Oud Bruin Belgian Style Ale | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Oud Bruin Belgian Style AleOud Bruin Belgian Style Ale

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

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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed on tap from Swagger. Served in a Boulevard tulip glass.

Appearance - Pretty much to style. Body is chestnut brown with reddish clay highlights. Half-finger of bubbly head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving a rim of bubbles around the edge of the glass for the remainder.

Smell - Barely a hint of tart along with notes of dried fruit--specifically raisin, maybe cranberry--and some hints of malty sweetness.

Taste - Where is the sour? All I get from this is mostly malt, almost like an American brown ale more than a Flanders Oud Bruin. The main thing differentiating it from an American red, to me, is the lack of any kind of hop presence, which is normal for the Flanders style. However, I prefer my sour browns to have more, no actually SOME tartness.

Mouthfeel - Thin and fleeting. Light-bodied and just enough carbonation to give it a little texture.

Overall, a disappointing beer to say the least. That being said, I like sour beers, so when I have a style that's intended to be sour, or at least a little tart, with almost zero pucker factor, I'm going to be disappointed. I would recommend to people who have a hard time getting into sours, but this really isn't going to be very representative of good versions of the style, unfortunately.

Maybe I will buy a bottle and let it age for awhile to let the various cultures work their souring magic on this beer.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy red-brown brew with mild fast moving soapy tan-yellow head. No lacing.

Apple, brown sugar, grape/raisin, slightly musty. Slight lemongrass.

No tartness, at all. Lots of heavy sugary malt. Light carbonation, nearly harsh sweetness, zero bitterness.

Kinda of disappointing, hard to review... Far from fitting the style, not sure if it just needs more time or what, but it doesn't fit the category, much more of a Belgian... A good brew, but just not close to what I was expecting.

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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 Dmart1223
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd say this is one of those beers that's better drank with vigor than sipped.

It starts pouring a hazy red amber with lots of head that evens to a thin layer of foam. Looks involved....like something's going on there.

The smell was sour cherries and sweet cranberries, mixed with something bready.

And that leads into the taste: Bold funk, vinous sour, full mouthfeel, more fruit, and enough palate scratching bubbles to keep things clean on the end. If all the components sit there, it can all get a little brash.

But overall it's sweet, fresh and complex, especially when you drink it to enjoy it and not overthink it. With a little more time to mellow (I drank this one about 2 months after it was bottled), it'd likely be great in both worlds.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +20.5%
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 +3.9%
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 Georgiabeer
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
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 brewandbbq
4.05/5  rDev +22%
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 brdc
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks JohnGalt1 for this one, large swing top bottle, poured into a tulip. Lots of wax to remove, and be careful; lots of foam, a big mess if it is not really cold.
Nice looking, reddish colored, lots of lightly tan head, good retention. Aroma is quite fruity, but there is little funkiness. Some acidic notes, malty sweetness.
Light and refreshing, it is one tasty brew, but it is hard to take as an oud bruin; yes, there is some tartness and funkiness, but very little. It is somewhat acidic, but mostly fruity and malty, with a nice dry finish. It does not really fit the expected profile, but it is still a good brew.

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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 tayner
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 liter flip top waxed bottle courtesy of bitterbill as an extra. Stamped on label 4-11-07

This one was way carbonated, even served cold it poured a huge foamy head into my tulip glass. It was a medium brown color with lots of bubbles. Attractive to look at when first poured. After sitting to warm up a bit the head dissipated to just a scant ring.

The smell was just barely tart/vinegary and then you could smell some banana and spice. It was a bit confusing for me to wrap my head around.

The taste was also confusing. When i saw oud bruin on the bottle, and this is classified as a flanders oud bruin, i was expecting sour. What i got was different. Up front there was just a hint of it trying to be sour. Just a slight hint of tartness that faded very quickly. Midpalate I began to get some belgian yeast breadiness with a biscuit like malt presence, a typical belgian pale, and then on the finish i began to get some mashed banana flavors, almost a wheat beer flavor. It was a very odd combination of tastes. It was almost like I had consumed a flanders oud bruin in the glass, then without washing it poured in a belgian pale ale and drank it while eating an overripe banana.

The mouthfeel was good and was not hurt by the massive carbonation which i assume was from aging a bottle-conditioned beer.

The drinkability was unique. I drank it, and I kept coming back for more, not so much because I loved it but because I kept wanting to figure it out. My brain and tongue were confused. It is a cross between two styles I like, so I finished off the bottle, but I am not so sure I would rush to drink more.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev +21.1%
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 Domingo
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Liquor Max. Comes in a huge bottle with a wax covered flip-top. I like the GT brews I've had thus far, so this is promising!
Pours a pretty standard rediish brown color. There's a little head on the top of it, but not much. Future pours are more aggressive and give a little more head.
Smells of yeast, brown sugar, dates, and black pepper.
Taste starts off nice with the sweet dried fruit flavors, but then it just trails off into nothing. The yeast that's present in the smell isn't really there for the taste. Something's really just missing or is watered down. GT mentions it uses "maize" to lighten the body (which sounds better than corn), so maybe that's the culprit. Anyway, the flavor's missing something.
Mouthfeel is normal per the style. It's a little watery, but not too much so.
I split this bottle with my wife and it was more than enough for both of us. I'd take another one if I was given one, but at $12, I won't go looking for it.
GT's a fine brewer, but this one's a miss for me. It feels like we missed out on something because it's not flavorful enough...yet there's a good flavor buried in there.

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Photo of BeerTruth
2.91/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this monster from younger35.

1 quart 1.8 fl. oz. waxed flip-top bottle poured into a snifter. Let's just say this was a bitch to open, let's hope it was worth it.

Pours a dark murky ruby hue with a big two finger khaki colored head that dies down to a thin bubble filled layer. Stickiness is pretty damn good, lacing all over the place. Smell is, well, different. Almost like a wild ale with sour fruits and an apple cider like aroma. Some wood like smells tingle the nose as well. Taste is weak, but some fruit like flavors are mostly present; apples, cherries, grapes. Aftertaste is a woody vanilla flavor. Not a whole lot more in terms of flavor, a bit one dimensional. Mouthfeel is a light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is a bit tough for me because of the watery sugar flavors. This beer is just about all over the place, could use some balance. Maybe I just don't understand the style, but I didn't enjoy this beer. Gald I had the opportunity though.

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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 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 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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.12/5  rDev +24.1%
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 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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Oud Bruin Belgian Style Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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