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: 699   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (5093) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (2949) - Crestview, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2012
Red tinted caramel brown color. Small tan head that leaves a little lacing, and sticks around for some time. A malty, acetic aroma. Very tart, slightly malty, and a little thin. A roasted character seems to stick around. Not bad, a little too tart to drink in quantity. But refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
falco242 (373) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2012
Nice pour but the head doesn’t last long like most sours. Sour taste is followed up by a well balanced sweet brown caramel flavor. Not notably sour but a good wild brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2012
Bottle. Copper body with very little head. Sweet with a sour finish. Very good Belgian beer for sour heads. Not being one, I was less enamored with it. Good sweet and sour balance. Just short of upper echelon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (6255) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2012
This poured a lighter brown color with a biege head. Aroma was sweet cherries, some vinegar, and some cheesy malts. Flavor was moderately sour, but a little sweet, and some toasted oak notes and funk. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9089) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2012
Bottle. Acajou, col fin beige. Arôme léger chêne laissant une fine aigreur boisée et fruité. En bouche, le tout reste léger, le profile aigre - flamande rouge/brune, restant discret.Léger malt et un petit côté fruité rouge sure très agréable et uen pointe de sucré. Facile à boire, bonne approche du style pour les non-initiés.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2012
On tap @ Bangers and Lace. Pours a clear amber with a light caramel brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a nice sour red fruit note with a bit of backing sweet grains. Flavor has a combination og sweet grains and sour red fruits. A hint too sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2012
S: cloudy brown (looks like a rootbeer dum dum), white head, light lacing, small collar A: mild smell, slightly sweet, a touch or berry, not much going on T: delicate, sweet & tart, balanced flavor, but like the nose, not a lot going on O: a decent brew, easy drinking, good flavor, not very complex, worth trying ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4755) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 11, 2012
On draft at The Local Beer Bar in Eureka, CA Came in the glass a cleae mahogany color with a moderate off-white head and almost no lacing. The nose is sour cherry and raw earth. Medium in body. Lively in mouthfeel. he flavor comes right at you and while it is sour, it is really flavorful at the same time. The finish is long,dry and of course sour. This just is flat out delicious What a treat to find that on tap in a local establishment.

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