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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ogivlado (6467) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 2, 2013
Bottled 250ml. -as Vanderghinste Oud Bruin. Courtesy of and shared with Marko (thanks!). Red/brown coloured, small to medium sized beige head, quite sourish nose. Sourish fruity and light spicy taste with notes of raisins and some caramel near the end. Pleasant but a bit too ordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (6181) - Utah, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle at The Bayou
Appearance: Clear mahogany with a small beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, toffee and tart ripe fruit
Taste: Tart ripe fruit and caramel
Nice, easy drinking. A nice tartness, but not overly sour

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
hakloev (3) - - MAR 30, 2013 does not count
Good, sour ale! Good color, special aroma! Too salty! Long aftertaste! One bottle is enough! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   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 (4343) - 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) - Plainfield, 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 (5848) - 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 (3580) - 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 (408) - 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 (1019) - 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.

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