2013 marks the 25th anniversary of Grand Teton Brewing. In celebration, we’re bringing back three of our favorite styles for this year’s Cellar Reserves. Our Oud Bruin was first brewed in 2007 and quickly became a brewery legend.
The “Oud Bruin” or “old brown” style beers, brewed in and around Oudenaarde, on the river Scheldt in East Flanders, are notable for their complex combinations of malt, long boiling times (which provide some caramelization of the wort), and multi-strain, top-fermenting yeasts, some with lactic and acetic character. These are often “provision beers,” bottle-conditioned for cellaring, to be brought out when they can be savored. Their thirst-quenching sweet-and-sour character makes them perhaps the most refreshing beers in the world.
Our Oud Bruin is firmly in the East Flanders tradition. We used American 2-Row barley and German melanoidin malt (for red color) as well as maize (to lighten the body). The wort was boiled in the kettle for four hours and hopped lightly with Idaho Galenas for balance.
We fermented with a Flemish blend of yeast and bacteria cultures, including lactobacillus, pediococcus, and brettanomyces. It took six months at cellar temperature for the culture to achieve the style’s characteristic quenching sourness. Finally, we bottle-conditioned the beer according to the “methode champenoise,” so it can be laid down, to be brought out when it can be truly enjoyed.
Because of its lactic and acetic sourness, this is a wonderful beer for cooking and pairing with food. Unlike any wine, Oud Bruin complements vinegary dishes such as salads or even pickles. Its flavors will enhance those of shellfish, liver, rabbit, and game birds like quail. The acidity of the beer tenderizes beef and is ideal for braising—try it in the classic Belgian Carbonade Flamande.
Oud Bruin Belgian-Style Ale is a one time release available May 15, 2013 in 1/2 and 1/6 bbl kegs and bottle-conditioned 750 mL cases.
Original Gravity (Plato): 17˚
International Bitterness Units: 17
Alcohol by Volume: 6%
Color (Lovibond): 23˚