Description: This beer is part of Old Abbey’s Innovation Series, a series of limited release experimental beers that is always changing. For their latest, brewmaster Tony Dewald has created Flemish-style Brown ale (Bruine) complete with the wild brettanomyces strain.
Tasting Notes: This is my first visit to the wares of Old Abbey, and I felt quite privileged to be sampling their latest experimental brew – the results of which were quite impressive. This beer packs a lot of Bruin flavor, consisting of dark, toasty malts with lots of roasted nut, coffee and chocolate flavor. But at the same time, the use of Belgian brettanomyces yeast ensures a hint of sour cherry and some dark fruit flavor that really sets it off.
Appearance: Brown, opaque, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Roasted malts, hints of coffee, roasted nuts, fruits and sugars
Taste: Smooth malt, roasted nuts, mild espresso, dark chocolate, raisins, dates, hint of sour cherries
Aftertaste: Lingering roasted malt aftertaste, malt bitterness, coffee