Tuesday, June 7

Beer Review: The Bruery Collaboration With Cigar City Brewing Marron Acidifie

Grabbed a rather expensive bottle some time ago and have only had in my cellar now for a few weeks. It is stated to be an imperial Oud Bruin. I served it a little warmer than they suggested at about 55 deg. F. I believe I spent about $24 for the 750ml bottle at Belmont Station.

Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a dark murky cranberry brown. Very minimal bubbly tan head, down to a dusty residue ridden chunky foam on top. This beer is loaded with traces of yeast and/or brett. Many spores touch bottom while still much remains floating on the top. More foam appears at the second pour, revealing it's thick tan head with specs in it.

Smell: (4.5)
- Very nice oak softens the cranberry, leathery and earthy aromas. Wonderful dusty sour shines through a bed of tart fruits and flower pedals. Slight funk and wood make this a very great smelling sour.

Taste: (4.0)
- Great funky leathery tobacco malt notes with a bed of tart cranberry, slight balsamic notes like described on the bottle, and a touch of wet blanket. A wonderful backdrop of dark currants show through with blackberry. Oak and woody character along with some earthiness. All very well melded together. A very fine sour.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Slightly thin, watery, and mouth watering. A bit chalky and drying from the brett and woody character. Overall not bad.

Overall: (4.5)
- This is a great interpretation of the style. Very well played funky flavors with a fantastic tart sourness. All my favorite sours always have a dark currant flavor that shines through towards the end of the taste. This is certainly a first class brew. I was a little surprised with the amount of yeast/brett floating around on top of the goodness. I am positive this beer would only get much better with a couple years on it.

A- / 4.15

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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