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


on tap

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RATINGS: 604   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (499) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle from Willow’s Market in Menlo Park, CA. Cherry pie filling on the nose. Nice balanced cherry / fruit / sour with a slight astringent / peel / oaky note on the finish. Great sour on par with the Duchesse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 23, 2015
This is the epitome of a sweet and sour beer, but not in the Asian sauce way. Sometimes the sourness shines, but more often the sweetness. In fact, the sweetness wins out, to the beers detriment. Still pretty nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigskyolattic (9) - - MAY 21, 2015 does not count
The color is a beautiful crimson red..nice bouquet but the palate is lacking slightly.was from a Capped 11.2 oz bottle

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nudiebear (281) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2015
At bar. Poured a clear dark red with no head. Nose and taste matches and are slightly sour, unmixed soda or gluhwein. Ok

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brandman (2477) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2015
clear mahogany body, khaki head. aroma has sour berries and sour oat flakes. some sorbus. flavour has some soy sauce with sour strawberries. fluffy palate. bit sweet in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Werthergoethe (176) - Moscow, RUSSIA - MAY 9, 2015
Очень хорошее пиво спонтан& брожени& с приятно& ягодной кислинк& нежное. Во вкусе присутс& карамел&

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
poisoneddwarf (1994) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAY 7, 2015
11.2 oz bottle. Aroma consists of vinegar, dark fruits (cherry, raspberry seeds), pepper, sweaty gym socks. Pours clear dark brown with amber highlights and a thick, long-lasting beige head. Taste is sour (7/10 on a sour scale), fruity, dry, delicious; has a lingering sweetness. A lot like Duchesse. Seems a little thin, though. This is really hitting the spot right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vadie (1068) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
Rouge foncer avec une petite robe marron qui laisse les belles dentelles. L’arôme des fruits mûres, un peu du sucre et un peu aigre. Le goût et des fruits, un peu du malt, et un peu du sucré d’abord et juste un peu aigre. Presque onctueux.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (5047) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 29, 2015
12 once bottle from Wine + Market. Pours a nice dark red. Subtle vinegar, cherry, brown ale like notes. Nice mouthfeel. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ninecats (338) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2015
Sample at En Öl- & Whiskymässa, Gothenburg, 2015, april. Hazy brown with red nuances, cream colored small head dissipating quickly, leaving a small ring on the surface. Aroma is complex, with a tartness, oak, leaves, dark fruit, some alcohol, sweet notes. Taste is medium sweet with a tartness following, oak, malt, dark fruit, bitterness. Ends oaky, dry and medium bitter. Medium to big body, high carbo. A potent, rather big beer, me like!

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