Ommegang Zuur | Brewery Ommegang

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

Poured into an Ommegang chalice, but only because I can't find my Liefmans glass.

Dark plummy brown, more crimson at the highlights, under a creamy beige cap. Looks wonderful.

Aroma: sour dark fruit takes charge, cherries, plum, raisin, fig, deep, ripe and funky. Doesn't develop further, but very beautiful and engaging right on the face of it. Very potent sour fruit feeling.

Taste: sour, fruity, tannin-y, tactile, and much cleaner and smoother than I'd suspect. This is to Zuur's detriment, for it lacks the bite that would make it great. Nice sour grasp of the palate right off, then it fades with a quickness. Makes it much more easy to drink, but also makes it lack some character.

Fresh and vibrant, tasty and quenching, but not anywhere near as good as we'd like it to be. Is it compromised? I don't think so, but, somehow, it just doesn't reach the heights we want it to. Need a little more OOMPH, as they say, though I can't tell you how it would get that. More time in the wood? More fruit?
Whatever it may be, ...oh, what am I blathering about, it's a fine oud, it's not "Ommegang Rouge"...nothing else goes on...alas...

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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 treehugger02010
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer at Food and Friends in Rittenhouse, Philadelphia, PA. I poured it into an over sized water glass.
Appearance: The body is a brownish red color. The head is a dark white color, two fingers tall, ok retention, poor lacing, and tiny bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are nutty, smoke, and gueze.
Taste: The flavors are tartness, cherries, and nutty.
Mouthfeel: The body is full with a crisp finish.
Drinkability: This is a good beer.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Rich chocolatey, brown hue with garnet accents, head is helped by the glass for sure (the same beer was also poured into a chalice and it shrunk must faster), head starts large, very finely bubbled, settles around 1-.5 finger

S: Main attribute is a slight tartness that is emphasized by the cherries, maintains that slightly funky note of a sour, in general it is a pretty mild aroma, still good though, every once in a while you get a whiff of chocolate roasted malt it seems, definitely some roasted malt there

T: Much stronger than aroma, big lactic sour note as main flavor, isn't sweet at all, which is surprising after that hint of malt from aroma, the cherries only add a slight tartness and flavor component, so sweetness at all

M: Not syrupy at all, has to be light to carry the flavors properly and it is, highly carbonated and pleasant, works very well

D: High, a very good overall experience

Notes: This was my first real sour beer and I was not disappointed. Some of the reviews make this beer seem bad and artificial tasting. They must have had a bad bottle. Nothing about this beer tastes thick or cough syrupy. It is very nice and light with a big sour presence and a tart flavor addition from the cherries. Very good.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy pour produces a nice light tan head that fades quickly to a thin light tan to off white ring that remains around the very edge of the beer. Chocolate color brown with reddish edges. The aroma is mostly of maltyness and sour cherry with a little musty basement type thing. I imagined it was going to smell more acetic or sour. The taste is, well not as sour as I wanted it to be, but still good in its own right. Malty and fruity with a clearly lactic sourness, just not that pronounced. Got sure it is dry, mildly woody, with no real hop character. Mouthfeel is dry, prickly, and piquant, good. Zuur is drinkable for sure. All in all I wanted this to taste more, well more like la folie, but Zuur is good in its own right.

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Photo of Stigs
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz pour at Eulogy, served in a tulip

A - tannish colored foam about half an inch in height, creamy and compact, stuck around at that level for most of the drink. the beer is brown/amber colored, looks a bit hazy.

S - musty basement with some lightly sour cherries and berries, solid amount of oak and sweet vanilla as well.

T - very sweet, fruits meld with the almost-funky and progressing lactic sourness. pleasant tartness though is short lived before fruits and oaky sweetness take over.

M - medium bodied with playful carbonation, creamy for a bit before dissolving to a dry finish.

D - high hopes since Rogue was (still is) one of my favorite beers ever. this is much, much sweeter. still has elements of a nice dry and sour Flanders but falls apart towards the end.

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Photo of clegolfski
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 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.

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Photo of Naugled
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in goblet.

Chestnut brown crystal clear beer even with some yeast in the bottle. Had a quick tan head.

It has a very distinct and entrancing aroma which is very similar to Rodenbach but with a hint of cherry. My nose told my mouth to expect a Rodenbach. My mouth was disappointed. This is nowhere as sour as Rodenbach, but the sourness it does have is very pleasant. The sour tart cherries are very apparent as well. It has a medium body and good balance. It's a very drinkable beer but nothing special IMO. It seems to lack depth and complexity. However it was still very enjoyable and was great with the spicy food I had with it.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle split with my most consistent drinking partner Andy.

Poured into my tulip the beer is dark chestnut brown with blood red edges. A huge off white head rises three fingers high before fading quickly. Spots of lace left behind. A nice cap has settled on top.

Ther aroma is pretty much tart cherries and just a touch of funk. Not much else going on. Maybe a hint of oak.

The flavor is pretty much a mirror of the nose. Tart cherries and a bit of malt. No where near as sour as I had hoped. Not real flavorful period.

Medium to light lifeless body.

Overall nothing special. Not bad just not good. Very average sour.

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Photo of detlefchef
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours to a thick and a richly hued beige head that lingers for some time. If there's a fault with the appearance is that it is not brilliant. Mind you, I've not tried enough of this style beer to know whether or not it should be. The deep mahogany color and pretty head are enough to warrant a "good" appearance.

The aroma is vinous and redolent of sour cherries, as it should be. Really distinctive and, I'm certain, polarizing. Then again, if this is not your thing, then you should be drinking something else.

The vinous nature certainly continues on the palate where it reminds me of a nervy red. Oddly however, were this, in fact, a wine, it wouldn't be acceptable. Too tart and lacking charm. However, in this case, it seems fine. Finer still, I would imagine, if I had a plate of food in front or me.

The mouthfeel is light and bright. I heard someone say this this is not the kind of beer you want on a hot day and I couldn't agree less. I think this is surprisingly refreshing, and thus, quite drinkable.

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Photo of Naugros
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. I liked it so much I bought a growler to bring home. This review is based off sitting in front of the computer with a tulip glass poured from that growler.

The beer is a purplish-brown. Yeah, I know, that doesn't seem to make sense, but you'd have to see it to understand. There's good carbonation, but not much of a head, not even off the pour. There's just a light film and a thin ring.

The aroma is sour cherries and toasted malt. Almost smells as if someone mixed a doppelbock with a kriek...more doppelbock than kriek.

A bunch of sweet malts and a nice dose of sour cherries. The cherries aren't overwhelming and this would be a nice starting place if you wanted to eventually introduce someone into the wonderful world of krieks. The sweetness of the malts manifest as toast and there's an aftertaste that makes me think of dark soy sauce.

Zuur is pretty crisp and refreshing. The carbonation is not overbearing and contributes to the crispness. The sour isn't puckering and quite nice.

Ommegang has offered us a beer with just a bit of cherry sourness, kind of like Three Philosophers but not as obviously Belgian and not nearly as powerful, but definitely more sour. Many Americans don't get the sour beers and this would be a great introduction into that little slice of beer heaven.

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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 TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at ChurchKey.

The CK never fails to disappoint with its offerings. This one pours a hazy, deep ruby-brown topped by a finger of ecru micro-foam. The nose comprises sour cherries, toasted caramel, sour grapes, candi sugar, and a smidge of orange (which, arguably, is better than a smidge o' purple). The taste holds a lighter version of those sour cherries, some buttery toffee, white grapes, figs, and green apples. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat sticky feel. Not bad at all, not surprising from the boys over at Ommegang.

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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 Pabs311
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a goblet at delany's

A- beer ours a dark brown with a ruby, cherry tint to it. there is a nice tan head that is persistant to stay while i drink this beer down. some lacing is left behind as the head trails the glass.

S- the nose in this has some nice sour notes to it. the cherries are evident in the nose but not overwhelming. there is also an apple cider note to the nose.

T- similar to the nose. mainly sour cherries up front, some apple cider notes as well and a nice slight sour note up front which fades to a somwhat sweet finish.

M/D- This beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation. a pleasure to drink and not overly sour so it's good for me since i'm just starting to get into sours. i would drink a couple of these if it wasn't for the price tag on draft. good thing i got a bottle or two stashed.

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Photo of generallee
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a nice dark ruby with a thin khaki head. Aroma is sour fruit with a hint of spice. The taste is a nice amount of sour fruit, very tolerable and actually enjoyable. The beer is medium bodied and easy to drink. I have to say I'm finally coming around to the sours, I may pick up a bottle and age it.

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Photo of samie85
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-This one is a chestnut brown color with slight accent of red and little bit of white head.

S-Vinegary and sour with tart cherries and some light malt notes.

T-Follows the nose with tart cherries, some acetic, vinegary notes and some light malt.

M-Pretty well carbonated which seems to be a recurring them for sour beers and the Flemish varieties. Light bodied, crisp and tangy.

D-Pretty easy drinking for a sour. I like my sours a little bit more mouth-puckering but this would be a good introduction to someone unfamiliar with sour beers.

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

After an Ommegang tasting, picked up a growler of this after being far more impressed with it at the tasting than from the bottle I tried. Poured from 64 oz growler into unibroue tulip

A - Poured a brownish purple with a generous two finger head and sticky lacing.

S - Smells way more sour than from the bottle. Smells much like a sweet tart tastes. Still has that cranberry/grape juice vibe that I noticed in the bottle but seems more even and tempered.

T - Sweet tarts all the way. Kind of like dropping a sweet tart into a well aged 3 philosopher. Still super sour. Much more sour than I remember from the tasting, perhaps due to the warming at the tasting?

M - Same vibe as from the bottle. Perhaps a bit fresher since this was poured from the tap just a few hours ago.

D - Overall, I think this is one to let warm a bit. It is good cold, but the coldness seems to take away from a lot of the good characteristics. This was certainly a crowd pleaser at the tasting and there was a pretty chunky line to get a growler fill of this. More drinkable from the tap than the bottle...and overall a better beer fresh from the tap.

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Photo of Daktyls
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my Ommegang glass that I picked up in the Christmas sampler pack. Pours a dark cherry red with a 1.5-2 finger head. Good head retention which dissipates to a fine lacing on the top of the brew. Although a previous reviewer mentioned an exploding cork, I did not share a similar experience.

S: Slight scent of cherry with a surrounding aroma of sour and a slight amount of funkiness. A very slight amount of maltiness was also present.

T: A very light amount of cherry was present in the taste which was (as the style) pleasantly sour. Not much else is present in terms of flavors, mild mild malts and even milder hops are detectable, but only very slightly.

M: Light body with a medium to mild amount of carbonation. Sits nicely on the tongue.

D: Very drinkable. As noted by other reviewer, this is a good "beginners" sour. Quite tasty and again, very drinkable.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cork shot out as soon as I had released the cage, catching me by surprise, producing a quick gush of beer, but then it quickly settled down. The shortest cork I've ever seen in a beer, goes only a half inch into the bottle. Maybe not so wise to short the cork on a beer that is moderate costly and that could benefit with aging.

Beer pours a cloudy brown, the head lasts awhile, resolving to a fine layer of foam with ample lacing.

The aroma is big, with dark malt, chocolate, coffee, winey, but with a bit of vinegar.

Tastes of sour apples and cherries and then, poof, all is done. There is not much complex about the taste which does not follow the big nose. Just a little spiciness in the finish.

Body is light and moderately carbonated, which along with the sourness, gives this a refreshing mouthfeel.

A drinkable brew, it is pretty true to the Flanders Oud Bruin style and at 6% will not put you away.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a twelve ounce pour of the Zuur at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's upper west side. Ommegang is really a great brewery! Every style they make is so much like the classic/originals. This one is no exception.

Dark brown with a light head. Great sour flavor, which you can even pick up in the aroma. Good sour aftertaste as well. It was difficult to drink anything other than it afterwards.

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Ommegang Zuur from Brewery Ommegang
3.83 out of 5 based on 320 ratings.
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