Vanderghinste Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
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3.5/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
08-31-2012 00:07:00 | More by MaximalC
United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
04-08-2009 20:42:22 | More by wl0307
3.55/5 rDev -11.9%
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
08-18-2003 15:14:22 | More by ADR
3.55/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
04-22-2012 04:51:47 | More by kojevergas
3.58/5 rDev -11.2%
Pours reddish brown. Finger of light tan head. Spotty lace.
Cherries, light vinager and tartness compose the nose.
Cherries, sour, vinager, caramel malt and more sour.
The mouthfeel is acidic and sharp, crisp and dry. Lots of carbonation.
Decent, needs better balance.
03-01-2012 06:24:15 | More by ChugginOil
3.6/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
03-24-2012 00:02:44 | More by Murrhey
3.6/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
08-06-2013 02:29:42 | More by spoony
3.63/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
05-03-2011 00:49:19 | More by puboflyons
3.64/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
03-07-2014 05:51:50 | More by JudgeRoughneck
3.65/5 rDev -9.4%
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...
12-10-2010 00:33:33 | More by comfortablynumb1
3.65/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
04-16-2011 11:50:42 | More by OtherShoe2
3.68/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
05-07-2014 23:56:35 | More by treznor
3.71/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
01-13-2014 07:22:31 | More by TruePerception
Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.