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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: 472   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 23, 2008
Bottle @ <a href=http://www.ale.dk/index.php?id=4638 target=_new> Sour ale Tasting - DOE Holstebro. Clear medium to dark amber red color with a average, fizzy to frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, berry, wood. Flavor is moderate sweet, light acidic - vinegar with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. (250308)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30631) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2008
25 cL bottle@fonefan/Brugmansia’s Cnudde tasting. Pours clear and golden brown with a lacing tan head. Aroma is fruity wineous aroma. Flavour is dry citric with a mild fruity note beneath. Goes into a dry lingering fruity finish. Very nice.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (29022) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2011
Bottled. A dark red beer with a lazing beige head. The aorma has notes of fruits and straw. The flavor is sweet with notes of straw and fruits, leading to a dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 18, 2008
(Bottle 25 cl) Courtesy of fonefan. Pours a beautiful, clear red colour with a small, beige head. Tart and ligtly woody aroma. Fairly light in body with notes of raisins and wood with a subdued and pleasant acidity. A very pleasant, smooth and quaffable Sour. 290308

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20493) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2010
Draught at ZBF 2010. Clear orange coloured with a small off white ehad. Light acidc aroma of berries and barnyard. Fruity flavour of berries and barnyard with notes of oak. Tart finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20217) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 1, 2008
Bottled. Very deep ruby red colour with small beigeish brown head. Aroma is big time sour fruits along with some freshly cut wood and some hints of mild sour cherries. Flavour is not as sour, and also the fruity notes are weaker than the wooden ones. Not much aftertaste at all. This could be one of the flemish sours that’s mild enough to get people to "get" the style. I prefer the ones which are more sour and dry in flavour than this one though.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19192) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 22, 2008
Bottled. Brownish ruby, creamy pale beige head. Vinegary cranberry aroma. Feels tart despite it’smalt sweetness. Buttery with rounded mouthfeel, refreshing acidity. Well balanced, but rather one-dimensional.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16250) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours an amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty slightly sour yeasty caramel aroma. Fruity malty slightly sweet and sour flavor with hints of caramel. Has a fruity malty sour finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2003
Hazy dark amber color. Biting aroma, sour, vinegar, apples. Dry, thin body, but with an evident sourness; vinous; some caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2011
9th November 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Very nice brown beer. Duchesse Du Bourgogne sytle of sourness - but the sourness is less accentuated here. Lip smacklingly drinkable. Great stuff!


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