Brewed by Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Bellegem, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 532   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Originally called "Ouden Tripel", this ancient West Flanders Brown beer has found a new élan as a regional specialty under its current name: "Bellegems bruin". The main ingredients of our Bellegems Bruin are malted barley, wheat, hops, water, and caramelized malts. These are used to brew a bottom-fermented beer. Blending this beer with lambic beer aged in oak for 18 months results in this specific West Flanders Brown beer. Its typical flavour is characterized by a well-balanced, hardly noticeable sourness. This first flavour impression is soon followed by a second pleasant discovery: a slight bitterness followed by a hint of sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (4254) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle at Craig?s. Pours clear dark red brown with a thin off-white head. Aromas of sour fruit, light oak. Taste is sour. Ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BenH (2513) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle. Brown with tan head. Aroma of spicy phenolic yeast, earthy, toffee. Taste of toffee, apple, caramel. Tangy. Nah

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours reddish brown, nose is malty toffee, taste is sour, dry, sweet malty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (15177) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2014
bottle at home .. copper .. thin tan lacing ... soft sweet bread toffee nose .. soft funky ... soft bready malts ... odd funky fruits ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Luvystypotables (806) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Aroma of lactic acid, great looking dark brown color with a lasting small white head. Great tart taste with a mildy sweet undertone. Creamy feel with a delicious tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8688) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Sample at the 2014 Infected Chimipalooza on 11/01/2014 (as "Vanderghinste Oud Bruin"). The beer pours a ruby-brown color with a medium foamy off-white head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of tart fruit, wheat and malt. Light-bodied with flavors of mildly sour fruit, oak and herbal yeast. The finish is mildly sour with a fruity aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lhns03 (81) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Pours from a 11.2 oz. bottle a clear, dark mahogany with a thin off-white head. Aroma’s of lacto, iron, hint of dried fruit, raisins. Taste starts with a firm sweet that quickly shows it’s medium tartness. Zippy and flavorful, caramel malts are intriguing and a bit different for the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly clean and abrupt tartness then a mild lingering finish of iron and malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (2464) - BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2014
Classic oud bruin since the 19th century, tasted both as Bellegems Bruin and as Vanderghinste Oud Bruin (its new name since 2012), made in the ’lambic’ barrels of this Western Flemish family brewery. Thin, pale beige, sticky, very stable head, colour a pretty warm bronze with ruby hue, clear. Aroma of fruity esters and tartness, passion fruit, sherry vinegar, yoghurt, elderberries, pear syrup, cloves, gooseberries, lemon zest, vanilla, some faint woodiness. Vivid estery fruitiness in the onset, red berries, lemony acidity in a gentle and elegant way, fresh lactic acidity too (sour cream), smooth caramelly malts in the background, dryingly tart finish, somewhat vinous, long with a brief and very subtle hoppiness, as typical for the style. A classic in its genre and the most interesting of the regularly and easily available Bockor beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumproasts (3232) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2014
bottle. Reddish tinged brown with one finger head. There’s nothing really wrong with this, but it’s not nearly as flavorful as some of the better examples of this style. Sour with mild cherry. Minimal sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshmod (18) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2014
A bit sweet for an oud bruin but I really like this beer. Good carbonation & nice barnyard aroma. Very solid and I really enjoyed this. My wife who is not a big sour fan even found some joy in this one.

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