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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Reviews: 211
Hads: 733
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 5.22%
Wants: 51
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
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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 comfortablynumb1
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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... (1,168 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a flute glass. Reviewed live.

A- Solid finger width head. Off-white and low density with a corresponding low retention rate. Beautiful auburn-copper color with heavy carbonation and moderate clarity.

S- Sour and winey. Vinegar smell as well along with bubblegum and sugar smells. Sweet and sour beer, very interesting.

T- Old ale flavors, wine and vinegar with distinct sugariness. Sour but tasty and drinkable.

M- Winey and light bodied. Heavily carbonated.

O- This is a good beer. I've never had a beer in this style before and it was a great first example. (601 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 puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (332 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A Flanders Brown. Modestly sour in the very drinkable Belgian style. Dark coppery brown with a decent foam in the DT tulip.

Tangy and tart but with an undertone of sweetness, like Rodenbach. Woody notes and a little dark fruit. Dry, yeasty finish. Really a pleasant sipping brew and not at all like the American extreme sour style. On tap at Fathom on the pier on Shelter Island, San Diego. (391 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%

Date of back says 03 14, I assume that's when it was bottled?

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a pretty clear garnet with nice three finger light toffee head.

S- Light dried dark fruit aroma with a light tartness.

T- Medium-light level of tartness, getting those light dried dark fruit notes, doesn't linger on the palate much.

M- Light, a tad watery.

O- Not the best Oud Bruin but a good starter beer for people not used to sours. Tasted like a light Belgian dubbel that was slightly tart. (505 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (517 characters)

Photo of treznor
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice reddish copper appearance. Aroma is slightly metallic? That seems a bit odd. Taste is very nice up front with a tart sourness of grapes and some slight cherry, but peters out too quickly. If this had a better finish (like the Cuvee Jacobins) this would be an awesome beer. (277 characters)

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased sometime in 2013 - want to say spring- making this nearly a year in the cellar

APP-deep maple, clear, low off-white head with fair retention and poor lace.

AROMA- complex, vinous nose of hey, red grape, blackcurrant, cranberry, earth, coacoa, grapefruit, dark caramel, rhubarb, anise, melon, ...and on and on....sounds messy but very harmonious and pleasant bouquet that leaps from the glass. Wonderful.

FLAVOR- much simpler than aroma as expected. lightly sweet crystal malt sliced apart by very bright and lively acidity (lactic?) rhubarb and citrus (over-ripe /spoiled grapefruit) come out prominently, a hint of tart cherry, notes of fig, tuna fruit, earth, cranberry, clover, no diacetyl, no apparent oxidation, no tannin or oaky character,

MF- light-bodied, velvety, medium-high carbonation, drying acidity that stings the lips a bit, and makes for a long finish not helped out by a light clinging bitterness

OVERALL- A disarmingly spritely oud bruin, that is lighter, more quenching and refreshing than richer examples. I get the impression that this is either a very young beer or chemically synthesized lactic acid has been introduced. It lacks the charisma of better examples but still makes for an interesting glass and at 5.5 abv this would be great bottle to bring out to parties, picnics, etc... would revisit this but would not pay much for it. Just read on the label that it is actually a blend of brune and lambic, which explains a lot, and makes me appreciate it a little more. Odd product. (1,524 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 ThirstyDutchman
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the style this beer really left me wanting more. Not nearly as tart and funky and many other Oud Bruins I've tried. I suppose it's a great starter for someone not as adventurous to try and get into this style. (213 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (478 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 Immortale25
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. (684 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (1,350 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a hazy, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of tartness, cherries, hint of roasted malt, sweet malt, and yeast. Fits the style of a Flanders Oud Bruin. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with average carbonation level. Tastes of hint of roasted malt, sweet malt, yeast, hint of caramel malt, and tart cherries. Overall, decent aroma, good blend, but a little weak body. (435 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (1,549 characters)

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (1,109 characters)

Photo of dnichols
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of silverking
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of Bunnyhop
3.82/5  rDev -5%
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) (450 characters)

Photo of RuudJH
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
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. (516 characters)

Photo of jdense
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. (832 characters)

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