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

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879 Ratings
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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:
#2,815
Reviews:
247
Ratings:
879
pDev:
10.59%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
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61
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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased sometime in 2013 - want to say spring- making this nearly a year in the cellar

APP-deep maple, clear, low off-white head with fair retention and poor lace.

AROMA- complex, vinous nose of hey, red grape, blackcurrant, cranberry, earth, coacoa, grapefruit, dark caramel, rhubarb, anise, melon, ...and on and on....sounds messy but very harmonious and pleasant bouquet that leaps from the glass. Wonderful.

FLAVOR- much simpler than aroma as expected. lightly sweet crystal malt sliced apart by very bright and lively acidity (lactic?) rhubarb and citrus (over-ripe /spoiled grapefruit) come out prominently, a hint of tart cherry, notes of fig, tuna fruit, earth, cranberry, clover, no diacetyl, no apparent oxidation, no tannin or oaky character,

MF- light-bodied, velvety, medium-high carbonation, drying acidity that stings the lips a bit, and makes for a long finish not helped out by a light clinging bitterness

OVERALL- A disarmingly spritely oud bruin, that is lighter, more quenching and refreshing than richer examples. I get the impression that this is either a very young beer or chemically synthesized lactic acid has been introduced. It lacks the charisma of better examples but still makes for an interesting glass and at 5.5 abv this would be great bottle to bring out to parties, picnics, etc... would revisit this but would not pay much for it. Just read on the label that it is actually a blend of brune and lambic, which explains a lot, and makes me appreciate it a little more. Odd product.

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Photo of BT_Bobandy
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Taperwookie
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of nootch23
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Hyperionecta
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Jamison85
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Vsarmatov
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 drew74
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of tommy5
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DRBiser
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of joeseppy
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep red pour and head is brief retreating to the edge leaving wispy clouds in the center.

Aroma mainly of tart cherries.

Taste is cherry and mildly sour.

Mouthfeel is spritzy throughout. Clean and refreshing.

Really not much to say except this is really good. Oud Bruins, for me, always seem classy and sophisticated and this fits the bill. Not very tart or sour if you will. Easy drinker.

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Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Offa
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent oud bruin.

Very dark brown, it has a small pale tan head slowly shrinking to foamy ring, wisps, a little weak lace.

Aroma is dried cherry, vinegar, strong soy sauce element and steak sauce, metal. It has a strong, full aroma.

Taste is sweet and sour dried fruits up front, turned and slightly vinegary, metal, hints of steak sauce and tamarind, hint of wet wood., with some toasty bread crust in the finish. It is full bodied, fairly complex, lively, engaging, and zesty, fairly dry with a light leaning to the sweet and sour.

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Scepter
1/5  rDev -75.4%

Photo of MarkJBurch
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Chemister
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
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 gfg0020
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Crooked Stave tulip.

Appearance- Murky brownish red with quick bubbly white head.

Smell- Cherries and plums galore. Vinous characteristics, oaky with hints of vanilla and caramel. Very juicy and pleasant.

Taste-Same stone fruits and oak present. More grapes in the taste than the smell. Tart but not sour. Very jammy juicy.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation. Very smooth and clean. Very drinkable.

Overall- This is a beer I see on the shelves all the time, and I decided to buy one yesterday. Similar to a not nearly sour Cuvee Jacobins. Nice beer that would be a great foray into sours for someone.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bierdeflanders
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

S: Slight funk. Decent tartness with some vinegar, but quickly fades, some fruity (cherry), bubblegum

A: Pours a deep brownish red in colour, very clear, looks almost ruby in color

T: bright upfront with clean crispness and some malt sweetness. Solid cherry characters come through but still rather sweet. some oak notes on the finish with 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.

O: real tasty, a little sweet but a great example of a flemish bier.

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VanderGhinste Oud Bruin Flanders Sour Ale from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 879 ratings
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