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


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RATINGS: 532   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2592) - GERMANY - DEC 2, 2005
Faint vinegar nose, dark clear brown color, sticky beige head. More sour than sweet flavor, actually. A little bit of cardboard in the finish. Thin body. Quick profile. More like a Flemish sour for beginners than a bruin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 20, 2005
OK, this bottle is about 3 years past it’s prime; pretty flat pour with no head except a ring around the glass interface; sherry and sour cherry aroma, some cola; mild smokey licorice flavors and sour nuttiness; vinous and Granny Smith caramel candy-apple flavors, all very subtle; some oxidation; dead mouthfeel; nothing very special, actually. I would like to sample a fresher bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YogiBeera (2500) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Due to the bad service at Erasmus, Brugge I couldn’t really enjoy and rate the only two beers we had there - so this rating is one that is definetly a candidate for a RERATE: Nice deep red color with a small layer of a head leaving laces on the glass. Nice raspberry vineagr nose - weak and mild in flavor - with a kind of cardboard finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Utterly delicious. I just love Flemish Sours, and this is nothing but a joy to drink. Not quite as tart as Duchesse de Bourgogne, and not quite as sweet as it, either. Bockor is a milder Flemish with a wonderful aroma. I’d say that overall it is lightly sweet, but the tartness is there, too. Wonderful complexity. Looks just like the picture at the upper left. Wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Dark mahogany color with a small tan head. Sour vinegar, malt and lemon aroma. Very sour vinegar and lemon flavors, with a little sweet malt and a slightly metallic aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Dark ruby brown color with a small beige head. The aroma had some slight vinegar, cherry, wood, and some nice earthy.soil-like tones. The flavor was rather sour...vinegar, very tart cherries, cardboard, slight metalic coil tones. The feel was quite watery and thin...very soft carbonation...wet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Acidc and astringent nose. Some Cardboard oxidation and some lactic sourness. Not just the typical bret sour of a flemish red. Wood influenced palate somewat briney and vinous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Pours a dark reddish-brown with a slight head and some good lacing. Has a sweet aroma with a very nice flavor - both tart and sweet with a hint of nuttiness. Sour finish. Nice example of a Flemish red.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2004
I like Flemish sours, but this is an exceptionally watery example. Best before December 02 (could be why). Some slight bit of sour wood, dark cherries, but overall weak in flavor and aroma. Looks very nive, head was initially good and lasted as a tiny rim.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2004
At The Brasserie Erasmus in Bruges. Nice brown color with reddish shine and good airy head. Fine freshness in the nose with touches of wood, pear in red wine, yoghurt and fresh stuffed plums. It reminds me to old Rodenbach. The taste is medium dry with a good roundness. I’m glad that this one is made "a l’ancienne" = not to sweet, in fact, it is not sweet at all. This beer has a refeshing mouthfeel with a woody caracter and some winelike hints. In the afthertaste there is a little touch of buttermilk and a greenish bitterness of wet wood.

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