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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: 751   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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3.8
Juks (649) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 28, 2017
250ml bottle at Beerfox Riga. Very dark clear ruby with medium sized pinkish beige head that doesn’t last long. Plums, sour berries, apple, bit vinegar in aroma. Taste is soursweet, crisp, plums, cherries, dry, woody. Fizzy carbo makes it really enjoyable, medium bodied and very easily drinkable but still surprisingly tastefull brew. Nice!

4
woodychevy (874) - - JAN 22, 2017
Shared bottle after All Souls. Better than score would indicate- really solid example of style. Well balanced with dark fruits (cherry, raisin) without being overly sweet. Somewhat sour but not overly so. Bit of funk but easy going overall. I would drink this regularly if it weren’t for the price.

3
hednom (187) - Messelbroek, BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2017
Bottle 33 cl, pours a Brown colour with a small beige head, sour aroma, berries, sour taste. Taste more like a lambik.

4.1
DIBBLE (103) - Worthing, West Sussex, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Cola reddish brown but clearer. Lightly fizzing with no head. Big on flavour. Slightly sour berries, sherberty sweetness, dry finish. Pleasant caramel malt depth keeps it grounded. Very easy drinking.

3.8
Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2016
Pour is red/brown with no head. Notes of sour mash, red wine, grapefruit, and cherries. Finish is sweet and sour.

3
VertBaconStrips (2389) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - DEC 8, 2016
This is a more of a mellow Flanders than I like or am used to. Still enjoying this one. Mild aroma of wood, sour cherry and funky cheese stuff, vinegar. Tastier as it warms but I know this will change in a less enjoyably sharp way if I let it sit too long. Vinegar, tartness, fruits, dark caramel, wood. Enmjoyable and mellow overall. I’m way to used to crushing pints of The Duchesse while slaying the pinball world.

3
lupuLust (287) - Franke(n) im Breisgau, GERMANY - DEC 8, 2016
07.12.2016 - Aroma of nice lambik and sugar sweet dark ale. Woody notes. Taste is pleasant sour but the "hint of sweetness" is way to artificial like bad aspartam-radler. Maybe this would be a great dry flemish brown without the sweetener.

3.8
lmojoh (776) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2016
Flaske på ølsmaking hos Bryggeri 13. Aroma gjær, bringebær. Utseende rødbrun med offwhite skum. Smak syrlig drops, bær, tropisk. Godt sourøl

1.6
nicocanta (94) - - NOV 12, 2016
Décidément, j’arrive pas à m’accommoder à ces vieillissements en fûts dechêne. C’est toujours vineux, acide. Comprends pas ce que les gens y trouvent. Mais c’est pas le pire de sa catégorie.

3.1
muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Artale in Rockford, IL, served at cellar temp in a Leffe glass. Murky reddish brown, just a hint of translucence, smallish light tan head diminishes to a small ring quickly...typical sour apple-cherry nose, hint of barnyard manure and moldy hay as well, perhaps a touch of port - fairly nice but on the slight side...on the tongue it’s got a bit of sugary sweetness, like sweetened cherry juice, and though the tartness does come into play quickly, it remains sweeter and more artificial in it’s flavor profile than I’d want...finishing a little drier, with a touch of woody-oaky character...medium-bodied, fizzy carbonation gives a feel to it not unlike Coke or Dr. Pepper. This is all right I guess but certainly below average for the style to my taste and rather too expensive for what it is.


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