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


on tap

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RATINGS: 616   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.

Heiskellj's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heiskellj (7) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 2, 2014
Very tasty. This falls somewhere between rodenbach grand cru and ale. Really good. Strong Brett flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mile (3575) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle. Light amber, small to average and mostly diminishing head. Moderate and lightly sweetish aroma, faint caramel and light - some sourness and light dark fruits, light notes of wood. Body is medium with lightly sweetish flavor, light sourness and dark fruits - light cherry fruitiness. Finish is average to long, lightly sweetish with light sourness and dark fruits with faint - light notes of wood. Nice sour ale - not too sweet/not too vinegar-like in flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FunkyF (635) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2015
Fat på Örebro ÖoW. Brunröd med beige skum. Syrlig doft. Sötsyrlig smak med balanserad beska.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TychoJames (742) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2015
Provsmakning örebro ölmässa. Brunröd kulör. Syrlig doft med lite äpple och knäck. Syrlig och jästig smak. Socker äpplekart och järn. Lite vattnig

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (2298) - Varberg, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2015
Flaska @ Peas & Honey, Malmö. Klar bärnstensfärgad öl med ett smutsvitt skum. Dofter av vinäger, körsbär, karamell och trä. Smakinslag av körsbär, citrus, karamell, läder och trä. Avslutas med en behaglig syra.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
impuritylaw (26) - Freibierg, GERMANY - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle bbe 15.09.16. Reddish brown colour whit a tiny white head. Fruity, acidic aroma, like a light vinaigrette. Taste of sour cherries, with slight malty sweetness. Aftertaste is like having eaten cherry sherbet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BaroneBirra (350) - Gorizia, ITALY - NOV 24, 2015
Bottle labelled as Oud Bruin. Deep copper, no head. Faint mold aroma. Tart taste, like unsweetened lemonade. Some sweet fruitiness comes out while warming. Appropriate lively carbonation, thin body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2015
On tap @ Public House-- second to last glass before the keg was blown! Hazy reddish amber. Aroma of caramel, oak, and sour cherries. Lighter palate with cherries and caramel, woody and funky undertones, light to medium sourness. Pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6536) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Tallahassee, FL. - Growler Country - 11.2 oz bottle - labeled as Vander Ghinste Oud Bruin. Dark orange pour, fluffy off-white head. Tangy aroma with hints of sour fruit. Sour, puckery flavor with some sour apple notes, touch of vinegar and some back end citrusy notes. Mouthfeel is decently textured. Overall, very decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (578) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 11, 2015
0.25 l bottle from De Bierkoning as ’VanderGhinste Oud Bruin’, best before 6/5/2016. Clear, deep brownish red with a thin, frothy, slowly diminishing, tan head. Sweetish-sourish, fruity-malty aroma of vinegar, bitter almond, red wine, dark cherries and oak. Sweetish-sourish, fruity-malty taste of vinegar, red wine, bitter almond, dark cherries and oak, followed by a short, tart and oaky finish. Medium body, slightly astringent and spritzy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Nicely balanced, aromatic and refreshing, but not overly deep or complex. Still nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (4469) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2015
Brown with a ruby glow. Fermenting fruit, fig compote, wine gums candy. Nice stuff, good makes to back up the funk. Stronger sourness in the taste, still fruity malts, sharp wine vinegar ending. I dig the brown malt and sour combo. Bit more aging and it would be excellent (33cl bottle from ABC Drinks Prik&Tik Leuven)

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