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


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RATINGS: 498   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.

Toerstig's rating

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
stoutnick (533) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2014
Burgundy colour. Aroma is nice vinegary malts - Classic Flanders style here. Taste is quite sweet with some big candy sugar flavours. Sickly. Finishes with a tangy yeasty quality. Wish the beer followed through on the smell!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1213) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2014
Light reddish brown with a pale head. Aroma is dates, sour dark cherries, red wine vinegar, rose water, overripe strawberries, plums. Medium-light bodied, fruity on the palate with a lightly acetic tartness on the finish. Taste is plums, grapes, blueberries, rosé, hint of cherry. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnicolaescu (785) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - SEP 8, 2014
BOTTLE 25CL from dcmchew. Thanks! Look: red-brown clear, beige frothy to creamy head. Aroma: acid/acetic with quite a bit of sweet malts. Taste: moderate sourness with and acetic edge, (over-)balanced by a hefty malt backbone. A tad of hop bitterness maybe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (11216) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle from Willems as Vanderghinste Oud Bruin. Clear deep brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, wood, dark fruit and a little vinegar. Flavor is medium sweet and light acidic. Dry and light acidic finish. 050914

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (3184) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 2, 2014
25cl bottle, labeled Vanderghinste oud bruin. BBE 280115. Mahogany color, thin, but lasting white head. Caramel in the back, sour berries up front, hint of vinegar in aroma. Flavor the same really, some tartness, sweet berries, cherry notes. Long finish with notes of cherries and raspberries. Tasty.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Moravius (491) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 23, 2014
Flasche (als "Vander Ghinste Oud Bruin", 25 cl). - Tiefes Rotbraun, klar. - In der Nase angenehm säuerliche Frucht (Brombeere oder Schwarze Johannisbeere), Aceto balsamico, Holz. - Antrunk spritzig säuerlich, etwas stumpf und leicht süß, Boskoop-artig. Mild rezent, schlank, sehr erfrischend. Etwas kreidige, stumpf-adstringierende Herbe, die sich mit der beträchtlichen, durch die Säuerlichkeit nur halb verdeckten Süße reibt. Trockener, holzig-erdiger, mäßig bitterer Nachtrunk. - Durchaus trinkbar, aber an ein Oud Bruin von Verhaeghe (Vichtenaar oder Duchesse de Bourgogne) reicht es nicht heran.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Koelschtrinker (10674) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - AUG 22, 2014
Süßlich trockener Antrunk mit geringer Säure, die offensichtlich versteckt werden soll. Trocken, wenig malzig. Laff. 11/8/7/8//7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dutchbeerpages (1597) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2014
Have to admit I am rather enjoying this. Good sourness followed by a chalky softness. Interesting style. Tap at De Pintelier in Groningen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (790) - California, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Pours a deep ruby brown with an off white head. Tart, cherry and malt aroma. Tart, cherry, raspberry, malt, caramel and oak flavors. Medium light body and average carbonation. On the sweeter side, very candylike. Cherry and tart finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
stchloe (789) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Nice sweet caramel malt bodies, slightly sour leads to a sweetness, less fruity than others.

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