyond belief, not sour at all, no barrel character….was this even aged in wood?. The bacteria cultures just didn’t seem to work any magic. Really, really just awful and a drain pour for me. I sampled this next to Russian River Supplication and this beer absolutely tasted and smelled like nothing, when compared to the Supplication. I sampled what I believe was a non bottle conditioned sample, so if my score ends up being against that grain, I’ll pony up and by a Liter.

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of vince4953529
2.23/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Should have check the review before buying this. I generally trust Grand Teton would release a good beer so I just buy them without question. But this is just isn't good.
Taste is sweet malted yeast. No acidity or sourness whatsoever. Way too sweet for an oud bruin. Taste like a brown ale brewed with Belgian yeast, which is not a good combination. I had a few gulps at this and poured the rest down the sink. Sorry, Grand Teton, love your beers but this one is a total misfire.

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Photo of sb3000
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2013 edition. Nice bottle presentation with a card tag that summarizes their brewing process, ingredients and the style. Date on card is April 2nd 2013.

Pours a medium amber. Very little head. No lacing. Typical of the style.

When I close my eyes and smell, I would swear this is an Octoberfest. Very bready, some banana and clove in the nose. Some medicinal notes.

Mouthfeel is very slick. Low carbonation. Thick and coating. Full bodied.

Taste is clean but buttery. Very sweet, no tartness to speak of. Caramel, malt and clove on the finish. Again, more Octoberfest. No hop bitterness or sour notes. A good amount of diacetyl is present.

Final thoughts...an average representation of the style. None of the slightly sour notes I'd hoped for or anticipated. I disliked the beer and was somewhat underwhelmed and confused. Almost seemed like Grand Teton should have allowed the Lacto and Brett to age out a few more months. That would have provided for a more sour and less sweet beer. Would not buy again or recommend. Sorry guys.

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2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of Beaver13
2.37/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

1L bottle with waxed swing top, dated 4/11/2007. Pours a ruby red-brown with a very little head that quickly disappears.

The aroma is tart/sour fruits and oak with some smoky charcoal and leather.

The flavor is very washed out and watery. There is some cola and sweet and tart fruits, with a slight washed out bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is pretty thick and slightly syrupy which is weird considering how watery it tastes. There is almost no carbonation.

Overall, it's a very washed out and watery flemish. Even if the flavors were bolder, I think they would not compare well to other sour beers. definitely not worth the $12. It's not offensive, there's just not much there.

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Photo of colts9016
2.4/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A 3 year old, beer I am trying, so here it goes. A rocky 2 finger light tan head that has really good retention. The beer is a murky copper brown color with no clarity. A decent amount of carbonation bubbles visible. Overall a very nice showing.

A fruity, plums, a slight vinegar smell, dank basement mustiness, caramel, citrus, and toasty malts.

A caramel, notes, fig, sour cherries, mustiness, citrus, and toasty malts,

The mouthfeel is carbonated

The beer is just okay to me, the age killed it. It is more sweet than sour notes.

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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of emerge077
2.6/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A sour brown ale that is neither sour nor brown... oh boy.

Pours an auburn-orange color, fairly hazy with a stray bubble or two rising upwards. A finger of tan foam rapidly fades to a thin laceless skim on the surface. Soon after there's no foam at all.

Smell is vague, nothing really stands out, there are some vaguely Belgian spice esters that would be more appropriate in a Dubbel or similar BSDA trappist style. Nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice seems to be out of place. Not offensive,though it just "ain't right".

Taste is similarly ill-defined, and more in line with a Dubbel or BSDA. Not sour, not even tart. Unfortunately 6 months of cellar conditioning has done very little. A vague tangy bitterness and some nutmeg, toasted malt. A little sweet at first then dry and oddly bitter in the aftertaste. Definitely hasn't seen a barrel or even oak chips. This beer was a waste of money and a sad, distant facsimile of an otherwise unique style. Out of my 40 Oud Bruin reviews, this appears to be the third worst (after Bourgone des Flanders and Rivertown Pestilence).

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Photo of cbutova
2.66/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2013 bottled purchased in Jackson, Wyoming in late July. Shared with several friends this past weekend.

A- Swampy brown pour to four glasses with a small white head that lasts for only a few moments. A tiny ring remains just about disappearing over time. Lacing is not a thing with this one.

S- The age can be felt already after one year and it does not really hint anything Oud Bruin to me. Musty dank caramel, old spices, apples and slight yeast bread.

T- Just about mimics the nose with a lot of red, very lightly tart apples opening up more. Apple skins, stale caramel, slightest bit of Belgian yeast spice and bread, biscuit and raisin.

MF- Medium bodied with slick and lightly foamy consistency. Carbonation is low-medium and overall it is lacking texture a bit.

I dunno. It's not an Oud bruin. Tastes like a stale amber. I still absolutely love the label.

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Photo of Chico1985
2.71/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

2013 bottle shared by CAMRON. Amusing bear label.

Poured a murky red with orange hues and lots of flecks. White head quickly falls to a thin ring.

Smell... spice, apple, medicinal, chlorine?

Taste is an improvement but not very good. Tastes like an old/muted amber of sorts and really doesn't resemble an oud bruin in any way. Apple, old caramel bread, some lemon and green grape, light spicy and yeasty tones.

Decent carbonation and kinda limp, the most decent aspect of the beer is the mouthfeel. Very light tart fruity flavors.

Er, bacteria, where?, not awful but old-feeling, kinda reminds me of a 5-year old Belgian tripel. Plenty of better (and actual) oud bruins out there.

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Photo of stevoj
2.74/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Oud bruins are more Dutch than Belgian, and are sweet, not sour. Not sure if this is a just a play on words for the word Bruin. Definitely sour, medium amber with a skin of beige head and very lazy carbonation. Aroma is grapes/wine, apple cider. Taste is more cider with a malt backbone. Finish is kind of flat. Nice try, but not close.

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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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Oud Bruin Belgian Style Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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