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


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RATINGS: 552   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 ťlan 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2007
Draft @ The Rake, London. Pours brownish red with small off white head. Aroma is sour / tart / fruity / oak. Taste is of dark fruits / slight vinegar / acidic. Overall this is a pretty good sour ale, highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (13233) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 31, 2007
Bottled (BB 10/2007)
Dark ruby red, small steady beige head, some lace. Aroma of sour cherries, vinegar and metal. Tart flavor of cherries, rasberries and balsamico. Also notes of iron. Flavors vanish quite quickly in the aftertaste, latter part of the palate is almost watery. Taste is good, but lacks consistency. "My first flemish sour ale" - if you havenít had one before: easy, but you can see what style is about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2007
This poured a clear brown body with a modest beige head. The aroma is softly sour and smells of tart cherries and wood. It tastes of dark malt, cherries, vinegar, and oak. The finish is pleasingly tart. Nice refreshing brew.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 28, 2007
Bottle: Pours a dark clear brown with a thin offf-white head, sour aroma with wood and dark fruits, starts ands ends sour and tart, medium bodied with not much carbonation. Iím not a big fan of sour beers, but this is very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 28, 2007
Cold 8oz bottle: Pours an opaque ruby color with faint off-white bubbles around the edges. Aroma is of dark malts and fruit with notes of sour and bitter. Taste is of the same; but with a watery texture and very little carbonation. Ending is of sour and tart notes. Very nice for a Flemish Sour Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4750) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2007 I liked this very much. Light vinegar and riped fruit aroma. Sour, fruity flavor that includes balsamic vinegar and some sugar. A surprisingly dry finish. One of the more interesting beers I found in Belgium, March 2007.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 17, 2007
(Bottled, BBE 08/2007) Very dark, deep ruby color with a very small, fading head leaving some lace. Mild, slightly tart aroma with woody cherry notes. Dryish, tart, mildly dark-fruity flavor fades quickly into neutral, tart acidity. Light-bodied, quite watery and acidic, fizzy-foamy-carbonated palate. May be true to the style, but certainly not among my favorite beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2007
A Mes rate: 33cl bottle from Utobeer. So close to greatness. Just let down a little by a thin palate (almost a 2) and a little too much fermenting yeast type character, especially in the aroma. Sour cherries and slight acidity with a dry finish. Could be great, sadly itís not quite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle or draft from the Rake? My drunken notes donít specify - in fact, my notes call this beer Blagems; itís taken a bit of a hunt to find out the true moniker. I think this rate dates back to December í06. Clear mahogany in colour with a faint head. Sour cherry nose with a hint of oak. Acidic vinegar taste with green apple, cherries and the slightest touch of smoked hickory. Vinous, semi-dry finish. A fairly standard sour red.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jerre (2756) - Waregem, BELGIUM - FEB 24, 2007
Bottle, 25 cl. Tasted this beer the first time 2 years ago. Today again. Dark clear brown color, with beige head. Flavour sour and sweet. Light body. Nothing special.

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