Ommegang Zuur | Brewery Ommegang

Ommegang ZuurOmmegang Zuur
BA SCORE
69.4%
Liked This Beer
3.83 w/ 320 ratings
Ommegang ZuurOmmegang Zuur
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
212
Ratings:
320
Liked:
222
Avg:
3.83/5
pDev:
13.84%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
25
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 320 |  Reviews: 212
Photo of shaunt0000
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang's Zuur--i'd expect based on the name alone---should have to be something special. Rich in flavor with a slight bite of tartness, it initially smells of sour cherries with an added aroma of a vinegary presence. It pours out with a slight head which fades rather quickly. In a goblet the color is disguisable with that of diet coke with a hint of redness. When it meets the mouth there's a muddled mix of sensory stimulation with some sucrose-like sweetness, tartness resembling that of the juice of sour cherries, with an odd chewable-multi-vitamin (centrum or orange flinstone kids) finish. The highlight of this beer is none other than its name. A few fellow bar patrons and i have come to the conclusion that Zuur (pronounced Zürr) is bottled reincarnation of a bearded elderly turban-clad sage. It is not to be taken lightly. Speaking against Zuur may result in some disastrous supernatural phenomena.

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Photo of womencantsail
1.74/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: The pour is a dark red-brown color with a medium sized off-white/khaki colored head.

S: A bit of cherry, a bit of vinegar, not really any oak. The cherry aromas are mostly artificial, in the vain of cough syrup, and quite off-putting. There isn't much intensity to the nose, but what is there isn't good.

T: Bleck, the flavor is even worse (somehow). Mildly sweet and mildly tart but nothing positive at all. Maybe some more of the fake cherries and red wine vinegar, along with a tinge of metal.

M: The body is somewhat watery and light with a very high level of carbonation.

D: This was just terrible. I want my $12 back.

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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 duchessedubourg
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at American Flatbread, Burlington. Served in a tulip glass at a perfect temp - about 50 degrees. Lovely deep auburn color, cloudy with yeast, minimal head. Aroma is understated, but it's all about the flavor. Combines two of my all-time favorite beer styles into one - Goudenband and a dry kriek. Did not disappoint in representing both, combined harmoniously. Taste is dry, fruity, tart with plenty of wood nuance. Cherry is subtle & authentic and not of the dreaded Louden's cough drop variety. Finish is long, dry and thirst-quenching. ABV is fairly low making me thirst for another glass without worrying about the consequences. Love to get a bottle to put down for awhile. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jedwards for sharing. 750ml bottle poured a hazy mahogany-chestnut that lightens to a burnt orange hue at the base when backlit. Head was a quarter inch, cream-colored and fairly cohesive. It eventually dissipates into a fairly consistent skim with some strands of lacing, but with pour adhesion. Head was refreshed with a gentle swirl of the glass. Nose was very faint with a suggestion of sour cherries. Taste follows nose; however, there is a suggestion of Sucrets; herbal, but not sweet. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with an easy carbonation and a semi-dry finish. A very pleasant and enjoyable sour beer - not a lot of tartness or complexity, but really quite drinkable.

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

A favorite style, looking forward to Ommegang's take. Pour is as expected, dark brown, red tinged. Nice creamy, short off white mocha head, coaxed back up with some swirling. Aroma does not dissappoint either. Faint sourness, malt, cherry or other stone fruits, faint funk. A bit like the regular Rodenbach. Taste follows suite, but the cherry is more pronounced, however, NOT overbearing and cough syrupy, as I find their 3 Philosopers to be.

Body could be a bit...moreish, but drinkability is just fine. A nice substitute at long last for my MIA Rodenbach needs. Will buy again and again.

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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 Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cole's. A decent sour, not over the top. Cuvee aromas are there. Reddish colour, white head, white lace on sides of glass after. The sourness is challenging for the gums of my teeth, the roof of my mouth, but it is still drinkable, and a tad sugr sweetness.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Careful opening this, the cork comes out really quickly.

Lots of clarity in this beer with a big creamy head that never totally goes away. If anything smelled like an Oud Bruin this would be it. Kickass aromas from the sweet cara-malts and a tart cherry scent.

A mixture of sweet and sour wipes across your palate. Tart cherries, chocolate, caramel, and a little bit of that sweet ketchup flavor (not too bad, I hate when that takes over the beer). The flavor blends together much better when it's warmer. Very well balanced with a small amount of acidity lingering on your tongue as you swallow. I know this wasn't barrel aged but that would totally make this beer.

Mouthfeel may be just a tad thin for the style. But this is otherwise very impressive

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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 jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at Central New England BA Meetup.

A: Fizzy head of 1/2 finger fades semi quickly over very dark brown slight reddish hue.

N: Slight sour fruit, lots of vanilla with some oak, sour with lots fo malt, a little wild yeast and funk, lots of berry aromas and cherry, slight chewy malts.

T: More sour cherry, sout malts, not very overpowering on the cherry though, bolotin cherry that is. Some raisin and little juicy flavors, malty, slight brown darker malt, little wild yeast with touch of funk, crisp and dry ale, refreshing with a touch of sour funk. more berry flavors too.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

F: Dry, some lingering sour funk, more bolotin cherry lingering, a little juicy bit very dry. Slight chewy, little lingering raisin too, little flemmy, little wild Brett taste and some dry funk almost barnyard.

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

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours mahogany with a fizzy white head, good retention for the style.

S: Oak, notes of maple syrup, acetic acid, musty attic and cherries.

T: Upfront sweet cherry taste and brown sugar. Lots of oak and vinegar though the overall beer is only mildly sour. The barrel flavours are heavy. Some nutty cheese-type flavours on the back end before some sour cherries come out.

M: Mild acidity, tart for sure, fizzy, crisp carbonation. Tannic finish.

D: Not the most complex Flanders Brown though there still is a lot going on, but it sure tastes good and is really easy to drink. And a 750 of sour beer under $12, it's quite a deal.

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Photo of nickd717
2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle shared at a tasting thanks to chswimmer on BA.

Pours dark reddish-brown with a small off-white head.

Aroma is slightly tart cherries and slight vinegar. Not terribly much to it.

Flavor is pretty uninspiring. Not very flavorful at all, I must say. There are some cherries, oak, and red wine vinegar, but the main flavor note is weakness. I don't appreciate that in a beer.

Somewhat watery on the palate. Very slight tartness.

This beer is not very good for the style at all. We didn't finish the bottle.

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Photo of emerge077
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looking forward to trying this, despite the early mixed reviews.
Served cold around 40º, as instructed on the label.

A nice sustained pop from the cork starts things off... into a Duvel tulip there's ample foam, and sticky arcs of lacing. It's color is a deep garnet, Hazy in the center with some brighter reddish edges. The foam maintains itself well, never seeing a break in it's fine texture.

Musty and minerally aroma, nothing too wild, funky or exciting. Swirling brings out a little damp oak and mushroom, earthy and mildly musky.

Tart cherry and apple are tasted first, moderate and not really approaching sour. There is a complimenting malt base that is there towards the end after the fruit fades. Feel is ok, fairly effervescent and smooth, though it doesn't really scrub the palate, and sort of lingers. Fairly restrained for the brewer that brought us Rouge. This seems geared toward converting wine drinkers, and not so much something to please fans of Flemish/sour ales.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.33/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by chswimmer. Thanks Craig!

A: Murky maroon body. Pours with a half-finger of light cream head. Retention is poor, but scattered lace is left behind in the snifter. Amusingly, the cork was very short (looking like a mushroom) and it popped out spontaneously as Craig was opening the cage. It almost took his head off.

S: Malty. Brown sugar, artificial cherry (think cough syrup), light oak, and a small lactic presence. It's not super-pungent, nor does it require a lot of agitation to bring out the aromas, but it's simply lacking in presence and satisfaction.

T: Same. The flavor is mostly a sweet, tart cherry (actually, "Sweet Tart" candy came to mind), with very light sourness. Some caramel and oak. Surprisingly sweet for the style. I expected more vinegar. This isn't satisfying on any level.

M: Light-bodied, thin. High carbonation, giving a foamy, watery mouthfeel. This, and the artificial cherry, remind me of drinking Cherry Coke.

D: A unanimous disappointment at the tasting. I'm glad I didn't buy this. Sorry, Craig.

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

Liefmans is one of my favorite breweries, so I was very excited to see this collaboration, and to be able to have easy access to this style again.

750ml caged and corked bottle.

A: Nice medium brown color, with a bit of a reddish hue. Decent head that fades to a ring and lacing once it settles.

S: Sour/acidic bouquet, not overpowering, but not weak either. Excellent.

T: Definitely a Flanders brown, but not as rich as what I've had from Liefmans in the past. Sour, tart with a touch of cherry and slight oak. Similar to the Liefmans Kriekbier, but not as much cherry, and I don't recall the oak being present in the Kriekbier.

M: Nice medium mouthfeel, with a bit of fiz and carbonation coming into play.

D: Overall I really enjoyed this beer, and have gone back and picked up a couple more bottles. I'm hoping with a little age they develop more richness of flavor. Still have no problem cracking open one now, as it is a good beer.

Hoping Ommegang continues pursuing this style as a regular, or seasonal, brew. Helps to round out their Belgian offerings, and they do an excellent job overall with the styles they produce.

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Photo of SFLpunk
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

750mL brown glass cork and cage.

Appearance: Pours super dark brown with some reddish hues. Off-white/tan head stands up super tall for a sour.

Nose: Vinegar, sherry, cherry skins. Nose is spot-on oud bruin/kriek.

Palate: Light bodied and thin. Cherry flash-in-the-pan acidity, some caramel and chocolate. Super quick finish on a somewhat sweet dried fruit note.

Notes: The nose is impeccable. I mean downright obscene. Outright outrageous. But the palate is too quick and too simple. I miss Liefman's.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into kbs chalice

Pours a light layer of khaki head. Fades to a ring. Color is a dark ruby hued brown.

Aroma: Sour cherries, light funk, acidic notes, light oak flavors. It is sour, but I think time will help.

Taste: The sour cherries are up front but the taste brings more of a vinegar and funk layer to it. It has a fairly light taste to it with light oak.

Mouthfeel: Very fizzy, with a light tartness to it. Lots of carbonation with a medium body. Ends oaky with a slight dryness to it.

Overall, this beer needs time to sour up. I think it has a good start, but still lacking a bit. It does have potential and is fairly drinkable at this time.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the label "Ale with Cherries Added" and "Zuur - or Sour - is our collaborative Flemish sour brown ale, a beer whose style arises from the mists of brewing history. It uses mixed culture fermentation, real fruit, ageing, and master blending. All of these are ancient and revered Belgian techniques. This unique Flemish sour brown ale is complex, tart with a touch of sweetness, lightly malty and gently hopped. Zuur is a unique blend created in collaboration between Brewery Ommegang and Broweij Liefmans"

Right place at the right time I suppose. Beer is brown and hazy. No real head, no lacing and carbonation appears low. Its a flemish brown and it looks like it.

Beer smells mildly sour with a good acetic backbone and some sweetness, smell pretty good.

Beer is medium to light in body. Sour with a mild acetic note and mild lactic notes. Its cleansing and the palate is nice and good. Its pretty nice overall. Excited to see if this will age well or if this will even be in this market.

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Beer rating: 69.4% out of 100 with 320 ratings
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