Friday, April 8, 2011

Ommegang Zuur Flemish Sour Brown Ale

This 6.0% ABV beer is a limited release from the Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York.  They are part of the Duvel family, and brew Belgian style beers in America.  According to the bottle, this particular brew is brewed in Belgium and was perhaps just aged, mixed and bottled in America.  This is a sour Belgian brown ale with cherries added.  It is produced in cooperation with Liefmans.  It is very much like a kriek.

This beer pours a dark brown and ruby in color, cloudy, only translucent if held up to a light, with a 1-2 inch head of light brown thick foam.  The aroma is tart and sweet cherry; damp, aged wood; and a slight earthiness.  The taste is an immediate very sour tartness, followed by a wave of strong and slightly sweet cherry fruit.  The wood and a tiny bit of pleasant earthiness show up in the finish.  The aftertaste is predominantly cherry, which is more tart than sweet.  If you like a good kriek, you will like this excellent beer.

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