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


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RATINGS: 493   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (4842) - 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 (5306) - 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 - couldn’t even finish this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3022) - 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 (5726) - 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 (3999) - 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 wasn’t quite as good as the aroma with lots of sournes and notes of lemons, cherry, woody and band aid. Solid beer but oddly thick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Bottle that I accidentally brought to the grand tasting at RBSG in Philly. Pours a clear cola brown with a thin white head. Ruddy malt, toast and a soft sourness. Woody, nice oude bruin flavors. Sweet, with light acid. Light acid and a touch too sweet on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fugitive (1330) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 20, 2011
Bottle. Color red/brown with small head. Aroma fruits, sour, malt. Taste cherry, sour, grapes, malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (2316) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Deep reddish brown clear pour light off white head .... aroma is sour, tart fruitys and a bit woody .... taste is slight vinegar and acidic, oaky and light dark fruits and dry sour tartness that flows into the finish well put together and tasty sour

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EugeneStraver (119) - Nootdorp, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2011
20110616 at the brewery (25 cl bottle): A clear dark ruby red/brown beer with a brown head. A nece aroma of some sweetness, lactic acid, sour, fruity (cherry), notes of wood and vanille and also some notes of port, The taste starts a little sweet and fruity (red fruit, rose hip; wood). Than a nice fresh sour character. Still some notes of port. Tje aftertaste stays sour with fruit and wood. A good balans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4010) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Pours clean ruby copper with one finger of off white head. Nice and acidic nose with lots of cherry skin tartness and a mildly grainy character. Tart cherry in the flavor with some sweetness.

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