Ommegang Zuur | Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
3.83/5
Very Good
320 Ratings
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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
pDev:
13.84%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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30
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25
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Ratings: 320 |  Reviews: 212
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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2/5  rDev -47.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, verging on red, and hazy. A dense, creamy manila head builds above.

Has a fruity aroma mixed with must and oak with a sweetness in the background.

The tartness is modest while fruity with cherries. There is a modest amount of acid in the finish. Zuur is less complex than I was expecting, yet quite refreshing as hoped.

This one has a light body with lively, almost vigorous carbonation.

A refreshing thirst quencher. I easily finished the bomber in one sitting. It also warms well.

**Since this tasting, I have had Zuur on draught and found it to be superior tothe bottled version recorded above. I made no specific notes; rather this comment is an overall impression.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Short cork looks like Toadstool from Super Mario Brothers.

A burnt umber pour yields a thin, choppy head. Thin choppy head yields a thin swirl of retention. None of the above yields any retention or beery impressiveness. Fairly clear as I decanted Zuur so I can pitch the dregs in my Flanders red.

Earthy, mild brown ale toast, steely unsweetened root beer or birch beer aroma. Sarsaparilla I guess.

Zuur is a meek Flanders. It's not bad but comparable to most Flanders the sweet isn't as sweet and the sour isn't as sour. Very mid-range.

I remember this being better at beerfest.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jsanford
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass

A - Pours a muddy brown with a dense ivory head that settles to a thick cap.
S - Tart aromas of cherries, green apples, and lemon juice with some earthy malt and a bit of an off, "copper penny character.
T - More sour cherries, tart green apples, and lemon juice with some sweet malt, bread dough, and maybe a bit of raisin. Quite watery, and not nearly as sour as advertised.
M - Surprisingly creamy, with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - An underwhelming take on the style, hindered by the watery body and lack of any real sourness.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich amber-brown hue with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Head pours a thick finger of creamy tan foam but retention isn't that good.

Smell: nice malty aroma with plenty of tartness. Malt has a strong caramel character along with a bright fruitiness which works well with the tart. I like it.

Taste: tastes like a sour amber ale. The malt is caramelly but the tartness is big and forgiving; I like this quite well. There's a bit of an aftertaste/after-aroma which reminds me of a fruity kids' breakfast cereal -- which, oddly, works for me.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and decent creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a satisfying Oud Bruin for me. Sure, it's a bit on the candy-sweet side, but it's big and tart like it ought to be and there is a nice maltiness in the back. Good stuff!

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

A - Pours deep brown, though not opaque with two fingers of tan head.

S - Initial smell is a rather earthy sour, with a bit of cherry coming through. Somewhat understated aroma.

T - Taste is quite tart, but difficult to pin down aspects of the tartness. Some cherry comes through, with none of the medicinal taste often present in beers with cherry. A bit of funk. Overall, I like the taste quite bit.

M - Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a lingering tartness.

O - Very tart, even for a sour, but I enjoyed the flavors and found this to be a pretty enjoyable beer. Nice clean finish.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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

Collected from Decicco's in Brewster, NY this shows a dark coffee brown color with a decent off-white head that settles to a solid ring. Lacing is similarly solid. The aroma is of deep dark fruit and vinegar green leaf, rhubarb malt. Not sure if I like it or not, a bit skunky. The flavor brings on a strange rootbeer prune combination with subtle dark chocolate and a sort of watery malt. It’s a somewhat aqueous feeling brew with near medium body and tiny bubbles to carbonate. Of course, the sour qualities prevail over the woodsy grain and musty oak. Overall, not the best sour I’ve had but plenty good.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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2/5  rDev -47.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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