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


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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 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3636) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Sour cherries aroma with candi accents. Clear chestnut brown, medium tan head, little retention. Musty and tart with the flavor of cherries and subtle hints of stewed apples. A little watery and thin. Tart but approachable. I would certainly recommend this to those who are new to sour ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mbpufall (83) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Whoever thinks this isn’t a very "wild" ale must be ill. Pours mahogany with with a thin beige head that leaves just a slight lacing. Smells of lemon-lime and raspberries, a little like Fun Dip, quite funkified with some maltiness. Flavor is tart cherry, pomegranate, candi sugar and malt...maybe caramelly? Pretty light and crisp on the palate. I dig it, sourness and all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle at Buckeye Beer Engine. Dark brown pour with a thin beige head. Nose is sour dark fruit, cherry and malt. Funky tart flavor with dark malt cherries and berries. A bit of sweetness in there too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernesto987 (3526) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Very astringent up from but lacking a finish, kinda tame not so wild ale. Very well made and nothing offensive and pretty clean

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Bottle. Bockor Bellegems bruin. Violet black pour with minimal head. A light tart and bitter aroma of berry, dark fruit, and grass. Body is tart and full of artficial. More like a sweetened lambic. Some subtle concord grape and vinous characteristics. Well done and enjoyable witout all the heartburn 747314

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4099) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle @ The BeerMongers... Poured dark, ruby with a beige head. Acidic, vinegar, tart and candied malt sweetness. Little bit of floralness, sweettarts, and short, clean finish. Also hints of cherries, funk, salt, oak, and a dry thin palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
puboflyons (2046) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 2, 2011
From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle. It pours a dark ruby red with a short-lived head. The aroma is at once like champagne and cherry with little in the way of malts or hops. The body is thin and carbonated like wine. The taste is also like wine with a very fruity sensation and a tart finish. Not my favorite style of ale but enjoyable enough with a nice meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2011
POurs mid amber with notes of fruit and cherries that drive into a deeper sense of cherries and ripe bananas. A good long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2011
Bottle from Binnys SL (Chicago, IL). I was sold when my beer guy told me it the blend involved Cuvee de Jacobins. Pours a bright near transparent copper hue, reddish orange sunfire edges, bright life and glow with a moderate tannish head, carbonation driven as it dies to a decent film, some ring clinging small head remains. Aromas are vinegar, touches of metallic twang, sour cherries, wet oak, and more red wine vinegar which seems to become the dominant drive. Wet oak, yogurt, and lactic acid. Some vanilla, biscuits, and toast maltiness work there way in behind the more powerful sour edge. Initial is lighter bodied, posing a decent sourness up front. Bigger berry, cherry, with touches of raspberries, light dollop of vinegar, lactic acid, wet oak really sticks to the palate, fairly fruity with a decent sourness, though the fruit and base really peek through: wet oak, cherries, raspberries, toasty malts, biscuits, and a faint waft of sweeter toffee. I could definitely drink a lot of this, well balanced, a forgiving sourness that can really make all audiences accepting, but still with some life, not getting watery or malty sweet. Solid Oud Bruin that gets a touch sweeter as it warms, the lingering sour cherries, touches of lactic acid are nice and definitely aren’t fleeting. I could drink a good deal of this. It’s drinkable, has some life, and doesn’t skimp on flavors.. it also brings just enough sourness for a smaller beer. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mystery_Tramp (29) - USA - APR 22, 2011
Very nice Oud Bruin. Pours a deep amber color, some tartness in the nose with a hint of sour cherry. Flavor is very typical of the style. A pleasing tart cherry, caramel combo. Has a balanced acidity and refreshing finish. A good introduction to the style for anyone.

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