Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bourgogne Des Flandres Brune / Bruin


Bourgogne Des Flandres Brune / Bruin

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
Belgium

Flanders Oud Bruin

5.00% ABV




Commercial Description:
Bruges’ typical brown ale, matured 6 months in oak casks.
(RateBeer.com)

Background:
This was gift from my friend Gonzalo. I really enjoy the Flemish Reds like Rodenbach Grand Cru and The Duchesse. However this will be my first Flemish Old Brune.

Review:
The beer pours a clear dark chestnut brown with deep ruby hues and a modest off white to tan head.

The nose is exquisite with dark malt aromas with notes of dark fruit and the most wonderful underlining Flemish Funk, sour notes.

Wow, what a fantastic first sip; sweet rich and creamy with that classic Flemish sourness. Gotta love that Belgian Funk!

The experience starts out with a touch of dark malt sweetness up front followed by the most wonderful rich, creamy and tart mouthfeel as this ale rolls over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is almost easy drinking but the building tart/sourness creates a sizable hesitation on the top of the swallow. The finish is fantastic with rich dark malt flavors and that classic Flemish sourness. There is also a real complexity in this finish. It’s like a blend of old and young ales. The finish is also “wine-like” with sweet notes of cherries and oak. The final aftertaste is some lingering dark fruit and sourness.

Wow this beer really has a lot going on. The subtle complexities are amazing.

We are now at 62 degrees.

As the beer starts to warm it is really opening up. Every sip has a new experience in it.

The notes of oak and cherries are really coming out now along with an underlined sweetness. I would suspect that the sweetness was alcohol but this is only a 5% ale.

There is an interesting whiskey-like feeling from this ale at these warmer temperatures.

I think I’m going for a B+ on this one. That may be low but I do not much on this exact style to compare it to and the Flemish Ales is a very demanding category. It is an excellent ale but it’s not as well crafted as other Flemish ales like Rodenback, The Duchesse, or Gaverhopke Extra. 

B+ | Bourgogne Des Flandres Bruin is an excellent Flemish Ale with rich dark malt flavors with complex notes of dark fruit, oak and cherries that has a silky smooth mouthfeel and an exquisite Flemish Sour finish. I will have to look for more of this style.

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