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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

Petrus Oud BruinPetrus Oud Bruin

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BA SCORE
83
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961 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 961
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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2004 02:25:21 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Iowa

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 01:35:00 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 02:38:07 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.17/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 14:10:29 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkness in the glass, a deep brown, thoroughly opaque, 1/2" of creamy foam above.

Aroma: Smooth, spicy, yet complex in the fruit, dark, nearly sour, twisted.

Taste: rich and well-rounded, the brown ale mixed with dark fruit, tasty...oaky...big carbonation, big zest, big fruit, very tasty...did I say that already?

Medium bodied, fullness in the mouth, the brown ale and the cherry, playing happily amidst the oak and the crisp, brisk snap.

Very nice. Enjoy, please.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2005 05:38:44 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/2/11 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep crimson color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains some dark fruit, Belgian yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a mild dark fruit and caramel sweetness. Then some mild Belgian yeast comes in and transitions into a mild sourness. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is very mild but there’s a decent balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer but there are better in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 02:10:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with a 1" offwhite head. Zero lacing & head retention

S: Awesome sour/lactic odors

T: An almost sugary sweetness is quickly steamrolled by sourness tartness & dry/wood notes. I also get granny smith apple & vanilla notes as it warms. Finishes with slight tart cherry notes & extreme dryness

MF: Light to medium bodied with a low carbonation level & good balance, adds up to the sensation of licking a Popsicle & running outta of ice cream!

Drinks pretty good, the tartness & dryness make we want to drink at least one more...Definitely one of those beers that made me love my visits in BE, very funky & out of the norm

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 04:38:47 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with Belgian ale yeast. It is very refreshing and fruity. You can smell hints of the oak barrels. The taste is great. It has a very refreshingly fruity malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes yeasty. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good drinking brown ale. It has everything.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2004 23:00:17 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served on draft at Churchkey in D.C. Served in a tulip. This beer is brown (shocking I know), thin head clings to the edge of the glass and beer interface, no lacing on the glass to speak of, carbonation mild. Beer is completely clear, no haze at all.

Aroma is really interesting, I've never smelled anything quite like this. Its definitely sour, high lactic acid smell but there is some sweetness there as well. The sour is dominant and blocks out the other smell, it prepares you for a super sour beer.

But the beer is not super sour, don't get me wrong, it is sour. Its just not tart. There are some cherry flavors, this beer is sour and not tart, that's the best way I can put it. It finishes comlpetely. It is a palate cleansing beer, completely. I did not remember drinking it seconds after I swallowed. Drinkability high. I had to keep drinking it to analzye it and it was gone, in a few minutes completely gone. Beer has a medium body and a nice mouth feel, hit all the right places on the palate before vaporizing.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2009 21:50:14 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear reddish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is dark fruit with some grape notes. I don't get much tartness in the smell. The flavor is very light tart grapes with a nice caramel malt backbone that adds some sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A decent beer, but not near as good as the Petrus Aged Pale, which is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 05:15:05 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Arizona

2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a murky brown to amber in color. Topped by a thin wispy head. Smells tart and vinuous. The first impression is that this beer is lightly sour, not as much as I was expecting from this beer. A fairly dry beer as well. At first, when cold, there is not too much flavor. It is lightly carbonated, with notes of sour plum in it, as it warms up. It does become slightly more sour as well, and it becomes a bit fuller in the mouth. Overall a fairly simplistic version of a sour Flemish ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 16:52:47 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium-brown with a thin, slowly vanishing, head.

The smell is rooty - slightly oaky - with some vinegar.

The taste is rooty, somewhat oaky. Vinegar dominates as it progresses. Tart fruitiness in the back. Finishes sweet and sour.

There is an effervescent carbonated push at the start that quickly fades, leaving a light-to-medium body.

A bit wimpy for the style, but not bad. A bit too vinegary, though has a nice sweet and sour character.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 19:16:44 | More by jwc215
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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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark ruby whose head does not stay around for long. Nose is malty with an oak edge showing itself after a strong attempt to draw the scents out. Flavor is fairly smooth and not too distinct. Malt presence is slight. Feel has a bit of carbonation to it that might border on a bit too much...well it would be too much if there were more than what is already present. This is very drinkable for how smooth it is, but the question to be asked is why would you go for this one repeatedly?

This is the last from the 6-pack from Petrus. The "aged pale" is by far the winner.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 08:22:26 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only beer that I have ever tried to compare to this beer is the Goudenband, and I really didn't like it very sour. However, the Petrus Oud Bruin definitely found acceptance with my palate and found a spot as one of my favorite most unique beers I have tasted in awhile. Served in a nice sized goblet, this beer gives of a slightly tinted amber brown with an off white rising head. The aroma is that of fruit and malt sweetness, and I found no sourness at all to the smell. The first sip was very sweet, and the fruit and candi sugar sweetness complements with a tart apple sharpness that is very enjoyable. A well done belgium brew that I find may be on of the best, especially within it's style. A medium bodied brew with a pretty good drinkability leaves a nice dryness. The drinkability would be a lot higher, but the sourness may be hard to handle after a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2003 13:06:17 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear brown in color with a thick creamy head. Thick lacing developed on th glass through the drink. The aroma was of caramel, malt, and yeast. The flavor was huge. Caramel dominated with a candy like sweetness, but a sour finish added to the complexity. Yeast and mild bitterness were also easily detected.

The mouthfeel was crisp and the caramel and mild sour tones lasted long after swallowing. This was medium bodied and the most drinkable bruin I have had (especially since this was on tap). Exciting until the last drop.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2004 01:38:12 | More by Gavage
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Halcyondays

California

4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz., typical small Euro/Belgian bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, with gorgeous blood-red highligjts when held up to the light. Only has a head, though, for like 2 seconds, a little swirl brings back the head for a time, but it is short-lived.

S: Complex smell of sour funk, oak, wood, and fermented malt.

T: Mildly sour, not over the top, funky malt, with some dark ale fruit there as well. Molasses flavours play a part, there is a slight hint o of brown sugar over the sourness. I find it pairs really well with a raw cheddar cheese.

M: Sharp and acidic, though not as sour as something like a Berliner Weisse, overall, light to medium-bodied.

D: A very good Oud Bruin, though I haven't had many of the style. Not the most robust, funky sour ale nonetheless, but easy to drink, even though it is kind of pricey at about $3.50 a bottle at Hi-Times.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 18:34:04 | More by Halcyondays
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Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
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