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

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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:
235
Ratings:
828
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
20.49%
 
 
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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.
Good.

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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

Look:
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.

Smell:
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.

Taste:
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.

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

Overall:
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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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 archyquaffer
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 ounce longneck into a schooner glass. A moderate pour results in a creamy one inch head that proves good and sticky. The beer is a yellowish amber brown of medium depth and is quite hazy.

The aroma has a slight earthiness combined with some wafting funky-berry notes that hint at the tart complexity within. The flavor is a delight, with a pleasant tartness suggesting fresh dark berries (cranberries perhaps), apples, and lemon. Underneath lies a bit of nutty bitterness, adding depth. The body is light and fluid, gliding across the tongue, and balancing out some of the puckering tartness.

This is the first time I've reviewed a beer of this style. These Belgian sours are becoming more available in my area- a very welcome development. This beer satisfied my craving for something suggesting cranberries, on this Thanksgiving Day. I paid $3.98 for the 11.2 ounce bottle at Front Street Market in Butte, Montana.

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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 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 larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly chill hazed reddish brown with a thick two finger head of off-white carbonation.

Sour cherries, vanilla, oak, caramel, and slight vinegar.

Vinegar, cherries, dark fruit, caramel, and vanilla.

Medium-bodied, high carbonation, acidic, tart, and slightly fruity.

Overall, not my favorite Oud Bruin, but decent nonetheless.

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

Bottled
Dark Brown body with reddish hues and huge pink tinted off white head
Smells not unlike a good Burgundy
A curious mix malt, red wine vinegar, sour cream & Cherry
silky smooth mouthfeel
Smooth & well balanced

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Photo of woemad
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $4.99. According to the label this was either best by or bottled in January, 2015.

Poured into a Chimay glass, this was a dark brown color with rubyish highlights and a thin, bubbly beige head.

Vinuous and vinegary in the nose, along with some fruity esters.

Sour and malty at the beginning of the taste. There’s a fruity aspect a bit like cherries that starts in the background and becomes fairly prominent at the fade out. The sour and sweet are really well balanced.

The body is on the heavier side of light. Good, slightly effervescent mouthfeel for the style.

This was a really enjoyable beer, one that would work well as an ambassador of sour beer to someone who isn’t already into them. I’ll be having this again.

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