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


on tap

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RATINGS: 585   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bergstaden (1674) - Røros, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2013
Deep amber with off white head - light sour with a berry aroma - Light sour body with some malts and some berry notes and Wood - short light sour finish - good, refrshing and easy drinking

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brugmanneke (283) - GERMANY - SEP 1, 2013
(bottle, sold as Vanderghinste Oud Bruin) Reddish brown, with a small cream colored head. Typical oak aroma, but also with some moss/earthy and grassy hops. Not terribly interesting, but not bad either. Only moderately sour, compared to other beers of that style. Light body, short finish. High drinkability.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (4795) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Brown, red tinted...tall, tan head. Cherry aroma, tart. Taste is the same....very tart black cherry...malt, nearly vinous. Nice mix of sweet and tart. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suedehead288 (421) - BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2013
2013.08.27 - terras ’gulden valk’ vrijdagsmarkt gent - heet tegenwoordig terug ’Vanderghinste Oud Bruin’ - kastanjebruin bier, beetje rode schijn, beige crème-achtig schuimpje - neus : rood fruit, beetje azijn - mond : eerst zoet, en dan komt even het zuur op het voorplan, nasmaak terug zoet, fruitig - mild

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 26, 2013
On tap. Dark reddish brown with a fizzy tan head. Tart fruity and slightly vinegar aroma and taste with hints of cherry and wood witha meaty finish. Thick slightly oily mouth feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2013
A really well balanced beer. Tart up front, but that quickly fades off into light, sweet maltiness. A thin flavor of tart cherry carries through to the finish, but works harmoniously with the moderate, fizzy carbonation to create a lovely interplay of malty and tart flavors. There is a minor metallic note in the finish (the same type I get from Duchesse De Bourgogne) but it does little to distract from all the things this beer does right.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mike_77 (3918) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2013
Deep brown colour with thin but lasting head. Noticabley sharp aroma that is a bit vinous too. Taste has a relatively mild sourness but also a bit of sweetness to keep it balanced and palatable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (2163) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2013
250 mL bottle acquired in trade with tom1010. (Thanks Tommy). Different label - called VanderGhinste Oud Bruin. (bb 09/04/14). Dark reddish-brown, almost purple, with a ring of off-white head. The aroma is largely malt, and it does not have the vinegar acidity of some. It is there in the flavour, although mildly so. It is actually quite sweet. It certainly doesn’t seem to have picked up much from the barrel. I’m not very familiar with the style, but I think that this beer is atypical. that is not to say, however, that it is not tasty and quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1000) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Hazy red-brown with light tan head, 2 inches thick. Snap, Crackle, Pop! Aroma is sour cherry, pine cone, and old, herbal grass/parsley. Hint of cinnamon. Body is medium-light, but with low carbonation gives an overall medium perception. Light and fat carbonation. Flavor is delicious: spiced raisin bread, light acetic acid, bit of dill. Great for the price!.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (2168) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
Pours a clear garnet color with a thin white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is fun with some light balsamic and wood notes. Taste is sweet’n’sour, maybe a tad too sweet but pleasing. A lower level of carbonation and a L-M body. Not bad, not bad.

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