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


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RATINGS: 745   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tobiasoe (72) - NORWAY - JAN 18, 2014
Medium off-white head over beautiful dark copper beer. Rich sour cherry aroma with faint malt and some dairy. Nice light citric sour on the palate attack, good spritz with a fairly light weight. Good dry red berry sourness on the midpalate as a lager-like element takes over, with hints of something slightly metallic. Tarttly sweet berries on the finish which is medium. Very refreshing and drinkable, just too bad about the lager/metallic hint and somewhat brief closure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
60minuteman (1605) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Blonde color white lace. Aroma is funk, apple, grass, alcohol. Taste is the same. Nice drinkability. Lasting flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1929) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Bottle: Not quite clear, cola brown with a tan head. Aromas of yeast, sweet apples, and malts. Grainy fruit flavors of apples and cherries, like a whole grain hot cereal with fruit mixed in to it. Smooth full body that leaves a semi-acidic aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leafs93 (2251) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Pours Ruby with a small white head that quickly dissipated. Aroma is earthy, sour cherry, and a hint of vinegar. Taste is tart with a softly sweet finish. Medium bodied, slick with a lingering tart finish. Very nice, it certainly goes from tart to sweet back to tart which makes for a great flavor profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2014
bottle. This is very good. Well balanced is very accurate. Not too tart or sweet. Goes down very very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clints1991 (10) - Lakewood, Alabama, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Had from a bottle. Poured into a tulip glass. It pours brown with a tan head. On the aroma I picked up the lactic sour with a little bit of vinegar. Has a little fruit nose to it, not that noticeable. You taste the sour right away but it quickly fades. It has a distinct malt taste at the back of the palate. I also get hints of cherries. It is definitely medium bodied, not as much carbonation. Overall this is an amazing sour. It is not expensive and very palatable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours brown with red hues, off-white head. Aroma is very sweet and fruity, juicey. Tastes largely like grape soda with sourness. Sweet and sour. Lots of fig flavors. Not overly sour, easy drinking for a sour...really pleasant beer. Lots of flavor, lots going on, all the flavors work really well together...just a really solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Draft at Blue monk. Dark red pour with a thin white head. Nose is sweet cherry, a bit tart. Taste is a bit cloying sweet cherry with not enough tart cherry or oak. Overall too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thanatosti (1619) - Culemborg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2013
25 cl. bottle @ Caf Olivier, Utrecht as Vanderghinste Oud Bruin. Pours brown with a thin off-white head. Raisin and oak aroma. Sweet sour taste with a drak/red fruit fruitiness. Not as tart as Rodenbach but refreshing nonetheless. Flemish red brown is one of my favorite styles and this is a fine specimen of said style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
POLK (2219) - Hrning, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2013
Special sour ale with a light and sweet cherry flavor. Relative easy-drinking in relation to type.

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