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: 737   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brnandersen (3541) - 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 (8532) - 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 (3966) - 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 (1160) - 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 (9860) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2016 After alias

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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kryon (3082) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2016
Pours dark red brown with low light tanned head Aromas of oak, burned caramel, hints of fudge, dried fruit, caramel, baking soda, sour cherries Taste has notes of caramel, sweet and sour cherries, oak, burned caramel, hints of dreid fruits

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nazzty (1271) - dkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2016
Liked the mix of sweetness, bitterness and sourness in this one. Refreshing, but still classy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18837) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2016
Draught at Haket, Gteborg. Dark amber beer with a nice beige head. Sourish fruity raisin aroma, caramel, red grapes, vinous, some figs. Fruity vinous flavor, grapes, raisins, fig notes, some caramel, slightly tart. Quite nice.
Earlier Rating: 2/24/2014 Total Score: 3.8
Bottle at Bishops Arms, Jnkping. Clear amber/deep copper beer with a quite nice offwhite head. Sourish vinous aroma, vinegar, citrus, grapes, raisins, leather notes, some red currant. Sourish vinous flavor, sweet caramel, berries, raisins, grapes, tart, vinegar notes. Well balanced and quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Roger60 (212) - - JUL 18, 2016
SB Lund flaska. Fantastisk frg. Det blir inte bttre frg n s. Lite sur Salubrin i aromen. Frisk. Fin med syrlig sorbet. Belgisk surl som bst.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
polo_marco (328) - milton, Vermont, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Super sour tart scent to it. Brownish red ale with little to no head. More sweet less tart sour ale with smooth dry finish. Full body with quick refreshing carbonation. Love sours but not as bitey and the carbonation doesnt last as long as some sours Ive had. Nice work!

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