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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
Photo of drpimento
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not nearly as good as I thought it'd be. Poured with a medium sized pop foamy, tan head that quickly settle out to just a bit and no lace. Color is a slightly hazy mahoganey. Aroma is nice with a caramel, malt, brett cast. Flavor loses the caramel and just barely has any sweetness to stand up to the tart, plus the tang from strong carbonation. Body is ok and carbonation may even be a tad too strong. Finish is like flavor and has medium length. Maybe good to cook with. I'll finish this 750 and that's it.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Short cork looks like Toadstool from Super Mario Brothers.

A burnt umber pour yields a thin, choppy head. Thin choppy head yields a thin swirl of retention. None of the above yields any retention or beery impressiveness. Fairly clear as I decanted Zuur so I can pitch the dregs in my Flanders red.

Earthy, mild brown ale toast, steely unsweetened root beer or birch beer aroma. Sarsaparilla I guess.

Zuur is a meek Flanders. It's not bad but comparable to most Flanders the sweet isn't as sweet and the sour isn't as sour. Very mid-range.

I remember this being better at beerfest.

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Photo of hdofu
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a different kind of appearance pours orangeish brown has an off tan head, smell is sour like vinegar. Taste begins sour but then it finishes watery however as I continued drinking it it got more sour in the finish. I wasn't impressed by the taste, mouthfeel is pretty smooth, overall one I could pass on in the future

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Photo of hawks10
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint...

Pours a murky reddish brown with two fingers of light tan head with a slight pink hue...

Slightly tart with dark fruit/cherries, musty and lightly funky, not a whole lot going on...

Tart and dry. Fruity but also a bit grainy. Slightly sour dark fruits and a bit of earthy/woodiness. A somewhat unpleasant dry medicinal aftertaste lingers...

Medium bodied with decent carbonation, pretty smooth but a lingering dry weird aftertaste detracts...

Not too excited by this one, stick to the Belgians for a good sour...

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Photo of Cresant
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date on the label. The body was ruddy light brown with a tan head. A thin cap remained and left speckles of lace.

The smell was like SweeTarts candy. Mild with a tobacco like leafy aroma. Clean.

The taste was mild but nice. Slightly puckering sour taste with adrying finish. Woody and fruity. Perhaps a nice introduction to sours but not one I would seek out again.

The mouthfeel was maybe a little under-carbonated. Somewhat thin in the mouth. Not as good as most other Ommegang brews.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a large wine glass. The beer is a dark brown with a nice red tint when held to the light. The head is off white and dense and stays fairly thick.

The aroma is sweet and sour, with grape, cherry and vinegar. The flavor is quite a ride. It starts off fruity and sweet, with the promised cherry flavor. Next comes an intense tartness that chases the sweetness away and pulls at the corners of your mouth. This is certainly the most sour beer that I've had.

The finish is fairly dry, the carbonation is low and the mouthfeel is light. It's a little too sour for me to call it drinkable, but it was a welcome departure from my regular brews.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A new Flanders Brown from Ommegang, don't mind if I do. Poured into an Ommegang 10th anniversary goblet a dark brown, good thin cap of foam that sustains itself.

Smells less sour and vinegary than some other examples of the style. Cherry and vanilla, maybe a little woody. Pleasant aroma, but doesn't really jump out at me.

At first sip, a straight down the middle Oud Bruin with tart cherry and woodsiness. Up front that tart cherry fades quickly to a long funky finish that coats the tongue, making this a little less refreshing to me than it otherwise would have been. It's like it kinda gets caught at the back of the throat somehow. Some residual hop bitterness. Contrary to some, I actually wish this had some vinegar notes to it.

I like it, but I don't love it. To me there's something funky going on with the mouthfeel. It's as if it doesn't go down the hatch easily. Still, glad to have an example of a Flanders Brown around and available. I'm beginning to think there may be something off-kilter with my palate today. This beer deserves another go, I'll try it again and update my review accordingly.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Pours a murky brown color with a bit of a reddish tint. Light tan head sits for a bit before fading. The nose is pretty boring with some very mild fruit and oak plus a good dose of acetic acid, though not enough to take it into the nail polish realm. The flavor goes more in the acetone direction, though it's not horrible. Some light bready notes and mild cherry. Feel is fairly sour and medium bodied. Decent enough, but I wasn't a huge fan.

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Photo of RelentlessLefty
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of wrightst
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Stunner97
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance- dark dark brown with thin head that immediately and rapidly disappeared away to nothing, very murky and cloudy

Smell- slight funk or vinegar kind of sourness can be detected on the nose, slight malt and brown sugar

taste- sour tartness is very much present, slight sour cherries, very light flavor, has a nice lingering tartness to it, nothing overpowering, to me the flavors maybe just a bit bland, its not a bad flavor and not to over powering with sour or anything but just kind of a bit bland and plain in flavor,

Mouthfeel- very light and soft with moderate to light carbonation,

Drinkability- this was easy to drink as it wasnt super strong in any one aspect and infact maybe a bit thin, i was actually expecting more complexity in this beer but really just found some up front sweet and sour that kind of hollowed out on any secondary complexity, that sad not a bad beer but just nothing id be looking to have often,

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 harrymel
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First release, 2010

Pours a lovely cola with some cherry hues, some soapy tan bubbles hedging an etched surface. Smells of lactic, acetic souring with a spicy malt background and some sour cherry character. A bit of wood in the nose as well. Flavor is slightly sweet, tart and malty. A bit of a bicarbonate flavor initially, then some balsamic, cherry, bread, some almost nutty flavors. A complex flavor profile, but I don't know if I like it.... Medium bodied with a little higher carb than I'd like with a nice disappearing finish. The feel is refreshing. This beer is better than it was two years ago, but not anything I'd spend the asking price for (~$13 IIRC)

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Photo of chcfan
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of kiya
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opening this bottle waiting for thanksgiving dinner to be ready...
Thought the red and gold label was perfect for a thanksgiving day.

Pours with a very nice thick head that retains well over time. The nose isn't as bright as you'd expect from a sour age, especially one brewed with cherries. I want more nose but i'm left with a flat scent.

Tastes great but i feel like it tasted better when cold which isn't a great sign for most beers. It's sour with a bit of an unripe cherry back end, it finishes quickly, almost too quickly. I taste a bit of apricot which bring out a new element in terms of a sour ale.

Mouthfeel is good, nothing over the top in any direction. Definitely drinkable, almost too much for a beer described by the brewer as being a sour flemish ale. Solid, but maybe not for the price and press release verbiage.

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Photo of bringonthehops
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


- popped and poured --
- tasted non-blind over 1 hour -
- caged and corked 750mL -

NOSE: cementy sourness -- the cement note reminds me of the aged Anchor Christmas Ale that Bob S. brought to the BFest at Loring, and the nose otherwise reminds me of the aged "Cochonne" that I brought to the same BFest; flecks of oak; somewhere between not complex and moderately complex; not very expressive.

BODY: foamy head that dissipates rather quickly, but re-emerges with swirling; slightly hazy auburn color; medium bodied.

TASTE: sour; surprisingly light; has kind of a lager-like finish; cherries lend just a hint of sweetness to this otherwise dry brew; hint of oak; short light finish; 6% alc.; this comes across as a weak/elegant/less sour version of Duchesse. Although this is an Ommegang beer, it was actually brewed in Belgium by Brouwerji Liefmans. According to the label, "Zuur" means "sour." This would be an excellent introduction to the style, as it's pretty tame for a Flemish sour.
Zuur is a blend of Leifmans Oud Bruin, and Liefmans Cuvee Brut. Brut is the newest brew out of Leifmans. It's Oud Bruin with cherries added and aged for 1 year. Then its blended with younger Oud Bruin and blended again with Goudenband, a Belgian brown ale.

B: 50, 5, 10, 15, 7 = 87

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 6% ABV, Servce at 40°F, no date.

Thanks to my drinking partner Beerwolf77 for splitting this beer, I thought about picking up days before, with me.

A - Hazy dark brown with a light tan head. Only a finger tall with low retention and little lace. Nothing special to look at.

S - Crisp and smooth light toasted maltiness of subtle caramel and toffee with dark candi sugar and even more subtle dark fruits. Very light lactic sour aroma that seems like it'll be better and more prominent in the flavor.

T - Toasted toffee malts with a crisp and light sour finish - I was wrong. This is actually pretty bland. The malts aren't doing much here and the sourness is very mild. It's just one-dimensional and seems to get muddled together.

M - Mild sourness on the finish is the only thing going on in this bland beer. At least it's crisp and rather refreshing with a nice carbonation bite to the finish.

D - As Todd put it, "it's a training-wheel sour." The sourness is lacking as is the backbone to hold it up. It still remains easily drinkable! It's not a bad beer as much as it's a disappointment coming from Ommegang.

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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 ebin6
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick, persistent head; very dark in color. A lot of layers for the style

S - Not an eventful nose by any means. Cherries were primary smell, but not very dynamic beyond that

T - Quite surprised considering the sub-par nose. Cherries are much heavier, especially on the front end; sweetness transitions into sourness nicely

M - Not especially mobile within the mouth. Tends to stay in the middle and not venture around to the cheeks and back of the throat

D - Not very interesting, but still smooth & diverse enough to hold my attention

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Photo of brotherloco
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml C&C. Served in a tulip.

Pours dark cherry cola red with two fingers of beige foam that settle to a thin head. Broad lacing.

Aroma of red wine vinegar, sweet fruit, obvious cherries, and malt in the background. Some peppery spiciness.

Tastes of earthy cherries, although a little dulled. Acidic nature is pretty strong, but sour tartness is fairly mild. Seems more like a cherry soda than a beer. Not terrible, but not great.

Body is medium-low and carbonation is medium-high. A bit too prickly on the palate, but not bad.

There's a refreshing quality to this beer, that's its strong point. Certainly better ones out there in this style though.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap at Churchkey in DC, excited to see this one. served in a Tulip glass.

Ommegang Zuur looked the part with a dark reddish berry looking color that could not be seen through. Looks fairly medium bodied with a off white tannish head that went into a light skim, no stickage. Smell is full of berries, dark fruit, slight oak and a touch of vanilla. Fairly mild but on point. Taste is kinda muted from the smell here. I get dark fruit first with berry and cherry and a slight cola in the end only minimal. Whats also minimal is the oak , it really just does not come out. A bit of vinegar. Its a very light oud bruin. The feel is kinda sharp but leaves me wanting more life out of it. It just sort of comes and goes. Lighter than medium with mild carb. I just don't dig the aftertaste on this, vinegar. Im glad I tried it but won't go for it again.

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Photo of OddNotion
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle bs870621345, yet another big beer night!

Appearance: Deep brownish red with a light tan one finger head.

Smell: Funky, slightly sour, nothing terribly interesting. A little odd compared to others of the style.

Taste: Somewhat sour/tart. Funky, a little bit boring, slightly watery. I also get a little weird sweetness to it. I would not consider this among the better beers in the style.

Mouthfeel: To style, thicker but decently carbonated.

Overall: Its decent but not worth the pricetag. Good try but the flavors conflict a little bit too much.

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Photo of jsanford
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass

A - Pours a muddy brown with a dense ivory head that settles to a thick cap.
S - Tart aromas of cherries, green apples, and lemon juice with some earthy malt and a bit of an off, "copper penny character.
T - More sour cherries, tart green apples, and lemon juice with some sweet malt, bread dough, and maybe a bit of raisin. Quite watery, and not nearly as sour as advertised.
M - Surprisingly creamy, with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - An underwhelming take on the style, hindered by the watery body and lack of any real sourness.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle of unknown vintage courtesy of G311, thanks Vince! Pours a brown color with a reddish-tan, dense foam. Decent lace and retention.

Nose is mild for a sour, but shows some raspberry and cherry fruitiness with some sweetly toffee maltiness.

Taste shows some sourness, but not a whole lot of depth. Body is paper thin, very light bodied beer. Some cherry-esque fruit and the sourness makes this fairly tasty and very easy to drink, but there just is not alot of complexity here and overall just has a 'light' feel to it. I was expecting more from Brewery Ommegang...but aside from the Dubbel, I cant think of the last time I was impressed by them.

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