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


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RATINGS: 706   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.

SmokeyDaBear's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SmokeyDaBear (150) - - NOV 22, 2013
First to rate! Poured from a bottle. Color is clear amber. Smells very sour. Has a tart sour apple taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kerenmk (4225) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 22, 2016
From bottle, Top Hops Beer Shop NYC, 11.5.16. Thank you brewery rep. Clear red. Delicate sour aroma. Taste of brown sugar and a little funk. Light body, vanilla finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PanMarek (267) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Pours dark red with thin beige foam. Very sour nose with dried fruit, cherry and some earthiness. The flavor is a little more mild, but a good combination of sour notes with some woodiness. Thin body and finishes dry. The flavor was more delicate than I expected, bringing out the lambic aspect as much as the bruin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ndburns (177) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2016
250ml bottle at the Sandford Park Alehouse. Pours a reddish brown with a medium off-white head. Aroma is malt vinegar, quite earthy. Sour up front, but quite sweet also, only a touch of bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (912) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2016
250ml bottle from Legacy. BB 14-12-2017. ABV 5.5%. Pours a very dark copper with a weak tan head. Aroma is winey, cherry, some bready notes. Taste is winey, fermented cherry, oak notes. Quite high carbonation. Winey, fermented berries aftertaste with oak and bready notes, slight bitterness. Good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (4239) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2016
Bottle at blind lady tavern. Pours dark brown with a thin khaki head. Leaves trace lacing in the glass. Solid wood notes on the nose. Has some tartness on the tongue. Finished clean. Solid example of style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
seuinoz (234) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2016
Nice aroma of cherries, hints of vinegar. Appearance nice dark red color with small to non existent head. Taste. Wow nice sour notes hints of cherries, oak and vinegar. Sits really well on the palate. Overall a very good sour beer from Flanders.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1825) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2016
Draft to taster Consummation: Muted sour cherry, with lemon and orange peel Adjunct: Lemon, caramel and some earthy notes; light reddish brown, tiny off white head

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mister_Li (961) - GERMANY - AUG 3, 2016
Klares rotbraun mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Leicht säuerlich, fruchtig, Zitrone, etwas Karamell, holzig, sehr spritzig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nazzty (1271) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2016
Liked the mix of sweetness, bitterness and sourness in this one. Refreshing, but still classy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
polo_marco (320) - milton, Vermont, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Super sour tart scent to it. Brownish red ale with little to no head. More sweet less tart sour ale with smooth dry finish. Full body with quick refreshing carbonation. Love sours but not as bitey and the carbonation doesn’t last as long as some sours I’ve had. Nice work!

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