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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

604 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 38
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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

Photo of mikeyv35
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date: 04/17/2012
Type: 11.2oz. Bottle
Vintage: ?
Batch: 02
Glass: Ommegang Gold Rimmed Tulip

*Recently made a trip to see my family in Pittsburgh, PA and was excited to see bottles of this brew, which I had been ISO for some time, on the shelf in the Beer Cave @ D's Six-Packs and Dogz. This brewery does happen to make my all-time favorite Flanders Red and the highest rated on BA (Cuvee Des Jacobins). I love that little monk on the bottle! Time to see if the bottle w/ the 2 cartoon gentleman shaking hands holds serve.

Pours a brown mahogany in color w/ red hues and a 1 finger off-white head that produced light lacing. Aromas of dark fruits, acidic cherries, vinegar, and a touch of wet socks. The taste was of dark fruit sweetness up front, leading into mild acidic cherry w/ a touch of vinegar, and a breath of wet socks on the finish. Medium bodied w/ spot on carbonation. With the low ABV and good flavor, I could drink a lot of this beer in a session.

Overall, a nice but mild Oude Bruin w/ good flavor. This is a perfect starter sour for anyone trying to ease into the sour categories. This beer is no Cuvee Des Jacobins, but I would drink this again in a heartbeat. Another nice job from Bockor!

Photo of Jerry
1.5/5  rDev -62.9%

Photo of sweemzander
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a very dark brown color. Some tan bubbles.

(S)- A nice vinegared and dry oak profile up front. Lots of fruits too.

(T)- Thin, but a nice and dry oak profile and fruits.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A decent balance, but rather thin and not much body to it for the style; almost feels watered down.

(D)- Decent, but a bit of a letdown especially when their Cuvee de Jacobins is top notch.

Photo of SalMineo
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of AndrewR
1.65/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear ruby gemstone color with a head that dissapates like a small fart held in and forgotten.

An assertive nose of fermented ketchup bananas that is offensive. I really dont want any part of this as it elicits a visceral reaction, making me physically want to walk away from this beer.

Nonetheless, I gave in and had a few sips: watery, slippery, vinegar cherry, one dimensional, and poof, vanishes.

Dont know if this is a freshness/storage issue but for what its worth, my wife (who could care less about beer) took a sip, and another, then chugged half the glass. She is now polishing it off as i type this.

AJR

Photo of zacheney
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of LostHighway
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of shand
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours out a deep red color with a finger of head. The aroma is tart and sour, with cherries and vinegar being the dominant aromas. The taste is pretty strong on the cherries at the start and the finish, with some of the sour and vinegar notes coming in in the midpoint to linger just a little into the finish. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, and the drinkability is good. This is my first Flanders Oud Bruin, and I can't help but feel it's a good, but not outstanding representation of the style. I'm more than willing to find out if my hunch is accurate.

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a short cream-to-tan head (as expected) over a deep, ruby colored body.

Aromas are pretty standard for the style. Decent amount of oak, with dark fruit, cherry licorice, and a hint of vinegar.

Hits the palate with a tart pull, fades a bit in the flavor, and then finishes nicely with a rush of flavor. Flavors include tart red grape skins, oak, cherry juice, and a light mustyness. A bit thin overall, with good carbonation. Easy to drink (maybe too much so, if that makes sense).

Fun looking bottle, but can't quite hang out with the upper class of this style.

Photo of Murrhey
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a flute glass. Reviewed live.

A- Solid finger width head. Off-white and low density with a corresponding low retention rate. Beautiful auburn-copper color with heavy carbonation and moderate clarity.

S- Sour and winey. Vinegar smell as well along with bubblegum and sugar smells. Sweet and sour beer, very interesting.

T- Old ale flavors, wine and vinegar with distinct sugariness. Sour but tasty and drinkable.

M- Winey and light bodied. Heavily carbonated.

O- This is a good beer. I've never had a beer in this style before and it was a great first example.

Photo of notalumberjack
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky dark crimson brown with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of tart and sour cherries, slight vinegar, and slight funk. There is a slight grape aroma that comes out as the beer warms. Taste is of the cherries up front with some slight vinegar flavors, but the taste is only mildly tart and funky. There is a grape-like aftertaste on this one. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice fruity presence in the aroma and flavor.

Photo of jackf
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of AshleyMiller
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was told by this bar that all bottles were $4.50 with a dollar off so $3.50. Seeing this I was surprised by the price and even more since it was Belgium.

A - Pours a cloudy brown hue with a 1/4 inch of some opaque colored head and some fantastic lacing.

S - Smells sour but not overly so I could get the cherry aspect that I was told was part of the beer. Also some apple cider comes to play and some brown malt.

T - Very sour at first agreeing with others it does have a level of vinegar like sourness but quickly rounds to a sort of brown malts sweetness then cherries again. Taste is strong with every sip sour then sweet. A real palate treat.

M - Light to medium but acidic I really couldn't have more than a couple a sitting.

Overall if it's still around at that bar I will have to pick up another a great Flanders ale brewed with cherries. Also a very affordable one at $4.50 a pop. Try it if you find it!

Photo of NardiByNature
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big reddish brown, ice-tea-esque. Nice to see a lively tan froth build over the glass. Wait a minute or two and it settles into a healthy cap.

I could smell those cherries once I popped the cap. Musty, musty apple. Really nice. When it gets down to the bottom of the glass there’s a fruit-pastry aroma.

Tart apples and cherry first off. It’s sour but after the carbonation kick it’s soft and just sweet enough. Analogous to a war head or other sour candy – sour at first (but not too sour, it’s actually pretty mellow) then sweet but keeping the same initial flavor, i.e., apple, cherry, etc.

Really smooth. The function of the carbonation in this beer is noteworthy; its bite marks both the point at which it is both sourest and sweetest. The balance is obvious - first sharp, then soft. Finishes dry.

O: A nice change of pace for me. What I appreciate most about this is its (delicious) contrast to what I enjoy most often: hoppy and citric American ales. Worth picking up a loose bottle or having a glass.

Photo of Blueribbon666
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of tobelerone
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of ChugginOil
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bellegems.

Pours reddish brown. Finger of light tan head. Spotty lace.

Cherries, light vinager and tartness compose the nose.

Cherries, sour, vinager, caramel malt and more sour.

The mouthfeel is acidic and sharp, crisp and dry. Lots of carbonation.

Decent, needs better balance.

Photo of LukeONeill
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of brystmar
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky brown pour, decent head, tons of sticky lace. Aroma reminds me of a brown ale with tart fruit in the background.

Taste is sweet and malty. Mild acidity yields minimal sourness. This is either a different take on the Oud Bruin style or a miss. Regardless, I prefer the more fruity, more funky, more sour versions.

Was hoping this would be as impressive as the Jacobins Rouge, but this one left me disappointed.

Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a reddish brown beer. After a fizzy head, the beer lacks foam, although it's very carbonated. The aroma is great...funky, fresh apple peal, sweet amber malt, apricot and sour cherry. The taste is initially tart, followed by a little sweetness on the front of the tongue. It's fruity, flavorful, and lightly spritzy. Not as sour as expected, it's a relatively balanced beer. Medium to light in body. Very carbonated. Nice.

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

11.2 fl. oz. bottle poured into a Duchesse de Bourgogne goblet. Single bottle. $7.50 for the pleasure.

Luscious two-fingered head with elegant density. Features of medium-sized bubbles popping on the surface. Semi-murky brown color to the body. Next-level head retention. I'm going to have to slurp through some of this foam, or wait a potentially long period of time. Spotty lacing to follow.

Smells sweet and sour. A pronounced cider vinegar aroma with some overripe apple, tart berry, wet wood, and pie crust. Pretty phenomenal. Certainly reminds me of Petrus Aged Pale in the nose.

Woody and mildly sour. More of that acetic vinegar quality, but subdued and whirlpooled into a woody apple sweetness. Vinous like a Riesling or Gewurztraminer. Reedy or stalky, like the bitterness of bamboo shoots. A little attenuated, but still pretty spot-on in flavor. A lot of red delicious apple, especially in the end-half. Not particularly tannic and without astringencies.

No bite, ridiculous pucker, prolonged bitterness... what we're looking for here is balance. And, we have it. Ten-fold! Delectable creamy feel with some bubbles to follow and almost cleanse the palate on each sip. Tip-top.

Recommended. First time I saw it in PGH (at the recently opened 99 Bottles in Carnegie Twp.), and I picked one up to try it out. Will be back for more!

Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.