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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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1,149 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,149
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 19
Gots: 74 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of jcalabre
2.51/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 13 November 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
I had this beer at a Belgian Beer tasting at Hi Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, California. Among the ten or twelve beers we sampled (the tasting was sponsored by a distributor, so it was their product line) was this Petru Oud Bruin. In short, like the other Belgians that night, None of these was a world class beer, most were second or third tier beer.
This beer was light bodied, had no nose and had a slightly nutty flavor. I'd recommend looking at reviews for others in this style, if you're interested in trying it.

Photo of mattfancett
2.55/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of TerryW
2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Decent looking beer – clear, dark red-brown. Gives up a nice full tan head and steady lace.

Smells of fruit, minerals, wood. Cherry or sour apple scents.

Comes across the palate almost like a cider. Distinct sour apple and vinegar notes on top of initial sweetness. Reminds me of an apple wine I had a bad experience with as a youth. Feels thin on the mouth.

Too sour for my liking and too close in character to a cider. Not something I'd share with my friends.

Photo of Overlord
2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Meh (now a word).

Pours a ruddy brown. Small tan head. Smells ... grapey. Taste is ... again, grapey/vinous. Maybe a bit of dark fruit. Perhaps a speckle of oak. For an oak aged beer, this was pretty thin on the oak. As in, not really there at all.

While there's a bit of tart sourness to it, there's a sweet burn aftertaste I did not find appealing. Almost like a beer version of sweet and sour. Thin, not particularly enjoyable.

Photo of GolgiIPAratus
2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled: 3.23.06

Appearance is ruby, brown with a small head that fades quickly.

Smell is sweet sugary with a winey sourness. Aromas of wood are prominent as well.

Flavor is light ale up front with a tart sourness in the finish. A vague description for a vague brew, unfortunately. There was little real flavor that stuck out and took control or mingled with any other here. Maybe I can point to the woodiness, but it just dried the taste too much. Disappointing. In the mouth, the beer was light in body and low carbed.

Drinkability? Hm. Of course, liking the beer helps this category. So, I have to vote low since it didn’t go down easy.

Photo of PartyBear
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Petrus branded flute glass.

A - A chocolately deep brown in colour, with a cloudy body. The head is minimal, with poor retention.

S - The initial impressions are that of flat coca cola. Molasses, and low malts.

T - There is a slight lambic taste in the background that seem to come through towards the end, which is slightly sour. Maltiness, accompanied by fruits, maybe pears.

M - Dry, and mildly sharp. The body and feel is quite weak.

D - The flavours are interesting but they don't work for me. This is not one of Petrus' best beers, not a scratch on the speciale.

Photo of euskera
2.69/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 cl bottle..

Pours out a brownish red with a small amount of carbonation. Smell was surprisingly non-descript. I really couldn't make out any discernable aromas other than malt. Taste was almost non-existent, extremely dissapointing. I'm hoping I just got a "runt of the litter"; I could hardly get through this one..

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.0 A: Clear deep amber color. Nearly three fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is a tad below average and not much lacing is left.

3.0 S: The first whiff was quite sweet, but much of it seems to have disappeared in subsequent olfactory inspection. The more abundant aroma is that of the older components. Dusty, dry planks of wood that might be found in a barn. Hay with an underlying basement must. Very little acidity with acetic winning out. Vinous cherry from the sweet portion. Not bad, but lacking power.

2.5 T: Like the nose, the taste is good, but is lacking power. I like a big punch of sweet and a big punch of sour from this style. Unfortunately, this beer delivers neither. The range of flavors is quite small with barely any pucker. Even the funk is subdued. Barnyard with a light musty basement. Light vinous cherry.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation level is okay, but it's not as spritzy as I'd like. Also lacking any creaminess.

2.5 D: Not really impressed with this one. It's about as mild as I've had for the style. This is a shame considering I like the Petrus Pale.

Photo of TheBeerologist
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 poured into a snifter

Pours a dark reddish brown with a finger thick head.

Smells of vinegar, lemon and dark cherry.

Taste is actually pretty bland for a Oud Bruin, a bit of cherry with a slight pucker to it, but no lingering notes at all and fairly underwhelming.

Very easy to drink, not much body and lightly carbonated.

This beer looked great and smelled nice, but was underwhelming when it came to the taste/body department. That said it is easy to drink and may be great to introduce others to sours before diving all the way in.

Photo of beerguy101
2.74/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Possible over the hill bottle. Dark brown color, small head, vinous aroma. Full flavored brown ale, some oak character. Deep malt flavor. Very mild and smooth taste. Mouthfeel is a little thin, expected it to be fuller from the taste. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is vinous and a little malty. Note: There was a lot of soild yucky looking sediments in the bottom of the glass. Old beer or natural for this beer? Need to retaste.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of theopholis
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear burgandy color. HUGE off-white fizzy head with some, but not a lot of staying powers. Very little lacing.

Aroma - Smell is not strong, but get definite notes of red vinegar. Hints of a breadiness, molasses, some dark, ripe fruits.

Taste - Not much flavor at all. Weird. Some light caramel and molasses. Hint of dark fruit and malt sweetness. Some very light flavoring hops in the after-taste. Not much else.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Light carbonation.

Drinkability - This is my first Flanders Old Bruin, so I don't know if this is good or not, so I'm just rating it average by default for drinkability.

Photo of jjanega08
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No known freshness dating.
Bottle stamped
41022

A= Pours a deep brown color with a lively finger of head that falls fast to a ring around the glass leaving behind little lacing.

S= Smells like a strong tartness as well as a nice malty aroma. A little more malty than I expected.

T= The taste is very similar to the nose. Not overpoweringly tart. Quite mild actually. There is a nice malty sweetness that cuts the tartness and a little amount of barrel aging. There isn't too much else going on. A quite mild beer.

M= The mouth is very bubbly. A sort of bubble without flavor. Almost a seltzer water bubble.

O= This thing isn't quite what I was expecting. A little light on flavor for me. Little flavor and sort of watery. Reminds me of a tonic water actually. Check it out and judge for yourself.

Photo of organicbrewer
2.82/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Dark ruby to light brown with a huge tan head. Clear.

S-Wood and balsamic. Some plastic phenols but not overpowering or unpleasant. No hop aroma. Slight raisin. Could use more dark fruit aroma.

T-cola like sweetness with a hint of sour. High color crystal malt flavor. some raisin. No hop bitterness or flavor. More sour to sweet would make this beer much better

M-medium bodied. medium carbonation. no alcohol warmth.

D-Not a lot going on. Aroma is nice but everything else is kind of average. Would be nice if this had more of the aged beer in the blend.

Photo of mzwolinski
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The first thing that hit me when I opened this beer was an overwhelming sour aroma. Much more so than recommended for the style. Reminiscent of cherries or green apples. By comparison the malt aroma is very very slight.

It's a pretty beer, though. Dark brown/ruby with a thin creamy head. Head actually dissipated a little quick for the style.

The sourness also comes through in the taste, especially at the start. Malt begins to assert itself midpalate, lend a medium-full bodiedness to the beer, and the finish is just slightly sweet with a very subtle hint of chocolate.

Overall, this beer strikes me a a bit unbalanced on the sour side. The contrast between sweet malt and sour esters can be pleasant, but here detracted from the overall drinking experience.

Photo of 7ways
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice head that disappeared when I blinked, whispy lace.
Smells Belgian sweet, apple and sour citrus. But really it's hard to smell a damn thing. Pretty mild, unfortunately.
Taste is a little better, pleasant, but still pretty subdued. Tiny hint of yeast and spice, sweet and sour, more heavy fruit than anything else. This tastes like a weak dubbel. Better yet, after sitting for about 15 minutes, it tastes like a flat Coca-Cola. In that time, the carbonation went from soda-like (too much) to being almost nonexistent.

Nothing stellar here. I love Petrus Aged Pale, think I'll be sticking with that.

Photo of Dukeofearl
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium brown, relatively clear, with a minor off-white head that quickly collapses. Ruby notes against the light. Aroma- sour, malty, slightly sweet, fresh brown ale. Raisins? Flavor: sharp off notes that I can't place, but it wasn't pleasant. It has the slightly sour flavor that I love in some other oud bruins and similar beers, but here is jsut isn't right. Can't recommend this one.

Photo of gameface23
2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, yet clear, mahogany with a very fizzy head that leaves really nice lacing.

The smell was pretty weak. Some tartness, but not a whole lot. Sort of fruity (dark fruits mostly) and sweet.

The taste wasn't much stronger. Lackluster tartness. Semi-sweet with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel was decent. Highly carbonated, but it worked.

Drinkability suffers because of the fact that it just isn't my cup of tea.

Photo of DaveJanssen
2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a flared wine glass. Reviewed 6/2/2010.

Ar: tart cherry, strong raspberry, very fruity, blackberry, clean pils-esque malt, caramel, bircuity, brown ale rich sweetness, mild

Ap: clear brown/maroon, light tan head, fine, good retention, very pretty

t: fruity, blackberry, raspberry, tart hints initially, fades to fruity/caramel/honey sweetness, slightly thin, ends with mild trailing acid and fruit on honey sweetness

M: medium/thin body, medium carbonation (fine), light tartness, thin finish

O: not bad but seems dulled down/purposefully held back from its potential, strong raspberry, resembles a juice squeeze in some ways, gets worse as i have more, lacking complexity

Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,149 ratings.