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


on tap

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RATINGS: 656   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.

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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjdevel (11) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Pours a nice deep and dark copper/amber color. Impressive head at first, but quickly recessed down to a 1 finger level. After it fades, the lacing is quite nice. Fairly pungent aroma (but not overpowering) of tart fruit (plum, peach, grape). There is a slight sour vinegar smell. Smells sweet and a bit of caramel. Instant dry bite just before the sour starts in. The sour flavor isn’t that strong but it is present. There is a nice tart fruit / white and red wine rush that mixes with the sour and a hint of vinegar. This is a bit lighter on flavor than I expected. It gets a bit sweet, but then dries out once again as it trails off. Fairly full medium body. Remains quite effervescent the whole time in the glass. Dries out towards the end. Decent sour / our bruin. Seems a bit lighter on flavor than others that I have had. Not very sour and sweeter than some. I do like it as extremely sour beers are just too acidic. Quite pleased and would purchase again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gnoff (9281) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2016
25 cl at 3 små rum, Göteborg, on February 5, 2016.
BB 07 06 17
Clear brown color, very small teal head. Musty, old dirt cellar, some yellow apple, light vinegar/acetic scent. Acidic, light vinegar/acetic, yellow apple taste. Light acidic and fruity aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel, low to medium low bitterness. Also dirt cellar aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rekvium (326) - Odense C, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2016
From bottle. Pours hazy red/brown with a tan head. Aroma of vinegar, malty, sour. Taste is sour with sweet malty finish, vinegar, red berries. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrOrla (1388) - Odense C, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle. Pours brown with a off white head. Aroma of vinegar, red currents, light sweet, light caramel, sour. Taste is redberries, cherry, light vingar, light wood.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AnG_BrgNor (135) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2016
Aroma of fruit, mostly cherry, and malt. Taste of cherry, apple, cara and wood (I think). The taste is sour, sour and sour.... Drinkable but not my kind of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Douberd (3985) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2016
(Vander Ghinste Oud Bruin) Bottle 250 ml at home, served into a big tulip, ABV 5.5% Deep red brown colour on the body, clear, with a small and a bit thin beige head on top, with average retention. Aroma of light caramel, grapes, wood. Taste is mildly sour with a sweet finish, some caramel in there and grapes, fortified wine.. Medium thin body, high carbonation. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (1774) - New York, TURKEY - JAN 26, 2016
Bottle @ Belgian Beer Cafe on 26th street. Pours reddish brown with large foamy beige head, fruity aroma, low carbonation, tart sour cherry taste, full body, long sour cherry finish. Smooth and tartish, though not my favourite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (6232) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2016
Bottle (25 cl) from Systembolaget. Clear mahogny, medium beige head. Fruity and caramelly aroma, some faint vingar, slightly earthy. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Semii sweet, low acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
nealblind (1388) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Red brown. Aroma cherries cola caramle. Taste slight iron cherries. Fizzy creamy feel nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Franzen (438) - SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2016
Sweet aroma of figs, apricot and dark syrup. Pretty sweet taste with mild tartness. Even if the tartness somewhat rounds of the sweetness it is too sweet to drink a lot of

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