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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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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 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 cooch69
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a deep reddish brown with a tight fine bubbly off white head.

Nose of candied apple, caramel malts and a really fine zingy tartness.

While drinking I was unaware that this beer was brewed with cherries. I was drinking a Gueuze before this and this beer did'nt taste as sour as it was at first but it opened up into a nice delicious mouthwatering tartness as my last beer faded off the palate. I got candied apples at first but than an immense amount of fresh tart cherries. Lots of carmalized malts and a nice juicy sweetness. This beer is medium/full bodied and packs a lot of flavour into one bottle. Definetly a Flander's that stands out.

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Photo of bruachan
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cute belgian ringlets atop with some good, wispy, nebulae-looking fizz swirls. mahogany color with ruby highlights. less than stellar clarity

sour aroma, but that doesn't really hit until the tongue gets involved. sourcherryfruity, leather, some nuttiness (but not much)

the funk melds splendidly with surrounding features, which is not always the case. juicy citrus and cherry follows the sour right away. then, some more malt-centric elements (nutty with a touch of roastybrown)


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Photo of ngeunit1
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich almost clear reddish-brown color with a finger of off-white frothy head atop. The head fades slowly down to a thin layer leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - The aroma is bursting with sour cherry and sweet malt. There are also some background fruit esters and some bread mixed in as well.

T - The beer starts off with lots of sour and tart flavors. There is a nice mix of cherry and malt right off the bat. Through the middle, a mix of some bready flavor as well as some other fruits and some green apple comes through. The finish is a mix of sour and tart with some backing bread malt that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer fees great from start to end with a nice balance on sour and tart on the tongue. These flavors also linger really nicely.

D - Very drinkable. The beer feels super complex and balance, even with the strong sour and tart flavors. From start to end, the sour and tart elements mix together at just the right levels to make for a really great beer.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Bitburger branded footed pilsner glass. Side note - the cork from this bottle has to be the smallest one i've ever seen. I honestly thought I broke the cork in half at first when I popped the bottle!

A: Dark brown with a little reddish tint to it. Surprisingly (for the style) it pours a nice solid head that leaves thick lace in the glass.

S: Fermented cherries, vinegar and yeast.

T: Real similar to the smell, but even more cherry with a nice bready finish. The sour dominates a little but not in a bad way at all.

M: Light/medium bodied - good carbonation with small bubbles that just roll.

D: Super easy to drink. I could post up on these guys all night.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brown-ish / orange-ish color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, sour cherries and white grapes. In the taste, just like the smell, sour cherries and white grapes. A smooth and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, sour cherry aftertaste. Nice sour, nice fruit presence, very nice.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a small snifter. Thanks Will...Small, beige head, low retention on a clear, dark copper body. Minimal, clear lacing. Aroma includes tart green apple, a deep earthy must, maybe some overripe cherries and some caramel. Taste is puckeringly tart, dominated by old, rotting (in a good way) Granny Smith apples and some caramel malt. Really satisfyingly sour and quite delicious.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding! It has a wonderful pale and crystal malt scent along with a very nice sour aroma. It's a mild sourness that really compliments the malt bill. The taste is good. It has a smooth, complex malt flavor that showcases a sweet crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and sour yeast character. It's sour, but enjoyable; not overly done. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. It's incredibly smooth and complex; a superior drinking experience.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A. Medium brown with deep red highlights. Off white, smooth, creamy head that sticks around for a long time.

S. Cherries, obvious Brett, a touch of lemon and a little oaky aroma.

T. Nicely sour of sour cherries, more lemon, some bark-like flavors, and dark grape tannins.

M. Medium texture with a very pleasant creamy feel to it. The carbonation is high and helps intensify the sourness.

D. Oh yeah. Super tasty and keeps you wanting another sip.

Overall - I really love this style of beer and Ommegang does it VERY well. Keep 'em coming, guys.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served in my Great Lakes Christmas Ale Chalice.

Appearance: The body of the beer is chestnut brown. Nice gentle carbonation rolls to the top of the beer. The head resolves to a thin ring of foam at the edges of my glass.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is far gentler than I expected. Very nice tart, sour cherry, apple cider, tart berries nice earthy spicy finish.

Taste: Nice play of the fruit notes of the flavor. The beer is tart but never really goes far into sour territory. As my wifes friend said this beer is politely sour.

Mouthfeel / Drinkabiltiy: The body of the beer is creamy and smooth. No rough edges are to be found. The tartness never reaches vinegar, astringent or palate killing of sour. This was a joy to drink hoping to see more flanders style beers like this one.

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Photo of branimal9
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes, sampled 7.4.2010...

Muddy brown with ruby highlights. Smells of sour cherry and a bit of barnyard funk. Tart and sour cherry bring it again in the flavor, with a nice quenching finish. Light bodied, but full of flavor. Very nice!

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Photo of geryeb624
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750 mL bottle into my DFH signature glass.

A- Pours a dark brown with several fingers of creamy off-white head. Very nice retention and lacing as well.

S- Candied sour cherries with some yeasty funkiness and malt in the background. Smells somewhat reminiscent of a kriek lambic.

T- A very nice combination of kriek and brown ale. Starts bright with a funky, sour fruitiness. Big, wet cherry flavor that yields into a toasty maltiness with a bitter kick. Very tasty.

M- Very creamy mouthfeel. Nice carbonation with creamy, almost nitro-like feel as opposed to a prickly carbonation.

D- Very high. Well-balanced for a sour, with good levels of tartness and malty backbone.

I'm very impressed by this offering from Ommegang, as I typically am. A very well-executed, well-balanced, and highly drinkable brew.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Zuur is deep mahogany in color, and topped with a frothy head of a cream color. Ruby highlights may be seen if it is held to the light.

S: Bouquet suggests sweet marsala, raisins, and apples. While the aromas present meld beautifully together, I wish that they were a touch more pronounced. I feel that I have to strain to get ahold of them.

T: Wow, this is the Oud Bruin I've been waiting for. While most examples exhibit a battle between the sweet notes and the sour, Zuur showcases a gentle harmony between the two. Sherry, raisins, and oak mesh beautifully with granny smith apple, raspberry vinaigrette, and balsamic. I was afraid of the cherries being overbearing in this brew, but honestly, I wouldn't have even known they were there had the label not told me so.

M: Light body, with a gentle carbonation, all rounded out by a deceiving fullness. It's almost like the texture of caviar, with its airy fluffiness.

D: This is one of the best Oud Bruins I've found so far. It's balanced, delicious, and incredibly drinkable. It is highly flavorful, but would be a great session beer were it not for the price (or my budget). I was reluctant to try this brew, as I am not a fan of several of Ommegang's other brews, but this is definitely a fine brew. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown with red highlights. Carbonated pour resulting in an off-white 3 fingers of froth. Immediate aroma of sweet cherry.

Cherry pie...tad on the syrup side but with some tartness. Sour yet very smooth. Soft notes of unsalted peanut maltiness. After a little while in the glass, the flavors start to meld together nicely. The malt-sour-tart-sweet-Brett funk all sing.

Tart mouthfeel with some subtle fragrant Brett action in the back. Dry yet cherry fruit flavor on the finish.

Very impressed...this style is becoming a new favorite of mine.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: beutiful brown copperish color, poured into a red wine glass, held hed retention well thru out

smell: sour fruity, grapes and cherries

taste: not extemelely sour enough and slightly dryier than others I have tried. I usally like dryer drinks but this worked perfectly

mouthfeel: high carbonation and light

drinkability: very easy... I could session this at a nice dinner

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours somewhere in between red, purple, and brown. Off white head, fizzy, bubbly.

Smells sour with some funky over ripe dark berries, muted vinegar, hint of malt.

Surprisingly mellow but satisfying sour aspect, sweet and tart - candied cherries. Acidic, musty and funky - well balanced with malts. Body is akin to champagne (a bit more viscous, though); finishes pleasantly crisp and dry. This is probably the most "sessionable" sour I have had thanks to a modest ABV and a flavorful but somewhat gentle palate. I happily drank a 750ml myself.

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Photo of stewart124
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brown with a thin lace around of the edge. This is a white ring around the outside edge of the glass.

The smell is or cherries, brown sugar and some fig.

Taste sharp but not overwhelming. Plenty of lactic acid with lots of sweetness up front that finishes very dry and lingers on the back of the throat. Bits of cherry and fig tingle the tastebuds. Sharp taste that bits the sides of my tongue. This is thirst quenching but then begs to be sipped again. Slight earthy/oak characters. Zero hop bitterness present.

Pleasing aftertaste that is sharp and dry with a hint of tart cherry. Easy to drink and a delight.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of spointon
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Poor Phil's Raw Bar in Oak Park, IL. Served in a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a slightly murky looking reddish brown color with medium clarity and a 1/4" creme colored head. The head quickly dropped to almost zero. No lace to speak of...

S= The aroma was a nice combination of malt sweetness, fruity tartness, and a hint of wood.

T= Nicely balanced between sweetness and tartness, with the tartness getting just a slight edge overall. The sweetness was reminiscent of hard candies and rich malt. The sour note was lightly lactic with hints of tart cherry, raspberry, and wine. Finished fairly dry with a refreshing tartness.

MF= Slightly to the lighter side of medium bodied with a very crisp mouthfeel.

D= For my personal tastes, this beer is every bit as good as Petrus Oud Bruin and Duchesse De Bourgogne. A nicely complex and extremely refreshing ale.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle, served in my Duvel tulip.

Zuur pours a murky, swampwater brown. There are faint ruby highlights when the beer is held to light. The bone colored cap is a decent two fingers in height, and there's not much in the way of lacing. The nose is pretty good, some biscuit and caramel, as well as a distinct acidic tartness. The flavor takes the aforementioned malt notes and adds a swirl of chocolate. Dark fruits (largely cherries, but I definitely find some plum in there as well) act as a transition to a fruity, acidic, moderately sour close. The body is a little thin, and the carbonation a little low, but Zuur coats my mouth with each sip. The relatively restrained tartness combined with the great taste lead to Zuur being about as drinkable as any beer with a wild/sour component that I've ever had. A great offering from Ommegang.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with a friend who was good enough to bring a bottle to the Heartland. Poured into the trusty Ommegang glass.

Two fat fingers of off-white foam with a touch of tan drizzle, topping a muddy brown body with ruby trim; ample lacing and nice duration kick things off nicely. Big-time aromas, with lots of dried fruit and spice--fig, raisin, plum, with molasses and ginger rounding out a fantastic nose.

The taste matches the smell, negotiating sweet and sour adroitly. The malty texture adds a rich smoothness that is easier on the palate and, therefore, somewhat belies this style. A bit of a sipper but great to share, this capped off a hot summer day with a stay on the back porch and a fine sunset. More goodness from the sterling Ommegang, again illustrating its mastery of a complex style. Very good.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown/black with a firm 1/4" head that quickly fades but pretty while it's there.

Nose is a sour cherry/chocolate that goes to sour cherry. Nose is pleasant and appealing albeit simple.

Mouthfeel is rich and full and really nicely balanced. Elegant "champagne" type carbonation that's very "tiny and delicate." Very nice acid although not as tart or sour as a "sour fan" would like.

Flavors are well integrated and appealing. Lightly sour but very drinkable. A great "beginner's" sour with nice cherry flavors in the front palate, some sweet character and a light sour mid and back palate. There's a nice balanced sour/cherry/"sweet" character to this one and it's quite drinkable and pleasant. Good acid and very consumer friendly.

Not overly complex but still very appealing. One would not go wrong to try it. Perhaps my favorite from this brewery.

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Photo of jampics2
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a cantillon glass, split with my girl. We both loved this beer, but also noted that it's a more toned down take on the flanders style than we normally like. It's more of a Todd or Rod Flanders than a Maud or Ned Flanders, but, gosh-didilly darn it, that's just fine.

Looks wonderful in the glass. Brown with red highlights, small head that actually stays around for a touch longer than expected, and active carbonation.

Smells of lemon, cherries, some leather, and mild acidity. No vinegar = YAY! Also a touch of funk but not barnyard, just a touch subdued, especially when compared to beers like Oude Tart, Red Poppy, and Oerbier.

I know the taste isn't over-the-top, but it's so damn good I have to give this a rating that reflects the brilliance of this beer. It walks a line between being true to the style and not bashing the tastebuds and stommach lining of the uninitiated. Cherries and sour lemon are wondeful but fleeting, there's a touch of oakiness, and sweet belgian pilsen malt anchors this. Very well done and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is great, medium bodied with nice sparkling carbonation. Just a touch lacking in finish, while it's dry, I like just a bit more lingering flavor while this goes to grain then water.

This is not a beer geek's beer. And that's 100% fine with me. This is one of the best introductions to the Flanders style of beers and sour beers in general. With little to no vinegar, puckering, or overly acidic notes, I'm sure this beer will gain a following. The only people dissapointed will be those looking for the return of the excellent Ommegang Rouge, but that's not what this set out to be. A beginner's bridge into one of the most rewarding beer genres begins with this experience.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Ommegang snifter. Poured a cloudy brown with lighter ruby highlight's. Nice thick off white colored that sticks all over.

Smell has a nice sweet tartness with a heavy fruit following. Candyish aroma mixed with a nice pale malt aroma.

Taste is extremely sour at first sip but does settle out. Amazing fruity taste's of fig's,plum,a bit of cherry.Solid maltbackbone makes this very enjoyable.

Mouth is medium bodied with tremendous carbonation. Somewhat numbing on the palate and the teeth.

An easy drinking sour beer.

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