Oude is a very special blend of wild ales aged of 1 up to 4 years old. Over 1/3 of the total blend is aged in oak puncheons (500l) for 4 years. We’ve never used such an old beer in our blends so far. This gives the final beer quite a characterful and complex taste. Another 50% is a fairly younger beer of 1 years old to give freshness, and herbal and floral qualities to the blend. The remaining part of the blend is a 2 year old beer that acts as a bridge between the young and old beer.
In the aroma I detect lemon curd, peaches and apricots, slightly grassy and floral notes like rose petals, but also aroma’s that you would find in an oxidized wine (e.g. sherry or port), like caramel and nutty aroma’s. When you take a sip, these notes also become noticeable in the after taste. In the mid taste you will find a good amount of oakiness, dusty wine cellar and stone fruit notes.
Oude is already good to drink during summertime, but this beer is also perfect to cellar for a couple of years to balance out the flavours and soften the tannins.
Store our beers upright or lying down in a cool, dark place. Our beers are best enjoyed around 13°C.