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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Reviews: 211
Hads: 731
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 51
Gots: 83 | 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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Reviews: 211 | Hads: 731
Photo of MV_CHI-NS
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful maroon/deep crimson with an ivory head.

Aroma: While this beer does have a bold fruit nose (I sensed cherries and blackcurrants), it has a very 'deep' backbone - a hint of...scorched earth, is how I would best describe it.

Flavor: Cherry is in prominence with this one, and it has just the 'right amount' of sweetness. Breathing out into my mouth while allowing it to rest on my palate after the first sip, I sensed persimmons and possibly some anise.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with medium-level carbonation - very 'appropriate' for a Flanders Red Ale combined with a young Lambic; not too tart, but just enough to be truly refreshing.

Overall: I highly recommend this beer for spring/fall. Personally, I find the fruit notes far to prominent for summer, but for late spring and all throughout fall, this one is ideal. (841 characters)

Photo of Wobbly
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%

One of my two or three favorite examples of this classic Flemish style. Such a rounded flavor and an excellent body. Complex yet so refreshing you could guzzle it if you are not careful. (187 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
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! (962 characters)

Photo of lstokes
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark reddish brown with scarlet edges and a beige head. Smells tart but also like roasted sugar. The taste is fabulous... all of the sour complexity--cherry, apple, and funk--but with this amazing balance of roasted malts, dark raisins, brown sugar. It's highly drinkable, crisper than most sours I've had (I think this is my first Oud Bruin, though!) and I would seek it out again. (382 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

33cl bottle (batch code 04) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Bellegems Bruin is a dark amber with a tan head leaving heavy, foamy brussels lace - textbook really.

Smell is first sweet than sour, cider vinegar, with a touch of must.

Taste is very bright cherry, abruptly cut by a moderately acidic, dry finish. A touch of caramel, apple cider. Really spot on with the style, a nice quick shock with a fairly clean, modestly malty finish.

Mouthfeel is slippery, light and dry.

Drinkability is phenomenal, this is a close to perfect as it gets, a benchmark example of the style. (591 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle, lucky to find a lone bottle in plain sight as it were at Hi-Times, great '30s style label,

A: Pours mahogany with a moderate white head, solid lace.

S: Nice dark fruit nose, not really sour smelling, molasses, inviting.

T: Delicious acidity, not overly sweet, just a hint of sugar with a great sweet-sour finish. Lots of dark fruit, fantastic.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate but easy acidity, beautiful structure, holds off the acid, but it still pervades throughout the whole drink.

D: A gem at $4 a bottle. Simply delicious, like the session beer version of an Oud Bruin, a great everyday drink, a must have from Belgium. Too easy to drink, refereshing to a T, simply an exceptionally well made beer. A classic acidic country ale. (750 characters)

Photo of Stopper
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This pours with a head of only a few large bubbles. The color is a deep orange brown. The aroma is beautifully sour, acidic, and vinous, with a touch of sweet chocolate. The mouthfeel is somewhat watery with very little effervescence. The flavor is initially puckering over hint of grain dryness, but the sourness quickly gives recedes enough to reveal complexly mild sweet red wine-like fruitiness with light touches of cherry. The finish remains a bit sour for a short time and there is none but the slightest hint of hop presence.

This brown has an absolutely exceptional aroma. Its complex fruity sourness is interesting and refreshing, and evolves nicely as it warms. It's refreshing, fruity, and complexly delicious, and I'll definitely be picking up more bottles of this. (781 characters)

Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
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 (195 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour a deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, it smells of sweet tarts. In the taste, sour dark cherries, the taste grows with time. A small sour bite with a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small sour cherry in the aftertaste. Sour cherries all day, but not overly acidic. (299 characters)

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice Flanders style ale in my hand. This one pours real nice and has a tart smell typical of the style although slitly subdued.

The appearance is deep mahogany, reddish brown with a think head on an aggressive pour.

Mouth feel dances the line between heavy carbonation and smooth, creamy. The beer goes down very smooth with a nice sour taste that is more mild than intense. Wets the palate and leaves you wanting more. Very drinkable and almost sessionabke at 5.5 abv

Might be my favorite of the style. (508 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep, clear, ruby red with just a touch of brown. Inch plus light tan head develops, soda like, before dropping to a thin, almost ephemeral, film. No lace left behind.
Smell is both sweet and sour, malty with a solid funk. Fruit (cherries and apple mostly), wood is present, too.
Taste is exactly what is promised by the nose. Malt, fruit, sweet, sour, funk, wood all playing together in a utopia of balance. Brilliantly done.
Medium bodied at best with a light effervescence. This is a very well constructed brew, standing even with Duchess du Borgogne (a personal favorite). (584 characters)

Photo of erickehoe
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby red with excellent lacing.

A elegant, lemony smell.

Beautiful sour yeast! The Belgiany yeast is great. Starts with nice mix of fruit and light malty flavor. Finishes with a cleansing yeast, subtle hop dryness.

Light and bubbly carbonation on the mouthfeel. Rolling, gentle, sweet.

One of my favorite beers. (328 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

$4.49 for a 11.2oz bottle @ Sicilianos.
Brewed with "malted barley, wheat, hops, water, and caramelized malts"
"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." 5.5% ABV. Label on the back "08 13"

Pours out to a nicely clear deep brown, forming a restrained dark yellow head with ok retention and minimal lacing. Very thin layer of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is beautifully inviting with tart grape, oak, lychee, barnyard, subdued brett lambicus, rotting apples and cherries, vinegar and musty basement. Mouthfeel is moderately tart with a medium light body. The taste is gorgeous...rotting apples, a little cola, a wisp of vinegar, musty basement, a little metallic in the finish, very mild to minimal bitterness, a touch of grape and sweet vermouth, with a delicate balance between sweet and sour, just like I like my Oud Bruins. Some scant higher alcohols upon warming, but not obtrusive. Finishes quite clean and only slightly dry.

A delicious Oud Bruin. I wish it had a bit more body and a longer finish, but it's still heavenly. Perhaps not as complex as Goudenband or Duchesse but still highly recommended. (1,329 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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. (400 characters)

Photo of utfiero
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- murky reddish brown. Full, thick head.

Aroma- oak, sour cherry, buttermilk.

Taste- Starts gentle with complex semi-sweetness with slight cherry, woody tones in the mid-body, then finishing with a mild sour apple tartness. Bravo! A truly great sour ale.

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 11/8/2014. (400 characters)

Photo of DaveHS
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this, being a big fan of Bockor's Flemish sour ale, which is only available on tap in CA.
Poured into a Monk's Cafe glass.

A-Cola brown with ruby highlights and a 1/4 inch of khaki colored head. Leaves minimal soapy lacing.

S-Very promising. Tart cherries, caramel malts, a mouth-watering, but not overpowering acidity.

T/M-A really well balanced beer. Tart up front, but that quickly fades off into light, sweet maltiness. A thin flavor of tart cherry carries through to the finish, but works harmoniously with the moderate, fizzy carbonation to create a lovely interplay of malty and tart flavors. There is a minor metallic note in the finish (the same type I get from Duchesse De Bourgogne) but it does little to distract from all the things this beer does right.

D-Solid. At only $4.99, this is worth drinking again. (840 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark reddish-brown (bright red to light) with a full light brown head, decent carbonation, and decent lace. Light sour aroma but primarily raisiny and light candy-like notes. Tart and fruity flavor with a very nice dark fruit character. Medium bodied with a light tart finish.

Very nice -- too bad the bottle is so small....

Per M.J. notes: Lambic brew (Jacobin's Gueuze) aged 18 mos. & a Belgian Ale (13 P, 1052 OG) hopped with 1 year old Northern Brewers aged 30 mos.

Best Before: 12/20/02
Tasted: 08/30/03

(8 oz. / 25 cl) (542 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12 (or 11.2) oz bottle poured into a large snifter

Pours medium brown with a medium amount of pale white head. Plenty of fine active carbonation. Smell is a pretty sour, tartness of cherries and plums with a slight hint of lemon. My wife, who loves sours but is currently pregnant, won't give it back because she wants to keep smelling it.

Taste matches the smell. It's a nice pretty bright sour, fruity and summery. Really, really nice.

Mouthfeel is light but slightly filmy. Overall, I'm sold on Bockor beers at this point. I like this a lot. (547 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A clear chestnut golden brown out of the bottle, filling the glass with a great woody dark mahogany, and almost cocoa dark brown opaque quality. Head barely reaches two fingers, but has a great creamy espresso and milky like texture. Settle to a fairly good size collar and thin puck. Nice looking oud bruin.

Real unique nose. Milk chocolate, with a bit of orange bitterness and lemon tang sour quality. Really getting a malted chocolate sweetness on this which is real fascinating. Dry a bit, with some acidic mild heat coming off it as well. This is really impressive.

Palate comes controlled, creamy, and full of flavor. Great rich malt and mild tartness. Low acid with a nice mix of sweet caramel and milk chocoalte in the mid palate. Big coating almost imperial rich feeling. Super quick easy drinkability, with huge coating on the palate. Mild fruits of lemon and small cherry, a bit of fig soft sweetness as well. Wondefully balanced between tart and sweet.

It's great to be finding another great oud bruin for a change, I'll be remembering this one for sure. (1,126 characters)

Photo of mrand01
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a generic tulip.

A: An opaque red, with a thin off-white head. No lacing whatsoever.

S: A fruit-leather combo, plums, raisins and black cherries.

T: Sweet and fruity with a small hint of sourness. Solid malt backbone balances out the sweetness.

M: Light-bodied with a moderate amount of smooth carbonation.

O: At $3.50 a bottle, this may just be my goto fruited "sour." While it's not quite Marron Acidifie or Oerbier, the price to performance ratio is staggering. (488 characters)

Photo of OhioRay
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Good-looking russet body, translucent with some ruby highlights, under a finger of beige head that dissipates quickly & leaves swampy lacing.

Smells of tart cherries, green apple, vinaigrette, a little jam-like sweetness that gains strength as it warms. Nothing really unexpected for the style, just well-done & keeping me coming back for more.

Tart grape juice, some more of those acidic fruit notes from the nose but balanced by a nicely baked but mild sweetness, like pie crust. Again, good stuff.

Medium-bodied, grips you by the tongue & leaves an acidic trail in its wake. Hits the salivary spots without being an out-&-out gusher. Very nice.

Overall, this is damn good. Again, nothing out of the ordinary for the style, but really hits the sweet spot with the tartness. Definitely have it again. (836 characters)

Photo of Beelzebeer
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

8oz bottle, served in tulip. No dates, just Batch 02. I bought it 2-3 years ago.

A - Quick dissipating head, beautiful brown-red body.

S - Sour and tart. Some fruit, but mostly sour.

T - Tart, some cherries, vinegar, a little biscuit.

M - Beautiful! I think the age has eliminated some of the carbonation, but beautiful feel. I'd really like to see how this is fresh. (373 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lovely dark garnet. Nice and opaque but has a decently thin look to it. Nice small head of light off white then comes up and over the top, dropping loads of lovely lacing down the sides.

Aroma is dark fruits, ripe plums, figs, pears, anything dark is a winner here. Really just nicely done. Sweet with raisins and touches of spice coming into the fold, beyond well put together. Each sip is like thanksgiving dinner with the flavors. A tremendous range here with huge swings from sugary dark fruits to light spice and hints of tart cherries (541 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Tulip is a very dark brown beer with a head around an inch thick.

Aroma: Sour cherries, light fig, pumpernickel, faint almond and a wisp of dryness in the nose.

Taste: Lots of sour cherry notes in the front, breadiness, a good crispness on the palate. Citrus notes here and there. Touches of roasted malts and hops.

Notes: This an interesting style the sourness is not too overpowering. Cheers. (423 characters)

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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.