Vanderghinste Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Vanderghinste Oud BruinVanderghinste Oud Bruin

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692 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 692
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 46
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-08-2000

Label also displays .VanderGhinste Oud Bruin'.
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Ratings: 692 | Reviews: 212
Photo of knotes1963
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice sour. Just enough to be different from your daily brew, but not over the top. Very good recommendation from the staff at de Gouverneur bieren cafe in Maastricht. Of which, I can't believe nobody has added to places! Must stop for bier lovers in southern Holland.

Photo of JRed
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark blood in color with white bubbly head. Aroma of tart fruit in a booze bath, cherries, strawberries, pineapple. Tastes of smooth cherry, strawberry, tart, yogurt, booze. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. I could chug this all day.

Photo of MrMeerbill
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A good sour ale a brighter more complex rodenbach a little to acidic for my taste

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark cola color with a pleasant fruity tart aroma. Flavors are acidic, dark fruits (plums and cherries...maybe currents) with some bready notes. Pretty tasty overall. One to seek out if you prefer this style a little heavier in body.

$4 for 11.2 oz bottle

Photo of LennyBound
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not terribly sour, but still a very tasty brew.

Photo of Catracho5
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian tulip glass

A: Dark brown with a vanilla colored head, some minor lacing, lot of tiny bubbles in the head, some carbonation streaming off the bottom, looks like a cola.

A: Vinegar tart sours, slight oak on the nose, green apples, there is a tart, sour like bread aroma on this, smells pretty good.

T: Not as tart as I expected, more on the sweeter grape flavor, like white grapes, some bitterness, there is a sour bread like flavor, finishes really smooth, very drinkable.

M: Light to medium, not much carbonation, dry finish.

O: Very nice, I've had four other beers in this style, this one is really different, sweeter than the others but just as good, very easy drinking, would buy this again if possible.

Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: very dark brown with a thin beige head.
S: sourdough bread
T: a mild sweet, almost apple-like tartness. More delicate than underwhelming. Very nice!
F: smooth and almost velvety, but not thick

Photo of SFNC
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown with an off white head. Sweet and sour smell with some ripe fruit notes. Taste is sour with fruit notes like cherry and prune. Also some nice wood undertones. Medium mouthfeel with a dry finish. I'd recommend this to a wine drinker as an avenue into the beer world. Very good!

Photo of Mikus
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really starting to dig this style. Poured a dark brown (hint of ruby at the edges), thin ring of off-white head. Classic light vinegar, cherry, sour/lactic undertone, tempting nose... evolved as the bottle warmed up. Tart cherry, fresh but slightly acidic vinegar note, hint of oak. Delicious. Dry finish. Tingly tart small bubbles. Reminiscent of Duchesse or CdJR, but a good deal less intense. Good intro bruin, IMO. Fully enjoyable diversion from the norm. Maybe this will become the new norm.

Photo of Alexatumn
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is an old style mash beer. Sour taste but not to heavy!

Photo of ordybill
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- Has a nice fruit aroma with malt
Appearance- A dark amber color with a small white head.
Taste- Stand back, this puppy is sour, very interesting. Has a nice fruit flavor.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with little carbonation. very sour but goes down dry.
Overall- The most sour beer I have ever tasted to date. I enjoyed it, but this is a beer I would only drink one at per sitting.

Photo of DudMan
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Refreshing. Like a sour cranberry and vodka. From 12 oz bottle 3/14

Photo of sjones5045
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DE bar
2/28/15

Bottle date 3/14

Good. Like a lot. Early sips I thought it wasn't a that good, but as I kept drinking it felt like a smooth cranberry sour drink. Smooth and enjoyable. I need to try again early in my session to really appreciate.

Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A Flanders Brown. Modestly sour in the very drinkable Belgian style. Dark coppery brown with a decent foam in the DT tulip.

Tangy and tart but with an undertone of sweetness, like Rodenbach. Woody notes and a little dark fruit. Dry, yeasty finish. Really a pleasant sipping brew and not at all like the American extreme sour style. On tap at Fathom on the pier on Shelter Island, San Diego.

Photo of Alissa2579
2.66/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

It was ok but not my favorite. I had two others in similar style. I prefer the lighter colored Flemish ales. Birthday gift from garys in basking ridge

Photo of cjgiant
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap:
Pours a very dark ruby, only noticeable at the edges. Lovely foamy white head, with significant lacing. Nose is a tad sweeter tha expected, dark cherry, with a yogurt-like tartness. The nose is fairly muted, but does have some sour notes, with a hint of vinegar at colder temps.

Tastes are Silat to nose, but rely more on the tart notes than the fruit-based. The base is actually slightly bland, think unspectacular plum and cherry. The sour notes are sour-milk and even some vinegar notes. Maybe it speaks to balance that neither is overpowering, but both seem muted. Despite or in relation to this, the feel is awesomely smooth and silky. Carbonation is spot on, some play on the tongue, but not to interfere with the tastes.

I expected a more tart beer from what I read in these reviews. In that respect I was disappointed, but if I ignore this it was a solid beer. There are apple cider vinegar notes here and there, so beware of that. Otherwise, this is a beer if grab on occasion if the price or mood is right.

Photo of Vedpathekid
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful taste of cherries and smooth finish. Could drink this forever.

Photo of MoreBeer4me
1.96/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This one isn't for me. Had about a half glass and dumped the rest. Too sour, kinda nasty.

Photo of OhioRay
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep amber. Very clear 1 finger of a thick tan head dissipates fairly quickly so just a small head. No lacing.

S - Strong lacto up front. Almost a pear like scent from the lacto. Caramel malts, a little bit of chocolate, plums, cherries. Mostly just sour.

T - Very sour right off the bat and all of the way through. Not overly sour - just right. More pear flavor that was present in the nose. Tastes much lighter than this thing looks. Caramel malts also present - no hops at all. Really, this reminds me of a pear cider that I had awhile back. Very nice.

M - Medium-heavy carbonation. Medium bodied - everything in the mouth is coated very well. Surprising for such an acidic beer.

O - I really like this one. Very well done sour beer.

Photo of LegitCraftBeer
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent, from look to smell to taste.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$ 9.99/750 mL bottle at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH
Undated bottle at 47 degrees into tulip
Aroma – non-specific fruity esters
Head average (3 cm, aggressive pour), very light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to no ring, no layer
Lacing – none
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor begins with light sour cherry and lactic acid, some oakiness. No hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, dry, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4

Photo of gcamparone
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served into a snifter at Dohertys Ale House in Warwick RI. Allowed to warm as I sipped it.

Poured a hazy ruby body with a white head that reduces to a ring of foam and leave blotchy lacing.

Aromas are interesting, red wine,grapes, and cherries, some woodyness, mustiness.

On the tongue is a mildly tart fruityness, light Caramel, some cherries, wine, dark grapes, the finish is sweet brandy. Mouthfeel is medium-light with medium carbonation.

Was curious about this beer and I'd definitely order it again. Subtlety tart and fruity, it's a nice compliment to your meal.

Photo of ThirstyDutchman
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the style this beer really left me wanting more. Not nearly as tart and funky and many other Oud Bruins I've tried. I suppose it's a great starter for someone not as adventurous to try and get into this style.

Photo of KFBR392
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: big head of about three fingers was produced on an aggressive pour. Thin layer sustained across the top while drinking. Low active carbonation and the color is brown with plenty of ruby red accents.

Smell: cherry syrup, leather, and tobacco greet the drinker. Some woodiness shows up on the body with lactose sweetness as well. Caramel maltiness continues a running theme of sweetness.

Taste: a very well rounded front of slightly tart cherries, oak, leather, and dark fruits. Those fruits continue to develop and wash over the palate in waves. Raisins and some toffee linger long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: rich Mouthfeel but plenty of the newaunces in this brew come through. Lower carbonation fits well.

Overall: very tasty Our Bruin. Some of the cherry syrup aromas had me worried this would come off overly sweet but this plays well. Surprisingly drinkable, a nice treat.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A different beer than the Bellegems, as far as I can tell, or perhaps this is an older vintage? Pours a medium amber color with a white head and really no sediment. Aroma is wine like, with sweet and sour characteristics. This brew is sweet, to sour, with toffee and tartness rounding out the flavor profile. There is a pleasant malt flavor throughout, and tartness follows. The beer finishes clean and mild, easily drank and quite enticing. Would certainly recommend this beer for personal use or to share with a special someone.

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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
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