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

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Vanderghinste Oud BruinVanderghinste Oud Bruin
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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

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823
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
20.49%
 
 
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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Belgian cafe

A - Nice dark reddish-brown body with very minimal cream head.

S - Smells of some fruit, malts, dark sugars. Smells great but not a potent aroma.

T - This beer is very flavorful. Its a nice combination of malthy bready goodness with some fruit sweetness, and some slightly sour vinegar bite. The dark fruit taste and dark sugar give it a mellow taste. This beer is a little tart and a little sweet and a little earthy. What a great taste.

M - Very smooth and slippery on the tongue. It went down very easily, as its smooth and perfectly carbonated.

D - This beer is highly drinkable. With the fresh ripe flavor and smooth body, it would be more than easy to make several of these dissappear.

Notes - I was a huge fan of this beer and I had ordered it by chamce, with no research prior. I was satisfied and I would order this again and again.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a chalice at the Blue Nile. Thanks to Al for bringing in the sours. I'd say this is on the more drinkable end o the spectrum for the style. Of course, it also lacks some of the deeper complexity of the style you might find in Goudenband, but is still a step ahead of Petrus Oud Bruin. There's a sweet, lightly fruity caramel and light cocoa malt flavor with tart candy bite at the finish. I was eating a plate of spicy beef sambussas and this beer went surprisingly well with the fat and spice.

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Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

Pours a hazy, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of tartness, cherries, hint of roasted malt, sweet malt, and yeast. Fits the style of a Flanders Oud Bruin. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with average carbonation level. Tastes of hint of roasted malt, sweet malt, yeast, hint of caramel malt, and tart cherries. Overall, decent aroma, good blend, but a little weak body.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A different beer than the Bellegems, as far as I can tell, or perhaps this is an older vintage? Pours a medium amber color with a white head and really no sediment. Aroma is wine like, with sweet and sour characteristics. This brew is sweet, to sour, with toffee and tartness rounding out the flavor profile. There is a pleasant malt flavor throughout, and tartness follows. The beer finishes clean and mild, easily drank and quite enticing. Would certainly recommend this beer for personal use or to share with a special someone.

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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 flagmantho
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: red-brown hue which shows quite red when held up to the light. Body is haze-free with a light effervescence. Head pours two fingers of frothy tan foam with decent retention.

Smell: lightly sweet malt aroma with quite a bit of tartness. Within the tartness is a light fruity complexity which I rather enjoy.

Taste: fruity tartness up front with a nice malt character, followed by a much drier, sour finish. I like it.

Mouthfeel: light-bodied but with a nice effervescence. Not precisely creamy, but lively and appropriate to the style.

Overall: a very nice oud bruin. On the tart side but relatively balanced with sweetness. I like it.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly clear mahogany with a small fizzy head that dissipates immediately. Almost no lacing. Fruity aroma and taste; berries and cherries; lightly tart and acidic. Subtle vinegar. Just a bit puckering in the finish. Medium light bodied with solid carbonation. Clean and crisp, easy drinking, tasty but not exactly outstanding or particularly memorable for the style. Sourness and funk are very restrained; unintimidating.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried from a bottle at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst. And as a little piece of trivia: at the time of writing, this is my 2,500th review on BeerAdvocate.

Pours a deep brownish red in colour, very clear and with a solid weight that makes it feel like an uncut ruby. Head is white with a depth to the colour, head is firm and a little filmy. Lace forms in big rings around the edge of the glass. Carbonation is very solid making the beer look alive. Looks good.

Nose is great. Solid tartness and plenty of barrel characters giving oak and a slight vinous note. There's rounded malt underneath it giving it some heft. Characters of anise, muscatels, cherry stem and earth come through as well. It doesn't punch with intensity, but the complexity is great.

Taste is light on entry with a bright, clean crispness and some basso malt presence. Solid cherry characters come through the centre, but still rather sweet. At the back there's more barrel notes—a touch of oxidation and a clean, light tartness. Some sweetness sticks around towards the finish. Feel is light but smooth with some acid providing a bite.

Overall, this is tasty stuff. It's perhaps a little bit sweet, but it's well crafted with plenty of classic characters. Very tasty stuff.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 2, 2011. The pour is dark ruby red to brown with little to no head. The aroma exhibits characteristics of champagne, vinegar, and overripe fruit. The body is thin to medium as the style should be. The taste was full of tart fruit akin to cherry or melon. A slight malt character lingers.

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Photo of wl0307
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting 6 months after the suggested expiry date (08/07/2008), served only very lightly-chilled in Rodenbach's slim goblet.

A: dark Burgundy-ruby in colour, with large bubbles in action but not fiercely, and a fast-dissipating off-white foamy head.
S: slightly pungent sour fruits with strong hints of salted-sour Chinese brown prunes, cherries and a little oily balsamic vinegar - refreshing and not too sweet, but the brown malt base lies firmly underneath. "Woodiness", due to the long ageing (18 months, according to the back label), is everywhere, but is also mixed intrinsically with the fruity main theme. Nice.
T: the taste is very quiet indeed - semi-tart, metallic and tannic-chewy, almost like cranberry juice-drink on the palate, followed by a unique savoury edge as of well-aged alcohol in wooden barrels and herbally, licorice-flavoured prunes. Fruitiness is pretty restrained, as opposed to the nose, while malts are pretty much absorbed into the main flavour, leaving a soothing, lingering undertone of fermented dark berries, smoked black prunes, and a chewy bitterness of hops in the semi-short finish.
M&D: not extremely refreshing as the carbonation is slightly artificial and yet also flat-ish (coz it's "expired" by 6 months??). I can't help thinking if the expiry issue really has something to do with the underperformance of this bottle, but, if not, I would have to say this thin-ish beer is at best a mediocre example of the classic style. I might have to try the tap version to change my mind, or find a bottle within the BB date.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a dense clear garnet red glowing body with a spotty oatmeal cream head that sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- The soft tartness has a faint cherry quality with a faint barnyard and cola quality mixed in. There is a wet wood aroma to finish.

T- The warming tartness has some soft blend of malt and old wet wood adding a faint cheese rind hint to it and the finish is a faint aged cherry note that lingers for a moment.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz in the finish and grows as the beer warms.

O- This beer is a nice classic flanders red with some soft depth of other flavors, like a nice blended brown malt and a good amount of tartness.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish body (light brown - muddy brown - not to great with describing the color) with decent head and lace on top of an aroma that has some sour and sweet patches intertwining with each other, but mostly am getting some dark fruit like plums and figs. Taste/mouthfeel more of the same as light to medium bodied, smooth, easy to drink, not too familiar with this style but have a had a few and this one is real good. There is a balance and mix of sweet and dark fruits with a spicy edge and at times a little tart/sour cherry flavor.

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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 bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, Batch Code of 01 stamped on the back label. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a clear ruby red/brown color with about an inch and a half light tan head. Lacing and head retention are both pretty good. Aroma is vinegar, cherries, sweet grapes, plums and some oak. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some caramel malt, brown sugar and more dark fruit. Great balance between the sweet and tart flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with moderate/high carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a good brew, at $3.99 a bottle I'd definitely buy this again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was told by this bar that all bottles were $4.50 with a dollar off so $3.50. Seeing this I was surprised by the price and even more since it was Belgium.

A - Pours a cloudy brown hue with a 1/4 inch of some opaque colored head and some fantastic lacing.

S - Smells sour but not overly so I could get the cherry aspect that I was told was part of the beer. Also some apple cider comes to play and some brown malt.

T - Very sour at first agreeing with others it does have a level of vinegar like sourness but quickly rounds to a sort of brown malts sweetness then cherries again. Taste is strong with every sip sour then sweet. A real palate treat.

M - Light to medium but acidic I really couldn't have more than a couple a sitting.

Overall if it's still around at that bar I will have to pick up another a great Flanders ale brewed with cherries. Also a very affordable one at $4.50 a pop. Try it if you find it!

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Photo of Immortale25
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Samuel Smith commemorative glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark ruby color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains quite well before gradually reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Not much lacing.

S- Light cherry scent with a shade of tartness in the back. Some yeasty funk is present.

T- Sweet and fruity with some lactic acid that's pretty subdued overall. Notes of cherry and granny smith apple. The tartness isn't as heavy as expected. Slight metallic taste.

M- A bit dry with lots of action from the high carbonation. Medium body.

O- Pretty good but I was expecting just a tad more flavor.

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Photo of avalon07
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brown color with ruby tints and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of tan-colored, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A good aroma of dark fruit, sugar, and malt.

T: Tasted of malt, dark fruit (raisins), apples, and a sugary components. A very well-rounded, complex and likeable flavor. Maltier than I would have expected, but it's not a bad thing.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a super creamy-smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A superior example of a Bruin. Very much a drinkable beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a very dark brown color. Some tan bubbles.

(S)- A nice vinegared and dry oak profile up front. Lots of fruits too.

(T)- Thin, but a nice and dry oak profile and fruits.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A decent balance, but rather thin and not much body to it for the style; almost feels watered down.

(D)- Decent, but a bit of a letdown especially when their Cuvee de Jacobins is top notch.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer I got from Kurt. Thanks, man! Bockor has impressed me with their Flemish Reds, the Ommegang Rouge and the Cuvee de Jacobins, and I'm very interested in trying this low ABV Bruin.

Pouring dark brown with reddish highlights, this beer is capped with a very dense light brown head. Retention is good, the head recedes to a thick disk leaving nice lacework. The nose immediately opens up with a big blend of brown sugar, vanilla, a little vinegar and some cocoa. Almost a little cola in there too, I get a moderate fruit character with macerated plums and cherries and palm sugar. Good stuff.

The palate opens with a pleasant tartness that's a blend of lactic and acetic in nature. The tartness is moderately fruity as well with some dark cherries. Very clean, the complexity of the nose follows the opening flavors, with a blend of cola, oak-derived vanilla and dark brown sugar. Drying on the finish with some tannins, lactic sourness and a little balsalmic vinegar, this beer also has characteristics of oxidized malt, with a little must. The cocoa I picked out on the nose isn't really noticeable. Not unlike some of the Flemish Oude Bruins I've had, this has a mildly meaty, salty, gamey character as well (I distinctly remember the Ichtegems Bruin having this characteristic), but it's very enjoyable unlike in some other cases. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this beer has an enjoyable finish. A little dusty, I really like this. Still, though, Goudenband (and the regular Liefmans Oud Bruin) are superior for the style.

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

Very nice traditional Flemish red/brown. Decent appearance with lovely clear garnet color and some head with a bit of lace. Rich aroma of caramel, wine must, a little fruit. Flavor's like nose with strong sweet tart character up front and and finishes moderately. Good body that fits the style. Does seem a tad boozy at the very end. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark garnet color with a pertinent head and the lace formed is a fine sheet to coat the glass. The aroma of fresh ripe plums, malt and somewhat musty, light nut sweetness also present a pleasure to sniff. Start is sweet and malt laden, the top is a bit thin, and the finish nicely carbonated and the hops apropos for the style. The aftertaste dry and somewhat sour, good drinkable beer and well worth the sample.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a brownish red color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head fades rather rapidly leaving a good level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer was heaviest of a cherry smell mixed with a moderate amount of vinegar and a bit of grass. Along with these smells are some funky smells and a light amount of a yeasty smell. Rounding out the aroma are some tart cranberry and a light earthy aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a lightly soured cherry and bready taste. As the flavor advances the sourness increases but never gets too overwhelming. The cherry flavors get stronger as the flavor advances as well with it taking a much sweeter flavor as the taste moves to the end. All the while some yeast and a bit of grass comes to the tongue along with some more vinegar to leave a rather moderately sour but very easy drinking sour.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is medium in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. Both are fantastic for the mix of sour and sweet and enhance the more easy drinking nature of the brew.

Overall – A rather tasty and easy drinking sour. Not the best out there, but very enjoyable.

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

11.2oz bottle, the publican - chicago

appearance: served in a nice tulip, mahogany body - dark garnet highlights

smell: light tartness, cherry, wood, caramel, vinegar

taste: the oud bruin is admittedly not my favorite of the flanders varietals - bockor does produce the finest flanders red on the market though so i figured this was worth a run. Muddy caramel flavors, a touch metallic, dry woody notes, toasty malts, sweet dark fruits, touch of grain, earthy

mouthfeel: delicate tartness, medium-light body, good carbonation

overall: good

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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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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
90 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.
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