The Little Beer That Could – Omer Vander Ghinste Oud Bruin

vanderghinsteThere is one beer on our shelves that surprises me at how well it sells, but I guess it shouldn’t. It’s delicious. It is Omer Vander Ghinste Oud Bruin ale. The old brown ale style from the Flanders region of Belgium is comprised of 65% top fermenting ale and 35% Foeder Beer. Foeder Beer is an ale that ferments in very large wooden vessels for 18 months to create a sour flavor. The sour beer is then blended with a fresh beer to keep the sour flavor a very mild component. This adds freshness and acidity to the beer all while retaining some of the more complex and mature flavors of the aged ale. The beer pours a garnet amber hue, with moderate carbonation.


In the mouth it is mildly sweet and sour with subtle hints of caramel and cherry fruit and just the vaguest balsamic funkiness to keep it interesting. The beer finishes tart which makes it a great refreshing beverage that pairs well with all kinds of foods from cheese plates to hearty red meat dishes. A great beer to introduce yourself or someone else to the lovely world of Sour Beers.

$4.55 a 12 oz. Bottle

Omer Vander Ghinste Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge: We also carry the 100% Foeder Beer from Omer known as the Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge. This beer is the sour base beer that gets used in the Oud Bruin. Cuvée des Jacobins is one of the brewery’s spontaneously fermented beers.  Much like the famous Lambic beers, the freshly brewed wort is cooled in a shallow container called a coolship where it’s inoculated by wild yeast and bacteria floating in the air.  It’s then moved into giant wooden vats known as foeders.  Deep amber in color it balanced malty sweetness and acidic sharpness perfectly. The sourness level is medium and pleasant. The Cuvee has flavors of sour berries, dry cider, stone fruits, apple and vanilla. $5.99 a 12 oz. Bottle

See the Foeder casks being built in time lapse.