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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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1,052 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,052
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 16
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%

Reddish brown with lasting lace. Soft on tongue. pronounced cherry tart taste, Carbonation and malt balance. Sour but pleasant aftertaste. Dessert, but only one possible..
1.75 years later, lots of lace. Well malted and balanced cherry pie, easy drink. One standard deviation in complexity.

05-05-2004 02:25:21 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -18.5%

09-02-2012 15:07:01 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%

Pours a murky cranberry-brown color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random streaks and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour fruit, balsalmic vinegar, funk, and some wood aromas. This beer smells very good. Unfortunately, the taste is nowhere near as good as the smell. There are some watery sour fruit flavors and only minor funk and vinegar flavors. I am pretty surprised and bummed out because of this. There is a good level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I am disappointed in the flavors compared to what I expected from the smells.

10-04-2011 03:27:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-05-2014 12:41:39 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.17/5  rDev -41%

Bottle at Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town the other day. Served in a tulip alongside Petrus Aged Pale.

Pours a rusty amber color with a short off-white head and a few spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose carries some light bready malt and a bit of caramel. Amber malt. Some cherry and very light oak and acidity. The flavor brings some moderate malt and a touch of sweetness with light fruits. No real oak or acidity. Way, way off style. I don't get much of even a note of sourness out of this one. While I'm up for interpretation of styles, if you're going to call a beer an "Oud Bruin," it'd better have something more than light malt and a touch of fruit going on.

06-16-2011 14:10:29 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-01-2012 01:45:27 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

A: Poured dark brown/amber with a small white head; a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface. There's a medium level of carbonation.
S: The aroma is rather sour with hints of underlying malts and cherries.
T: The flavor is very interesting and complex - a mix of mild sourness with malty sweetness, dark fruits, and oak. The beer is well balanced.
M: The beer feels smooth on the palate and has a light to medium body.
D: This is very easy to drink. The unique flavor leaves me yearning for another.

04-05-2010 01:25:02 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

Lucent crimson-brown with rapidly uprushing carbonation feeding a khaki colored head. Old Brown received the gentlest of pours since I didn't want to add any (suspected) sediment from the rather short 8.4 oz. bottle. Even so, a respectably sized crown has appeared and a thick, high collar of lace frames the surface of the beer quite nicely.

The nose is dark fruity, vinous and intriguing. I don't believe that I can appreciate any oak; perhaps some woodiness will appear on the palate. Disclaimer: I have no idea how a Flanders Oud Bruin is supposed to taste, so keep that in mind.

Sweet and sour dark fruit is the dominant member of the flavor profile, but there's very little power behind it. I can't blame the body/mouthfeel since it seems perfectly calibrated to deliver as much flavor as is present. I taste a pleasant mixture of grapes, raisins and sour cherries with the suggestion of exotic spices. Thankfully, the beer is opening up a bit with warming.

The sourness fades on the swallow and is succeeded by a sweeter, more complex flavor that lingers (beer that tastes better once it's been swallowed; what a concept). The final pour brings not a speck of sediment. Still no oak. The carbonation has an accelerated life cycle over the course of the bottle. The mouthfeel starts out spunky, becomes soft and lush midway through and finishes a little flat. I chose to rate it at its most appealing stage.

There's no question that Old Brown grew on me from first sip to last. However, it wasn't quite able to win me over by the end. My expectations were probably both high and misplaced (it's much more delicate and subtle than anticipated), but, even so, I think that I've given it a fair shake. It was interesting and was enjoyable for the most part, but it probably isn't a beer that I'll look for again.

02-02-2005 21:41:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt caramel color with a tan head that bubbles away over time but leaves behind some traces of lacing

Smell: Toasted brown bread, caramel, sour cherries and wood shavings

Taste: The first flavor sensations are somewhat sweet and fruity, with an oaky, cherry flavor that builds upon the caramel and toasty backbone; within a few seconds, the sour flavors start to kick in and continue after the swallow; while the sweetness continues through to the finish, the sour flavors clearly dominate

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied and rather fizzy

Drinkability: Not overly sour, but has enough of a sour kick to provide an introduction to the style

08-27-2005 01:52:28 | More by brentk56
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

04-13-2014 13:13:37 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

A thin looking beer that pours a russet color. Initially thinly laced, off-white head eventually falls completely still. No lacing, no legging.

Quite tart and woodsy with sour funkiness that weaves in and out of cherry, dark berries, plumb, grape, and red wine vineous character. Brown malts are partially desolved by the musty yeast, but also retains a medium breadiness and malt flavor.

Malty up front, but thinning at mid palate due to the souring note going into the astringent finish.

10-06-2009 02:38:07 | More by BEERchitect
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

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

California

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

Purchased at Red Carpet Wine in Glendora and poured into my Bruery tulip glass.

A: The beer pours a dark brown with a slight reddish tint. There is a thin layer of white foam.

S: The primary aroma is roasted malt. This is followed by a slight lactic acid scent and a decent combination of barnyard funk and oak.

T: I have not had too many beers of this style, so I was a bit unsure as to what I should expect. There is definite Brown ale character initially, along with a lactic zing. It is more sweet than sour, with lots of roasted malt and mild oak coming through. On the finish there are slight notes of dark fruits.

M: This beer features plentiful carbonation and a dry mouthfeel, which is something I really enjoy.

D: Moderate alcohol and an effervescent mouthfeel make this beer very drinkable. The flavors and aromas are good, but not great, so I doubt I will have this again at nearly $4 for a 330ml bottle.

09-15-2009 01:35:00 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-04-2012 22:45:17 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-21-2011 19:52:25 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-11-2013 04:58:58 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

A: single finger very rapidly dissipating head. Very dark brown with a little light getting through.

S: sweet caramel with a sour fruit note, almost cherry aroma.

T: not sure where the oak is in this one. I am getting more of a sour dark fruit and light red wine flavor. Nut notes.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: more sweet than I expected and no oak to spea kof for my palate despite the oak barrel aging.

09-17-2011 00:58:58 | More by kylehay2004
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

11-03-2013 15:11:21 | More by jaydoc
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

01-10-2013 22:51:44 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -13%

Rerate 2008. New labelling, fresher bottle.

Poured the entire bottle into a stemmed Oerbier tulip glass. Label recommends serving at 8-12ºC/46-52ºF. It seemed to taste slightly better at a warmer temperature. One finger of offwhite foam, it managed to maintain some head for the duration of the glass. In the sunlight there was a ruby highlight to it's chestnut brown color.

Aroma at first had a metallic twinge, but it seems to have blown off. Later on there are hints at some lactic tartness when vigorously swirled, but not when standing still. Not much funk at all, but there is a smidge of oak barrel.

Flavor feels like a diluted blend of Oud Bruin and fresh Brown Ale. The ratio tastes about 20/80 in favor of fresh, but the label states it was aged in oak barrels for 20 months. Strange that oak doesn't really come through in the flavor. Tartness is practically nil, there are some malty flavors in the middle, but it lacks liveliness. Watery, grainy aftertaste. It seems much to mellow for an Oud Bruin, and this is a fresh bottle. Carbonation seems to taper off quickly, though it can be finished easily enough. An uninspired brew that left me wanting more...more funk, more wood, more anything. This bland ale isn't really deserving of a top 10 spot for Flanders Oud Bruin...

Old review - 10-12-2006 - bottle
A: 4 S: 4 T: 3.5 M: 3 D: 3.5

Bottle with purplish-red foil. Once poured into a tulip, a thin froth of small bubbles condense and cap the garnet-crimson liquid. Spotty lacing. Smells like alcohol mixed in with lactic funk, and aged hops/grain.

Flavors of mildly acidic tartness, hay, and white grape/cherry juice. Sourness is downplayed, but the finish is moderately dry nonetheless. Mouthfeel is thin and flat, like a Flanders Oud Bruin flavored tea. A little disappointing given the attractive aroma and appearance. Taste seems to dull toward the end of the glass. Next round calls for something different.

03-11-2008 00:34:33 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +8.7%

A - Poured out a cloudy, dark, dark brown color with a one-finger, soapy, off-white head of foam. It left behind sticky, soapy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, mostly cherry with a biscuit malt aroma. Some woody aromas, too.

T - Lots of sour cherry flavor up front with sweet caramel maltiness. Some oak flavor emerges as it warms up.

M - It was soft and smooth with a little fizzy bite. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good flanders oud bruin. Just a touch of sour makes a nice balance.

09-04-2009 23:27:10 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-16-2012 18:00:07 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance - Dark but clear brown. The off-white head retains for a few minutes before dissipating into a ring.

Smell - A bit musty and vinous. Crisp, oaky sourness in the background.

Taste - Cherry and blackberry with a touch of vanilla and toffee. A very mild mix of sweet and sour; well balanced but a bit bland. I had this on tap recently and enjoyed it much more; it had a pronounced sourness that's absent in the bottled version.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied and semi-crisp. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

02-19-2008 02:10:28 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark reddish-brown, with a multitude of fuzzy, creamy off-white head, that leaves spotty lacing as it fades away. It smells of sour fruit - cherry, apples, and sweet grainy malt. The taste is mild earthy, sour fruit, and roasted caramel malt. The carbonation is moderate, the body a little thin, and it finishes with some lingering fruitiness. An interesting beer, but the advertised woodiness doesn't really assert itself, other than in the roasted malt character. The fruitiness becomes a tad cloying, without the hops to keep things honest - overall, a decent brown ale with a minor sour essence.

07-01-2009 00:41:18 | More by biboergosum
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-15-2014 01:54:13 | More by SocalKicks
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