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: 755   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 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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bjerkeaa (185) - NORWAY - MAR 29, 2014
Brown/amber pour. Aroma of slightly brown, sour cherries and mild funk. Mild sour taste, not over the top. Champagne-like bubbles.

Inbreak (6715) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2014
24.03.2014, tap (as VanderGhinste Oud Bruin) @ Crowbar:
Small creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet sour-ish, caramel, sour winegum, grass, butterscotch, sour apples, soda powder, hints of paint. Taste is slightly sour-ish fruity, sour winegum, sour apples, sorrel, soda powder, butterscotch, caramel malts grass. Little bitterness, kind of a metallic mouthfeel. Fair enough.

wlajwl (7210) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Aroma is fruit, dark fruit/grapes and a good hint of sourness. The flavor is grapes/dark fruit, malts, berries, a hint of earthiness and a mild/medium sour finish.

CelticJohnny (73) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle poured into snifter. Dark ruby with finger of off white head. Smells slightly of fruit and malt. Tastes like cherry up front, then vinegar like taste kicks in, pretty tart. Also malt but not a whole lot. Palate is kind of light and easy drinking like juice. First sour and not so bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

andrewje41 (4523) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2015 Rerating, a year later, this time on draft at the Seattle IBF. Pours a reddish brown color with a thin foam ring head. Not nearly as sour as I remember it. More sweet, with a grape juice like flavor. Sweet and sour berry and grape finish. Very tasty.

Peter_L (1247) - SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2014 Flaska från belgianbeerz.com. Rödbrun vätska med vitt skum. Dofter av citrus, röda bär och ekfat. Syrlig smak som krullar roten på tungan. Efter den första chocken träder sedan karamelltoner och sura bär fram. En törstsläckare för riktigt varma sommarkvällar.

Ernest (7889) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), with notes of cherries, oak, sour apple. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Purty good stuff...attractive nose and decent flavor balance. Didn’t stand out in any way but it’s nice.

Hansen (8621) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2014
Dark amber coloured and clear. Has an off-white head, lasting. Sweet aroma, acid, sugars and fruit. Flavor starts sweet, acid, and yeasty. Creamy texture.

RW80 (2900) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2014
25 cl bottle Appearance: brown with a medium sized (2 fingers) off white head. Aroma: Sourish vinous aroma, vinegar grapes, raisins, some red currants and a hint of oak and a light caramel touch. Taste; starts sour Fruity with a touch of vinegar. Then it goes over with some bitterness. Finishing with a Fruity sweetness with some caramel. The flavour is tartness, sourness and mild sweetness. Thin body, soft carbonation. Good example of the style and better then I expected.

PriorL (3068) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2014
Drank as Bellegems Bruin from TAP. APPEARANCE: clear brown beer, small stable beige head. NOSE: caramel, sweet, some malts, fresh, fruity. TASTE: little sour, dried fruits, wood? Little lactic even, cherries.

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