Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Vanderghinste Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

Not Rated.
Vanderghinste Oud BruinVanderghinste Oud Bruin

Educational use only; do not reuse.

216 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 216
Hads: 754
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 20.3%
Wants: 52
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'.
View: Beers (18) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Vanderghinste Oud Bruin Alström Bros
Reviews: 216 | Hads: 754
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

 491 characters

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.

 573 characters

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.

 213 characters

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.

 893 characters

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.

 537 characters

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.

 505 characters

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.

 435 characters

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.

 400 characters

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.

 849 characters

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.

 203 characters

Photo of Dentist666
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%

0,25l bottle poured into snifter.
Clear mahogany beer with scanty tan head, vanishing in seconds. Aroma is sour, red berries, vinegar, caramel. Taste is tart, more malty, than flanders red, some oak notes, cherry, lambic feel on a palate. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

 276 characters

Photo of smakawhat
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%

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 Tele
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

A: 4.5 Pours brown with a nice red undertone and a large light tan head.

S: 4.25 Lots of funk on the nose. There’s also vinegar, vanilla, oak, green apples and cherries. The oak and vanilla add a sweet aroma that balances out the more acidic elements.

T: 3.75 Not too sour and actually rather sweet. The green apple and cherry are stronger than the nose would suggest, while the funk is mellower. Other than that, there’s not a lot of interesting flavors going on. There’s a slightly metallic taste that’s less present, but it is less noticeable after the first couple of sips.

M: 3.75 The body is pretty nice, not quite substantial enough for my tastes. Also a bit under carbonated making the beer feel a bit lifeless.

O: 3.75 This is a fine beer and a decent example of an oud bruin. It’s not quite sour enough and there’s not a lot of complexity, however this is an easy drinking beer and maybe a good intro to sours (if you don’t want to try Rodenbach for some reason).

 993 characters

Photo of JTuomi
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

25 cl bottle (10 12 14) into a tulip. Clear amber brown body, small light tan head, little lacing. Sweet and sour smell of brown sugar, dark fruits, sour cherry and oak. The taste starts with tart vinegar, sweet and sour cherry and raspberry in the middle and dry sour vinegar in the end. Light body, medium carbonation, smooth mouthfeel. An interesting sour beer with flavor. Sour but not overwhelming. The first oud bruin I've had and I liked it.

 448 characters

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a slight ruby tinge, little carbonation, semi-transparent. Sports 3 fingers of beige head.

S: Sour, balsamic vinegar, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, steak sauce, floral, raspberries.

T: Worcestershire sauce, steak sauce, black pepper, light sour balsamic vinegar, light unsweetened raspberry juice, some lemon juice as well.

M: Light to medium acidic body, lots of fine foamy carbonation.

O: I tend to love any beer in this style, and this one leans towards how I love it. Unsweetened, apparently not fruited, traditional.

 550 characters

Photo of Jimmys
3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

date on the back of the bottle indicates 03 14. small bottle.

A: dark brown hued. head is frothy and is rather thick. a lightly tint of brown. good retention as it has been holding true for a while now.

S: dark fruits, plums and figs. dark malts, caramel or a brown malt. the acidity is actually low on the nose. a little lower than I would prefer.

T: a sharp acidity starts the drink, but it quickly fades and dissipates. it then makes the turn to a slightly malty body, not much as it remains relatively thin throughout, but some roasted/coffee notes can be detected. gets tart again as it thins, but not to the same severity of the first sip. there are even some sweet dark fruit flavors in the middle that I am getting more of as it warms. I am also getting a mild metallic flavor as it warms that I am not crazy about.

M: mild carb, relatively light body.

D: not great in my opinion. I want more acidity, a slightly dryer body and I am not crazy about the mild metallic notes I was getting. still, always fun to a brewers interpretation of this style.


 1,071 characters

Photo of minterro
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Little's liquor store. Poured into a snifter paired with popcorn. Great looking bottle design.

A&S: Transparent dark chestnut colored beer. Head is a light tan, pours less than a finger, but doesn't retain very well. The aroma is sour but not incredibly so, more tart than anything. I'm getting lots of pomegranate and cherries as well.

T&M: The taste is more sour than expected from the aroma. It isn't puckeringly sour. Lots of cherry tartness not much sweetness, but its there. Other flavors include dark fruits, Yeasty funk thrown in there. Pretty excellent texture, on the higher side of carbonation, but not sharp and the body is medium.

Probably one of my favorite sours, sour but not super sour. On par with price with most sours (5 bucks for 11.2 oz)

 775 characters

Photo of guityler83
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dense, cream colored head that dissipated after about 30 seconds leaving behind a ring of bubbles on the edge of the snifter. The beer appears dark brown to almost black in the glass but when backlit shows a deep mahogony with crimson highlights. The first half of the bottle poured very clear.

S: A sexy tart cherry aroma that just wofts from the glass. Closer in reveals a complex web of sour red berry aroma with darker sugars providing emphasis for the brightness. The bready, biscuity malt aroma blends well with the overal profile, but sites idley in the background.

T: A firm oak flavor underscores the beer from beginning to end taking away from the sourness somewhat. Slightly lumber / sawdusty tasting in addition to the usual french oak character (I'm guessing here). The sourness is medium to moderate with the similar tart cherry and raspberry flavors as found in the aroma. Light bread crust malt character and toast with a sweetness that leads to the impression of a tart fruit dessert.

M: The body is crisp and dry with mild levels of carbonation. The tanins from the wood give a slight mouth drying sensation in the finish.

O: The oak was very heavy (relatively speaking) in this beer and took away from the overall flavor profile for me. The classic cherry pie flavor was there with good complexity but the balance was thrown off with the oak. That being said, I would get this beer again because it was an interesting take on the style – over oaking that is.

 1,487 characters

Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Pours a dark reddish brown. A half finger white foam head quickly settles to a thin ring of bubbles.

Aroma of dark rich fruits, raisins, figs, cherries, brown sugar.

Taste of tart sour cherries,vinegary. Clean finish with a slight sour aftertaste.

Medium body, slight carbonation in the mouth.

Good drinkable, different change from a traditional beer. Malts with a gentle sour taste.

 425 characters

Photo of dcmchew
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark amber, reddish up into the light. A very thin white head just for a minute, thin lace, a bit sticky.
Smells nice, big vinegar, some sour cherries, amaretto, apple cider, berries, Belgian sugars, faint cocoa and barrel.
Taste starts with tart cherries, just a touch of vinegar, and lots of mixed fruity notes, with raspberries, blackcurrants, red apple, faint banana, yellow pear, faint lemon and red grapes. A clearer malty canvas than other sours, bit of dark bread. Vanilla, candy sugar, cherry pits, nice oak barrel notes, some funky moldy cellar notes too. Very clean finish, low bitterness, sourness goes away completely and leaves a very fruity aftertaste.
Medium body, chewy, medium carbonation. The initial sourness is perfectly balanced by fruity sweetness and (almost) robust malts, making it really easy to drink.
Perfect "gateway" Oud Bruin, packed full with flavour, not too complex for a sour, cheap and simply a great beer.

 954 characters

Photo of potion
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a - clear dark brown, hint of red. thin tan head. no dregs in bottle.
s - tart sweetness, white grape, green apple, dark fruit from malts, slightly metallic
t - earthy tartness, again white grape and green apples, tartness with both, dark fruits cherries and prunes, some detectable bubblegum flavors, notes distinct to most sour browns I've had
m - medium to high carbonation, tart, clean and smooth, only a bit sticky
o - great flavors, great all around

 455 characters

Photo of TippedMixology
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A slightly heavier and fuller-bodied flanders. A full red ale combined with a crisp lambic.

Appearance - Dark, nutty, slight rouge. Little to no head. Almost looks like Coca Cola in a glass.

Smell - Sour on the nose with hints of citrus and light fruit. Ripe cherries.

Taste - Exactly what I was hoping it would be. Completely refreshing with sour cherry and raspberry. Slight apple finish with a smooth and never overpowering complexion. One of the best flanders I've ever had.

Mouthfeel - Slight carb, sour mouthfeel. Slightly soapy aftertaste taking this score slightly lower.

Overall, high marks. Summer beer for sure, but pleasant enough to be sought out at any time.

- Adam from Tipped Mixology

 710 characters

Photo of charlzm
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed May 21st, 2014. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

Beer is a dark caramel brown. Seems murky due to depth of color, but holding to light reveals it is a deep amber with nice clarity. A one-finger light beige head forms which provides nice but short-lived sheeting.

Aroma is sweet and slightly tart cherries. Well, maybe more like cherry pits, since there is a slight woody note as well.

On the tongue, the flavor is mild and only slightly tart. The palate gets pretty much the same treatment as the nose as far as the flavors go.

Moderately lively in the mouth, the restrained but still effervescent mouthfeel on this one is pitch-perfect. Medium-bodied.

Very drinkable and no doubt quite refreshing in the heat; save your session IPAs, pilsners, blondes and shandys for yourself. I'd much rather have one of these or a proper Bavarian hef.

 847 characters

Photo of utfiero
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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 treznor
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice reddish copper appearance. Aroma is slightly metallic? That seems a bit odd. Taste is very nice up front with a tart sourness of grapes and some slight cherry, but peters out too quickly. If this had a better finish (like the Cuvee Jacobins) this would be an awesome beer.

 277 characters

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