Oud Bruin
Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

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Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #25
Ranked #7,880
4.06 | pDev: 10.59%
Dec 16, 2021
Dec 08, 2000
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Notes: 30% 18 month spontaneous foeder beer, 70% Brown Ale

Label also displays VanderGhinste Oud Bruin.

Originally called "Ouden Tripel", this ancient West Flanders Brown beer has found a new élan as a regional specialty under its current name: "VanderGhinste Rood Bruin". The main ingredients of our Vanderghinste Rood Bruin are malted barley, wheat, hops, water, and caramelized malts. These are used to brew a top-fermented beer. 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. This first flavour impression is soon followed by a second pleasant discovery: a slight bitterness followed by a hint of sweetness.
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4.12 by Kiro from Russian Federation on Nov 27, 2021
4.27 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Sep 24, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by RaulMondesi from California

This is a nice one. Nothing special like Romee Strijid popping out of a cake because it’s a Wednesday, but I’m still going to chug it and feel like a king. Again, it’s not the best, but I am content like a crab that just found a shell.

See ya.

Aug 15, 2021
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3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Sigmund from Norway

250 ml bottle, as VanderGhinste Oud Bruin, brewed at Brouwerij Bockor Kortrijk, BB date 06.06.2013, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 5.5%. Deep brownish red colour, moderate off-white head. Interesting sourish aroma of oak, farmhouse, red wine and red wine vinegar, spicy notes too. Medium sour and fairly sweet flavour, fruity and vinous notes, the hops are hardly noticeable.

Apr 18, 2021
4.1 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation on Apr 16, 2021
5 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Nov 03, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Captain68 from Russian Federation


Oct 03, 2020
4.02 by arzt from Russian Federation on Aug 24, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RedbirdRona from Illinois

Look: dark brown with no lacing

Smell: malt and cherries

Taste: a blend of sweet and tart cherries

Feel: crisp like a fresh apple. Every sip is refreshing.

Overall: a very enjoyable flanders that has a genuine cherry taste. I would definitely try this again if it was offered to me.

Apr 11, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a chalice glass.

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a finger of creamy tan head. The head leaves a ton of lacing before settling into a thick blanket.

The aroma brings notes of cherries and apple cider vinegar, with softer notes of caramel, fig, and plum not far behind.

The flavor starts off with sweet cherries and grapes, and is followed by some tart Granny Smith apples and a lingering vinegar acidity. There's some caramel and vanilla as well as figs and brown bread on the back.

The feel is medium bodied with modest carbonation. Very smooth and dry on the finish. The tart flavors linger before bready aftertaste.

Overall, this is a great Flanders ale that is wonderfully balanced by sweet and tart flavors, as well as an ever-present caramel malt backbone.

Dec 01, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by smbslt from Illinois

Brown with deep orange highlights, a finger and a half, tan (as advertised) head that disappears and not replenished
Wine barrel aromas, no real change as it warms.
Definitely a grape juice component not counteracted with enough sour until the finish.
Carbonation releases and smooths things out.
Smooth and subtle, May be the difference in traditional Flemish and the American (everything more upfront) take on the style.

Oct 05, 2019
4.5 by GreyGooseStout from Colorado on Sep 11, 2019
4.19 by Korbynlehr from Kentucky on Sep 08, 2019
4.24 by tyjohnson55 from California on Aug 16, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

Vander Ghinste 'Oud Bruin' @ 5.5% , served from a 250 ml bottle
A-pour is brown from the small bottle to a dirty brown in the glass with a small tan head leaving a fine spotty lace along the tulip
S-bit dissapointing
T-fruity , thirst quenching , slight bitter swallow
MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-ok/good beer , not great
prost LampertLand

Jul 21, 2019
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 3/6/19; drank 6/25/19 @ the Yarchives. See-through dark purple appearance. An even pour yielded a nice khaki head; minimal lace. Apple cider, tart cherry & mild clove notes in the nose. Medium thin mouthfeel. Tart cherry, apple cider & mild clove flavors; balanced, easy to drink but distinctly Belgian. I'd have another...

Jun 26, 2019
3.95 by brandoneast from Texas on Jun 18, 2019
4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington on Jun 12, 2019
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on May 22, 2019
4.15 by geryeb624 from Maryland on Mar 06, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by stortore from Illinois

11.2 ounce bottle into a flute. Bottled 2/15/16, had 7/27/18.

Pours a dark ruby, semi-opaque, with a two inch foamy head with good retention and lots of foamy lacing. Aromas of cherries, malt, grapes, plums, toffee, caramel, some vanilla. Smells somewhat sour and lightly tart. Flavors of grapes, plums, malt, cherries, caramel, oak, light vanilla. Tastes lightly sour. Smooth, a very good medium body, well carbonated.

Great aromas and very good flavors, fairly complex. Not really sour, but nicely balanced between the fruit and malt. Best fully warmed. Well worth a purchase.

Mar 05, 2019
4.02 by BeerAndFilm from Oregon on Jan 25, 2019
3.92 by qcghost from North Carolina on Jan 09, 2019
5 by GIftofgod4u1 from Louisiana on Dec 30, 2018
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3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

Serving: Bottle
Brewed: Jan-6-2017

Pours a semi-clear ruby brown with a tight little collar of beige head. Unspectacular retention; some spackled lacing. (3.5)

Dirty old wood, balsamic vinegar, cherries.

Sweet brown bread and sour red fruit. (3.75)

Thinnish body with active carbonation and a lingering sweet finish. (3.75)

This is a fairly nice beer.
The acidity is more subdued and the sweetness is more pronounced than in the handful of other examples I've had. It is pretty middle of the road but the flavor is very sweet. Brown sugar, cherries, cinammon roll, etc. It is a drinkable beer and by no means bad but it didn't quite scratch my itch. (3.75)

Sep 05, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by stevoj from Idaho

Beautifully tart and delicious, if you’re a fan of the style. Reddish brown body with thick beige head. More towards the sour ale side, rather than the typical oud bruin. Very, very regional but expertly done. Nice!

Aug 27, 2018
4.21 by Nunya from Ohio on Jul 29, 2018
4.36 by robotic_being from Florida on Jul 23, 2018
4.01 by Haybeerman from Colorado on Jul 22, 2018
3.78 by DBosco from Massachusetts on Jul 22, 2018
4.11 by BlunderfulGuy from Nebraska on Jul 13, 2018
4.28 by wordemupg from Canada (AB) on Jul 13, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured from fridge temp. Pours dark brown with quickly dissipating head. Nose is funk, leather, barn, sour cherries. Taste is sour, but not mouth puckering. Blackberries, gigs, lemons, and funk. Mouthfeel is really nice - sweet and light. Overall, a really nice Flanders sour.

Jul 01, 2018
4 by psoriasaurus from Thailand on Apr 27, 2018
3.59 by trickykid from Russian Federation on Apr 21, 2018
4.1 by sokol_1993 from California on Mar 17, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by liveoakb from Utah

Great oud bruin. Not as sweet or complex as douchese de bourgogne but I really like this as a smoother and lighter oud bruin

Mar 16, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into glass. Label is stamped with Date Of Production as '02 15 16'.
Clear, ruby brown colored body, with reddish highlights when presented to light. Full half finger head, settles to thick ring, fed by rising bubbles, off white color. Some strings of lacing.
Vinous aroma with lemon (tart/sour). Very expressive.
Taste is expressed by the brewer as typical tart, followed by a slight bitterness, and then by a hint of sweetness. I agree but the after taste is sour, but brief. There is some funk there.
Medium mouth feel, good carbonation.
This is a sour beer that has tart, sweet, and funk aspects involved.
Easy to drink but has a variety of contributors - sour, sweet, bitter, and funk. To me, the aroma is the most expressive attribute of the beer.

Feb 28, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by smcolw from Massachusetts

Brown but light passes easily. Good starting head but it dies quickly. The lace is brief as it slides down the glass.

Dark sour cherry aroma with some darker sweet malt. No chocolate though.

Berry sweetness to start but it succumbs to the soured cherries. Very much like the Flanders Red style, just a little darker. Fuller bodied with weak carbonation. The aftertaste is short lived but tasty.

Feb 24, 2018
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