Oud Bruin – Grand Teton Brewing Company
Purchased at Final Gravity ($10.99/25.4 oz. bottle) and poured into tulip glasses.
This anniversary-related re-brew from Victor, Idaho-based Grand Teton pours a ruby-tinged copper with a minute, off-white head. Oud Bruin has an interesting and fairly inscrutable nose of wood, caramel, mixed berries, and pie crust. The taste is richer than the aroma suggests, emphasizing bread and toffee flavors, and without any significant tart or fruity notes. Some Belgian esters and a touch of hoppiness come in on the finish, but the most dominant flavor here is the caramel/toffee malt overtones, balanced out by buttery yeast. I’m usually an enthusiastic fan of the Grand Teton Cellar Reserve series, but Oud Bruin is more curious than satisfying, and needed more carbonation to prevent its fairly neutral flavor profile.