Ouden Bruinen | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by dogfooddog on 05-09-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of brdc
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle, poured into a tulip.
the bottle date is 2007, unsure if best by or bottled at; it was kept in my cellar for at least 2 years.

The beers is a brilliant brown, with a very small off white head that disappears quickly.
Aroma is fruity, sweetish malts and candy, with a very faint sour/vinegary note.
Light and refreshing, very easy to drink and tasty for such a low ABV; mostly sweet, with an ever so slight sour note following it.
At times, it feels like I am drinking a watered down/low alcohol version of Duchesse de Bourgogne, which is nice, and easy to put down a few - wish I had more than one.

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Photo of masterhomebrewer
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Best by date of 30-11-07, so I'm guessing this was bottled either in 2004 or 2001. At least 5 years old, this one is, maybe eight.

A -- Slight "pffft..." as I open the bottle. Nary a head forms, and what does fades quickly. Dark brown and murky.

S-- Dark, ripe, candy-like fruit fills the nostrils along with a touch of balsamic-vinegar and a bit of wet cardboard.

T-- Tastes like a tootsie roll marinated in balsamic vinegar for a decade. Sweetness (artificial?) followed immediately by a light sourness and dark-fruit syrup lingers for a few seconds before fading off.

M -- Medium bodied and light carbonation make for an enjoyable mouth-feel experience.

D -- The syrupy sweetness detracts from the drinkability. But at 3.5 percent ABV, I could still sip two of these in one sitting, although I am pretty pleased to be moving on to something else.

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Photo of roblowther
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

First review of this in three years & second one at all. I feel like, well, not so much Neil Armstrong as Buzz Aldrin.

Pours reddish black with a tan rocky head that dissipates quickly. Looks like it is living up to its "ouden" moniker. Smells of sour cherries and carob and caramel. Tastes simple but simply great! Mild sweetness, again the sour cherries dominate. Nice malty backbone and a crisp finish that isn't too dry or too sweet. :) Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated and slick, maybe a tad thin. Drinkability is out of the park. I could knock these back all afternoon. At a Belgian pub, of course. One I ordered sight unseen (taste untasted?) but a winner for sure.

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Photo of dogfooddog
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown-red with a 40% head, mildly sour, woody nose. I have had a number of flemish red but this style (oud bruin) I have not tried anything in good condition before. Close smell resemblence to this brewery's Duchesse, Vichtenaar and Lierse Caves products. If I am reading the french on the label correctly, it says this beer was artifically sweetened. Surprise. No lot or date codes, but this bottle came recently from belgium.

Taste is not overwhelming, but pleasantly sour, mild sweetness, and lacking the acidic tartness found in many flemish reds, including Verhaeghe's products. It is very tasty, not very complex, with an aftertaste of dissapating sourness over a minute or two. The low alcohol is an interesting aspect of this, you can enjoy it without systematically inebriating yourself in short order, as is the case with many beers from belgium.

Pleasant offering from Verhaeghe, well worth trying, though I enjoy their flemish red beers better.

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Ouden Bruinen from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 4 ratings