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


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RATINGS: 726   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bontus (774) - Flanders, - APR 5, 2013
Bottle, 25cl, Geers. Labeled "Vanderghinste oud bruin". Pours dark brown, mahogany hue. Lactic nose, not pungent. Wood notes. Good palate, good MF, medium carbonation. Superb for cooking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lmojoh (443) - Troms, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2016
Flaske p lsmaking hos Bryggeri 13. Aroma gjr, bringebr. Utseende rdbrun med offwhite skum. Smak syrlig drops, br, tropisk. Godt sourl

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
nicocanta (94) - - NOV 12, 2016
Dcidment, jarrive pas maccommoder ces vieillissements en fts dechne. Cest toujours vineux, acide. Comprends pas ce que les gens y trouvent. Mais cest pas le pire de sa catgorie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4875) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Artale in Rockford, IL, served at cellar temp in a Leffe glass. Murky reddish brown, just a hint of translucence, smallish light tan head diminishes to a small ring quickly...typical sour apple-cherry nose, hint of barnyard manure and moldy hay as well, perhaps a touch of port - fairly nice but on the slight side...on the tongue its got a bit of sugary sweetness, like sweetened cherry juice, and though the tartness does come into play quickly, it remains sweeter and more artificial in its flavor profile than Id want...finishing a little drier, with a touch of woody-oaky character...medium-bodied, fizzy carbonation gives a feel to it not unlike Coke or Dr. Pepper. This is all right I guess but certainly below average for the style to my taste and rather too expensive for what it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badhack (543) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 31, 2016
Label says sour red brown. Like a Flemish brown to me. Pours a dark brown, sweet, roast malt, cherry, fruit. Muted sour all the way through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peje (6) - Bredene, BELGIUM - OCT 25, 2016 does not count
Uitzicht schuim: beige, middelmatig fijne belletjes, middelmatige cling. Uitzicht bier: bruin, helder, middelmatige CO2-pareling. Geur: karamelmout, licht aanwezige geur van geroosterde mout, brood, rood fruit, zoethout en vanille licht aanwezig, lactisch, metallisch, hout, zuur. Mondgevoel: middelmatige CO2-verzadiging. Aroma: karamelmout, licht aanwezig aroma van geroosterde mout, brood. Aanwezig aroma van rood fruit. Zoethout en vanille licht aanwezig. Lactisch. Metallische niet aanwezig in de smaak. Hout, zuur. Zuur voert de boventoon met een vleugje zoetigheid. Lichte nabitterheid. Lichte nasmaak en afdronk, lichte volmondigheid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kerenmk (4361) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 22, 2016
From bottle, Top Hops Beer Shop NYC, 11.5.16. Thank you brewery rep. Clear red. Delicate sour aroma. Taste of brown sugar and a little funk. Light body, vanilla finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alex60 (228) - - OCT 18, 2016
Bouteille 33 cl - couleur brune fonc tel du caf, odeur sur les fruits rouges, la mr, got direct sur lacidit, puis sur les murs, caramel dur, fin sur lacidit qui est beaucoup trop prsente tout le long de la dgustation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (5835) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 16, 2016
250ml bottle pours a deep amber brown colour with a finger of light tan head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark pitted fruits with some hints of red wine grapes and oaked notes. Taste is a dark fruit and malty sweetness with a spicy hop bitterness and a dry oaked red wine dryness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, a nice sour ale that is well balanced and tasty. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PanMarek (301) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Pours dark red with thin beige foam. Very sour nose with dried fruit, cherry and some earthiness. The flavor is a little more mild, but a good combination of sour notes with some woodiness. Thin body and finishes dry. The flavor was more delicate than I expected, bringing out the lambic aspect as much as the bruin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (6695) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - OCT 9, 2016
250ml bottle. Milky chestnut colour with small to average, frothy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, beige head. Sourish, spicy aroma, hints of vinegar, a touch of balsamico, sour raspberry, Taste is slightly dry, sweet-and-sour, tangy, hints of cherry, morello, raspberry, a caramel and nutty touch, hints of rock sugar, mild vinegar.

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