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: 692   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 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 (3043) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2013
33cL bottle. Translucent brown color, bubbly big khaki head, good lacing. Good aroma, medium strong. Not a ton of sour notes in the smell, mostly berries/fruit. It’s well-carbonated, and the palate is balanced for the style. It’s like a firecracker, the taste pops then fades quickly. It’s more sweet than sour, with a hint of spice. It’s "training wheels" for sour browns, haha.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BigHoss (171) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Poured from a large bottle, its brown/amber in color and a large to medium head that dissipates quickly. I smell raisin, cherry and wood. I taste all of the same, but the tart cherry is pronounced and a sourness comes in the finish. It very well balance. I do like it:)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bergstaden (2158) - Røros, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2013
Deep amber with off white head - light sour with a berry aroma - Light sour body with some malts and some berry notes and Wood - short light sour finish - good, refrshing and easy drinking

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brugmanneke (283) - GERMANY - SEP 1, 2013
(bottle, sold as Vanderghinste Oud Bruin) Reddish brown, with a small cream colored head. Typical oak aroma, but also with some moss/earthy and grassy hops. Not terribly interesting, but not bad either. Only moderately sour, compared to other beers of that style. Light body, short finish. High drinkability.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (5714) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Brown, red tinted...tall, tan head. Cherry aroma, tart. Taste is the same....very tart black cherry...malt, nearly vinous. Nice mix of sweet and tart. Very good.

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