1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Vanderghinste Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

Not Rated.
Vanderghinste Oud BruinVanderghinste Oud Bruin

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

501 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 501
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 32
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. visit their website

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)
View: Beers (15) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Vanderghinste Oud Bruin Alström Bros
Ratings: 501 | Reviews: 175 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2010 03:10:49 | More by Duhast500
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 330mL bottle into a branded flute in Ypres/Ieper.

A: Pure brown that is clear even without being held to light. Head is 1.5 fingers with ok retention.

S: Slightly earthy and spicy with hints of dark fruit. Sweet. Brown sugar note. Nice.

T: Very sweet, slightly tangy. Slight geuze-like funk. Berries and raspberries. Fleeting sugary cherry note. Finishes slightly sour with cranberry notes. A bit sweet in the finish as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 05:10:53 | More by BucBasil
Photo of DaveHS


4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this, being a big fan of Bockor's Flemish sour ale, which is only available on tap in CA.
Poured into a Monk's Cafe glass.

A-Cola brown with ruby highlights and a 1/4 inch of khaki colored head. Leaves minimal soapy lacing.

S-Very promising. Tart cherries, caramel malts, a mouth-watering, but not overpowering acidity.

T/M-A really well balanced beer. Tart up front, but that quickly fades off into light, sweet maltiness. A thin flavor of tart cherry carries through to the finish, but works harmoniously with the moderate, fizzy carbonation to create a lovely interplay of malty and tart flavors. There is a minor metallic note in the finish (the same type I get from Duchesse De Bourgogne) but it does little to distract from all the things this beer does right.

D-Solid. At only $4.99, this is worth drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 02:35:15 | More by DaveHS
Photo of DefenCorps


3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer I got from Kurt. Thanks, man! Bockor has impressed me with their Flemish Reds, the Ommegang Rouge and the Cuvee de Jacobins, and I'm very interested in trying this low ABV Bruin.

Pouring dark brown with reddish highlights, this beer is capped with a very dense light brown head. Retention is good, the head recedes to a thick disk leaving nice lacework. The nose immediately opens up with a big blend of brown sugar, vanilla, a little vinegar and some cocoa. Almost a little cola in there too, I get a moderate fruit character with macerated plums and cherries and palm sugar. Good stuff.

The palate opens with a pleasant tartness that's a blend of lactic and acetic in nature. The tartness is moderately fruity as well with some dark cherries. Very clean, the complexity of the nose follows the opening flavors, with a blend of cola, oak-derived vanilla and dark brown sugar. Drying on the finish with some tannins, lactic sourness and a little balsalmic vinegar, this beer also has characteristics of oxidized malt, with a little must. The cocoa I picked out on the nose isn't really noticeable. Not unlike some of the Flemish Oude Bruins I've had, this has a mildly meaty, salty, gamey character as well (I distinctly remember the Ichtegems Bruin having this characteristic), but it's very enjoyable unlike in some other cases. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this beer has an enjoyable finish. A little dusty, I really like this. Still, though, Goudenband (and the regular Liefmans Oud Bruin) are superior for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 01:25:17 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of philipquarles


3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

25 cl bottle BBE 8/10. Pours clear, dark red-brown with a small pale beige head. A bit of lacing. Lactic sourness on the nose with some sour cherry. Woody. Acidity in the taste as well, but it's cut by a lot of sugary sweetness. A bit of dark roasty malt. Sweet finish. Not super complex. Medium body with high carbonation. Too sweet to be a decent sour.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 01:29:37 | More by philipquarles
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting 6 months after the suggested expiry date (08/07/2008), served only very lightly-chilled in Rodenbach's slim goblet.

A: dark Burgundy-ruby in colour, with large bubbles in action but not fiercely, and a fast-dissipating off-white foamy head.
S: slightly pungent sour fruits with strong hints of salted-sour Chinese brown prunes, cherries and a little oily balsamic vinegar - refreshing and not too sweet, but the brown malt base lies firmly underneath. "Woodiness", due to the long ageing (18 months, according to the back label), is everywhere, but is also mixed intrinsically with the fruity main theme. Nice.
T: the taste is very quiet indeed - semi-tart, metallic and tannic-chewy, almost like cranberry juice-drink on the palate, followed by a unique savoury edge as of well-aged alcohol in wooden barrels and herbally, licorice-flavoured prunes. Fruitiness is pretty restrained, as opposed to the nose, while malts are pretty much absorbed into the main flavour, leaving a soothing, lingering undertone of fermented dark berries, smoked black prunes, and a chewy bitterness of hops in the semi-short finish.
M&D: not extremely refreshing as the carbonation is slightly artificial and yet also flat-ish (coz it's "expired" by 6 months??). I can't help thinking if the expiry issue really has something to do with the underperformance of this bottle, but, if not, I would have to say this thin-ish beer is at best a mediocre example of the classic style. I might have to try the tap version to change my mind, or find a bottle within the BB date.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 20:42:22 | More by wl0307
Photo of beckje01


4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice dark red hue, great half inch of off white head and lots of great lacing.

S- Semi sweet and tart smell, very inviting and nice.

T- Just wonderful balance of tart and fruit. Some malt but I just can't but this one down.

M- Geed thickness and nice carbonation accents the flavor very well.

D- Very drinkable I just love this beer and I hope I can find it again out side of Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 04:50:41 | More by beckje01
Photo of dnichols


3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 25o ml bottle into a chalice.

A: It poured a brown with back lit cherry hues and a small (almost not existant) tan head that had sporadic lacing that trailed long legs down the side of the glass.

S: It began with a strong sweet and sour aroma followed by toasted malts and a deep sour fruit smell.

T: This is a sweet and sour bomb. It kicks off with a malty fruity sweetness that is followed and dominated by the tart sour flavor of lemons, early cherries and green apples. It finishes surprisingly clean given the low ABV.

M: Pucker up it has a nice pleasant sour profile in a light to medium bodied brew. The sourness is not overwhelming and and the drink finishes clean.

D: Nice Flanders Bruin with decent complexity, smoothness and easy light ABV. Not my normal style but one that could grow on you. For not its a one and out drink that I work to appreciate as I expand my palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 07:54:52 | More by dnichols
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear chokecherry with orange-bronze edges. The two finger head of bubbly tan foam looks odd since it's at midglass instead of topglass (because of the 8 oz. bottle). It's a wonderful looking lid that sticks resolutely to the glass and falls in the center, giving a 'king's crown' appearance.

The nose is funky, sour and fruity, reminding me of fermenting cherries, cranberries and freshly tilled earth. I like it more and more the more I sniff. It's satisfying in the way that well-worn old books are satisfying. Words like venerable, time-tested and Old World come to mind.

The flavor isn't as impressive as the nose. Although the same basic components are in place, they're diminished in scope. It's still funky and modestly sour with a not quite ripe cherry and berry fruitiness. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is too light to carry those flavors across the palate with the panache they deserve.

In accordance with the style, there's very little sweetness. The beer is politely sour and acidic, culminating in an impressive display of aridity. The finish is surgically clean with hints of surgical-grade steel. As noted, the body/mouthfeel is too light for the flavor profile. A more substantial mouth presence would kick this sucker into a higher gear.

Bellegems Bruin is my second Flanders oud bruin and I like it just fine. I see some room for improvement though. Given the basic elements of the style, I'm certain there's a version out there that will blow me away, I just need to find it. This wasn't it, but I still could have used a bigger bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 13:27:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Teasing aromas of sweetly caramelish malt and a sour cherry-like fruitiness greet you in the nose of this beautiful oud bruin. As it crosses your lips and tongue you find it's quite smooth and lightly creamy with an exceptionally fine-bubbled natural carbonation and medium body. The flavor, however, is distracting with its beautiful juxtaposition of sour apple/mild citrus-like tartness and lightly sweet, caramelish, and toasty malt. Raisins and brown sugar appear along the way; and a thin spritz of lemon juice hits you at the finish, drying it nicely! It lingers in the mouth though, with a film of dry maltiness that makes you want to take another sip! Quite nice. And although it's not complex, the combination of the sourness and sweetness is interesting enough to keep you coming back for more! This is a superb rendition of the style that doesn't rely on added sweetness to overcome its sourness; and isn't too sour over all - just perfectly balanced!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 21:27:42 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of kennyo

New York

3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rodenbach aroma, winey, fruity. thin body, long cherry finish. Dark brown/mahogony color, thin head throughout, weak taste. Beer was slightly oxidized. My friend got this in 03' from Michael Jackson Belgium beer club and the best before date was 12/21/02.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2004 21:46:26 | More by kennyo
Photo of Hex92


3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought I had finished all of my bottles of this beer off a year ago. I seem to remember it tasting better than this. Foamy head that died quickly. Kind of a sour smell. Kind of tastes like a burgundy wine. Maybe this one has sat too long.The date on the bottle is 12/20/02 and today is 8/15/04. So its quite possible that this beer has not improved with age. I will have to pick up another bottle sometime and edit htis review if my impressions change.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 00:37:20 | More by Hex92
Photo of ark57


4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the way a good Flemish Ale looks. This is ruby brown in color, though it does not have much head. There is no hop aroma to speak. The aroma is not much, but you can tell that it is sweet and tart. It tastes fruity and winey and is acidic and sour with a slight bitter finish. There is plenty of carbonation I guess I just poured it bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2004 13:09:03 | More by ark57
Photo of Elemental


3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will have to say that I wasn't very impressed with this beer. It poured nice and dark brown but had almost know head at all. Very little carbonation at all. It has a nice aroma that is malty and smells of plums. But the taste was extremely sweet. It had a big plum taste with very little bitterness at all. The big turn off was the residual sweetness which overpowered everything else. Overall I think that it may have not have finished fermenting, but otherwise was interesting.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2004 04:58:58 | More by Elemental
Photo of Stopper


4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This pours with a head of only a few large bubbles. The color is a deep orange brown. The aroma is beautifully sour, acidic, and vinous, with a touch of sweet chocolate. The mouthfeel is somewhat watery with very little effervescence. The flavor is initially puckering over hint of grain dryness, but the sourness quickly gives recedes enough to reveal complexly mild sweet red wine-like fruitiness with light touches of cherry. The finish remains a bit sour for a short time and there is none but the slightest hint of hop presence.

This brown has an absolutely exceptional aroma. Its complex fruity sourness is interesting and refreshing, and evolves nicely as it warms. It's refreshing, fruity, and complexly delicious, and I'll definitely be picking up more bottles of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2003 04:24:53 | More by Stopper
Photo of marc77


4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy deep garnet in hue. Lanky, yet persistent tan head yields sparse lace. Candied green apple upfront in aroma is complemented by slightly sour, oaky balsamic notes. Tartness dissapates rapidly as the brew breathes, and is replaced by a static, sweet raisin and caramel presence. Brusque snap of toffee like, dark candi sugar sweetness initially in flavor is quickly offset by a melange of stately acetic tartness, earthy tones of hay, and mellow yeast must. Fruitiness is of an underripe, slightly astringent plum like nature. Appropriately lightly bodied and thus conducive to quaffability, with a agreeable dextrinous kiss in mouthfeel. Notes of grape skin emerge late, thoroughly drying the palate, yet a smidgen of molasses like residual sweetness remains. Finishes softly bready, with a sourdough like lactic mirk. Quite an enjoyable, whimsical brew. Superbly refreshing and certainly quite a tease in its eight ounce portion. This is what Liefman's Oud Bruin failed to be. "Best before 12/20/2002"

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2003 01:48:54 | More by marc77
Photo of RoyalT


3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, semi-thick brown color with a decent head that laced well on the glass.

Smell – Initially, a whiff of Sweet-Tarts hits the nose. This is followed by a deeper malt flavor and strong sourness, again like candy.

Taste – The candy flavors kick in more on the tongue. The sourness comes in towards the end (true lemon, not the cheap kind), but the tart flavors are the highlight of this show. The malt is there but drowned out.

Mouthfeel – There’s some light carbonation to be had, but mostly this puckers the mouth and kicks the salivary glands into high gear.

Drinkability – This is great to drink on an empty stomach. The smallish bottle reflects the sipping nature of this brew. A nice example.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 02:43:50 | More by RoyalT
Photo of RBorsato


4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark reddish-brown (bright red to light) with a full light brown head, decent carbonation, and decent lace. Light sour aroma but primarily raisiny and light candy-like notes. Tart and fruity flavor with a very nice dark fruit character. Medium bodied with a light tart finish.

Very nice -- too bad the bottle is so small....

Per M.J. notes: Lambic brew (Jacobin's Gueuze) aged 18 mos. & a Belgian Ale (13 P, 1052 OG) hopped with 1 year old Northern Brewers aged 30 mos.

Best Before: 12/20/02
Tasted: 08/30/03

(8 oz. / 25 cl)

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 18:29:42 | More by RBorsato
Photo of ADR


3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Date marked 12/20 (20/12) /02...very dark browm, chill hazes the glass, looks to be sedimented. Small head down to spider tracks in 40 seconds, laces in small spots. Black strap mollases aroma, backed by a farm fresh mustiness. Light and citric tart, the flavors come across to me as a cross between a Manhatten and soy sauce. Finsihes relatively dry for a beer this dark, could be a sense of black cherry and with some overbearing phenolics. I can't say this is a favorite, low carbonation to counter the tartness and a slightly unpleasant malt.

Source: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2003 15:14:22 | More by ADR
Photo of beerinator


4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark reddish brown. Creamy tan head. Beer has a nice ruby tint when held up to the light.

Aroma: Sweet candy smells. Whiffs of apple. Slight undertones of alcohol.

Taste: Strong raiseny sourness. Starts off kind of acidic and bitter, but finishes slightly sweet. Very little bitterness lingers in your mouth.

Notes: A good beer, if you like the style. The taster needs to have an awareness of the sourness of this style, or else weird faces will appear. It's hard to believe how refreshing something sour can actually be. Very appropriate for it's style.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2003 16:20:31 | More by beerinator
Photo of mzwolinski


4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color with a bit of sediment and a thin, light tan head. The aroma is appropriately sour, with some sugary malty notes undrelying and a bit of a nutty scent. The taste is tart but not overwhelmingly so. The tartness starts of gently, gives way to a malty sweetness, reasserts itself in a finish reminiscent of raisins and green apples and finally yields to a mildly sweet aftertaste. Medium-bodied, much lighter than it looks, with a gently dry finish. Very drinkable -- a good introduction to the world of sour beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2003 06:27:13 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a small 8 fl.oz. bottle. The label is dark blue with a red border, and has a picture of two guys toasting each other with over-frothing beers. The guy with the straw boater hat looks particularly inebriated and very happy.

Pours a lovely ruby red-deep brown chestnut color with a nice off-white colored head, that rescinds quickly, to a thin covering.

Aromas are of a sour beer with a slightly nutty dark fruity smell.

Tastes are initially sour, sharp and very clean. The delicious sourness in this beer is very intentional, but it does make way for a malty, slightly sweet ending. Excellent inherent carbonation lends to a great mouthfeel, a great spritzy presense as the beer first hits the palette. Nicely balanced and very drinkable.

Was well received by fellow BA’s at a beer tasting that I had in my Apartment recently.

Once you start drinking this beer, if you are familiar with the style, I guarantee two things will happen;

1) You will grow to like this, and….
2) It Only comes in an 8 fl.oz. bottle !?! Very Annoying.

There are not too many accomplished Flemish Brown Ales knocking around these days. And this offering, whilst not the best, is a good example worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 20:29:13 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of fattyre


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear dark red/brown with a smallish off white head. It has a slightly malty somewhat citrusy smell that gives the perception of sweet and sour. The taste was of a sweet flowery front, diminishing sour mid with a dry slightly yogurty end and a slightly thin mouthfeel. Overall it was a very nice sweet and sour type beer which I really wish I could drink on a more regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2003 17:41:52 | More by fattyre
Photo of Bunnyhop


3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brown with a small to moderate off-white head. The smell is sweet, malty, and raisiny. At first I taste a sweetness and malt, followed by a yogurt like sourness, finishing with a pepperiness. Oddly, I also taste a hint of iron. In my mouth there is a slight thinness but overall it is firm and round feeling. There is something about this brew that makes you want more, and I do!

(source: Great Beers of Belgium)

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2003 12:26:16 | More by Bunnyhop
Photo of Gusler


3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark garnet color with a pertinent head and the lace formed is a fine sheet to coat the glass. The aroma of fresh ripe plums, malt and somewhat musty, light nut sweetness also present a pleasure to sniff. Start is sweet and malt laden, the top is a bit thin, and the finish nicely carbonated and the hops apropos for the style. The aftertaste dry and somewhat sour, good drinkable beer and well worth the sample.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2002 12:22:46 | More by Gusler
Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.