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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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211 Reviews
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Reviews: 211
Hads: 733
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 5.22%
Wants: 51
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-08-2000

Label also displays .VanderGhinste Oud Bruin'.
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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish body (light brown - muddy brown - not to great with describing the color) with decent head and lace on top of an aroma that has some sour and sweet patches intertwining with each other, but mostly am getting some dark fruit like plums and figs. Taste/mouthfeel more of the same as light to medium bodied, smooth, easy to drink, not too familiar with this style but have a had a few and this one is real good. There is a balance and mix of sweet and dark fruits with a spicy edge and at times a little tart/sour cherry flavor. (543 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep red pour and head is brief retreating to the edge leaving wispy clouds in the center.

Aroma mainly of tart cherries.

Taste is cherry and mildly sour.

Mouthfeel is spritzy throughout. Clean and refreshing.

Really not much to say except this is really good. Oud Bruins, for me, always seem classy and sophisticated and this fits the bill. Not very tart or sour if you will. Easy drinker. (399 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent oud bruin.

Very dark brown, it has a small pale tan head slowly shrinking to foamy ring, wisps, a little weak lace.

Aroma is dried cherry, vinegar, strong soy sauce element and steak sauce, metal. It has a strong, full aroma.

Taste is sweet and sour dried fruits up front, turned and slightly vinegary, metal, hints of steak sauce and tamarind, hint of wet wood., with some toasty bread crust in the finish. It is full bodied, fairly complex, lively, engaging, and zesty, fairly dry with a light leaning to the sweet and sour. (550 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a brownish red color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head fades rather rapidly leaving a good level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer was heaviest of a cherry smell mixed with a moderate amount of vinegar and a bit of grass. Along with these smells are some funky smells and a light amount of a yeasty smell. Rounding out the aroma are some tart cranberry and a light earthy aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a lightly soured cherry and bready taste. As the flavor advances the sourness increases but never gets too overwhelming. The cherry flavors get stronger as the flavor advances as well with it taking a much sweeter flavor as the taste moves to the end. All the while some yeast and a bit of grass comes to the tongue along with some more vinegar to leave a rather moderately sour but very easy drinking sour.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is medium in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. Both are fantastic for the mix of sour and sweet and enhance the more easy drinking nature of the brew.

Overall – A rather tasty and easy drinking sour. Not the best out there, but very enjoyable. (1,288 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Crooked Stave tulip.

Appearance- Murky brownish red with quick bubbly white head.

Smell- Cherries and plums galore. Vinous characteristics, oaky with hints of vanilla and caramel. Very juicy and pleasant.

Taste-Same stone fruits and oak present. More grapes in the taste than the smell. Tart but not sour. Very jammy juicy.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation. Very smooth and clean. Very drinkable.

Overall- This is a beer I see on the shelves all the time, and I decided to buy one yesterday. Similar to a not nearly sour Cuvee Jacobins. Nice beer that would be a great foray into sours for someone. (652 characters)

Photo of bierdeflanders
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

S: Slight funk. Decent tartness with some vinegar, but quickly fades, some fruity (cherry), bubblegum

A: Pours a deep brownish red in colour, very clear, looks almost ruby in color

T: bright upfront with clean crispness and some malt sweetness. Solid cherry characters come through but still rather sweet. some oak notes on the finish with a touch of oxidation and a clean, light tartness. Some sweetness sticks around towards the finish. Feel is light but smooth with some acid providing a bite.

O: real tasty, a little sweet but a great example of a flemish bier. (568 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very cool version of the style here, not as sour as many of them. its a blend of a flemish red ale and a young lambic, giving this beer a rounded flavor and tartness, without the caustic acidity of other oud bruin types. more brown than red on the pour, hazy and dense, with a deep mahogany glow and less than an inch of cream colored foam. the nose is fruity as they come, tart cherries and maybe even raisins give an orchard sort of sweetness to this, and chocolate and dark amber malts unite in a rich lathery body with a bit of sweetness as well as a lactic tartness from the lambic. the wheat malt there doesnt add much, but the mild acidity is a nice contrast to the red fruit finish. complex and drinkable, more so than a lot of these. well carbonated, but i notice the lushness of the feel before the bubbles. its expanding on the palate and creamy too, down easy. a very impressive offering, especially at around 5 bucks a bottle. (941 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a teku.

A: Dark brown. Pours a 2 finger, foamy, tight, brown head. Settles slowly leaving a thick beer ring. Spotty lacing.

S: A little woody malt character accentuated with raspberry.

T: Bready. Light balance of fermented raspberry.

M: Crisp and fruity. Very nice bitter sweet balance. Dry finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Great head, yet little lacing. Nose is woody and fruity. Bready with a little fermented fruit. Crisp, fruity, with a little body; well-balanced. Overall, this is a really good quaff. (565 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

VanderGhinste Oud Bruin. 5.5% ABV.

A: Half a finger of head. Slightly brownish red. Very slight yellow at the bottom. Some slight lacing.

S: Slight funk. Decent tartness when the bottle is opened, but quickly fades. Not a lot of scent to this one.

T/MF: Okay sourness, but not nearly so much as other Belgian sours I've had. Some barnyard. Some kind of dried fruit, but I'm not quite sure. Prune, perhaps?

Not bad, by any means, but a little disappointing.

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle, into a Petrus chalice. (515 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

$4.49 for a 11.2oz bottle @ Sicilianos.
Brewed with "malted barley, wheat, hops, water, and caramelized malts"
"Blending this beer with lambic beer aged in oak for 18 months results in this specific West Flanders Brown beer. Its typical flavour is characterized by a well-balanced, hardly noticeable sourness." 5.5% ABV. Label on the back "08 13"

Pours out to a nicely clear deep brown, forming a restrained dark yellow head with ok retention and minimal lacing. Very thin layer of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is beautifully inviting with tart grape, oak, lychee, barnyard, subdued brett lambicus, rotting apples and cherries, vinegar and musty basement. Mouthfeel is moderately tart with a medium light body. The taste is gorgeous...rotting apples, a little cola, a wisp of vinegar, musty basement, a little metallic in the finish, very mild to minimal bitterness, a touch of grape and sweet vermouth, with a delicate balance between sweet and sour, just like I like my Oud Bruins. Some scant higher alcohols upon warming, but not obtrusive. Finishes quite clean and only slightly dry.

A delicious Oud Bruin. I wish it had a bit more body and a longer finish, but it's still heavenly. Perhaps not as complex as Goudenband or Duchesse but still highly recommended. (1,329 characters)

Photo of Clints1991
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from a bottle. Poured into a tulip glass. It pours brown with a tan head. On the aroma I picked up the lactic sour with a little bit of vinegar. Has a little fruit nose to it, not that noticeable. You taste the sour right away but it quickly fades. It has a distinct malt taste at the back of the palate. I also get hints of cherries. It is definitely medium bodied, not as much carbonation. Overall this is an amazing sour. It is not expensive and very palatable. (468 characters)

Photo of VincentFrey
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour / Appearance: Corked and Caged bottle poured into a Nepenthe Homebrew tulip. I thought my glass had not been properly cleaned, but it turned out to be carbonation running up the edges. No lasting head, but plenty effervescent in the glass. Beautiful dark red, which turns into a muddy brown outside of the light. Not the prettiest thing all around unless set against a white background and natural light, but hey.

Aroma: Light vinegar, cherry, lactic acid. There is a definite punch to the lactic, but it's mostly on the backend. Vinegar is to be expected, but there isn't a ton of that present. Good start! Cherry and other traditional lambic fruits. This says it's a blend of multiple lambics and young red ale, and I don't know if any of those are lambics were fruited. I doubt it, but it's certainly possible. Either way, it's very appropriate to the style and has a few possibly off notes that actually improve it once you move past stylistic approaches.

Taste: Sour. The lactic hit is giant, but doesn't stay around long, conceding to definite cherry and fruit notes. Oddly this is one of the few Flanders Reds I've had where malt seems to be a showcase as well. I don't know a ton of Belgian staple malts, but it reminds me of pils, vienna, and something slightly dark. It's a very interesting combination, particularly with how sour the beer itself is and how the fruit comes through. It'd probably be a bit too vinous without that malt character, so I'm glad for it.

Overall: A very nice, if non-traditional, Flanders red. I dig it a ton even if not perfectly to style.

Bottom Line: If you like sours or reds, must buy. Fruit beer loves should give it a shot too. It's not all that expensive either, so it might be a good transitory beer for folks not used to the style or sours in general. (1,808 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, enjoyed chilled in a teku.

The color is medium brown with light chill haze and thick three finger tan head with rocky surface. The retention is very good and bead is very fine. The smell has strong tart cherry aroma with mild sweet malt and gentle spice ester with nice fruity mix of wild yeast esters. The feel is tangy with moderately high carbonation with semi-dry feel with slight malt sweetness and medium light body with semi-dry finish.

The taste is very good with semi dry malt flavor with fruity tangy and almost sour/sweet flavor from yeast with slight malt sweetness with a light raisiny accent and mild caramel toward the middle with minimal spice in the finish and mild alcohol in the taste. This is a very good example of an Oud bruin, I would drink this again without hesitation. (859 characters)

Photo of BVukelich
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Random pick off the shelf this week. Pours a tan, less than average head. About 25 on the SRM scale. Nice color! The lace stuck to the side of the glass like glue, very impressive. The label claimed aroma of cherry and raisins, honestly I didn't pick up the raisins but I don't have the best trained nose. Earthy and tart to me. Those same aromas were reflected in the taste. I like sour beers so I may be partial to this one. It was pretty good. Mouthfeel was smooth, lingering tartness that makes the back of your mouth pucker. I would recommend and think it would pair well with grilled pork chops. (601 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, Sahara Mart in Bloomington, IN has just about everything. Cheers to aisles and aisles of beers!

Batch code 06; no other date on the bottle.

A: Auburn color with a noticeable haze. The head that forms is short and creamy, grayish-tan in color, which eventually ends up as nothing more than a quarter-inch of soft retention and several skinny strings of lacing.

S: A savory blend of bold lactic acid and sweet, luscious scents of strawberry pie – mouthwatering, nearly. Notes of raspberry purée, sugar cookie, and fresh lemon inhabit the back end.

T: Impressively, this turns out to be a sour with session ale character: the palate is centered strongly on a wheaty grain and grape profile with strawberry syrup flavor – sweet and tart – drizzled on top. At its heart, it’s like a fruit soda with a sour tinge, showing notes of cherry candy, Concord grape, balsamic vinegar, and lemon juice as it progresses. Finishes with a short, controlled aftertaste: subtle jam-on-biscuit flavors extend for a brief moment.

M: Sparkling and light, which helps add to the fruit soda character. Goes down effortlessly.

O: The label on this beer describes everything I could ever say about it – two guys, happily smiling, toasting with simple glasses full of fizzy beer. With a profile that’s light, approachable, and refreshing, this sour ale is the epitome of a no-frills, drinkable delight. (1,400 characters)

Photo of Wobbly
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%

One of my two or three favorite examples of this classic Flemish style. Such a rounded flavor and an excellent body. Complex yet so refreshing you could guzzle it if you are not careful. (187 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried from a bottle at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst. And as a little piece of trivia: at the time of writing, this is my 2,500th review on BeerAdvocate.

Pours a deep brownish red in colour, very clear and with a solid weight that makes it feel like an uncut ruby. Head is white with a depth to the colour, head is firm and a little filmy. Lace forms in big rings around the edge of the glass. Carbonation is very solid making the beer look alive. Looks good.

Nose is great. Solid tartness and plenty of barrel characters giving oak and a slight vinous note. There's rounded malt underneath it giving it some heft. Characters of anise, muscatels, cherry stem and earth come through as well. It doesn't punch with intensity, but the complexity is great.

Taste is light on entry with a bright, clean crispness and some basso malt presence. Solid cherry characters come through the centre, but still rather sweet. At the back there's more barrel notes—a touch of oxidation and a clean, light tartness. Some sweetness sticks around towards the finish. Feel is light but smooth with some acid providing a bite.

Overall, this is tasty stuff. It's perhaps a little bit sweet, but it's well crafted with plenty of classic characters. Very tasty stuff. (1,254 characters)

Photo of Swongler
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended to me by the shopkeep at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Upon tasting I realized that I had this at on tap at another bar once before. Poured into a flute.

A - Dark red-brown. Even hard to see through when held up to light. A thick creamy head of light caramel color.

S - MMMmm smells delicious. Much like any darker sour. Slight metalic/brass smell to it, but that is hidden behind unripened cherries, and unripened apples.

T - Unlike some beers that overdo the sour, this one actually tastes like a beer. This is unmistakably a brown ale with sour properties. Almost like a fruity New Castle... but better. Cherries, slight earthiness, and a tang that makes it just sour enough.

M - The head is nice and creamy. Makes your tongue curl just enough for a sour. Slightly thick, but not overly thick.

O - A solid sour. I would recommend this to just about anyone that appreciates a high-quality sour. I really want to give this one another shot. I am tasting it as I write this review, and I can tell that my opinion of it may change with my mood or state of my palate. (1,087 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby-amber coloring with a thin, filmy, off-white ring of surface head. Nose of fruit tart, with a blend of apple, cherry, and raisin with an earthy undertone. Flavors are tart and earthy forward, providing a very smooth blend of flavors. Tart cherry and apple lead the charge, with an earthy and woody backbone and some old world fruit rich and sweet to follow. Very well balanced, and the tart flavors are in the spotlight, but the beer remains drinkable and dynamic. The aftertaste is rich and tart, with a light, smooth, crisp feel and a slight effervescence into the finish. Very balanced and palatable for the style. Tasty brew. (700 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at Bigby's Pour House.

Gotta be the only place in the area I can get this stuff on tap (unless Firkin wants to throw me for a loop some day). It pours a deep ruby-sienna topped by a half-finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises spicy red wine grapes (I'm thinking a particularly peppery Tempranillo here), rich caramel, a hint of graham cracker, light plum, mild black cherry, and a feathers' touch of red wine vinegar. The taste brings in more of the same, but whatever tartness was present before has been sanded down to a strong occasional stab adrift in a sea of sweet malts, mild peppery spices, and oxidized sherry. The blend, though, seems to work, leading to a pleasant, easygoing drink that may have been less likely had the tartness retained its former strength. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, a nice bruin, something that doesn't wow or overwhelm, but something that delivers some interesting and unique flavor combinations and an enjoyable time. (1,044 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From an undated 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a decent initial head of about two-fingers. The foam is light tan and it fades quickly to a thick cap that hangs around for a bit. The beer is nearly opaque and reddish-brown in color. Pretty standard for the style, but better looking than some.

S-The smell is sort of dusty and earthy with a little bit of sweet/sour cherry and prune. I also detect a bit of saccharine-like artificial sweetness. Not terribly complex. Very little vinous character here.

T-The taste is also a bit one-dimensional with some cherry, stale prune, and a bit of earthy funk, but also a dull, saccharine/oxidized note that makes this brew taste somewhat artificial (or old).

M-The feel is pretty standard for the style with slightly chunky, soda-pop carbonation and a medium body.

O-I am pretty disappointed in this beer. Complexity is lacking and I could not get over the oxidized, saccharine flavors. Perhaps I got an old bottle? On the plus side, it is pretty good-looking for the style and the feel is well-suited for the style, too. (1,088 characters)

Photo of facesnorth
3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointingly bland. I had higher expectations having enjoyed Cuvee des Jacobins. I didn't get much tart or sour taste out of this. Fairly refreshing on this hot day, so I can't complain entirely. But I'd definitely rather be drinking something else. (252 characters)

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/11/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of sour cherry, raspberry, cranberry, raisin, red wine vinegar, funk, light clove, oak, herbal, caramel, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, raspberry, cranberry, red wine vinegar, oak, clove, light pepper, caramel, funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, raspberry, cranberry, red wine vinegar, clove, herbal, pepper, caramel, funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Flanders brown ale. All around nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with moderate oak presence; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,391 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An attractive, deep coppery red colored body with a small, short-lived head. Sour dark fruit aromas give way to a rich, toasted caramel maltiness. Berries, cherries, and raisins...just a bit acetic. Full, smooth, tart fruity flavor - black cherry and grape - less malt, more vinous notes, and some very light sherry. Some breadiness is perceptible underneath. Medium bodied and tart. Good stuff. (395 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

nice dark, copper-red color with a thin layer of foam on top.
smells like vinegar, of course. i wonder what that 10% double ipa at the pub is going to taste like after this....?
tastes.... like vinegar.... of course. i love this stuff. yes, like vinegar, but i love vinegar.
what can i say? if you like the sours, then there are some good brews out there done well.
since i cannot mix my beers well with a sour in the mix, then i give it a lower score. if i'm doing all sours, then i may be inclined to give it a higher score. unfair, maybe? actually, it's not all that sour, but it does still have the sour properties which makes it difficult to enjoy other 'normal' brews. i have to give the an 85 on that criteria.
and i love the laurel and hardy characters on the front label... (784 characters)

Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.