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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: 525   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   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 ťlan 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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ej (759) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2013
bronze-reddish pour producing a large, creamy, barely tan head. Aroma is semi sweet, but with heavy woody, slightly sour notes. Taste is refreshing and both sweet and sour at the same time. Bitterness is low to non existent. Body is light with soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfredvik (1175) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2013
My goal is to be able to enjoy all styles of beer, so I got this sour ale from my beer cellar, despite the fact that I donít especially like this style. It pours a dark brown to red colour, very nice! The head is off-white and quite long-lived, and laces the glass well. The aroma is surprisingly mellow and nice, the barnyard notes are really far in the back, I get mostly overripe and fermented fruits. Itís a bit sour but most of all itís sweet. The taste is initially light sweet, and this sweetness lasts way into the ever so slightly bitter aftertaste. There is also a light sour element and some acetic traces, but this really is a gentle sour. The flavours are quite strong, and again they are kind to my unexperienced palate. The wild stuff are tamed and kept in the back, while fermented red berries and fruits (e.g. cherries and strawberries) are in the front. Lovely mouthfeel, with a medium body, smooth texture, moderate carbonation and a light dryness in the aftertaste. I guess the wild ale aficionados will claim that this is boring and dull beer, but to me this was just what I needed as another step on the ladder up to wild ale heaven.
[25 cl bottle, enjoyed 4 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Storo, Oslo]

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ABS (522) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2013
Redish brown. Sour. Apple, yeast, some bubblegum aroma. Complex aroma, but sadly not my favorite style.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davhgbrew (945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2013
I had recently had my first flemish red, and this brew seems very similar. Light cherry and sour dominate this one for me. I must say, however itís classified, it has a fruitiness that Iím surprised that I find enjoyable. With the 5.5 abv I could easily see myself making a session out of this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1513) - Fischer, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2013
A pleasant sour aroma. An opaque brown pour with rubby highlights and a small mostly diminishing khaki head with no lacing. The taste is initially sour, followed by soft sweet finish. Medium body with soft carbonatin. Overall, another wonderful sour beer that I want to drink again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (2590) - FINLAND - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle 33 cl, BBE 10/2013. Pours brown in color with small tan head. Some brown sugary notes in aroma at first and faint hints of some sour vinegary like notes as well. Nice sour and sweet taste, which feels to be very well in balance. Notes of chewy wheat and sourness. Liked the combination in this beer. Great beer. Sour and light vinous and perhaps some sweet berry-like notes in aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Toerstig (47) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle. Clear deep red brown with minimal light brown head. A fruity aroma with hints of caramel. Medium sour and light on the bitterness. Light body and quite thin texture. Short finish. A very refreshing beer but a little to thin in aroma and taste to be top notch.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palme (3474) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 20, 2013
0.25l bottle. This is a clear deep dark blood-orange red beer with a small quickly sidesticking and light bubbly off-white top. It has an aroma of light dusty cellar with some sour red berries and a slight coca cola-sweetness. It smells like an oud bruin alright. Itís average+ on the carbonation and it has a thin oily mouthfeel. Itís quite sweet this, more red berries only a bit thin and watery - with some really soft woody touches as well. In many ways this reminds me of coca cola (back in the days I drank that stuff) ends with a tart hint. Really subtle and careful this, and even though itís in a strange way a bit refreshing, itís definitely not to overexciting in my book. 05.11.2012

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1707) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2014 January 2013. Draft at Eulogy. Poured a clear dark ruby red brown. Minimal head. Sweet and sour. Chewy but also lots of juicy red fruits. Bing cherries. Plum wine. Balsamic vinegar. Clean finish. Somewhat like a reduced and clarified Flemish Red. UPDATE: May 2014. Having in the bottle (also at Eulogy). Similar flavors but body now feels bigger and broader yet better blended and refined. Will bump up slightly.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2013
bottle poured reddish brown with half inch white foam head. nose of sweet cherry and oak. flavor was sweet with a slight tart tang on the back end. Overall, mehhh. prefer cuvee jacobsen


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