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

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Vanderghinste Oud BruinVanderghinste Oud Bruin

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

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

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Photo of MV_CHI-NS
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful maroon/deep crimson with an ivory head.

Aroma: While this beer does have a bold fruit nose (I sensed cherries and blackcurrants), it has a very 'deep' backbone - a hint of...scorched earth, is how I would best describe it.

Flavor: Cherry is in prominence with this one, and it has just the 'right amount' of sweetness. Breathing out into my mouth while allowing it to rest on my palate after the first sip, I sensed persimmons and possibly some anise.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with medium-level carbonation - very 'appropriate' for a Flanders Red Ale combined with a young Lambic; not too tart, but just enough to be truly refreshing.

Overall: I highly recommend this beer for spring/fall. Personally, I find the fruit notes far to prominent for summer, but for late spring and all throughout fall, this one is ideal.

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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 Wobbly
4.82/5  rDev +19%

One of my two or three favorite examples of this classic Flemish style. Such a rounded flavor and an excellent body. Complex yet so refreshing you could guzzle it if you are not careful.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Teasing aromas of sweetly caramelish malt and a sour cherry-like fruitiness greet you in the nose of this beautiful oud bruin. As it crosses your lips and tongue you find it's quite smooth and lightly creamy with an exceptionally fine-bubbled natural carbonation and medium body. The flavor, however, is distracting with its beautiful juxtaposition of sour apple/mild citrus-like tartness and lightly sweet, caramelish, and toasty malt. Raisins and brown sugar appear along the way; and a thin spritz of lemon juice hits you at the finish, drying it nicely! It lingers in the mouth though, with a film of dry maltiness that makes you want to take another sip! Quite nice. And although it's not complex, the combination of the sourness and sweetness is interesting enough to keep you coming back for more! This is a superb rendition of the style that doesn't rely on added sweetness to overcome its sourness; and isn't too sour over all - just perfectly balanced!

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Photo of lstokes
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark reddish brown with scarlet edges and a beige head. Smells tart but also like roasted sugar. The taste is fabulous... all of the sour complexity--cherry, apple, and funk--but with this amazing balance of roasted malts, dark raisins, brown sugar. It's highly drinkable, crisper than most sours I've had (I think this is my first Oud Bruin, though!) and I would seek it out again.

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Photo of ccrida
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

33cl bottle (batch code 04) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Bellegems Bruin is a dark amber with a tan head leaving heavy, foamy brussels lace - textbook really.

Smell is first sweet than sour, cider vinegar, with a touch of must.

Taste is very bright cherry, abruptly cut by a moderately acidic, dry finish. A touch of caramel, apple cider. Really spot on with the style, a nice quick shock with a fairly clean, modestly malty finish.

Mouthfeel is slippery, light and dry.

Drinkability is phenomenal, this is a close to perfect as it gets, a benchmark example of the style.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle, lucky to find a lone bottle in plain sight as it were at Hi-Times, great '30s style label,

A: Pours mahogany with a moderate white head, solid lace.

S: Nice dark fruit nose, not really sour smelling, molasses, inviting.

T: Delicious acidity, not overly sweet, just a hint of sugar with a great sweet-sour finish. Lots of dark fruit, fantastic.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate but easy acidity, beautiful structure, holds off the acid, but it still pervades throughout the whole drink.

D: A gem at $4 a bottle. Simply delicious, like the session beer version of an Oud Bruin, a great everyday drink, a must have from Belgium. Too easy to drink, refereshing to a T, simply an exceptionally well made beer. A classic acidic country ale.

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Photo of justinp444
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip it has a reddish brown slightly copper body with a off white slight beige head of a half inch. Smell of tart cherry, banana, stone fruit, some grape, some caramel, candied sugar, and slight bread-y malt. Taste is peach, cherry, slight vinegar, grape, oak, green apple, some caramel, lemon citrus, very wine like, some slight earth, and a bit of bitter metallic. Mouth feel is moderate so is the body with a nice slightly creamy moderate to light carbonation. A fantastic sour, not over the top, but balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of Stopper
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This pours with a head of only a few large bubbles. The color is a deep orange brown. The aroma is beautifully sour, acidic, and vinous, with a touch of sweet chocolate. The mouthfeel is somewhat watery with very little effervescence. The flavor is initially puckering over hint of grain dryness, but the sourness quickly gives recedes enough to reveal complexly mild sweet red wine-like fruitiness with light touches of cherry. The finish remains a bit sour for a short time and there is none but the slightest hint of hop presence.

This brown has an absolutely exceptional aroma. Its complex fruity sourness is interesting and refreshing, and evolves nicely as it warms. It's refreshing, fruity, and complexly delicious, and I'll definitely be picking up more bottles of this.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: very dark brown with a thin beige head.
S: sourdough bread
T: a mild sweet, almost apple-like tartness. More delicate than underwhelming. Very nice!
F: smooth and almost velvety, but not thick

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled back on 1/13/16. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) with a nice looking brown bottle and lable. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a pilsner glass.

Brew pours a dark amber in color with close to a 1-finger off-white creamy/foamy head. Some light sheets of lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of tart dark fruits, vinegar and brown sugar. More going on with the taste as there is a hint of vanilla with some spice. Not a sour brew at all and is well balanced. Nothing over powering any thing else. No bitter or harsh aftertaste is noted either. Overall a very tasty and different brew and worth a try.

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Photo of garrycamden
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A few years ago I wanted to try a sour but didnt know if sours were my thing and did not want to spend 30 on a big bottle, so the manager recommended this beer as a good introductory beer to sours. I was not disappointed and I pick up a bottle or 2 every few months. One of my favorite brews.

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Photo of Reegze79
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Cea in Newburyport. $10 for a 12 ounce pour seemed very steep...until I sipped this beer and quickly became obsessed with the richness and complexity of this beer. Very dark Amber, superb balance of rich maltiness and tartness. This beer is meant to sip leisurely over a great meal. One of the best sours I have had; a real treat. Begging my Bro in Brussels to read this and bring some home!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour a deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, it smells of sweet tarts. In the taste, sour dark cherries, the taste grows with time. A small sour bite with a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small sour cherry in the aftertaste. Sour cherries all day, but not overly acidic.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice Flanders style ale in my hand. This one pours real nice and has a tart smell typical of the style although slitly subdued.

The appearance is deep mahogany, reddish brown with a think head on an aggressive pour.

Mouth feel dances the line between heavy carbonation and smooth, creamy. The beer goes down very smooth with a nice sour taste that is more mild than intense. Wets the palate and leaves you wanting more. Very drinkable and almost sessionabke at 5.5 abv

Might be my favorite of the style.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep, clear, ruby red with just a touch of brown. Inch plus light tan head develops, soda like, before dropping to a thin, almost ephemeral, film. No lace left behind.
Smell is both sweet and sour, malty with a solid funk. Fruit (cherries and apple mostly), wood is present, too.
Taste is exactly what is promised by the nose. Malt, fruit, sweet, sour, funk, wood all playing together in a utopia of balance. Brilliantly done.
Medium bodied at best with a light effervescence. This is a very well constructed brew, standing even with Duchess du Borgogne (a personal favorite).

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Photo of erickehoe
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby red with excellent lacing.

A elegant, lemony smell.

Beautiful sour yeast! The Belgiany yeast is great. Starts with nice mix of fruit and light malty flavor. Finishes with a cleansing yeast, subtle hop dryness.

Light and bubbly carbonation on the mouthfeel. Rolling, gentle, sweet.

One of my favorite beers.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

$4.49 for a 11.2oz bottle @ Sicilianos.
Brewed with "malted barley, wheat, hops, water, and caramelized malts"
"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." 5.5% ABV. Label on the back "08 13"

Pours out to a nicely clear deep brown, forming a restrained dark yellow head with ok retention and minimal lacing. Very thin layer of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is beautifully inviting with tart grape, oak, lychee, barnyard, subdued brett lambicus, rotting apples and cherries, vinegar and musty basement. Mouthfeel is moderately tart with a medium light body. The taste is gorgeous...rotting apples, a little cola, a wisp of vinegar, musty basement, a little metallic in the finish, very mild to minimal bitterness, a touch of grape and sweet vermouth, with a delicate balance between sweet and sour, just like I like my Oud Bruins. Some scant higher alcohols upon warming, but not obtrusive. Finishes quite clean and only slightly dry.

A delicious Oud Bruin. I wish it had a bit more body and a longer finish, but it's still heavenly. Perhaps not as complex as Goudenband or Duchesse but still highly recommended.

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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 utfiero
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- murky reddish brown. Full, thick head.

Aroma- oak, sour cherry, buttermilk.

Taste- Starts gentle with complex semi-sweetness with slight cherry, woody tones in the mid-body, then finishing with a mild sour apple tartness. Bravo! A truly great sour ale.

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 11/8/2014.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this, being a big fan of Bockor's Flemish sour ale, which is only available on tap in CA.
Poured into a Monk's Cafe glass.

A-Cola brown with ruby highlights and a 1/4 inch of khaki colored head. Leaves minimal soapy lacing.

S-Very promising. Tart cherries, caramel malts, a mouth-watering, but not overpowering acidity.

T/M-A really well balanced beer. Tart up front, but that quickly fades off into light, sweet maltiness. A thin flavor of tart cherry carries through to the finish, but works harmoniously with the moderate, fizzy carbonation to create a lovely interplay of malty and tart flavors. There is a minor metallic note in the finish (the same type I get from Duchesse De Bourgogne) but it does little to distract from all the things this beer does right.

D-Solid. At only $4.99, this is worth drinking again.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark reddish-brown (bright red to light) with a full light brown head, decent carbonation, and decent lace. Light sour aroma but primarily raisiny and light candy-like notes. Tart and fruity flavor with a very nice dark fruit character. Medium bodied with a light tart finish.

Very nice -- too bad the bottle is so small....

Per M.J. notes: Lambic brew (Jacobin's Gueuze) aged 18 mos. & a Belgian Ale (13 P, 1052 OG) hopped with 1 year old Northern Brewers aged 30 mos.

Best Before: 12/20/02
Tasted: 08/30/03

(8 oz. / 25 cl)

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Photo of snaotheus
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of smakawhat
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A clear chestnut golden brown out of the bottle, filling the glass with a great woody dark mahogany, and almost cocoa dark brown opaque quality. Head barely reaches two fingers, but has a great creamy espresso and milky like texture. Settle to a fairly good size collar and thin puck. Nice looking oud bruin.

Real unique nose. Milk chocolate, with a bit of orange bitterness and lemon tang sour quality. Really getting a malted chocolate sweetness on this which is real fascinating. Dry a bit, with some acidic mild heat coming off it as well. This is really impressive.

Palate comes controlled, creamy, and full of flavor. Great rich malt and mild tartness. Low acid with a nice mix of sweet caramel and milk chocoalte in the mid palate. Big coating almost imperial rich feeling. Super quick easy drinkability, with huge coating on the palate. Mild fruits of lemon and small cherry, a bit of fig soft sweetness as well. Wondefully balanced between tart and sweet.

It's great to be finding another great oud bruin for a change, I'll be remembering this one for sure.

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Photo of mrand01
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a generic tulip.

A: An opaque red, with a thin off-white head. No lacing whatsoever.

S: A fruit-leather combo, plums, raisins and black cherries.

T: Sweet and fruity with a small hint of sourness. Solid malt backbone balances out the sweetness.

M: Light-bodied with a moderate amount of smooth carbonation.

O: At $3.50 a bottle, this may just be my goto fruited "sour." While it's not quite Marron Acidifie or Oerbier, the price to performance ratio is staggering.

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