Ommegang Zuur | Brewery Ommegang

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3.83/5
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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
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212
Ratings:
320
pDev:
13.84%
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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alex shared a bottle last night. Thanks man, this was surprisingly good.

A clear cherry red with a thin off-white head that falls off to a think disk, leaving no lace. The nose is quite attractive. Sweet cherries, plenty of caramel and brown sugar sweetness, there's also a little vinegar present. Quite fruity, I get some vanilla too. The flavors on the palate are similar. Opening with a sweet, cherry character, this doesn't strike me a artificial, just rather sweet. Brown sugar and vanilla character are moderate quantities. Not particularly oaky or tannic, this finishes with some sweetness and some cherry flavor. Medium-light in body and moderately carbonated, this is fairly easy to drink. Not world class, but definitely not horrid.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark amber color with a one-finger, khaki-colored head of foam. It had okay retention and left little lacing.

S - It smelled of dried fruit and some barnyard funk.

T - It tasted of sour dried fruits with a funky bite. Some bready malts were present, too.

M - It was sharp and had a puckering bite. A light to medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.

D - This is a very good sour ale. Once again Ommegang has done a great job cranking out an authentic Belgian ale.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 64oz growler into 250mL Jenlain flute glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind no lave, but some foam floating on the glass.

Smell: Sour white grapes and some malty sweetness behind it.

Taste: Begins with sweet grape flavors, finishing with acidic, champagne-like bitterness and sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with lively, but not too sharp, carbonation and a somewhat dry, somewhat sticky finish.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and very tasty- not the best sour beer out there, but it will satisfy a sour beer craving.

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Photo of peabody
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out really clear with lots of effervescent bubbles and nice foamy off-white bubbles.
Smell is cherries and bretts and malts. Strong yeast burning the nose.
Taste is malty sugar but finishes like a wine with a fruity grape like flavor.
A little sticky and the flavor stays that way till the back of the throat feels the 6%.
Drinkability is pretty good here. I like the malty finish this Ommegang offering dishes up!

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Photo of Stunner97
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance- dark dark brown with thin head that immediately and rapidly disappeared away to nothing, very murky and cloudy

Smell- slight funk or vinegar kind of sourness can be detected on the nose, slight malt and brown sugar

taste- sour tartness is very much present, slight sour cherries, very light flavor, has a nice lingering tartness to it, nothing overpowering, to me the flavors maybe just a bit bland, its not a bad flavor and not to over powering with sour or anything but just kind of a bit bland and plain in flavor,

Mouthfeel- very light and soft with moderate to light carbonation,

Drinkability- this was easy to drink as it wasnt super strong in any one aspect and infact maybe a bit thin, i was actually expecting more complexity in this beer but really just found some up front sweet and sour that kind of hollowed out on any secondary complexity, that sad not a bad beer but just nothing id be looking to have often,

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

On-tap 10/8/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains tart cherries, light malts a little bit of Belgian yeast.

T: The taste starts out with a very sour cherry flavor followed by a thin malt character and some light Belgian yeast. The hops presence is very mild but normal for the style and creates a good balance for a sour beer. The after-taste is likewise sour.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this a nice sour beer that it worth drinking for a while.

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

Snagged a bottle to try ...

- Rather dark clear brown... light ruby red hues... fizzy off white head... leaves a nice large ring and some on top...

- Light sweet brown sugar, candies... tart sour, grain... fig... prune..

- Ester, light currants... sugars, brown sugar... pleasant tartness and sour quality.. light earthiness and woody character,.

- Light bodied.. bubbly.... mouth watering....

- Overall very good... I like it though it's a touch too light..

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Photo of klikger
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml pour served in a taster glass

A - Dark brown with some red on the edges; little bit of off-white head & decent lacing

S - Vinegar, touch of yeast, some summer fruits

T - Lemon & a bit of vinegar --> sour cherry and/or raspberry and yeast --> nicely tart, fruity finish

M - Good carbonation, light to medium bodied, refreshing

D - A little sweet to be sessionable, but not bad

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jimmy J for providing this beer. Draught2012 is a great guy and trader..

Pours with a thin fizzy head that vanishes right away. A clump of lacing or two, but not much. The beer is a maroon/amber color. Really deep color.

Aroma is of strawberries, slightly tart, some real earthiness.

Flavor is quite nice. Rather mellow, but pleasant. Berries and a mix of cherry and strawberry. Lots of bread and some toasted nuts. Some sourness and finishes tart with a bread background.

Light mouth feel, tiny carbonation only brings the flavor to life and doesn't get in the way.

Pretty good beer. This is a gateway sour beer. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of hawks10
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint...

Pours a murky reddish brown with two fingers of light tan head with a slight pink hue...

Slightly tart with dark fruit/cherries, musty and lightly funky, not a whole lot going on...

Tart and dry. Fruity but also a bit grainy. Slightly sour dark fruits and a bit of earthy/woodiness. A somewhat unpleasant dry medicinal aftertaste lingers...

Medium bodied with decent carbonation, pretty smooth but a lingering dry weird aftertaste detracts...

Not too excited by this one, stick to the Belgians for a good sour...

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate throughout, Zuur has all of the technical proficiencies of Sour Browns but doesn't overwhelm the senses in terms of sourness, mustiness, or acidity.

The beer pours a deep mohogany brown/red color with extremely dense, creamy, and froathy light tan foam. High lacing is left on the glass as the beer falls.

Sharp but clean sourness emits to the nose and takes the shape of cherries and crabapple. No vinegar or cider notes, the beer is very controlled with an earthy spicy scent backed by brown malts and under-rippened berry tartness.

Flavors of sweet malts, light bread crust, and black cherries rise to the top. But a quick rebuttal of tartness from cherries, crabapples, grapes, and plumbs make their way into the flavors at mid stream. Tartness wraps up the finish but still holding onto a medium malt flavor and slight cork-like woodiness.

Creamy and smooth textures throughout but with that constant underpinning of thinning acidity and light astringency (grape skins). Even in the finish, the beer concludes with a snappy and acidic dryness but also with a malty final impression.

There's nothing about this beer that reads inconsistent or flawed. But it also lacks some of the intangibles of classic Oud Bruins (Petrus Oud Bruin) like a more intense tartness, higher wood-like complexity, and aged attributes that would give much more depth and richness to the beer.

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Photo of drpimento
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not nearly as good as I thought it'd be. Poured with a medium sized pop foamy, tan head that quickly settle out to just a bit and no lace. Color is a slightly hazy mahoganey. Aroma is nice with a caramel, malt, brett cast. Flavor loses the caramel and just barely has any sweetness to stand up to the tart, plus the tang from strong carbonation. Body is ok and carbonation may even be a tad too strong. Finish is like flavor and has medium length. Maybe good to cook with. I'll finish this 750 and that's it.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.37/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Paramount Room into a pint glass...Pours muddy brown, light tope head, poor retention...The aroma sucks completely. This is not at all what an oud bruin smells like. Its super malty, figs, dark fruits, sugar, and the finish brings only the lightest whisper of vinegar. No tartness at all...The taste is just as bad, no tart or vinegar, just a malty mess.

Do not bother drinking this beer. It is a horrible rip off a Belgian style sour. Shame on Ommegang who usually does a good job on these beers for having me waste $10 on a pint.

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Photo of tpd975
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has been all over town in bottles and on draft. Finally grabbed it to give it a try.

A: Pours a somewhat murky brown amberish hue with a nice off white head. Pretty good retention and wonderful lace.

S: Aromas of tart cherries and vinegar. Mild earthy woody tones.

T: Tart cherries and under ripe raspberry. Mild green apple. Vinegar is there with some red wine like notes. Pick up oaky like earth tones as well. The sourness shows up in the middle and carries through to a nice finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth, nice tartness (though there could be more).

D: Good I like this one. Will buy another to lay down for a bit.

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Photo of bum732
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Sour cherries, some toffee, metallic almost but disappears as it warms, other fruitiness and sweetness.

L: Murky brown, light tan head, not much retention. Looks like good carbonation, bubbly and effervescent.

T: Toffee backbone, tart cherry burst of flavor. Low earthy bitterness, some sourness compensates. Finishes medium dry with some heavy earthiness and leaf stems. Some coca-cola flavors throughout. Citric-tannic like finish.

M: Effervescent high carbonation, medium body.

A solid beer of this style, doesn't quite pack the sour and tart punch of traditional version. However the malt toffeeness was quite pleasant. Finish was not very pleasant, i had hints of bile, perhaps from the citric and tannic finish. Decent effort overall.

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Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 8/13/10.

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml into a couple of pint glasses. This brew appears a hazed amber brown color with a creamy offwhite head that is khaki in color. Spots and leggy amounts of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma of this brew has a mellow mixed fruitiness and some sour suggstions reminescent of Brett. Light notes of vinegar are evident as well.

The taste is tart with an acidity like vinegar upfront. The aftertaste suggests a bit of cherry fruitiness like cherry pits that is not medicinal. There is a dry and light puckering quality about this beer. Once the beer gets to room temperature the flavor changes a bit to include more fruit notes but this time it is more like a mild pear or apple skin flavor.

Medium to light in the feel with a modest level of carbonation. As it warms a grainy malt sweetness comes out and lingers meshing well with the other flavors. This is a beer I would have again.

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

A: Poured dark brown with some reddish hues and good carbonation with a dirty white head

S: Vinegar and cherry all the way

T: Lighter bodied, acidic, cherry, vinegar and wood

M: Sour tart cherries, Earth, good carbonation and think

D: Good and worth a try

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I pulled out my Liefman's Goudenband chalice for this Sour Brown ale with cherries from Coopersown. Appears a deep mahogany ruddy brown body with a light khaki tan head. Aroma is full of tart cherry, green apple acidity. Hints of barrel aging with add to the complex sour brown ale, very pleasant. Flavors meld nicely, semi sweet cherry/apple fruit notes finish tart puckering dry with barrel aging effects. Excellent balance, fruit notes, esters and tartness makes this brew. Mouthfeel is nice it coats the entire palate, leaves a dry puckering finish but doesn't overkill the sour ale aspect. Carbonation is natural soft effervescent bottle conditioned, true to style as it gets from an American Belgian style brewer. Drinkability was great easy to session with, the sour tartness doesn't over do it this one acheives great balance and actually has a refreshing quality about it.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle, served in my Duvel tulip.

Zuur pours a murky, swampwater brown. There are faint ruby highlights when the beer is held to light. The bone colored cap is a decent two fingers in height, and there's not much in the way of lacing. The nose is pretty good, some biscuit and caramel, as well as a distinct acidic tartness. The flavor takes the aforementioned malt notes and adds a swirl of chocolate. Dark fruits (largely cherries, but I definitely find some plum in there as well) act as a transition to a fruity, acidic, moderately sour close. The body is a little thin, and the carbonation a little low, but Zuur coats my mouth with each sip. The relatively restrained tartness combined with the great taste lead to Zuur being about as drinkable as any beer with a wild/sour component that I've ever had. A great offering from Ommegang.

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Photo of kbnooshay
2.12/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a gorgeous amber-red color with a nice but short lived tan head. Body glows with light due to the haziness. This smells like sour apples cherries. The yeast is sour/tart and musty/earthy. Upon first sip you pucker like a mother fucker! then as it goes down a super malty roastiness comes through. It guess it would be like sucking on a sweet tart and then chewing on a tootsie roll.

I kind of wish these 2 flavors worked better together. Its EXTREMELY intense sourness followed by mellow malt toastiness. This beer attacks my palate with each sip.

The feel is lighten than i would have expected. I am very disappointed in this. I rarely drain pour. But I could only drink about half of this.

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Photo of crossovert
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle.

It pours a very, very dark brown, and only when held to the light, otherwise it looks black, the head is kind of weak and off-white, but it produces some nice lacing.

The smell is very classic, but also very ordinary or the style. Sour cherries, a hint of caramel, and more sourness. It isn't very funky.

The flavor brings the sourness, but not a super giant amount. There is a fair mount of sweetness here that levels the sour. Cherries are the main flavor and there is a slight hint of hoppiness as well. The lemon and funk are a bit more prevalent in the taste, but still fairly subdued.

It is a clean, by the books example of the style. It isn't Goudenband though.

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Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Zuur pours a darker copper color. It's a little hazy. Backlighting gives it a distinct reddish brown appearance. A light tan head covers the top. It rises to nearly two fingers tall. It falls to a surface covering rather quickly, but holds steady there for a while. Lacing was somewhat light. Not bad, but not great.

The nose is lacking in the strength department. Sour cherries, and a mix of raisin, fig, and plum greet the nose first. A little brown malt scent is noted. It's slightly earthy and musky. I'm not getting anything necessarily funky. Light hops are noted, and they add a bit of a floral scent to the mix. Alcohol is virtually buried. I'm not getting much in that department. More strength would really help.

The flavor is where Zuur really shines. I'm honestly shocked at how good this tastes given the light smell. It's a bit malty and sweet initially. Sour cherries add a light tart flavor that's very approachable. Fits the flavor profile here perfectly. Raisin, plum, and figs follow. They're a little more subtle than I expected, but are nonetheless flavorful and effective. Earthy and slightly musky notes appear throughout. I'm not getting any funkiness. Hops add a light floral flavor to the mix. Alcohol is never a factor. Finishes slightly sour and dry.

Zuur has a medium body. Carbonation looks to be more active than it is. The bubbles feel light. It goes down smooth and easy. Drinkability is very high. I'm really impressed with the flavor, and how easy it goes down. This 750 is presenting no problems, and shall be disposed of with haste.

Zuur is a collaborative effort by Brewery Ommegang and Brouwerij Liefmans. I had high hopes once I saw that Liefmans was involved. The results - impressive. While it's not perfect, Zuur is a very flavorful Flanders Oud Bruin. I really like the mild to intermediate sour flavor. It works beautifully here. Yeah, the nose could use more strength, but that's its only real shortcoming. Impressive stuff. Check it out.

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

Ommegang Zuur Flemish Sour Brown Ale 6% alcohol content. Stated as a collaboration with Brouwerij Liefmans.

Poured into Ommegang snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown fluid that glows soft light red accents in the sunlight. Less than expected head that initially begins with a qarter inch of off-white froth falling to a ring around the glass.

S- Medium scents of tarted apple, pear and lemon upfront. Some mild malt sweetness is noted as well.

T-M- Taste is a crisp tartness of currants and apple with a mixture of sweet malts. A hidden flavor of hops come through as a slight bitterness in the backbone. Mild carbonation works with this brew in the aspect that it allows the flavors to linger on the tongue dancing on the buds for an all an all fresh experience not overpowering.

D- A drinkable sour brown ale with just enough flavor to make it special. Not saying I could polish off alot of these but worth sharing with someone to spark a beer convo... cheers!

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

For a felmish style sour this was lacking a some of the sweetness you usually get from similar style beers. Good aromas, good flavors but overall it was not what I was expecting. Pour a reddish brown with a fine fizzy head. Aromas of bright cherries and raspberry with a little of the moldy funk you get on these kind of beers. On the palate the sour kind of bites your mouth in the back but pleasent dry red fruit flavors.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and corked bottle at cellar temp poured into a bulb style glass. 7/04/12 on the bottom. collaboration brew between ommegang and liefmans. before you read this review, know this is the first flanders oud bruin ive ever drank.

pours a very very dark brown, appears black in the thick part of the glass. big 3 finger of fluffy off white/ tan colored head that had great retention, left a 1/4inch the whole glass. lots of sticky lace as well.

has a very bright aroma. sour cherries and apples come to mind. also some dark dried fruits. a flouride and phenolic yeastiness as well as some funkiness barnhouse aromas.

a bunch of complex flavors going on in the taste. lots of sour cherries, apples, wine grapes. acidic. tart. a dark dried fruity and sweet maltiness. a little musty horse blanket and a little phenolic slightly flouride like belgian yeastiness.

medium bodied, acidic mouthfeel. drinks similar to a lambic.

this drinks pretty good, no problem finishing the bottle. this went pretty good with some rasberry pie. i might not buy this paticular beer again, both because of the price and the sketchy availability, but it has definatly turned me on to this style. its worth a try though!

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