Brewery Ommegang

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Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
3.87 | pDev: 13.7%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Collaboration with Brouwerij Liefmans

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).
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tpd975 from Florida

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has been all over town in bottles and on draft. Finally grabbed it to give it a try.

A: Pours a somewhat murky brown amberish hue with a nice off white head. Pretty good retention and wonderful lace.

S: Aromas of tart cherries and vinegar. Mild earthy woody tones.

T: Tart cherries and under ripe raspberry. Mild green apple. Vinegar is there with some red wine like notes. Pick up oaky like earth tones as well. The sourness shows up in the middle and carries through to a nice finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth, nice tartness (though there could be more).

D: Good I like this one. Will buy another to lay down for a bit.

Oct 02, 2010
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bum732 from Lesotho

3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Sour cherries, some toffee, metallic almost but disappears as it warms, other fruitiness and sweetness.

L: Murky brown, light tan head, not much retention. Looks like good carbonation, bubbly and effervescent.

T: Toffee backbone, tart cherry burst of flavor. Low earthy bitterness, some sourness compensates. Finishes medium dry with some heavy earthiness and leaf stems. Some coca-cola flavors throughout. Citric-tannic like finish.

M: Effervescent high carbonation, medium body.

A solid beer of this style, doesn't quite pack the sour and tart punch of traditional version. However the malt toffeeness was quite pleasant. Finish was not very pleasant, i had hints of bile, perhaps from the citric and tannic finish. Decent effort overall.

Sep 29, 2010
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DmanGTR from New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Jan 28, 2013
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ne0m00re from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review of a 750 mL corked-and-caged bottle.
A: Very dark brown, it poured with a two-finger cream head that died to a half-finger sticky head with lacing.
S: Sour cherries, dark caramel and brown sugar, a hint of milk chocolate, white wine acidity. I liked the whole wheat bread description given by another BA. Pretty good. Nothing life-changing.
T: Not as sour as expected from the smell. Instead, it just has a nice white wine earthy acidity. Sweet cherries, white grapes, turbinado sugar, slight coffee and very slight milk chocolate, brandy alcohol. Pretty good. Again, nothing mind-blowing.
M: Moderately thick with a nice frothy to crisp carbonation.
D: Pretty good. I'd like a glass or two.

For $11, I'd probably go with another option. This isn't the first time I've had it, but I haven't exactly been hunting for it.

Feb 22, 2011
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, verging on red, and hazy. A dense, creamy manila head builds above.

Has a fruity aroma mixed with must and oak with a sweetness in the background.

The tartness is modest while fruity with cherries. There is a modest amount of acid in the finish. Zuur is less complex than I was expecting, yet quite refreshing as hoped.

This one has a light body with lively, almost vigorous carbonation.

A refreshing thirst quencher. I easily finished the bomber in one sitting. It also warms well.

**Since this tasting, I have had Zuur on draught and found it to be superior tothe bottled version recorded above. I made no specific notes; rather this comment is an overall impression.

Feb 18, 2012
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mikey711 from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Aug 19, 2010
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generallee from Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Jul 14, 2010
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CaptainIPA from Wisconsin

3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"You've got to take the sour with the bitter." -- Samuel Goldwyn

Pours a dark chestnut color with ruby flarings and a frothy head that quickly drops to a rimming of lace. Sour fruit nose -- predominantly cherries.

Opens with a sour pull of the palate and expressive carbonation. Sour and fruity notes fade away before being fully developed. Subtle notes of black cherries surface. Light touch of malt and virtually no hop presence. Finishes astringently dry.

Zuur is a bit one dimensional for my taste. It seems to lack the tartness associated with other Flanders Oud Bruin offerings, specifically the slight vinegar/lactic sourness notes I appreciate so much. On the other hand, this ale is certainly refreshing and quaffable enough. It's likely a good gateway sour by virtue of being a tamer, more approachable introduction to the style.

Oct 25, 2010
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sep 30, 2016
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nicholas527 from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.5%

Mar 25, 2012
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koopa from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beerloco for sharing this one!

Appearance: Pours mahogany with red streaks. The white crown is minimal in stature, retention, and lace.

Smell: Wild yeast tartness over a moderate amber malt sweetness.

Taste: Same as the nose but with more sweetness...quite iced tea like.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good and probably my favorite aspect of this brew. Not one I'll be seeking out again btw.

Aug 28, 2010
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fear025 from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:The smell has some sour balsamic vinegar notes.

Appearance:Dark brown in color. Good head, light beige in color.

Taste:Mildly sour, not too harsh. The sourness fades almost immediately, so that by the midtaste most of it is halfway gone. By the aftertaste, it's a memory. There are also fig and prune flavors in this beer.

Mouthfeel:Nicely carbonated, medium body.

Drinkability:A fantastic example of it's type for those of us (like me) who are sensitive to sours. It's refreshing, and actually sessionable.

Aug 04, 2010
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Aug 21, 2010
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IheartTomorrow from New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Apr 21, 2012
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nickd717 from California

2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

Jun 27, 2010
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Reagan1984 from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jimmy J for providing this beer. Draught2012 is a great guy and trader..

Pours with a thin fizzy head that vanishes right away. A clump of lacing or two, but not much. The beer is a maroon/amber color. Really deep color.

Aroma is of strawberries, slightly tart, some real earthiness.

Flavor is quite nice. Rather mellow, but pleasant. Berries and a mix of cherry and strawberry. Lots of bread and some toasted nuts. Some sourness and finishes tart with a bread background.

Light mouth feel, tiny carbonation only brings the flavor to life and doesn't get in the way.

Pretty good beer. This is a gateway sour beer. I enjoyed it.

Oct 10, 2010
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Xul from California

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brown with some amber hues, capped by one finger of frothy, eggshell colored head. Retention is very good as the head lasts almost as long as the beer itself.

S: Lightly acidic cherries up front along with some green apples, followed by some moderate funk in the middle. Some light vinous qualities, oak, and vanilla round out the nose.

T: Sour cherries and green apples up front. The tartness starts out moderate and takes a quick spike upwards, before dialing back to a restrained level. Strong green grapes come in on the mid-palate along with a moderate oak character, before giving way to a finish of lightly funked cherries and vanilla.

M: Light bodied with lively, moderate to high carbonation.

D: Restrained tartness with a good balance of flavors, not the best of the style but easy drinking.

Aug 25, 2010
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homebrew311 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: medium brownish red appearance, razor thin white head, mild lacing, decent clarity

S: deep acidic tones of vinegar, tart cherries, and mild oak character. The aroma doesn't hit you with in your face sourness as some other Oud Bruins do. A touch of sweetness on the end.

T: sharp twangy sourness up front, a big hit of tart cherries mid palate with hints of sweetness. A bit of spicy Belgian yeast character at the end. Not getting a lot of oak here. The after taste is a touch sweet and isn't as crisp and refreshing as other sours.

MF: high carbonation, light body

O: Not a bad sour at all, however, it does stand below many of the other Oud Bruins I have had. I wish the end had a bit more sourness instead of the sweetness. Worth a try.

Apr 10, 2011
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jwinship83 from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle drank from my duvel tulip. been looking forward to this one for a while now.

A- this one pours out a murky dark brown colored body with ruby red highlights along the edges of the glass. a frothy beige colored head sits on top. the head is slow to fall and leaves behind nice and solid rings of lacing.

S- the first thing i think about the nose on this one is acidic. after that i get some fruity notes. plum, cherries, raisins, dates, figs, and green apple skins. the smell seems to fall off after that, even as it warms.

T- the taste begins with some strong fruity notes that quickly turns acidic. plums, raisins, green apple skins, cherries, and dates. once again, after the fruits im left with little else.

M- the body is on the lighter side of medium. the carbonation is on the higher side of medium. the alcohol is well hidden. the finish is dry. slightly puckering.

O- overall, i wish this beer was stronger in all ways. the flavors seem to work, but i would like to see more. the sourness would also benefit from some beefing up. this is a solid american attempt at the style that is widely distributed. i appreciate that.

Apr 20, 2011
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brokensail from California

1.74/5  rDev -55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: The pour is a dark red-brown color with a medium sized off-white/khaki colored head.

S: A bit of cherry, a bit of vinegar, not really any oak. The cherry aromas are mostly artificial, in the vain of cough syrup, and quite off-putting. There isn't much intensity to the nose, but what is there isn't good.

T: Bleck, the flavor is even worse (somehow). Mildly sweet and mildly tart but nothing positive at all. Maybe some more of the fake cherries and red wine vinegar, along with a tinge of metal.

M: The body is somewhat watery and light with a very high level of carbonation.

D: This was just terrible. I want my $12 back.

Jul 08, 2010
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jpmclaug from South Carolina

4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my New Holland High Gravity Series flute.

A - Brown with a little ruby hue around the edges. Small white head rests on top. More head than I expected for the style.

S - Subtle sour cherry aroma with a little bit of funk. My mouth is starting to water...

T - Nice subtle sour cherry taste up front with a little malt taste at the end and a hint of bitterness. Not a mouth puckeringly sour beer but gives you a nice bit of the sour flavor that I crave.

M - medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Easy drinking, mildly sour beer. This would be a fantastic starter sour for someone. I Really like how you can actually pick up the the cherry flavor in this one. I really enjoyed this and would pick it up again. But I won't go nuts trying to obtain it.

Jul 14, 2010
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clegolfski from Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A = Brown with a ruby tinge, big time head that stays and sticks. The color of the head and remind me of a worn out old photograph like the sepia option on microsoft word....in a good way.

S = Musty with a fruity tinge... really delicious. I could live with my nose in this tulip.

T = Initial sour tang, drops to a musty leather taste. Call it Oerbier lite.

M = Little bit thin but ok.

D = Like most sours its a sipper but not quite the level to urge you to keep drinking.

Jul 23, 2010
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rkcrozier from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.5%

Jan 06, 2012
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Mosstrooper from California

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 64oz growler into 250mL Jenlain flute glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind no lave, but some foam floating on the glass.

Smell: Sour white grapes and some malty sweetness behind it.

Taste: Begins with sweet grape flavors, finishing with acidic, champagne-like bitterness and sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with lively, but not too sharp, carbonation and a somewhat dry, somewhat sticky finish.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and very tasty- not the best sour beer out there, but it will satisfy a sour beer craving.

Oct 19, 2010
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Stoffel from Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Jan 02, 2012
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