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


on tap

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RATINGS: 604   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
digopossobon (354) - MACAE, BRAZIL - OCT 23, 2013
Vinho adocicado engarrafado. Essa é a sensação ao se degustar esta cerveja. Um pouco azeda, um pouco doce. Coloração belíssima. Um amarelo tendendo para o vermelho.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (963) - Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Going from the smell I was expecting it to be a little more sour but it was really all fruity flavors without the sour. Very nice and smooth. A really different beer. I liked it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vighals (2132) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2013
Mørk brun med rødskjær. Beige skum. Kirsebæreddiklukt. Søt, sur kirsebær og bringebær i smaken. Medium kullsyre

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gription79 (2682) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Poured from a 750ml bottle. Malty, toffee, cherries, slight roasted malt. Soft acidity that balanced well with the sweet maltiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (6161) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2013
Sample at SBWF 2013. (labeled as Vanderghinste Oud Bruin) Dark reddish/brown with a small head. Quite tart with berries, oak, sweet malt and vinegar. Rather light mouthfeel. Easy to drink. A descent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RuneStumo (2441) - Haugesund, NORWAY - OCT 5, 2013
06.10.2013. 0,33l Bottle. Labeled "Vanderghinste oud bruin". Dark brown colour with creamy off-white head. Aroma is of dark malts, but wiyh a sudden sour mouthfeel. Strange beer with both sourness, bitterness and sweetness. Body is malty with good flavours of rather dark malts. There is also some faint bitterness. Sour aftertaste and main flavour. Good fresh beer with a nice sweetish mouthfeel. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
undercurrent25 (1627) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2013
Pours a brown colour, taste is sour with sugar and red berries, a very good beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2013
UPDATED: APR 8, 2014 Bottle: Deep brown on the pour, showing some very dark, ruby hints as it finally sits in the glass, almost appearing black from a distance. The beige head is chunky, foamy, and crackles loudly as it settles. Aroma is some mildly tart raisin and cherry skin notes, a hint of oak and vanilla, and a little bit of vinegar. Not as booming or complex as many other Oud Bruins, somewhat more relaxed. Mouth feel is sharp and prickly, perhaps a little over carbonated. Taste is a mix of sweet and lightly tart cherries, raisins, and a bit of apple. Far from sour; only a bit tart around mid palate, fading to a faint astringency in the finish. Hints of phenol and vinegar abound, as well. Dry finish, almost flavorless by the end. Decent at best & far from the best example of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
blutt59 (6264) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Bottled as vanderghinste, cola brown with still head, aroma is sour wood and caramel, flavor is tootsie roll, sour wet wood, thin finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zer0 (1175) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2013
Bottle @ Fiddler The Hague. Pours cloudy brown with a lacy beige head. Aroma of sour cherries, acidic, barnyard, wood and red fruits. Taste is light sour with a light to medium sweet finish. Quite pleasant actually. Nothing too special, but better than I expected. Medium body with average carbonation.

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