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
4.06/5
872 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:
#2,665
Reviews:
245
Ratings:
872
pDev:
10.59%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
121
Trade:
0
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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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Photo of ajs4bd
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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Photo of dabeerbuddha
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

Photo of evanwoertz
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of timothybarney
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SaltofOH
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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 wc94wc
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dar482
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NWHopinator
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcrawford
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nakedasajbird
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jpd026
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of srw
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThomasKoren
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Beginner2
4.06/5  rDev 0%
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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VanderGhinste Oud Bruin Flanders Sour Ale from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 872 ratings
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