Ommegang Zuur | Brewery Ommegang

Ommegang ZuurOmmegang Zuur
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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 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 Gmann
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a chocolate brown color, a tad murky, with a tight creamy biege head that settles into a solid ring. The aroma is of sour cherries and grape juice. I don't pick up much from the malt. Has a lambic type of aroma. Taste is very similar to the aroma; grape juice and sour cherries. There is a slight toasted malt character that helps mellow the sour fruit flavors. There seems to be some honey sweetness but it gets lost in the sour fruit flavor. The feel is light and fizzy, pretty much tart and dry throughout. A bit acidic. A solid sour ale, fairly balanced where you can enjoy the beer without your face imploding. I would have liked to have seen some more malt presence. It does have a nice fruit flavor.

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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 kbutler1
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Red brown color with an offwhite ivory head. Head slowly subsides to a nice collar around the glass. Aroma is of sour fruit notes, cherry with a slight acidic bite. The taste is actually not as sweet as I expected but still quite nice. More tart than sour. Slightly "watery" in that I think the mouthfeel should be slightly heavier. Overall, a good beer that I think will get better with age.

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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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Photo of cpetrone84
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Smokin Joe's

A-pours a dark plum color with a light tan head.

S-the nose is light with a solid malt base of toffee and chocolate, a fair amount of cherries that are lightly sour come in with notes of lactic acid.

T-the malt base in the taste is a little lighter and enhances as it warms. notes of chocolate and toffee, sour cherries that are light on sour but have a good sweetness to them, lactic acid again in the back.

M-this has a medium body and is incredibly soft, a little grainy and the carbonation actually thins out a little in the back.

D-this is pretty straight forward and not extremely complex but the tasty cherries with light sourness to it really make for a drinkable beer and the malt base adds a touch of interesting.

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

Pours a cloudy, deep brown...there are lots of bubbles rising up to an off white head that falls to a ring.

Smells tart and funky...I smell wet mutt and sour fruits.

This taste like something I wouldn't want to throw back up...I taste red wine vinegar, hints of lemon, cherry (pips and all), and plum...nice balance of tart and sweet.

Feels good...medium body, smooth though it has lots of carbonation. Semi dry.

My first Flanders...very good beer...will drink again...cant wait to try more offerings of this style.

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

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a reddish brown color with fairly good head retention and minimal lacing. The nose is impressive, showcasing wine, vinegar and light funk. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, but there is a core flavor of brown sugar and chocolate that I wasn't expecting. It really adds to the complexity and enjoyment in this beer. Also, while there's definitely a sour component to this beer, it's not overdone at all. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long finish, and drinkabilty it quite good. Not only is the alcohol all but undetectable, but the beer has something of a refreshing punch of fruit and wine flavor that I like.

Very nice....

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Photo of Lolli1315
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very dark reddish brown color, not completely opaque but certainly on its way. Very small head off white head that becomes patchy leaving mostly a ring around the glass.

S- Initially a small malt character reaches through followed by rich dark fruit esters. Dark cherries and plums dominate the fruit ester notes. Slight tart/sour aroma noticeable before it is covered up with more fruit esters and some hints of alcohol.

T- Noticeable malt undertones complimented by dark fruits including cherries, plumes, and figs. Moves into a sharp sweetness complimented by a medium sour taste to give it a nice "sweet and sour" taste. Sweetness does out perform the sour leaving you wanting a slight bit more. Sweetness lingers into the aftertaste as the fruit esters become noticeable again.

M- Medium body with moderate low carbonation. Sweet finish that leaves the mouth slightly dry.

D- Not too hard to drink, but a little too sweet right now. I wish I would have picked another one up to let it sit for a year or two and see if the sour taste picked up at all.

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Photo of m1ked
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just out of a big test (PANRE) and having a well deserved victory (I hope) beer. At BT twice in 1 week, nice.

A- pours dark ruddy brownish red with a thin film of off white micro bubbles. When held up to the light I get a murky tea colored beer.

S- Sweet and sour cherries with that vingery acid. Smells promising. There's some spice in there like a cinnamon.

T- Big hit o sour vinegary with more subtle cherry, cinnamon and a touch milk chocolate in the aftertaste.

M- Really thin with very low carb. Works good with the tart and tang though.

D- I haven't had this style in a while. Happy to have had the opportunity. Wonder how different in the bottle. Good form to the style but have had better. Really enjoyable and gets my salivary glands pumping!

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork and caged 750ml bottle into my large Tempelier tulip glass. Pours a deep cranberry color, almost brown it's so dark. A massive creamy tan head rises quickly and settles very slowly. Leaves a couple legs of lace, very patchy...but decent. Overall, a great looking beer.

Aroma is mostly sour cherries, slight vinegar, some Belgian yeast...a small resemblance to wine.

Flavor is very, very decent. A very refreshing flanders. There's a decent amount of acidic characteristic...and not overkill. Some flanders can be repulsive with too much vinegar likeness. This one is more than tolerable. A light to slightly medium mouthfeel, very high carbonation...and again, drinkable. Sour cherries throughout, therefore a nice puckering tartness. A little oak in the back. Tasty beer from Ommegang!

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

YUMMY!! Pours a dark dark cherry red almost brown.
Smell is Sour cherries and sour patch kids. First sip is tart cherries and sour grapes. Follows with a nice smooth finish. Not too sour but has a nice pucker kick. This is like drinking a sour cherry life saver. Very refreshing and good. nice carbonation adds to the enjoymnet of the sour. I will stock up on these.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A weathered cranberry-apple pour appears a dark brazilian cherry in the glass with a light beige, rigid and foamy head that was a solid 2 fingers plus in statue and stayed that way for quite some time. Backlighting reveals a strong effervesce while the glass is laced with some spotty coverage of foam deposits.

S: A gentle sourness of fruit, over-ripe pears and grapes along with some green apples first appear on the nose. Damp and musky cobwebs is observed along with a touch of pancake/buttermilk batter. Overall light sense.

T: The flavor opens with a sour fruitiness upfront of strawberries, sour cherries and grapes along with a nice helping of sour citrus/lime. Tart and fruity with perhaps some cranberry juice notes intertwine against a smooth sour malt finish. There is a bit of acidity while the beer finishes up with some melons, grapes and smooth juicy fruitiness on the fade. Love the fact that this was well balanced, smooth with a sweet and sour side without being overbearing.

M: Light mouthful, oily texture with a nice wet fruity bite. Effervesce is soft and refined.

D: Per style an easy drinking interpretation, not over the top sour-wise, but opted to go with smooth and refined with a sweet and sour fruitiness that delivers enough to be justified and appreciable while still being very manageable.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy reddish brown in color and poured with a finger high head that quickly died down; a light to moderate amount of carbonation consistently left lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: The nose is moderately sour and has lots of aromas of cherries along with some hints of yeast.
T: The taste has a moderate amount of sourness and is dominated by flavors of tart cherries. There is an interesting mix of sweetness and sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The sourness of this beer isn't that overpowering so it's relatively easy to consume. This is a good choice to introduce someone to sour beers.

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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 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 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 mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at a local DC tasting thanks to jslot38. Thanks man.

a - Pours a murky mahogany brown color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruit, dark fruits, a bit metallic.

t - Tastes of sour and tart fruits, grapes, dark fruits, cherries.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - A decent Flanders style beer. Some nice sour and tart fruit in the smell and taste. Would give another shot.

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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 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 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 Proteus93
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA

A: Almost a chestnut brown with some golden highlights. Head was quite short, with a little collar of lace retained throughout but leaving nothing on the walls.

S + T: Soft fruity aroma, just a touch grassy. Some malt backbone balances it out. Quite mild as far as scent goes. Tart fruit flavours... more of a dry green apple, really. A touch of earthiness follows and finishes.

M + D: Modestly dry... A part of me could have gone for more dryness and tartness, but it is certainly a decent brew worth tasting

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Photo of fear025
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sorta remember trying this at the ACBF in June, not enough to rate it, but in a hazy way I remember trying it. Now it's in Columbus in 750mL bottles, so here I am with a whole bomber, $10-11. The beer is dark ruby brown, a little haze, with a thin tan head and only a little lace.

The smell is pretty tame compared to Rouge, but it works for this beer. Earthy and maybe malty in a light way, just some hints of tart cherries. Based on aroma it doesn't seem like too many cherries were used, just like I have a hard time detecting them in Three Philosophers.

The beer tastes initially sweet for a few nanoseconds, then slightly sour in the aftertaste. Cherries and a little barnyard, nice but light flavors for the style. On the other hand, extremely drinkable and probably pretty approachable as a gateway. I liked it in any case.

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