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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Vanderghinste Oud BruinVanderghinste Oud Bruin

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

527 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 33
Gots: 39 | 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:
Label also displays .VanderGhinste Oud Bruin'.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-08-2000)
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Reviews by gfreed:
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gfreed

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

Subtlety wins! A good alternative to many others in this style because it isn't very powerful, no matter how you look at it. You'll find plenty of sourness without the wince; you'll also find plenty of fruitiness without any goopy sweetness. I use Rodenbach as my barometer of a good Flemish beer, but If you've ever been sandbagged by someone handing you a bottle and saying "Really! It isn't *that* sour!", you'll appreciate this beer from Bockor. Everything here is mellow and round. And while drinking, you can decode the label: is the old guy leering at the young guy, or is he just drunk?

An excellent accompaniment to pancakes.

11-22-2011 17:51:36 | More by gfreed
More User Reviews:
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

09-03-2003 02:43:50 | More by RoyalT
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

01-02-2014 22:26:36 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

3/5  rDev -25.6%

06-17-2014 11:10:03 | More by tectactoe
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

3.64/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

03-07-2014 05:51:50 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

09-13-2012 03:26:51 | More by wesbrownyeah
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joemetric

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-10-2014 17:11:57 | More by joemetric
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Swongler

California

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

10-08-2013 21:32:53 | More by Swongler
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Beerswag

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

10-06-2013 17:48:48 | More by Beerswag
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

04-16-2002 22:01:58 | More by Jason
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SourHead

Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.7%

03-11-2013 20:39:00 | More by SourHead
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mjtiernan

New York

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

10-26-2012 02:53:16 | More by mjtiernan
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%

09-08-2013 22:38:06 | More by Janeinma
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-18-2014 22:34:06 | More by Mantooth
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-05-2014 20:53:59 | More by chickenm
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

Source: Liquid Solutions

08-18-2003 15:14:22 | More by ADR
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

04-23-2012 17:10:42 | More by WVbeergeek
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jpbebeau

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

07-11-2013 14:45:07 | More by jpbebeau
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

(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.

06-24-2011 21:32:08 | More by rhoadsrage
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

09-13-2013 00:24:54 | More by acurtis
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CloudStrife

New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

11-04-2012 19:24:24 | More by CloudStrife
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JasonSiedman

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

09-06-2012 12:30:23 | More by JasonSiedman
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joeseppy

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

02-20-2014 00:49:33 | More by joeseppy
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pumptrick

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

07-08-2012 02:33:45 | More by pumptrick
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zachpaschal

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

07-27-2014 01:30:30 | More by zachpaschal
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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.