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Ommegang Zuur | Brewery Ommegang

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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 Brad007
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red/brown color with a thin-head into my glass. Very subdued.

Aroma is sour with good hints of raspberry and cherry on the nose. Perhaps a hint of horse leather for good measure.

Taste is sour with cherry standing out the most. Not too malty, not too thin. Not a burden on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering horse leather and cherry. It fades faster than I would like though, which doesn't really give me enough time to enjoy the flavors present.

An excellent, domestic example of a style that isn't commonly available around here.

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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 avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brown color with some ruby tints. There was an inch and a half of foamy somewhat long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A nice smell of cherries, malt, yeast, and some spices.

T: A well-rounded flavor of cherries, malt, and yeast, though this component isn't as prevalent as in others of the style. Not quite as sharp as other Flanders Oud Bruin, but still pretty tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solid, well made, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Ambiorix
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled, poured into La Maudite snifter. Dark brown pour, dense tan head. The nose is intense, sour wild cherries. The flavor is overwhelmingly malty, with a burst of sour cherry. Very tart, with a refreshingly dry finish. It's not my favorite Belgian-style sour, but it is really good. Another fine offering from and excellent brewery.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Moan and Dove. Served in an Ommegang Tulip.

A: Lighting was dim, but the beer appeared to be dark brown, with lighter hues around the edges of the glass. The head appeared to be off-white. It disappeared after a short time and left no lacing.

S: Sour cherries and plum-like darkfruit dominate the smell, with hints of caramel and toffee underneath.

T: Taste of sour black cherries is dominant. A bit acidic. Hints of oak creep out at times. Malt flavors of caramel and toffee hide in the background. Finishes sweet with tart cherry and grape tastes and mild hints of the aforementioned malt.

M: Medium body, silky, and with effervescent carbonation. Nice mouthfeel. This aspect of the beer was probably the best.

D: High. Easy to drink, and a good introduction to the style.

Notes: Good beer, but not as complex as I would have liked. Malt flavor and aroma seemed too restrained.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Husenator
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep caramel slightly cloudy. Thin light tan head that quickly dissipates.

S - Almost a cider vinegar with slight cherry aroma.

T- Acidic with tart cherry and a bit of malt, finishes with a bite. Lacking the yeastiness I have experienced in other sours. Very drinkable though in a refreshing way.

M - Surprisingly effervescent. The carbonation is close to that of a sparkling wine. Leaves a bit of a sticky feel after a while.

All in all an interesting attempt by a good brewery at this style. Definitely worth a try even though it is not a favorite style of mine.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown body (compared to the crayon color Indian Brown) capped with a minimal creamy off-white head. No lacing.

S: Very similar smell to that of wine. Sour cherries, brown sugar, a sweet malts in the nose.

T: Like the smell, the taste has a wine quality to it. A little funky with tart/sour cherries with a dry finish. Hops are mute. Definitely mouth puckering, however, I had one glass with dessert and it changed the flavor completely. The flavors became sweeter & more mild making it taste a lot better.

M: A light body with medium carbonation.

D: Really enjoyed this beer by itself, but enjoyed it more with dessert. Definitely a sipper. Glad I bought more then 1 bottle.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours a medium, caramely brown. sits dark brown with a deep ruby hue with great clarity

Smell: notes of dark fruit (raisins, plums, etc) followed in lesser degree by some caramel and tartness. overall a bright, refreshing bouqet

Taste: obvious notes of dark cherries. sour throughout with hints of sweetness. aforementioned qualities dominate and dont reveal any noticable caramel of chocolate malt flavor. finish is full of fresh, slightly tart cherries

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with a moderately high carbonation

Notes: VERY refreshing. love the dark cherry flavor throughout but was looking for a little more complexity

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

I had this on while visiting TAP in Atlanta. I was glad to see such a nice beer list to go with their tasty food.

It was served in a large flute & the beer was an opaque brown with rust highlights. Not a ton of lacing.

This is a beer that the taste really tracked the aroma. There are dark cherries, a hint of oak, some funk & a bit of straw/hay. Sour in the best mouth puckering way.

I really enjoyed it! Not sure it is a session beer but it is an easy choice to have every once in awhile.

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

Alex shared a bottle last night. Thanks man, this was surprisingly good.

A clear cherry red with a thin off-white head that falls off to a think disk, leaving no lace. The nose is quite attractive. Sweet cherries, plenty of caramel and brown sugar sweetness, there's also a little vinegar present. Quite fruity, I get some vanilla too. The flavors on the palate are similar. Opening with a sweet, cherry character, this doesn't strike me a artificial, just rather sweet. Brown sugar and vanilla character are moderate quantities. Not particularly oaky or tannic, this finishes with some sweetness and some cherry flavor. Medium-light in body and moderately carbonated, this is fairly easy to drink. Not world class, but definitely not horrid.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark amber color with a one-finger, khaki-colored head of foam. It had okay retention and left little lacing.

S - It smelled of dried fruit and some barnyard funk.

T - It tasted of sour dried fruits with a funky bite. Some bready malts were present, too.

M - It was sharp and had a puckering bite. A light to medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.

D - This is a very good sour ale. Once again Ommegang has done a great job cranking out an authentic Belgian ale.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of peabody
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out really clear with lots of effervescent bubbles and nice foamy off-white bubbles.
Smell is cherries and bretts and malts. Strong yeast burning the nose.
Taste is malty sugar but finishes like a wine with a fruity grape like flavor.
A little sticky and the flavor stays that way till the back of the throat feels the 6%.
Drinkability is pretty good here. I like the malty finish this Ommegang offering dishes up!

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

On-tap 10/8/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains tart cherries, light malts a little bit of Belgian yeast.

T: The taste starts out with a very sour cherry flavor followed by a thin malt character and some light Belgian yeast. The hops presence is very mild but normal for the style and creates a good balance for a sour beer. The after-taste is likewise sour.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this a nice sour beer that it worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of Docer
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a bottle to try ...

- Rather dark clear brown... light ruby red hues... fizzy off white head... leaves a nice large ring and some on top...

- Light sweet brown sugar, candies... tart sour, grain... fig... prune..

- Ester, light currants... sugars, brown sugar... pleasant tartness and sour quality.. light earthiness and woody character,.

- Light bodied.. bubbly.... mouth watering....

- Overall very good... I like it though it's a touch too light..

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Photo of klikger
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml pour served in a taster glass

A - Dark brown with some red on the edges; little bit of off-white head & decent lacing

S - Vinegar, touch of yeast, some summer fruits

T - Lemon & a bit of vinegar --> sour cherry and/or raspberry and yeast --> nicely tart, fruity finish

M - Good carbonation, light to medium bodied, refreshing

D - A little sweet to be sessionable, but not bad

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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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 BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate throughout, Zuur has all of the technical proficiencies of Sour Browns but doesn't overwhelm the senses in terms of sourness, mustiness, or acidity.

The beer pours a deep mohogany brown/red color with extremely dense, creamy, and froathy light tan foam. High lacing is left on the glass as the beer falls.

Sharp but clean sourness emits to the nose and takes the shape of cherries and crabapple. No vinegar or cider notes, the beer is very controlled with an earthy spicy scent backed by brown malts and under-rippened berry tartness.

Flavors of sweet malts, light bread crust, and black cherries rise to the top. But a quick rebuttal of tartness from cherries, crabapples, grapes, and plumbs make their way into the flavors at mid stream. Tartness wraps up the finish but still holding onto a medium malt flavor and slight cork-like woodiness.

Creamy and smooth textures throughout but with that constant underpinning of thinning acidity and light astringency (grape skins). Even in the finish, the beer concludes with a snappy and acidic dryness but also with a malty final impression.

There's nothing about this beer that reads inconsistent or flawed. But it also lacks some of the intangibles of classic Oud Bruins (Petrus Oud Bruin) like a more intense tartness, higher wood-like complexity, and aged attributes that would give much more depth and richness to the beer.

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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 jrallen34
2.37/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Paramount Room into a pint glass...Pours muddy brown, light tope head, poor retention...The aroma sucks completely. This is not at all what an oud bruin smells like. Its super malty, figs, dark fruits, sugar, and the finish brings only the lightest whisper of vinegar. No tartness at all...The taste is just as bad, no tart or vinegar, just a malty mess.

Do not bother drinking this beer. It is a horrible rip off a Belgian style sour. Shame on Ommegang who usually does a good job on these beers for having me waste $10 on a pint.

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Photo of tpd975
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of bum732
3.64/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Ommegang Zuur from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 320 ratings
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