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

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 493   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (4842) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Bottle, batch code 02. Nose is wild and tart, heavy fruit (especially cherry), with sweetness and acidity. Yeasty with some mineral. Mahogany brown pour with a noisy tan head. Taste is medium-tart with low acidity, thin sweetness with medium-strong underlying sour cherry and some nice woody tones. A little wheat malt in the aftertaste, this has a very gentle and slight sourness. Dry by the end and extremely mild. Could be one of those gateway beers.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jredmond (5306) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Draft at RnH with Linh, Vi and Thi. Pours a hazy amber brown body. Aroma is slightly sour fruit and some light vinegar notes. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated, but something is off in the flavor - couldn’t even finish this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3022) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Pours reddish brown color with tan head. Sour fruit and woody aromas. Tart fruit and woody flavors with some vinegar. Medium body with average carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (5726) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2011
bottle at BCTC 2011, sherry color with hints of cherry. Sweet cherry, rd wine, mild to medium tartness. Flavor seems a bit light: almost watered down. Medium tartness, notes of dried fruits. OK but needs more powerful flavor

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (3999) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Bottle from EZ. Poured a deep mahoganey brown under an average sized foamy super light beige head. Aroma ws tart, sour, woody with a slight hint of cherry The body was very full and creamy and a bit of a surprise for a sour ale. Flavor wasn’t quite as good as the aroma with lots of sournes and notes of lemons, cherry, woody and band aid. Solid beer but oddly thick.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Bottle that I accidentally brought to the grand tasting at RBSG in Philly. Pours a clear cola brown with a thin white head. Ruddy malt, toast and a soft sourness. Woody, nice oude bruin flavors. Sweet, with light acid. Light acid and a touch too sweet on the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fugitive (1330) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 20, 2011
Bottle. Color red/brown with small head. Aroma fruits, sour, malt. Taste cherry, sour, grapes, malt.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (2316) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Deep reddish brown clear pour light off white head .... aroma is sour, tart fruitys and a bit woody .... taste is slight vinegar and acidic, oaky and light dark fruits and dry sour tartness that flows into the finish well put together and tasty sour

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EugeneStraver (119) - Nootdorp, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2011
20110616 at the brewery (25 cl bottle): A clear dark ruby red/brown beer with a brown head. A nece aroma of some sweetness, lactic acid, sour, fruity (cherry), notes of wood and vanille and also some notes of port, The taste starts a little sweet and fruity (red fruit, rose hip; wood). Than a nice fresh sour character. Still some notes of port. Tje aftertaste stays sour with fruit and wood. A good balans.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4010) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Pours clean ruby copper with one finger of off white head. Nice and acidic nose with lots of cherry skin tartness and a mildly grainy character. Tart cherry in the flavor with some sweetness.


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