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


on tap

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RATINGS: 512   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brinehart (212) - Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2011
11.2 fl oz bottle. Clear mahogany with fine beige head. Delicate sour nose with some malt shining through. Also slight aromas of bbq meat. A little salty. Quite a beer already! Flavor kind of disappoints after the nose - it’s still good, but not great. Classic sour flavors with just a little funk. Just a little thin and watery. Light body. Very quick and dry finish - crisp and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (907) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2012 Deep brown, off white head. Aroma is sour cherry, flavor is cherry and wood. Quite acidic. Light dry acidic palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (4263) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2011
Fra fat på Brasserie Erasmus i Brugge 4 Mai 11. Delt med Rune. Mørkebrun. Svakt syrlig aroma. Lavt skum. Gjennomgående lett syrlig smak med innslag av frukt. En “geuze-light”. Lett-drikkelig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
degbert (1148) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a fine-grained ecru head. (Ooh. I got to use the word ecru.) Nose is sweet and complex -- it puts me in mind of an aged Riesling with a touch more toast. Very nice. Sour up front, then moving into a slight sweetness before closing bitter and sour again. Finish is long and citrusy. I really like this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jesterdeal (1923) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Aroma of caramel, sour cherries, and other dark fruits. Pours an ugly red/brown with a highly carbonated and frothy head. Tastes of tart cherry but quickly becomes malty and pleasant. Very enjoyable balance of Belgian tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Dark murky chestnut brown; medium khaki head. Tart fruity slightly buggy aroma. Very nice Flemish sour. Not nearly as intense as the Cuvee des Jacobins, more approachable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFGrind (1848) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Sour dominates this Flanders Brown for me. Flat head, light bitterness and sour aftertaste. Not exactly my favorite style and this may be a basic Sour Ale recipe.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle poured into draft. Bought this on a whim and a prayer that it would be a half way decent sour but it fell short. Not a too much going on in the aroma depart, nor the flavor. Slightly tart with hints of fruit but nothing that great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (6559) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Tap. Brown ruby pour with a clingy white head. Aroma of orange and apple. Medium to lighter palate with very soft carbonation. Taste is apple without the tart element. Maybe a touch bland but decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (7750) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 20, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 Bottle 250ml @ Papsoe
Pours cloudy dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, biscuit and vinegar. Taste is light to medium sweet and light sour. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

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