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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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569 Reviews
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Reviews: 569
Hads: 1,207
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 21
Gots: 93 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

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Reviews: 569 | Hads: 1,207
Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +9%

Shared at the BFD Christmas Party, thanks to who ever brought it.
Tart fruit and light brown sugar light vanilla and earthy woodiness. Great brew, I'm surprised I haven't rated this before. (190 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap in a tumbler at Firkin.

Finishing off my day at Firkin by revisiting a beer I vaguely remember trying way back in my NoVa days. It pours a clear midnight tawny topped by a finger or so of dark khaki foam. The nose basically reminds me of a jar (if one were to exist, of course) of maple syrup-laden malt vinegar. The taste flips things a bit, having some tart vinegar tinging dry maple syrup, with a touch of muted brine making a brief cameo near the beginning of the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a slick feel, and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, an odd beer, really, what with its inability to decide on a flavor path (vinegar-leaning or maltily sweet), but it still retains its drinkability. (763 characters)

Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Interesting take on the oud bruin style, leaning towards the sour ales. Brown in color with minimal head, and some cider/wine aromas. Taste is tart, and slightly sweet. A good dessert beer. (189 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass, brown colored with a large tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: acetic acid, balsamic vinegar, oak

T: less sour than expected, sweet and sour flavor, oak is present, flavor is quite mild, sour is present with good malt

M: thinner and refreshing

O: an approachable sour (337 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown tinted red, one finger of khaki colored head, settles to a thin ring, dots of lace down the glass. Smell: balsamic, cherry, brown sugar, note of soured stone fruit. Taste: sour peach, cherry, vanilla-ish note, blackberry, herbal...fair amount of herbal bitterness; not much acidity. Carbonation is a little high and aggressive making it feel unrefined for the style. (390 characters)

Photo of dodge408
3/5  rDev -18.3%

It had a sourness that wasn't overwhelming and made me taste buds pucker but not for long. It's a unique sour beer that one should try to expierence the vast varitey of brews. (175 characters)

Photo of yannimou
4/5  rDev +9%

As someone who is not well versed in sours, this is delicious! The sourness is there but not overbearing. Black cherries, sweet malt, nutty, some funk. Medium carbonation. It's pretty light and one dimensional. Clean finish. Although I can tell this is pretty tame for a sour, it's fantastic. A very welcome and unique departure from the usual of IPA's, stouts, and pale ales. Definitely worth a try. (400 characters)

Photo of everythingiszen
3/5  rDev -18.3%

I hesitate to even review this, given that I don't think I like the Oud Bruin style (i.e. ignore the rating). That said, this seems to fit the style well. Strong, full aroma of oak and tannins, puckery mouthfeel, and a mild sourness in both the lead and finish. Persistent head, pretty red-brown color. Worth trying if you're into sour beers. (342 characters)

Photo of ronricorossi
4/5  rDev +9%

Nutty and grassy, refreshing to an unusual degree for a tart brew. this is a great beer for people like myself who like sours, but haven't yet acquired the taste for the most extreme, puckering outer limit of the style. If that describes you, this beer is probably underrated. (276 characters)

Photo of Robloc303
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Good sour fruit flavors, cherries, maybe green apple, and grapes. I did not pick up anything from the wood. The finish is very nice with lingering flavors of grape juice.. (172 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
4/5  rDev +9%

My experience with all other Petrus offerings has resulted in them becoming my benchmark for sours. This did not go there. But I think it was not supposed to. As a brown, it really balanced the malty sweetness with what Flanders tends to bring with sour. This beer is ripe for pairing with hearty stew. (302 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Fairly underrated brew. The aroma does not nearly match the flavor. Melanoidins, sweet, toasted bread, caramel, dominate. Flavor is fairly dark malty and sweet, but there's a nice tart, lactic finish to contrast. (213 characters)

Photo of imscotty
3.45/5  rDev -6%

Appearance: Brown and cloudy - a dirty beer. Light color head quickly rises and dies away. Some lacing

Smell: Fairly light sour, yeasty, bready, barnyard smells.

Taste: Not too sour, acidic, some sweetness, apple, not much complexity. The malt and other flavors came through better as it warmed up. A somewhat dry finish reminiscent of an apple wine.

Mouth feel: Beer is well carbonated, medium bodied.

Overall: A pretty good standard sour. Mildly sour, but not very complex in flavor. OK at the right price point, but I would generally seek out other choices of this style. (589 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into tulip

A- Dark, dark brown. Thin tan head. No lacing
S- Slight sour - funk. Gets a little salivation
T- Mehh. A very slight sweetness on the begining, but not much flavor. Tiny bit of tart/sourness on the end
M- Smooth, but nothing intersting

O- This may be a good sour for those just dipping into sours, but I expect a lot more from my sours. Good thing I didn't pay a lot for this in the "sour power" box. (427 characters)

Photo of shleepy
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Small bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Murky medium brown. Small-medium head.

Smell has "Flandersy" notes; sour but with a touch of brown sugar; spoiled fruit.

Taste also has some honey in the finish; also, some cherry notes.

Not as acidic as I remembered/expected, but certainly refreshing and pretty light.

A delicious, classic beer. (338 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant brown pour with small tan head. Funky sour cherry aroma. Taste is initially sweet but soon tart and malty. Finishes dry. Soft mouthfeel. Low to medium carbonation works well with the tart taste. The carbonation does not overpower the beer or accentuate it too much. In other words. The carbonation level is just about right. Drank at The Friendly Place in San Antonio, a cool casual place with a great selection and very knowledgable staff. A pleasant experience all around. (484 characters)

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

Amber reddish hue with excellent clarity. A quarter inch of beige head rests on top. Aroma of tart Brett and horse blanket is moderately present. The flavor is somewhat restrained tart Brett and horse blanket along with amber malt. The mouth is fairly carbonated and refreshing. (278 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at D’s Six Pax and Dogz near Pittsburgh. Pours opaque reddish brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of sour black cherries, some sweet malts, not much going on. A or follows with tart black cherries, sweet caramel malts, just a bit of sour. Medium plus palate with low medium carbonation. Not bad but there are better examples out there. I’d happily have it again though. (380 characters)

Photo of Chessmaster
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served from bottle into a Petrus glass.

A: Amber-brown, with head that quickly receded to a thin cap
S: A bit of malt mixed with sour funk. This is probably correct for the Oud Bruin style, but I personally didn't like it. If it wasn't the style, I would mark the score lower.
T: Like the smell. Same comments about style.
M: Full mouthfeel with a bit of prickly carbonation
O: Probably a good representative of the style, but my taste for the style hasn't developed enough for me to enjoy this fully or to be able to rate it accurately versus other oud bruins for example. (574 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml Bottle from the Las Vegas Whole Foods for $5

Appearance - Burgundy/brown colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, wood, vinegar

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, citric notes and raspberries/cherries. There is also some vinegar, wood, and it ends with a lightly tart aftertaste.

Overall - Not as much barrel/wood type flasvour as I was expecting. Also not as tart/sour as most beers within this style. Flavours are nice though and it is easy to drink. (675 characters)

Photo of bpasquini
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark ruby color but in the glass it looks pitch black, which I think is odd for this style of beer but it still looks solid, no head on the pour

S: I'm honestly only getting tart cherry from it, which is promising for the taste but it is strange that that is the only smell presented from this beer

T: Some funkiness, light tart cherry, and light oak presence, not a whole lot going on here but it's good

M: Good mouthfeel to this beer, light crisp, and refreshing like a sour should be

O: Not a bad beer, worth a try but wouldn't frequently purchase this (570 characters)

Photo of silverking
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep ruby with a tan head, sheets of lacing that run down the sides of the glass.

S- toffee, dried cranberry, and that lovely balsamic vinegar note that many sour ales take on. As it warms it reveals concentrated cherry and a dense aroma of oak.

T- sweeter than expected. Nice toffee notes, sour cherry intertwined with some toasty oak, and a mild herbal hop bitterness.

M- light, refreshing, aggressive prickly carbonation.

O- nice, actually, excellent. (462 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Deep reddish brown, mahogany tints to the light. Beige froth shows nice retention & lacing. Oak, sour berry & grape aromas, tartar hues & slight sweetness. Tartar/sourness, fruity & woody notes over toasted malts on the forefront. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Silky palate, dense to watery texture. As expected from aromas, harsh tartiness remains in the middle & lingers into the finish. Thankfully, toasted maltiness holds it, making it refreshing instead of bothering. Grape & wood on the aftertaste. Sometimes I wonder if it is a malty wine –just kidding!, it´s a good job & nice spot of the Style. Suggested pairing with heavy spiced cooked beef meat. (694 characters)

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

Picked this up at Brewer's Haven in Boise.

A- Pours a dark reddish brown with a latte colored head. Large bubble disparate quickly.

S- Subtle, dark fruits, Belgian yeast slight sour melony nose. Smells like a slightly sour quad.

T- Similar to the smell, very light sourness, dark fruit dominates but the flavor is surprisingly light.

M- Heavy bodied and carbonated, slightly syrupy.

O- Good beer, surprisingly light and easy to drink. I would have liked more flavor , but it was good overall. I'd have it again. (521 characters)

Photo of JulioH
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

MEDIUM SOUR.

Great beer. It serves as a dark thick liquid in the glass, but doesn't feel that way when drinking it. It is almost a normal beer except for the citric hint. It is derived from lambics, and therefore the flavor, but it is not like a lambic that is one bottle and done, this one you could drink a few easily.

Aroma is almost inexistent. Nice head. Good carbonation. (380 characters)

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