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

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RATINGS: 737   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.

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4.1
BrewCommander45 (1) - Aptos, California, USA - MAR 19, 2017 does not count
Being new to trying sours, I found this one just the right blend. It was mildly sour, vibrantly fruity, and easily drinkable. It is one of the favorites at a place in Santa Cruz, CA. called "Pour- the tap room"

4.2
prof222772 (22) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 18, 2017
Dark red color. Nice lacing head. Caramel malts in the taste. Quite a sweet start, low to medium sourness. Simple but enjoyable.

4.1
thejackpacker (478) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2017
Keg at Bishops Arms Östersund. A very tasty sour beer that wasn’t overpoweringly sour or vinegary but quite delicate. Yum.

3.5
Sparf (283) - SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2017
Svag, något vinös doft med en elegant trätouch. Mycket mörkt röd. Tätt bra skum. Sötsur smak och mycket drickvänligt. Moreller, druvor. Tunn kropp. Fruktig och fuktig(!) eftersmak.

4.3
emincems (102) - TURKEY - MAR 7, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2017 one of the best sour ales and I don’t understand why it’s so underrated. balance of taste is incredible, slightly acidic sour with slightly woody bitterness and sweet malts. notes are molasses, red fruits, oak and lambic sourness. amazingly drinkable for a sour ale. balanced aftertaste with slight alcohol. a masterpiece.

3.4
dinkle50 (1488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2017
Deep reddish/brown pour, dark enough where you can’t see through it. Thin reddish hued head. Aroma is sweet. Hints of cherry and fruit. Light bodied with huge carbonation. Dry finish. Taste is full of fruits. Tart cherries, apples and a hint of cranberry and raisins. A little lace present.

4.5
UkrainPubCrawler (121) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2017
Delicious sour ale. Does not disappoint. Redish brown color and very light head. Not as good as Monk’s Cafe.

3.7
pintbypint (3672) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 19, 2017
250ml brown bottle. Reddish brown colour, thin white cap. Nose - vinegar, red wine, sourness, wood. Taste - lactic, red wine, wood, tart, some red fruits. Dry and woody end. Quite nice.

3.2
tmzl (320) - SLOVENIA - FEB 10, 2017
Very musty (too much), corky, green apples, light medium acidity, mineral, very light chocolate and caramel roasty sweetness.

3.7
MarkoNm (2797) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - FEB 1, 2017
Pours a dark brown color, topped with a minima tan colored head, non-lasting. Soury vinous nose, green apples and the like. Mild soury start, a tad puckery vinous/cidery feel. Finishes with some fruity sweetness. Light body and quite nice brew.


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