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


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RATINGS: 525   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2004
250ml bottle brought back from Belgium, in a Liefmans glass. Very dark, held to the light this has a deep red hue and a fluffy off white head. Aroma is sour, slightly woody and with deep hints of balsamic vinegar. Flavour is sour, malty, slightly acidic with notes of sherbet and biscuit. Rather good, surprisingly, from the brewery that makes the nasty Jacobins ‘lambic’.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (8011) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2004
Dirty brown, creamy head, leaving beautiful fine lace; great red-brown, clear ale.Gorgeous nose of lactic acid, fruity esters and wood. Very subtle fruity taste, like freshly picked blueberries, wood, and soft lactic taste, as a yoghurt with "fruits of the forest". More woody-lactic notes in the aftertaste; tart, chewy, medium-bodied, slightly slick. Very nice oud bruin, probably among the best in the style for the blended ones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Metallic and sour aroma, pours brown with a thin head. The flavor starts tart and then mellows out, decent sour ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Dark brown/ruby color with hardly any head. Sweet/sour aroma. Tastes of sour cherries and granny smith apples. A very average sour ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnylen (12) - Topanga, California, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Head: not like the picture, that’s for sure. Thin, disappears quickly, about a pinky’s width, like the foam you get from pissing vigorously. Color: very nice, beautiful deep mahogany. Bright. Aroma: weak, tart and slightly sweet. Could improve in this category. Flavor: sour cherries. Rather one-dimensional. Nice balance with sweetness but could use more complexity. Oerbier kicks this beer’s butt. Nice on a hot day. Beats Bud by a longshot. Body: a little thin. This beer is much more quaffable than it appears. Great label.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2004
No head, the pic on the left is lying to you. Color is a nice dark red. Aroma is slightly sweet with some viniger elements. Light on the front of the tongue, pretty light body. Taste is tart and a little sweet. Nice balance. Sour on the way down and in the finish. Drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3177) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Tart, fruity aroma evident upon the pour. Rich, deep red body topped with a thin white head. Surprisingly thin body; the flavor starts tart, sour, and fruity (cherry and a touch of apple) but has no staying power. Otherwise has a decent mouthfeel, but I was recently spoiled by De Dolle Oerbier Reserva, and this doesn't come close to matching the brilliance of that brew.

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