Brewery Ommegang

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Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #66
Ranked #18,806
3.86 | pDev: 7.25%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 121
Photo of puck1225
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a bottle into a tulip glass at a local World of Beer. Surprisingly flavorful and refreshing.
Murky brown with a nice head and good lacing. The smell and taste had a pleasant sour tartness. Background of warm spice and a bit of funky earthiness, prunes and raisins . A nice beer.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown and ruby red color. Moderate to large creamy head that retains well throughout the drink. Plenty of foamy lacing clings to the glass.
The aroma opens with a malty sweetness with notes of chocolate, cream and caramel. This interplays with a musty aroma that is oaky, vanilla, grassy and earthy. There are also notes of cherry, red grape and raisins.
The taste is mostly tart with flavors of sour cherries predominating. However, this is balanced against a malty backbone that has notes of caramel, nutty and bready malts, and a hint of chocolate. Overall, the tartness is not too mouth puckering, as the malt and fruit flavors provide some sweetness. Additional flavors of lime, vinous red grape, grapefruit, raisin, plum, dry cider, light touch of white wine vinegar, and a light peppery spice.
Medium bodied with a soft and lightly creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is on the moderate to gentle side. The finish is dry with a nice bit of tartness.
Nice Flanders style brown ale that has an accessible tartness and nice full malty body.

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Photo of Beejay
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Amber brown in color with a ruby glow when held to the light. A light tan head on top.

S: Funky and a little sour with brown sugar, molasses, and orange peel.

T: Sour up front with hints of orange peel. I wish this was a little more well rounded, the aroma makes it seem like there might be a little more sweetness to it, and it feels a little one note.

M: Medium dry in mouthfeel, with fine carbonation.

O: Overall tasty, but I was hoping for a little more depth.

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the Wall of Beer (Clemson, SC; $1.89) with a February 2019 date stamp on the label.
Pours clear, dark mahogany with a touch of orange, topped with a moderate size, semi durable, creamy beige head that leaves a coat of lacing.
Aroma: fruits and berries; wet leather; dried plums; light spices; yeast.
Flavor: tart and mildly bitter. A complex mix of flavors that largely follows the nose. Additional flavors include white pepper and green apples.
Feel: medium body with near medium carbonation.
Overall: true to style with plenty of complexity. Very good-excellent for style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brewery Ommegang "Brunetta"
11.2 fl. oz. brown glass bottle,"BEST BEFORE 02 2019 L512420106"
$2.93 @ ABC Fine Wine & Spirits #139, Wildwood, FL

Look: Very hazy dark russet brown body beneath a full head of khaki colored foam. Very good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Mild, grainy and lightly caramelish malt and oak with some even lighter notes of dark fruit and acidity in the background.

Taste: Initially sweetish with the aforementioned grainy and carmalish malt, but the acidity and fruitiness step in immediately. It's not too tart, nor fruity, nor oaky. A moderate bitterness balances it, as does the dryness of the oak, and it finishes dry and vinous.

Feel: Medium-light in body with a moderate, delicately effervescent carbonation and light bite from the acidity.

Overall: A rather lackluster, mainstream, almost watered down version of the style.

Review# 6,432

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Photo of smitbo7
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brunetta or Rosetta, they are very similar, Brunetta may be slightly more effervescent. Both have a distinctive dried cherry flavor. Not a beer I would drink over an entire evening, but still a nice change of pace.BTW, Rosetta > Brunetta

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Photo of spectru
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, opaque brown, with a short tan head that recedes to a persistent film and rim; the aroma is distinctively sweet with a hint of tartness; Mouthfeel is sparkly, nicely carbonated yet smooth; Flavor is subdued yet rich, sweet-tart, not quite as full-bodied as I'd prefer. This is not a beer I would seek out, but if offered I would drink it with a smile.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Murky brownish color. Medium carbonation with just slightly above average body .
Aroma is dried dark fruit /dried cherry. Malt,yeast, sweet sour fruit
Taste is mildly sweet , sour and funky as well. Dried fruit and a little bit of a dryness as well. taste isn't as strong as aroma for some reason but still flavorful

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany color with the trademark Belgian head I expect from Ommegang; nice stickage and a few shards of lace with spots in between

Smell: Apples and pears, toasted brown bread and tart cherry and blackberry tones

Taste: Toasted brown bread, apples and pears forward, with the tart cherry and blackberry tones building; fruity, through the middle, with a hint of caramel in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; just a touch puckery

Overall: A very pleasant beer that conforms to the style

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Photo of Beginner2
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I tend to be a fan of Ommegang and not a fan of this style. But, I am almost a fan of Ommengang's rendition because Brunetta is disciplined and stays within bounds for tartness.

With a name like Brunetta and when you are talking about Looks, it is hard to keep the jokes clean... but she Looks (both on the label and in the glass) like your first flame in college... and if she doesn't, then she should have been. (Clean enough to get back on-point.) Smells have a good balance of sweet malt and tart. That balance shows in the Taste: proper blending brought on by the Liefman expertise, a smart move that, I presume, Duvel helped arrange. And actually, Brunetta sits in the mouth pleasantly enough to eat pasta with a red sauce... which I did. The two had enough sync that I will buy Brunetta again.

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Photo of matcris
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOKS: An opaque mahogany with a half finger of tan head that settles quickly to a ring. Mild lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Red and white grapes/wine, tart cherry, & green apple.
TASTE: Everything from the nose and a nice blending strawberry like sweetness.
FEEL: Full carbonation, medium thin body, and quite dry.
OVERALL: I really like the balance of sweet and tart fruit in this one, and low abv, so I can have a few. Nice!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-duvel glass.

A: Dirty garnet pour sits a murky reddish-brown in the vessel with a creamy froth walnut tan head that had a silky texture. Visible micro bubbles race up the vessel walls. Very nice to style.

S: Sour musky cherries and sour caramel. Some fruitiness of apples and pears from the yeast, with a bready depth and classic scent per style. Moderate strength.

T: Flavor of sour fruitness, most notable the cherries and apples, with some background pear. Bready feel, and sour caramel base, dough, and buttery fruit. Musky notes, lightly acidic, with some bright moments of sour cherry fruitiness. Very smooth overall.

M: Silky and creamy mouthful, a true highlight of the drink. Very smooth with little carbonation and a bright twang of sour fruit and creamy malts lay lush on the tongue.

O: Very smooth and creamy malt base with an exceptional drink-ability. Silky, with a bright twang of sour fruitiness that is relaxed, but noticeable, respectable, but very easy to consume for those unfamiliar by style sure to make a good first impression and interest to style. Eloquently brewed, very smooth and silky with a nice range of flavor. Outstanding overall.

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Photo of drtth
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The mahogany colored beer with a 1/2" light tan head is decanted into a Duvel glass so as not to disturb the yeast. The finely bubbled foam recedes very slowly and even to the end of the beer a small ring and a thin island of foam remain. Sipping creates a few scattered but long lasting patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include some malt, some dark fruits such as cherry and raisin all backed up by some hints of red wine vinegar.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose and involve a nicely balanced interplay of malt sweetness and some light vinegary tartness. The malt sweetness has a caramel character to it. Mingled in with this are the cherry, the raisin and some plum. There's no real presence of any hop flavor or bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly prickly with the moderate, persistent carbonation. Throughout the fairly long finish the tartness is mostly in the background but as the fruity and malt sweetness and flavors fade it emerges to help close out the show. The reasonably short ending is dry, tart and very clean.

On the whole a pleasant, well-made beer that I'd enjoy having again. It seems to me that this would be a perfect beer to serve as an aperitif at a dinner party or with a charcuterie or cheese plate.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber brown. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A sweet and sour aroma with a scent of funk, fruit, and spice. Belgian yeast with a scent of pepper and clove. Hints of lactic acid and funk. Fruit hints of cherry, green apple, and berries along with dark fruit hints of raisin, prune, fig, and plum. Malt hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, toast, and cracker. A very nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet and sour taste with notes of funk, fruit, and spices. Belgian yeast with notes of pepper and clove with slight cinnamon. Good presence of funk and lactic acid. Fruit notes of cherry, berries, and green apple with some dark fruit notes of prune, raisin, fig, and plum. Malt notes of caramel, grains, cracker, and toast. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Puckering and pretty smooth.

Overall: A very good take on a Bruin. Good balance of sweetness and tartness.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep ruby brown color. It appears to be clear. Good lasting head. A couple streaks for lace.

Molasses, alcohol and mild Belgian yeast to the nose. Sweet and sugary.

The flavor mimics the smell with a syrupy sugar start, even though the body is thinner than I would expect. The carbonation is also low. There's a distinctly soured cherry taste throughout the tasting. Similar to a barley wine but without any hop balance.

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Photo of JayQue
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly clear dark amber/brown color with a bubbly light khaki head. Head retention is average with a little spotty lacing. Aroma and flavor include maltiness and a light amount of sourness. Nothing really stands out but there is a nice balance between malty sweetness and sourness. Mouthfeel is fairly rich and smooth, almost no bitterness and a nice balance between malty and sourness. No real stand out flavors, but a nicely balanced beer. I would have this one again!!!!

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.2 fluid ounce bottle into glass. Best by date of '02 2019'.
Presents as dark brown body, ruby red when presented to light. Long lasting off white head, moderate strings of lacing.
Smells of tart/sweet cherry, prunes, green apple, background of raisin bread.
Tastes of tart and sweet cherries, grass and a little funk, green apple at the end. Also bread, raisin and plum. Quite dry in the finish.
Mouth feel is dry and acidic. Some carbonation throughout.
Easy drinking dark fruit nuanced tart beer. Complex enough but does not stay around too long.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is dark brown with a creamy thick head. The beer smells like dark fruits with some acid sourness to it. The beer is only slightly tart. The dark fruits come through. The beer overall starts sour and ends in sweetness but nothing is extremely strong making the beer very drinkable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got this about a month or two ago but it should still be good. Into a pint glass
Looks quite good deep dark brown with a full into of frothy mocha head atop. Smell is kind of underwhelming no sour no cherries just some sourdough bread and some raisin skins (ok some sourness). Taste is pretty middle ground can't say I ever had an old Flanders Bruin and this one being close to a year old is it. In a way its kind of reverted back to a brown ale with some bitter malts mixing with the tiniest bit of sour lemon. Some dry hops and bready body make it very smooth. Body is light to medium not watery it still has some beer body.

Overall while not a bad ale this one should be drunk as fresh as possible. Best until 02 2019 indeed!

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Photo of illpass78
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint on draft at Petrillo's in Freeport, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a dark red/brown with minimal carbonation. Attractive rings of lacing left behind.

Aroma: Raisins, brown bread, some sourness. Earthiness.

Taste: Nice sour beer. Kind of tastes like raisin bread with a bit of a sour punch. Dates. Maybe some grass. Sour apple.

Mouthfeel: Pretty easy drinking for a sour. Has body but fairly light.

Overall: Pretty delicious sour number. I don't know much about his style, but this beer's a winner.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased based on the deliciousness of Rosetta, this one really doesn't match in quality. It's a perfectly drinkable and by-the-numbers Oud Bruin, but altogether characterless and almost watery. It did, however, remind me of how good Rosetta is. I'll have to pick some up the next time I see it!

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Photo of bubseymour
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Meh. Its a touch tart, no horseblank and kinda fizzy/watery with a metalic like taste in the background. Not one of the better Oud Bruin's I've had.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oud Bruin is a tough style to find. Not many brewery's attempt it and even fewer bottle it up for sale outside their prem. That being stated many props to Ommegang for putting this one out to the masses. I had this very fresh. At 5% I don't think it is meant to be cellared. Best by feb 2019.

It pours out deep red with a nice tan head. Tight lacing that last throughout the entire glass.

Smell is bready with a hint of raisin, maybe slightly acidic but not offputting

Taste is puckering, but that quickly dissipates into sweetness like eating a good cherry

Feel is dry, the sweetness isn't cloying or lasting but it is there. Soft carbonation like a great Belgian beer should have. Very well balanced.

Overall this beer is well done. As good or better than any I've tried. Especially at 5%abv this beer cannot be beat. If you like the style or are into Belgians pick this one up. You won't be disappointed

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 2/2019. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red; light copper/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. ice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lightly tart/sour cherry, berries, raisin, plum, fig, date, green apple, red grape, fruit skin, hay, straw, grass, pepper, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, leathery/musty funk, oak, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/light acidic yeast, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart/sour cherry, berries, raisin, plum, fig, date, green apple, red grape, fruit skin, hay, straw, grass, pepper, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, leathery/musty funk, oak, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tartness and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/sour cherry, berries, raisin, plum, fig, date, green apple, red grape, fruit skin, hay, straw, grass, pepper, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, oak, light leather/funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/light acidic yeast, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance, and minimal puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tartness, oak spiciness, and carbonation. Fairly clean finishing. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, fairly acidic, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice Flanders brown ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/light acidic yeast, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; very smooth, clean, and refreshing to drink with the mellowly lactic/tannic/drying finish. Really well rounded Brett complexity with perfectly balanced dark/bready malt flavors; solid Lacto and oak presence. Was hoping for a little more funk/acidity. This was still a very enjoyable offering, and a spot on example.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a beer flute

This beer pours a deep shade of amber with copper highlights. It is topped with three inches of tan head that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is fruity. I get some plum, tart cherry, and green apple. I also smell some spiciness from the yeast.

The taste is tart cherry and dark fruit. I get a little funk with a dry finish.

Light bodied with a dry mouthfeel

This is a solid beer from a very good brewery. I didn't care for the first one, but that one was not on a fresh palate. I started today with this beer, and it is much better. The tartness and dry mouthfeel left me wanting more after each swallow.

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Brunetta from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 121 ratings