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The Oud Bruin is a reddish brown ale originating from the Flanders region of Belgium and is among the most common and most affordable of the sour ales http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/drink/drink-city/PWs-Year-of-Beer-Bockor-Bellegems-Bruin-251006051.html in the now trending American beer scene. It’s often called “the Burgundy of Belgium” due to its color and the fact that it’s paired with meals as often as wine. This Oud Bruin by Belgium’s Petrus forgoes the deep lactic sourness found in many examples of the style, trading it for the tannic bite of oak and soft, sweet n’ sour cherries and a vinegar-like finish. Aromas of aged leather and mulch add an Earthiness that rounds things out nicely. Some wild ale fans will want more aggressive sourness, but this is a beer made to be paired with a meal, so look for it at establishments that specialize in Belgian ales, such as Monk’s Café and The Belgian Café, and enjoy it the way it was meant to be enjoyed.
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