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


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RATINGS: 732   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 lan 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (4431) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4231) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2016
Bottle from real ale store, Newark. Deep ruby colour with a light tan head. Aroma is Apple sours and dried fruit. Taste starts light sweet to mid sour

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
seuinoz (247) - 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 (1898) - 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 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jybi (145) - FRANCE - AUG 26, 2016
La VanderGhinste Rood Bruin affiche firement sur sa bouteille "Anno 1892" et le macaron Worlds Best Dark Beer (2015)! Quoi de mieux pour vous donner envie de dcouvrir cette bire de 5,5 % Abv? Peut tre de savoir que celle-ci est lalliance dune bire de fermentation haute (avec malt dorge et de houblon) et de lambic mri 18 mois en ft de chne. Seule la bouteille de 25 cl me doit alors quelque peu. En verre, la bire est dun brun profond. Leffervescence moyenne louverture devient quasi nulle en fin de dgustation. Au nez, lacidit vous agresse de suite. Heureusement des armes de mot de raisin et de pruneau (provenant trs probablement de la maturation en ft) sont galement prsents. La premire attaque est relativement douce, un brin malt et sur le caramel. Cependant, lacidit, par trop marque arrive rapidement. La VanderGhinste gagne alors en ampleur et il est possible de dceler des notes de baies rouges et cerise. La complexit gustative est alors moins intressante que celle olfactive. Lampleur en bouche retombe vite, pour une finale cependant dune belle longueur, mais malheureusement purement sur lacidul. Conclusion : une trs grande dception. Des 5 saveurs primaires de bases (sal, sucr, amer, acide, umami), lacidit est la plus difficile maitriser, car annihilant toutes les autres saveurs. Jesprais que par son assemblage, la VanderGhinste RoodBruin allait davantage quilibrer le lambic. Pas assez malheureusement. Une fois de plus laward me surprend. Je finirai enfin pas un gros coup de colre. En fin de dgustation, relisant la composition, je vois alors "dulcorant"! Comment un brasseur qui affiche tre plus que centenaire peut il oser cet ignominie? Ceci est une honte brassicole!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brnandersen (3519) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2016
25 cl. bottle from Systembolaget, poured in to a Snifter. BBE 05-07-17. Clear, amber-red colour with a thin, off-white head. Tart, fruity aroma with cherries, caramel malts, wooden notes and resins. Taste is light sour. Medium body with a creamy texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes tart and fruity with sour cherries, caramel and a subtle wooden note. Nice mixed Red-brown

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gyllenbock (8253) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2016
Bottle from Systembolaget Hansa. (thanks SirLimpsalot) Light amber with a small head. A bit sour with wood, red berries and light malt.
Earlier Rating: 10/6/2013 Total Score: 3.5
Sample at SBWF 2013. (labeled as Vanderghinste Oud Bruin) Dark reddish/brown with a small head. Quite tart with berries, oak, sweet malt and vinegar. Rather light mouthfeel. Easy to drink. A descent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirLimpsalot (3945) - SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
@ Scandic, Malm 16-8-11: Snll och st med lite kllartoner samt torkat frukt och fat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mister_Li (1110) - GERMANY - AUG 3, 2016
Klares rotbraun mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Leicht suerlich, fruchtig, Zitrone, etwas Karamell, holzig, sehr spritzig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (9702) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2016 After alias

Second rating
Draught at Haket, Gteborg, on July 30, 2016.
As Rood Bruin.
Clear brown color, white head. Sweet, fruity scent. Sweet, fruity, light acidic taste. Fizzy mouthfeel, no bitterness.

Earlier Rating: 2/5/2016 Total Score: 2.4
25 cl at 3 sm rum, Gteborg, on February 5, 2016.
BB 07 06 17
Clear brown color, very small teal head. Musty, old dirt cellar, some yellow apple, light vinegar/acetic scent. Acidic, light vinegar/acetic, yellow apple taste. Light acidic and fruity aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel, low to medium low bitterness. Also dirt cellar aftertaste.

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