Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

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Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Belgian Dark Ale
Ranked #5
Ranked #11,836
4 | pDev: 10.25%
Feb 21, 2022
May 27, 2014
Very Good
Notes: Formerly Brasserie LeFort

LeFort is a complex, dark beer of 10% alc. vol. with a sweet and fruity touch. The pale and roasted, dark barley malts give the beer a perfect balance. The beer is lightly flavored with chocolate and caramel and the top fermentation gives a slight fruitiness. This results in a dark beer with a completely unique taste.
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Rated: 3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Jul 01, 2021
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Ruby-chestnut, pours clear with a 6-7mm ultra-fine bubble pale tan creamy looking head. [email protected]+10mins, holds extremely well, ie doesn't seem to change.
S- Distinct Belgian yeast notes (esters) hints of aromatic spice.
T- Follows the smell^. It has a distinctive taste but I often strugle to name such. Spicy, aromatic, perhaps flashes of dark fruit. Lovely, deep and complex. ps. ... I'm starting to suspect this has notes of timber barrel ageing.
F- One for real sloooow-sippin', too complex and too good to rush... Due to it's pungency would likely work better in winter than warmer months.
O- Very nice indeed, polished despite it's pungency. I can sense a solid ABV% but it's not OTT. Feel and pungency are well balanced, as is the whole beer actually.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! ==> 'Bottle refermented', contains barley, wheat and oats. #1859.
330ml bottle BB: 09/09/2022 Euro2.60 Bought from BeerMania/Belgium as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.
Jun 02, 2021
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
De Belgiuminabox. En copa Grimbergen. Jugando a God of War 2 HD. Con papas fritas de La Real. Muy belga, con un perfil dulce acaramelado bastante agradable, notas a frutas oscuras suave y subiƩndose bastante a la cabeza pero sin llegar a molestar
Oct 24, 2020
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Reviewed by OlaB from Norway

3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a deep dark-brown color with a medium top off beige head that dissolves slowly and leaves some sticky lacings on the glass. Aroma is of dark malts, caramel, plums, figs, brown sugar and spices.
The taste is roasted and malty with notes of dried fruits, caramel that is ballanced with some sweet sugary notes. It then gets more notes of spices in the flavour before it finishes of with some slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A pleasant and enjoyable belgian dark ale.
May 16, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Sep 26, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by DylanBrkhff from Netherlands

Jul 02, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by JDHood from Virginia

Apr 14, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by jrfehon33 from Pennsylvania

Dec 13, 2018
Rated: 3.58 by Ichoosefiction from Belgium

Jan 18, 2018
Rated: 3.51 by Diogoduarte55 from Portugal

Nov 04, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by Jacobus79 from Texas

Oct 08, 2017
Rated: 4 by icemanls4 from Switzerland

Oct 05, 2017
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dark brown with an amber tinge, some visible carbonation and a finger of beige head.

Smells of figs, liquorice and cream. Sweet and spicy like plum pudding.

Tastes of figs, coke, plums and cloves, Christmas spices, cherries and brown sugar.

Medium thick, chewy but smooth body with moderate, foamy carbonation.

Got in Chiang Mai, drinking here June 9th 2017. Excellent and smooth brew, well worth it.
Jun 08, 2017
Rated: 4.37 by Quafftastic from Virginia

May 16, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by steverx8 from England

May 01, 2017
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Red colour, medium head with great retention, leaving a ring when fades. Irregular good lace. Aroma of red fruits, herbs, yeast, grapes. Full palate, thick body, great carbonation. Tasste of red fruits, caramel, chocolate.
Apr 30, 2017
Rated: 3.48 by DispyDnb from England

Jan 17, 2017
Rated: 2.87 by BdM from Netherlands

Nov 03, 2016
Rated: 4 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

Sep 13, 2016
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Reviewed by RicardoMadeira from Portugal

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured fresh into a tulip. Made a considerable head that held for a while. Lacing was present and considerable.

The color was a beautyfull deep dark amber with ruby highlights, not very clear but somewhat pleasant to the eye in it's translucency.

The smell revealed a very present sweetness, a vinic sweetness, mixed with the presence of very floral hops and dark red fruits. All these were also present in the taste! My oh my! This was a surprise. Considering that this was a strong beer, I expected it to be a bit more dry and bitter, but no. The wheat and the walnuts were there and made the beer very soft and raisin like sweet, with a soft cereal after taste, mixed with floral notes.

The mouthfeel was very nice. Medium carbonation and a complex body made this beer a very complete beer. A surprise to repeat.
Aug 12, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Jun 11, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Jun 11, 2016
Rated: 4.49 by Dzu from Russian Federation

May 14, 2016
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Reviewed by Filosoof from Netherlands

4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Great look. Top with great and small bubbles. Chesnut/ruby colour.

Smell not impressive.

Taste and feel: almost top of the bill. Perfectly balanced. Taste: raisin, mint, prune. Not too sweet. Added ingredients (nuts) don't add much to the taste.

Great drinkability. Alcohol well hidden.
Apr 02, 2016
Rated: 4.34 by Antyk from Belgium

Mar 23, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by Mitchellrhen from Colorado

Mar 23, 2016
Rated: 4 by lhwjanssen from Netherlands

Jan 30, 2016
Rated: 4.32 by goblueram from Michigan

Jan 11, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by samEBC from Belgium

Jan 05, 2016
Rated: 4.03 by AndreyKo from Russian Federation

Jan 02, 2016
Rated: 3.43 by YvesB from Belgium

Nov 27, 2015
Rated: 4.08 by HopBelT from Belgium

Nov 16, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by Homebrew from Connecticut

Sep 27, 2015
Rated: 4 by Jose9e from Netherlands

Aug 16, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by VonZipper from New York

Aug 04, 2015
Rated: 3.85 by RMentair from Panama

Jun 05, 2015
Rated: 3.49 by knot from Belgium

May 28, 2015
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Rated by dgrin from New Jersey

4.97/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
exceptional beer. wish I can find it in US
Apr 22, 2015
Rated: 3.59 by Jul_dredd from Canada (QC)

Mar 16, 2015
LeFort from Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 50 ratings