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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1,076
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 18
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002)
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Photo of badbeer
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with a foamy head leaving a little bit of sticky lacing. Smells funky. Sour, overripe fruit: apples, pears, plums and grapes. Taste is pretty good, sour fruit, wood, and even a cola like flavor mixed in there as well. Light body, moderate carbonation, very dry. Cloyingly dry in the finish which really hurts this, it could be much better otherwise.

badbeer, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of jp62099
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first Flanders Oud Bruin, and having read some reviews I wasn't real sure about it. It poured a fizzy reddish brown, lots of bubbles, head reminded me of Duvel.
Smelled of dark fruits, with a vinegar kick, didn't pick up any signs of the oak barrel.
I was expecting sour, but no pucker. The vinegar and fruits blend together nicely, and end pretty refreshing. I guess I expected bigger flavors but really didn't get that.
Feel is thin, pronounced carbonation, but smooth and very drinkable. I was ready for another, but only picked up one.

jp62099, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Elemental
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - a 8.4 oz bottle with a drawing of the oak casks used to age the ale

Appearance - A nice dark brown that pours with a nice mellow head

Smell - Slightly woody as you would expect from something aged in a oak cask for two years. Slightly floural with a hint of sourness.

Taste - sweet and malty. not very bitter and not to spicy with a hint of citrus. A bit woody making the beer nice and flavorful. the only down fall is that its a bit too sour for me once the sweetness wears off.

Elemental, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of scottoale
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the small 330ml. brown bottle a dark mahogany brown with 1/4" light tan head that dissapates almost instantly, leaving no lasting lace.

Large sporatic bubbles of carbonation bring out a sour, spicy nose that is rather pungent. It's a pleasant sourness that is right on target for the style.

Dark fruit full of sourness and oak that turn nutty malt and lightly sweet to the finish. Very nice flavor with some complexity.

Starts light in the mouth, then fluffs to a smooth, velvet-like finish on the tongue. Medium-light body overall.

Quite drinkable with the alcohol hardly detectable. A nice sour beer that's sessionable, for sure.

scottoale, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish tinted brown, minimal head but active bubbles. Scent leads with dark, vinous fruit, some brown sugary sweetness with the faintest hints of earthy funk and damp wood. Taste brings the fruit but lacking in tartness or acidic sharpness expected in style, sugary sweet malts, but not overly powerful, light caramel, notes of damp oak and earth on the back end. Medium bodied, moderately bubble. Decent beer, but not the best representation of the style.

rfgetz, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sourness, slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hops, hint of dry hop, and hint of sulfur. Fits the style of a Flanders Oud Bruin. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sourness, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of citrus, and hint of metallic. Overall, good appearance, sour level is appropriate, but body is lacking in quality.

Tone, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of OldSock
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Deep reddish brown. The head is bubbly and light brown, but it falls pretty quickly to a thin covering, and eventually to nothing. There is also decent lacing.

Smell – Spicy, malty and a bit of vinegar. It smells a little like a Lambic and a little like a Tripel, but no aromas really dominate. Very interesting in that it has a smell all its own.

Taste – Sourness at first, with a nice malty flavor going down. There is also a slight earthy-woody flavor that becomes more present as the beer warms. Very low hop flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium light body, very smooth. Unlike any other Belgian Beer I have ever had.

Drinkability – Goes down pretty easy for a Belgian, interesting, complex and smooth. This would be a good stepping stone for someone who like the normal Trappist fare and wanted to move towards Lambics, it is sour but not overwhelmingly so. This is my first Oud Bruin and I enjoyed it, but not enough to go out of my way to find others.

OldSock, May 13, 2005
Photo of tjinohio
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a tulip glass

Appearance: It is the color of a dark, sweet tea. A quickly dissipating, but ample head like that of champagne.

Smell: Oak and cherries. There is a pleasant woodiness and fruitiness in the aroma with a bit of vinegar.

Taste: I must confess this is my first sour ale, so it is difficult to score other than what I have read. This beer is sweet and sour, like a good Chinese pork. Indeed, the bottle says it can serve as a good marinade for beef. I can definitely get that in the taste. There is a sourness, but I expected more sour, more funk for the style.

Mouthfeel: Very nice, effervescent feel on the palate with a bit of pucker.

Drinkability: The abv is almost session range and the beer goes down easily. I was worried about opening this 750 by myself, but quickly found the bottle empty.

tjinohio, May 31, 2010
Photo of mmmbeer
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cL bottle with no freshness date, brought home from the Capital Ale House in Richmond. It pours a lightly hazy rusty/copper that thins at the bottom of the flute, and it has medium carbonation that leads up to an inch of tan head that never fully recedes and leaves nice sheets of lacing. The bouquet is sweet and tart/sour with hints of oak and mustiness. It isn't as tart on the palate as the aroma led me to believe, but it has some sourness with notes of sweet malts, leafy/green hops, and hints of red berries. The body is light at first, but becomes medium, with tingly carbonation, dryness from the tannins, and a medium to light finish. Not too bad, but as far as sour ales go, it is quite mellow - I wish it had more sourness on the palate, and that it were more robust in aroma and flavor.

mmmbeer, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of Popsinc
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a nice deep brown pour with a medium tan head.

Smell: an exceptionally tart nose....sweet n sour....strong cherry notes and hints of tart raspberry. some woody hints as well.

Taste: again with the Petrus beers it seems that the nose is the highlight and the taste leaves much to be desired. The taste maintained it's cherry & woody characteristics but they were sverley toned down on the palate and faded much too quickly. A dry and woody finish which was most pleasant.

Mouthfeel: somewhat lively and fresh. a dry and crisp finish.

Drinkablilty: better than the Triple and Speciale. not bad.

Popsinc, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of Samp01
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A reddish brown hue with medium lasting beige head on the pour. Some mild lacing. Aroma of sweet sour tart fruit, a bit of sour grapes, some caramel malt, oak cask and vanilla notes. Taste has some oaky sour grapes almost like a red wine flavor, some malt as well. Palate is a medium body, smooth, with sweet sour and tart flavors on the tongue, with some touched of caramel malt and vanilla. Finishes with a sweet tart slightly sour grapes and fruity notes, yeast, some oak vanilla, slightly tangy notes and caramel malt. Overall a nice combination of sweet, tart and sour fruitiness and good malt balance. A very nice flavorful and drinkable brew.

Samp01, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown with a red hue, almost black until you hold it up to the light. Smells sour and of wood. Tastes brown sugar, cocoa, slightly sour up front but not overly tart. I enjoyed the malt finish, which was a great contrast to the sourness. Lots of carbonation.

I’ll have another.

XicanoBeerRun, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of bigluch1
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark Amber in color with thin tan head.

Smell: semi sweet with dark fruits and malts.

Taste: At first sip i felt like it was going to be very sweet but it seems to mellow out a bit which is a pleasant surprise. It finishes mildly sweet and smooth with a taste of dark fruits and grape or raisins.

Mouthfeel: Lighter then I expected, little carbonation.

Drinkability: Smooth and light, I could drink a bunch of these in a night. Worth a try.

bigluch1, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of Hopswagger
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P:  Deep dark amber body with thin silky khaki head that fades quick and settles to a bubbly swirl.  

S:  Dark fruit, musty basement yeast, roasted grains, aged oak, spices and a subtle lactic acid tartness. 

T/M:  The taste follows the nose with a delicate sweet tart background, aged oak, semi sweet molasses, smoldered grains, b-vitamins and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is light-medium with just a touch of bubbles. Finish is dry with lingering fruit and vitamin notes. 

O:  Roasty and rustic that delivers delicate sweet and tartness. I liked this due to the aged and earthy flavors that brings the mixture into a more controlled state.

Hopswagger, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of draheim
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330mL (40323) into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear mahogany w/ a thick off-white head, sticky lacing.

Aroma is tart, grapey, oaky. Smells a bit like grape juice.

Taste follows nose. Dark malt, grapes, oak. A little thin - almost like a blend of oak-aged and non-aged ales.

Mouthfeel is a little prickly, dry.

Overall a middle-of-the-road FOB, nothing bad about it but also not one I'll seek out again.

draheim, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of theformula
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer #8 in the 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/08. I love this style, let's see what we have. Any label with wooden barrels gets my attention.

A: Pours a dark, garnet body into a tulip glass. A healthy, light tan head holds up nicely. The body is slightly cloudy; minimal lacing.

S: Sweet and tart like a decent Oud Bruin should be. The balance is nice w/ a good complexity. Sweet cherries and applejuice mates with light wood notes, sour cherries and a little vinegar/cider. Very appetizing. Bready yeast rounds it out.

M: Medium body, low carbonation. Fantastically soft, creamy M.F.

T: Ejoyable and tasty, yet I'm not getting that great tartness and balance that's in the aroma. An initial sweetness takes hold w/ sugar-coated cherries and apples, a weak bite of sourness gets through. The wood/oak character really comes out towards the end. It has a cherry coke-like character.

D: Good, not great. The balance is a little off IMO as the tartness isn't there. Nice to drink and easy at that but I was expecting more. A good introductory beer to the style though.

theformula, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of pootz
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought in a "gift pack"...3 Petrus brews plus trappiste tulip glass...pour reveals a slightly cloudy deep red-brown...aromas are articulated...cherry-grape-raisin and a slight alcohol wisp...Starts creamy right off..the body is remarkably clean (not viscous) for such a strong smelling/ tasting ale..it runs the gamut...grapes, cherries, raisins..some toffee and all in balance with this incredible souring that is not overly pronounced...not sweet not sour...lovely fruit tastes and a great finish of sweet/sour fruits with a nice smoky oak finish.., a nice specialty drink from Belgium.

pootz, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of Nipitato
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA.

A: Very dark reddish brown. Pale/buff wispy head with ok retention.

S: Sweet malt character dominates. Almost smells like Coke or Pepsi.

T: Fruitiness up front but not strong. Malt character is noticeably absent. Sourness is strong on the back and tart. Sweet sour profile is evident but definitely leans towards sour.

MF: Medium-light body. Tingling strong carbonation.

D: Lacking sweet malt character. I am not particularly familiar with this style so take this review with a grain of salt. Sour ales to me are not inherently sessionable. But to each their own. There is some confusion on this site as to what style beer this is and I think that it is also listed as a Belgian dark ale.

Nipitato, May 20, 2007
Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my Troegs Mad Elf tulip glass. Pours a brownish red color, mildly hazy, fizzy carbonation...and a HUGE frothy tan head...lasts for a few seconds, and then dissapates to a small creamy surface. Excelent sticky and thick lacing.

Aroma is full of wood! No surprise there, oak...slight citrus, wheat, Belgian yeast. A nice aroma, but nothing spectacular.

A decent flavor, again...nothing that really jumps out. Light, crisp mouthfeel...decent carbonation, not boozy at all(not expected at 5.5% ABV). Finishes a little dry, with a fruit aftertatse long after each sip. Flavor has some lager notes to it, which I find interesting. Oak and yeast are definitely prominant. Overall, a decent beer...and an easy drinker.

ShadesOfGray, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of seaoflament
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some sherry overtones. A two inch crown of white foam rises to the top of my tulip glass and gradually settles to the thinnest ring..

Aromas of dark fruits, black cherries, oak wood, lemons, tart cherries, and some vinegar. Later on the vinegar and malt combine to make an aroma of mixed berries. It actually has a very inviting aroma of berries, oak, and vinegar with a trace of caramel malt hiding in the background.

Taste is rather disappointing, not sour or tart in anyway. It has a "flat" taste of dark fruits, in the sense that they are merely there but not strong enough to be dominant. Some hints of berries but again only very subtle and some brown sugar. This one leans more on the estery, fruity and malty side of the Oud Bruin style, I just wished there was a little more tartness.

Mouthfeel is quite good, lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish which, when combined, creates a slight effect of tartness, but only very minimal. The aftertaste is also lacking, not much hangs around except maybe a few notes of plums and brown sugar.

This is actually not a bad Oud Bruin, just nothing spectacular. I'll admit that I was given this bottle a few months ago, thanks Joey, but since I wasn't into vinegar/sour tasting beers I decided to leave this one until I developed a taste for this type (and Red Poppy certainly did that for me!). This one would be a good introduction to the style, not too overpowering.

seaoflament, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown with red hues. Cream colored lace and a ring around the glass.

Yeast, some brown sugar, and a tart note in the nose. Not enough funk here.

Not enough funk here. Nice tart note up front, some sour cherry mixed with brown bread. Mild bitterness and some woody notes. No sharp edges. Some chocolate? Vanilla? Odd. Malty lightly tart finish.

Medium bodied, acidic and prickly.

Not bad. Had others that were better.

OtherShoe2, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Lazaro
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Lazaro, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Shagator
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Shagator, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

GreenMountainBoy, Jan 20, 2013
Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,076 ratings.