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

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Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #10
Ranked #3,269
4.1 | pDev: 10.49%
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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!

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Photo of potion
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a - clear dark brown, hint of red. thin tan head. no dregs in bottle.
s - tart sweetness, white grape, green apple, dark fruit from malts, slightly metallic
t - earthy tartness, again white grape and green apples, tartness with both, dark fruits cherries and prunes, some detectable bubblegum flavors, notes distinct to most sour browns I've had
m - medium to high carbonation, tart, clean and smooth, only a bit sticky
o - great flavors, great all around

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of goblue3509
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with a tight one finger slightly off white head which stays around for most of the drink. There is also sticky gobs of lace on the glass. The aroma is of grapes and vinegar. The aroma is well rounded and very inviting. The taste starts with a vinager tartness and gives way to a grape and slight tart cherry taste. The backend has a malt taste. The mouthfeel is carbonated and acidic. Overall a very solid beer, nice sour taste and aroma.

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Photo of NardiByNature
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big reddish brown, ice-tea-esque. Nice to see a lively tan froth build over the glass. Wait a minute or two and it settles into a healthy cap.

I could smell those cherries once I popped the cap. Musty, musty apple. Really nice. When it gets down to the bottom of the glass there’s a fruit-pastry aroma.

Tart apples and cherry first off. It’s sour but after the carbonation kick it’s soft and just sweet enough. Analogous to a war head or other sour candy – sour at first (but not too sour, it’s actually pretty mellow) then sweet but keeping the same initial flavor, i.e., apple, cherry, etc.

Really smooth. The function of the carbonation in this beer is noteworthy; its bite marks both the point at which it is both sourest and sweetest. The balance is obvious - first sharp, then soft. Finishes dry.

O: A nice change of pace for me. What I appreciate most about this is its (delicious) contrast to what I enjoy most often: hoppy and citric American ales. Worth picking up a loose bottle or having a glass.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours a clear deep brown with a dark reddish tint. Off-white head is fine and dissipates to nothing .

Smells of tart cherry, strawberry, lemon, green apple, and Belgian candi sugar.

Tastes of tart fruit like cherries, lemon, and green apple, mixed with a Belgian candi sugar sweetness and a note of woody malt underneath. Slight woody bitterness.

Medium to thin body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

A very nice sour, one of the better ones I can think of, and well worth trying for fans of the style and newcomers alike. Very nice balance and flavor.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of NWHopinator
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ScaryEd
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12 (or 11.2) oz bottle poured into a large snifter

Pours medium brown with a medium amount of pale white head. Plenty of fine active carbonation. Smell is a pretty sour, tartness of cherries and plums with a slight hint of lemon. My wife, who loves sours but is currently pregnant, won't give it back because she wants to keep smelling it.

Taste matches the smell. It's a nice pretty bright sour, fruity and summery. Really, really nice.

Mouthfeel is light but slightly filmy. Overall, I'm sold on Bockor beers at this point. I like this a lot.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of gcamparone
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served into a snifter at Dohertys Ale House in Warwick RI. Allowed to warm as I sipped it.

Poured a hazy ruby body with a white head that reduces to a ring of foam and leave blotchy lacing.

Aromas are interesting, red wine,grapes, and cherries, some woodyness, mustiness.

On the tongue is a mildly tart fruityness, light Caramel, some cherries, wine, dark grapes, the finish is sweet brandy. Mouthfeel is medium-light with medium carbonation.

Was curious about this beer and I'd definitely order it again. Subtlety tart and fruity, it's a nice compliment to your meal.

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4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
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 mikeyv35
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date: 04/17/2012
Type: 11.2oz. Bottle
Vintage: ?
Batch: 02
Glass: Ommegang Gold Rimmed Tulip

*Recently made a trip to see my family in Pittsburgh, PA and was excited to see bottles of this brew, which I had been ISO for some time, on the shelf in the Beer Cave @ D's Six-Packs and Dogz. This brewery does happen to make my all-time favorite Flanders Red and the highest rated on BA (Cuvee Des Jacobins). I love that little monk on the bottle! Time to see if the bottle w/ the 2 cartoon gentleman shaking hands holds serve.

Pours a brown mahogany in color w/ red hues and a 1 finger off-white head that produced light lacing. Aromas of dark fruits, acidic cherries, vinegar, and a touch of wet socks. The taste was of dark fruit sweetness up front, leading into mild acidic cherry w/ a touch of vinegar, and a breath of wet socks on the finish. Medium bodied w/ spot on carbonation. With the low ABV and good flavor, I could drink a lot of this beer in a session.

Overall, a nice but mild Oude Bruin w/ good flavor. This is a perfect starter sour for anyone trying to ease into the sour categories. This beer is no Cuvee Des Jacobins, but I would drink this again in a heartbeat. Another nice job from Bockor!

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Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 915 ratings