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

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Vanderghinste Oud BruinVanderghinste Oud Bruin

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

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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Photo of Dope
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a deep brownish red color with a fluffy tan colored head on top. The head settles and leaves a a light amount of scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is tart and wooden smelling, there is also some cherry I'm picking up also. The taste is actually much better than I expected. It's a much more muted sour that some of the Flanders Reds out there. The mouthfeel was lightly carbonated and pretty smooth. Overall it was a pretty tasty brew even though I'm not a big fan of the style.

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Photo of jdense
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle shared with neighborhood beer buddy 7.21.11.

One finger light tan head, quick dissipation with minimal retention, mahogany copper clear body, fairly dark, no visible carbonation. A bit of barnyard funk in the nose balanced with dark stonefruit esters, plums, a bit of floral hops and a healthy dose of caramel malt sweetness. Taste mirrors nose, but the blending leads me to believe this is far more lager than lambic,, not exactly what I was looking for but certainly a good idea from a business perspective. Mild tartness and even milder sourness due to caramel malt. Mouthfeel is medium, low effervescence, a bit of stickiness. This take on West Flanders beers is different from what I'm used to, so I will try others within this style, but not sure this made a big enough impression where I'd choose this again.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky brown with crimson hue. Moderate carbonation and slight tan skiff of a head.
Aroma: Very clean and light sour (lactic) aroma, brett (lambicus - cherry pie) notes, cherry, apple and pear.
Taste: tart, not sour. Cherry and stonefruit. A bit sweet.
Mouthfeel: Substantial with light carbonation.
Overall: Very tasty although balance tips towards sweet.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, semi-thick brown color with a decent head that laced well on the glass.

Smell – Initially, a whiff of Sweet-Tarts hits the nose. This is followed by a deeper malt flavor and strong sourness, again like candy.

Taste – The candy flavors kick in more on the tongue. The sourness comes in towards the end (true lemon, not the cheap kind), but the tart flavors are the highlight of this show. The malt is there but drowned out.

Mouthfeel – There’s some light carbonation to be had, but mostly this puckers the mouth and kicks the salivary glands into high gear.

Drinkability – This is great to drink on an empty stomach. The smallish bottle reflects the sipping nature of this brew. A nice example.

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Photo of shand
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours out a deep red color with a finger of head. The aroma is tart and sour, with cherries and vinegar being the dominant aromas. The taste is pretty strong on the cherries at the start and the finish, with some of the sour and vinegar notes coming in in the midpoint to linger just a little into the finish. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, and the drinkability is good. This is my first Flanders Oud Bruin, and I can't help but feel it's a good, but not outstanding representation of the style. I'm more than willing to find out if my hunch is accurate.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 330mL bottle into a branded flute in Ypres/Ieper.

A: Pure brown that is clear even without being held to light. Head is 1.5 fingers with ok retention.

S: Slightly earthy and spicy with hints of dark fruit. Sweet. Brown sugar note. Nice.

T: Very sweet, slightly tangy. Slight geuze-like funk. Berries and raspberries. Fleeting sugary cherry note. Finishes slightly sour with cranberry notes. A bit sweet in the finish as well.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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 benfons
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, dark caramel colour,small but dense head

S: Cherries, raspberry, rock candy, and a hint of mowed grass.

T: Slightly sour, bit of funk, a hint of cherries and earth, nothing bold

M/D: Good mouthfeel, carbonation is right, ABV is fine

Not bad, but nothing exceptional

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Photo of cjgiant
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap:
Pours a very dark ruby, only noticeable at the edges. Lovely foamy white head, with significant lacing. Nose is a tad sweeter tha expected, dark cherry, with a yogurt-like tartness. The nose is fairly muted, but does have some sour notes, with a hint of vinegar at colder temps.

Tastes are Silat to nose, but rely more on the tart notes than the fruit-based. The base is actually slightly bland, think unspectacular plum and cherry. The sour notes are sour-milk and even some vinegar notes. Maybe it speaks to balance that neither is overpowering, but both seem muted. Despite or in relation to this, the feel is awesomely smooth and silky. Carbonation is spot on, some play on the tongue, but not to interfere with the tastes.

I expected a more tart beer from what I read in these reviews. In that respect I was disappointed, but if I ignore this it was a solid beer. There are apple cider vinegar notes here and there, so beware of that. Otherwise, this is a beer if grab on occasion if the price or mood is right.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
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 DrDemento456
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was told by this bar that all bottles were $4.50 with a dollar off so $3.50. Seeing this I was surprised by the price and even more since it was Belgium.

A - Pours a cloudy brown hue with a 1/4 inch of some opaque colored head and some fantastic lacing.

S - Smells sour but not overly so I could get the cherry aspect that I was told was part of the beer. Also some apple cider comes to play and some brown malt.

T - Very sour at first agreeing with others it does have a level of vinegar like sourness but quickly rounds to a sort of brown malts sweetness then cherries again. Taste is strong with every sip sour then sweet. A real palate treat.

M - Light to medium but acidic I really couldn't have more than a couple a sitting.

Overall if it's still around at that bar I will have to pick up another a great Flanders ale brewed with cherries. Also a very affordable one at $4.50 a pop. Try it if you find it!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky dark crimson brown with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of tart and sour cherries, slight vinegar, and slight funk. There is a slight grape aroma that comes out as the beer warms. Taste is of the cherries up front with some slight vinegar flavors, but the taste is only mildly tart and funky. There is a grape-like aftertaste on this one. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice fruity presence in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a chalice at the Blue Nile. Thanks to Al for bringing in the sours. I'd say this is on the more drinkable end o the spectrum for the style. Of course, it also lacks some of the deeper complexity of the style you might find in Goudenband, but is still a step ahead of Petrus Oud Bruin. There's a sweet, lightly fruity caramel and light cocoa malt flavor with tart candy bite at the finish. I was eating a plate of spicy beef sambussas and this beer went surprisingly well with the fat and spice.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(served in a 10 oz pub goblet)

A: dark, reddish brown - like when the autumn cedar leaves stain the color of the water in a lake... only a little foam on the pour, fizzed out

S: bold presence of wood fibers, vinous, light touch of cocoa

T: tart red grape... touch of cocoa midway... grapefruit-ian sweet-tart... very delicate twiggy-woody and/or dry-roasted nutshell in the finish

M: funky-acidic bite up front, the tannin-sanded body slips on through... light-medium bodied flow and tannic bitterness midway... sour tang smeared on the sides of the mouth... disappears down the gullet, dry, mild alcohol glow

O: pretty good, pretty dry... fruity, but not sweet... bright flares jostling the palate, but not quite refreshing... can say it does seem to ignite the appetite

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Photo of draheim
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz (batch 01) into a tulip. Pours a murky mahogany w/ a thin khaki head that settles to a film.

Aroma is faint sour cherries and sweet malt. Not really getting much on the nose, just a mild red wine vinegar.

Taste is pleasantly tar and equally sweet. Sugars in the malt provide a nice counterpoint to the acidity.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Carbonation is just right.

Overall a pretty solid Flanders oud bruin. Sourness isn't overdone.

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Photo of Tele
3.93/5  rDev -3%

A: 4.5 Pours brown with a nice red undertone and a large light tan head.

S: 4.25 Lots of funk on the nose. There’s also vinegar, vanilla, oak, green apples and cherries. The oak and vanilla add a sweet aroma that balances out the more acidic elements.

T: 3.75 Not too sour and actually rather sweet. The green apple and cherry are stronger than the nose would suggest, while the funk is mellower. Other than that, there’s not a lot of interesting flavors going on. There’s a slightly metallic taste that’s less present, but it is less noticeable after the first couple of sips.

M: 3.75 The body is pretty nice, not quite substantial enough for my tastes. Also a bit under carbonated making the beer feel a bit lifeless.

O: 3.75 This is a fine beer and a decent example of an oud bruin. It’s not quite sour enough and there’s not a lot of complexity, however this is an easy drinking beer and maybe a good intro to sours (if you don’t want to try Rodenbach for some reason).

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Photo of kbutler1
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Batch Code 01, no other date that I could find on the bottle. Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a clear dark reddish brown rust color with an offwhite head that settles to form a nice coaster, nice lace left as it settled. Aroma is a mix of grape, cherry, some metallic, and some swet malt aromas. Some sour/tart notes in the nose as well. Light mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Sweet fruit like start with hints of grape and cherry similiar to the nose. Underlying caramel flavor. Some sourness but nothing mouthpuckering. This to me ends semi flat and dry with no real flavors sticking out too much. Easy drinking.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/26/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, esters, tart fruit and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with tart dark fruits. Then some light Belgian yeast breadiness comes in along with a touch of hops to create a good balance for the style. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Suds
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a reddish brown beer. After a fizzy head, the beer lacks foam, although it's very carbonated. The aroma is great...funky, fresh apple peal, sweet amber malt, apricot and sour cherry. The taste is initially tart, followed by a little sweetness on the front of the tongue. It's fruity, flavorful, and lightly spritzy. Not as sour as expected, it's a relatively balanced beer. Medium to light in body. Very carbonated. Nice.

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Photo of Clints1991
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from a bottle. Poured into a tulip glass. It pours brown with a tan head. On the aroma I picked up the lactic sour with a little bit of vinegar. Has a little fruit nose to it, not that noticeable. You taste the sour right away but it quickly fades. It has a distinct malt taste at the back of the palate. I also get hints of cherries. It is definitely medium bodied, not as much carbonation. Overall this is an amazing sour. It is not expensive and very palatable.

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Photo of raynmoon
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep brown/ redish hints in the color and smells mostly of yeast, slightly sweet.

The taste is much different than smell of the yeast. It is slightly tart and then finishes sweet. It tastes mostly of cherries, balsamic, and breadyness. I like it.

It reminds me mostly of a flanders red; assuming these styles are almost the same.

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Photo of Swongler
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended to me by the shopkeep at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Upon tasting I realized that I had this at on tap at another bar once before. Poured into a flute.

A - Dark red-brown. Even hard to see through when held up to light. A thick creamy head of light caramel color.

S - MMMmm smells delicious. Much like any darker sour. Slight metalic/brass smell to it, but that is hidden behind unripened cherries, and unripened apples.

T - Unlike some beers that overdo the sour, this one actually tastes like a beer. This is unmistakably a brown ale with sour properties. Almost like a fruity New Castle... but better. Cherries, slight earthiness, and a tang that makes it just sour enough.

M - The head is nice and creamy. Makes your tongue curl just enough for a sour. Slightly thick, but not overly thick.

O - A solid sour. I would recommend this to just about anyone that appreciates a high-quality sour. I really want to give this one another shot. I am tasting it as I write this review, and I can tell that my opinion of it may change with my mood or state of my palate.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light brown in color (with some amber highlights) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that rapidly faded away, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sour fruits in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather tart and has sour flavors of cherries.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink for the style because the sourness isn’t that strong.

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Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark garnet color with a pertinent head and the lace formed is a fine sheet to coat the glass. The aroma of fresh ripe plums, malt and somewhat musty, light nut sweetness also present a pleasure to sniff. Start is sweet and malt laden, the top is a bit thin, and the finish nicely carbonated and the hops apropos for the style. The aftertaste dry and somewhat sour, good drinkable beer and well worth the sample.

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