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: 707   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wim (3683) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JUN 10, 2012
brown coloured body with a off white head a spicy malty fruity aroma a spicy sour malty fruity sweet dry taste with a dry little bitter finish
Earlier Rating: 9/28/2008 Total Score: 2.8
red brown coloured body with a off white head a sourig fruity aroma a sourig fruity taste with a fruity sourig finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2012
In bottle at the Red Rose. Pours a brown colour with a decent beige head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, yeast and alcohol. Similar flavours with a lovely sour pickled onion character. Moderate carbonation and light CO2 prickle with a foamy mouth-feel. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Pours a medium brown color, with a HUGE beige head. Tart and sour, with some light spice notes. A little bit of sweetness, too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3863) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Melanoidin-reddish body with a browned caramel head that flushly covers the glass and settles down nicely. Distinct horsey brett nose punctuated by sweet tart. Mellowed, wood-aged tart and brett-tinged body. The sourness is contained and massaged nicely into a complex experience that does not stray towards extremes. Medium-bodied and fairly sessionable for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Half-pint @ Chuck’s. Tasty sour though rather standard. $10 a pint?!? Good God, man, that’s crazy. Grabbed a half-pint ’cause that’s how I roll. Sour in all the places and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DialSquare (4321) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2012
12oz bottle, I believe I got from knightly spirits on orange blossom. Dark brown pour with a slight off-white head. Aroma of tart cherry, light vinegar and wood. Tastes are tart, white grapes, cherry, some dark fruit, and caramel. Sourness putters out a bit in the finish. Crisp and very drinkable overall. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lembeek (143) - ITALY - MAY 5, 2012
Schiuma poco persistente. Aroma fruttato, maltato, con note acetiche. sapore dolce non pienamente smorzato dall’acidità. Corpo leggero

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (3158) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2012
330 ml bottle. Pours a red brown with little head. Nose is sour with dark fruit and wood barrel notes. Taste is sour and tart. Crisp when cold. A good intro into the style

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (5478) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2012
Poured from a botetle into a pint glass. Appearance is a dark, slightly mrky brown with a thin head of beige foam. In the aroma is a pleasant green apple tartness with a nice dark candied fruit in the background. In the taste its primarily a pleasant sourness with a nice balance of dark malt sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrW (532) - Londerzeel, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2012
@ ZBF 2012 Red brownish, small tan head. Fruity but acidic aroma. The taste was in balance as well. Some sweets but sour for sure! A little bitter in the finish.

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