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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 homebrew311
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: medium brownish red appearance, razor thin white head, mild lacing, decent clarity

S: deep acidic tones of vinegar, tart cherries, and mild oak character. The aroma doesn't hit you with in your face sourness as some other Oud Bruins do. A touch of sweetness on the end.

T: sharp twangy sourness up front, a big hit of tart cherries mid palate with hints of sweetness. A bit of spicy Belgian yeast character at the end. Not getting a lot of oak here. The after taste is a touch sweet and isn't as crisp and refreshing as other sours.

MF: high carbonation, light body

O: Not a bad sour at all, however, it does stand below many of the other Oud Bruins I have had. I wish the end had a bit more sourness instead of the sweetness. Worth a try.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Body is a nearly transparent dark ruby red color. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy off-white head. Very good retention at 1/2 finger.

S- Moderately tart cherry. A hint of oak barrel, a hint of funk, a hint of vinegar. A hint of biscuit.

T-Flavor is quite mild upfront. A hint of cherry and barrel, and a somewhat bready, somewhat spicy yet slightly biscuity yeast backbone. Finish is a hair more tart with sour cherry and an added splash of vinegar showing through and spicy as well. Somewhat dry. Not much lingers but a hint of tartness and a hint of biscuit.

M- Mild to moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry spicy body.

D- This is an ok, drinkable flanders oud bruin, and a decent/above average beer overall-but this falls below my expectations of ommegang.

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

I was pretty excited about this beer and a little dissapointed to learn that it is actually a blend of two Liefmans brews and entirely formulated in Belgium and Ommegang's only part was in determining the blend ratios.

I probably should't complain becuase the beer was no dissapointment. Tart and dry, the sour cherries rise above the din just enough to be noticed without being so pronounced as to mask everything else, hints of chocolate and toffee linger as tartness takes hold but doesn't overpower. Zuur is an very balanced beer allowing all of its components to come though without any of them becoming distracting.

My biggest caveat is the head fell too quickly and didn't leave a beautiful lace behind and I had hoped it was actually brewed at Ommegang.

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

Pours a reddish brown with a medium head that fades. The aroma is nutty with cherry and limestone basement. Light balsamic and woody notes are present throughout. The flavor is tart and sour throughout without being intensely puckering. There are light vinegar and vinous notes along with some great sour cherry and woody notes. Kind of an old school Oud Bruin, I dig it.

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

a- lovely red brown with a thin ring of foam that clings to the glass
s- up front sour, maybe a little fruity
t- much dryer than the smell would suggest
m- really lovely - not thin or syrupy, pleasant carbonation as in most belgians

overall, a nice beer, but much less sweet / sour than I would have expected.

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

A: Dark cola brown with a well retained off-white collar of foam.

S: Tart cherries, apple cider vinegar and musty yeast.

T: Caramel malt is more assertive than in the smell. A bit of green apple and cherries are also there, and I would describe this as lightly sour, but not tart. There's also a light bitterness and a slight mineral flavor. Finish is malty and pretty drying.

M: Body is somewhere between light and medium with plenty of carbonation.

Thought this was decent, but somewhat uninspiring. Other than Hennepin, nothing from Ommegang has really impressed me so far.

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

Reddish and mostly clear, with a nice smooth one finger head and decent lacing.

Smell is fruity and sour. Very nice but a bit more wine like than expected.

Taste is super tart and cherry-fuity. Smooth but tart, this beer is certainly quite sour, yet delicious.

Feel is medium and smooth, silky carbonation, slightly bitter and certainly sour aftertastes.

Drink is good.. For the style this one is pretty interesting and quite nice, if a bit unexpected..

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

reviewed from notes:

appearance: brown with an orangish hue with 1 finger off white head.

smell: sour cherries,

taste: sour cherries, but they don't linger

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, tiny bubbles,

drinkability: enjoyed this beer, quite sour, but very nice.



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Photo of Avagadro
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Zuur is deep mahogany in color, and topped with a frothy head of a cream color. Ruby highlights may be seen if it is held to the light.

S: Bouquet suggests sweet marsala, raisins, and apples. While the aromas present meld beautifully together, I wish that they were a touch more pronounced. I feel that I have to strain to get ahold of them.

T: Wow, this is the Oud Bruin I've been waiting for. While most examples exhibit a battle between the sweet notes and the sour, Zuur showcases a gentle harmony between the two. Sherry, raisins, and oak mesh beautifully with granny smith apple, raspberry vinaigrette, and balsamic. I was afraid of the cherries being overbearing in this brew, but honestly, I wouldn't have even known they were there had the label not told me so.

M: Light body, with a gentle carbonation, all rounded out by a deceiving fullness. It's almost like the texture of caviar, with its airy fluffiness.

D: This is one of the best Oud Bruins I've found so far. It's balanced, delicious, and incredibly drinkable. It is highly flavorful, but would be a great session beer were it not for the price (or my budget). I was reluctant to try this brew, as I am not a fan of several of Ommegang's other brews, but this is definitely a fine brew. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review of a 750 mL corked-and-caged bottle.
A: Very dark brown, it poured with a two-finger cream head that died to a half-finger sticky head with lacing.
S: Sour cherries, dark caramel and brown sugar, a hint of milk chocolate, white wine acidity. I liked the whole wheat bread description given by another BA. Pretty good. Nothing life-changing.
T: Not as sour as expected from the smell. Instead, it just has a nice white wine earthy acidity. Sweet cherries, white grapes, turbinado sugar, slight coffee and very slight milk chocolate, brandy alcohol. Pretty good. Again, nothing mind-blowing.
M: Moderately thick with a nice frothy to crisp carbonation.
D: Pretty good. I'd like a glass or two.

For $11, I'd probably go with another option. This isn't the first time I've had it, but I haven't exactly been hunting for it.

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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 largadeer
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hazy brown with red highlights. The head is off-white, showing decent retention.

Smells OK, a bit bland. Whole grain bread, faint acetic acid and cherries. Slightly metallic.

Tastes essentially the same as it smells. The cherry flavor is neither sweet nor sour, and there's only a hint of bacterial acidity. Slight balsamic vinegar and apple cider vinegar notes and toasted bread appear mid-palate, but the finish is oddly watery and brief, faintly metallic. The body is thin.

There's nothing particularly wrong with this beer, but it's rather bland and uninspired. Ommegang Rouge was infinitely better.

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

I hadn't noticed it until someone pointed it out on the label, but this notes the beer is brewed in Belgium for Ommegang. Notwthstanding the apparently authentic credentials, I found the sour-cherry aspect of the beer pleasant at first, but after a while it became somewhat tedious and one-dimensional. I kept looking, but never found Oz behind the curtain.

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Photo of branimal9
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes, sampled 7.4.2010...

Muddy brown with ruby highlights. Smells of sour cherry and a bit of barnyard funk. Tart and sour cherry bring it again in the flavor, with a nice quenching finish. Light bodied, but full of flavor. Very nice!

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Photo of jorg2619
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zuur has stuck with me since acbf and now I have a bottle to review.

The appearance of Zuur is brown, not amber, but brown with only a hint of amber in direct light. very different. There is a good amount of head at first that dies into a thin ring of bubbles.

The smell is sower sower and tart I am excited yet I remember that my sour review will be careful as this probably the 4th type of sour beer I have had ever.

The taste is intense tart and acidity on my lips. The ending is pleasantly smooth / tart. A very challenging beer to describe and the one that cut through all the other beers last summer.

The mouthfeel is thin yet coating a very pleasing bear overall. I would buy it again.

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Photo of Keffa
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a ruddy brown, 1 finger tan/off white head that stays in a full cap. Leave some lacing on the sides that holds on without moving much. Shows a dark red with amber highlights when hel to light. Nice.

S: Acidic and sour, vinegar, cherry, and a small whiff of sweetness. Some Belgian yeast spiciness shows up in the background.

T: Starts out slightly sweet and tart cherry, and then turns into a little bit of funkiness and sourness, a little hint of vinegar, and finishes slightly tart. A little oak like wood hides pretty well. Some other fruits (plum and fig come to mind) show up on the back as well.

M: Pretty light bodied, decently carbonated, and creamy.

D: Fairly. The slightly acidic and tart finish makes this one take it's toll a little too quickly. Otherwise, unoffensive and good flavor. No real alcohol detected, so that helps.

This one is quite good. If the finish were just a little bit more complex, I would like this one more. This one is still good though.

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Photo of Pahn
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 3/4 inch frothy, bone-white head that dissipates slowly. Pours a cloudy dark red and leaves occasional rigid arches of lacing.

Smell: Semi-sweet cherry, leathery funk, some ambiguous red wine grapes, plum, mild booze. Faint acetic note. Smells good, and like there's a fair amount going on in the taste.

Taste: At first it's sweet for a second then there's a reasonably large hit of slightly acetic sourness that gives way again to dubbel-like sweetness, ending seemingly prematurely with little finish or aftertaste.

Sweet and sour up front, in a very good way. The sweetness isn't cloying, nor is it one-note; there's some fig/plum esters, cherry, Belgian yeast that never fails to conjure up a good dubbel, along with a decent sour bomb every time (and occasionally some welcome oak notes). At first I felt the flavor was a little washed out and disliked how little happened at the end, but as I eased into this beer it (quickly) grew on me in a big way.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Rather carbonated. Sour but not very puckering. Semi-dry finish but mainly it "just stops".

Drinkability: I was unimpressed at first, but it became clear early on that this is a very easy drinking Flanders Oud Bruin. I enjoyed the entire bottle and will definitely buy it again.

Zuur delivers a bit of the promised sourness, but it's predominantly just a good Belgian brown ale that's a bit sour and is served well by the addition of cherries. For some reason I expected more of a brett bomb, but there's very little brett character to the flavor. Just good sugary, interesting-enough Belgian flavors that don't clash with the mild acetic sourness. All in all it's a very pleasant, refreshing beer.

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

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 11/20/10.

A: Beer is a dark brown with an off white head, about 1.5 fingers in height. Dissipated to a thin layer of bubbles on top.

S: Very sweet, overwhelming aroma of sour cherries.

T: Very sour and tart. The cherry flavor is really nice. There is also a little bit of oak and a slight malt backbone.

M/D: Light bodied with high carbonation, but seems to fit the style nicely. Very drinkable, overall I really enjoyed it. My first in the style and I look forward to trying another so that I can have something to compare this to.

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

A vigorous pour into my CCB snifter produces an almost three-finger thick, dirty, lightly brown tinged, tan colored head that is fairly creamy in texture. The beer is a concentrated amber / dark brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, pale cranberry / copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma leans towards a big fruitiness due to both the tartness and the fermentation character. It reminds me of tart, fresh currants, perhaps a touch of red table grapes and a berry note. Additional complexity is added by an oxidize malt character that is a bit dusty, a touch like wet cardboard and with a definite nutty sherry notes and there is also a spiciness to the nose that is not quite peppery, but seems wrapped up in the aged, oxidized character somehow. Secondary toasted whole grain malt notes give this a rustic, brown bread edge. First and foremost this beer smells quite fruity, but I like the supporting malt and oxidized malt notes that keep this interesting.

Lightly tart and drier than I was expecting for some reason, the sourness is dominated by smooth lactic acidity, though there might be just a hint of acetic character that accentuates fruit notes of oxidized pears and apples that have been cut and sat out and browned. This is quite light bodied, actually really light bodied and refreshing, this would be a great beer to drink cool on a hot summers day. Oxidized caramel malt notes contribute a touch of nuttiness, light sherry notes and a rustic brown bread crust flavor as well as a perception of sweetness.

Not bad, at times it can seem a little thin, but I actually also like how refreshing this is and in truthfulness it is pretty enjoyable. I like the light lactic acidity that provides a nice bit to this (at times almost contributing a grapefruit like character).

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Photo of mwilbur
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into pint glass (all I had on vacation)...from tasting notes 1/25/11.
A: Pours a nice brown with golden-amber hues emerging with backlighting. Nice 1+ inch bubbly tan head. Good retention and lacing.
S: A wonderful mix of aromatic belgian yeast and tart and sour cherries. Mild caramel malt and a hint of hops and chocolate. Intoxicating.
T: Tart cherries up front. Mild malt (caramel and chocolate seem to both be present) and in the background belgian yeast and a faint whiff of hops.
M: Soft and smooth. Light-medium feel. Pleasantly tart (more so than sour). Very nice.
D: An extremely drinkable sour. I could see this as a nice surprise at a summer picnic--a nice starter to get the conversation going. A nice addition to the already solid Ommegang line-up.

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

Out of the corked and caged 750...

A - Beer is a chestnut brown color with a creamy tan head that started about an inch in height and faded to a thin covering. It's can't really be considered cloudy, but as the previous reviewer notes, it does have a bit of a translucent quality.

S - Tart cherries tend to overwhelm the aroma at first. Sourness permeates. I also get a bit of banana and an inkling of a saison smell.

T - Wow, very tart at first. This is my first of the style, so I really didn't know what to expect. Cherries are pretty prominent along with some rhubarb. Has an earthy, woody, nutty taste to it. Malts are fairly muted and hops are invisible. Finishes dry.

M - It looked slightly viscous in the pour, but it's fairly light bodied. Quite a bit of carbonation, though not really prickly.

D - I found this to be very drinkable. I can't compare it to others of the style as of yet, but I quite enjoyed knocking this one back. This is enough to get me into trying more of the style for sure.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Half a finger of slightly tan head that dissipates quickly on top of a rather dark brown that is a bit translucent when held up to the light.

S: A lot of cherries and a good bit of funky and musty. A tiny bit of a tart aroma as well. A little bit of candy sweetness.

T: Surprisingly tart. The beer has a rather complex mix of sweetness, tart, funk, and cherry flavors. The sweetness almost tastes artificial at times. Hint of vanilla.

M: Good carbonation for the beer with a medium body. Nice.

D: The level of tartness cuts into drinkability a bit, but it is rather enjoyable.

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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 Schmedd1
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Quite tart at the beginning, notes of horse hay and barnyard funk, bubbly on the tounge. Thin, lingering head. Tastes a bit like a cherry picked about a week too early. Huge plum flavor comes through at the end.

The mouth feel is a bit like a tart champagne. A bit too carbonated IMO.

Friends said it tasted like a horeses arse, but I think it's a bit closer to the hay that it shat on.

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