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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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1,114 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,114
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 19
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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 dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +8.7%

dbrauneis, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a genuinely pleasant red-brown colour, quite clear, but lusciously coloured. Head is consistent and frothy, a very light-brown tinged with pink. Lacing is thick-bubbled and sudsy. Carbonation is very fine and very languid. Overall, it looks damn good.

Nose is sweet, with vanilla custard dominant, although there's a slight oak and acidity coming through as well. Some vinous characters, and some earthy wood. The sweetness is surprisingly strong, however, and it mellows the other characters very nicely.

Taste, is really, extremely disappointing. There's almost no hint of oak or acidity, and the sweetness only exists as a phantasm on the palate, leaving the main event to an empty watery character, and a slightly metallic copper bitterness. Very faint bite on the back, but not even a round Belgian character to finish it up, just that metallic note. It's not unpleasant, but it's very tame and very disappointing.

Feel is also very flat, despite the nice-looking carbonation and the hint of depth to the body.

Extremely disappointed in this one. I hear the Aged Pale is better, but it would have to be. This doesn't even exhibit the classical Belgian characteristics which would give it an edge, and for an Oud Bruin, I expected a lot more.

Certainly not a bad beer, and certainly one I'd drink happily if it were available, but also as certainly not something extravagant and special.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Happy to get to sample this brew on tap at the Collins bar in NYC. Pours dark brown, with ruby hues on the edges. The nose was quite malty, with also a hint of must. Carboantion seems low, with a very slight head developed and limited lacing. Malt sweetness up front initially, then mid way lactic sourness picked up. Also a hint of cherry and vanilla. Not much yeast or hops characteristics involved in the mix. Basically a malty belgian with a sour undertone. Eh, not really for me, I'd classify this one as a middle of the road Belgian, worth a try but not of much more interest.

Billolick, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle with a steak dinner in Ghent. Appears a dark brown with a light tan head. This beer was disappointingly sweet, like big, candy sugar content sweetness with only a bit of cocoa. There's a too-mild sour tang (for the style). While it's not a bad beer, it's a pale example for the style. Still, it wasn't bad with my steak.

tempest, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/3/2013. Pours lightly hazy very dark ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grape, pear, apple, raisin, cherry, oak, clove, red wine, vinegar, herbal, hay, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and solid balance of fruity/funky yeast and oak barrel notes; with solid strength. Taste of grape, pear, apple, cherry, raisin, red wine, vinegar, oak, musty funk, herbal, hay, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Minimal tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, cherry, raisin, red wine, vinegar, musty funk, oak, hay, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast flavors; with decent flavor robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good Flanders brown. Nice balance/complexity and decent robustness of yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of wl0307
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No. 6 in my 7-bottle Flanders Oud Bruin tasting session; BB 27/08/09, served cool in a large tulip-shaped wine glass. Note: the beer is said to have aged in oak barrels for 20 months!

A: pours a deeply dark russet brown hue with ruby glows when seen against light, coming with a moderate layer of dark beige froth that settles slowly to a thin cap, on top of a healthy/constant input of light carbonation.
S: pleasantly musty-sour notes plus, guess what, a surprising guest element of banana-esters(!), albeit very restrained. Very different than all the previous ales in this tasting panel, that the aroma is considerably influenced by the bottle-conditioning yeasts and also bears a lovely character of chocolaty dark malts plus black cherry skins (as in a well-aged Porter), at the same time not quite lactic nor berry-ish sour-sweet. A good swirl brings out the quieter edge of prune-ish fruits, but way less pronounced than any other Flemish Oud Bruin or Red Ale I've tried.
T: semi-astringent in the cob-web/musty yeasty department and semi-effervescent upfront, then the palate is opened up with a soothing massage of light dark malts and very subdued black prune tea, in a sense more like a lighter-flavoured, also well-aged English old ale. The palate has very limited vinegary/lactic-sourness on offer as on the nose, while the flavour remains relatively clean and light, finished in the same manner with an extra touch of herbal sweetness and "neutrally-flavoured" elements like crystal malts.
M&D: I suppose the combination of a lack of more assertive sour fruitiness and an additional, unusual mustiness (maybe due to bottle-conditioning instead of just filtering as in most other counterparts) makes this ale stand out from the crowd as an unusual example of Oud Bruin; but this can also play against the overall enjoyment at the expense of expected complexity. All in all, this medium-bodied, smoothly carbonated ale is easy to drink but not as attractive in terms of overall performance.

wl0307, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.5%

ejimhof, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big ol C&C bottle poured into some glasses with oglmcdgl, been meaning to pounce on this beer for a while.

Petrus Oud Bruin comes with a pop when the cork is removed. Pours out a dark red and becomes a dark brown when condensed in the glass. Some maroon spots with red showing towards the side. A nice sturdy dirty tan head billows above, ok lace. This bruin does not smell overly sweet and vinegar laden, thank god. I get big time cherry and plum, other dark fruits. Comes off vinious. Taste is superb, a great mix, starts off mildly sweet going into a slight sour twist with a aftertaste of cherry. Oak does not come out that much, and this spent like 30 months in the dark, that will tell you how fruit forward this is. Feel is a bit of a let down. While light bodied and easily drinkable, the finish comes off a bit rusty and bumpy, leaving a semi metallic taste afterwards, which is strange. All in all another drinkable beer from the boys at Bavik/Petrus. I expect them to send a ton of this to Philly as they did with the aged pale, they literally flooded the market with that one. I could drink a big bomber of this to the head, no problem. 5.5%, yep!

BARFLYB, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +8.7%

mdaschaf, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute)

A-This beer pours a deep hazel brown with a crystal clear body. It has strong carbonation and a big creamy dark tan head.

S-This beer has a sour sherry smell to it. I don't notice a lot of other aromas and it smells pretty clean.

T- This has a slight sweetness with some sourness to it and flavors of dark fruit like black cherries and raisins. The oak flavor is very faint and has a watery taste to it.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel that has some fizz to it.

D-I don't know if the long aging process really mellowed this beer but there is not a lot of complexity. I believe most Flanders browns are not usually aged in oak but it makes this one very smooth and drinkable. However a lot of the malt profile is just not there.

rhoadsrage, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of Zorro
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.

Zorro, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is not like any brown from the States. Good carbonation and head, deep ruby red color. Its aged 2 years in oak casks and this must give it the sweet/sour viney taste. Tiny bottle - 8.4oz for $2.69.

jdhilt, Oct 24, 2002
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured ontap into a Petrus glass, a hazed brown in color with an off white head and some lacing down the glass.

Aroma is lightly malty.

Tastes quite tart, with a caramel malt body. A bit acidic on the palate. Hops are played down, a bit sour. Vague roasted malt pulls through at the end but finishes a bit sweet.

Medium bodied with a semi dry finish.

All in all a nice beer to visit from time to time. Drinkable and within sessionable strength. Also fits the definition of the style very well.

Stinkypuss, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

BillRoth, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A very large light caramel/tan brown thick forming head, sitting on a real dark walnut black/brown body. Lots of staying power on this head, and it clumps quite often.

Nose is fruity esters, some mild brett (possibly) mild funk for sure, worcestershire sauce and oak. The oak seems to mix with a nice play of low acid vinegar (like rice vinegar). Kind of fun.

Taste is grape like mix of sweet and sour. Finish is woah... SALTY but also grape sweet. Carbonation seems toned down a notch with a simple body that lets the palate explore. Lots of basic taste sensations jumping around here but the sweetness starts dominating but at least not overpowering everything. Malt density comes out quite a bit too, and I like this salt finish after some big sips quite a bit, without any brine character.

Overall a VERY easy drinking Oud Bruin, with a noticeable sweet Welches grape character to it. THere is some mild tartness here, but a bit burried so it makes for a perfect starter "sour".

smakawhat, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

DrBier, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

brandoman63, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - reddish, caramel amber with a soft, thin, white lacing of head

S - cherries, tart, some faint malty aromas

T - tart, sweet, cherries, creamy, some diacetyl, some faint alcohol

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp

This is a decent beer. The only slight defect is the faint diacetylic creamy notes. Otherwise, this is a smooth, slightly tart, fruity beer. It's highly drinkable and very smooth. Anyone who likes the style or likes sours should definitely try this one.

tdm168, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +8.7%

dmorgan310, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

KAF, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

sendbeer, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aged 20 months in oak barrels.

A: Poured a dark ruby red with a thin off tan head. Visible carbonation was soft.

S: some sweet raisiny and caramel aroma with some burbon on nose with a touch of sourness.

T: dark fruit (raisins, cherries) with a light woodiness and sourness. The flavor was vinous with some grapes, and alcohol warming.

M: light, smooth, with a strong carbonation, and dry finish. A little thin.

D: good drinkability. Overall a good example per style.

beerthulhu, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

PEIhop, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours brownish red, with virtually no head but a little bit of lace. Smells sour, but with a malty sweet aroma? Doesn't make sense but thats what I smelled. Taste is sweet malt, with a sour middle thats not overpowering. Body is rather full with good carbonation, a pretty decent beer although not really my style. Thanks DrJay.

Viggo, Jun 25, 2005
Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
84 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.