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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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1,042 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,042
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 16
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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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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Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2005 11:46:14 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 00:23:56 | More by rhoadsrage
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-07-2012 02:46:00 | More by dbrauneis
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-21-2012 05:57:59 | More by DrunkinYogi
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2002 19:32:11 | More by jdhilt
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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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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 22:22:02 | More by BARFLYB
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.5%

08-18-2012 10:11:19 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2009 17:16:40 | More by Stinkypuss
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

11-29-2013 19:21:00 | More by BillRoth
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superspak

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 21:42:21 | More by superspak
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-10-2013 01:44:39 | More by brandoman63
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 23:09:14 | More by beerthulhu
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smakawhat

Maryland

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".

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 00:34:18 | More by smakawhat
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

05-26-2014 18:28:40 | More by Latarnik
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 17:13:23 | More by Viggo
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +8.7%

02-19-2012 19:04:42 | More by mdaschaf
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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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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clear, deep coppery/chestnut red. Thin, very light brown head. Aroma consists of roasted malts, acidic berry-like, bit of ripe dark fruit, and some vinous character. Maybe some tobacco as well. Dark malts and fruit hit the palate first, followed closely by delicate sourness. Earthiness comes out towards the end, along with a hint of chocolate, and the dry finish is on the sour side. Light body with a moderately high carbonation. Texture is very interesting... very smooth, aided by the carbonation, with some mouth puckering due to the sourness.

Interesting beer and easier to drink than I expected. A little out of the ordinary and quite tasty.

250 mL brown bottle with best before date printed clearly on the front label.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2005 01:45:28 | More by DrJay
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tdm168

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 19:02:10 | More by tdm168
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-03-2012 19:55:54 | More by sendbeer
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glid02

Georgia

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

Got this at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. There's not much lacing.

Smells good. Lots of tart cherries with a mild oak aroma up front. As it warms there's a tiny bit of a nutty aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet cherries up front that quickly turn tart. There are also mild earthy and nutty flavors that come out more as the beer warms, but the cherries are at the forefront throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It's just a bit too thin, but the carbonation is solid. It goes down fairly smooth.

Drinkability is good. It's certainly not too sour, but there's nothing that's really good about this beer that makes me want to drink another one.

Overall this is a solid beer of the style. I probably won't be buying this again anytime soon, but it's definitely worth a shot if you're a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 22:12:28 | More by glid02
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-21-2012 21:10:18 | More by PEIhop
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +8.7%

02-10-2013 05:21:14 | More by dmorgan310
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ruby-brown, plenty of off-white head, very little retention, but some nice lacing.

S: Sour grapes, bready malt.

T: Initially slightly sweet, fruity, grapes, bready malt, fading to a wonderfully refreshing, slightly tart aftertaste. Very smooth and well rounded (20 months in oak!).

M: Light to moderate body, moderate to high carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Especially considering the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 23:25:27 | More by Derek
Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
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