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


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RATINGS: 498   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Newk (299) - - OCT 4, 2011
UPDATED: APR 23, 2012 pours a good dark mahogany color with a smaller head that disappears fast. Very good and aromatic nose of sour red cherries, red apples, and some grape tones. medium bodied with the deeper tones for the flavors. Excellent feel with a nice tart bite to it. A real quality flemish sour. Very good aromatics with even better flavors. Excellent feel and a real good beer overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
txspartan (966) - Wilrijk, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2011
Smells of ripe cherries. Accessible taste. Not too sour, not too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MattH (646) - California, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Flavors of plum, cherry, and malt vinegar. Slightly sour. Not bad, but there are many sours I would drink over this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2013 I loved this beer. For the cost, itís hard to find a better sour. First of all, it has a beautiful deep Amber/Brown color and a wonderfully somewhat fruity/tart aroma. Cellar aromas come out in the flavour with a little bit of vanilla. Itís definitely not an overly complex sour ale, but I really love its drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shoulderbroken (2026) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 28, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2012 Red brown with a small creamy head. Aroma is slightly acidic flemish bruin style. Quite soft and not as sour as the smell suggests. Good fall back beer if there is nothing fancy available.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (4890) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jredmond (5330) - 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 - couldnít even finish this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3025) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (5889) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4007) - 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 wasnít quite as good as the aroma with lots of sournes and notes of lemons, cherry, woody and band aid. Solid beer but oddly thick.

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