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


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RATINGS: 531   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Love this label. Very retro. The beer pours a hazy brown. The sour Bruin notes pop out of the bottle immediately. Nice and sharp but not tongue twisting with sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marko (4056) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 22, 2013
As Vanderghinste Oud Bruin, 0.25l, found in Leuven. POrued a brown/dark amber shiny body with a slightly off white head. Funky aroma, dust, raisins, nicely sourish. Nice sourish raisiny taste too, mild, dry, slightly watery, but refreshing and a quality beer indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2013
11.2oz bottle from Binny’s Lincoln Park. Batch code 05. Pours a glowing, deep brown colored body with a slight reddish hue. Finger-width, creamy and frothy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is vinous fruits with a nice sour cherry, some oak, a light caramel malt sweetness, and a touch of vinegar. Flavor is similar. Fairly sour up front before some wood comes in to smooth things out and a light malt sweetness provides a solid balance. Cherries and some other berries grow towards the end before this finishes dry and woody with some acidity, a nice tartness, and a light vinegar note. Lengthy aftertaste following a light, smooth body and a somewhat lively, medium-light carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid oud bruin. Somewhat straightforward, but balanced nicely between the tart fruits, wood, and light malt sweetness. Dry and a bit acidic, but clean and very easy drinking. Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (4916) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2013

Appearance: Clear dark and subtle red color with a unusual small white head that leaves some lacing.
Aroma: Sour fruity and some wood.
Palate: Medium body. A bit sweet, and a fine bitterness. Average carbonation. Dry texture.
Taste: Balanced sour fruity.
Overall impression: A really pleasant nice sour ale. I am really becoming a sour ale fan. Strange….
Personal stats: Bottle as Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Vinmonopolet Oslo - Vika in Oslo, Norway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3018) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Bottle. Musty basement, sour balsamic, and sweet plum aroma. Deep chestnut with a large beige head. Musty barnyard, light oak, smooth sweet plummy tart flavor. Light body, soft carbonation. Very subdued sourness combined with the light body makes this a very easy drinking beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
paulvanpelt (352) - Reusel, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2013
Waarschijnlijk een prima bier in zijn soort, maar niet mijn favoriete stijl. Ziet er wel smakelijk uit, aroma is ook prettig, maar de zurige smaak is aan mij niet zo besteed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ej (785) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfredvik (1203) - 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 don’t 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. It’s a bit sour but most of all it’s 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]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ABS (552) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2013
Redish brown. Sour. Apple, yeast, some bubblegum aroma. Complex aroma, but sadly not my favorite style.

   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 it’s classified, it has a fruitiness that I’m surprised that I find enjoyable. With the 5.5 abv I could easily see myself making a session out of this one.

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