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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: 531   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 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6263) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2012
330. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a dense and creamy tan head that goes quickly away. Tobacco, leather, and overripe black cherry on the nose. Very appealing and unusual combination, but seems a little sugary...not necessarily back sweetened but seems to have a little extra presence. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Tobacco, leather, and dark pitted tree fruit on the mid palate. Fruity finish. Nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2939) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2012
Bottle @ BPW, Antwerp. Darker brown coloured beer with some light carbonation and a dence medium off white head. Sweet sour balanced aroma. Medium palate. Finish is sweet sour light herby balanced. Good example of an old brown. Very nice.
Earlier Rating: 10/11/2008 Total Score: 3
Darker brown coloured beer with some very light carbonation and a small to medium off white head. Fruity light sour aroma with some caramel touches. Medium to full palate. Finish is light sour with some sweeter fruity touches. Medium sour ale.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sten (674) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JUL 23, 2012
Red - brown coloured beer with a small white head. Fresh sour aroma. Flavour is a good balance of sweet and sour. (Bottle 25cl)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3063) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2012
250ml bottle, nice dark ruby color, with a fluffy beige head, mild sweet and sour, black cherry fuity, soft winey nose with some light wooden, iron, toasted caramel malt accents, with a mild tart, basalmic vinegar, faint bretty yeasty note in the nose with a medium-bodied palate with a good mild sweet and sour, light black cherry fruity, iron-like character, with some toasted, caramelized malt, faint toffeeish, winey oakiness flavours, leading towards a soft tart, iron, cherry fruitiness, light lingering acidic finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6781) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Bottle at Bier Circus, Brussels. Pours dark brown with a huge foamy tan head and a sour fruity aroma. There is a dark malt and cherry flavor that is sourish and chewy. Tastes like a traditional oud bruin.
Earlier Rating: 11/15/2010 Total Score: 3.5
Bottle from City Beer. Pours dark brown with a well-laced beige head and a sour fruit aroma. There is a yeast-generated sour brown flavor that is pretty tasty, although a bit thin.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rougeau13 (2027) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Clear brown with a resilient, fluffy, frothy, khaki head. Aroma of cherries, bread, and plum. Taste is more sour than the aroma suggests, but it’s really weak. Medium bodied, fizzy, and dry. Ok.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rulas3 (107) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 26, 2012
Apariencia: color marrón oscuro con toques rojizos. Corona media, persistente, de color beige, bastante carbónico aparente. Aroma: intenso, vinagre de módena, caramelo, toque funky, madera. Sabor: intenso, un poco más vinagre de lo normal, dulce, no seca, muy refrescante, frutas oscuras, pasas, ciruelas, higos, toque de madera. En la boca no se nota tanto el carbónico. Alcohol muy bien integrado. La cerveza en sí me gustó bastante, compensada, equilibrada, con muchos matices, mejor que otras mas comerciales dentro del estilo,

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Ar: Cherry, lactic and vinegar acid smells, some dark bread. Ap: Cloudy brown with a small light tan head - low retention, but a ring of lacing remains. T: Tart grape and raisin - some cherry and sweet wheat bread - low bitterness with fruit character dominating finish - sour character is moderate overall. P: Medium-light body with high carbonation - finish is dry. O: Easy-drinking oud bruin - nothing too fancy or complex, but tasty and well-made.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (2737) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2012
750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, tan head, with some lacing, over a clear light copper brown body....nose is sour cherry, plum, light acetic acid....taste is sour cherry, raisin, fig, light acetic acid, bit of barnyard funk, finishing lightly tart....mouth feel light, minimally astringent, carbonation high, adding a prickly tone. This is a delicious example of the style of a Flanders Red Ale. The aroma, flavors, and complexity of all are spot on. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrSilverworm (6975) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2012
11.2oz bottle. Nice thin tan head, leaving some lace, but no where near as much is in the picture provided here. Clear darker red / brown color. lighter soft carbonation, dry texture, but some stickiness in the aftertaste. Slightly dark fruit aroma, figs, plums. Nice light sour taste. Decent, but not the most drinkable or refreshing thing. Too soft for my liking, with a not very interesting aroma


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