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


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RATINGS: 696   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (3323) - Hirakata, JAPAN - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle from Asahiya. Nose of mulled wine, with light vinegar and a bit of funk. Slick, near oily, surface. Dark tea color. Tart fruity initial, with berries and sour apple / turns more sour in mid palate. Minimal hop presence until the very end. Medium body, astringent. Very nice. Doesn’t go too far with the pucker factor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Draft at craft ale house. Pours reddish brown with a small off white head. The aroma has tart cherries, slight vinegar, fairly sweet finish. The taste is sweet cherry, tart cherry overtakes, finishes with a slightly vinegar note. I dig it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (4068) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
Plusieurs bouteilles de 25cl meilleure avant le 09-04-2014. Bière rouge brune avec une mousse mince. Un nez fruité et boisé. Des notes de cerises se mêlent au bois mouillé et aux levures quelque peu sauvages. La bouche est simple mais bien articulé autour de la levure. C’est simple et facile mais jamais dénudé de sens. Une bière de soif.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrewFace (965) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle thanks to Cahill. Aroma is lightly sour and vinegar. Flavor is light cherry vinegar and lightly tart. Very tasty and wheaty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (5096) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2013
Lasting off-white foaming head with a deep red body. Nose of sour cherries, balsamic vinegar and tires. Some mild sweetness with underwhelming tart cherries, wax candles and watery wine. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Buongiorgio00 (934) - - DEC 2, 2013
Buonissima oud bruin, con il classico impasto sour acetico che riempie la bocca ma forse qui si dissolve senza note troppo complesse. molto convincente e beverina. da provare.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
subcombicio (167) - Marghera, ITALY - DEC 2, 2013
Buon esempio di oud bruin belga che si fa notare per le sue note acetiche, non troppo accese, anzi forse spariscono troppo presto. Ma il rapporto qualità prezzo porta questa birra in competizione con le migliori in questo stile !!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swaroga (1955) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2013
25cl bottle. Transparent brown with medium head. NOSE : old bread, tart, cherries, dried apples, cooked fruits, wood, lightly smoked. SIP : very pleasant mouth feel, moderate carbonation in this whipped cream like body. Smooth. The beer is quite sweet on the start. It develops fruity dryer notes comparable to sour cherry or apple juice. It gets more complex and moderately sour with dried apples like flavor. Finish is a bit acidic and amplifies more in the aftertaste. OVERALL : quite surprised by this smooth and creamy body. The rest is well balanced, not to sour not to sweet. I must admit this is one of the best Flemish "oud bruins" I had for a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (12845) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2013
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark amber colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy sour nice aroma. Moderate bitter light sweet flavor. Some sour notes. Average light bitter caramellic finish. Creamy palate. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle. Pours brown, rubeh-tones, tan head. Nose is complex with cherry, raisin, toffee, and slight chocolate. Sourness is pretty light, sherry, wood, more dark fruit. Intentionally restrained yet complex. Big fan of this one.

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