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Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #16
Ranked #5,979
4.03 | pDev: 9.93%
Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Very Good
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Deep red/murky color, quarter finger tan colored head, thin but messy lacing, light carbonation.

S: Sour, blueberry. Smells wonderful.

T: Sour, blueberry. Lingering sourness and fruit flavor.

F: Medium bodied, very smooth, full flavored.

O: Superb Flanders oud bruin.

May 19, 2020
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OlaB from Norway

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark red-brown color with a small top off beige head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is of tart raspbeeries,sour cherries, wood and vinegar.
The taste is sour and tart with some slight sweet notes in the flavour.
The flavour has a a lot of rasberries and cherries, the earthy/woody notes makes more presence in the finish along with som dry notes.
Very little carbonation and a medium body.
A nice example of a beerstyle i am not very familiar with.

Aug 23, 2019
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Wg1041 from Alaska

3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’m not going to lie here...this thing smelled bad in the bottle. Way too powerful on the alcohol smell. we all know...just because the berry doesn’t smell good, doesn’t mean the juice is bad.

Poured like flat coke...everybody says that. Very true. Very little carbonation in the initial taste. Mildlu sour taste. Mild maltiness. Hints of aged oak...I can taste it now versus smelling. The taste is very different from the smell.

If you compare it to other Oud Bruin beers, it’s a slight let down. Definitely something to try, but not something to stock for regular drinking. However, it could all be my weird sense of taste.

Jul 12, 2018
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Benish from Wisconsin

3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark brown color with no head - almost like an uncarbonated cola. Not aesthetically appealing. The aroma was next to nothing, could barely pick up anything distinctive. It smelled almost like cherry cola on oak. The beer actually tasted good. Very rich, sweet and sour with tart cherries and oak. With its malt and sweetness, it taste more like a sour stout. Lactic and tart at the finish. It's acidic in the mouth with medium body and very little carbonation. Overall: an okay beer. Many others beers are much better in this style including La Folie. I picked this up recently at the store but can't help but wonder when this was bottled. No bottled on date.

Jan 11, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wouldn't call it a oud bruin. It's more like a dark wild ale aged in red wine barrels.
Pours a still black body absolutely no head. The smell is complex. The taste to but with very distinct nutty notes and vinous notes. Lactic in some ways.
Citric tartness. Some metallic notes
The body is light but a bit viscous.
Almost no carbonation.

Dec 30, 2017
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip glass to a deep reddish brown topped by a very small light tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of sourness with some light cherry notes and some nice oak. Hints of cocoa powder as well.
T: Taste is tart cherries up front with some nice sourness and light funk. Light chocolate and some oak notes help to round things out. Swallow is more sourness and cherry with lingering tartness and some slight oxidation on the finish along with a light oak note and some cocoa powder.
M: This is on the lighter side of medium in body with light carbonation and a drying finish from the acidity.
O: Overall this one is pretty solid. It has some really nice flavors and complexity going on which makes it fun and interesting to drink. Worth a try if you are a fan of the style.

Aug 08, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Entered from notes during the sour fest at Brouwer's.

Pours brown, dark, with a small head. Not hazy. Smells tart, maybe a little plum. Fairly mild aroma.

Taste is very tart, a little musty. Maybe unripe plums. Earthy.

Mouthfeel is very dry. Overall, good.

Jul 09, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks goes out to thebeers for the brew, NBS BIF#5

11.2 oz. Bottle
Best By: Apr 2020

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice clean/clear red/amberish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/fizzy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with a nice touch of oak, tart, cherries. The taste is really nice, malty, yeasty, nice oakyness, tart, with some cherries. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew. Thanks Arthur!

May 01, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, dark reddish-brown with 1/4 inch head. Taste is sour mix, dark cherry, and merlot. Slightly sour, prickly, medium light bodied, and low carbonation. I believe Alvinne makes some of the tastiest Belgian beers available in the U.S. and this one is no exception. Hits all the right notes in the style. Nice beer to sit with and sip. Well worth seeking out if you like the style.

Dec 17, 2016
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent Oud Bruin. Not as sweet as some of the more commonly encountered Belgian oud bruins (Vichtenaar, Monk's etc) but with just about the perfect amount of astringency and oakiness. Very satisfying. What an ugly label though.

Dec 15, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown color with off-white head. Dark fruits, wine, oak, and some earth tones on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more dark fruit notes and some wine.

Oct 17, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep reddish dark brown into a snifter. Thin head but decent lacing. Slight sour cherry smell. Taste is sour cherries, red wine, and oak. A good now and then beer.

Oct 07, 2016
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moose1980 from Germany

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First dark sour I've had, and dark it is indeed. Dark, dark red - almost dark purple, really. Slight head that held its retention for less than half of a minute.
While the aroma is not as strong as I think a sour calls for, it is pleasant in its subtleness. Vinous, grape jam, but not much sourness. Some oak, raspberries, and cherry cola.
Taste of sour grapes, unripe plums, and black cherries. Tart and very earthy/oaky on the finish.
Low level of carbonation and dry finish makes thinks drink like a semi-dry red.
Overall, not a bad sour and maybe something nice to introduce to someone who prefers wines, as it is not overly sour and very vinous in its subtle sweetness and dry finish.

Apr 04, 2016
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, cherry, and watery with a glassy look to it. Topped with a finger of brownish red head.

Barrel comes in immediately. Oaky, scotch, sour balsamic, raspberry like quality. Earthy, dark chocolate quality.

Sour, earthy, oaky, velvety. Not overly sour almost as if there is a hint of sweetness cutting the acid a bit.

Light, slightly watery body, very light carbonation.

My wife picked this up for $6 at Bruis'in Ales in Asheville. Drank in Chiang Mai, Thailand Feb 3rd, 2016. Amazing nose, great taste. Overall, a must try beer for the style.

Feb 03, 2016
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danieljllo from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had 5oz. of this beer at the Draught House Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX last night. Beer was delicious in taste and aroma, but lacked a bit of carbonation and it had no head.

Jan 30, 2016
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JayKay from New Mexico

4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Reddish brown with light brown with very little foam.
S- Vinegary, Red cabbage and apples and a touch of cranberry. Smell is delightful.

T- Mellow earthy to a pleasant and short burst of a sour, unripened plum.

F- Medium mouthfeel and food friendly dryness.

Overall: A novice to sours and I enjoyed this one. It smelled good and not too puckery sour. Perfect as it was. I would have again, without hesitation.

Jan 09, 2016
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Zach136 from Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- mostly clear and on the red spectrum of red-brown.

S- light roast and oak over dark fruit preserve.

T - palate is more of the same. Heavy oak, medium acidity.

M - dry, tannic finish.

Dec 07, 2015
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jbertsch from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really liked this.
Dark mahagony in color, off white head.
Nose is sour, bittersweet cherries, and a little sugary confection.
Flavor has a great mix of full-on tartness with dry cocoa notes. Essentially cocoa covered sour cherries with notes of raspberry and dray red malts.

The beer is almost like a dessert sour, the interplay between cocoa and sour cherries is really great. Flavor is deep and complex. Went great with a fatty burger.

Oct 24, 2015
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Stolenface1 from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown w/ reddish glow when held to light. Next to no tan head.
Smells of cherries, slight roasted chocolate, oak, lactic, red wine, cranberry.
Flavor is same as aroma adding touches of leather, tobacco, apple, & a slight sweetness on the finish(nowhere near Rodenbach-sweetness from malt not added sweeteners). Could be a little more sour to balance the sweetness for my taste. If it were, I would have rated closer to 4.3-4.45.
Mouthfeel is medium-med. light. Med.-low carbonation is perfect and gives it a chewy, long lasting finish.
Over all a very well balance and flavorful Flanders reddish brown. Very Enjoyable. has a best by date on bottle but I am wondering how it ages.
According to Alvinne a blend of a lighter base beer with two different stouts aged at different ratios/intervals in oak casks.

Oct 02, 2015
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TheMadJack from California

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Did not decant yeast.

A: Cloudy brownish red with rusty yellow highlights at the edge. A faint buff head forms and quickly dissipates leaving a ring of foam at the edge of the beer and some 70% occlusion of the surface. The 8% alcohol is likely interfering with head retention, regardless, knocked a few points per BJCP style.

S: A balanced and nuanced nose of apple cider vinegar, pears, raspberries, cranberries, clove, orange rind, and wheat crackers.

T: Lemon juice, complete with citric sourness. Bread crust, cranberries. Perhaps a faint sense of the oak barrels the bottle advertises this has been aged in, but it's slight enough that I might be letting expectation lead my taste buds. The effect of the oak, if it is there, is of licking a wooden board rather than the complexities of a whisky.

F: Light, almost lagery, except almost entirely devoid of carbonation. The tartness helps to keep the mouthfeel elevated.

D: If you cut your Flemish Sour teeth on, say, Monk's Cafe, then this one is going to surprise you with it's unrepentant tartness. Sip it. It has a similar refreshing quality that one also finds in tomato juice with a squeeze of lemon, if you're into that. Which I am. Not a session beer, but worth pairing with a meal and having two or three over the course thereof.

Jul 26, 2015
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Mongrel from Maryland

3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Well this is an odd one. It manages to be simultaneously both watery and somewhat harsh. Like really watered down Tussin, but with plentiful tobacco/leather/tannic notes and only mild sourness. There's also faint vanilla from the barrel.

Looks and smells really nice, but unfortunately the taste just doesn't deliver. Again, strangely watery and bitter.

Jul 25, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

This one pours a slightly fizzy, moderately dark brown, with a very small head, and no lacing.

Smells like red wine, vinegar, cherries, oak, and lactic acid.

This is a little bit too vinegary to be entirely enjoyable for me. The vinegar dominates, with sour cherries, some sweet malt, and lactic acid. There's a little bit of oak, but not much barrel.

This is medium bodied, with a very tart and biting mouthfeel.

This was certainly interesting but had a few flaws.

Jun 30, 2015
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Roguer from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear brown brew topped by a tan head. Gusher of a brew; good head size; great retention and nice lacing.

Sharp, vinegar and oak aroma, laced with tannins and grape. A touch of caramel.

Tart flavor, but not overly so, really allowing the malt flavors to come through. Dark fruit and dark bread, oak and tannins, red grapes, and grainy brown sugar peeking through on the finish.

Very fizzy mouthfeel; slick and very drinkable. Nice sour qualities, puckering (especially on the finish), but very subdued.

This is a very nice Oud Bruin, bringing a lot of flavor to the table without being overwhelmingly tart.

Jun 21, 2015
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Brolo75 from California

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter. Dark brown color with a tan head, some lacing on the glass, no head retention. Slight oak on the aroma and taste, was expecting a little more for a year, Slight vinegar at the front, some sourness, slight tart cherries, not big flavors but really good, finishes dry and sour, alcohol not very noticeable for 8%, medium mouthfeel. The sourness was a little subdued, was hoping for more, but this is still very good.

Jun 13, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Boise Coop. I was hoping the oak barrel aging would be more noticeable, but can't really detect any traces, other than the sour palate being slightly subdued. Dark brown pour with minimal head. Aroma and taste are pure sour, pit fruit sweetness. Taste is more raisins, plums, apricots and a hint of vinegar tartness. Mild finish

Jun 06, 2015
Cuvee Freddy from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 331 ratings