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BJCP 2008 Guideline

Sour Ale - Flanders Brown Ale/Oud Bruin

BJCP 17C

BJCP 2008 17C Flanders Brown Ale/Oud Bruin style example
17C - Sour Ale / Flanders Brown Ale/Oud Bruin

 

IMPRESSION

A malty, fruity, aged, somewhat sour Belgian-style brown ale.

COMMENTS

Long aging and blending of young and aged beer may occur, adding smoothness and complexity and balancing any harsh, sour character. A deeper malt character distinguishes these beers from Flanders red ales. This style was designed to lay down so examples with a moderate aged character are considered superior to younger examples. As in fruit lambics, Oud Bruin can be used as a base for fruit-flavored beers such as kriek (cherries) or frambozen (raspberries), though these should be entered in the classic-style fruit beer category. The Oud Bruin is less acetic and maltier than a Flanders Red, and the fruity flavors are more malt-oriented.

EXAMPLES

Liefman's Goudenband, Liefman's Odnar, Liefman's Oud Bruin, Ichtegem Old Brown, Riva Vondel

You can view the complete style details on the BJCP website. The 2008 style guide is obsolete but there is a similar 2015 style that you can view below...

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VITAL

OG: 1.040-1.074
FG: 1.008-1.012
IBU: 20-25
SRM: 15.0-22.0
ABV: 4.0-8.0%

BJCP 2008 17C Flanders Brown Ale/Oud Bruin style example
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