About Flanders Style Brown Ale

About Flanders Style Brown Ale
Flanders style brown ales, or Oud Bruin, are reddish brown to dark brown in color and range in alcohol from 4-8%. These beers are medium-to-full bodied and are defined by dark fruit and sweet malt flavors balanced by an acidic sourness. Sweet malt flavors include caramel, toffee and molasses, while dark fruit flavors may include raisins, plums, figs and dates. These complex, dark beers are most closely associated with the town of Oudenaarde in Flanders. The contrasting sweet and sour flavor of Flanders brown ales is the result of blending a sour oak-aged beer with a sweeter, younger beer. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Liefmans Goudenband, New Belgium La Folie and Petrus Oud Bruin.

Top Picks for Flanders Style Brown Ale

Bofferding Brune Ale
84 points
Brilliant reddish mahogany color. Aromas of toasted focaccia, fallen cherry, gingerbread, and dried fig with a slightly chewy, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length pumpkin pie, cinnamon, red apple shrub, and ground walnut finish. A sessionable, toasty Flanders style ale that could be a nice companion to holiday meals.