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 kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: no head really on a clear amber with relatively clear orange and golden hues body.

S: very fruity with both dark fruits and tropical fruits including red apple, fig, sour cherry, mango, tangerine with cinnamon notes.

T: fairly malty with sour and caramel malts, breads, wood, booze, fruits including fig, grape and red apple although not very sweet, more tart and sour. Belgian yeast throughout.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. coats the palate.

Overall: fairly boozy and sour with a nice belgian yeast presence. I havent had too many of these but this one seems to have many elements making it complex.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.09/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Bottled 4/1/13.

Pours a murky dark orange-red with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with malt, grain, and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with slight sour fruit and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is pretty disappointing for the style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

the worst grand teton beer out there, at least the 2013 batch, that ive had, and its not close. this is not an oud bruin, a far cry from it really. no sourness whatsoever, no lactic tartness or even funk. i dont know what went wrong here, and if it didnt taste okay, i would score it far lower. as a belgian brown, its okay, as an oud bruin its an utter embarrassment. hazy light brown amber liquid with some density and a patchy airy half inch of tan head. it smells fruity like apples, esters from a funny belgian yeast dominate, stale brown ale malts, a touch of chocolate, and caramel grains all bounce around. nowhere is wild fermentation, nowhere is funky yeast, and nowhere is any sign of the beer this claims to be. grand teton is an awesome brewery, they make nothing but unique and well crafted beers, all of them, but this is an abomination. sweet fruit, rotting apples, caramel malt, and stale belgian yeast all collide in a beer i dont care to ever taste again. ive heard a lot of different takes on what the deal is with this, but i can only gather its a mistake that should have never been released. an okay brown ale, not an oud bruin, avoid this one at all cost.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In the true Flemish taste, Grand Teton's Oud Bruin captures the essence of a region with a toasty, savory and sour flavor spread that's as complex and alluring as it is polarizing.

Plum wine in color, the darken center displays a deep amber and bronze. Above, the short-lived spritz of foam folds back into the beer but leaves a bouquet of cherry, apple and grape behind. Sweetened with the supple sugars of confectioner's candy, toasted grain and cola nut, the early flavors are a buffer from the sourness to come.

A slow transition to dryness and sourness leaves the middle palate to embrace the toasty and nutty malts but to also embrace the tepid sourness that also creeps into the balance of the beer. After which, the winey tone of the beer takes a slight lead and finishes the taste with toast, wood and soft wood rot.

As suggestions of berry and cherry tread onto the finish, the beer concludes with a similar toasty, fruity, and sour trend that the aroma suggested. Spicy with hints of peppercorn highlight the toasted aspects of taste as the medium-bodied sour ale echoes with toast and cherry.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Spumes from the bottle and pours a cloudy rust color with a few squiggles of lace left after the head quickly fades

Smell: Tart apple cider aroma, with brown sugar and sour cherry elements

Taste: Opens rather bready with the sour apple flavors building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sourness fades somewhat and while it clearly remains discernable, the flavor profile becomes dominated by banana and clove flavors, with a significant sweet, though woody, aspect to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body but much of the carbonation went down the drain

Drinkability: This is a mighty unusual beer; in a homebrew contest it would score poorly for its variance from style, but I enjoyed the complexity and, bottom line, I liked the taste

Thanks, brewjones, for the opportunity.

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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 zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of nickfl
3.24/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy, amber body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Caramel, brown sugar, and balsamic vinegar.

T - Sweet, sugary malt up front with notes of brown sugar and molasses. More of the same in the middle with a slightly acidic finish and lingering toasted grain character.

M - moderately thick body, average carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This isn't a bad beer, but it thoroughly fails to live up to its stylistic description. There is almost no acidity and while there is a little funk in the aroma it tastes like a sort of imperial brown ale. Not something I would drink again and a bit ofa disappointment.

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Photo of mactrail
3.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Handsome dark hazy amber in the New Belgium snifter. Enough foam and a tangy carbonation. Some lacing and swirls of foam as you slop the glass around. A little beery and woody aroma, but not much. Light and watery.

I don't taste much Brett or any hint of sourness. Bottled on date is not quite legible, but 2013 sometime. A hint of fruit that makes me think of the cheap passion fruit juice in the supermarket cooler. A touch of butter. Just enough bitterness and dark nastiness to keep it from being a good soda pop. This just seems like a lot of trouble for a sweet, soupy brew. From the 22 oz bottle bought for $10.25 at Bottlecraft in San Diego. At least they had the decency to put a cap on it instead of the cork nonsense.

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Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mdfb79
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 quart, 1.8 oz. bottle, bottle-conditioned; waxed flip-top bottle. Picture of a large bear on bottle. Attached tag has a description and a bottling date of April 13, 2007. (Tried just over two months later.)

Poured into tulip glass:

Pours deep ruby/mahogany wih a large off-white head that settles to a lasting cover and leaves a large dose of lacing on the glass.

The smell is of berry-like fruitiness wiht a touch of vinegar. Malty sweetness really stands out, followed by a growing, but restrained, sourness.

The taste is of sweet carmelized graininess. Lactic sourness balances out the sweetness with quite a bit of East Kent Golding hops giving it an earthy, bitter undertone. Sweet malt and corn linger through the finish. Alcohol is well-covered.

Light bodied and smooth. Not quite as pungent or sour as expected, and flavors hang on, but not quite as long as I would like.

An interesting one - I was going to say to sip on, and rate drinkability a bit lower, but it vanishes fairly quickly thanks to a nice carbonation level and general smoothness. Still, I don't know if it's a prime example of the style - a certain corn-adjunct characteristic, while maybe lightening it - makes it rather sweet and throws it "off" just a bit. I don't know, but maybe they could have done something else - whatever. It's decent and well-worth trying. I could see it pairing well enough with certain meats and fish.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back for me.

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, sourness, slight pale malt, and dark citrus. It smells more like slightly sour Belgian Tripel than a Flanders Oud Bruin. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a moderate level of sourness. Tastes of sourness (grapes?), alcohol, sweet malt, slight hops, yeast, and slight pale malt. Overall, while this is a tasty beer it is not my favorite example of the style. I prefer FOB's to be more sour, though the blend in this beer is quite good.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bitterbill for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Waxed (Yellow) Swing Top

Poured into a chalice a beautiful clean/clear light red/mahongy color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, some nice little islands and sticy lacing throughout the drink. The nose is malty, slightly sour/tangy, yeasty, some spices, and some nice caramel tones. The taste is a little sour/tangy, enough for the tongue to know it's there, malty, yeasty, there are some spice's in there, and a nice touch of caramel. The finish is alittle dry. Medium body, well-rounded brew. Very drinkable, a nice and easy brew to drink. Glad to have had a chance to try it, thanks Bill.

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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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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

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Oud Bruin Belgian Style Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
3.32 out of 5 based on 136 ratings.
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