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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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213 Reviews

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Reviews: 213
Hads: 743
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 20.54%
Wants: 51
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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: 213 | Hads: 743
Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly chill hazed reddish brown with a thick two finger head of off-white carbonation.

Sour cherries, vanilla, oak, caramel, and slight vinegar.

Vinegar, cherries, dark fruit, caramel, and vanilla.

Medium-bodied, high carbonation, acidic, tart, and slightly fruity.

Overall, not my favorite Oud Bruin, but decent nonetheless.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Brown body with reddish hues and huge pink tinted off white head
Smells not unlike a good Burgundy
A curious mix malt, red wine vinegar, sour cream & Cherry
silky smooth mouthfeel
Smooth & well balanced

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Photo of woemad
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $4.99. According to the label this was either best by or bottled in January, 2015.

Poured into a Chimay glass, this was a dark brown color with rubyish highlights and a thin, bubbly beige head.

Vinuous and vinegary in the nose, along with some fruity esters.

Sour and malty at the beginning of the taste. There’s a fruity aspect a bit like cherries that starts in the background and becomes fairly prominent at the fade out. The sour and sweet are really well balanced.

The body is on the heavier side of light. Good, slightly effervescent mouthfeel for the style.

This was a really enjoyable beer, one that would work well as an ambassador of sour beer to someone who isn’t already into them. I’ll be having this again.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: draft into a goblet, red brown with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: tart cherry, balsamic vinegar

T: tart cherry, balsamic vinegar, acetic acid

M: light, tart, crisp

O: stumbled upon a great find at Yard House Waikiki

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Photo of drpimento
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very nice traditional Flemish red/brown. Decent appearance with lovely clear garnet color and some head with a bit of lace. Rich aroma of caramel, wine must, a little fruit. Flavor's like nose with strong sweet tart character up front and and finishes moderately. Good body that fits the style. Does seem a tad boozy at the very end. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
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).

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Photo of Gajo74
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A tart, sweet, sour and refreshing brew. There is a really nice balance; the sweetness is not cloying and the sourness is not too acidic. A refreshing drink and a great palate opener.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky brown with crimson hue. Moderate carbonation and slight tan skiff of a head.
Aroma: Very clean and light sour (lactic) aroma, brett (lambicus - cherry pie) notes, cherry, apple and pear.
Taste: tart, not sour. Cherry and stonefruit. A bit sweet.
Mouthfeel: Substantial with light carbonation.
Overall: Very tasty although balance tips towards sweet.

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Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Yard House in Atlanta.
Hazy amber body with a good head.
The flavor is a bit sweet and low in tart for style, but this did not disappoint me.
Light but not watery body with medium carbonation. Moderately complex flavor.

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Photo of knotes1963
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of JRed
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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

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Photo of Catracho5
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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

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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!

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Photo of Mikus
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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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.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DE bar

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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Alissa2579
2.66/5  rDev -34.2%
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

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Photo of cjgiant
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of OhioRay
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of gcamparone
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of ThirstyDutchman
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.