Vanderghinste Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
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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
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
On tap, from a fresh keg. Appearance, clear, dark garnet hue, deep eggplant with crimson edges, under slim, but lasting dotted beige head.
Aroma: grape, cherries, and blackberries hit the nose first, with caramel malt beneath. A rendezvous between sour and sweet, with sour taking over assuredly.
Taste: the sweet and sour tug of war begins immediately again on hitting the palate. Sour fruit commands the stage with malty brown ale flavors holding steady in the background, but plainly giving way to the dominant tart. Another sip, another wince and pucker, but the sweet factor and the comforting caramel malt backbone ease us away from any onslaught of tartitude.
Medium bodied, and long in the finish, with sweetness and sour aplenty, quenching and refreshing as the best of them.
I do love our bruins, and perhaps I prefer them to flanders reds, the jury's still out on that one. This one would make a fine every day drinking, with-food-drinking, all around enjoyable ale, with price being the only hindrance.
Glad to finally try it at last, after seeing it in my old, dusty Michael Jackson tomes of yore!
11-21-2010 23:28:49 | More by feloniousmonk
4.14/5 rDev +2.7%
I picked this bottle up at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, enjoyed chilled in a teku.
The color is medium brown with light chill haze and thick three finger tan head with rocky surface. The retention is very good and bead is very fine. The smell has strong tart cherry aroma with mild sweet malt and gentle spice ester with nice fruity mix of wild yeast esters. The feel is tangy with moderately high carbonation with semi-dry feel with slight malt sweetness and medium light body with semi-dry finish.
The taste is very good with semi dry malt flavor with fruity tangy and almost sour/sweet flavor from yeast with slight malt sweetness with a light raisiny accent and mild caramel toward the middle with minimal spice in the finish and mild alcohol in the taste. This is a very good example of an Oud bruin, I would drink this again without hesitation.
12-15-2013 23:40:00 | More by Slatetank
3.99/5 rDev -1%
a very cool version of the style here, not as sour as many of them. its a blend of a flemish red ale and a young lambic, giving this beer a rounded flavor and tartness, without the caustic acidity of other oud bruin types. more brown than red on the pour, hazy and dense, with a deep mahogany glow and less than an inch of cream colored foam. the nose is fruity as they come, tart cherries and maybe even raisins give an orchard sort of sweetness to this, and chocolate and dark amber malts unite in a rich lathery body with a bit of sweetness as well as a lactic tartness from the lambic. the wheat malt there doesnt add much, but the mild acidity is a nice contrast to the red fruit finish. complex and drinkable, more so than a lot of these. well carbonated, but i notice the lushness of the feel before the bubbles. its expanding on the palate and creamy too, down easy. a very impressive offering, especially at around 5 bucks a bottle.
01-27-2014 18:25:32 | More by StonedTrippin
4.72/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
12-01-2010 05:22:14 | More by Halcyondays
3.55/5 rDev -11.9%
11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle (batch code 02) with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Bottle acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California yesterday. Reviewed live. Expectations are high as I really enjoyed the Jacobins Rouge from this brewery.
Served slightly warmer than refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a one finger head of okay thickness, very light cream, and bad retention. Colour is a nontransparent very dark amber. No yeast particles are visible.
Sm: Sour cherries, wild yeast, and bacteria. Lively and appealing. A moderately strong aroma.
T: Sour cherry, wild yeast, and bacteria. The sourness is pretty tame, with some fruity tartness on the back end. Clean malted barley comprises the foundation. All around it's a bit simple for the style, but features notable subtlety. Enjoyable and pleasant to drink. Some layering. Well balanced and built.
Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours generally. Adequate carbonation. Moderately light on the palate. It has presence. No real cream. The thickness is adequate but not ideal. Thins towards the finish.
Dr: A drinkable Oud Bruin that will please fans of the style but won't impress. I'd definitely have it again and it's quite enjoyable, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends. There are better beers in the style for around the same price and availability.
04-22-2012 04:51:47 | More by kojevergas
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
Tried from a bottle at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst. And as a little piece of trivia: at the time of writing, this is my 2,500th review on BeerAdvocate.
Pours a deep brownish red in colour, very clear and with a solid weight that makes it feel like an uncut ruby. Head is white with a depth to the colour, head is firm and a little filmy. Lace forms in big rings around the edge of the glass. Carbonation is very solid making the beer look alive. Looks good.
Nose is great. Solid tartness and plenty of barrel characters giving oak and a slight vinous note. There's rounded malt underneath it giving it some heft. Characters of anise, muscatels, cherry stem and earth come through as well. It doesn't punch with intensity, but the complexity is great.
Taste is light on entry with a bright, clean crispness and some basso malt presence. Solid cherry characters come through the centre, but still rather sweet. At the back there's more barrel notes—a touch of oxidation and a clean, light tartness. Some sweetness sticks around towards the finish. Feel is light but smooth with some acid providing a bite.
Overall, this is tasty stuff. It's perhaps a little bit sweet, but it's well crafted with plenty of classic characters. Very tasty stuff.
10-20-2013 01:51:51 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.95/5 rDev -2%
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.
11-17-2010 00:42:50 | More by tempest
United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev -13.2%
Tasting 6 months after the suggested expiry date (08/07/2008), served only very lightly-chilled in Rodenbach's slim goblet.
A: dark Burgundy-ruby in colour, with large bubbles in action but not fiercely, and a fast-dissipating off-white foamy head.
S: slightly pungent sour fruits with strong hints of salted-sour Chinese brown prunes, cherries and a little oily balsamic vinegar - refreshing and not too sweet, but the brown malt base lies firmly underneath. "Woodiness", due to the long ageing (18 months, according to the back label), is everywhere, but is also mixed intrinsically with the fruity main theme. Nice.
T: the taste is very quiet indeed - semi-tart, metallic and tannic-chewy, almost like cranberry juice-drink on the palate, followed by a unique savoury edge as of well-aged alcohol in wooden barrels and herbally, licorice-flavoured prunes. Fruitiness is pretty restrained, as opposed to the nose, while malts are pretty much absorbed into the main flavour, leaving a soothing, lingering undertone of fermented dark berries, smoked black prunes, and a chewy bitterness of hops in the semi-short finish.
M&D: not extremely refreshing as the carbonation is slightly artificial and yet also flat-ish (coz it's "expired" by 6 months??). I can't help thinking if the expiry issue really has something to do with the underperformance of this bottle, but, if not, I would have to say this thin-ish beer is at best a mediocre example of the classic style. I might have to try the tap version to change my mind, or find a bottle within the BB date.
04-08-2009 20:42:22 | More by wl0307
3.95/5 rDev -2%
A: Pours with a reddish-beige head that is about a finger in width and not very dense which dissipates quickly. Very nice lacing with this beer. Beer is a mahogany in color and slightly cloudy.
S: The nose of this beer is quite sweet and fruity with specific notes of cherry in it.
T: Nice mixture of sweetness, maybe berry, followed by a ripe cherry tartness that is quite pleasant.
M: This beer has a light body with a small amount of carbonation (made up of very small bubbles) that feels similar to a champagne.
O: Very good drinkability and a great representative of the style. Great flavors but not overpowering making it quite approachable.
01-20-2012 22:35:22 | More by dbrauneis
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
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/11/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of sour cherry, raspberry, cranberry, raisin, red wine vinegar, funk, light clove, oak, herbal, caramel, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, raspberry, cranberry, red wine vinegar, oak, clove, light pepper, caramel, funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, raspberry, cranberry, red wine vinegar, clove, herbal, pepper, caramel, funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Flanders brown ale. All around nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with moderate oak presence; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
07-17-2013 04:35:15 | More by superspak
4.49/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
08-23-2014 16:03:38 | More by smakawhat
3.95/5 rDev -2%
The beer pours a dark garnet color with a pertinent head and the lace formed is a fine sheet to coat the glass. The aroma of fresh ripe plums, malt and somewhat musty, light nut sweetness also present a pleasure to sniff. Start is sweet and malt laden, the top is a bit thin, and the finish nicely carbonated and the hops apropos for the style. The aftertaste dry and somewhat sour, good drinkable beer and well worth the sample.
12-20-2002 12:22:46 | More by Gusler
4.11/5 rDev +2%
Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby-amber coloring with a thin, filmy, off-white ring of surface head. Nose of fruit tart, with a blend of apple, cherry, and raisin with an earthy undertone. Flavors are tart and earthy forward, providing a very smooth blend of flavors. Tart cherry and apple lead the charge, with an earthy and woody backbone and some old world fruit rich and sweet to follow. Very well balanced, and the tart flavors are in the spotlight, but the beer remains drinkable and dynamic. The aftertaste is rich and tart, with a light, smooth, crisp feel and a slight effervescence into the finish. Very balanced and palatable for the style. Tasty brew.
09-23-2013 23:51:15 | More by GarthDanielson
Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.