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


on tap

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RATINGS: 656   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (6654) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3oz pour at Max’s Belgian Fest 2014. Pours a clear caramel amber with a ring of brown head. Nose is malty, sugar, cherry, mild vinegar. Flavor is well balanced, tart, sweet, cherry, vinegar, malt, grass, vegetal. Lightly acetic finish. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (3190) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2014
11.2 oz bottle pour brown with a off white head. Aroma is sweet, sour and fruit. Taste is dry, sweet with a hint of sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sdmmb (1446) - USA - FEB 15, 2014
Drunk from 33cl bottle bought at Malting Pot, Brussels. Sweet sour dark brown belgian ale. Enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ShivanDragon (2791) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2014
gedronken als "vanderghinste", mooi helder bruin/rood met minimale witte kraag. Aroma is licht zuur in de neus, donkere fruiten. Smaken zijn redelijk zoet, redelijk zuur, zacht/glad in de mond, mooie donkere fruiten en kersen in de basissmaak, mouten. De smaken zijn prima gebalanceerd (wel wetende dat je een zuur biertje drinkt), mooie zuur/zoetbalans. kruidigheid komt langzaam naar boven, maar wederom goed gebalanceerd. mooie complexiteit. erg goed !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erzengel (6723) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 12, 2014
Ruby-red with hints of brown in the glass with a beige head. The nose is not too sour,slightly fruity. The beer starts fruity, not too sour. Full of aroma. The mainpart has hints of dark cherries, nice sourness, hints of wood. Probably a bit too sweet. The aftertaste is long, intense. Wood, dark red fruits, moderate sourness, only hints of hops.
Nice brew, but for me a bit too sweet. Nice fruity-sour characteristics! --> 12/12/10/11

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (15070) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle @ dranken geers, Ghent. Pours ruby amber with a creamy head. Cherries, caramel and wood. Chewy and balanced with no off flavors. Really tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
biokid23 (102) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2014
A delicious sour. Sour cherries predominate. Tart smell. Not the most sour of sours, but the malty bitterness that replaces it is well worth it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (14059) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
Brown and red, aroma is sweet, with mild barrel notes. Sweet and sour, candy and barrel and cherry, and quite interesting. Nice example.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (2529) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Pours mahogany with a thin white head. Cherry pit aroma. Not the most sour of sours but very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (2155) - Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Taster at the tap house. Very mild sour taste. More of a bitter and malty red than a sour.

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