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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

484 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 33
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 18:25:32 | More by StonedTrippin
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-25-2011 23:28:41 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 05:22:14 | More by Halcyondays
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

04-12-2014 16:13:10 | More by mendvicdog
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kojevergas

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Low B

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 04:51:47 | More by kojevergas
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 01:51:51 | More by lacqueredmouse
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 00:42:50 | More by tempest
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 20:42:22 | More by wl0307
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 21:32:08 | More by rhoadsrage
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-12-2014 03:25:57 | More by oriolesfan4
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-14-2013 23:51:57 | More by XmnwildX12
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-03-2013 13:51:36 | More by InspectorBob
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 22:35:22 | More by dbrauneis
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-15-2014 16:59:06 | More by duceswild
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-25-2012 04:59:23 | More by drewone
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 04:35:15 | More by superspak
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-03-2013 03:52:26 | More by Gonzoillini
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-28-2014 21:32:51 | More by Latarnik
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Gusler

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2002 12:22:46 | More by Gusler
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-23-2011 02:31:04 | More by PEIhop
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

04-07-2014 07:53:18 | More by zestar
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 23:30:18 | More by dirtylou
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GraduatedCashew

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-25-2013 16:58:29 | More by GraduatedCashew
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ccrida

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 04:35:36 | More by ccrida
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly clear mahogany with a small fizzy head that dissipates immediately. Almost no lacing. Fruity aroma and taste; berries and cherries; lightly tart and acidic. Subtle vinegar. Just a bit puckering in the finish. Medium light bodied with solid carbonation. Clean and crisp, easy drinking, tasty but not exactly outstanding or particularly memorable for the style. Sourness and funk are very restrained; unintimidating.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 04:43:54 | More by tobelerone
Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.