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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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2012
S: cloudy brown (looks like a rootbeer dum dum), white head, light lacing, small collar A: mild smell, slightly sweet, a touch or berry, not much going on T: delicate, sweet & tart, balanced flavor, but like the nose, not a lot going on O: a decent brew, easy drinking, good flavor, not very complex, worth trying ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3470) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 11, 2012
On draft at The Local Beer Bar in Eureka, CA Came in the glass a cleae mahogany color with a moderate off-white head and almost no lacing. The nose is sour cherry and raw earth. Medium in body. Lively in mouthfeel. he flavor comes right at you and while it is sour, it is really flavorful at the same time. The finish is long,dry and of course sour. This just is flat out delicious What a treat to find that on tap in a local establishment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2012
On tap at the bad apple...medium dark mahogany reddish brown in appearance and topped with a medium off-white to beige head... aroma contains woody cherry pits and skins with a light vinegar acidic profile... fluffy earthy cherry flavors in the flavor, muted sourness all around without adding much in terms of acidity to any degree. semi-lively mouthfeel but maintaining that earthy feel throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
000pete1983 (6) - New York, USA - MAR 11, 2012 does not count
Murky brown in color, Light nose with a soft sour cherry. The palate is classic sour/sweet with caramel notes. Long long lingering finish. Great value.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Cloudy brown with a thin off white head. Yeasty nose with a bit of red berry. Medium bodied with some malty components. This has some sour notes, but not as intense as cuvée des jacobins. Excellent finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ContemplateBeer (1581) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Aroma is pretty vinous with a little caramel, apples and light sourness. Appearance is murky brown with fluffy bone head. Flavor matches the nose; there is a little caramel malt, but the vinous qualities rule out. The finish has a slightly lingering bitterness. Palate is bubbly and creamy. Not the best sour I’ve had, but a solid beer in my book.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
brystmar (1289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Murky brown pour, decent head, tons of sticky lace. Aroma reminds me of a brown ale with tart fruit in the background. Taste is sweet and malty. Mild acidity yields minimal sourness. This is either a different take on the Oud Bruin style or a miss. Regardless, I prefer the more fruity, more funky, more sour versions. Was hoping this was similar to the Jacobins for its style, but alas...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Sort of a ruddy brown, much darker than the picture with a light tan foam. Aroma is lightly tart cherry, caramel, sweet. Taste is again sweet, cherry cordial, tart cherry, light acetic sourness. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (7316) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2012
Ter Reien, 14/02/12. Another one that’s got away for far too long. €1 bottle from Het Bierpaleis, BB 27/07/11. Anywhere else I’d give a f**k. Aroma like a vinegared scallop purchased under a brick viaduct in Leeds- beautiful; deep fried, balsamic. Pronounced oak. Muddy ruby with a cream mousse lacing heavily. Shockingly good with more raspberry-like acidity than Rodenbach; iron, mushroom, caramel, battered sausage batter. Wholemeal and evergreen notes; some stewed black tea, river fish (carp). Lipton’s iced tea with lemon. Stretching my descriptors; complex, not the sticky mess I was expecting, very drinkable. Probably the surprise of the trip. Just a shame the old label seems to have disappeared.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear brown with a little head. Vinegary nose. Only slightly vinegarry nose and smell.

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