Vanderghinste Oud Bruin | Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

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Vanderghinste Oud BruinVanderghinste Oud Bruin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Belgium | website

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Label also displays .VanderGhinste Oud Bruin'.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-08-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
234
Ratings:
823
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
20.49%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
115
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by Maxwell:
Photo of Maxwell
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark candy brown, with a lovely creamy white head that sits at a finger’s width above the beer. In the light and in the glass, though, the beer is beautifully dark ruby in color, with some slight muddling in the color to suggest brown maple syrup. Lacing is thin and tendril like along the walls of the glass. The body appears to be clean and free of particles, but is really quite opaque to the eye. On the nose, the beer smells strongly of cherry leather and funk, with big fruity waftings and a light barnyard funk lying beneath everything that just barely touches upon less appealing smells. The smell actually begins with a nice malty base, but that is swiftly washed away by the funk and fruit. On the tongue, the beer tastes tart with wonderfully fruity notes that move mostly in the tart cherry range, but do hint slightly at other fruits. The funk detected in the nose is lighter in the taste, but still present in the background of flavor. The beer begins with light funk before quickly opening into sweet fruity cherry notes with some mild leather to suggest the funkier side of the beer. The finish mingles light funk and fruit beautifully, and the aftertaste rings with a surprisingly salty sour funk, while still hinting at the cool fruity cherry. In the mouth, the beer feels light to medium in body, with some fierce prickling from the carbonation, though it remains smooth other than that. The mouth is left neutral, with only the slightest watering at the sides of the tongue. Overall, this is a lovely light wild beer. It tends more towards the fruity side of the road, but suggests some nice funk notes while still holding onto the fruit. The beer is a terrific introduction beer for wild ales, and a nice fruity beverage overall. I like this beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of tectactoe
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemetric
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice reddish-brown with a substantial and lasting off-white head.
Aroma is a heady mix of tart cherries and caramel with a hint of vinegar and herbs.
This beer is so weird, in a good way. Tart and sweet and acidic all at the same time. Tart cherries and sweet caramel, maybe a touch of dark fruit and a hint of vinegar. Funky and fruity but beautifully balanced and nothing overdone.
Mouthfeel is medium and bubbly.
Overall, an amazing brew.

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Photo of Swongler
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended to me by the shopkeep at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Upon tasting I realized that I had this at on tap at another bar once before. Poured into a flute.

A - Dark red-brown. Even hard to see through when held up to light. A thick creamy head of light caramel color.

S - MMMmm smells delicious. Much like any darker sour. Slight metalic/brass smell to it, but that is hidden behind unripened cherries, and unripened apples.

T - Unlike some beers that overdo the sour, this one actually tastes like a beer. This is unmistakably a brown ale with sour properties. Almost like a fruity New Castle... but better. Cherries, slight earthiness, and a tang that makes it just sour enough.

M - The head is nice and creamy. Makes your tongue curl just enough for a sour. Slightly thick, but not overly thick.

O - A solid sour. I would recommend this to just about anyone that appreciates a high-quality sour. I really want to give this one another shot. I am tasting it as I write this review, and I can tell that my opinion of it may change with my mood or state of my palate.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Easton70
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. It's a dark sour beer but with a sweetness and a full flavour that is perfect for strong cheese, cured meats and dried fruits. Brilliant.

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Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Slender 8oz brown bottle with a freshness date stamped on the label.

Appearance: Hazy reddish brown with a thin whispy tan lace.

Smell: Mild yet even tartness, very vague aroma.

Taste: Smooth semi creamy mouth feel, a clash of carob and tartness. Lemon and grainy smith apples come to mind with a toasted bread flavour. Dark raisin fruitiness. Tartness is snappish with the grainy following, hops are nonexistent and should be that way for this style. Dark candy sugar and tart finish though gets dryer and dryer as a husky grain puckers the mouth.

Notes: A happy brew in my mouth, back and forth complexities of tartness and carob or dark malt. Pleasing to the palate and refreshed my mind.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of SourHead
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of chossboss
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mjtiernan
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Looks like a lively one! A mountainous off-white head atop a rusty deep brown body.

S: Heavy fruity esters. Some oak barrel. Caramel and dark fruit.

T: Delicious. Acetic tart cherry. Some earthy oak. Each sip takes a long time to develop.

M: Very smooth and refreshing to start with some wonderful biting tartness in the finish. Medium body and carb is just right.

O: I love how this tastes but it’s the mouthfeel that dominates. I enjoyed this a ton.

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Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Aroma: sour and red fruit – not super intense, rich malt in the nose. Not a lot of hop aroma.
Brilliant coppery brown (Burgundy), 1” finely bubbled off white head that quickly dissipates. Some lacing.
Flavor: Fairly dry, has a slightly cherry plum fruity sweet-sour finish. A little prune especially in the after taste. No appreciable hops.
Very effervescent, medium body, creamy and refreshing.

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ADR
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cherry hued brown body with a light tan head, fine bubled lacing with speckled patterns left on my chalice. Aroma has tart cherries hints of tart sliced apples. Earthy note with lactic yogurt, hints of dark roasted malts. Flavor will satisfy your sour ale side with tart cherries, sliced green apples, hints of yogurt and dark roasted malts. Excellent version of a classic style, I've never heard of the brewer the label is a bit generic but the beer is high quality Bellegems bruin West Flanders Ale. Mouthfeel has a dry finish with fruity balance to make everybody happy, even sturdy flowing carbonation a bit effervescent and bubbly like. Overall high drinkable and enjoyable version of a hard to find style, glad I picked it up definitely worth it at around 4 bucks a bottle.

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Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Yard House in Atlanta.
Hazy amber body with a good head.
The flavor is a bit sweet and low in tart for style, but this did not disappoint me.
Light but not watery body with medium carbonation. Moderately complex flavor.

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Photo of jpbebeau
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
90 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.
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