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


on tap

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RATINGS: 703   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
handyman99 (2) - Edwardsville, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2001 does not count
My favorite

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6717) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Too many sour ales are one dimensional and lacking in depth. Not so with this one. There was a sweet and savory presence that supported and was uplifting to the tart and sour notes. One of the best I have had in this style. +++ Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy dark brown color with a medium sized fluffy orange-tan head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was sour and tart with notes of cherry, oak, plum and faint savory spices and bread. The flavor had an initial burst of tar and sour citric acid and lactic acid followed by oak, honey,sourdough bread and followed again by more lactic and citric acid. The flavor blend and support each other as they wash over in waves and each sip begins the whole cycle over again. The finish was long, tart and sour yet remained rich and vibrantly malty. Fairly full bodied. Amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
seuinoz (231) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Utterly delicious. I just love Flemish Sours, and this is nothing but a joy to drink. Not quite as tart as Duchesse de Bourgogne, and not quite as sweet as it, either. Bockor is a milder Flemish with a wonderful aroma. I’d say that overall it is lightly sweet, but the tartness is there, too. Wonderful complexity. Looks just like the picture at the upper left. Wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
biokid23 (102) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2014
A delicious sour. Sour cherries predominate. Tart smell. Not the most sour of sours, but the malty bitterness that replaces it is well worth it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crazy_cat_lady (382) - - JUN 23, 2015
Bottle at beerbistro. Tart smell of musty grapes. Very dark brown with thin white head. Lovely lightly sour taste with some sweetness. Yum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Honestbrewer2 (16) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
I absolutely loved this beer. A beautiful ruby color. An amazing sour cheery aroma. A nice sour cherry taste with hints of cinnamon and apple. The medium body and malt is in amazing balance with the sourness. This beer goes down amazingly smooth with a sour/sweet aftertaste that is very welcoming. Flanders Red are very difficult beer and I find that the balance is always a little off, but this beer is spot on.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
poisoneddwarf (2283) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - MAY 7, 2015
11.2 oz bottle. Aroma consists of vinegar, dark fruits (cherry, raspberry seeds), pepper, sweaty gym socks. Pours clear dark brown with amber highlights and a thick, long-lasting beige head. Taste is sour (7/10 on a sour scale), fruity, dry, delicious; has a lingering sweetness. A lot like Duchesse. Seems a little thin, though. This is really hitting the spot right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Newk (299) - - OCT 4, 2011
UPDATED: APR 23, 2012 pours a good dark mahogany color with a smaller head that disappears fast. Very good and aromatic nose of sour red cherries, red apples, and some grape tones. medium bodied with the deeper tones for the flavors. Excellent feel with a nice tart bite to it. A real quality flemish sour. Very good aromatics with even better flavors. Excellent feel and a real good beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Cloudy brown with a thin off white head. Yeasty nose with a bit of red berry. Medium bodied with some malty components. This has some sour notes, but not as intense as cuvée des jacobins. Excellent finish.

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