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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
83
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954 Ratings
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Ratings: 954
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%


Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3rd Bottle from the 'Petrus range' I've reviewed, more in the garage awaiting their turn!

This brown 33cl bottle is just a little out of date, should have been consummed by 24th May 2009, drank and reviewed 30th Sept 2009.

Poured into a Westmalle chalice, it was bound to look good and it did. A deep ruby red colour with a thick tan head (at first), the head soon fell away though.

This is one of the sour smelling and tasting Oud Bruins that's for sure. Vinegarous aroma and flavour doninates everything once the bottle has been broached. I can't pretent to actually enjoy the sour styled ones, but I do understand where they are coming from and can almost appreciate them, almost that is! Farmyard, old cherry and plum flavoured hints start to arrive in the aroma and taste as the beer warms, this doesn't help my appreciation in any way either.

The rear label claims Oak barrels are used during its 20 months in maturing, this obviuosly adds to the character of the brew.

Glad I've had one, will not be having another.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 22:14:18 | More by BlackHaddock
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this one up the other day at The Party Source in Bellevue, KY. Overall, I'm a little let down by it, but I guess I've had worse beers. Review is from notes taken on 7/28/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a dark cola brown mixed with some slightly lighter hints of mahogany; starts with a 1/2 finger light tan head that fades to a full and uneven creamy cap; body is really opaque and you can only see a little bit of carbonation at the top near the sides; nice washes and spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Smell is of tart cherries with a bit of dank mustiness; a faint maltiness and a bit of a musty wet woody scent; nose is not especially potent and if it was stronger, this one would definitely rate a little higher.

Taste: Not quite what I had hoped for and not really robust at all -- some slight cherry tartness; a mild caramel maltiness hides out in the back; a bit of that wet woody mulchiness, but not much of it; not really as tart as I had hoped either.

Mouthfeel: Really not as puckeringly tart as I had hoped -- body is light and a little watery and thin; carbonation is nice and spritzy though; a nice semi-dry coating is left all over the mouth and finishes cottony dry.

Drinkability: Not bad, but not the experience that I was looking for in terms of robustness in mouth, nose and feel; still, it's pretty refreshing and fine for the summer, but there are definitely some other beers that provide much of an experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 02:29:16 | More by bamadog
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Off-white head, tan ring, decent-low retention and low stick. Dark, clear brown body.

Smell - Spoiled apples. Cinnamon. Vinegar.

Taste - Sour. Slight vinegar. Very dry. Slightly metallic finish.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Slight effervescence.

Overall Drinkability - Not a whole lot of complexity. Sort of a bare-bones, skeletal variety of sour.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 23:13:56 | More by ZenAgnostic
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a big fizzy light tan head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is subdued - some acidic fruity sourness and some funk. As it warms it's more sweet woody cherries.

The flavor is sweet acidic malts with tart fruits and some light sourness and funk. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, an OK mild acidic sour that is more sweet than sour. Probably a good beginner sour.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 22:53:58 | More by Beaver13
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a dark mahogany color with a billowing white head. The aroma tart and sour, but rather mild. The taste is also rather mild. There is some sourness, but really nothing else. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this beer is okay. However, I do not think I will drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 17:26:18 | More by KarlHungus
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timbro81

Oklahoma

3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with little to no head. Not much to the nose at first, a little more noticable sourness as it warms, a touch of vinegar. Let this beer warm up to the specified temps. Taste is of slightly sour cherries, minimal tartness. I was not expecting a Flanders style beer from this one. Not bad though, a good "gateway beer" for introducing people to the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 05:29:51 | More by timbro81
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours brown with a thin white head, quickly settles to a film. No lacings.

Malty aroma. Some tart berries, little bit of vanilla, some alcohol.

A little bit of tartness up front but the beer settles down to a resounding "meh". Aside from some awfully english tasting malt, the aging has left a pleasant enough oakiness to the beer, but it's very soft.

Carbonation is far too aggressive, makes the beer feel quite thin.

Not the greatest, might be a good intro to the style, offering some decent malt but none of the challenging aspects of a proper example of the style

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 00:47:29 | More by CanuckRover
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woemad

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle purchased in Spokane at Jim's Homebrew for $4.36. My first of the style.

Poured a dark cola color, taking on a ruby hue when held up to light. Two inches of bubbly, tan foam that recedes quickly. Spotty lace.

Brown sugar and sour fruit greet the nose, along with a slightly boozy note that seems odd for a beer under 6%.

Sour flavor hit the tastebuds first, swiftly followed by a cherry fruitiness and a mild, nutty flavor. In the background is an oakey flavor, no doubt from the cask aging. The fadeout is dry and bitter, in a fruity sort of way rather than a hoppy way.

Medium bodied, with a slick, coating mouthfeel.

My first Oud Bruin seems to sit within the style guidelines. Not a bad beer, but not one I find terribly interesting, either. Perhaps this is one of those styles that just doesn't work for me. I'm glad I tried it, and will try another of the style at some point, but I don't think I'll be re-upping for this beer anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 23:29:43 | More by woemad
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crossovert

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, cheap stuff.

Pours a nice brownish red, slightly clear with some nice carbonation bubbles rising. The head is large and off-white and sticks for a bit before leaving nice lacing.

The smell is pretty fruity, mostly cherries. There is a slight vinegar smell as well. No real sign of the oak.

The mouthfeel is watery, seems like most Petrus brews are. The taste is light, with some metallic notes. There is also some tart cherry.

This one along with monk's Cafe are utterly forgettable examples of this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 22:09:56 | More by crossovert
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours copper with ruby highlights and a quickly fading head.
Nose reminds me of a pungent white wine (which I'm not a fan of) with some soft grainy malt and balsamic vinegar. Later on delicate berries and plums are noticeable.
Flavours are much different, and much more malt-centred. Sweet and tangy at first with plenty of acidity and grape notes, then giving way to a lot of bready, woody malt making most of the short finish.
Carbonation is extremely high. Combined with the acidity this makes for a very prickly beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 11:13:12 | More by CrazyDavros
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from my Stella tulip.

A - Pours a nice Mahogany colour with an Ivory coloured head that reduces to a lacing film.

S - A little metallic but lots of dark fruits and spice.

T - A little tartness on the front but not really enough. The stewed dark fruits are there but not pronounced enough. Quite well balanced overall.

M - A littel thinn and sticky on the finish. Carbonation is fullish.

O - Duch De Bourg and Liefmans Goudenband are far better examples of this style. Billy B's Dark Apple beer beats them all.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 14:21:51 | More by eric5bellies
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.09/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 04:22:10 | More by gillagorilla
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ridglens

Indiana

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Deschutes snifter, reviewed in low light.

A- Pours a huge fluffy head with a light cream color. head quickly dissipates to almost nothing, but a thick ring of foam at the edge remains. color through the glass is quite dark (low light?), with a very deep brown with dark cherry red tinges. Looks like a pretty beer to me.

S- Smell explodes right after pour, but quickly dies to something much more mild. Sour fruit right away, smells like tart apples and grapes, a little wood-ish smell coming through. Smells tasty! definitely some typical belgian spiciness coming through, orange peal and belgian yeast.

T- Not at all what i expected/did not match the smell that i was getting. A very tartness right at the beginning, but guickly gave way to a smoother and slightly sweeter taste. Lots of spicy / Belgian yeast flavors coming through. A lot more malty than i expected (not very experienced with the style to be fair), pretty smooth. definitely some fruit coming through, like some orange peels with a hint of bannanna-like taste. the tart grapes/apples from the nose are lost, but the beginning tartness gives an aftertaste/feel akin to drinking some tart apple/grape juice or cider.

M- despite the head dying quickly, the beer holds quite a bit of carbonation which comes out in the mouth. The beer is smooth and significant (though I wouldn't say thick). It leaves a dryness in the mouth despite some sweeter notes, again akin to a tart apple or something.

O- Pretty decent brew. i would like a little more developed flavor, as it seemed like a pretty basic Belgian flavor profile with a little tartness thrown in. I would have liked more sour-ness, but then i am probably looking to the wrong style for that. Not a bad brew, would drink it again but not one i would seek out (esp. at $4 for a 12 oz. bottle)

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 03:39:00 | More by ridglens
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saltydog

New York

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 01:47:48 | More by saltydog
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JLeege

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 01:34:25 | More by JLeege
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Rizalini

Nevada

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A - Pours a nice redish brown color, with a foamy 2 finger off-white head.

S - Full of tart, sour cherries and a slight vinegar note.

T - Sour when it hits the front of the tongue, then really mellows out when it goes back. Really unique sour, roasty dark fruit flavor, but not too sour.

M - Has a medium mouthfeel, with some good carbonation.

O - This is my first flanders-style ale, and I wasn't sure I was gonna like it. I was pleasantly suprised. Smells more sour than it really is, rounds out nicely on the pallete. I'm not sure I will buy it again, but I will drink this one, and I'm glad I've tried it.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 06:17:14 | More by Rizalini
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lanbewardin

Belgium

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

dark amber, bit see through, tan head

smells a little sugary, not much sour on the nose, bit of fruits, and yeasts, not much of a smell

tastes grapey, little vinegar but not extremely sour, more sweet than sour, getting kind of a communion grape juice aftertaste

smooth, but kind of watery, its an easy drinker for an oud bruin not a sipper

I've been going through a bunch of oud bruins in the past few days, I was hoping to like this one more since I LOVE the aged pale. There isn't enough barrel in this and its not sour enough to be great for me, but its a decent table beer

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 15:20:53 | More by lanbewardin
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NODAK

Tennessee

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 00:12:04 | More by NODAK
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 22:24:12 | More by Arithmeticus
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samie85

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 21:37:20 | More by samie85
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aasher

Indiana

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 23:00:45 | More by aasher
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 00:57:35 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 00:21:51 | More by RoyalT
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2004 16:30:38 | More by Phyl21ca
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Zorro

California

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 02:41:11 | More by Zorro
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