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


on tap

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RATINGS: 613   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.

Bontus' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bontus (708) - Flanders, - APR 5, 2013
Bottle, 25cl, Geers. Labeled "Vanderghinste oud bruin". Pours dark brown, mahogany hue. Lactic nose, not pungent. Wood notes. Good palate, good MF, medium carbonation. Superb for cooking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (2291) - 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 (24) - 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 (6529) - 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 (575) - 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 (4464) - 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)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
smmaaren (406) - NORWAY - OCT 17, 2015
25 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours clear ruby with a small white head. Aromas of cherry and vinegar. Taste is sour. High carbonation. Alright brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rdb84 (396) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2015
Red brownish colour, nice hue, moderate head. A: metallic note, sour, wood barrel, caramel. T: starts fresh and sour, with gentle roasted malt taste. Fruity development, apricot, some cherry, red fruit. Incredibly dry, but nice round mouth feel. Aftertaste is dry, caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DenverLogan (961) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Tasted June 1, 2014 at an industry function in Denver. Pours copper brown with small head and lace. Aroma of tart & sour fruit, light vinegrette. Moderate carbonation and significant mouthfeel. Flavors of sour malts, plums, green apple, tart cherry, light vinagrette. Overall rich, complex, tart with slight malts & balsamic notes.

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