Reynard Oud Bruin – Strange Fellows Brewing

From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their latest barrel aged beer “Reynard Oud Bruin”. The beer pours a brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of cherry, dark fruits, vanilla, oak, leather, tartness, vinegar and some sweetness. The flavour is of lots of oak, cherry, dark fruits, toffee, caramel, earth, tart and vinegar. The beer comes in at 6.5% alcohol. Iain Hill is well know in the local beer scene for making a great Oud Bruin and now it is available in all its glory in Bottles. Get out and buy a few for yourself. You will not regret the purchase!

Commercial Description:  Both villain & hero of the story, Fox is the quintessential trickster, exposing foolishness & greed with an irreverent flick of his tail. Not caring a fig what society thinks, he disobeys convention to satisfy his desires, often unveiling the truth along the way. This classic Flemish style beer, with its sweet & sour character is a tribute to fox’s duality. Aging for one year in French Oak barrels lends a subtle woody vanilla note to this tart, cherry-like brown ale.

Food pairing as per brewery: Earthy cheese, vinegary salad, Moules Frites, Carbonnade Flamande, Dessert…



Amber the Tart – Strange Fellows Brewing

From Strange Fellows Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Amber the Tart” a baby Oud Bruin as brewmaster Iain Hill calls it.  The beer pours a deep amber colour with almost no head.  The aroma consists of funky tartness, sweetness and some good fruity backbone.  The flavour kicks in with lots of funky tartness, apples, I mild sweetness and fruit with some berries.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.5%.  If you are a fan of sour beer then you really need to head over to Strange Fellows asap to try this!

Commercial Description:  Oh Amber she’s such a Tart! She may look sweet but she has a sour side, in typical fashion she is fun and a bit of a flirt, you cant miss her when she walks into a room just think twice before bringing her home to meet the folks. Amber is quite fruity and a bit bracing with flavours of ripe apple and apple cider with touch of biscuity maltness. She is kind of like a baby Oud Bruin…but don’t call her baby she packs a good punch. 

Food pairing as per brewery:  Marinated fish or meat, salads dressed in a vinaigrette and blue or camembert cheeses.

amber the tart strange fellows

Oud Bruin (Cellar Series) – Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers

From North Vancouver’s Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers comes their “Oud Bruin (Cellar Series)” a beer aged for two years in Pinot Noir barrels.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with an off white head.  The aroma is earthy with some sweetness with very mild caramel and vinegar.  The flavour consists of earth, caramel malts, mild balsamic vinegar, mild sourness, dark fruits.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.6%.  This beer has an interesting flavour but it really could use more sourness or vinegar notes.


The Dissident 2012 Reserve (Aged 1 Year) – Deschutes Brewery

From Bend Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery comes “The Dissident 2012 Reserve” a Flanders Oud Bruin style sour ale.  This vintage of bottle had a best after date of 8/20/13 and now that it is September 3, 2013 it was time to crack the second of three bottles I had of this amazing beer.  This beer is aged for a full 18 months in wine barrels before release and they recommend a full year of ageing in bottles. This Oud Bruin poured a reddish colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of vinegar, cherries, dark fruits, red wine and oak.  The flavour is of red wine, cherries, dark fruits, oak and a mild sour/tart, vinegar finish.  There is a very mild alcohol warmth while drinking but it is minimal.  The alcohol content comes in at 11.4% and the IBU is 18.  Over the first year in the bottle this beer has really aged amazingly.  The sourness has stepped down some while the malts and fruits have picked up.   I am excited that I have one more bottle of this vintage in my Cellar!

Commercial Description:  The Dissident is an Oud Bruin, a distinctive Flanders-style sour brown ale, with a heavenly aroma and flavor. Our first and only wild yeast beer, we use Brettanomyces to give The Dissident its characteristic sour taste.  Our stiffest brewing challenge, it must be fermented in isolation from our other beers for a full 18 months, partly in pinot and cabernet barrels. The words coddled and “worth it” come to mind.

Food pairing as per Deschutes Brewery:  Dark Chocolates, Brie, Spaghetti Carbonara, Macaroni & Cheese

My review of The Dissident 2012 after 6 months aging


Petrus Oud Bruin – Brouwerij Bavik

From Belgium’s Petrus Beer’s (Brouwerij Bavik) comes their “Petrus Oud Bruin” also known as Old Dark.  This beer is aged in oak barrels for 24 months  before it is released.  The beer pours a brown colour with a off white head.  The aroma of the beer consists of dark fruit, sweet malts and maybe some oak.  The flavour starts with fruits and then sweetness, a mild sour including some vinegar and a very light bitterness.  The alcohol content of this beer is 5.5%.

Commercial Description: Top-fermented beer with a deep dark red colour. This beer ripens for 24 months in oak barrels. This gives Petrus Original (in Flanders called “Oud Bruin”) its vinous, noble taste and slightly sour in character.  The mild alcohol content makes this beer the perfect thirst-quencher.