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


on tap

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RATINGS: 731   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdrinker79 (2116) - Idaho, USA - DEC 15, 2013
750 bottle- Pours hazy dark red with a two finger light tan head and a tornado of carbonation bubbles. Aroma is a little funk, a little skunk, pretty subdued unfortunately. The taste is real mellow, light on the sour scale, small amounts of dark fruits, real easy drinking. If there were a sessionable Belgian sour I guess this is it, if not for the pricetag of course. Enjoyable, but was hoping it would be more complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVukelich (37) - Algona, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Random pick off the shelf this week. Pours a tan, less than average head. About 25 on the SRM scale. Nice color! The lace stuck to the side of the glass like glue, very impressive. The label claimed aroma of cherry and raisins, honestly I didnt pick up the raisins but I dont have the best trained nose. Earthy and tart to me. Those same aromas were reflected in the taste. I like sour beers so I may be partial to this one. It was pretty good. Mouthfeel was smooth, lingering tartness that makes the back of your mouth pucker. I would recommend and think it would pair well with grilled pork chops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2013
Murky dark brown pour. Flavours of tart dark berries, wood. Slightly sour. Not huge contrasting sweetness. Okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Deep brown with a cream head. Wood, lightly tart, vinous, cherry, and bugs. Easy palate, yeast, tart, bitter, and a nice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (15432) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
250mL bottle, pours a very deep dark maroon / brown with a small beige head. Nose brings out slightly tart dark fruits, some slight vinegary tones, and a little funk - not the most aromatic beer though. Flavour brings out caramel malts, dark fruits with an every so subtle tartness, prominent oak barrel presence, and some residual sweetness. Not very tart at all, nor do I detect any lambic-like qualities. Not the most complex Flanders brown, but well-enough brewed to be enjoyable. Solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
stantheman (953) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2013
Small bottle from Liquor Barn in North Burnaby. Generous tan head on a dark reddish brown beer. Fruity on the nose. In the mouth its a milder sour ale. A big sour ale would be one like Storm Imperial Flanders Red, which I find a bit too heavy on the sour side,except to sip tweenst other beers. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (3613) - Hirakata, JAPAN - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle from Asahiya. Nose of mulled wine, with light vinegar and a bit of funk. Slick, near oily, surface. Dark tea color. Tart fruity initial, with berries and sour apple / turns more sour in mid palate. Minimal hop presence until the very end. Medium body, astringent. Very nice. Doesnt go too far with the pucker factor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Draft at craft ale house. Pours reddish brown with a small off white head. The aroma has tart cherries, slight vinegar, fairly sweet finish. The taste is sweet cherry, tart cherry overtakes, finishes with a slightly vinegar note. I dig it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (4374) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
Plusieurs bouteilles de 25cl meilleure avant le 09-04-2014. Bire rouge brune avec une mousse mince. Un nez fruit et bois. Des notes de cerises se mlent au bois mouill et aux levures quelque peu sauvages. La bouche est simple mais bien articul autour de la levure. Cest simple et facile mais jamais dnud de sens. Une bire de soif.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrewFace (967) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle thanks to Cahill. Aroma is lightly sour and vinegar. Flavor is light cherry vinegar and lightly tart. Very tasty and wheaty.

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