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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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484 Ratings

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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 33
Gots: 29 | 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)
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

06-24-2014 05:46:20 | More by Jspriest
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-24-2014 14:43:44 | More by SoCalSuds
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

06-03-2014 14:16:49 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-12-2014 03:25:57 | More by oriolesfan4
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

09-05-2012 00:54:49 | More by jrfehon33
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-05-2011 03:15:33 | More by joebres
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-20-2014 09:50:05 | More by DRBiser
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

05-28-2014 00:48:02 | More by target88
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3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2013 06:33:48 | More by TMoney2591
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3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 01:05:02 | More by emerge077
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3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Bright, clear red with a light tan head. Lots of active carbonation. Head retention isn't great, but the lacing is nice and a thin ring of foam remains throughout the life of the glass.

S- Balsamic vinegar, lemon. Some darker fruits in there as well, cherry, blackberry. vinous.

T- Balsamic vinegar...it's thoroughly sour. The finish rounds out a bit and shows some tart cherry and under-ripe raspberry.

M- medium bodied with moderate carbonation. As a whole it comes across refreshing, probably because of teh acidity.

O- My first flanders ale, I have mixed feelings on this one. On one side, it's better than I expected. On the other, it's like drinking sour wine.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 21:44:48 | More by silverking
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3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly clear mahogany with a small fizzy head that dissipates immediately. Almost no lacing. Fruity aroma and taste; berries and cherries; lightly tart and acidic. Subtle vinegar. Just a bit puckering in the finish. Medium light bodied with solid carbonation. Clean and crisp, easy drinking, tasty but not exactly outstanding or particularly memorable for the style. Sourness and funk are very restrained; unintimidating.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 04:43:54 | More by tobelerone
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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
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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
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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 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
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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
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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
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3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 22:18:32 | More by 4000qtrap
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3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a deep brownish red color with a fluffy tan colored head on top. The head settles and leaves a a light amount of scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is tart and wooden smelling, there is also some cherry I'm picking up also. The taste is actually much better than I expected. It's a much more muted sour that some of the Flanders Reds out there. The mouthfeel was lightly carbonated and pretty smooth. Overall it was a pretty tasty brew even though I'm not a big fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 02:36:51 | More by Knapp85
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3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 14:59:16 | More by jdense
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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 14:32:59 | More by benfons
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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
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3.9/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 00:49:33 | More by joeseppy
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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours out a deep red color with a finger of head. The aroma is tart and sour, with cherries and vinegar being the dominant aromas. The taste is pretty strong on the cherries at the start and the finish, with some of the sour and vinegar notes coming in in the midpoint to linger just a little into the finish. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, and the drinkability is good. This is my first Flanders Oud Bruin, and I can't help but feel it's a good, but not outstanding representation of the style. I'm more than willing to find out if my hunch is accurate.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 02:22:22 | More by shand
Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
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