Brewery Ommegang is offering a new limited edition sour ale this month. Brunetta is a 5% ABV traditional Oud Bruin, or sour brown ale, developed by Ommegang’s brewmaster Phil Leinhart, and the master blenders at their sister brewery, Liefmans, in Oudenaarde, Belgium.
Liefmans has been perfecting their blending techniques for more than 300 years, and is renowned for their clean and balanced sour beers. The Oud Bruin style is known for its playful flirtation between sweet and sour flavors and Brunetta is no exception.
“Brunetta is a mild, clean Oud Bruin, well-balanced and with a touch of caramel sweetness from the specialty malts,” said Phil Leinhart, brewmaster at Brewery Ommegang. “It’s been a privilege to brew with Marc Coesens and his talented team at Liefmans. The opportunity to work with our beer brethren is always such an honor.”
Brunetta pours a deep amber-brown with clarity and a tan head with light retention. Aromas of raisin, prune, and sweet malts are followed by subtle hints of lactic sourness. The balanced sweet and sour flavor leads with caramel malt and finishes with a clean, refreshing sourness. It’s medium bodied and moderately dry with a pleasant nutty flavor in the finish.
Brewed with a traditional blend of pilsner, amber, and caramel malts and with minimal hopping, Brunetta’s mixed culture fermentation begins in Liefmans’ open copper vats and continues in stainless tanks for four to eight months.
This Oud Bruin’s balanced acidity is a perfect accompaniment to rich dishes like duck confit, chicken liver pâté, all manner of mild cheeses, and NY-style cheese cakes and other mildly sweet desserts.
Available in 11.2 oz. four-packs and on draft at the brewery beginning Saturday, May 6, Brunetta will also be available in select Ommegang retailers in the following states beginning this month: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV plus Washington D.C., U.S.V.I., and P.R.
Brewery Ommegang opened in 1997 to brew imaginative craft beers across a variety of styles, with particular emphasis and respect for Belgian brewing traditions. Ommegang brews nine ales year-round, as well as an extensive and innovative range of seasonal and specialty ales. The beers have won a national following by connoisseurs of fine beer and are distributed in 46 states and internationally. Ommegang is located on a 136-acre farmstead in Cooperstown, New York and offers free daily tours and inexpensive tastings as well as a 75-seat café, a well-stocked brewery store, and an annual calendar of public events including a summer concert series and a legendary beer festival, Belgium Comes to Cooperstown.