Oud Bruin Belgian Style Ale | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Oud Bruin Belgian Style AleOud Bruin Belgian Style Ale
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Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States | website

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
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
135
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
33.33%
 
 
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6
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
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 kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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 StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev -9%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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 brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +21.3%
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 -21.9%
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 nickfl
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
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 -7.8%
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 jwc215
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
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 Tone
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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 JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1ltr waxed flip-top from the cellar.. the wax is always a bitch on these, but they're worth it. That being said, the cellaring has allowed the little yeasties and bacteria to go to work in a big way... pop the cap on this while it is VERY cold and then allow it to warm up... Alot of my kitchen and myself was sprayed with a high velocity mist of beer.

3 finger head that left very nice lacing atop a hazy amber brew.

Aroma is funky sweet and sour.. reminds me of a sweeter smelling Orval.. spicy.

Flavor begins with a spicy slightly sweet malty blast and trails into some nice bret mid palate and finish is fairly dry with a lingering bret and mild hop flavor. Green apples and a faint oakiness. Light/medium palate with only a touch of carbonation.

Aging this has done wonders for it.. only similar to the original and 10x the complexity.. much much better with some time in the bottle... I have a couple more in the cellar, and am going to try and find the last couple that may be in town.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.61/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown with a short head. The aroma has a bit of band-aid to it, and then transitions into some acetic sour and funky barnyard smells. Right on the edge of being too much, and the band-aid is already pushing it over the brink. Thankfully, all of this mellows a bit in the mouth. The taste has some nice, more restrained barnyard elements and there is a touch of sweetness. A bit of rubberband creeps in, but its not overbearing and doesn't detract as much as it distracts. A bit much overall and a little rough in the mouth. I wouldn't say they have this style down pat, but I love the fact that more breweries are producing beers like this and taking up the challenge.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.12/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Poplar Wine & Spirits in Casper for US$10.50.

Pours from 32oz waxed and sealed swing top bottle (bottled Apr 22 3007) a cloudy deep amber-brown with a smallish head of foam but it sticks around for the entire session and it has some lacing.

The smell is big on the yeast! I'm also getting some sourness and some fruit but the yeast smell is strong and oh.... the sour notes are taking center stage now and I can't wait to take a sip.


The taste is really fruity up front. There's a definite sour flavour that dominates the intial taste but that is offset by some good malty caramel sweetness and it has a lot of earthy tones in the background that become more noticeable as I take further sips. It's an unusual mixture of flavours but I find that it works for *my* taste buds and I find myself taking more and more sips. Pretty drinkable in my book.

Further sips in and the sourness is still there but the malt presence balances out the brew nicely. I think Grand Teton has done a nice job within the style. I'm glad I bought 2 botttles for myself and 1 for a trade to another fan of the Grand Teton's Cellar Reserve series. This one is, imho, another well crafted brew. Thanks Grand Teton!

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Photo of cbutova
2.66/5  rDev -20.1%
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 champ103
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Closed For Business.

A: Pours a dark garnet, ruby red color. A two finger beige head forms, and recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Tart, vinegary dark fruits up front. Thought the tartness is not in your face. Sweet malt, then nothing. Nothing lingers.
T: Follows the nose with vinegary fruits. Lightly tart, almost no acidity, and sweet malts. Again, nothing lingers hear.
M/D: A medium body and lower carbonation. Fairly thin and watery. Not hard to drink. I finished this with ease.

This is not bad. Just fairly tame. I like in your face vinegary, acidity. Probably the only style that I enjoy over balance. I don't want to say disappointed, but not exactly what I look for in the style.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Grand Teton Brewing went for authenticity and fermented this beer with both yeast and bacteria cultures for six months at cellar temperature.

Pours a bright tawny-colored brew with heavy tinges of red. The clarity is fine and a thin lace has no problem remaining for the duration. Mildly tart aroma with cellar funk and earthy, medicinal and grassy aromas. Creamy medium body with just enough crispness from the carbonation. The malt character unfolds with layers of complexities as it warms. The tartness is very delicate, mostly dissipating toward the end. Malty, with bready overtones. Woody hop flavors help to balance, while faint suggestions of cherry juice, musty yeast and a ghostlike lemon peel arise. Finishes quite dry and refreshing.

We really dig how the tartness is mellow and not in-your-face like other Oud Bruins we've tried. This beer is proof that some American brewers can brew just as well as their Belgian counterparts. A plate of beer-braised spareribs would do the trick for a pairing.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sat on this for a couple of years. I guess now is the time.
Thanks Linda.
Opened with immediate carbonation (boy beer) coming out of the bottle. Holiding a potent tart and sour sweet malt aroma even before pouring. A bit of the barnyard too. Pretty consistent throughout.
Cloudy amber of slight orange brown and red. Thinnish head after pouring holds it status very well throughout.
Just a touch of cinnamon before the more traditional flavors come on. Qiute tart, but something isn't quit right. The flavors underneath the sour don't sit well. The malt seems a little shallow. flat and uninspiring, and compared to others I find the fruit difficult to discern. Some sour apple and as it warms can start to pick up a few more flavors, but still limited.
Fully carbonated with a 1/2 glass filling me up with bubbles. Reasonably thin and the carbonation is soft.
Especially as it warmed some, became a more drinkable beer, but that does not take away from its deficits.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.37/5  rDev -28.8%
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 Crosling
1.64/5  rDev -50.8%
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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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.04/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oud Bruin pours a reddish color with no head. Their is a nice mellow fruity and sour aroma. The taste is slightly fruity and sweet, a bit sour, and has a nice yeasty undertone. Full flavor, but the carbonation is a too light. Overall its an enjoyable beer, and a rather average one at that.

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Photo of spoony
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

From a 750 ml bottle (dated April 2, 2013) into a tulip.

A-An aggressive pour produces a flat-looking cranberry-colored brew. The one-finger head of tan foam drops immediately and leaves no lacing. The beer is clear and lighter in color than many of this style.

S-The smell has some cranberries, but very little sourness or tartness. In fact, it is a bit watery smelling, with only some prune-scented malts to provide any body.

T-The taste is just...off. There are some oxidized, dirty (as in dirt, literally) flavors, some prune, a touch of cranberry, and a saccharine bitterness instead of sweetness or vinous tartness.

M-The feel is close to normal for the style with soft carbonation and a moderate heft.

O-I was very disappointed in this beer. It lacked many of the sour, acidic, vinous characteristics that make an oud bruin an oud bruin. Instead, there is a mildly sweet prune flavor; some bitter, metallic tastes; and an earthiness that literally tastes like mud. I'm not sure if this batch was off or if I got a bad bottle, but I will not be looking for this brew again.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage April 11, 2007

After the wax is removed enough to pry the swingtop up, a high-pressure stream of brown foam squirted across the kitchen. After running to the sink, the top is fully removed and the brew pours a beautiful clear burgundy.
Two inches of tan foam atop, with errant particulates that settle on the bottom.
Lacework aplenty throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with juicy figs, cherry-spiked malt, raisins, and sherry vinegar.
Hints of cedar, caramel, wet hay, and turned earth follow through.

Medium bodied, with a lush and creamy mouthfeel.

Ripe malt, dark fruits, and woody tannins start the palate. Shades of light acid, cherry pits, peppery funk, and figgy caramel step forward.

Finishes with a slight peppery warmth, a hint of acid, and lingering dark fruit.

A very low-key Oud Bruin. Lacking in any intensity or acidity found in better examples.
Pretty tasty and highly drinkable regardless.

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Photo of hardy008
4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper color with a small beige head, with decent retention and lacing. the aroma has a low amount of tartness to it, with cherries and green apples. There is some wild yeast, but not very strong. Still smells nice though.

Tastes both sweet and tart, but not as tart or sour as most Flanders Oud Bruins. Normally I would mark the score down for this, but I still like the taste, and it meets the style guidelines listed on the site. Same taste description as the aroma. It falls a little more into the smooth and sweet description, with mild tartness.

Medium bodied with light carbonation, smooth and easy to drink. Has both a sweet and slightly tart aftertaste. This is a different type of Flanders Oud Bruin than I am used to, but I like it.

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Photo of spark3148857
3.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 Vintage into a tulip glass:

I am really impressed with the appearance on this beer. A moderately aggressive pour down the middle of the glass produced a three finger fluffy off white head. It has slowly dissipated leaving half a finger of tight bubbles. Carbonation is streaming off the bottom of the glass. Color is a cloudy burnt orange at the edges of the glass becoming a deeper amber in the center. The nose is a little bland with Belgian yeast esters taking over most of the aroma. A slight caramel malty sweetness is detected as well as a mineral earthyness. There is maybe a tiny hint of funk. Taste is much better than the aroma. Up front I get caramel sweetness and a traditional Belgian ale yeast taste. In the middle of the palate I start to get the slightly sour notes. My mouth puckers for a moment, but on the back end it is taken over by an earthy bitterness that is a little overwhelming. Dry finish. I get where other reviewers have been coming from. I would have really liked the earthy bitterness to at the back end to have been replaced by a puckering sourness to complement the caramel sweetness. That said, a highly enjoyable and drinkable ale and perhaps serves as a good "introduction" to sour beers.

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Oud Bruin Belgian Style Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.
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