Located on the French border, the small Flemish town of Bellegem has been home to the Bockor Brewery since 1892. Founded by Omer Vander Ghinste and handed down within the family, the brewery is now in the hands of fourth-generation owner/manager Omer-Jean Vander Ghinste.
During World War II the brewer at that time was Omer-Remi. Having spent some time in the St. James Hospice in Paris as a refugee, he was inspired to create a line of beers called "Jacobins" in honor of the Dominican Friars that answer to that name in France and who had given him shelter in his time of need.
Today the brewery is better known as a producer of lagers, but has maintained the expertise and equipment to produce excellent spontaneously fermented beers.
This pale strong ale from Flanders has splashed upon the world beer scene with great fanfare. Winner of the 2010 Gold Medal in the World Beer Cup©, Omer bested many of the world finest beers in a hotly contested category.
Pale golden and extraordinary, Omer has a firm malt character with a pleasant hop bitterness and warm, bready aroma. Tasted in it's signature glass it's a treat for the eye and palate.
The name "Omer" is a tribute to the family owners of this brewery who, for the sake of continuity, have each been so named.
Available in 330ml bottle; 750ml bottle.
Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge
The beer that we are offering is unblended old lambic, aged for 18 months or more. It has a robust character but is beautiful and sophisticated with a full body and overtones of vanilla, dried cherry, stone fruit and cocoa. It is a complex, beautiful sour beer.
Available in 20L keg.
Vanderghinste Oud Bruin
Originally called "Ouden Tripel", this ancient West Flanders Brown beer has found a new élan as a regional specialty under its current name: "VanderGhinste Oud Bruin".
The main ingredients of our Vanderghinste Oud Bruin are malted barley, wheat, hops, water, and caramelized malts. These are used to brew a top-fermented beer.
Blending this beer with lambic beer aged in oak for 18 months results in this specific West Flanders Brown beer. Its typical flavour is characterized by a well-balanced, hardly noticeable sourness.
This first flavour impression is soon followed by a second pleasant discovery: a slight bitterness followed by a hint of sweetness.
Available in 11.2oz bottle; 20L keg.