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


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RATINGS: 563   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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 13/20
fonefan (37673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 23, 2008
Bottle @ <a href=http://www.ale.dk/index.php?id=4638 target=_new> Sour ale Tasting - DOE Holstebro. Clear medium to dark amber red color with a average, fizzy to frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, berry, wood. Flavor is moderate sweet, light acidic - vinegar with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. (250308)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyit (3523) - Vadum, DENMARK - APR 19, 2008
Clear brown of color with an off-white head. An aroma of sour, candis and sweets. A flavor of candis, sour notes and some sweets.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 18, 2008
(Bottle 25 cl) Courtesy of fonefan. Pours a beautiful, clear red colour with a small, beige head. Tart and ligtly woody aroma. Fairly light in body with notes of raisins and wood with a subdued and pleasant acidity. A very pleasant, smooth and quaffable Sour. 290308

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - APR 6, 2008
Brown with medium off white head. Swet and slightly sour aroma with roasted malt, caramel and balsamic notes. Sweet and sour flavor with woody and and berry notes. Ends slightly sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 1, 2008
The Fonefan/Brugmansia Cnudde tasting. Courtesy of Fonefan/Brugmansia. Red mahogany with a nice, creamy head. The aroma is sourish with notes of malt and berries. The flavour is sourish with nice notes of berries, malt and citrus and the finish has a light sweetness. It’s a pleasant and harmonic sour!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11493) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 1, 2008
Ruby brown with a lasting off-white head. Horseblanket and grapefruit in a wonderful cantillon-like aroma. Sweet but tart, ith a rich malty flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (33804) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2008
25 cL bottle@fonefan/Brugmansia’s Cnudde tasting. Pours clear and golden brown with a lacing tan head. Aroma is fruity wineous aroma. Flavour is dry citric with a mild fruity note beneath. Goes into a dry lingering fruity finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2487) - New York, USA - MAR 24, 2008
Hey a sour ale. Actually a pretty good one too. Bottled, poured a nice brown with very little head. I liked it much better than the first sour ale I had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (10059) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 12, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2013 330ml bottle (?, Bruges) (6:4:7:3:15=3.5)
Dark red, tiny head. Sharp berry aroma. Big sour component. Taste is also fruity and sour. Very refreshing, but not thin. Some cherry in there too. Slightly malty finish, a bit woody. Very accessible sour ale, doesn’t make any enemies.
Rerate: 250ml bottle (Tuulensuu, Tampere) (7:4:7:4:13=3.5)
Smells of the old old wooden desks at school. Nice sharp bite. Gentle soft sweetness, but pleasant sharpness. Lovely woody esters in the retronasals. Classic Oud Bruin. Slightly flat, no lasting head, but a beatiful deep red.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (21835) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 1, 2008
Bottled. Very deep ruby red colour with small beigeish brown head. Aroma is big time sour fruits along with some freshly cut wood and some hints of mild sour cherries. Flavour is not as sour, and also the fruity notes are weaker than the wooden ones. Not much aftertaste at all. This could be one of the flemish sours that’s mild enough to get people to "get" the style. I prefer the ones which are more sour and dry in flavour than this one though.

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