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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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90
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685 Ratings
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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 46
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. visit their website
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: 685 | Reviews: 211
Reviews by Maxwell:
Photo of Maxwell
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark candy brown, with a lovely creamy white head that sits at a finger’s width above the beer. In the light and in the glass, though, the beer is beautifully dark ruby in color, with some slight muddling in the color to suggest brown maple syrup. Lacing is thin and tendril like along the walls of the glass. The body appears to be clean and free of particles, but is really quite opaque to the eye. On the nose, the beer smells strongly of cherry leather and funk, with big fruity waftings and a light barnyard funk lying beneath everything that just barely touches upon less appealing smells. The smell actually begins with a nice malty base, but that is swiftly washed away by the funk and fruit. On the tongue, the beer tastes tart with wonderfully fruity notes that move mostly in the tart cherry range, but do hint slightly at other fruits. The funk detected in the nose is lighter in the taste, but still present in the background of flavor. The beer begins with light funk before quickly opening into sweet fruity cherry notes with some mild leather to suggest the funkier side of the beer. The finish mingles light funk and fruit beautifully, and the aftertaste rings with a surprisingly salty sour funk, while still hinting at the cool fruity cherry. In the mouth, the beer feels light to medium in body, with some fierce prickling from the carbonation, though it remains smooth other than that. The mouth is left neutral, with only the slightest watering at the sides of the tongue. Overall, this is a lovely light wild beer. It tends more towards the fruity side of the road, but suggests some nice funk notes while still holding onto the fruit. The beer is a terrific introduction beer for wild ales, and a nice fruity beverage overall. I like this beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, semi-thick brown color with a decent head that laced well on the glass.

Smell – Initially, a whiff of Sweet-Tarts hits the nose. This is followed by a deeper malt flavor and strong sourness, again like candy.

Taste – The candy flavors kick in more on the tongue. The sourness comes in towards the end (true lemon, not the cheap kind), but the tart flavors are the highlight of this show. The malt is there but drowned out.

Mouthfeel – There’s some light carbonation to be had, but mostly this puckers the mouth and kicks the salivary glands into high gear.

Drinkability – This is great to drink on an empty stomach. The smallish bottle reflects the sipping nature of this brew. A nice example.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased sometime in 2013 - want to say spring- making this nearly a year in the cellar

APP-deep maple, clear, low off-white head with fair retention and poor lace.

AROMA- complex, vinous nose of hey, red grape, blackcurrant, cranberry, earth, coacoa, grapefruit, dark caramel, rhubarb, anise, melon, ...and on and on....sounds messy but very harmonious and pleasant bouquet that leaps from the glass. Wonderful.

FLAVOR- much simpler than aroma as expected. lightly sweet crystal malt sliced apart by very bright and lively acidity (lactic?) rhubarb and citrus (over-ripe /spoiled grapefruit) come out prominently, a hint of tart cherry, notes of fig, tuna fruit, earth, cranberry, clover, no diacetyl, no apparent oxidation, no tannin or oaky character,

MF- light-bodied, velvety, medium-high carbonation, drying acidity that stings the lips a bit, and makes for a long finish not helped out by a light clinging bitterness

OVERALL- A disarmingly spritely oud bruin, that is lighter, more quenching and refreshing than richer examples. I get the impression that this is either a very young beer or chemically synthesized lactic acid has been introduced. It lacks the charisma of better examples but still makes for an interesting glass and at 5.5 abv this would be great bottle to bring out to parties, picnics, etc... would revisit this but would not pay much for it. Just read on the label that it is actually a blend of brune and lambic, which explains a lot, and makes me appreciate it a little more. Odd product.

Photo of Swongler
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended to me by the shopkeep at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Upon tasting I realized that I had this at on tap at another bar once before. Poured into a flute.

A - Dark red-brown. Even hard to see through when held up to light. A thick creamy head of light caramel color.

S - MMMmm smells delicious. Much like any darker sour. Slight metalic/brass smell to it, but that is hidden behind unripened cherries, and unripened apples.

T - Unlike some beers that overdo the sour, this one actually tastes like a beer. This is unmistakably a brown ale with sour properties. Almost like a fruity New Castle... but better. Cherries, slight earthiness, and a tang that makes it just sour enough.

M - The head is nice and creamy. Makes your tongue curl just enough for a sour. Slightly thick, but not overly thick.

O - A solid sour. I would recommend this to just about anyone that appreciates a high-quality sour. I really want to give this one another shot. I am tasting it as I write this review, and I can tell that my opinion of it may change with my mood or state of my palate.

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Slender 8oz brown bottle with a freshness date stamped on the label.

Appearance: Hazy reddish brown with a thin whispy tan lace.

Smell: Mild yet even tartness, very vague aroma.

Taste: Smooth semi creamy mouth feel, a clash of carob and tartness. Lemon and grainy smith apples come to mind with a toasted bread flavour. Dark raisin fruitiness. Tartness is snappish with the grainy following, hops are nonexistent and should be that way for this style. Dark candy sugar and tart finish though gets dryer and dryer as a husky grain puckers the mouth.

Notes: A happy brew in my mouth, back and forth complexities of tartness and carob or dark malt. Pleasing to the palate and refreshed my mind.

Photo of mjtiernan
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Looks like a lively one! A mountainous off-white head atop a rusty deep brown body.

S: Heavy fruity esters. Some oak barrel. Caramel and dark fruit.

T: Delicious. Acetic tart cherry. Some earthy oak. Each sip takes a long time to develop.

M: Very smooth and refreshing to start with some wonderful biting tartness in the finish. Medium body and carb is just right.

O: I love how this tastes but it’s the mouthfeel that dominates. I enjoyed this a ton.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Aroma: sour and red fruit – not super intense, rich malt in the nose. Not a lot of hop aroma.
Brilliant coppery brown (Burgundy), 1” finely bubbled off white head that quickly dissipates. Some lacing.
Flavor: Fairly dry, has a slightly cherry plum fruity sweet-sour finish. A little prune especially in the after taste. No appreciable hops.
Very effervescent, medium body, creamy and refreshing.

Photo of ADR
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Date marked 12/20 (20/12) /02...very dark browm, chill hazes the glass, looks to be sedimented. Small head down to spider tracks in 40 seconds, laces in small spots. Black strap mollases aroma, backed by a farm fresh mustiness. Light and citric tart, the flavors come across to me as a cross between a Manhatten and soy sauce. Finsihes relatively dry for a beer this dark, could be a sense of black cherry and with some overbearing phenolics. I can't say this is a favorite, low carbonation to counter the tartness and a slightly unpleasant malt.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cherry hued brown body with a light tan head, fine bubled lacing with speckled patterns left on my chalice. Aroma has tart cherries hints of tart sliced apples. Earthy note with lactic yogurt, hints of dark roasted malts. Flavor will satisfy your sour ale side with tart cherries, sliced green apples, hints of yogurt and dark roasted malts. Excellent version of a classic style, I've never heard of the brewer the label is a bit generic but the beer is high quality Bellegems bruin West Flanders Ale. Mouthfeel has a dry finish with fruity balance to make everybody happy, even sturdy flowing carbonation a bit effervescent and bubbly like. Overall high drinkable and enjoyable version of a hard to find style, glad I picked it up definitely worth it at around 4 bucks a bottle.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a dense clear garnet red glowing body with a spotty oatmeal cream head that sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- The soft tartness has a faint cherry quality with a faint barnyard and cola quality mixed in. There is a wet wood aroma to finish.

T- The warming tartness has some soft blend of malt and old wet wood adding a faint cheese rind hint to it and the finish is a faint aged cherry note that lingers for a moment.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz in the finish and grows as the beer warms.

O- This beer is a nice classic flanders red with some soft depth of other flavors, like a nice blended brown malt and a good amount of tartness.

Photo of CloudStrife
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear ruby with a 1.5 finger off white head. A good amount of visible carbonation. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Great tart aroma with some fruit and funkiness. Fruit comes through as cherry. Nice yeasty

T: Light cherry taste with a sour background. I enjoy the funkiness in this one. Lasting fruit taste.

M: Light to medium body with fairly low carbonation. Very drinkable

Overall a very sessionable flanders that I wish I could have every day. Doesn't blow you away but is still a good representation of the style.

Photo of joeseppy
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep red pour and head is brief retreating to the edge leaving wispy clouds in the center.

Aroma mainly of tart cherries.

Taste is cherry and mildly sour.

Mouthfeel is spritzy throughout. Clean and refreshing.

Really not much to say except this is really good. Oud Bruins, for me, always seem classy and sophisticated and this fits the bill. Not very tart or sour if you will. Easy drinker.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Amber with white foam and great lacing in a goblet.

Smell: Wild yeast and strawberries. Balsamic vinegar.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More wild yeast, strawberries, and balsamic. Cheese-like. Definitely some funky fermentation involved in this. Clean mouthfeel that is a bit too thin.

Overall: Like a wild ale, I would love to try more of this style.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Teasing aromas of sweetly caramelish malt and a sour cherry-like fruitiness greet you in the nose of this beautiful oud bruin. As it crosses your lips and tongue you find it's quite smooth and lightly creamy with an exceptionally fine-bubbled natural carbonation and medium body. The flavor, however, is distracting with its beautiful juxtaposition of sour apple/mild citrus-like tartness and lightly sweet, caramelish, and toasty malt. Raisins and brown sugar appear along the way; and a thin spritz of lemon juice hits you at the finish, drying it nicely! It lingers in the mouth though, with a film of dry maltiness that makes you want to take another sip! Quite nice. And although it's not complex, the combination of the sourness and sweetness is interesting enough to keep you coming back for more! This is a superb rendition of the style that doesn't rely on added sweetness to overcome its sourness; and isn't too sour over all - just perfectly balanced!

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, the publican - chicago

appearance: served in a nice tulip, mahogany body - dark garnet highlights

smell: light tartness, cherry, wood, caramel, vinegar

taste: the oud bruin is admittedly not my favorite of the flanders varietals - bockor does produce the finest flanders red on the market though so i figured this was worth a run. Muddy caramel flavors, a touch metallic, dry woody notes, toasty malts, sweet dark fruits, touch of grain, earthy

mouthfeel: delicate tartness, medium-light body, good carbonation

overall: good

Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a chalice at the Blue Nile. Thanks to Al for bringing in the sours. I'd say this is on the more drinkable end o the spectrum for the style. Of course, it also lacks some of the deeper complexity of the style you might find in Goudenband, but is still a step ahead of Petrus Oud Bruin. There's a sweet, lightly fruity caramel and light cocoa malt flavor with tart candy bite at the finish. I was eating a plate of spicy beef sambussas and this beer went surprisingly well with the fat and spice.

Photo of plfahey
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Mahogany brown red and very clear. Moderately large light khaki head with moderate retention.

Aroma-Lots going on in the nose-sour, tart, wild aromas, with leathery/barnyard brett aromas. Lemons, tart cherries, and a hint of passionfruit. Underneath the sour character are some raisiny caramel notes and light toast. Quite complex.

Flavor-Sour cherries and lemon rinds up front with a little bit of yeast funk in the flavor. Some acetic character shows through as well. In the finish, slightly larger fruit flavors come into play with passionfruit and plums. Finishes rather sweet and a bit tart.

Mouthfeel-Medium body to medium low body with moderate carbonation. Almost feels a bit thin and watery.

All in all, this is a great oud bruin. The aroma is fantastic and the flavor is quite good, although not quite as complex as the aroma and it finishes a bit sweet. The mouthfeel throws me a little because it's a bit thin, but on the whole, it's a tasty and quite drinkable bruin.

Photo of scar
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoy Flemish reds more than any other wild yeast ales. There is a satisfying quality that is sustaining and fulfilling much like a good meal. I often have these ales with a light lunch of fruit and cheese, however they certainly have enough character to stand up heartier beef dishes, possibly even a burger with blue or Gorgonzola.

The appearance is spectacular, a beautiful dark red almost burgundy dominates your eye. The lace is like a cob web that take up all areas of the glass. Impressive considering this appearance is usually created by bottle conditioned beers which this one is not.

The smell is the weakness of this beer, very slight Candi sugar, a little acid and chocolate on the nose. I expect more acid up front.

The taste is fantastic but missing the yeast component. Malty with yogurt and vinegar to balance. Notes of coco powder and caramelized sugar but very slight. Very drinkable for the style.

Mouth-feel, nothing to complain about appropriate body with lower carbonation adding to the beer rather than detracting.

I would love to see this beer in the bottle conditioned form considering the classics of this style contain yeast. Great price of 2.99 a bottle can't go wrong, I will be buying more in the near future.

Photo of ordybill
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Elemental
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will have to say that I wasn't very impressed with this beer. It poured nice and dark brown but had almost know head at all. Very little carbonation at all. It has a nice aroma that is malty and smells of plums. But the taste was extremely sweet. It had a big plum taste with very little bitterness at all. The big turn off was the residual sweetness which overpowered everything else. Overall I think that it may have not have finished fermenting, but otherwise was interesting.

Photo of sjones5045
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
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 osusullins
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you like sours you will like this beer, I however do not like sours. That said, I can still recognize skillful craftsmanship. The people that produced this beer know what they are doing. Just not my favorite style.

The aroma is very tart and acidic with some estery qualities. You can tell this is a sour with the first whiff that you get.

The sour notes are right there when it first hits the pallate and stays throughout. I can taste raisins and some subtle dark fruit that I can't quite pull. Good if you like sours, but I do not so just so so for me.

Photo of SFNC
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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 GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is not a perfect beer - it has flaws...and I really like it!

Purchased same date as review. Note: Great label.

Pours Extremely dark copper black color with a thick and firm tan head.

Nose is acidic plums and apricots.

Mouthfeel is acidic rich and a bit creamy with light carbonation and good fresh acid. Really well balanced.

Flavor profile will cause the controversy. Flavors are sweet plummy grape with a nice citric acid character. Flavors appear initially to be simple and sweet and almost soda like. However, there are some complexities and layers and the flavors and general character of this beer is so bright and appealing that you can't help drinking more.

I have to admit that there is some simplicity to this one - however, a bit of age may refine the sweetness. Simple acidic purple grape finish. At the end of the day, and while this beer is really not all that perfect and is a bit "grape simple,"....I really like it and just want to drink it!

Final word? It tastes good.

Photo of fattyre
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear dark red/brown with a smallish off white head. It has a slightly malty somewhat citrusy smell that gives the perception of sweet and sour. The taste was of a sweet flowery front, diminishing sour mid with a dry slightly yogurty end and a slightly thin mouthfeel. Overall it was a very nice sweet and sour type beer which I really wish I could drink on a more regular basis.

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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.