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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9423) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, dark ruby, brown pour white white head, aroma has notes of big dark fruit, with plum, sour cherry, some hints of fig, plum. Taste is a mix of sour cherry, biscuit, toffee, hints of caramel, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter, dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drdisque (789) - Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2012
On tap at Trenchermen Chicago. Initial bite is sour and acidic but sweet caramelized flavors quickly rush in to this very balanced beer. Outstanding depth of flavor. Has almost everything you could ask for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16711) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle at Grunerlkka festival. A clear, dark amber to brown beer with a dense, off-white head. Lightly sourish on the nose, dark, dried fruits, some berries and brown sugar. Semi-sweet on the palate, far from sticky, light tart. Berries, dried dark fruits and some sugar in the flavour. A pleasant one indeed, a sour in the way only Belgians seems to manage to make. 120825
Earlier Rating: 6/12/2008 Total Score: 3.2
Bottle, shared by fonefan. A cute-looking beer, clear ruby body topped by a creamy beige head. Slightly vinegar-ish aroma, but theres enough caramel and sweetness to avoid it being unpleasant. The same goes for the flavor, theres enough caramel sweetness to cover up most of the sourness, even though it was of a more pleasant kind in the aroma. Medium body, quite fizzy and a bit astringent. A decent sour ale, but it left me a bit uncertain whether I enjoyed it or not. (080412)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arve_Christian (4937) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2012
On bottle at Grünerløkka mat & mikrobrygg . Brown color, ok foam. aromas of red fruits, nice yeast aromas, autumn leaves Medium body & high complexity. Very good sourness- well balanced. Very enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (5727) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Whole Foods, Bowery, NY 330ml ($4): Pours a reddish brown with a dirty head. Aroma is cherries and sourness. Taste is woody, slightly sour, and a bit on the sweet side. The body is quite good, and the drinking quite easy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 19, 2012
bottle. silky smooth creamed cherries backed by a light candied brown ale sweetness. light-moderate vanilla yogurt sour character. touch of red wine and wet oak. nice enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (8494) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2012
33 cl. bottle sampled @ GBF 2012 // dark brown, reddish with a small head // sweetish smell, berries, cherries and even a touch of candy // sweetish sour malt, sourness on this one is quite light, touch of wood with lots of berries, sweet cherries, light tart and sour ending // medium bodied // expected this to suck but this is quite nice actually especially for a sweet sour beer which I usually hate // finally a Bockor beer that I like

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (3089) - Gray, Maine, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Pours a deep ruby amber color with a finger or so of eggshell colored foam that slides to the edges and sticks here and there. Aromas are earthy malts and a big whiff of ripe black cherries and a hint of cider vinegar. On the palate there is a nice mouthfeel with good carbonation... flavors of cherry cola, sour plum and touches of earth malts. Nice finish with lingering tobacco and leather mingling with the residual sugars. A touch sweet but a mighty pleasant drinker at a very reasonable price.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
estover (83) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2012
One of the milder sour ales, Ive had. Pours a wonderful deep red with a fast head with little lacing. Woody nose with a fruity front end and a very dry finish. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yves (2926) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2012
Brown coloured beer with almost no head and no carbonation. Sour fruited aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is rather sour dry fruited with sweet hints.
Earlier Rating: 9/28/2008 Total Score: 3.3
Darker amber coloured beer with small off-white head. Sour aroma. Full palate. Finish is sour. Nice one.

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