Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...

Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

Not Rated.
Petrus Oud BruinPetrus Oud Bruin

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

569 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 569
Hads: 1,207
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 21
Gots: 93 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (33) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 569 | Hads: 1,207
Photo of JamesMN
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Deep mahogany and nearly opaque with a thin light tan cap of fizz.

Aroma: Definite sourness to this one with a vinegar edge. Also something sweet and fruity in there.

Taste: Petrus Oud Briun starts with a tingling sweet and sour note that has a light berry character. If you're not a fan of sour beers then this one is for you because that bit of tartness at the beginning is the most intense that the flavor gets. The second half and finish and quite mellow with a neutral malt flavor. The aftertaste brings back a slight echo of the sourness but doesn't get nearly as intense as I was hoping it would be. The 5.5% ABV is most likely to blame as the flavor seems watered down at times.

Mouthfeel: Thin in body with lots of carbonation. Average drinkability and sessionable if you like the style.

Final Thoughts: So not super impressed with this one but it's hard to knock it for anything besides the lack of flavor. A good one for someone who is new to the style. Would I drink it again? Probably not. (1,019 characters)

Photo of Father_Raybob
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours deep straw with a quickly dissipating head. A wonderful golden-red hue.

Nose - This is where the party starts! This is a funky barnyard vortex of caramel malt, ripe lemons and limes, fresh hay, wet dirt and wet stones from a stream. Awesome and complex; nothing lacking in the nose.

Taste - Wow! Intense astringency; great food beer. The sweet sour balance begs to paired with any dish of grub.

Think: Flanders ... Belgium ... Sweet/Sour Big Boy Beer. (473 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown ruby color with a one finger beige head with medium retention, but leaving laces.
Nice aroma of red grapes with notes of vinegar tartness.
Delicious flavor of red grapes, raspberries, sour cherries and oak. Smell is sourer than taste, and you can still perceive some mild bitterness. Dry and mildly acid aftertaste.
Light body with low carbonation.
Friendly tartness, it could be a session Oud Bruin. Not at the same level as Rodenbach, but still very pleasant and a great option for who wants to venture in the world of sours. (533 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Duvel's tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful dark amber clear color forming a huge aired tan head. Low retention and some lacings formed end left in the glass

S: Smell is quite fruity and bit sour as a good Oud Bruin should be. Strong notes of dark fruits, mainly cherries and red grapes. Some wild yeasts can be felt too. A bit metallic in the end

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of sweet malts and dark fruits. Again, strong notes of cherries, plums and red grapes. A bit sour. Some metallic notes. Toffee, caramel malts, crystal malts. In overall, a fruity but not extremely sweet beer

M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Light sour and fruity aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. An Oud Bruin "for the masses", but still a nice beer (759 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle from the Sour Power sampler packs that are everywhere. Poured out of a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. Blended and matured from oak barrels for 20 months.

Pours a reddish brownish color with about 2 fingers worth of an off-brown head that leaves scattered lacing on the glass. Looks like balsamic vinegar as soon as the carbonation dies down. Despite the low ABV, there's definitely a vinous quality in appearance to this. Looks very similar to a Flanders red, but a little bit maltier. Not bad at all.

The aroma brings out slight acetic sour notes, ranging from balsamic vinegar, sour currants, faded black cherries, and sourdough baker's yeast. Notes of caramel and surprisingly light oak linger about at the finish. Pretty bready and toasted (as expected), although I wish there was more representation of the oaky qualities. This doesn't smell sour or tart at all. However, it does have the light, raisin-like qualities of repasso in, say, Amarone wines. Which to me says a lot about a $4 bottle, at least!

The flavor is actually not tart at all as well, although it does retain dry, super mildly sour notes from the oak. Notes of light raisins, red apple, and red ripe cherry skins linger about at the front, with notes of light honey and vanilla coming in soon after. The oak eventually coats the back of the tongue in a paste-like consistency, drying up the mouth with off-dry tannins. Carbonation is low, even for the style, but luckily it retains the malty feel of the brown malts, as well as a slight zesty hop profile. Pretty easy to drink, although slightly thinned and underwhelming throughout consumption.

What's this doing in a sour beer pack? There's nothing super sour (acetic or lactic) about this! The oak definitely does a decent job (could do better), but this really has got to be one of the most purportedly "complex" beers that I felt like either pounding on a warm day or paring with food - which I did (lamb with veggies). If you want an extremely mild beer in the style, this is one to choose for sure. Just don't pay more than $5 for it or prepare to be disappointed. (2,120 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

About a medium-dark brown but clear and with a brightness when held up to the light, this beer develops a light tan head that's neither partciularly loose nor particularly tight. It shows good retetnion and eventually is left at a strong foam that remains for the remainder. Lacing is left in patchy deposits.
The smell is vinous with some tannins and red wine character along with earth. Certainly tart and lightly funky, it's got a firm malt support adding a sort of bready quality. It tapers off a little with time, but not too much.
The taste showcases all of these but more lightly, with a light vinegar-like acidity making itself known, and more strongly as the beer sits. A bit longer, though, brings out a little wood and lightly sweet cherry notes.
A light-bodied brown, the tangy tartness gives off a dryness in the feel and almost a sort of juiciness on the tongue. It could use a touch more something, but it's good. (928 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 11.2 oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a snifter. Reviewed live in high elevation Kalispell, Mont.

A- Three-finger light brown head with active carbonation. Thick bubbles constantly moving around, lasting around two minutes. Rich mahogany color with little light permeating.

S- Rich sour aroma, smells barrel aged. Some woodenness.

T- Bland tasting oud bruin at first brush. Some slight tartness, some wooden flavors. Not a lot going here.

M- Creamy feel, surprisingly. Not bad, not good.

O- There are far better examples of the style. (559 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Petrus Oud Bruin pours out with deep and rich, woody brown color; it looks nearly black from afar once it makes it into the glass, and it exhausts a beautiful ruby shade when held in front of the light. The grey-ish, beige-ish head settles to less than a quarter-inch within a few moments; some good amounts of lacing outlines the glass where the beer used to be.

Must is the largest and most prominent thing in the aroma; dirty, earthy must with a substantial amount of woody funk. Dry oak is complimented by just a small hint of acetic tartness; faint lemon, vanilla barrel notes, and a mild kiss of cherry skins. People expecting a highly sour and saliva-pumping aroma will be disappointed - it's much heavier on the oaky, musk aroma.

Following through with that notion, the tartness is low on the palate as well, although there is a very mild acidic-like astringency that kind of bites the back of the tongue. Now imagine ripping a floorboard straight from an abandoned barn and taking a lick; lots of dirty funk, heavy oak, heavy must, and a touch of hay.

The more I drink, the more this beer starts tasting like a Belgian dubbel with the accompaniment of a very mild tartness. Fruit notes get larger and larger; sweet plums, heavy grapes, vinous and wine-like stone fruits. Even some additional nutty and cocoa powder hints on the very back-end, inside of a finish that's dominated with plenty of dry oak. Thin-medium body with subtle carbonation and a smooth, soft mouth feel.

Those who buy this beer expecting a tart or sour ale like the Petrus Aged Pale will be slightly disappointed, as this beer both more dry and sweet than tart, really. It really reminded me of a dubbel with some vinous additions an a touch of astringent tartness. Drinkable due to overall low acidity, but there are better shelf things you can probably grab for this style. (1,859 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured two fingers of tan head on a dark reddish/brown colored body.
The aroma is bold and rich: caramel, oak and wet hay. Simple, but nice.
The taste has caramel and a malt sweet beginning, moving to a mild bitter and then sour bite to end. Enjoyable, though the sour did not blend well with the profile.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation, a bit fizzy.
Enjoyable and different. (391 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: An abundance of caviar bubbles create a substantial tan head. Color is dark brown with garnet highlights. Good clarity.

Smell: Red fruit (particularly cherries) paired with caramel and toasted malt.

Taste: Tart red cherries mixed with caramel and roasy, chocolate malt create the typical "sweet & sour" taste. A metallic flavor detracts a bit from the overall impression flavor, as does acidity that lingers into the finish. Low, but apparent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Very slight alcohol warming.

Overall: A decidedly good beer, but one that could be improved upon by measures to lower the acidity. Sure, all Oud Bruins have a required level of sourness, but this recipe seems to tip the scaletoo much. (756 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (649 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 puboflyons
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 41345. Sampled on June 23, 2013.

The color is attractive with its reddish-amber pour. Along with that comes a tremendous silky beige head.

The aroma is of vinegar, yeast, and milder malts. A vague sort of sweetness creeps into the nose as well.

The body is light to medium with an acidic texture.

The taste is sour and malted but not too sour. A lingering bitter finish. (409 characters)

Photo of matthiasbrau
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2-ounce bottle into my Petrus Chalice. Deep yet perfectly clear amber-red in color. Needs to breathe before tasting. One finger of foam gives way to slight lacing; mild malty sour taste, interesting; dry but not quite puckeringly tart like Rodenbach; I like it. (279 characters)

Photo of mhaugo
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured in a stemmed tulip glass.
Appearance: Deep chestnut with a thin sheet of dirty cotton lying across the top.
Smell: Recipe for Parfum de la Oud Bruin… Take one packet of powdered grape Kool-Aid, add a tablespoon of lemon juice, and a teaspoon of sweet malt vinegar, inhale. Mix, smell, repeat.
Taste: Refreshingly tart. A bit of fresh picked pie cherries, honey, and a touch of tannins from the oak it was aged in. The oak becomes stronger the warmer it gets.
Mouthfeel: Thin and acidic, with a sharp carbonic bite.
Overall: Very nice. I would drink this any day of the week, except in the winter. And Tuesday. (639 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of HabiMendes
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew is darker that I would expect, with an intense brown tone. The head, also brown, was not very retained.

The aroma has a vinous character, where you notice wooden tones there. The taste is smooth, relatively well-bodied, carbonated... You can notice the sourness characteristic of the Lambics, but not the complexity found on them. This is a differential, as there is an exaltation of the malt here, which prevails in the aftertaste, after the initial impact of the tartness. It is a very refreshing and interesting beer. (530 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)

Photo of flip387
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 4.25

A dark brown where light barely pierces. A nice foamy head.

Smell: 4.25

Mild notes and slight sour smell. Can smell faint malt and barely notes. Pleasant smell.

Taste: 4.0

Mild to medium bitter and sour flavors which do not overwhelm the other flavors. Almost sweet in taste.

Mouthfeel: 4.0

Carbonated which leaves bubbles on the tongue. Tart aftertaste and medium body that is not to heavy.

Overall: 4.0

This is my second sour beer after the Petrus Aged Pale, this one however is a darker beer which is more my preference. This one is not nearly as sour as the Petrus Aged Pale and offers a nice mild sour and tart taste. Still not sure I'm a sour beer fan, but this one was much more enjoyable than the Petrus Aged Pale. (748 characters)

Photo of JuliusCaesar
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep Red. White head quickly dissipates. Moderate lacing.

S: Maybe the best aspect of the beer. Strong sweet and sour cherries are dominant. Some red wine as well.

T: Light sour cherry and not a whole lot else.

M: Pretty thin. To the point of being watery.

Overall: Not the best Belgian sour I've had. With the exception of the smell, everything is a little weak. I would have loved some more tartness and complexity. It's not a bad beer but it doesn't really have the flavors to stand out from the crowd. (512 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 Lledd
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Average beer, pretty good. The look is dark brown with a small head reducing quickly to a collar. Smell is slightly malty and a little sour. The beer is refreshing and very drinkable. It's very balanced but not particularly bold or complex. I won't seek it out but I'd enjoy a revisit later. (291 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruby-brown, clean and clear, fade-away head - more or less on... The first thing to notice is how it lacks the intense, smacking tart of their pale - not wrong to compare, as the (yeast-)flavor profile is certainly similar.... Even as you let this sit and sit, the aromas and flavors merely suggest oxidation and subtle lacto-tartness - nothing hits you over the head, no watering of the mouth.... In fact, this drinks with very much reduced (in this case, sour-cherry) fruitiness / maltiness to balance compared to other popular takes on the style.... Makes this a little less dimensional - it faintly fills on intake, feathery not dirty-silky, only to fade immediately, dry with only a delicate touch of malt in the finish.... If you are turned off by bold fruity/malty contrast in this style, this may be for you. (816 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A bit understated in the sourness, which curbs my enthusiasm for this beer. Not bad but just too mild and not complex or flavorful enough. It looks nice but the taste just doesn't match the appearance. Try it, though. Maybe you'll like it more. Kind of average. (261 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep, dark brown with a good foamy head.

Smells a bit sour, but not nearly as pronounced as their Aged Pale.

Brown sugar malt, oak vanilla, and a sugary sweet (not cloying) aftertaste. Finishes dry and tart with a nice mingling of the oak barrel flavor. Velvety carbonation but thin-bodied.

Easy to drink and enjoyable. Not nearly as wowing as their Aged Pale though, so I would probably not got for this one again if I were in the mood for an Ouid Bruin. (458 characters)

Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.