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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Vanderghinste Oud BruinVanderghinste Oud Bruin

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216 Reviews

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Reviews: 216
Hads: 754
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 20.3%
Wants: 51
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. visit their website

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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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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Photo of KFBR392
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: big head of about three fingers was produced on an aggressive pour. Thin layer sustained across the top while drinking. Low active carbonation and the color is brown with plenty of ruby red accents.

Smell: cherry syrup, leather, and tobacco greet the drinker. Some woodiness shows up on the body with lactose sweetness as well. Caramel maltiness continues a running theme of sweetness.

Taste: a very well rounded front of slightly tart cherries, oak, leather, and dark fruits. Those fruits continue to develop and wash over the palate in waves. Raisins and some toffee linger long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: rich Mouthfeel but plenty of the newaunces in this brew come through. Lower carbonation fits well.

Overall: very tasty Our Bruin. Some of the cherry syrup aromas had me worried this would come off overly sweet but this plays well. Surprisingly drinkable, a nice treat.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A different beer than the Bellegems, as far as I can tell, or perhaps this is an older vintage? Pours a medium amber color with a white head and really no sediment. Aroma is wine like, with sweet and sour characteristics. This brew is sweet, to sour, with toffee and tartness rounding out the flavor profile. There is a pleasant malt flavor throughout, and tartness follows. The beer finishes clean and mild, easily drank and quite enticing. Would certainly recommend this beer for personal use or to share with a special someone.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%

Date of back says 03 14, I assume that's when it was bottled?

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a pretty clear garnet with nice three finger light toffee head.

S- Light dried dark fruit aroma with a light tartness.

T- Medium-light level of tartness, getting those light dried dark fruit notes, doesn't linger on the palate much.

M- Light, a tad watery.

O- Not the best Oud Bruin but a good starter beer for people not used to sours. Tasted like a light Belgian dubbel that was slightly tart.

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Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours a hazy, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of tartness, cherries, hint of roasted malt, sweet malt, and yeast. Fits the style of a Flanders Oud Bruin. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with average carbonation level. Tastes of hint of roasted malt, sweet malt, yeast, hint of caramel malt, and tart cherries. Overall, decent aroma, good blend, but a little weak body.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4/5  rDev -1%

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown with a finger of tan head that dissipates into a cap and
leaves mild lacing.

Aroma: This beer has a unique aroma of stinky cheese dominating the nose, and there is quite
a bit of mustiness coming through as well. Tart granny smith apple and a touch of candy sugar
are found in the background.

Taste: Starts off with a light, but noticeable malty sweetness. Followed by a good amount of
sourness, but it's not quite jaw-clenching. Finish is quite tart.

Palate: Body suggests a higher ABV than 5.5%, but it does go down easily, and the carbonation
level is about average. Must, stinky cheese, and tart apple make up the lingering aftertaste.

Overall: This is quite a tasty beer! This is the first beer that I've ever used stinky cheese as a
flavor descriptor, but it did work well in this one.

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Photo of admiral
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

An excellent beer with great balance and pleasing tart fruitiness

taste: tart fruit/berries with slight funk and some candy sugar and sherbet with a hint of chocolate/roast and oak.

Highly recommended.

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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.