VanderGhinste Oud Bruin Flanders Sour Ale | Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

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VanderGhinste Oud Bruin Flanders Sour AleVanderGhinste Oud Bruin Flanders Sour Ale

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 ImbibingInOmaha
4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - Dark brown / red. Small white head that disappears quickly. Minimal legs / lacing.

Smell - Very dark. Vinegar, red apple, grape, plum, brandy. Slight toffee malt. Blindfolded you wouldn't be faulted for thinking you were smelling a Shiraz.

Taste - Immediately sour and dry. Fruit flavors abound, grape, apple, plum. The aftertaste is of slight alcohol and peanut shells; think a baseball stadium on a hot day - in a good way. One of the least offensive and most delicious sour ales out there.

Feel - Very light carbonation. Slick. The flavor profile probably makes it feel heavier than it is.

Overall - This is one of my personal favorites. Delicious beer that is an amazing break from most out there. The sour flavor is something to behold, balanced perfectly.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This will be another of my entries for New Odds & Sods Sunday (Week 633). I recently completed a massive horizontal of New Belgium beers & now I am drinking & reviewing (mostly) single-o beers from The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. My efforts are really beginning to pay off in that I am seeing movement & floor space + my guilt is beginning to abate.

From the bottle: "A traditionally-brewed Flanders red ale is blended with 18 month-old lambic to create this tart, refreshing, medium bodied benchmark ale. Reddish-amber with a tan head. Hints of tart fruit dominate the nose. The palate has apple and raisiny fruit notes."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour, in keeping with my New Year's Resolution and my Lenten denial. Aggro pours from bottles are now (mostly) a thing of the past. Even my gentle pour was allowing a tart smell to waft forward from the glass, causing my lips to pucker uncontrollably. A vigorous in-glass swirl to buy me a little time produced a brief finger of foamy, light-tan head with lousy retention, quickly reverting to wisps. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = >27, < 34) with garnet highlights & NE-quality clarity. Hey, beautiful! Nose smelled like my maternal uncle's homebrewed Montmorency Cherry wine! Ooooh. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was so unexpectedly tart that I felt like Peter Boyle as the Frankenstein monster in "Young Frankenstein" right after the blind hermit dumps hot soup in his lap: Wahhh! I could have burst through a brick wall if I were a younger man. Tart, bordering on downright sour! Man, if you have ever had sour cherry anything - pie, preserves, wine, anything, you will understand. OMFG, this is fantastic! I used to get cherry preserves from the northwest coast of Michigan & smear them on toast for a nice morning jolt. This was very evocative of that. Of course, it was becoming rather difficult to open my mouth as it had puckered up as tight as the wrinkled grommet on my aft end. Time for a hit of asthma inhaler. Phew! Finish was intensely dry and pretty vinous, to the point that I could hear the Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara Desert. Mmmphh. Mine was a "03 14" bottle. I want to revisit a younger version as my next act.

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Photo of citizencane
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark cranberry red with some brown hues. Smells of apple with vinegar and some wood and maybe a hint of cranberry or raspberry at the end. Taste is similar but brighter yet with more wood. Feel is refreshing quenching and not dry at all. Good beer.

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Photo of dro7
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste is green apple, vinigar, slightly sour, with oak cask notes. This is a good Flemish red, deep flavor with a medium body. Pairs well with a soft formage

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Photo of AustinWadkins
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brownish/red with a minimal head that quickly forms a bubbly collar around the glass

Smells sweet, vinegar, basalmic, plump dark cherries, Caramel , candied apples

Taste falls a bit short for me. Tart, bit watery, raspberries, cherry

Overall not my favorite but glad I tried it

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Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

250ml bottle - an old brown ale, aged in wood barrels for an unspecified amount of time, if my French isn't totally shot.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with one chubby finger of puffy, finely foamy, and yet somewhat fizzy tan head, which leaves a bit of crumbling Swiss cheese lace in spots around the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of sweet, brown sugar coated red apples, white wine vinegar, caramel/toffee malt, a hint of wafting smokiness, subtle wet woody notes, and a muddled dark orchard fruitiness. The taste is mildly tart cherries, plums, and apples, balsamic vinegar, grainy caramel malt, some lightly vanillan oakiness, subtle yeasty notes, and a further candy-like sourness.

The bubbles are quite understated in their barely-there frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and actually fairly smooth, just a very minor tartness tugging at my various palates. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt sweetness and complex fruitiness playing us out with a certain calming, Old-World elan.

Overall, this is certainly a very well-made version of the style, perhaps not quite in Goudenband's rarefied air, but respectable in its own right. Not all that sour by today's retarded standards, but just enough so to perk up one's tastebuds, and round out the otherwise sweet nature of this offering.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish mahogany in color. Opaque in appearance. Getting those classic red/brown Flemish flavors of ripe cherry and earthy maly. Pretty delicious.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a nice dark reddish-brown, with a smal white head, and a bit of lacing, not much.

Smells kind of like a caramel apple- slightly sour apple, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and black cherry.

This is suprisingly not really sour at all, there's a very mild tartness. It's just mostly very sweet for the style, but it still tastes pretty lovely. There's apple, cherry, caramel, toffee, and lots of sweet, sweet brown sugar. I definitely wish there was a bit more sourness here- that would make it very good for me. As it is now, it's just good.

This is medium bodied, with a sweet and candied feel to it, and a slightly lower level of carbonation.

This is not the best Oud Bruin that I've had- if it was a little less sweet, and a little bit sour, the balance would swing in a most wonderful direction. It's however still tasty and I enjoyed the bottle.

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Photo of Dope
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

07/06/15 bottling date

A: Pours a very very dark reddish-brown with a good sized dense tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

S: Very sweet. Lots of brown sugar, backed up with some acidic vinegar-like aroma. Dark fruits abound.

T: Sweet overripe dark fruits up front with brown sugar. A bit acidic in the middle, turning into more of a spoiled berry sourness. Interesting contrast.

M: Medium bodied.

O: Hmph. I like the contrast of sweet and sour but it's lacking something. It's pretty much just sweet and sour fruits and nothing else I suppose. It's just pretty much all berry flavors, maybe it needs a little something else?

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Photo of Dzu
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pored into goblet.
L: Great dark turbid red with a no foam head.
S: Strong wine notes and sourness.
T: Complex and intersting with more sourness than sweet. Red berries in taste.
F: Low carbonation medium tight body.
O: Fresh taste and strong aroma is a key of this beer,

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Photo of stcules
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown-reddish color, off white foam, beautiful.
Good smell, classic oud bruin, fruity notes, lightly acetic, red fruit, light sweetness.
The taste is just a little bit too sweet, but still, well done, and interesting.
Again red fruit and a bit of acetic in the aftertaste.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown with medium cloudiness and a wonderful thick creamy foam. The foam was billowy enough to collect some sediment that gave it a weird tan and speckled brown appearance. The smell was predominantly wheat bread a nd biscuit with some red fruit undertones. The taste is sweet and sour. The beer starts off rich and leathery with an earthiness of pumice, light bark dust and red rock. A red raspberry and strawberry finished with a slightly salty tangy sourness. The tangy bright finish balances quite nicely with the earthiness, neither of which are too overpowering. This was a nice mellow sipper. Lots of complexity but more subtle. Overall I really liked the theory here; more than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of dabeerbuddha
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle with a best before of 12-11-2015.
Chilled in a tulip.
Fabulous deep cherry colour with a fine head that stayed for the entire beer. Delicate lace around the glass.
Nose is similar to a Rodenbach with less command. Still some great black cherries and raisins.
Complex black cherry, raisins with a little fresh bread. Satisfying. Light body with moderate carbonation.
It's a classicly well done Belgium Oud Bruin.
I would definitely ha e one again.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 03-03-15. European beer, what can you say? DFH Tulip. Served at near 39 deg. F.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with reddish glints near the edge, 1/2 finger light tan head quickly fades to a thin ring around the edges. Not much lacing, but some. There is a little visible carbonation, but you really have to look for it.

Smell: Sweet, malty, and slightly sour. I love malty beers, and this smells like a malty beer, but the sourness is just throwing in it a different, but not unpleasant direction. Sort of like REAL balsamic vinegar; or opening a new bag of fresh prunes at room temperature. I am interested to see where it goes as it warms. After it warmed up, lots of dark, fruity esters. Black cherry, sweet prune.

Taste: Tart, sour arrival, turns to a very clean and balanced mid-palate. Apart from the slight sourness, the mid-palate is surprisingly light on the flavor for the dark color. There is a little toasty breadiness there, but not much. I guess that goes with the 5.5% ABV. Toward the end you get a little earthy hop, but not really bitter at all. As it warms, the sourness is less pronounced, and turns to more of a fruity tartness. The malt falvors are more developed and complex as it warms up. I have not had prune juice in years, but this tastes like what I remember prune juice like, but way more attenuated and clean.

Moutfeel: Really spectacular: light, somewhat slick, with just a perfect amount of carbonation. The sourness makes it feel more attenuated than it probably is.

Overall: I am not a huge fan of sour beers, though I am a huge fan of brown ales, and I suppose if there is any sour I will like, it would be this one. Though truth be told, I found the Rosetta far more interesting, though a little more "difficult." This is an easy drinking sour brown, and if it weren't nearly $5 a bottle, I could see myself pounding these on a long vacation in Bruges. Six-pack worthy, if you can afford it.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here I go again, starting to like a style I once shunned.
"Way too sour!" I used to say.
But if so many non-Belgians love the sour browns, then maybe I should be more open.
And, I guess, I am.
Certainly try this if you think you can cultivate a taste for "sour" beer.... and if you don't think you can cultivate, try this one. You might change your world.

P.S. I had this beer in solidarity with the Belgians -- a peace-loving people -- subjected to a random terrorist bombing in Brussels yesterday.

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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 Shilnikoff
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 250 ml | Best before end of 17-08-2016 | Bar code 5 411858 000077
Served in chalice

Appearance: Dark Brown, Amazing range of colors when highlighted: from Dark Tea to beautiful Red Cherry - depends on angle view | 5 mm white foam head | Almost no bubbles
Smell: Very gentle aroma of barley malt
Taste: Nice moderate sour, Slightly bitter aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Not too sharp
Overall: I really like it, another amazing sour taste from Bockor!

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Photo of sjdevel
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice deep and dark copper/amber color. Impressive head at first, but quickly recessed down to a 1 finger level. After it fades, the lacing is quite nice.

Fairly pungent aroma (but not overpowering) of tart fruit (plum, peach, grape). There is a slight sour vinegar smell. Smells sweet and a bit of caramel.

Instant dry bite just before the sour starts in. The sour flavor isn't that strong but it is present. There is a nice tart fruit / white and red wine rush that mixes with the sour and a hint of vinegar. This is a bit lighter on flavor than I expected. It gets a bit sweet, but then dries out once again as it trails off.

Fairly full medium body. Remains quite effervescent the whole time in the glass. Dries out towards the end.

Decent sour / our bruin. Seems a bit lighter on flavor than others that I have had. Not very sour and sweeter than some. I do like it as extremely sour beers are just too acidic. Quite pleased and would purchase again.

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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 craftbeersweden
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer comes in a cute, small 25cl bottle. It pours clear, dark mahogny colored with a two finger high, beige head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: Dried fruit, plum, oak, sour cherries, red berries, vinegar and candied sugar.
Taste: Beatiful! Sour green apple, tart, oak, plum, raisin, caramel malt, vinegar, vanilla and wood.
Mouth: Crisp body. Tart. Complex yet light and easy to dring. Very fresh! Medium carbonation.

A beatiful beer! I instantly fell in love...

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Photo of SublimeZero
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is surprising. A bit dank a bit and strong moldy cheese notes, in a good way. This beer has a smooth mouth feel with tartness and vinager finish. Solid.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

December 8, 2015

11.2 oz glass, tulip

A – Medium-deep copper, mahogany with shades of deep amber piercing through. A thin layer of light tan bubbly foam disperses and rests around the edges. High clarity.

S – Sour cherries, golden raisins, light vinegary acetobacter-like kick. Bread crust and light chocolate, along with some plums. No hop aroma, mostly the sour, acetic note, very pleasant.

T – Kind of like a liquid Shock Tart for adults. Cherries, blue raspberry, and perhaps some lemon, with an acidic, tongue-twisting sour kick. Malt is barely apparent, again with a bread crust character. No hop flavor or bitterness discernible.

M – Acidic, acetic sourness right out of the gate, balanced with light sweetness up front. Light-medium carbonation and fairly light-bodied. The sour falls off and leaves only a tingle on the tip of the tongue on the finish. Never overwhelming, always on point.

O – A nearly perfectly executed sour beer. Great recommendation from a great friend.

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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 EMV
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at the Yard House in Phoenix. Poured into a snifter.

L: Pours a clear reddish mahogany color. 2 fingers of off-white head. Beautiful lacing.

S: Dark fruits and old fashioned candies. Tart.

T/F: Complex and flavorful. Malts and caramel wage war with dark fruits and tart cherries. Not overly sweet or sour but a nice balance between the two. Smooth on the mouthfeel. Crisp tatt finish.

O: Just a delicious Belgian beer. Tart without being a sour... next best thing to the Duchesse de Bourgogne... yet not quite that exquisite.

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