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


on tap

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RATINGS: 563   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvilCat (105) - FRANCE - MAR 6, 2015
Bouteille 25cl. Bootlegger. Robe rubis, petite mousse beige claire. Nez léger de fruit rouge, pointe de kirsch et de chêne. Bouche sucrée et acidulé, notes de caramel, grenadine, bonbon à la cerise. Finale fruit rouge et citron.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackisle (1025) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle 25cl. Clear dark red brown color, good frothy light tan head, diminishes slowly, light lacing; aroma sour cherries, vinegar, woody notes; taste medium fruity sour, slightly sweet; medium body, sticky texture, soft carbonation, aftertaste soursweet, fruity, bit woody; very nice, so much better than all those trendy fruit beers out there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alusmamuts (737) - LATVIA - MAR 2, 2015
Clear brown-red with small light brown head. Cherry aroma. Nicely balanced sweet and sour taste with fruity cherry notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ordybill (462) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Aroma- Has a nice fruit aroma with malt Appearance- A dark amber color with a small white head. Taste- Stand back, this puppy is sour, very interesting. Has a nice fruit flavor. Palate- A medium bodied beer with little carbonation. very sour but goes down dry. Overall- The most sour beer I have ever tasted to date. I enjoyed it, but this is a beer I would only drink one at per sitting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcnielsen (2423) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown color with white head. Sour, cherry, slight medicinal, raspberry aromas. Sour fruits - raspberry, green apple, and cherry mainly, and slightly sweet flavors. Very solid. Worth another visit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhamp9 (1231) - Corinth, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Clear garnet pour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet cherry, damp wood, caramel, faint acetic. Taste is cherry candy, toffee, oak, and earth. Very light tartness but on the sweet side overall. Very soft carbonation. Dries on the palate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bg80 (44) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2015
On draft. Plum brown color, medium haze. Moderate fizz, light lacing. Really interesting beer. Sweet, sour, sweet with a mixed fruit palate. Medium body. None of that barnyard funk getting in the way. Delicious Flanders red.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ysok02 (204) - MOns, BELGIUM - FEB 8, 2015
Robe brune, reflets rouges. Nez puissant sur la cerise, une touche balsamique et une pointe de caramel, Bouche tout en fraîcheur, note de cerise à l’alcool, fine bulle et finale équilibrée. Un très belle bière fraîche qui se marie à merveille sur les croquettes de crevettes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5377) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Bottle: The aroma consists of light-moderate cola, cherry, faint vinegar, and a hint of metal. It pours a somewhat transparent orangish-brown with a small white head that eventually fades to a minimal film outlined by a thin ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of cola and cherry. The finish light vinegar, faint lemon, and a touch of Belgian yeast. It’s light-medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (648) - CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
Pours clear brown with one finger of beige head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, spotty lacing. (3/5) Nose is muted, dark fruits, vinegar, cherry, oak. (7/10) Taste is mild to moderate sweet, mild to moderate tart. (6/10) Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry mild astringent finish. (4/5) Pleasant mildly fruity and lightly sour oude bruin. Some vinous and woody notes add some depth and complexity, but not a whole lot. A little more intensity would be nice, but it’s pleasant as it is. (15/20)

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