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


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RATINGS: 593   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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.

Hopped_Silly's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2012
What more do you want in an affordable Flemish brown? Classic sweet balsamic aromas and flavors.. Balanced carbonation, tartness and clean, mouthwatering finish. Not ground breaking, though a classic example. Great for those new to the style. Very friendly. Recommended. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Klinkerhofen (1) - NORWAY - SEP 1, 2015 does not count
Very interesting taste, sour and fresh. Great aftertaste. Nice colour and smell. One of my favourites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beer-yum (883) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 26, 2015
Alluring wild/sour aroma in a deep copper-brown pour. Lovely sour-tart fruity taste with just a hint of bubblegum in both the body and the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vipinvelp (2915) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2015
Trade with Dean. Name is misleading, doesn’t taste anything like an Oud Bruin. Clear dark ruby, tan head. Decent aroma and surprsing bitter taste, not too sweet, just enough. (Velp 201508)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClassyBeagle (374) - USA - AUG 23, 2015
From NOTES. A: Slight funk. Decent tartness when the bottle is opened, but quickly fades. Not a lot of scent to this one. A: Dark brown/amber. Huge head that retreats to a frothy amber rim. T: Tart dark fruits followed by some light Belgian yeast. Breadiness comes in along with a touch of hops to create a good balance for the style. Slightly tart after-taste. P: Light and bubbly carbonation on the mouthfeel. O: I wish there was more funk and tart, but a solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kespecial (153) - - AUG 7, 2015
Solid, reminds me of basic Rodenbach. Pours brown with red tint. Nose is vinegar, plum, grape must. Taste is sour apple, cherry. Not too complex, but refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChtiBreizh (222) - Rennes, FRANCE - AUG 5, 2015
25cl bottle. Brown with a small fluffy head. Caramel, cherries. Medium sweet and sour. Average carbonation, watery to oily. Good, refreshing and well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TET (2167) - FINLAND - AUG 1, 2015
A dark reddish brown beer, a head is small and beige. Aroma has cherries, sourness, some balsamico, balanced. Taste has cherries and some berries, medium bitterness, hint of cherry stones. Medium bodied, not sticky. Good and balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kayres (655) - , Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Clear dark brown. Thin off white head. Very sweet sour aroma. Crisp tart fruity. Light to medium bodied. Flavored of plums and lemons. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
veronneaupy (241) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2015
C'est sirupeux et sucré au nez. En bouche, c'est riche, onctueux, sucré et vinaigré. La finale est sucrée, acide et râpeuse légèrement. Bien bon ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2504) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 23, 2015
Very nice traditional Flemish red/brown. Decent appearance with lovely clear garnet color and some head with a bit of lace. Rich aroma of caramel, wine must, a little fruit. Flavor’s like nose with strong sweet tart character up front and and finishes moderately. Good body that fits the style. Does seem a tad boozy at the very end. Quite drinkable.

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