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

bottled
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RATINGS: 513   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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 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.


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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Toerstig (47) - Uppsala, - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle. Clear deep red brown with minimal light brown head. A fruity aroma with hints of caramel. Medium sour and light on the bitterness. Light body and quite thin texture. Short finish. A very refreshing beer but a little to thin in aroma and taste to be top notch.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2227) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2014
From AJ’s. Nose is vegetal and berry-filled. Appearance is clear dark orange/brown. Little lacing. Taste starts quite tart, shocking, then mellows quickly. Lots of small bubble carbonation, sugar, fruit. Palate has a nice thick feel, but finishes rather neutral. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbuskirk (453) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - OCT 18, 2014
There seems to be some debate about whether Bockor Bellegems Bruin is a Sour Red/Brown Ale or a Flanders Oud Bruin. I don’t know enough about either style to weigh in, but I can conclusively say that this makes for a fantastic dessert beer. Aroma is malty and fruity, albeit a bit understated. Flavor is more complex than the aroma would lead you to believe. Fruits take the main stage with sour apple, pear, strawberry, raspberry, and black berry. Even while working in the background, malts offer some unique flavors, too: caramel, brown sugar, woodiness, and even a hint of booze. It’s the kind of beer that seems made for a slice of fruit pie, fresh out of the oven.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HuskerTan (515) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle. A- Slight funk, malty, wheat, slightly sour. A- Reddish brown color, clear liquid, tan head. T- Black cherry, woody, caramel, smoke, teriyaki sauce, black pepper. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth finish. O- Quite good for my first sour brown/red. Lots of different flavors on the palate. The aroma was a little lacking but the taste made up for it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPAgutten79 (545) - Skui, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Rødbrun med lavt skum. Lite aroma, noe sure bær. Smak av sure bær og litt karamell. Sur ettersmak. Litt tørr. Tynn/medium konsistens.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurthnar (1886) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle. Aroma red fruits, straight-forward bretty sourness, cherry. Clear brown colour. Taste is sour, but softly, and balanced with some background malts. Fruity flavour. Rather short finish, easily drinkable. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fajry (611) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 15, 2014
Flasa. Bledsia hneda farba. Vona octova, citrusova, velmi prezrete visne. V chuti jemne sladke, ovocne a v zapati kysle, octove. Plna chut. Uzasne pivo.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cuso (4704) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle kindly shared by fary, many thanks.Brown color with off-white head. Caramel, plums, tartness in aroma. Nice fruity tart taste with caramel. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MisoW (1517) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle, shared by Fajry, many thanks. Pours brown color, lightly beige head. Aroma is sourish, red fruits, caramel. Taste is medium sour, caramel, hints of chocolate, red fruits.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
berlinmany (217) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
Head quickly fades to a tan, thin but lasting top. Very aromatic with strong sweet-fruit and sourness Almost candy-like. Wonderful maltiness countered with a strong bitter sourness. Finishes with lighter, cookie like flavors. Only thing I don’t like is a slight lingering metallic flavor.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgiskOlklub (911) - Viby J, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2014
Brown light body and a small white head. Aroma of malt, sour fruits. The taste is medium sweet and sour. Short finish, watery. Not in the same leage as duchesse, rodenbach and so on. Easy to drink.


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