Thursday, March 14, 2013

Oshkosh Beer Sampler 011: Ned Flanders (Oud Bruin)

A slanted and endless survey of what’s pouring in Oshkosh, tallied one beer at a time.

What: Titletown Brewing’s Ned Flanders an East Flanders style Brown Ale/Oud Bruin.

Where: On Draught at Dublin’s Irish Pub, Oshkosh.

Why: Because if you haven’t yet dipped into the sour end of the beer pool, this is a terrific beer for getting a little pucker going. It’s odd how the thought of sour beer immediately turns so many people off. Suggest a whiskey sour or a raspberry tart and nobody flinches. But for some reason, the thought of sour beer sends them running. The implication is, I suppose, that sour in beer somehow equates with rancidity. That’s not the case. At least, not in this case. Titletown’s Ned Flanders is a Belgian-style Brown Ale that gets its mild and appetizing sourness from a dose of Lactobacillus. It lends the beer a wonderfully complex and tart edge that plays nicely with the sweet, nutty character of the base beer. Almost like a berry cobbler in a glass. The overall tone is sweet/sour and results in an incredibly drinkable beer that encourages you to have another. I don’t know the ABV, but I’m guessing it’s in the 5-6% range, so multiples are definitely in order.

Jon Cameron At Dublin’s did a quick video about this one... check that out HERE.

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