From Driftwood Brewing out of Victoria BC comes their “Mad Bruin Sour Brown Ale” the second release in their Birds of Pray series. I have cellared this bottle for just over 4 years. This beer was aged in oak barrels for 16 months. This beer pours a deep redish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, cherry, oak yeast and sweetness. The flavour is of cherries, dark fruits, huge oak notes, tartness, vinegar notes, earth and some alcohol. The tartness seems to have really picked up over the 4 years this beer has been in my cellar. While I liked this beer when it was first released back in 2012 it has aged very well and has upped its game. I am sad this is the last bottle I had of this beer.
Commercial description: 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.
From Uinta Brewing Company out of Salt Lake City, Utah comes the “20th Birthday Suit (Sour Brown Ale)” a beer in their Crooked Line. This beer was brewed in celebration of Uinta’s 20th Birthday. The beer poured a dark brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of roasty malts with some funk and tartness. The flavour is of roasted malts, earthiness, funk, sour fruit, woody, toffee and lemon juice. The alcohol content comes in at 7.4% with and IBU of 20. This is a very interesting sour ale with lots of interesting flavours.
Commercial Description: Brewed in celebration of Uinta’s 20th Birthday, this American Style Sour Brown Ale flaunts significant acidity balanced by flavorful Abbey and Chocolate malts and a modest amount of hops. A distinct tartness on the palate combines with notes of toffee and earthiness.