Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Reviews: 566
Hads: 1,201
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 20
Gots: 93 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

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Photo of ballewblake
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a kasteel taster glass.

Boring. Slight head that dropped quickly. Minor ring around the glass. Brown in color, opaque. No smell on this one. Highly carbonated on the tongue, taste is lightly sweet, very small hint of a sour on this one, likely due to the barrel/oak. This is drinkable, but not something that is highly appealing. I'd rather have a duchess for something similar. So far I'm not impressed with this brewery. :| (450 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours out brown with dark dark red highlights and a creamy tan head which doesn't last long.

S: The first thing that comes to mind is a less extravagant jolly rancher smell. It has a lingering background sweetness that helps excentuate the fruitiness.

T: Tastes a bit like sweet & sour apples, but it's not an off flavor. It tastes lie someone made a sour caramel apple and you just took a big bite out of it. The sourness is minimal and the sweetness comes though on the finish.

M: Carbonation is a bit on the low side and the body isn't too thin or too thick. Its about average.

D: Quite drinkable but as I've heard before from Dr. Bill Sysak: if it's a good beer, it's good enough to be sipped. (704 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Nice dark brown body with a decent head.

Smell – Lively mix of malt covered in sour candy. There are some light fruits in there as well, but the overpowering sour sugar dominates this aroma.

Taste – The traditional flavors wimp out at the tongue. The sourness is there with a decent malt base, but it’s very light and watery. After drinking their Aged Ale bottle, this offering disappoints.

Mouthfeel – Nice, tight carbonation and some reasonable sourness help along this ale, but the thinness of the body all but ruins the effort.

Drinkability – I’ll stick with the Aged Ale. (608 characters)

Photo of saltydog
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very red, slight head, clear. Aroma: Intensely sour wood aromatics some malt sweetness. Flavor: Very sweet tasting. Woody sourness apparent in aroma is oddly very lacking in flavor-a surprise, and a big dissappointment. Finish: Blandly sweet finish. (261 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - reddish brown on the pour, plenty of bubbles to feed two fingers' worth of head. As it falls back, it laces very well, leaving mountainous crests and valleys around the glass.

Aroma - a light whiff of fruit and funk. An early note of oak, mostly masked after setup, but still there a little. At length, this smells sort of infected, but I think that may be correct for the style.

Taste - opens with a thin, sweet graininess. Moves on to a nice, bourbony, mashy kind of flavor. There's a tart, indistinct fruitiness, almost like a dry wine. Well into the aftertaste I notice hints of coffee around the back and sides of the tongue. Finishes dry and lightly tart.

Mouthfeel - pretty crisp, on the thin side for body.

Drinkability - not on my short list, but not a bad beer. (788 characters)

Photo of JamesS
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a rapidly diminishing head and a bit of aslo rapidly diminishing lacing. Very malty scent, not strong in any respect, and has a slight roasty aroma. Nice taste, slight malt and slight fruity/tart tastes, but every taste seems to go away and leaves no aftertaste at all. It is quite smooth. (319 characters)

Photo of germanbeer1
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the second Petrus brew that I have tried after the Petrus Tripel. Poured into a Delirium glass, which produced a very dark brown color. The head was minimal and there was very little lace in the glass. Like many Belgian Ales, Petrus gives off a sour scent, but this attribute is only slightly present in the taste. After some initial sourness, the beer quickly fades off and doesn't leave any distinguishable mark. There is nothing offensive about this beer, yet nothing spectacular about it either. (507 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass in a pinch, forms a nice 1 finger head of light tan foam. Body is clear and cola colored.

Smells of that root beer flavored gummy candy with a hint of musty yeast, raspberry, overly sugary.

This beer is way too sweet. It reminds me of watery cherry cola with berry notes and no trace of sourness or oak. Boring.

Too much carbonation makes this beer hard to drink until the head settles down, which doesn't take too long because the head is fizzy.

Inoffensive beer but it just tastes saccharine to me. I was expecting a nice tart refreshing brew but I got a fountain drink. (610 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a toasted caramel color. Hints of ruby. Body is clear. Head is fluffy and off-white. The head dies down to a jagged layer of froth. Plentiful lacing.

S-Tartness derived from dried fruit aromas. Lactic and oaky. Lingering sweetness. Yeasty and a bit musty. High in lactic aroma.

T-Far less tart than the nose. More of a basic flavor here. Brown maltiness, wet toast and yeast. Far lighter notes of oak. Less tart and lactic. Sweet, ripe fruits. Fruit leather rolls. Soggy toasted malts and residual sweetness.

M-Medium bodied. Almost light bodied. Soft creaminess with buzzing carbonation. Semi-dry. Drinkable enough.

O/D-Not super tart or funky but that is okay because I don't think I would have liked an ramped-up version of what the nose was offering. (766 characters)

Photo of ablaze
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby-brown, nice creamy, frothy one-inch head. Lacing is slow and sticky, looks great. I used a tulip.

Scent is immediately of sugary, ripe red grapes. Slight musty sourness.

Softly tart; young plums drawing out to a metallic, bland middle and leafy, very subdued sour finish. Malt pops through late. Thin body, a bit watery with mild carbonation, but refreshing. Reminiscent of Welch's grape juice, tart but sweet at the same time...

A passive beer and a recommended starter to the Flanders style, easy to drink...wouldn't mind seeing it on tap or at a more reasonable price, but certainly not exceptional. (615 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle with a steak dinner in Ghent. Appears a dark brown with a light tan head. This beer was disappointingly sweet, like big, candy sugar content sweetness with only a bit of cocoa. There's a too-mild sour tang (for the style). While it's not a bad beer, it's a pale example for the style. Still, it wasn't bad with my steak. (333 characters)

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml ... best before Dec 3, 2015
A:deep brown with ruby highlights
S: dark malt, some rootbeer; low intensity or complexity
T: winey, sour from middle to finish, not complex
M: low to medium bodied
O: not much there really. Very one dimensional and that one dimension isn't very memorable. (290 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Near clear deeply brown colored beer with a decent light brown head. Held up to the light this has some red color.

Smell is sweet with a trace of vinegar and fair amount of chocolate. Slight metal and spice in the scent and maybe a trace of coriander. Very slight lemon scent here.

The taste starts out mildly sweet with a slight acidity to it; main flavor is a little bit of floral flavor. Very mildly sour with faint wood and chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good and probably the strong point about this beer; it isn't offensive in any way. (568 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a rich mahogany color with a finger of very light brown head.

S-A bit of tart cherry and apple cider vinegar with some brown sugar sweetness.

T-A kind of generic sweetness balances out the bit of acidity/vinegar/cherry notes.

M-Light bodied with loads of prickly carbonation and a refreshing crispness.

D-The taste is pretty one note for me, and I don't think I'd pick this one up again; very approachable for newbies to sour beer, however. (452 characters)

Photo of webmanspidey
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark translucent brown with a fizzy lacing on top. Smell is vinegar, sour apple (or maybe other fruit), and raisin. Taste is is not nearly as sour as I expected wit even a slight sweetness mixed in at the front. It is very watery and mild with a sour raisin finish. Although seemingly lacking complexity, it is an easy drinker and could possibly make a session beer if the style suits your tastes.

I wasn't too impressed with this as I've remembered others in the style being much more interesting. (499 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured chilled in flared sample glass @davewhite4, the first of a Petrus trilogy.

A: cola colored, medium head; great carbonation; little lacing
S: root beer, hints of vinegar/cider, increases on warm-up (apple-vinegar principally)
T: thin, sour flavor; straightforward brown sour; the sour lemon/dark cherry flavor is strong, but simple; dark-roast malt comes through

Not bad overall; my second favorite of the trilogy. (422 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of those murky homebrew looking beers, a mix of a dull red with brown, resulting in a ruby hue to brown liquid that is far from approaching clarity. Aroma is soggy wood and mild sour notes.

Taste, decent, woody pale ale and oud bruin type of mix. Tastes almost exactly like the aged pale, and I believe the label or promo gear states something to that effect that one beer is a percentage of the other. Slight vinegar in the mouthfeel. Kinda thin body, well carbed, underperforms with the sour and tartness, isn't balanced, leans with an american brown ale vibe at times moreso than oud bruin.

If you're buying this for sour factor, you're probably going to be disappointed, unless you truly like it as just one of the elements of a beer, as opposed to a dominant or appreciable element to any sufficient degree. (819 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle date unknown, but I've had this one in my cellar for at least a year.

Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: Large, crackling layer of fizz off pour, which descends to a firm, tan crown. Deep brown body shines crimson in light and shows excellent clarity. Nice head retention and lace.

Smell: Prunes, figs, bread, and vinegar. Something about this aroma reminds me of rotting fruit though - maybe the mildly cloying sweetness mixed with vinegar. That off-note isn't overpowering though, and all in all the nose is satisfactory.

Taste: Prunes and raisins lay atop a sweet bread/pastry-like backbone. Cinnamon and clove peek through midway and carry into a spicy, lightly tart, lime zest finish.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, spicy, dry, and mildly tart. Medium-to-light in body with moderate carbonation. A bit too bland for me, but decent overall.

Overall: Not thrilling, lacks sourness, and possesses a few off flavors. In areas that lack sour ales though (e.g. Fresno, San Luis Obispo), this provides a bit of relief. (1,020 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I meant to grab the Aged Pale but I grabbed this instead. Oops!

This one pours a medium bodied Coca Cola brown in color with a frothy beige lacing around my glass. The aromas are pretty simple. All I can really pick up are slightly roasted malts and the interesting creamy sour sweetness typical for the style. I guess you could say some dark hard candy as well. It's not exactly a standout. The flavor too features the slight roast upfront then goes into a candied dark fruit sweetness with an ever so slight tartness. I prefer more acidity. It's also not very complex. It drinks medium in body but this beer doesn't really offer a whole lot for the style. The flavors are subtle and the sweetness is featured a little more than other Oud Bruins. This beer is a nice starting point for the style but not really worth it otherwise in my opinion. (846 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark red brew with a nice head. Aroma of cherry (probably from coming from the oak) with acidic taste. Body is a bit light and no complexity. I would have appreciated a bit more spice or aftertaste. Overall, this is a very average oud brun and I won't be seeking this one anytime soon. (294 characters)

Photo of JLeege
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Bottle poured into a flute, deep crimson to brown in color, with ruby red highlights. 2 finger bubbly just off white head. Decent retention, no real lace to speak of.

Smell- Pretty sweet, vinous and earthy. Dark fruit notes.

Taste- Very grapey and fruity. Pretty dry overall, taste alot like wine. This is not sour and I would even hesitate to call it tart.

Mouthfeel- Light body and high carbonation.

Overall- Ok beer, but not a great example of the style. Does not have near the complexity of the better examples of the style. This is non-offensive, but even Monks Cafe is better steping stone into Oud Bruins. (629 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A deep brown beer with reddish hues and a decent head of foam.

Notes of candi sugar, yeast, and a light tartness in the smell.

Some of the brown ale hits my palate to start. Followed by a wee bit of the candi sugar, yeast, and a very mild sour taste or two.

Light body and lots of carbonation make for a so so mouthfeel.

Very boring brew. (348 characters)

Photo of NODAK
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acidic, sour fruitiness on the nose. Vinegar, a definite raspberry/cherry presence there. Smells like a quite tart fruit juice may.

Pours a very dark red in the glass with a pretty decent head that unfortunately fizzles away pretty fast. Ah well.

Taste is somewhat sweet, vaguely fruity. Raspberries?? Yes definitely a raspberry taste. Definitely subdued and not over the top. I expected more in the tartness department, as that's quite minor. Leaves behind a bit of a raspberry soda type taste.

Eh, it's alright. Doesn't particularly interest me a lot. Would have liked more character. (592 characters)

Photo of Chessmaster
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served from bottle into a Petrus glass.

A: Amber-brown, with head that quickly receded to a thin cap
S: A bit of malt mixed with sour funk. This is probably correct for the Oud Bruin style, but I personally didn't like it. If it wasn't the style, I would mark the score lower.
T: Like the smell. Same comments about style.
M: Full mouthfeel with a bit of prickly carbonation
O: Probably a good representative of the style, but my taste for the style hasn't developed enough for me to enjoy this fully or to be able to rate it accurately versus other oud bruins for example. (574 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: It is a nice dark brown that shows its true colors in the light which reveals a nice dark amber red with a bit of sediment on the bottom.

S: There is a nice sweet smell here like that of apples with a lot of yeastiness. It is quite tart smelling as well.

T: Slightly sweet and slightly tart. Kind of like a slightly dry cider that was fermented with either raspberries or sour cherries. The light tart sweetness is quickly counteracted by the yeastiness. Lack complexity. There is all but two notes here.

M: Very slight but subtle carbonation. Nice and even with no particular bite or crispness in it.

O: Different. Every time I go to try a 'sour' of the same style, it always turns out to be some slightly different style. I haven't had a single sour of the same style and this is my first flanders oud bruin. Not bad, but I wish it was either sweeter or tarter or less yeasty. Not terribly bad but not great. (965 characters)

Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.