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

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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:
30% 18 month spontaneous foeder beer, 70% Brown Ale

Label also displays .VanderGhinste Oud Bruin'.

Originally called "Ouden Tripel", this ancient West Flanders Brown beer has found a new élan as a regional specialty under its current name: "VanderGhinste Rood Bruin". The main ingredients of our Vanderghinste Rood Bruin are malted barley, wheat, hops, water, and caramelized malts. These are used to brew a top-fermented beer. Blending this beer with lambic beer aged in oak for 18 months results in this specific West Flanders Brown beer. Its typical flavour is characterized by a well-balanced, hardly noticeable sourness. This first flavour impression is soon followed by a second pleasant discovery: a slight bitterness followed by a hint of sweetness.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-08-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,991
Reviews:
249
Ratings:
888
pDev:
10.59%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
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Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of FatsoSvuLLo
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FBarber
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

250ml bottle - an old brown ale, aged in wood barrels for an unspecified amount of time, if my French isn't totally shot.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with one chubby finger of puffy, finely foamy, and yet somewhat fizzy tan head, which leaves a bit of crumbling Swiss cheese lace in spots around the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of sweet, brown sugar coated red apples, white wine vinegar, caramel/toffee malt, a hint of wafting smokiness, subtle wet woody notes, and a muddled dark orchard fruitiness. The taste is mildly tart cherries, plums, and apples, balsamic vinegar, grainy caramel malt, some lightly vanillan oakiness, subtle yeasty notes, and a further candy-like sourness.

The bubbles are quite understated in their barely-there frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and actually fairly smooth, just a very minor tartness tugging at my various palates. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt sweetness and complex fruitiness playing us out with a certain calming, Old-World elan.

Overall, this is certainly a very well-made version of the style, perhaps not quite in Goudenband's rarefied air, but respectable in its own right. Not all that sour by today's retarded standards, but just enough so to perk up one's tastebuds, and round out the otherwise sweet nature of this offering.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish mahogany in color. Opaque in appearance. Getting those classic red/brown Flemish flavors of ripe cherry and earthy maly. Pretty delicious.

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4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mig100
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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 LJTate
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craigmorris74
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jgbiggs
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dope
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
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 HermitDan
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dzu
4.06/5  rDev 0%
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 JamFuel
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stcules
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of constantine_272
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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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4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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 EdgarGerik
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

VanderGhinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 888 ratings