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

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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
Ratings:
866
Reviews:
244
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.84%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
122
For Trade:
0
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Photo of SublimeZero
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Richie71
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Coorsy
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of infinitebruner
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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 aztraz
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
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 okcommuter
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewmasterHatchdaddy
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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 ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ChrisL24481
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Reegze79
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
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 +0.7%
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 BenBreeg
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
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 efb123
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheGoonSquad
2.78/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Roybert
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SanFranJake
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sparty55
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Easton70
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
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 groleau
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sheenisgod
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AMarkle6524
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

VanderGhinste Oud Bruin Flanders Sour Ale from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
4.06 out of 5 based on 866 ratings.
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