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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

Vanderghinste Oud BruinVanderghinste Oud Bruin

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424 Ratings

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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%

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'.

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Photo of mjtiernan

New York

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Looks like a lively one! A mountainous off-white head atop a rusty deep brown body.

S: Heavy fruity esters. Some oak barrel. Caramel and dark fruit.

T: Delicious. Acetic tart cherry. Some earthy oak. Each sip takes a long time to develop.

M: Very smooth and refreshing to start with some wonderful biting tartness in the finish. Medium body and carb is just right.

O: I love how this tastes but it’s the mouthfeel that dominates. I enjoyed this a ton.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 02:53:16 | More by mjtiernan
Photo of DavidST


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Belgian goblet, batch 01. This pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a small but bubbly head. The nose is tart, and funky, a little cherry, maybe brett and some vinegar. The feel is medium. The taste is pretty good, about Dutchess level quality, you get a nice tart load of fruity malts. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 03:39:38 | More by DavidST
Photo of Philousa


3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch Code 5. I'm not sure what this indicates, but I thought I'd include the information.

Look is very dark red against the light, but nearly black or mahogany beneath a light. There is very little khaki head that tries, but fails, to cover the top in various sized bubbles. This is the stickiest head on a sour I've seen. It sticks in splotches, very random. A sweet caramel, not very thick, with a tart berry aroma. There is some interesting bready yeastiness, like a pumpernickel or cranberry loaf. Very slightly roasty. Taste comes off initially as very sweet and slightly tart. I get strawberry, pomegranate, and cranberry in the sourness. A slight tinny metallic flavor bubbles up occasionally. The finish is sweet initially, but dries out which brings a good contrast to the previous sour flavors. Feel is slightly watery.

I like this but don't love it. I really appreciate the light flavors and fruitiness in this beer, but I want a contrast. It needs some more roastiness or earthiness. Give this a little more complexity and I'd love it.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 04:16:57 | More by Philousa
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel snifter. Pours a dark, reddish-brown color that shows beautiful ruby highlights when held to the light. The head is khaki and one finger thick and dissipates rather quickly. The nose definitely has some nice tart, acidic notes like cherries and white wine. There's definitely a bit of oakiness there too. Nice.

The beer has a medium body and a good, firm mouthfeel. The carbonation is not too high and the acidity doesn't get washed out. What acidity there is seems to be very well balanced against nice sweet flavors of apples and plums. The tartness is not overly intense. It just carries over the palate and down the back of the throat, creating a nice, appetizing finish like a white wine. Extremely refreshing.

This would be an excellent beer for someone new to sours. It's not too intense, but anyone can taste the quality. It is balanced, interesting, tasty, and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 23:15:56 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of scar

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoy Flemish reds more than any other wild yeast ales. There is a satisfying quality that is sustaining and fulfilling much like a good meal. I often have these ales with a light lunch of fruit and cheese, however they certainly have enough character to stand up heartier beef dishes, possibly even a burger with blue or Gorgonzola.

The appearance is spectacular, a beautiful dark red almost burgundy dominates your eye. The lace is like a cob web that take up all areas of the glass. Impressive considering this appearance is usually created by bottle conditioned beers which this one is not.

The smell is the weakness of this beer, very slight Candi sugar, a little acid and chocolate on the nose. I expect more acid up front.

The taste is fantastic but missing the yeast component. Malty with yogurt and vinegar to balance. Notes of coco powder and caramelized sugar but very slight. Very drinkable for the style.

Mouth-feel, nothing to complain about appropriate body with lower carbonation adding to the beer rather than detracting.

I would love to see this beer in the bottle conditioned form considering the classics of this style contain yeast. Great price of 2.99 a bottle can't go wrong, I will be buying more in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 18:16:18 | More by scar
Photo of MaximalC


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

Pours the color of molasses with ruby highlights and a meager head that is soon nonexistent. Tartness is noticeable in the aroma, which smells of weak apple cider vinegar. I actually wish it was a bit bolder; as is, it's just ok. The sourness is immediately present on the front end, though it is not terribly strong in and of itself. There simply isn't much else present for it to contest with, outside of the carbonation and some mild yeastiness. Some malt sweetness finally makes its way through in the finish, well after the tartness has subsided. Grapefruit and apple notes lurk somewhere in the transition between the two. All in all, this is a fairly mild and drinkable bruin that doesn't stand out in any particular aspect.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 00:07:00 | More by MaximalC
Photo of raynmoon


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

deep brown/ redish hints in the color and smells mostly of yeast, slightly sweet.

The taste is much different than smell of the yeast. It is slightly tart and then finishes sweet. It tastes mostly of cherries, balsamic, and breadyness. I like it.

It reminds me mostly of a flanders red; assuming these styles are almost the same.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 05:35:26 | More by raynmoon
Photo of RblWthACoz


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh Flanders ales, how I just don't get enough of you. This beer is pretty straight forward and direct.I mean that in as good a way as possible. It doesn't really step out and try to be anything beyond a good beer. Straight forward. Fits to style. I like it, but it is pretty pure to the style parameters, which might be a lot for some people to deal with.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 19:11:13 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Jesse13713


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz poured into a Maudite tulip glass.

Appearance - The appearance of citric cola with an oddly-fitting whipped head that quickly hides. Overall body is a bit watery looking. Lacing is hardly existent. A caramel-like cola brown that is honestly not that impressing.

Smell - Huge lambic acid notes. Tart fruits, perhaps cherry and plum. A burning toffee malt adds a bit of sweetness. Vinegar is potent but not overwhelming.

Taste - A lot deeper in the cherry orchard than the smell lets on. Not nearly as sour as expected either. An exceptionally smooth, perfectly balanced plate of dark cherry flavor that is just right. Plums are apparent. My mind wont steer away from the delicious taste of dark cherries. A nice, natural sweetness with a lightly sweet spongecake-like malt.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - This beer really nails the sweetness right. Not overdone or underdeveloped. Light-bodied and easy to drink. The sourness is tamed back, and the intensity of the cherries is perfect. The carbonation is neither apparent nor bothersome.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 03:19:10 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of beergoot


3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice orange-red amber color to the body. Thick, chunky whitish head. Sweet-sour aroma, slightly vinegary. Cherry-like. Predominant sourness to the the taste with a subtle sweetness to take the edge off. Rather light bodied in feel. Crisp and dry.

I don't have a lot of experience with lambic/oud bruin style ales, but this is rather intriguing. I doubt this will become a regular style of beer that I partake in, but for something tasty and different, this seems well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 19:24:19 | More by beergoot
Photo of draheim


3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz (batch 01) into a tulip. Pours a murky mahogany w/ a thin khaki head that settles to a film.

Aroma is faint sour cherries and sweet malt. Not really getting much on the nose, just a mild red wine vinegar.

Taste is pleasantly tar and equally sweet. Sugars in the malt provide a nice counterpoint to the acidity.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Carbonation is just right.

Overall a pretty solid Flanders oud bruin. Sourness isn't overdone.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 05:01:42 | More by draheim
Photo of RuudJH


3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as 'VanderGhinste', a Flanders red ale, as stated on the bottle. 'Oud bruin', similar. Aged in oak barrels.

Fresh red berries smell. Tart but sweet with black berries too. Dry finish.
This beautifull beer, dark chestnut brown colour, with fluffy head, great lacing in the glass.
Pleasing beer, traditionally meant as thirst quencher. Fresh and drinkable. Decent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 17:20:12 | More by RuudJH
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle pours a ruddy brown color with a modest cap of tan head. Not much lacing, fair retention.

Nose is sweet and sour caramel malty goodness. Overripe strawberry jam and light red wine vinegar notes are just about perfect for the style.

Flavor is a little lighter and less sweet than a Duchesse. Jammy, tart fruit with plenty of caramel maltiness. Id like to see a bit more sourness, but overall it is pretty good. I am always down for a good Flanders and while this one is not great, it'll scratch that itch.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 20:13:27 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of acevenom


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

Poured into a chalice. Pours dark brown with a finger length off-white head that dissipates quickly. Plenty of tiny bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is of sour apples, sweet cherries, and yeast. The taste is tart with flavors of apple, cherry, and mildly sweet roasted malts. The flavors are well balanced. The body is light to medium with lots of carbonation. The beer is smooth and the drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 20:43:47 | More by acevenom
Photo of viverlee


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Curious craving. Years ago when I was introduced to good beers I had my first sour and quickly thought the beer had gone bad, that somehow the cap or bottle had been breached, that I was drinking someone’s cruel joke. Not so, young neophyte. I found my mouth yesterday absolutely clamoring for some vinegary gloss, and this here satisfies.

STYLE: Flanders Oud Bruin

ABV: 5.5%

LOOK: Not really the main course. Plain brown with a touch of mahogany and a light, fizzy head.

NOSE: Characteristically sour, it smells like Fall. Dried apple stack cake, salad dressing, punchy.

MOUTH: Apple cider, red grapes, cherry molasses. Mellow vinegary tartness but clean, not chewy. There’s a nice, cakelike toastiness as it warms. Sessionable it is not. That craving, though … gone.

BA Rating: 89

Hayward Abbey Rating: 91

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 19:10:10 | More by viverlee
Photo of horshack7


4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Tulip is a very dark brown beer with a head around an inch thick.

Aroma: Sour cherries, light fig, pumpernickel, faint almond and a wisp of dryness in the nose.

Taste: Lots of sour cherry notes in the front, breadiness, a good crispness on the palate. Citrus notes here and there. Touches of roasted malts and hops.

Notes: This an interesting style the sourness is not too overpowering. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 01:42:49 | More by horshack7
Photo of TenHornsProud


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

Pours a cloudy brown with a big, fine off-white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of sour, tart apples (oxidation) with some wood and general sweetness, maybe cherry.

Taste is up front tart cherry that goes into a sweet and tart middle before ending on slightly sweet finish that has notes of the underlying brown ale. Really well balanced but still tart and complex.

Light to medium body with high carbonation is right on.

Really nice and well balanced sour brown, maybe a bit more complexity would rate it higher for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 20:11:39 | More by TenHornsProud
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Samuel Smith commemorative glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark ruby color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains quite well before gradually reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Not much lacing.

S- Light cherry scent with a shade of tartness in the back. Some yeasty funk is present.

T- Sweet and fruity with some lactic acid that's pretty subdued overall. Notes of cherry and granny smith apple. The tartness isn't as heavy as expected. Slight metallic taste.

M- A bit dry with lots of action from the high carbonation. Medium body.

O- Pretty good but I was expecting just a tad more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 23:18:39 | More by Immortale25
Photo of flagmantho


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: red-brown hue which shows quite red when held up to the light. Body is haze-free with a light effervescence. Head pours two fingers of frothy tan foam with decent retention.

Smell: lightly sweet malt aroma with quite a bit of tartness. Within the tartness is a light fruity complexity which I rather enjoy.

Taste: fruity tartness up front with a nice malt character, followed by a much drier, sour finish. I like it.

Mouthfeel: light-bodied but with a nice effervescence. Not precisely creamy, but lively and appropriate to the style.

Overall: a very nice oud bruin. On the tart side but relatively balanced with sweetness. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 03:02:01 | More by flagmantho
Photo of lstokes


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

Dark reddish brown with scarlet edges and a beige head. Smells tart but also like roasted sugar. The taste is fabulous... all of the sour complexity--cherry, apple, and funk--but with this amazing balance of roasted malts, dark raisins, brown sugar. It's highly drinkable, crisper than most sours I've had (I think this is my first Oud Bruin, though!) and I would seek it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2012 03:24:53 | More by lstokes
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cherry hued brown body with a light tan head, fine bubled lacing with speckled patterns left on my chalice. Aroma has tart cherries hints of tart sliced apples. Earthy note with lactic yogurt, hints of dark roasted malts. Flavor will satisfy your sour ale side with tart cherries, sliced green apples, hints of yogurt and dark roasted malts. Excellent version of a classic style, I've never heard of the brewer the label is a bit generic but the beer is high quality Bellegems bruin West Flanders Ale. Mouthfeel has a dry finish with fruity balance to make everybody happy, even sturdy flowing carbonation a bit effervescent and bubbly like. Overall high drinkable and enjoyable version of a hard to find style, glad I picked it up definitely worth it at around 4 bucks a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 17:10:42 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of kojevergas


3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 04:51:47 | More by kojevergas
Photo of mikeyv35

New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 04:20:28 | More by mikeyv35
Photo of sweemzander


3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 22:03:35 | More by sweemzander
Photo of AndrewR


1.65/5  rDev -59%
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.


Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 00:59:05 | More by AndrewR
Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.