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


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RATINGS: 478   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JefVerstraete (1199) - BELGIUM - OCT 4, 2012
Very good oud Bruin. A lot of carbonation. Red brown colour. Tastes sour, bitter and sweet. Good one.
Earlier Rating: 7/25/2012 Total Score: 3.4
Good example of an Oud Bruin, but this is not the best. Refreshing and sour, light body, average carbonation. Rather an abrupt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThirstyBird (1483) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - SEP 30, 2012
Pours a deep mahogany color with a tan head. Smells of deep rich fruit, mild vinegar/sour notes. Taste follows nose with dry woody finish. light/medium body, average carbonation. A nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown color. Caramel and berries in the aroma. Discrete sour flavor with caramel, berries, citrus and apple. Surprisingly pleasant Flemish brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
soyorganic (281) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Nice beer, nice slightly sour taste consisting of notes of plum and cherries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dlinn (141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Nice fruity aroma. A bit sour. Good flavor, with hints of cherry, but well done. Complex flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2542) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle at Dan’s courtesy of Armin. Thanks man!! Pour is deep crimson with an off-white head and great lacing. Red grape, tannin, plum, light funk, spice, wood, and cough syrup in the aroma. Taste is sour grapes, light plum, wood, tart cherries, yeast, and light vinegar with a lightly tart finish. Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation. Really smooth and well-balanced, especially for the level of sournesss that is present in this beer. Nice flemish red.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SirADNielsen (8949) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle @ Dan’s house. Thanks Armon! Hazy, dark maroon appearance with a brown head. Tangy, rich raspberry, cherry, Gushers, red grape, spritzy vanilla aroma. Tart plum, rich cherry, a bit oaky, a touch vinous, tart flavor. Not overly complex but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6094) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, dark ruby, brown pour white white head, aroma has notes of big dark fruit, with plum, sour cherry, some hints of fig, plum. Taste is a mix of sour cherry, biscuit, toffee, hints of caramel, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter, dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drdisque (510) - Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2012
On tap at Trenchermen Chicago. Initial bite is sour and acidic but sweet caramelized flavors quickly rush in to this very balanced beer. Outstanding depth of flavor. Has almost everything you could ask for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13198) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle at Grunerløkka festival. A clear, dark amber to brown beer with a dense, off-white head. Lightly sourish on the nose, dark, dried fruits, some berries and brown sugar. Semi-sweet on the palate, far from sticky, light tart. Berries, dried dark fruits and some sugar in the flavour. A pleasant one indeed, a sour in the way only Belgians seems to manage to make. 120825
Earlier Rating: 6/12/2008 Total Score: 3.2
Bottle, shared by fonefan. A cute-looking beer, clear ruby body topped by a creamy beige head. Slightly vinegar-ish aroma, but there’s enough caramel and sweetness to avoid it being unpleasant. The same goes for the flavor, there’s enough caramel sweetness to cover up most of the sourness, even though it was of a more pleasant kind in the aroma. Medium body, quite fizzy and a bit astringent. A decent sour ale, but it left me a bit uncertain whether I enjoyed it or not. (080412)

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