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 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2010
Bottled. A rich blood red coloured beer with a whitish ring of bubbles. A lovely sour beer with cool fruits and funky acidity. Woody and tart with sour berries. Lip smacking. Sour beers are so good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2010
Pours a reddish brown color. Aromas of dark fruit, yeast, and a touch of wood. Flavor is tart, yeast, wood, not as sour as I would like. Kinda Blah.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rand (1297) - SWITZERLAND - APR 1, 2010
Bottle 25 cl. From Boissons Center in Montagny-sur-Yverdon (CH). Dark-red color, creamy and dense foam. Flavor slightly acid-sour of fruit, vinous,woody notes. The palate is a complex beer, no too acid, soft fruits, notes of raspberry-cherry. A beer with old, we guess the time and the patience to obtain such a nectar without acetic keys. Final thirst-quenching, vinous with key apple, cider.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2010
Bottle from Luton Beer Festival ’10. Muddy brown with an off white head. Aroma is sour and vinegary with some sweetness gradually developing. Same combination in the taste: a little restrained, but smooth and leathery. A little bitterness. Enjoyable if not exceptional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (8857) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2010
Bottle. Very dark brown with a large off white foam. Aromas are vinous fruit with musty notes. Aniseed with citrus and yeast. Flavours are sour with barnyard mustiness. Some chocolate with a dry, yeasty finish. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (14468) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2010
Draught at ZBF 2010. Cloudy brown - white head. Sweetness, brown sugar, berries, roatsed, vinegar, rubber, classic sour ale, sourish, light acid. grape fruits, light yeasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10793) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2010
Draught. Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Dense brownish head. Sourness, fruits and spice in the aroma. Medium dense. Flavour is grapish, light fruity and somewhat yeasty. Medium bodied. Sourish and grapish end. Quite refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (23600) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2010
Draught at ZBF 2010. Clear orange coloured with a small off white ehad. Light acidc aroma of berries and barnyard. Fruity flavour of berries and barnyard with notes of oak. Tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
On tap at the White Horse, Belgian Festival, 30th Aug 09. Ruby brown looks, no head. Sour plum and grape aroma. Similar flavour - lots of fruitiness, a bit of sour. Medium weight. A good example of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
skortila (4829) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2009
Bottled. Aroma red fruits, red currants, hint of marzipan. Clear, dark red coloured beer with a lasting, medium, off-white head. The taste is sweet, sour, quite fruity (lots of red berries). Some sweet caramel maltiness in the back ground. Finishes more dry and sour. Just a little tart. Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Balance is just a bit off.

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