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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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541 Ratings

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 36
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 osusullins
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

If you like sours you will like this beer, I however do not like sours. That said, I can still recognize skillful craftsmanship. The people that produced this beer know what they are doing. Just not my favorite style.

The aroma is very tart and acidic with some estery qualities. You can tell this is a sour with the first whiff that you get.

The sour notes are right there when it first hits the pallate and stays throughout. I can taste raisins and some subtle dark fruit that I can't quite pull. Good if you like sours, but I do not so just so so for me.

osusullins, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of MakeshiftBrew
4.03/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich amber color, perhaps orange-red in direct light, with high carbonation. Tall off white head with dense nucleation and lacing clinging to the sides of the glass as it settles.

Nose: Slightly acidic and tart. Faintly sweet malt notes hidden alongside distant floral hop aromas.

Taste: Tart upfront which evolves into a pleasant acidic fruitiness that doesn’t overstay its welcome and balances very well with a sour malt tang. Very little bitterness, hop flavor is similar to nose; faint and floral. Tastes somewhat yeasty, like fine sourdough bread; refreshing.

I was surprised with this beer, it was my first of a style I didn't suppose I'd like, but it was good!

MakeshiftBrew, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%

lovely dark garnet. Nice and opaque but has a decently thin look to it. Nice small head of light off white then comes up and over the top, dropping loads of lovely lacing down the sides.

Aroma is dark fruits, ripe plums, figs, pears, anything dark is a winner here. Really just nicely done. Sweet with raisins and touches of spice coming into the fold, beyond well put together. Each sip is like thanksgiving dinner with the flavors. A tremendous range here with huge swings from sugary dark fruits to light spice and hints of tart cherries

mikesgroove, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -0.7%

11.2oz bottle poured into Russian River goblet. No bottle date, but a batch #01 I think it says. Purchased at Pinocchio's in Media, PA.

A: Pours a reddish brown color. Somewhat hazy, but you can see through it a bit. Barely any head which is off white. Some tiny bubbles streaming off bottom of glass. Some alcohol feet.

S: Mild barnyard funk hidden behind some dark fruits: figs and raisins and plums. Maybe some cherries in there as well.

T: You get a faint sour on the tip of tongue, but the majority of it comes towards the back of the tongue and throat. Definitely tart on the back end but not super potent. Prunes and raisins for sure on the flavor end. Also those tart cherries.

M: Light to medium bodied. Good summer/spring beer.

O: B+. I wish there was more funk and tart, but solid brew.

inlimbo77, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of KDawg
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

pours a good dark mahogany color with a smaller head that disappears fast.

Very good and aromatic nose of sour red cherries, red apples, and some grape tones

medium bodied with the deeper tones for the flavors. Excellent feel with a nice tart bite to it

A real quality flemish sour. Very good aromatics with even better flavors. Excellent feel and a real good beer overall

KDawg, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of 4000qtrap
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

Source/Serving: 11.2 oz bottle

S: Lightly acidic fruits - cranberries, raisins, light lemon - rounded out with a hint of clove/white pepper/complex phenols that blend with a touch of wood.

T: Sour plums/cherries and candy-like sweetness balanced by restrained and smooth acidity gives this a highly drinkable sweet-sour character. Increasing acidity in the middle and more assertive carbonation no more than a playful bite to an overall fruity middle with green apple, lemon zest, red berries, and stone fruit. Sour character is especially pleasant and lactic rather than too vinegary. Big sweet-sour character is dynamic and interesting throughout the sip. There is an impression of dark malts that you know are there, but can't really taste. Has bright, medium-high carbonation yet remains somewhat creamy. Again, a malty foundation is there but subtle. Finishes with a lightly tart apple-berry-lemon-pear fruitiness that lingers alongside a hint of semi-dry dark chocolate. No hint of oak on the palette.

Notes: Very drinkable and refreshing. I wish there were more availability of this excellent style.

4000qtrap, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of mrand01
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%

From a bottle into a generic tulip.

A: An opaque red, with a thin off-white head. No lacing whatsoever.

S: A fruit-leather combo, plums, raisins and black cherries.

T: Sweet and fruity with a small hint of sourness. Solid malt backbone balances out the sweetness.

M: Light-bodied with a moderate amount of smooth carbonation.

O: At $3.50 a bottle, this may just be my goto fruited "sour." While it's not quite Marron Acidifie or Oerbier, the price to performance ratio is staggering.

mrand01, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Great Vintage beer poster art on the label. Picked this up at the Buy-Rite in Cranbury NJ.

Purs a nice deep garnet color with a tan head that dissipates leaving some sticky lace on my tulip.

Aroma is clean, with a nice sweet dark caramel malt aroma that hints at cherries and a little dark grape and it seems a little clean lactic sourness is in there as well.

The taste is nice and clean with a smooth sweetish malt flavor that isn't cloying or heavy but simply balanced. No hops were detected and the sweetness quickly moved into a sour citric/lactic finish that was very clean and as the belgians say "digestible".

The mouthfeel is crisp with a nice carbonation to body ratio that wasn't fizzy or thin. It is fuller in body than most ales but the carbonation keeps things from getting too sticky.

A very drinkable and sessionable lighter sour style, I would suggest this as a great beer vs. wine pairing as it can easilly outdo most red wines.

RenoZymurgist, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

A: The beer is slightly hazy light brown in color (with some amber highlights) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that rapidly faded away, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sour fruits in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather tart and has sour flavors of cherries.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink for the style because the sourness isn’t that strong.

metter98, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of digr
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

This was just want I needed...
Cleaning out the basement and I needed a lunch beer... perfect.

Poured into a tulip glass gives a 1 cm brown head. Dissipated in a few minutes, but left nice lacing. Figure this was due to my lip balm , etc.

Smell was nice and fruity with a hint of acid... of yeah, it’s a west flanders, excellent!

Taste, smooth warm malt with just a nice sour edge to make it rather refreshing. Not too much acid, and not too acetic either. Also, not musty like Rodenbach can get... If I was to make an oud bruin.... it would be like this...

Mouthfeel is dry and a tad thin, but, sort of appropriate for the beer style. Very refreshing.

Overall I really liked this beer. I will be looking to buy more ASAP!

digr, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of medic25
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Served in a tulip, this beer had a brownish-red color with a thin head. Enjoyable sour aroma; always the first hint that I'll enjoy this style of brew. Taste was consistent with the nose; a pleasant, tart sensation without being overwhelmingly sour, a touch of fruitiness, and really no sense of bitterness. You have to enjoy the sour flavor to enjoy this mouthfeel, which thankfully I do. Not a style I pick up too often, but when I do I enjoy it and this is a good example.

medic25, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of jdense
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

11.2 oz. bottle shared with neighborhood beer buddy 7.21.11.

One finger light tan head, quick dissipation with minimal retention, mahogany copper clear body, fairly dark, no visible carbonation. A bit of barnyard funk in the nose balanced with dark stonefruit esters, plums, a bit of floral hops and a healthy dose of caramel malt sweetness. Taste mirrors nose, but the blending leads me to believe this is far more lager than lambic,, not exactly what I was looking for but certainly a good idea from a business perspective. Mild tartness and even milder sourness due to caramel malt. Mouthfeel is medium, low effervescence, a bit of stickiness. This take on West Flanders beers is different from what I'm used to, so I will try others within this style, but not sure this made a big enough impression where I'd choose this again.

jdense, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of bs870621345
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%

Once again, a misclassified beer. Batch 2

Pours a deep amber brown with a bit of head and nice lacing.

Smells of plums, lemon sourness, green apples, slight vinegar, and a hint of oak.

Taste follows smell- a lot of fruit and sourness. There is really no progression, very straightforward and very good all the way through. Nice and dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full and nicely carbed.

Overall, its really good, much better than a B+

bs870621345, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

rhoadsrage, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance -- Pours a ruby red with a slim sudsy beige head and whisps of lace along the walls of the glass. Catches light well. Dare I say, photogenic?

Smell -- Peppy lactic tartness, semi-tart berries, dark bread, roast malt, and a modicum of malt nuttiness. Nice balance, nothing in disproportion.

Taste -- Dark bread, raspberry and currant, and toasted malt lay the foundation. The firm underlying lactic tartness is quite nice, but not at all sharp. Good complexity, keeps one searching for something new. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, perhaps slightly lighter, with crisp, tight carbonation. Feels really good.

Overall -- I like this one. As a traditional, non-barrel-aged Oud Bruin, it's exceptional. Nicely refreshing tartness, good malt base, and immensely drinkable. I'm happy to have this as an option along with typical Flanders fare such as Monk's Cafe and Duchesse Du Bourgoune.

Whether you like Oud Bruins, or are just interested, this is an ideal introduction to the style. I recommend.

yeahnatenelson, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

11.2 ounce bottle, Batch Code of 01 stamped on the back label. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a clear ruby red/brown color with about an inch and a half light tan head. Lacing and head retention are both pretty good. Aroma is vinegar, cherries, sweet grapes, plums and some oak. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some caramel malt, brown sugar and more dark fruit. Great balance between the sweet and tart flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with moderate/high carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a good brew, at $3.99 a bottle I'd definitely buy this again.

bluejacket74, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

dirtylou, May 30, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%

Bellegems label:

I was told this is a blend of 70% brown ale, 30% 18-month old lambic.

Pours placidly into a small ten ounce goblet, a quarter inch of light tan foam on top, a sparse swath of lacing sticks inside the glass. Rusty reddish tone, completely clear, no sediment in the bottle, leading me to believe it's filtered.

Softly sweet grape aroma, dry leather, some faint fruity acidity. Straightforward, pleasant but not especially complex.

Flavor is similarly fruity with sweet tart grapes leading the way, vaguely earthy sweet malts underneath. A slight medicinal Ricola or tangy cherry candy, brown sugar, grape soda. Medium bodied, slightly creamy with soft carbonation. Some distant resemblance to Jacobins Rouge but not nearly as sour or acidic, more like the "training wheels" version.

This was in the states a few years ago, then disappeared. Glad to see it's finally back, it's a good transition to the wilder side. Note: Imported by SBS Imports, Seattle,WA.

2013 VanderGhinste label:
Dark copper brown, ruby glint when held to the light. Aroma is minerally like well water, some light grape or cherry skins. Tangy tart grapes in the taste, some light cherry tartness. A little maltiness underneath, not much sweetness at all. Seems like a return to a more traditional recipe possibly. Renamed after the Bockor brewery founder.

emerge077, May 11, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 2, 2011. The pour is dark ruby red to brown with little to no head. The aroma exhibits characteristics of champagne, vinegar, and overripe fruit. The body is thin to medium as the style should be. The taste was full of tart fruit akin to cherry or melon. A slight malt character lingers.

puboflyons, May 03, 2011
Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%

Nice Flanders style ale in my hand. This one pours real nice and has a tart smell typical of the style although slitly subdued.

The appearance is deep mahogany, reddish brown with a think head on an aggressive pour.

Mouth feel dances the line between heavy carbonation and smooth, creamy. The beer goes down very smooth with a nice sour taste that is more mild than intense. Wets the palate and leaves you wanting more. Very drinkable and almost sessionabke at 5.5 abv

Might be my favorite of the style.

Patrickbrusil, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%

Pours a semi-clear brownish red with a foamy off-white head. Tons of bubbles and lots of splashy lacing.

Tart sour malt and fruit aromas, some wood and floral notes. Really got the sweet flowers in the nose on this one.

Tart fruit up front. Acidic. Some seltzer. Malt and some sweetness follow. Sour cherry, a little vinegar. It is a bit thin flavored, but that is ok.

A bit more watery than I'd have liked. Well carbonated.

Very decent, but not the best of the style. I'm glad I tried it and would have it again.

OtherShoe2, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of wschmit
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

11.2 oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Large, fizzy, pop-like barely brown head sputters away quickly into a high collar atop a very dark, more port-like body as opposed to truly brown. Body is fairly clear, but difficult to see through in terms of Lovibonds.

S: More pronounced malty sweetness than I expected, but still with a nice acetic tartness, more like apples and pears than citrus, in both sweetness and acid. Really good.

T: The pucker comes a bit later in the sip, following what I find to be a well-balanced sweetness. Again, apples and pears, maybe sour black cherries come to mind. Some flemish reds/browns taste like cheap Balsamic vinegar, but this tastes smooth and balanced like the real thing. Not too funky, which might appeal to some.

M: The head really blew itself out--somewhat flat body, which seems normal to me. Still, it's slightly viscous and pretty much to style, I'd say.

O: Pretty quintessential. If anything, it's a very drinkable, inoffensive bruin. Some in this style clock in at very funky or sour, but this is a pretty great balance. Sure it's tangy, but not unpleasantly so. Very well executed.

wschmit, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of plfahey
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Mahogany brown red and very clear. Moderately large light khaki head with moderate retention.

Aroma-Lots going on in the nose-sour, tart, wild aromas, with leathery/barnyard brett aromas. Lemons, tart cherries, and a hint of passionfruit. Underneath the sour character are some raisiny caramel notes and light toast. Quite complex.

Flavor-Sour cherries and lemon rinds up front with a little bit of yeast funk in the flavor. Some acetic character shows through as well. In the finish, slightly larger fruit flavors come into play with passionfruit and plums. Finishes rather sweet and a bit tart.

Mouthfeel-Medium body to medium low body with moderate carbonation. Almost feels a bit thin and watery.

All in all, this is a great oud bruin. The aroma is fantastic and the flavor is quite good, although not quite as complex as the aroma and it finishes a bit sweet. The mouthfeel throws me a little because it's a bit thin, but on the whole, it's a tasty and quite drinkable bruin.

plfahey, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of roseredkrisaann
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

Wonderfull beer of the month of BAB brugge
served in several bars at Brugge
served in nice and proper glasware.
Bellegems oud bruin from Bockor Brewery
Taste is very nice, a very balanced mixture of flavours, not too sour, not too malty - very mild and highly drinkable. this would be a good sour for those who don't like sours.
served from the bottle.

roseredkrisaann, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%

Pours a very deep red with a nice big well retained head. The aroma is very interesting, plenty of wet grain and a bit of brown sugar. There is certainly some hay in the aroma as well. The flavor is similarly earthy however this is no where near as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe, nor was it as sweet as the Monk's Cafe I just drank before it. This beer isn't particularly "bracingly" sour but it is certainly tart & the tartness is most defiantly the dominant character of the beer. There is a fair amount of sour cherry in there as well, but the beer is certainly malty in a sort of dusty earthy and cocoa kind of way. Overall this is an enjoyable beer.

BieresDesMoines, Feb 21, 2011
Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.