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


on tap

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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbuskirk (486) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - OCT 18, 2014
There seems to be some debate about whether Bockor Bellegems Bruin is a Sour Red/Brown Ale or a Flanders Oud Bruin. I don’t know enough about either style to weigh in, but I can conclusively say that this makes for a fantastic dessert beer. Aroma is malty and fruity, albeit a bit understated. Flavor is more complex than the aroma would lead you to believe. Fruits take the main stage with sour apple, pear, strawberry, raspberry, and black berry. Even while working in the background, malts offer some unique flavors, too: caramel, brown sugar, woodiness, and even a hint of booze. It’s the kind of beer that seems made for a slice of fruit pie, fresh out of the oven.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HuskerTan (569) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle. A- Slight funk, malty, wheat, slightly sour. A- Reddish brown color, clear liquid, tan head. T- Black cherry, woody, caramel, smoke, teriyaki sauce, black pepper. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth finish. O- Quite good for my first sour brown/red. Lots of different flavors on the palate. The aroma was a little lacking but the taste made up for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPAgutten79 (603) - Skui, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Rødbrun med lavt skum. Lite aroma, noe sure bær. Smak av sure bær og litt karamell. Sur ettersmak. Litt tørr. Tynn/medium konsistens.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurthnar (2166) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle. Aroma red fruits, straight-forward bretty sourness, cherry. Clear brown colour. Taste is sour, but softly, and balanced with some background malts. Fruity flavour. Rather short finish, easily drinkable. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fajry (793) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 15, 2014
Flasa. Bledsia hneda farba. Vona octova, citrusova, velmi prezrete visne. V chuti jemne sladke, ovocne a v zapati kysle, octove. Plna chut. Uzasne pivo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cuso (5079) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle kindly shared by fary, many thanks.Brown color with off-white head. Caramel, plums, tartness in aroma. Nice fruity tart taste with caramel. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MisoW (1788) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle, shared by Fajry, many thanks. Pours brown color, lightly beige head. Aroma is sourish, red fruits, caramel. Taste is medium sour, caramel, hints of chocolate, red fruits.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgiskOlklub (921) - Viby J, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2014
Brown light body and a small white head. Aroma of malt, sour fruits. The taste is medium sweet and sour. Short finish, watery. Not in the same leage as duchesse, rodenbach and so on. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1826) - - OCT 10, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-8-14-- Served on tap in a chalice glass Appearance – The beer is served a brownish red color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head fades rather rapidly leaving a good level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer was heaviest of a cherry smell mixed with a moderate amount of vinegar and a bit of grass. Along with these smells are some funky smells and a light amount of a yeasty smell. Rounding out the aroma are some tart cranberry and a light earthy aroma. Taste – The taste begins with a lightly soured cherry and bready taste. As the flavor advances the sourness increases but never gets too overwhelming. The cherry flavors get stronger as the flavor advances as well with it taking a much sweeter flavor as the taste moves to the end. All the while some yeast and a bit of grass comes to the tongue along with some more vinegar to leave a rather moderately sour but very easy drinking sour. Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is medium in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. Both are fantastic for the mix of sour and sweet and enhance the more easy drinking nature of the brew. Overall – A rather tasty and easy drinking sour. Not the best out there, but very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mtbiker54 (29) - Nancy, FRANCE - OCT 10, 2014
On reconnaît des arômes de sa grande soeur la cuvée des jacobins. Une acidité agréable. Une légère amertume, un sucre résiduel. Des arômes madérisés. Bref encore une belle réalisation.

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