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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A beautifully made, carefully blended, and well-aged sour beer, (it is aged on cherries) made in collaboration with Brouwerij Liefmans of Belgium. Ommegang brewmaster Phil Leinhart went to the Liefmans brewery in Oudenaarde, Belgium, and worked side by side with their master blender to create a distinctive beer unlike any other. Complex, lightly malty, tart, ruby color, with just a touch of hops. (Zuur means "sour "in Dutch).

Added by drabmuh on 06-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 320 |  Reviews: 212
Reviews by stevec32:
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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Photo of RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is brown all right, a very dark brown with a nice brownish-white head.

Smell - The rich sourness isn't painful like some cheaper efforts of the style. The malts are nicely toasted and rightly evens out the sourness. There's a slight sweetness to this nose as well that smoothes out the bouquet.

Taste - The lemon flavor comes on bigger at the taste than it did at the nose and kinds of drowns out the nice malt base that I was getting. The sugars play well with the sourness but I was disappointed that the nice malt from the nose and those great toasty notes didn't make it through.

Mouthfeel - This just does qualify for medium-bodied with some good carbonation but a bit too sour on the tongue.

Drinkability - This beer kind of fell apart as it went on. It's a good drink but probably wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang Zuur Flemish Sour Brown Ale 6% alcohol content. Stated as a collaboration with Brouwerij Liefmans.

Poured into Ommegang snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown fluid that glows soft light red accents in the sunlight. Less than expected head that initially begins with a qarter inch of off-white froth falling to a ring around the glass.

S- Medium scents of tarted apple, pear and lemon upfront. Some mild malt sweetness is noted as well.

T-M- Taste is a crisp tartness of currants and apple with a mixture of sweet malts. A hidden flavor of hops come through as a slight bitterness in the backbone. Mild carbonation works with this brew in the aspect that it allows the flavors to linger on the tongue dancing on the buds for an all an all fresh experience not overpowering.

D- A drinkable sour brown ale with just enough flavor to make it special. Not saying I could polish off alot of these but worth sharing with someone to spark a beer convo... cheers!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on Valentine's Day. A little disappointed.
750ml bottle poured into a tulip.
Medium brown color with red highlights. Nice carbonation. Small tan head.
Sweet fruit aroma, vanilla/oak.
Cherry taste, a little caramel.
Pretty meek, not very sour for a sour.
I think this one bottle will do it for me.

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Photo of warnerry
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep brown, though not opaque with two fingers of tan head.

S - Initial smell is a rather earthy sour, with a bit of cherry coming through. Somewhat understated aroma.

T - Taste is quite tart, but difficult to pin down aspects of the tartness. Some cherry comes through, with none of the medicinal taste often present in beers with cherry. A bit of funk. Overall, I like the taste quite bit.

M - Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a lingering tartness.

O - Very tart, even for a sour, but I enjoyed the flavors and found this to be a pretty enjoyable beer. Nice clean finish.

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Photo of generallee
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown corked and caged 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. The label reads that it was "BREWED IN BELGIUM" and "IMPORTED FOR BREWERY OMMEGANG". It also lists the abv at 6%. On the side of the label there is a brief description of the beer and the collaboration between Brewery Ommegang and Brouwerij Liefmans. There is no freshness date.

Appearance: It has a dark prune like color until held up to the light which reveals its deep ruby red hue with fine carbonation rising up through it. From the pour it produced a tall and thick, light beige head. It slowly settles down to a smaller tightly packed foam covering which makes lots of splotchy lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a firm sour fruity character to it with notes of tart cherries with sour dough bready and some funky yeast. No hops are detected in the nose.

Taste/Palate: It has a fairly light body with a pleasant sourness running throughout it. The aroma gives some foreshadowing to its sour fruity character. There are notes of tart cherries as well as tart raspberries and even some sweet and sour apple notes too. These fruity notes held together with a base of dry sour dough beady malt and yeast flavors. A very slight hop bitterness and musty flavor is noted towards the dry, dusty, yeasty and mildly sour/tart finish. The carbonation is light and smooth but still active enough to keep things light and lively.

Notes: This is a very easy drinking sour ale with nice complexity that is easily overlooked light body and easy sipping texture. If you have been drinking a lot of Double or Imperial IPA's and Stouts you may need to quickly acclimate your tongue to pick up and appreciate the subtleties of lighter bodied beers. I would say that it is worth it to slow down and notice all the little subtle things going on in this refreshing mild Sour Ale.

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Photo of Homebrew35
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: red/dark brown in color, with minimal head, moderate carbonation, cloudy

Smell: slight oak and vinegar

Taste: vinegar, toasted malt, cherries, and another dark fruit I cannot place my finger on.

Mouthfeel: light body, high carbonation, moderately sour.

Drinkability: Best of the new Ommegang releases this year. Picked this up in Chicago and wish I could find it here. I love the extra fruitiness of this brown. I would like to have this again.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nellie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy reddish-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is tart cherries with some vanilla and oak notes. The flavor is a lot of dark fruit with some tartness, oak, toffee and some sugary notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and corked bottle at cellar temp poured into a bulb style glass. 7/04/12 on the bottom. collaboration brew between ommegang and liefmans. before you read this review, know this is the first flanders oud bruin ive ever drank.

pours a very very dark brown, appears black in the thick part of the glass. big 3 finger of fluffy off white/ tan colored head that had great retention, left a 1/4inch the whole glass. lots of sticky lace as well.

has a very bright aroma. sour cherries and apples come to mind. also some dark dried fruits. a flouride and phenolic yeastiness as well as some funkiness barnhouse aromas.

a bunch of complex flavors going on in the taste. lots of sour cherries, apples, wine grapes. acidic. tart. a dark dried fruity and sweet maltiness. a little musty horse blanket and a little phenolic slightly flouride like belgian yeastiness.

medium bodied, acidic mouthfeel. drinks similar to a lambic.

this drinks pretty good, no problem finishing the bottle. this went pretty good with some rasberry pie. i might not buy this paticular beer again, both because of the price and the sketchy availability, but it has definatly turned me on to this style. its worth a try though!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I pulled out my Liefman's Goudenband chalice for this Sour Brown ale with cherries from Coopersown. Appears a deep mahogany ruddy brown body with a light khaki tan head. Aroma is full of tart cherry, green apple acidity. Hints of barrel aging with add to the complex sour brown ale, very pleasant. Flavors meld nicely, semi sweet cherry/apple fruit notes finish tart puckering dry with barrel aging effects. Excellent balance, fruit notes, esters and tartness makes this brew. Mouthfeel is nice it coats the entire palate, leaves a dry puckering finish but doesn't overkill the sour ale aspect. Carbonation is natural soft effervescent bottle conditioned, true to style as it gets from an American Belgian style brewer. Drinkability was great easy to session with, the sour tartness doesn't over do it this one acheives great balance and actually has a refreshing quality about it.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a very hazy brown color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of tart cherries, vinegar, dark caramel malts, and vanilla in that order.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark caramel malt flavors kick things off and are quickly overtaken by good amounts of tart cherry flavors. Midway through the sip hints of sharp vinegar work their way into things before fading out into a mildly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a very well balanced representation of the style, it's not quite up there with the big boys but it's well done and worth a shot.

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Photo of frankiepop
1.97/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My 1st Flanders Oud Bruin that is obviously meant to be a sour beer. I am finding that I am not into this sour booze stuff so it should not be construed as a slam against ZUUR but maybe sours.

Lemony after taste. This may be the best sour beer in history, and I know many knuckleheads come up with horse bs aroma descriptions that will say raisins, cherries, and whatever. This is fruity and a tinsy bit putrid scent in there. Taste that way too. I love Belgian brews and Ommegang is my all time favorite brewery, but I guess I am just not cut out for Ouds.

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Photo of beenitty
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.97/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a hazy dense brown body with a creamy light tan head that last and last. There are microbubbles that stick to the base of the glass. There is a very slight red hue to the body when held to the light.
S- The is a full bright yet dark tartness with some cherry qualities and is supported by wet wood notes and a faint horse blanket hint in the finish when the beer warms.
T- The dark cherry flavor has a slight mustiness to it and a woody quality to follow. There is a nice mellow but bright tartness and a nice dry finish with a bit of tart that lingers. There is a fresh dark cherry note that lingers with a watermelon sweetness right before the tartness of the cherries.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish that enhances the cherries. There is no alcohol heat noted.
D- This beer has a clean not really wild funk that really compliments the cherries without the barnyard notes. The yeast and funk still just supports the cherries and wood , yet those flavors blend together great aswell.

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Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 11/20/10.

A: Beer is a dark brown with an off white head, about 1.5 fingers in height. Dissipated to a thin layer of bubbles on top.

S: Very sweet, overwhelming aroma of sour cherries.

T: Very sour and tart. The cherry flavor is really nice. There is also a little bit of oak and a slight malt backbone.

M/D: Light bodied with high carbonation, but seems to fit the style nicely. Very drinkable, overall I really enjoyed it. My first in the style and I look forward to trying another so that I can have something to compare this to.

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Photo of Stigs
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz pour at Eulogy, served in a tulip

A - tannish colored foam about half an inch in height, creamy and compact, stuck around at that level for most of the drink. the beer is brown/amber colored, looks a bit hazy.

S - musty basement with some lightly sour cherries and berries, solid amount of oak and sweet vanilla as well.

T - very sweet, fruits meld with the almost-funky and progressing lactic sourness. pleasant tartness though is short lived before fruits and oaky sweetness take over.

M - medium bodied with playful carbonation, creamy for a bit before dissolving to a dry finish.

D - high hopes since Rogue was (still is) one of my favorite beers ever. this is much, much sweeter. still has elements of a nice dry and sour Flanders but falls apart towards the end.

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cole's. A decent sour, not over the top. Cuvee aromas are there. Reddish colour, white head, white lace on sides of glass after. The sourness is challenging for the gums of my teeth, the roof of my mouth, but it is still drinkable, and a tad sugr sweetness.

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Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Zuur pours a darker copper color. It's a little hazy. Backlighting gives it a distinct reddish brown appearance. A light tan head covers the top. It rises to nearly two fingers tall. It falls to a surface covering rather quickly, but holds steady there for a while. Lacing was somewhat light. Not bad, but not great.

The nose is lacking in the strength department. Sour cherries, and a mix of raisin, fig, and plum greet the nose first. A little brown malt scent is noted. It's slightly earthy and musky. I'm not getting anything necessarily funky. Light hops are noted, and they add a bit of a floral scent to the mix. Alcohol is virtually buried. I'm not getting much in that department. More strength would really help.

The flavor is where Zuur really shines. I'm honestly shocked at how good this tastes given the light smell. It's a bit malty and sweet initially. Sour cherries add a light tart flavor that's very approachable. Fits the flavor profile here perfectly. Raisin, plum, and figs follow. They're a little more subtle than I expected, but are nonetheless flavorful and effective. Earthy and slightly musky notes appear throughout. I'm not getting any funkiness. Hops add a light floral flavor to the mix. Alcohol is never a factor. Finishes slightly sour and dry.

Zuur has a medium body. Carbonation looks to be more active than it is. The bubbles feel light. It goes down smooth and easy. Drinkability is very high. I'm really impressed with the flavor, and how easy it goes down. This 750 is presenting no problems, and shall be disposed of with haste.

Zuur is a collaborative effort by Brewery Ommegang and Brouwerij Liefmans. I had high hopes once I saw that Liefmans was involved. The results - impressive. While it's not perfect, Zuur is a very flavorful Flanders Oud Bruin. I really like the mild to intermediate sour flavor. It works beautifully here. Yeah, the nose could use more strength, but that's its only real shortcoming. Impressive stuff. Check it out.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a glass at Deep Ellum with a pretzel and mustard. This was a relatively drinkable sour brown, but that also means it's not as sour as most for the style. The beer has an initially sweet juicy flavor with smooth sour funk following. This might be a better sour brown for beginners and a good candidate for aging. This beer needs the find the depth that sours are known for.

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Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber/brown and hazy with a steady 2-inch head (great retention); lacing is good

S: Tart and vinous aroma: grapes and apples dominate; a touch of cider vinegar and a really nice bready sweet malt base

T: Fruity and tart up front: lots of fruity characteristics: grapes, apples, and wine; a solid bready malt base

F: Carbonated up front and a touch thin in the middle but enough beer sticks to the back of the mouth

O: A nice--not overly tart--sour; a pretty good representation of the style

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Photo of mikey711
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Murky brown wit a slightly off white hed about a quarter inch thick that leaves a bit of lacing behind.

S: Overly ripe tart yellows, some sweetness and a bit of breadiness. a slightly metallic note that is a bit off putting

T: fruity cherry flavor that are both tart and sweet with some mustiness underneath it. a bit of breadniess too

M: Very smooth and actually it quenched my thirst a bit. a nice fullnes and body is present as well.

D: a solid, and id say start oud bruin. a bit more funkiness and a little less sweetness would benefit. who knows, maybe with some age this will develop

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of nickd717
2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle shared at a tasting thanks to chswimmer on BA.

Pours dark reddish-brown with a small off-white head.

Aroma is slightly tart cherries and slight vinegar. Not terribly much to it.

Flavor is pretty uninspiring. Not very flavorful at all, I must say. There are some cherries, oak, and red wine vinegar, but the main flavor note is weakness. I don't appreciate that in a beer.

Somewhat watery on the palate. Very slight tartness.

This beer is not very good for the style at all. We didn't finish the bottle.

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