Rosetta | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A combination of Oud Bruin and Kriek, blended and aged to create a well balanced Flemish Brown Ale.

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Reviews: 219 | Ratings: 870
Photo of MaximalC
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky brown color with burnt orange highlights, capped by an inch of fine, khaki froth. Robust aroma smells of tart cherry, toffee, concord grape, and lightly toasted bread—almost like French toast smothered in preserves.

The taste is similarly tart and sweet, yielding copious amounts of sour cherries with dilute apple cider vinegar. Hints of caramel and bread malt lurk unobtrusively in the background as the sourness does its thing. Warming reveals additional toasted bread in the finish. Yeast lends a light spiciness in addition to the obligatory Belgian mojo. Medium body and high carbonation make for a full, prickly mouthfeel that serves its purpose of scrubbing the palate on the back end.

Overall, this is quite a nice oud bruin that exceeded my expectations. It doesn't necessarily distinguish itself from other high quality peers, but every facet is well executed and to style. Would be a great gateway beer into oud bruins for the uninitiated.

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Photo of good_to_sea
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep, dark reddish-brown. Small head with a pinkish, cream-colored hue. Good lacing.
Smell: Lots of cherry/cranberry aroma. Hints of vinegar and malt.
Taste: Sweet, sour cranberry/cherry flavor that fades into a dry, prickly, carbonated bitterness. Slight vinegar flavor which goes great with the cherry. Buttered-toast malt flavor.
Feel: Carbonated, dry, medium body.
Overall: Really impressive beer on the first sip. The sweetness, sourness, dryness, and carbonation all work together nicely.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY.

This one pours a nice dark reddish/brownish color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This is definitely Liefman's like in execution, as there's a lot of sweet candied cherry character, with very little acidity or funk on the nose. I get some spiced breadiness, too.

This is an excellent fruit expression, with lots of bittersweet and spiced cherry character, and a bit of maltiness. I don't get much acidity or sourness, despite the sourness. Even with that, it's a very tasty beer.

This is medium bodied, with a fairly jammy and juicy mouthfeel, and a great level of drinkability.

This was surprisingly well done. It feels like a good example of a Belgian fruit beer, something that Liefmans or Lindemans would do.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruby red with orangey glints. The patchy head dissipates quickly. The aroma is of ripe black cherries, bready malts and tart, lemony acidity. Cherry, raspberry, blackberry notes, cookie dough malts and some wheat crispness in the taste. Some cloves and all spice in there too. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. The finish is lightly fruity with minimal bitterness.

A nice fruit Oud Bruin. Complex, balanced between fruitiness, maltiness and tartness, and very drinkable. I highly recommend this.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a light reddish color head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of huge cherry notes with some oak and light residual sugar notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice mix cherry notes with some light residual sugar notes, some oak and light tart notes. Body is pretty full for style with good carbonation. It had been a while since I tried a Liefmans beer but I now remember that I should drink them more often.

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Photo of lastmango
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a deep slightly murky ruby brown with a two finger fizzy tan head. This has a pronounced nose of wood and sour cherry. Taste follows the nose with a slight malt addition. Noticeable sour crisp finish. The feel seems to be light - moderate with a slight creamy feel. Carbonation seems to be moderate - heavy but with a finer consistency. This is leaving me fuller than what I expected. As this is my first Oud Bruin, I find it very interesting and different from the fruity IPAs. Will definitely try some others.

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Photo of eberesford
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruddy brown with a generous head. Aromas of tart cherry and earthy finish. The fruit was significantly forward on the palate - the beer more intense than I expected. Still, well balanced and attractive.

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Photo of TerryW
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rusty brown under a chocolately-pink looking head, rustic looking. Short-lived head settles to a film and a ring.

Mmmm. Cherries and wood on the nose. Same to taste, alongside a gentle bit of malt, not overpoweringly fruity, sweet offset by a wee nip of tartness. Sparkle on the tongue from carbonation. Nicely balanced overall. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Macrobius
4.76/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. Pours a reddish hue and smells of cherry. A bit of foam. Goes down smooth. Sweet, but not too much (unlike over-fruity IPAs flooding today's market). An earthy sweetness. Anyway, nearly Plato's-Perfect beer.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml cork and cage served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for around $10 CDN. Review from notes

Appearance - Hazy and murky dark pink / magenta, looking more Lambic than Oud Bruin. A finger plus of light pink head sits on top and fizzles away pretty quick.

Smell - Intensely cranberry with some raspberry tartness shining through. Hints of wood and musty add to this effect.

Taste - Cranberry with raspberries. Pleasant tartness, profound fruitiness, with just enough sweetness to keep things balanced.

Mouthfeel - Very balanced, carbonation is moderate and fits the taste to a tee. A certain creaminess lends itself nicely here as the beer is light yet satisfyingly full if that makes any sense.

Overall - Ommegang does it again, with Unibroue the two north American breweries that consistently pump out beers as good as the Belgians (and in many cases better than the Belgians) in these hard to master styles. Certainly a worthwhile tipple even if it is more fruit based than I've seen from past experience with this style.

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Photo of JayDubTrub
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was skeptical but happily surprised by the dark amber of this ale and its balance of malty, sweet and tart flavors - no one element dominated (not too fruity but still present) - a great blend and great winter beer for my tastes (like to see them do a winter warmer like this with fig and spice). It's pricey, but worth treating oneself.

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Photo of kerouac
1.9/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very disgusting beer. Not balanced at all. A lot of tart flavor, but that's about it. The cherry flavor doesn't complement the beer at all, and it is probably only good for the beer enthusiasts who like to show their ability to withstand whatever nasty flavors they can (because they are "manly").

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Photo of VoodooBear
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: One finger head that stays for a while. Great lacing that covers the whole glass. Clear, very dark amber color, almost brown. A reddish hue seeps through when held up to the light.

Smell: Big cherry smell, nothing else comes through.

Taste: The tart cherry flavor dominates, just like in the nose with some malt sweetness and faint alcohol notes.

Mouthfeel: A bit cloying but not too much. Medium bodied and creamy with medium carbonation.

Overall: A solid and well executed brew where the cherries are the stars of the show. It's a bit cloying though, so this is an "every once in a while" type of beer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark body, largely opaque, with brick red highlights. Light tan head, minimal, fading quickly like soda, but with a persistent ring and small bubble lacing.

S - Strong cherry note in the foreground, a touch of wood, and a coarse ground wheat core suggests multigrain toast.

T - The cherry is front and forward, with a bit of sweetness in the middle, and a tart finish. The flavor is thoroughly integrated and delicious.

M - Brisk carbonation, perhaps a bit aggressive, with a finish that lingers with tart acidity.

O - A very well designed beer, blended to clear cloying notes with great fruit flavors. Tasty and delicious.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty sweet cherry taste and aroma. Taste was balanced with a nice tartness. Also in the taste was a foundation of malt taste, that may have carried some wood cask flavor. Smooth and sparkly. Quite dark with a brown color and some cloudiness. Very small head. Overall a little fizzy and a little too sweet, but pleasing overall.
Served at Happy Gnome.

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Photo of BeanBump
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Whats not to like? Its a little sweet, a little tart, a little cherry-ish and a little light. At 5.6% I could swig these down all day and feel great about it. This is a stellar beer and one that I always love seeing on a taplist.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is kinda interesting. Pure impulse made me grab one. Dark, dark brown with the slightest tinges of red. An off white, almost tan head sits a top, hardly going anywhere. Spotty lacing. Smells somewhere between cherries and something old and musty, but a good old and musty. Taste is on a fine line between tart cherries, an almost artificial cough syrup cherry and earthy, old leather of sorts. An interesting blend that almost works out. Just tart enough to tickle the tongue but not overpowering. Finishes dry and the cherry lingers. Glad I tried as it's good but not something I'd buy a pack of.

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Photo of TijuanaTovar
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is solid for a non BA brew especially at $2.50 a bottle! Next to Alexander rodenbach easy. Slightly sweet slightly tart. Good amount of cherry and not overbearing. Maybe has some Brett?

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Where are cherries prevelant? Washington? Ok. And who’s famous from Washington? I have no idea. But if you know of someone, pretend that that famous person picked a bunch of cherries to brew this bad boy - cuz it’s heavy on the cherry like Jackie Gleason is heavy on the scale. Other than that, like Robert DeNiro’s career, it’s just alright.


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Photo of constantine_272
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown with red tinge and a low off white head.

Smells of clay earth leather and red strawberry, cherry and currants. Sweetness on the nose like red fruit gummy candy.

Earthy and old mahogany. Dank like an old basement and old library books. But then the fruit kicks in and its lively and fresh. Slightly sweet but balanced with sour. Cherry is dominant on the end.

Excellent light sweet tart finish. Dry and satisfying.

The downside here is that the extremes are too far apart. Too old then fresh. Sweet then tart. The cherry sometimes comes off artificial like cough syrup. Not my favorite, and kriek has never been my favorite, but a curious exercise in beer none the less.

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Photo of gnumber9
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Color looks like tea or cola to me with a course head, that flattens into velvet, then quite thin. Smells obviously cheery like with an earthy component. Tastes like a cheery beer, but not candied nor contrived, it's balanced as well as I could imagine it being. I saw tart in the descriptions, but it's not something I would think major in the taste profile. It drinks smooth, slightly rich, as I expected it to be and it goes down well. A bit pricey in these parts, but worth it for the right occasion, like Tuesdays. Awesome beverage. I recommend it.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An excellent beer! It's mostly sweet, with a (great, but not too great) touch of tartness from the cherry. The fact that it is not so tart make it a very drinkable beer in any situation. No hoppiness at all.

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Photo of quadmad
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One year old bottle 330 into a tulip glass. !/2 in beige head, only lasted a few minutes. Pronounced aroma of vinegar. Also a vinegar taste on the back of the throat after swallowing. Not my favourite style but we'll see how it develops over the next several years.

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Photo of puck1225
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap at a Houston steak house, served in a tulip glass. Gorgeous purplish red color topped with a pinkish head and great lacing. Fragrant sour cherry smell. Taste was tart and pleasantly fruity. Some warm spice notes to finish. A very pleasant beer that was great with the food!

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Photo of jkblr
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle bb May 2021 poured into a signature Ommegang chalice at fridge temp 5.6% ABV. The beer pours a medium brown color with red tinted tan colored head. The head recedes in minutes to a thin ring and cap leaving a little lacing. The aroma is faint with an old ale smell that indicates wood exposure (although it's not mentioned). There is a hint of cherry in aroma also. The taste is sour, with a slightly sweet edge, and cherry. There is a bit of malt presence as well.
Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, well carbonated and undry in the finish. Overall, good. My first Oud Bruin, and I am far less offended by it, that other sour styles I've tried in the past. Nice complexity and a pleasant experience.

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