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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 OhioRay
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep amber. Very clear 1 finger of a thick tan head dissipates fairly quickly so just a small head. No lacing.

S - Strong lacto up front. Almost a pear like scent from the lacto. Caramel malts, a little bit of chocolate, plums, cherries. Mostly just sour.

T - Very sour right off the bat and all of the way through. Not overly sour - just right. More pear flavor that was present in the nose. Tastes much lighter than this thing looks. Caramel malts also present - no hops at all. Really, this reminds me of a pear cider that I had awhile back. Very nice.

M - Medium-heavy carbonation. Medium bodied - everything in the mouth is coated very well. Surprising for such an acidic beer.

O - I really like this one. Very well done sour beer.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Good-looking russet body, translucent with some ruby highlights, under a finger of beige head that dissipates quickly & leaves swampy lacing.

Smells of tart cherries, green apple, vinaigrette, a little jam-like sweetness that gains strength as it warms. Nothing really unexpected for the style, just well-done & keeping me coming back for more.

Tart grape juice, some more of those acidic fruit notes from the nose but balanced by a nicely baked but mild sweetness, like pie crust. Again, good stuff.

Medium-bodied, grips you by the tongue & leaves an acidic trail in its wake. Hits the salivary spots without being an out-&-out gusher. Very nice.

Overall, this is damn good. Again, nothing out of the ordinary for the style, but really hits the sweet spot with the tartness. Definitely have it again.

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Photo of Beelzebeer
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

8oz bottle, served in tulip. No dates, just Batch 02. I bought it 2-3 years ago.

A - Quick dissipating head, beautiful brown-red body.

S - Sour and tart. Some fruit, but mostly sour.

T - Tart, some cherries, vinegar, a little biscuit.

M - Beautiful! I think the age has eliminated some of the carbonation, but beautiful feel. I'd really like to see how this is fresh.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lovely dark garnet. Nice and opaque but has a decently thin look to it. Nice small head of light off white then comes up and over the top, dropping loads of lovely lacing down the sides.

Aroma is dark fruits, ripe plums, figs, pears, anything dark is a winner here. Really just nicely done. Sweet with raisins and touches of spice coming into the fold, beyond well put together. Each sip is like thanksgiving dinner with the flavors. A tremendous range here with huge swings from sugary dark fruits to light spice and hints of tart cherries

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Photo of horshack7
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Tulip is a very dark brown beer with a head around an inch thick.

Aroma: Sour cherries, light fig, pumpernickel, faint almond and a wisp of dryness in the nose.

Taste: Lots of sour cherry notes in the front, breadiness, a good crispness on the palate. Citrus notes here and there. Touches of roasted malts and hops.

Notes: This an interesting style the sourness is not too overpowering. Cheers.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, a misclassified beer. Batch 2

Pours a deep amber brown with a bit of head and nice lacing.

Smells of plums, lemon sourness, green apples, slight vinegar, and a hint of oak.

Taste follows smell- a lot of fruit and sourness. There is really no progression, very straightforward and very good all the way through. Nice and dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full and nicely carbed.

Overall, its really good, much better than a B+

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Photo of Mikus
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really starting to dig this style. Poured a dark brown (hint of ruby at the edges), thin ring of off-white head. Classic light vinegar, cherry, sour/lactic undertone, tempting nose... evolved as the bottle warmed up. Tart cherry, fresh but slightly acidic vinegar note, hint of oak. Delicious. Dry finish. Tingly tart small bubbles. Reminiscent of Duchesse or CdJR, but a good deal less intense. Good intro bruin, IMO. Fully enjoyable diversion from the norm. Maybe this will become the new norm.

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Photo of The3rdbeer
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 Oz bottle poured into a Ridel beer glass right down the center which produced a finger and a half of fine thick head which stuck around for 45 seconds which faded into a centimeter thick of reddish tan lacing.

A- Love the color of the head, almost a reddish tan, so far after 2 mintes the lacing still remains thick and nice while sticking to the glass. The color of the beer itself is the same hue as the red trim around the label on the bottle. Ruby red that you can see through with very fine effervescence.

S- Flanders for sure, tart popery bouquet, bing cherry, dried raspberry, yeasty. Had to really aerate the beer to get the nose in, not very detectable otherwise hence the low score in this category.

T- Flanders for sure, I really appreciate how mellow this beer is tart cranberry which rolls wet for a long time down the palate to later show the cherry and grape skin hinting at the dry finish. Great session beer.

M- Starts wet with lite carbonation and ends dry. lite body, very user friendly. First step on the ladder to Flanders style beers.

O- Very pleased, not only does it have that signature Flanders nose and flavor profile but its also low in ABV and would be a great session or first beer in a Flanders Flight!
Will buy again.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown with a big, fine off-white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of sour, tart apples (oxidation) with some wood and general sweetness, maybe cherry.

Taste is up front tart cherry that goes into a sweet and tart middle before ending on slightly sweet finish that has notes of the underlying brown ale. Really well balanced but still tart and complex.

Light to medium body with high carbonation is right on.

Really nice and well balanced sour brown, maybe a bit more complexity would rate it higher for me.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sours generally are not my go to beer, but I came to appreciate this one early on. It's my favorite Flanders style though I've tried some others with higher ratings. This beer makes me happy every time I try it.

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Photo of danedelman
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served from bottle

A-deep mahoganey color with a head that sticks around and laces the glass nicely.

S-like a good flemish sour ale, a bit of funk, cherries and malt.

T-a tart yet very smooth and fruity beer. Is true to the style.

M-nice mouthfeel, light feeling and great carbonation.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is not a perfect beer - it has flaws...and I really like it!

Purchased same date as review. Note: Great label.

Pours Extremely dark copper black color with a thick and firm tan head.

Nose is acidic plums and apricots.

Mouthfeel is acidic rich and a bit creamy with light carbonation and good fresh acid. Really well balanced.

Flavor profile will cause the controversy. Flavors are sweet plummy grape with a nice citric acid character. Flavors appear initially to be simple and sweet and almost soda like. However, there are some complexities and layers and the flavors and general character of this beer is so bright and appealing that you can't help drinking more.

I have to admit that there is some simplicity to this one - however, a bit of age may refine the sweetness. Simple acidic purple grape finish. At the end of the day, and while this beer is really not all that perfect and is a bit "grape simple,"....I really like it and just want to drink it!

Final word? It tastes good.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a small 8 fl.oz. bottle. The label is dark blue with a red border, and has a picture of two guys toasting each other with over-frothing beers. The guy with the straw boater hat looks particularly inebriated and very happy.

Pours a lovely ruby red-deep brown chestnut color with a nice off-white colored head, that rescinds quickly, to a thin covering.

Aromas are of a sour beer with a slightly nutty dark fruity smell.

Tastes are initially sour, sharp and very clean. The delicious sourness in this beer is very intentional, but it does make way for a malty, slightly sweet ending. Excellent inherent carbonation lends to a great mouthfeel, a great spritzy presense as the beer first hits the palette. Nicely balanced and very drinkable.

Was well received by fellow BA’s at a beer tasting that I had in my Apartment recently.

Once you start drinking this beer, if you are familiar with the style, I guarantee two things will happen;

1) You will grow to like this, and….
2) It Only comes in an 8 fl.oz. bottle !?! Very Annoying.

There are not too many accomplished Flemish Brown Ales knocking around these days. And this offering, whilst not the best, is a good example worth seeking out.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, from a fresh keg. Appearance, clear, dark garnet hue, deep eggplant with crimson edges, under slim, but lasting dotted beige head.

Aroma: grape, cherries, and blackberries hit the nose first, with caramel malt beneath. A rendezvous between sour and sweet, with sour taking over assuredly.

Taste: the sweet and sour tug of war begins immediately again on hitting the palate. Sour fruit commands the stage with malty brown ale flavors holding steady in the background, but plainly giving way to the dominant tart. Another sip, another wince and pucker, but the sweet factor and the comforting caramel malt backbone ease us away from any onslaught of tartitude.

Medium bodied, and long in the finish, with sweetness and sour aplenty, quenching and refreshing as the best of them.
I do love our bruins, and perhaps I prefer them to flanders reds, the jury's still out on that one. This one would make a fine every day drinking, with-food-drinking, all around enjoyable ale, with price being the only hindrance.

Glad to finally try it at last, after seeing it in my old, dusty Michael Jackson tomes of yore!

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Photo of potion
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of Offa
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent oud bruin.

Very dark brown, it has a small pale tan head slowly shrinking to foamy ring, wisps, a little weak lace.

Aroma is dried cherry, vinegar, strong soy sauce element and steak sauce, metal. It has a strong, full aroma.

Taste is sweet and sour dried fruits up front, turned and slightly vinegary, metal, hints of steak sauce and tamarind, hint of wet wood., with some toasty bread crust in the finish. It is full bodied, fairly complex, lively, engaging, and zesty, fairly dry with a light leaning to the sweet and sour.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper (SRM23) with a short-lived, one-inch, fine, beige, creamy foam that drops to a thin film, leaving a creamy lace over a clear beer in a Bellegems Flute glass.

Strong up-front sour cherry, followed by cranberry juice, while warming brings out plum.

Quite fresh, with a pronounced, sour pucker. Raspberry and cranberry are in the forefront, while sweetness is discovered after the tongue adjusts to the sour flavors. Light spices come out in the middle, lasting long into a subtle finish. Overall, there is some acidity.

A medium body with satin texture and high, fine carbonation.

This is a sophisticated beer, suitable for conversation with friends. Despite strong sourness and flavor in the aroma, the various interrelationships within this beer are quite delicate. Warmth brings out a contemplative character.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Amber with white foam and great lacing in a goblet.

Smell: Wild yeast and strawberries. Balsamic vinegar.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More wild yeast, strawberries, and balsamic. Cheese-like. Definitely some funky fermentation involved in this. Clean mouthfeel that is a bit too thin.

Overall: Like a wild ale, I would love to try more of this style.

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Photo of KDawg
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a good dark mahogany color with a smaller head that disappears fast.

Very good and aromatic nose of sour red cherries, red apples, and some grape tones

medium bodied with the deeper tones for the flavors. Excellent feel with a nice tart bite to it

A real quality flemish sour. Very good aromatics with even better flavors. Excellent feel and a real good beer overall

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Photo of minterro
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Little's liquor store. Poured into a snifter paired with popcorn. Great looking bottle design.

A&S: Transparent dark chestnut colored beer. Head is a light tan, pours less than a finger, but doesn't retain very well. The aroma is sour but not incredibly so, more tart than anything. I'm getting lots of pomegranate and cherries as well.

T&M: The taste is more sour than expected from the aroma. It isn't puckeringly sour. Lots of cherry tartness not much sweetness, but its there. Other flavors include dark fruits, Yeasty funk thrown in there. Pretty excellent texture, on the higher side of carbonation, but not sharp and the body is medium.

Probably one of my favorite sours, sour but not super sour. On par with price with most sours (5 bucks for 11.2 oz)

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with reddish tint. Clear.
S: funky, sour, fruity
T: tart yet balancing sweetness (both moderate). Berry fruitiness of cherries, raspberries, sour apple. Smooth clean finish.
M: high carbonation, dry finish
O: highly drinkable, well balanced (not too tart or sweet) with the dark fruity flavors that I love. The most satisfying sour ale I've had so far.

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Photo of digr
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was just want I needed...
Cleaning out the basement and I needed a lunch beer... perfect.

Poured into a tulip glass gives a 1 cm brown head. Dissipated in a few minutes, but left nice lacing. Figure this was due to my lip balm , etc.

Smell was nice and fruity with a hint of acid... of yeah, it’s a west flanders, excellent!

Taste, smooth warm malt with just a nice sour edge to make it rather refreshing. Not too much acid, and not too acetic either. Also, not musty like Rodenbach can get... If I was to make an oud bruin.... it would be like this...

Mouthfeel is dry and a tad thin, but, sort of appropriate for the beer style. Very refreshing.

Overall I really liked this beer. I will be looking to buy more ASAP!

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color with a bit of sediment and a thin, light tan head. The aroma is appropriately sour, with some sugary malty notes undrelying and a bit of a nutty scent. The taste is tart but not overwhelmingly so. The tartness starts of gently, gives way to a malty sweetness, reasserts itself in a finish reminiscent of raisins and green apples and finally yields to a mildly sweet aftertaste. Medium-bodied, much lighter than it looks, with a gently dry finish. Very drinkable -- a good introduction to the world of sour beers.

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Photo of cradke
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark Ruby. Plume hues. An extremely fluffy, fine head with lacing. Pours a finger thick then dissolves to a thin covering over the beer.

Smell: Tart cherry's. A little bit of black currant and fig. Notes of acidity and bitter vinegar but not pungent or overpowering. A little bit of wood at the end

Taste: Acidic tart up front. Tart pre ripe cherry. Oak through the middle. The taste is pretty big up front but fades quickly with a very clean aftertaste. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful carbonation. Tossing the beer across the palate really brings out the complex wood and cherry tart.

Overall: I dig. Very refreshing with good fruit flavors. Their is good tartness to it that doesn't yell at you at ever sip but move it across the palate and it shows up. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, Sahara Mart in Bloomington, IN has just about everything. Cheers to aisles and aisles of beers!

Batch code 06; no other date on the bottle.

A: Auburn color with a noticeable haze. The head that forms is short and creamy, grayish-tan in color, which eventually ends up as nothing more than a quarter-inch of soft retention and several skinny strings of lacing.

S: A savory blend of bold lactic acid and sweet, luscious scents of strawberry pie – mouthwatering, nearly. Notes of raspberry purée, sugar cookie, and fresh lemon inhabit the back end.

T: Impressively, this turns out to be a sour with session ale character: the palate is centered strongly on a wheaty grain and grape profile with strawberry syrup flavor – sweet and tart – drizzled on top. At its heart, it’s like a fruit soda with a sour tinge, showing notes of cherry candy, Concord grape, balsamic vinegar, and lemon juice as it progresses. Finishes with a short, controlled aftertaste: subtle jam-on-biscuit flavors extend for a brief moment.

M: Sparkling and light, which helps add to the fruit soda character. Goes down effortlessly.

O: The label on this beer describes everything I could ever say about it – two guys, happily smiling, toasting with simple glasses full of fizzy beer. With a profile that’s light, approachable, and refreshing, this sour ale is the epitome of a no-frills, drinkable delight.

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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
4.05 out of 5 based on 836 ratings.
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