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

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RATINGS: 593   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Note: ABV ranges up to 6%.

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 top-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.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sigmund (5802) - Tau, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2015
250 ml bottle, as VanderGhinste Oud Bruin, brewed at Brouwerij Bockor Kortrijk, BB date 06.06.2013, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 5.5%. Deep brownish red colour, moderate off-white head. Interesting sourish aroma of oak, farmhouse, red wine and red wine vinegar, spicy notes too. Medium sour and fairly sweet flavour, fruity and vinous notes, the hops are hardly noticeable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (3602) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2015
11.2 oz single bottle from Biggie Wine & Liquor. Deep ruby red, purplish and clear appearance with a nice, lingering tan head and light lacing. The aroma is tart cherries, dark sour fruits, light funky yeast, oak, vanilla and a touch of caramel and toffee. Similar flavor, mildly sour with a moderate fruity and malty sweetness. Medium body, smooth, soft and easy to drink. A classic. Pairing: Miles Davis - No Blues, 10/28/1967, in Antwerp, Belgium.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdavidh (159) - California, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Surprisingly sweet, not very sour. Strong nose of sour cherries. I like it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lebermilz (118) - GERMANY - JUN 25, 2015
On tap at Herman Bar. Caramel, a little sweet. Just slightly sour and Brett stays in the background.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
islay (1542) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2015
11.2 oz. bottle, consumed on 6-23-15. Labeled as “VanderGhinste Oud Bruin.” Labeled "04 14," which makes me think it was bottled in April 2014. Amber. Moderate amount of beige head. Malty, lightly tart aroma. Some spice in the smell. Apple pie and caramel scents. Tart, dry flavor. Lemon juice, light white vinegar. Lightly mineral. Black pepper. Nice beer, not special, and it is subtle, but I like it. Light to medium body. Soft in the palate. Slightly better than my score would indicate, and that caused me to give an extra point in the overall score.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crazy_cat_lady (241) - - JUN 23, 2015
Bottle at beerbistro. Tart smell of musty grapes. Very dark brown with thin white head. Lovely lightly sour taste with some sweetness. Yum.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BadAprilia1000 (378) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Pours a dark brown/red color with a decent head. Aroma is sour and tart, slight malt, weak sweetness. Taste is more sweet than anything else, slight red berry taste, maybe some cherry, then a very weak sour on the end. Decent but not the best Flanders Ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (3129) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2015
On tap at the Yard House in Atlanta. Clear mahogany body with a very good head. Odd but modestly appealing aroma suggests a very tart ale. Flavor: a mix of sweet and tart with a touch of hop bitterness. Light but not watery body with low-medium carbonation.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
HopfenWeisse (1287) - - JUN 5, 2015
Clear dark amber color with small beige head. Aroma is some fruits and sour. Flavor is sour, yeast. Not my kind of beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (469) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle from Willow’s Market in Menlo Park, CA. Cherry pie filling on the nose. Nice balanced cherry / fruit / sour with a slight astringent / peel / oaky note on the finish. Great sour on par with the Duchesse.


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