From Driftwood Brewing out of Victoria BC comes their “Mad Bruin Sour Brown Ale” the second release in their Birds of Pray series. This beer was aged in oak barrels for 16 months. This beer pours a redish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma of this beer is of sour cherries, yeast, dark fruits and some malts. The flavour of this beer has notes of sour cherries, dark fruit, yeast with a touch of tartness and a hint of oak. With every sip the oak flavouring builds. The beer comes in at an alcohol content of 7%. I found this to be a nice entry into the sour beer catagory.
This Belgian style, Oud Bruin (Old Brown), was aged in oak barrels for 16 months and then blended with a young ale for a unique profile of delicate malt, acidity and oak ageing. Mad Bruin will continue to develop more complexity with cellaring.