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

VanderGhinste Oud Bruin Flanders Sour AleVanderGhinste Oud Bruin Flanders Sour Ale
BA SCORE
87.1%
Liked This Beer
4.06 w/ 868 ratings
VanderGhinste Oud Bruin Flanders Sour AleVanderGhinste Oud Bruin Flanders Sour Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Belgium
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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
Ranking:
#2,651
Reviews:
245
Ratings:
868
Liked:
756
Avg:
4.06/5
pDev:
10.84%
Alströms:
4.05
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
121
Trade:
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Ratings: 868 |  Reviews: 245
Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Yard House in Atlanta.
Hazy amber body with a good head.
The flavor is a bit sweet and low in tart for style, but this did not disappoint me.
Light but not watery body with medium carbonation. Moderately complex flavor.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a reddish-beige head that is about a finger in width and not very dense which dissipates quickly. Very nice lacing with this beer. Beer is a mahogany in color and slightly cloudy.
S: The nose of this beer is quite sweet and fruity with specific notes of cherry in it.
T: Nice mixture of sweetness, maybe berry, followed by a ripe cherry tartness that is quite pleasant.
M: This beer has a light body with a small amount of carbonation (made up of very small bubbles) that feels similar to a champagne.
O: Very good drinkability and a great representative of the style. Great flavors but not overpowering making it quite approachable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/26/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, esters, tart fruit and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with tart dark fruits. Then some light Belgian yeast breadiness comes in along with a touch of hops to create a good balance for the style. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a small head of off-white foam on top of a clear, amber colored body. The head settles rapidly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S - Dry caramel and fruity acidity with a smoky note in the background.

T - Sweet toffee and lemony tartness up front with a hint of cherry. More sweet cherry in the middle with a little bit of caramel. The sweet sour dynamic continues through the finish with lingering sweet toffee and mildly acidic black cherry.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very nice and drinkable with a sweeter than average character that would make it a good introduction to sour beers. It has the classic sweet and sour profile with little funk and a nicely balanced finish.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of dcmchew
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark amber, reddish up into the light. A very thin white head just for a minute, thin lace, a bit sticky.
Smells nice, big vinegar, some sour cherries, amaretto, apple cider, berries, Belgian sugars, faint cocoa and barrel.
Taste starts with tart cherries, just a touch of vinegar, and lots of mixed fruity notes, with raspberries, blackcurrants, red apple, faint banana, yellow pear, faint lemon and red grapes. A clearer malty canvas than other sours, bit of dark bread. Vanilla, candy sugar, cherry pits, nice oak barrel notes, some funky moldy cellar notes too. Very clean finish, low bitterness, sourness goes away completely and leaves a very fruity aftertaste.
Medium body, chewy, medium carbonation. The initial sourness is perfectly balanced by fruity sweetness and (almost) robust malts, making it really easy to drink.
Perfect "gateway" Oud Bruin, packed full with flavour, not too complex for a sour, cheap and simply a great beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A Flanders Brown. Modestly sour in the very drinkable Belgian style. Dark coppery brown with a decent foam in the DT tulip.

Tangy and tart but with an undertone of sweetness, like Rodenbach. Woody notes and a little dark fruit. Dry, yeasty finish. Really a pleasant sipping brew and not at all like the American extreme sour style. On tap at Fathom on the pier on Shelter Island, San Diego.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear chokecherry with orange-bronze edges. The two finger head of bubbly tan foam looks odd since it's at midglass instead of topglass (because of the 8 oz. bottle). It's a wonderful looking lid that sticks resolutely to the glass and falls in the center, giving a 'king's crown' appearance.

The nose is funky, sour and fruity, reminding me of fermenting cherries, cranberries and freshly tilled earth. I like it more and more the more I sniff. It's satisfying in the way that well-worn old books are satisfying. Words like venerable, time-tested and Old World come to mind.

The flavor isn't as impressive as the nose. Although the same basic components are in place, they're diminished in scope. It's still funky and modestly sour with a not quite ripe cherry and berry fruitiness. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is too light to carry those flavors across the palate with the panache they deserve.

In accordance with the style, there's very little sweetness. The beer is politely sour and acidic, culminating in an impressive display of aridity. The finish is surgically clean with hints of surgical-grade steel. As noted, the body/mouthfeel is too light for the flavor profile. A more substantial mouth presence would kick this sucker into a higher gear.

Bellegems Bruin is my second Flanders oud bruin and I like it just fine. I see some room for improvement though. Given the basic elements of the style, I'm certain there's a version out there that will blow me away, I just need to find it. This wasn't it, but I still could have used a bigger bottle.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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 drewone
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Slender 8oz brown bottle with a freshness date stamped on the label.

Appearance: Hazy reddish brown with a thin whispy tan lace.

Smell: Mild yet even tartness, very vague aroma.

Taste: Smooth semi creamy mouth feel, a clash of carob and tartness. Lemon and grainy smith apples come to mind with a toasted bread flavour. Dark raisin fruitiness. Tartness is snappish with the grainy following, hops are nonexistent and should be that way for this style. Dark candy sugar and tart finish though gets dryer and dryer as a husky grain puckers the mouth.

Notes: A happy brew in my mouth, back and forth complexities of tartness and carob or dark malt. Pleasing to the palate and refreshed my mind.

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Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, enjoyed chilled in a teku.

The color is medium brown with light chill haze and thick three finger tan head with rocky surface. The retention is very good and bead is very fine. The smell has strong tart cherry aroma with mild sweet malt and gentle spice ester with nice fruity mix of wild yeast esters. The feel is tangy with moderately high carbonation with semi-dry feel with slight malt sweetness and medium light body with semi-dry finish.

The taste is very good with semi dry malt flavor with fruity tangy and almost sour/sweet flavor from yeast with slight malt sweetness with a light raisiny accent and mild caramel toward the middle with minimal spice in the finish and mild alcohol in the taste. This is a very good example of an Oud bruin, I would drink this again without hesitation.

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VanderGhinste Oud Bruin Flanders Sour Ale from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Beer rating: 87.1% out of 100 with 868 ratings
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