Ommegang Collaboration Beer Is Good News for Puckerheads
Brewery Ommegang made a splash last year with Ommegang Rouge, an uber-sour collaboration beer with Belgium's Bockor. Now, Ommegang has announced that their next collaboration will come out in July, and has a pretty label and a name: Ommegang Zuur.
In December I reported that the collaboration would be with Liefmans, the famed standard-bearer for oaky, sour, Flemish brown ales, the maltier cousins of Flemish reds. Ommegang says of the forthcoming release:
It’s a blended Flemish Sour brown. It’s a blend of two Liefmans beers: Oud Bruin, which is open fermented and then aged 6-8 months, and Liefmans Cuvee Brut, a new, fairly dry, kriek-style beer coming from Liefmans. The Cuvee Brut begins with Oud Bruin, then sits on cherries and is aged for a year. It’s then blended with more Oud Bruin and Goudenband.
That might be a whole lot of names that are new to you, but the takeaway is that come July we'll have a new beer that should serve as a good introduction to the Flemish brown, or Oud Bruin style — a style that doesn't get much play in the U.S. yet. If it's as shockingly tasty as Ommegang Rouge, which was the number 2 beer of 2009, we have a lot to look forward to.