The Ground Is Shaking!
American Solera

The Ground Is Shaking!The Ground Is Shaking!
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Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #34
Ranked #11,271
4.1 | pDev: 7.07%
American Solera
Oklahoma, United States
Very Good
The Ground Is Shaking!The Ground Is Shaking!
Notes: Sour brown ale aged in oak barrels.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 28 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle, with surprisingly no vintage year printed on the label. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A clear dark brown amber colour with about a half finger off white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Vinous red wine, fruity cherry, mixed berries with a light touch of balsamic vinegar and maybe oak.

Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, mixed berries, sharp acidic citrus zest, vinegar, light oak, with vinous wine notes at the end.

Mouthfeel: Dry, acidic, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A solid and enjoyable Oud Bruin with good aroma and flavours.

Apr 24, 2018
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear moderately dark brown with deep amber ruby hue at the edges with backlighting. Thin skim of tan head quickly clears to faint remnants at the edges.
S: Nice aroma hits from a good foot away. Fresh bready yeast, fruity (cherry and berry), vinous (red wine) note, cinnamon and other earthy spice, and hints of oak and dry chocolate. Subtle sour in amongst the sweet notes. The wine note in there is superb.
T: Softly sweet caramel malt hits first, quickly followed by tart cherry, sour citrus, dry chocolate, red wine, red berries, toasted oak, and hints of leather and nuts (almond and hazelnuts). Love the fresh wine note and the complexity!
M: Medium heavy body. Moderately viscous feel. Fruit sweetness with secondary sour and tart notes presents a perfect balance. Lingers and matures like a fine wine on the palate. Drinks like a 13% red...but it's a 6% brew. Some kinda black magic going on here...
D: Wow! What a pleasant surprise! Love the wine notes imparted from the cask aging...fresh and juicy with wonderful complexity. Seek it out! Thanks RBC!

Jan 29, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy brown in color. It poured with wisps of off white bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sourness and vinegar are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having sour flavors of vinegar along with notes of oak and hints of cherries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be rather drinkable considering the vinegar in the taste—the oak and cherry-like flavors helped to soften the acidity.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 01, 2018
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip

Pours a dark reddish-brown, with almost no head and very little lacing--just a hint at the very edge along the glass.

Aromas of tart cherry and almost malic sourness hit the nose balanced with an almost malt-vinegar mixture of sweet and sour. More complex than at first blush.

The mouthfeel is just a shade too thin and tame. Low carbonation is typical of the style, but this lacks a little crispness at the finish.

Overall, a very tart, almost vinegar-like (and therefore wine-like) take on the style. Would be interested in pairing this with some spicy fish or chicken.

The funk comes out in the flavor moreso that on the nose, and the tartness is more subdued and measured. Malty, vinegar-y and yeasty all at once. Woody/creamy notes at the finish.

Dec 02, 2017
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emerge077 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sanguine dark reddish color, fairly still but a thin froth appears at the edges.
Smell is tart acidic berry, cranberry or sour cherry.
Taste is similarly acidic with a nebulous tart berry or cherry note, not much depth but tastes good.
Low carbonation, vinous and tart, not a whole lot of barrel presence. Fairly one dimensional and fruity.
Side note: I'm at a loss seeing "medical waste" as a positive beer descriptor. Sterile gauze/bandaid is Brett derived.

Nov 26, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

its weird that a lot of the other american solera stuff tastes young and immature to me, yet this beer has such a rich and developed wood profile, sour structure, and old world appeal. its way more successful in the early going than a lot of the other beers they have bottled, although i could see it going all vinegar if its already this sour, cellar control will be key for its future, at least in a forum like this i reckon. a little thin looking and mostly flat, but those are almost irrelevant in such a delicious beer as this. it has a little cocoa in the grain flavor, but is really all about the yeast. heavy but also bright lactic and multi-bacterial acidity, with a little woody funk and a lot of vanilla and tannins from the wood. it seems especially sour to me, almost too much, red wine vinegar and bitter cocoa at the same time, more malt character than a lot of these have, nail polish remover and lemons, figs and tea, medical waste and iodine, underripe raspberry and brown sugar, there is a lot of good and some flavors i am not totally sold on yet, but this beer tastes like its already done evolving, and sour as it is, i really like it. definitely a bottle to share around a few ways, and a beer thats not for everyone, but i have been looking for bright spots in the american solera portfolio, and this is definitely one of them... love it or hate it...

May 22, 2017
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 28 ratings