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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

525 Ratings
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Ratings: 525
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 33
Gots: 37 | 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'.

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dirtylou

Washington

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

05-30-2011 23:30:18 | More by dirtylou
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emerge077

Illinois

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.

05-11-2011 01:05:02 | More by emerge077
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

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.

05-03-2011 00:49:19 | More by puboflyons
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Patrickbrusil

Massachusetts

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.

04-28-2011 04:12:13 | More by Patrickbrusil
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

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.

04-16-2011 11:50:42 | More by OtherShoe2
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wschmit

Illinois

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.

04-14-2011 04:57:33 | More by wschmit
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plfahey

Illinois

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.

04-07-2011 03:47:36 | More by plfahey
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roseredkrisaann

Belgium

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.
Kris

03-25-2011 10:14:57 | More by roseredkrisaann
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BieresDesMoines

Iowa

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.

02-21-2011 16:31:24 | More by BieresDesMoines
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Bottle received in a trade with Brewerdan, thanks! Nice brown color and at first a big head, then a wispy ring of bubbles around the rim of the glass. The smell is a decent sweet sour almost glue, vinegar, oud bruin for sure. The taste starts out matching the smell but the back end has a strange graininess to it that I can't get past.

02-05-2011 04:48:11 | More by ArrogantB
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benclimbs

California

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

pours brown with a slight head and some effervescence.

smell is nice - a good mix of wood and fruity esters coming from the wild yeast.

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.

01-23-2011 01:14:01 | More by benclimbs
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

On-tap at The Belgian cafe

A - Nice dark reddish-brown body with very minimal cream head.

S - Smells of some fruit, malts, dark sugars. Smells great but not a potent aroma.

T - This beer is very flavorful. Its a nice combination of malthy bready goodness with some fruit sweetness, and some slightly sour vinegar bite. The dark fruit taste and dark sugar give it a mellow taste. This beer is a little tart and a little sweet and a little earthy. What a great taste.

M - Very smooth and slippery on the tongue. It went down very easily, as its smooth and perfectly carbonated.

D - This beer is highly drinkable. With the fresh ripe flavor and smooth body, it would be more than easy to make several of these dissappear.

Notes - I was a huge fan of this beer and I had ordered it by chamce, with no research prior. I was satisfied and I would order this again and again.

01-22-2011 22:04:15 | More by BeerForMuscle
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -33%

On tap at kraftworks.

A- comes to me with a good finger of light tan slightly creamy head that settles in a second to leave a thin cap of cream on top. Deep dark red brown in color. Like an old ruby.

S- mildly tart cherries, reminds me of my childhood and ludens cherry couch drops. Rather light nose. Doesn't remind me of a bruin.

T- cherry candy, it tart and sweet at the same time but doesn't taste natural. Very little else going on really. Light vinous hits here and there.

M- on the thinner side of body and a bit above medium in carb. The carb does bring a crisp brightness to what is a rather one dimensional brew.

D- decent beginner sour. As I said one dimensional and uninteresting. Tastes artificial the whole way. More of a red then a bruin really.

01-16-2011 04:24:45 | More by oglmcdgl
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GRG1313

California

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

This is not a perfect beer - it has flaws...and I really like it!

Purchased same date as review. Note: Great label.

Pours Extremely dark copper black color with a thick and firm tan head.

Nose is acidic plums and apricots.

Mouthfeel is acidic rich and a bit creamy with light carbonation and good fresh acid. Really well balanced.

Flavor profile will cause the controversy. Flavors are sweet plummy grape with a nice citric acid character. Flavors appear initially to be simple and sweet and almost soda like. However, there are some complexities and layers and the flavors and general character of this beer is so bright and appealing that you can't help drinking more.

I have to admit that there is some simplicity to this one - however, a bit of age may refine the sweetness. Simple acidic purple grape finish. At the end of the day, and while this beer is really not all that perfect and is a bit "grape simple,"....I really like it and just want to drink it!

Final word? It tastes good.

01-06-2011 04:38:46 | More by GRG1313
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StJamesGate

New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours chestnut brown that goes an attractive cherry red in light with a tan film that's eager to cling and trail. Woody balsamic vinegar nose with some cherry pit and almond skin notes on the nose. Cranberry tartness with Irish soda loaf malts underneath, yellow apple in the middle, and a twist of lime zest on the finish. Soft, prickly, round, medium.

First try with this style, and surprisingly drinkable. Seems to juggle crisp, dry and tart for a cumulative effect rather than just being straight up sour. Impressive.

12-30-2010 19:32:45 | More by StJamesGate
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev 0%

pours a reddish brown that is slightly cloudy but still translucent. a big eggshell colored head rises and quickly falls to one finger and settles at that for a while and leaves lacing that falls a bit below average.

a bit acidic and tart with some malts behind that. green apple, candi sugar, tart berries, lactic acid. not an overly strong aroma, but about what i would expect.

sweeter than i would think, with a dryness thats similar to the puckering of a sour beer, but not as extreme. green apple candies, candi sugar, green apple peel, grape skins, tart berries, a bit of toast before the pleasant acidity takes over on the aftertaste.

a bit odd bodied as it starts creamy, gets prickly, then puckers and dries the mouth.

drinks very well. a nice introduction. not over-the-top sour, but there is definitely some pleasing puckering going on.

12-22-2010 07:01:23 | More by silentjay
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benfons

Belgium

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

A: Clear, dark caramel colour,small but dense head

S: Cherries, raspberry, rock candy, and a hint of mowed grass.

T: Slightly sour, bit of funk, a hint of cherries and earth, nothing bold

M/D: Good mouthfeel, carbonation is right, ABV is fine

Not bad, but nothing exceptional

12-11-2010 14:32:59 | More by benfons
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comfortablynumb1

California

3.65/5  rDev -9.4%

Poured from 11.2 fl. oz bottle into a Bellegems Bruin flute glass which was given to me when I purchased the beer...

The label on the bottle is kinda captivating. I features two older gentelmen from the early ninteen hundreds drinking a beer. Although this is a little before my time, it reminds me of an old Abbott and Costello act. "Who's on first?" "No, Who is on second." Kinda weird this label would provoke that thought...

Anyways, enough of my nonsence and on to the review...

A - Poures mohagony with a one finger off white head. Head does not stick around for very long; however,there is lots of lacing to be had here...

S - Grapes, and other various fruits, along with a good tartness...

T - Tastes alot more smooth than it smells. Grapes, and sweet brown sugar that is complimented by a tartness that is not as overtop as I would have excpected from the smell. Ends on a subtle green apple note...

M - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation...

D - Glad I got a chance to try this one, but it is not something I would go out and seek. Not a top notch sour, but for the price, (Think I paid three dollars), it is a solid brew...

Cheers...

12-10-2010 00:33:33 | More by comfortablynumb1
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

pours a dark red brown mostly clear color with a smallish head some lacing and a beige collar..smell is funky ,sour,currant fruits..a dash of vinegar..taste is great is funky barnyard,,with sour fruit with just the right amount of vinegar..its tart with a kiss of sweetness...mouth fell is medium with tartness and sour notes,,nothing overpowers.. a great oud bruin at a super price on the 11.2 oz bottle ..will go back to my bottle shop to buy a couple more

12-04-2010 22:39:45 | More by gatornation
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Halcyondays

California

4.72/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

12-01-2010 05:22:14 | More by Halcyondays
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

Bottle. Batch Code 01, no other date that I could find on the bottle. Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a clear dark reddish brown rust color with an offwhite head that settles to form a nice coaster, nice lace left as it settled. Aroma is a mix of grape, cherry, some metallic, and some swet malt aromas. Some sour/tart notes in the nose as well. Light mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Sweet fruit like start with hints of grape and cherry similiar to the nose. Underlying caramel flavor. Some sourness but nothing mouthpuckering. This to me ends semi flat and dry with no real flavors sticking out too much. Easy drinking.

11-26-2010 22:30:11 | More by kbutler1
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

On tap, from a fresh keg. Appearance, clear, dark garnet hue, deep eggplant with crimson edges, under slim, but lasting dotted beige head.

Aroma: grape, cherries, and blackberries hit the nose first, with caramel malt beneath. A rendezvous between sour and sweet, with sour taking over assuredly.

Taste: the sweet and sour tug of war begins immediately again on hitting the palate. Sour fruit commands the stage with malty brown ale flavors holding steady in the background, but plainly giving way to the dominant tart. Another sip, another wince and pucker, but the sweet factor and the comforting caramel malt backbone ease us away from any onslaught of tartitude.

Medium bodied, and long in the finish, with sweetness and sour aplenty, quenching and refreshing as the best of them.
I do love our bruins, and perhaps I prefer them to flanders reds, the jury's still out on that one. This one would make a fine every day drinking, with-food-drinking, all around enjoyable ale, with price being the only hindrance.

Glad to finally try it at last, after seeing it in my old, dusty Michael Jackson tomes of yore!

11-21-2010 23:28:49 | More by feloniousmonk
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jibbyvonjibb

California

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

A: Dark brown with reddish tint. Clear.
S: funky, sour, fruity
T: tart yet balancing sweetness (both moderate). Berry fruitiness of cherries, raspberries, sour apple. Smooth clean finish.
M: high carbonation, dry finish
O: highly drinkable, well balanced (not too tart or sweet) with the dark fruity flavors that I love. The most satisfying sour ale I've had so far.

11-21-2010 04:53:47 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -2%

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.

11-17-2010 00:42:50 | More by tempest
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is dark red with a foamy white head and some thin lacing.

The smell is tart at first. Some brett character is definitely there.

The taste seemed to have a nice funky jump in it. It popped with some barnyard type flavor. A tartness that had a bit of a spiky flavor with some fruits mixed into it, some slight cranberry, a little green apple, more in there to name them all.

The feel of this beer is pretty smooth. I hardly noticed it go down but it did have a nice aftertaste that made sure I remembered the experience.

11-10-2010 03:10:49 | More by Duhast500
Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.