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

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Vanderghinste Oud BruinVanderghinste Oud Bruin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Belgium | website

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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234
Ratings:
823
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
20.49%
 
 
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Photo of MakeshiftBrew
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich amber color, perhaps orange-red in direct light, with high carbonation. Tall off white head with dense nucleation and lacing clinging to the sides of the glass as it settles.

Nose: Slightly acidic and tart. Faintly sweet malt notes hidden alongside distant floral hop aromas.

Taste: Tart upfront which evolves into a pleasant acidic fruitiness that doesn’t overstay its welcome and balances very well with a sour malt tang. Very little bitterness, hop flavor is similar to nose; faint and floral. Tastes somewhat yeasty, like fine sourdough bread; refreshing.

I was surprised with this beer, it was my first of a style I didn't suppose I'd like, but it was good!

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Photo of Maxwell
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark candy brown, with a lovely creamy white head that sits at a finger’s width above the beer. In the light and in the glass, though, the beer is beautifully dark ruby in color, with some slight muddling in the color to suggest brown maple syrup. Lacing is thin and tendril like along the walls of the glass. The body appears to be clean and free of particles, but is really quite opaque to the eye. On the nose, the beer smells strongly of cherry leather and funk, with big fruity waftings and a light barnyard funk lying beneath everything that just barely touches upon less appealing smells. The smell actually begins with a nice malty base, but that is swiftly washed away by the funk and fruit. On the tongue, the beer tastes tart with wonderfully fruity notes that move mostly in the tart cherry range, but do hint slightly at other fruits. The funk detected in the nose is lighter in the taste, but still present in the background of flavor. The beer begins with light funk before quickly opening into sweet fruity cherry notes with some mild leather to suggest the funkier side of the beer. The finish mingles light funk and fruit beautifully, and the aftertaste rings with a surprisingly salty sour funk, while still hinting at the cool fruity cherry. In the mouth, the beer feels light to medium in body, with some fierce prickling from the carbonation, though it remains smooth other than that. The mouth is left neutral, with only the slightest watering at the sides of the tongue. Overall, this is a lovely light wild beer. It tends more towards the fruity side of the road, but suggests some nice funk notes while still holding onto the fruit. The beer is a terrific introduction beer for wild ales, and a nice fruity beverage overall. I like this beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle pours a ruddy brown color with a modest cap of tan head. Not much lacing, fair retention.

Nose is sweet and sour caramel malty goodness. Overripe strawberry jam and light red wine vinegar notes are just about perfect for the style.

Flavor is a little lighter and less sweet than a Duchesse. Jammy, tart fruit with plenty of caramel maltiness. Id like to see a bit more sourness, but overall it is pretty good. I am always down for a good Flanders and while this one is not great, it'll scratch that itch.

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Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Slender 8oz brown bottle with a freshness date stamped on the label.

Appearance: Hazy reddish brown with a thin whispy tan lace.

Smell: Mild yet even tartness, very vague aroma.

Taste: Smooth semi creamy mouth feel, a clash of carob and tartness. Lemon and grainy smith apples come to mind with a toasted bread flavour. Dark raisin fruitiness. Tartness is snappish with the grainy following, hops are nonexistent and should be that way for this style. Dark candy sugar and tart finish though gets dryer and dryer as a husky grain puckers the mouth.

Notes: A happy brew in my mouth, back and forth complexities of tartness and carob or dark malt. Pleasing to the palate and refreshed my mind.

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Photo of ordybill
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- Has a nice fruit aroma with malt
Appearance- A dark amber color with a small white head.
Taste- Stand back, this puppy is sour, very interesting. Has a nice fruit flavor.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with little carbonation. very sour but goes down dry.
Overall- The most sour beer I have ever tasted to date. I enjoyed it, but this is a beer I would only drink one at per sitting.

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Photo of fattyre
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear dark red/brown with a smallish off white head. It has a slightly malty somewhat citrusy smell that gives the perception of sweet and sour. The taste was of a sweet flowery front, diminishing sour mid with a dry slightly yogurty end and a slightly thin mouthfeel. Overall it was a very nice sweet and sour type beer which I really wish I could drink on a more regular basis.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a ruby red with a slim sudsy beige head and whisps of lace along the walls of the glass. Catches light well. Dare I say, photogenic?

Smell -- Peppy lactic tartness, semi-tart berries, dark bread, roast malt, and a modicum of malt nuttiness. Nice balance, nothing in disproportion.

Taste -- Dark bread, raspberry and currant, and toasted malt lay the foundation. The firm underlying lactic tartness is quite nice, but not at all sharp. Good complexity, keeps one searching for something new. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, perhaps slightly lighter, with crisp, tight carbonation. Feels really good.

Overall -- I like this one. As a traditional, non-barrel-aged Oud Bruin, it's exceptional. Nicely refreshing tartness, good malt base, and immensely drinkable. I'm happy to have this as an option along with typical Flanders fare such as Monk's Cafe and Duchesse Du Bourgoune.

Whether you like Oud Bruins, or are just interested, this is an ideal introduction to the style. I recommend.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: big head of about three fingers was produced on an aggressive pour. Thin layer sustained across the top while drinking. Low active carbonation and the color is brown with plenty of ruby red accents.

Smell: cherry syrup, leather, and tobacco greet the drinker. Some woodiness shows up on the body with lactose sweetness as well. Caramel maltiness continues a running theme of sweetness.

Taste: a very well rounded front of slightly tart cherries, oak, leather, and dark fruits. Those fruits continue to develop and wash over the palate in waves. Raisins and some toffee linger long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: rich Mouthfeel but plenty of the newaunces in this brew come through. Lower carbonation fits well.

Overall: very tasty Our Bruin. Some of the cherry syrup aromas had me worried this would come off overly sweet but this plays well. Surprisingly drinkable, a nice treat.

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Photo of viverlee
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Curious craving. Years ago when I was introduced to good beers I had my first sour and quickly thought the beer had gone bad, that somehow the cap or bottle had been breached, that I was drinking someone’s cruel joke. Not so, young neophyte. I found my mouth yesterday absolutely clamoring for some vinegary gloss, and this here satisfies.

STYLE: Flanders Oud Bruin

ABV: 5.5%

LOOK: Not really the main course. Plain brown with a touch of mahogany and a light, fizzy head.

NOSE: Characteristically sour, it smells like Fall. Dried apple stack cake, salad dressing, punchy.

MOUTH: Apple cider, red grapes, cherry molasses. Mellow vinegary tartness but clean, not chewy. There’s a nice, cakelike toastiness as it warms. Sessionable it is not. That craving, though … gone.

BA Rating: 89

Hayward Abbey Rating: 91

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date: 04/17/2012
Type: 11.2oz. Bottle
Vintage: ?
Batch: 02
Glass: Ommegang Gold Rimmed Tulip

*Recently made a trip to see my family in Pittsburgh, PA and was excited to see bottles of this brew, which I had been ISO for some time, on the shelf in the Beer Cave @ D's Six-Packs and Dogz. This brewery does happen to make my all-time favorite Flanders Red and the highest rated on BA (Cuvee Des Jacobins). I love that little monk on the bottle! Time to see if the bottle w/ the 2 cartoon gentleman shaking hands holds serve.

Pours a brown mahogany in color w/ red hues and a 1 finger off-white head that produced light lacing. Aromas of dark fruits, acidic cherries, vinegar, and a touch of wet socks. The taste was of dark fruit sweetness up front, leading into mild acidic cherry w/ a touch of vinegar, and a breath of wet socks on the finish. Medium bodied w/ spot on carbonation. With the low ABV and good flavor, I could drink a lot of this beer in a session.

Overall, a nice but mild Oude Bruin w/ good flavor. This is a perfect starter sour for anyone trying to ease into the sour categories. This beer is no Cuvee Des Jacobins, but I would drink this again in a heartbeat. Another nice job from Bockor!

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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

Bottled
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 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 Dzu
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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 sjones5045
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DE bar
2/28/15

Bottle date 3/14

Good. Like a lot. Early sips I thought it wasn't a that good, but as I kept drinking it felt like a smooth cranberry sour drink. Smooth and enjoyable. I need to try again early in my session to really appreciate.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours brown with a slight head and some effervescence.

smell is nice - a good mix of wood and fruity esters coming from the wild yeast.

Taste is very nice, a very balanced mixture of flavours, not too sour, not too malty - very mild and highly drinkable. this would be a good sour for those who don't like sours.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear chokecherry with orange-bronze edges. The two finger head of bubbly tan foam looks odd since it's at midglass instead of topglass (because of the 8 oz. bottle). It's a wonderful looking lid that sticks resolutely to the glass and falls in the center, giving a 'king's crown' appearance.

The nose is funky, sour and fruity, reminding me of fermenting cherries, cranberries and freshly tilled earth. I like it more and more the more I sniff. It's satisfying in the way that well-worn old books are satisfying. Words like venerable, time-tested and Old World come to mind.

The flavor isn't as impressive as the nose. Although the same basic components are in place, they're diminished in scope. It's still funky and modestly sour with a not quite ripe cherry and berry fruitiness. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is too light to carry those flavors across the palate with the panache they deserve.

In accordance with the style, there's very little sweetness. The beer is politely sour and acidic, culminating in an impressive display of aridity. The finish is surgically clean with hints of surgical-grade steel. As noted, the body/mouthfeel is too light for the flavor profile. A more substantial mouth presence would kick this sucker into a higher gear.

Bellegems Bruin is my second Flanders oud bruin and I like it just fine. I see some room for improvement though. Given the basic elements of the style, I'm certain there's a version out there that will blow me away, I just need to find it. This wasn't it, but I still could have used a bigger bottle.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Looks like a lively one! A mountainous off-white head atop a rusty deep brown body.

S: Heavy fruity esters. Some oak barrel. Caramel and dark fruit.

T: Delicious. Acetic tart cherry. Some earthy oak. Each sip takes a long time to develop.

M: Very smooth and refreshing to start with some wonderful biting tartness in the finish. Medium body and carb is just right.

O: I love how this tastes but it’s the mouthfeel that dominates. I enjoyed this a ton.

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Photo of knotes1963
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice sour. Just enough to be different from your daily brew, but not over the top. Very good recommendation from the staff at de Gouverneur bieren cafe in Maastricht. Of which, I can't believe nobody has added to places! Must stop for bier lovers in southern Holland.

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Photo of guityler83
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dense, cream colored head that dissipated after about 30 seconds leaving behind a ring of bubbles on the edge of the snifter. The beer appears dark brown to almost black in the glass but when backlit shows a deep mahogony with crimson highlights. The first half of the bottle poured very clear.

S: A sexy tart cherry aroma that just wofts from the glass. Closer in reveals a complex web of sour red berry aroma with darker sugars providing emphasis for the brightness. The bready, biscuity malt aroma blends well with the overal profile, but sites idley in the background.

T: A firm oak flavor underscores the beer from beginning to end taking away from the sourness somewhat. Slightly lumber / sawdusty tasting in addition to the usual french oak character (I'm guessing here). The sourness is medium to moderate with the similar tart cherry and raspberry flavors as found in the aroma. Light bread crust malt character and toast with a sweetness that leads to the impression of a tart fruit dessert.

M: The body is crisp and dry with mild levels of carbonation. The tanins from the wood give a slight mouth drying sensation in the finish.

O: The oak was very heavy (relatively speaking) in this beer and took away from the overall flavor profile for me. The classic cherry pie flavor was there with good complexity but the balance was thrown off with the oak. That being said, I would get this beer again because it was an interesting take on the style – over oaking that is.

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Photo of SFNC
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown with an off white head. Sweet and sour smell with some ripe fruit notes. Taste is sour with fruit notes like cherry and prune. Also some nice wood undertones. Medium mouthfeel with a dry finish. I'd recommend this to a wine drinker as an avenue into the beer world. Very good!

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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 Dentist666
4.09/5  rDev +1%

0,25l bottle poured into snifter.
Clear mahogany beer with scanty tan head, vanishing in seconds. Aroma is sour, red berries, vinegar, caramel. Taste is tart, more malty, than flanders red, some oak notes, cherry, lambic feel on a palate. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cherry hued brown body with a light tan head, fine bubled lacing with speckled patterns left on my chalice. Aroma has tart cherries hints of tart sliced apples. Earthy note with lactic yogurt, hints of dark roasted malts. Flavor will satisfy your sour ale side with tart cherries, sliced green apples, hints of yogurt and dark roasted malts. Excellent version of a classic style, I've never heard of the brewer the label is a bit generic but the beer is high quality Bellegems bruin West Flanders Ale. Mouthfeel has a dry finish with fruity balance to make everybody happy, even sturdy flowing carbonation a bit effervescent and bubbly like. Overall high drinkable and enjoyable version of a hard to find style, glad I picked it up definitely worth it at around 4 bucks a bottle.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian tulip glass

A: Dark brown with a vanilla colored head, some minor lacing, lot of tiny bubbles in the head, some carbonation streaming off the bottom, looks like a cola.

A: Vinegar tart sours, slight oak on the nose, green apples, there is a tart, sour like bread aroma on this, smells pretty good.

T: Not as tart as I expected, more on the sweeter grape flavor, like white grapes, some bitterness, there is a sour bread like flavor, finishes really smooth, very drinkable.

M: Light to medium, not much carbonation, dry finish.

O: Very nice, I've had four other beers in this style, this one is really different, sweeter than the others but just as good, very easy drinking, would buy this again if possible.

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Vanderghinste Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
90 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.
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