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


on tap

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RATINGS: 697   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2013
UPDATED: APR 8, 2014 Bottle: Deep brown on the pour, showing some very dark, ruby hints as it finally sits in the glass, almost appearing black from a distance. The beige head is chunky, foamy, and crackles loudly as it settles. Aroma is some mildly tart raisin and cherry skin notes, a hint of oak and vanilla, and a little bit of vinegar. Not as booming or complex as many other Oud Bruins, somewhat more relaxed. Mouth feel is sharp and prickly, perhaps a little over carbonated. Taste is a mix of sweet and lightly tart cherries, raisins, and a bit of apple. Far from sour; only a bit tart around mid palate, fading to a faint astringency in the finish. Hints of phenol and vinegar abound, as well. Dry finish, almost flavorless by the end. Decent at best & far from the best example of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
blutt59 (6473) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Bottled as vanderghinste, cola brown with still head, aroma is sour wood and caramel, flavor is tootsie roll, sour wet wood, thin finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zer0 (1201) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2013
Bottle @ Fiddler The Hague. Pours cloudy brown with a lacy beige head. Aroma of sour cherries, acidic, barnyard, wood and red fruits. Taste is light sour with a light to medium sweet finish. Quite pleasant actually. Nothing too special, but better than I expected. Medium body with average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2013
250 ml bottle. Pours a slightly foggy reddish brown with a short lived beige head. Aroma is wood, vanilla, chocolate. Flavor is sugar, tartness, field berries, unripe fruits, cherry, green apple. Finish is tart, brett funk, and a touch of wood. Lingering wild yeast. Light body, average carbonation. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
john_henry (124) - - SEP 27, 2013
I was very surprised the first time I had this. It is a great oud bruin, that far exceeded my expectations. It is some what similar to Duchesse de Bourgogne, but less sweet than the recent release. Perhaps not as complex as some other examples of the style, but very well rounded and extremely morish. Well worth giving a go if your a fan of oud bruins.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorm (1899) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2013
Brun-rød farve med lys beige skum. Lukt av frukt og gjær. Smak av frukt. Fruktig og sur avslutning. Vinmonopolet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nilsas (3294) - Bryne, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2013
Fin rødbrun farge. Duft av gjær og druer, fruktig duft. Tynt lag skum langs kant. Frisk fruktig smak av drue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jeverszeuge (643) - GERMANY - SEP 16, 2013
# 3378 ersma: meine flasche heißt „vanderghinste oud bruin“, hat aber die gleiche zeichnung auf dem etikett. scheint unter verschiedenen namen vermarktet zu werden. das bier wird mit lambic verschnitten und 18 monate in eichenfässern gereift. dunkelbraun mit rubinstich im gegenlicht. mittelviel schaum, der stabiler sein könnte. der geruch ist leicht säuerlich, fruchtig, aber auch süßlich-malzige aromen sind vernehmbar. der antrunk säuerlich-süßlich, erinnert ein wenig an aceto balsamico. dazu röstmalz und karamell. die mitte wird noch etwas säuerlicher, so richtung zitrus. der abgang ist abnehmend säuerlich, mit noten von karamell, röstmalz eichenfass und beeren. die flasche geht so. fazit: spannend. kuriose mischung, die aromen hüpen in alle richtungen. allein schon darum probierenswert. 10,11,10,12,8,11 - 10,75 - 16/9

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Usko (171) - Bavaria, GERMANY - SEP 10, 2013
Bought as Vanderghinste Oud Bruin. Nice dark/reddish coloring, starting with a floral und sour aroma. Taste itself is mostly sour, followed by hints of cherries/chocolate and malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
bob_w (373) - new york, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2013
a bit of a sour note. some dark fruit aromas. perhaps a slight lactic note. very dark brown color with a slight red hue. tan head. moderately sour but also a bit sweet. a tangy quality. somewhat sweet finish.

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