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


on tap

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RATINGS: 604   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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 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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMan1113VR (7905) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 5, 2011
On tap. Hazed brown pour with a lasting tan head. Aromas of red wine, chocolate, berries and light vinegar. Pretty sweet smelling. Flavors of vinegar, light sour, old bruin meat Flavors. Sweet. Pretty blah. Light bubbles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
On tap at Hammyís. Brown pour in the glass with a subtle nose. Sharp spice and fuzzy tart. Nice one. Leather and raspberry. Enjoyed the complexity of this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wimpie133 (381) - Brugge, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2010
Bottle, 25 cl. Brown beer with a small white-beige head. Aroma is light sour, malty and oaky, woody, also tart fruits. The taste is malty (light roasted malts), giving some light sweetness to the beer, it also has the tart fruits in the taste but also the expected woody, oak taste and the light sourness in the beer. The taste is very similar to Rodenbach: it is less sour and it seems more balanced than Rodenbach. To be honest I like more this one than the Rodenbach, despite the name the last one has. Itís also a very good alternative for people who experience Rodenbach too sour to drink. But - and that is the most surprising fact about this beer - when you look at the beer (brown) and the name of the beer (bruin = brown) you expect a typical brown ale, and not at all a sour ale. With the light alcohol (5,5%), the great taste and the low price one of the best discoveries of the year certainly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3621) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Pours a very deep red with a nice big well retained head. The aroma is very interesting, plenty of wet grain and a bit of brown sugar. There is certainly some hay in the aroma as well. The flavor is similarly earthy however this is no where near as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe, nor was it as sweet as the Monkís Cafe I just drank before it. This beer isnít particularly "bracingly" sour but it is certainly tart & the tartness is most defiantly the dominant character of the beer. There is a fair amount of sour cherry in there as well, but the beer is certainly malty in a sort of dusty earthy and cocoa kind of way. Overall this is an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1467) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Pours ruddy brown with a smallish tan head. Smells like a good old Flanders red! Bright, vibrant and tart fruits - some cider, granny smith apples, cranberries and a bit of raspberry. Flavor follows suit. Itís not quite as full-bodied as Duchesse or the Rodenbach, but this is definitely really tasty. Refreshingly tart, but not overly so - with a good sweet backbone. Not bad at all!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3991) - - NOV 27, 2010
bottle. clear deep amber under a large, creamy, beige head. sour berry aroma. i like the amount of sour intensity. nice sweet berry flavors in the finish. light and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Bottle. Batch Code 01, no other date that I could find on the bottle. Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a clear dark reddish brown rust color with an offwhite head that settles to form a nice coaster, nice lace left as it settled. Aroma is a mix of grape, cherry, some metallic, and some swet malt aromas. Some sour/tart notes in the nose as well. Light mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Sweet fruit like start with hints of grape and cherry similiar to the nose. Underlying caramel flavor. Some sourness but nothing mouthpuckering. This to me ends semi flat and dry with no real flavors sticking out too much. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
koekiesbakker (89) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2010
Typical vlaams bruin. Dark sugar (not a lot), sour, wood and fruity notes, mainly cherry. Easy to drink, but there are better examples of the style out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DeanF (1912) - Northwest Territories, CANADA - NOV 17, 2010
Expecting a "brown" ale, I was pleasantly surprised to discover itís a sour ale. It ranks up there with a soft but tart flavour, lots of malts and sweetness showing through. Okay brown-orange body, faint sour ale aroma. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (11504) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2010
On tap at the Trappist poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of sour cherry, toffee, light carmel and light earthiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a lightly tart finish. Flavors of toffee, carmel, cherry and light oak with a crisp lingering lightly tart cherry finish.

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