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: 686   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ContemplateBeer (1917) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Aroma is pretty vinous with a little caramel, apples and light sourness. Appearance is murky brown with fluffy bone head. Flavor matches the nose; there is a little caramel malt, but the vinous qualities rule out. The finish has a slightly lingering bitterness. Palate is bubbly and creamy. Not the best sour I’ve had, but a solid beer in my book.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Murky brown pour, decent head, tons of sticky lace. Aroma reminds me of a brown ale with tart fruit in the background. Taste is sweet and malty. Mild acidity yields minimal sourness. This is either a different take on the Oud Bruin style or a miss. Regardless, I prefer the more fruity, more funky, more sour versions. Was hoping this was similar to the Jacobins for its style, but alas...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Sort of a ruddy brown, much darker than the picture with a light tan foam. Aroma is lightly tart cherry, caramel, sweet. Taste is again sweet, cherry cordial, tart cherry, light acetic sourness. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2012
Ter Reien, 14/02/12. Another one that’s got away for far too long. €1 bottle from Het Bierpaleis, BB 27/07/11. Anywhere else I’d give a f**k. Aroma like a vinegared scallop purchased under a brick viaduct in Leeds- beautiful; deep fried, balsamic. Pronounced oak. Muddy ruby with a cream mousse lacing heavily. Shockingly good with more raspberry-like acidity than Rodenbach; iron, mushroom, caramel, battered sausage batter. Wholemeal and evergreen notes; some stewed black tea, river fish (carp). Lipton’s iced tea with lemon. Stretching my deScriptors; complex, not the sticky mess I was expecting, very drinkable. Probably the surprise of the trip. Just a shame the old label seems to have disappeared.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear brown with a little head. Vinegary nose. Only slightly vinegarry nose and smell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6197) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Too many sour ales are one dimensional and lacking in depth. Not so with this one. There was a sweet and savory presence that supported and was uplifting to the tart and sour notes. One of the best I have had in this style. +++ Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy dark brown color with a medium sized fluffy orange-tan head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was sour and tart with notes of cherry, oak, plum and faint savory spices and bread. The flavor had an initial burst of tar and sour citric acid and lactic acid followed by oak, honey,sourdough bread and followed again by more lactic and citric acid. The flavor blend and support each other as they wash over in waves and each sip begins the whole cycle over again. The finish was long, tart and sour yet remained rich and vibrantly malty. Fairly full bodied. Amazing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Bottle: Pour is reddish brown with a thin light tan head. aroma is woody, tart cherry like fruitiness. hints of vanilla and light chocolate. flavour is tart fruity, woody, thin sourness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Abio (1831) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2012
Dark brown beer with a red-orange shine, good head, just should hold maybe some longer. Smell is sour-sweet fruits, caramel. Same with the taste, it’s drinkeable for someone not really loving this style of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (7660) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2012
feisty you are! .. . pours a deep ruby .. light head, light lacing .. . i can’t believe you lost the muff mobile .. . fantastic taste and feel, good stuff .. . . Yes, it’s a Cinquecento Hawaii, but it’s also freedom. It’s the possibility of driving our own destiny. We can be what we want now, push our lives literally in the direction we want them to...oh Christ, is that a tape deck?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (9861) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle: Clear, ruby-amber coloured, medium sized lacy off-white head, moderate sourish cherry-fruity and slightly balsamico-like (cellary) nose; light to moderate sour-sweet flavour, light to medium bodied; slightly lingering fruity-sourish finish, rounded by caramelly traces and followed by a slight tartness in the aftertaste. Really good and very moreish…

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