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 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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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

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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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: draft into a goblet, red brown with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: tart cherry, balsamic vinegar

T: tart cherry, balsamic vinegar, acetic acid

M: light, tart, crisp

O: stumbled upon a great find at Yard House Waikiki

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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 PorterLambic
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep, clear, ruby red with just a touch of brown. Inch plus light tan head develops, soda like, before dropping to a thin, almost ephemeral, film. No lace left behind.
Smell is both sweet and sour, malty with a solid funk. Fruit (cherries and apple mostly), wood is present, too.
Taste is exactly what is promised by the nose. Malt, fruit, sweet, sour, funk, wood all playing together in a utopia of balance. Brilliantly done.
Medium bodied at best with a light effervescence. This is a very well constructed brew, standing even with Duchess du Borgogne (a personal favorite).

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Photo of Gajo74
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A tart, sweet, sour and refreshing brew. There is a really nice balance; the sweetness is not cloying and the sourness is not too acidic. A refreshing drink and a great palate opener.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky brown with crimson hue. Moderate carbonation and slight tan skiff of a head.
Aroma: Very clean and light sour (lactic) aroma, brett (lambicus - cherry pie) notes, cherry, apple and pear.
Taste: tart, not sour. Cherry and stonefruit. A bit sweet.
Mouthfeel: Substantial with light carbonation.
Overall: Very tasty although balance tips towards sweet.

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Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
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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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
4.05 out of 5 based on 850 ratings.
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