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


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RATINGS: 525   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 ťlan 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 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 (7309) - NUNEATON, Top 23, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2012
Ter Reien, 14/02/12. Another one thatís got away for far too long. Ä1 bottle from Het Bierpaleis, BB 27/07/11. Anywhere else Iíd 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). Liptonís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5039) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Too many sour ales are one dimensional and lacking in depth. Not so with this one. There was a sweet and savory presence that supported and was uplifting to the tart and sour notes. One of the best I have had in this style. +++ Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy dark brown color with a medium sized fluffy orange-tan head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was sour and tart with notes of cherry, oak, plum and faint savory spices and bread. The flavor had an initial burst of tar and sour citric acid and lactic acid followed by oak, honey,sourdough bread and followed again by more lactic and citric acid. The flavor blend and support each other as they wash over in waves and each sip begins the whole cycle over again. The finish was long, tart and sour yet remained rich and vibrantly malty. Fairly full bodied. Amazing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Trev (1956) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Bottle: Pour is reddish brown with a thin light tan head. aroma is woody, tart cherry like fruitiness. hints of vanilla and light chocolate. flavour is tart fruity, woody, thin sourness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Abio (1628) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2012
Dark brown beer with a red-orange shine, good head, just should hold maybe some longer. Smell is sour-sweet fruits, caramel. Same with the taste, itís drinkeable for someone not really loving this style of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5916) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2012
feisty you are! .. . pours a deep ruby .. light head, light lacing .. . i canít believe you lost the muff mobile .. . fantastic taste and feel, good stuff .. . . Yes, itís a Cinquecento Hawaii, but itís also freedom. Itís the possibility of driving our own destiny. We can be what we want now, push our lives literally in the direction we want them to...oh Christ, is that a tape deck?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (8999) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle: Clear, ruby-amber coloured, medium sized lacy off-white head, moderate sourish cherry-fruity and slightly balsamico-like (cellary) nose; light to moderate sour-sweet flavour, light to medium bodied; slightly lingering fruity-sourish finish, rounded by caramelly traces and followed by a slight tartness in the aftertaste. Really good and very moreishÖ

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle from Bruisiní Ales in Asheville. Great label. Pours brownish red, clear, without much head. Sweet nose of caramel, wood, cherry skins. Hint of wet dog. Tastes a bit sweeter after a brief tart hint. Bit of metallic finish. A little prickly with carbonation but thin overall, as is the taste.

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