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


on tap

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RATINGS: 587   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
superhaffy (23) - NORWAY - NOV 8, 2012
Smells nice and fruity, wild yeast, sweet smell. Nice amber color, no head, tastes good, but I prefer the other brews I’ve tried from Bockor. Some light sweetness, nice sour taste, low bitterness, good and fruity. I got no criticism here. A nice clean brew to enjoy after a hard day at work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle received in a trade with Brewerdan, thanks! Nice brown color and at first a big head, then a wispy ring of bubbles around the rim of the glass. The smell is a decent sweet sour almost glue, vinegar, oud bruin for sure. The taste starts out matching the smell but the back end has a strange graininess to it that I can’t get past. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-05-2011 04:48:11

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 3, 2012
250 ml bottle. Dark brown and crystal clear. Soft rich bready aroma with hints of rye bread and toffee. Crisp flavours and a very light body. Soda-like, almost. Not entirely unlike a kvass, except for the slight hint of acidity and the funk that hides in the back. Hints of vinegar. Refreshing and very drinkable. Hard to believe that it is 5.5% abv, as it appears a lot lighter. Nice acidity that makes this a very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (5412) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2012
33cl Bottle at Brel Biercafé. Clear dark red to brown beer, off-white head. Aroma of light sour dark fruits, forest fruits, light tart, brown sugar. Flavour is medium sweet, mellow sourness, tart dark fruits, red fruits, light toffee, brown sugar, light tart finish, woody. Mellow Flanders Red/Flemish Brown. Highly drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Benzai (10067) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 25cl bottle shared by Borresteijn. Clear deep dark red brown color. Small white to off-white head. Smell and taste sourness, but mildly. A bit sweet even. Lightly artificial sourness with some fruits. Low to medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (4219) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 26, 2012
11.2 oz. bottle. It pours a really nice deep ruby red color with a frothy khaki head. Looks really nice in the glass held up to the light. The aroma is rather malty with some notes of toast and leather backed up by subdued tart vinegar and cherries. The flavor strikes a nice balance between sweet and sour with cherries, lemon, leather, graham cracker and hints of oak. The mouthfeel is velvety with only a mild suggestion of vinegar in the very finish. I really enjoyed this one, especially at $3.50 a bottle. It’s not the most potent sour out there, but it’s still a joy to drink and definitely hits the spot when you’re craving the tart without wanting to spend an arm and a leg. I have a feeling I’ll be getting this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (9030) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2012
Tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, Brussels. It pours deep ruby, with a thick light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, charcoal, some tangy dark fruit, fresh berry and mint chocolate. The taste is red wine, tangy dark fruit, light roasted malt, wood, grape, candy and cola, with a very dry finish. Sweet-sour aspect. Medium body and fine carbonation. Very drinkable, fruity and smooth. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (13243) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Dark amber pour with an off-white head. A mild red wine vinegar note on the nose, some sweet bread and toffee malt, and notes of dark fruit. Some definite cherry character, too. The flavor has a more pronounced vinegar note and sourness. A lot of red wine vinegar, some sweet raisin and cherry, and toffee malt flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (19334) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours an amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty slightly sour yeasty caramel aroma. Fruity malty slightly sweet and sour flavor with hints of caramel. Has a fruity malty sour finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JefVerstraete (2091) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 4, 2012
Very good oud Bruin. A lot of carbonation. Red brown colour. Tastes sour, bitter and sweet. Good one.
Earlier Rating: 7/25/2012 Total Score: 3.4
Good example of an Oud Bruin, but this is not the best. Refreshing and sour, light body, average carbonation. Rather an abrupt finish.

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