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


on tap

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RATINGS: 702   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DialSquare (4289) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2012
12oz bottle, I believe I got from knightly spirits on orange blossom. Dark brown pour with a slight off-white head. Aroma of tart cherry, light vinegar and wood. Tastes are tart, white grapes, cherry, some dark fruit, and caramel. Sourness putters out a bit in the finish. Crisp and very drinkable overall. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lembeek (143) - ITALY - MAY 5, 2012
Schiuma poco persistente. Aroma fruttato, maltato, con note acetiche. sapore dolce non pienamente smorzato dall’acidità. Corpo leggero

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (3128) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2012
330 ml bottle. Pours a red brown with little head. Nose is sour with dark fruit and wood barrel notes. Taste is sour and tart. Crisp when cold. A good intro into the style

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (5205) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2012
Poured from a botetle into a pint glass. Appearance is a dark, slightly mrky brown with a thin head of beige foam. In the aroma is a pleasant green apple tartness with a nice dark candied fruit in the background. In the taste its primarily a pleasant sourness with a nice balance of dark malt sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrW (532) - Londerzeel, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2012
@ ZBF 2012 Red brownish, small tan head. Fruity but acidic aroma. The taste was in balance as well. Some sweets but sour for sure! A little bitter in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (2960) - Crestview, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2012
Red tinted caramel brown color. Small tan head that leaves a little lacing, and sticks around for some time. A malty, acetic aroma. Very tart, slightly malty, and a little thin. A roasted character seems to stick around. Not bad, a little too tart to drink in quantity. But refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
falco242 (378) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2012
Nice pour but the head doesn’t last long like most sours. Sour taste is followed up by a well balanced sweet brown caramel flavor. Not notably sour but a good wild brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2391) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2012
Bottle. Copper body with very little head. Sweet with a sour finish. Very good Belgian beer for sour heads. Not being one, I was less enamored with it. Good sweet and sour balance. Just short of upper echelon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (6320) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2012
This poured a lighter brown color with a biege head. Aroma was sweet cherries, some vinegar, and some cheesy malts. Flavor was moderately sour, but a little sweet, and some toasted oak notes and funk. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9170) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2012
Bottle. Acajou, col fin beige. Arôme léger chêne laissant une fine aigreur boisée et fruité. En bouche, le tout reste léger, le profile aigre - flamande rouge/brune, restant discret.Léger malt et un petit côté fruité rouge sure très agréable et uen pointe de sucré. Facile à boire, bonne approche du style pour les non-initiés.

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