Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1,199
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 21
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of rfgetz
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish tinted brown, minimal head but active bubbles. Scent leads with dark, vinous fruit, some brown sugary sweetness with the faintest hints of earthy funk and damp wood. Taste brings the fruit but lacking in tartness or acidic sharpness expected in style, sugary sweet malts, but not overly powerful, light caramel, notes of damp oak and earth on the back end. Medium bodied, moderately bubble. Decent beer, but not the best representation of the style.

Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep brown with a light red hue with a small off white head with decent retention into a flute
S: very faint aroma but from what I can smell it has a light chocolate smell, a bit of cherry fruitiness, some light sourness
T: light sourness, slight cherry, a bit of dark malt flavor, some oak, slight residual sweetnesss. swallow brings a slight sourness and funk with a bit more light cherry
M: fairly light in the mouth with ample but soft carbonation slightly dry finish
O: not bad but not great. a bit too light in flavor for my liking a little too much old and not enough young

Photo of bmwats
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 33 cl bottle, into a tulip.

A: Medium dark brown. Lots of effervescence. Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, brown-white head. Settles quickly leaving only a slight covering of a bubbly blanket. Very sporadic lacing.

S: Oaky and papery with a light fruity tone.

T: Lightly fruity, acidic, with a very light bready base.

M: Light with a slightly pungent, lingering, aftertaste.

D: Goes down easy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, lots of carbonation, fair head, but no lacing. Nose is woody and fruity. Flavor is a little bread, accentuated with a lightly acidic fruity tone. Light and fruity. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel snifter. The beer looks brown coming out of the bottle, but in a glass held up to the light it looks deep ruby-red (beautiful). There is a nice big tan head that has surprising good retention for a beer with this acidity. The nose is very faint. I get some fruity esters that smell like ripe cherries. As the beer warms a bit, the nose takes on some nice sweet malty notes (like toffee).

The beer has a medium body and a firm mouthfeel. The feel is enhanced by the carbonation, which stimulates the palate nicely. On the front of the tongue, I get faint toasty notes and pleasantly tart cherries and blueberries. The hop character is practically nonexistent and the mild acidity extends across the entire palate. I don't get much malt character, besides the toasty notes mentioned earlier. The finish has a slight touch of spice and apple-like sweetness, but it doesn't linger very long.

Overall, this is a very refreshing, though light-flavored, beer. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. A nice entry beer for someone just starting to explore the weird world of sours. I think I prefer Petrus Aged Pale better. The flavor of that beer is a bit more intense and interesting.

Photo of MadScientist
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep copper with excellent clarity. The long lasting, medium-tan head is comprised of fine bubble and leaves lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is mainly a moderate tart/sour aroma with some fruit, mostly dried cherries. There is a sweet aroma giving a Smarties type impression with the fruit and tart aroma. No hops, no malt, no diacetyl. Light notes of chocolate come it warms.

T: This has a nicely balanced sweet-tart flavor with a tartness being slightly stronger than the sweetness. There is little hops bitterness and no flavor. The fruit flavors are mostly tart cherry. There is some light spicy and vanilla flavors.

M: Medium bodied with moderately-high carbonation. Somewhat smooth.

O: This is a great, balanced sour beer. It not to sour and is great a example to introduce wine drinkers to a complex, flavorful beer.

Photo of draheim
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330mL (40323) into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear mahogany w/ a thick off-white head, sticky lacing.

Aroma is tart, grapey, oaky. Smells a bit like grape juice.

Taste follows nose. Dark malt, grapes, oak. A little thin - almost like a blend of oak-aged and non-aged ales.

Mouthfeel is a little prickly, dry.

Overall a middle-of-the-road FOB, nothing bad about it but also not one I'll seek out again.

Photo of dfillius
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Moderate pour yields 1/5 finger of head with fair retention. I would appreciate more. Mixed bubbles seemed to stay, but then were gone like Kaiser Soze. Reddish brown liquid is clear but dark.
S: Kombucha, lactic acid, citrus zest, apricot.
T: Slightly sour, oaky. Some merlot qualities: dark fruit, red grape, oak. Some vanilla, I would like it to be more tart. Very good though.
M: Dry. A bit too effervescent and thin. starchy. Nicely tart, smooth late.
D: Good. I'd order another. Would buy again, but the $4.99 price point for one bottle is too steep.

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown with a red hue, almost black until you hold it up to the light. Smells sour and of wood. Tastes brown sugar, cocoa, slightly sour up front but not overly tart. I enjoyed the malt finish, which was a great contrast to the sourness. Lots of carbonation.

I’ll have another.

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into duvel glas

A: pours a dark brown with a hint of ruby and a finger of fluffy lightly brown head that dissapates quickly, a few spots of lacing.

S: brown Malts and funk, light hint of oak, a touch of red wine vingar, for some reason, the way the funk and everything combine I get an almost light nail polish remover aroma, which I do not find very pleasing.

T: much like the nose brown malts along with some funk a vingar notes that add as light cherry like hint... Not a bad tasting beer, a lttlle bit of toasted grain.

M: very light, and not overly sour at all, just a little bit of tartness, clean finish.

O: its tasty, deffinatly not bad, but nothing to get overly excited for, the real turn off for me was the fact I was reminded of nail polish in the aroma.

Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish brown with a 1 inch creamy tan head, lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Sour fruits, grapes, tarts, grapefruit, malts, sweet yeasts. Some oak and grain.

Taste - Much like the smell, sour yeasty brown ale with some malt and oak backbone. Much of the sour is compairable to sour apples, grapes, plum and rasin. The oak adds a bourbon, woody flavor, and more sour.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets nailed with sour and yeasts. After mouth adjusts to the sour, more malts, sugars and yeasts come out. The finish is dry, and aftertaste is very tart.

Overall - Pretty good example of the style. Sour but not overly sour. Nice mix of oak and malts with the sour fruits and sweet yeasts. Low alcohol, good starter into the world of sours and oaked beers.

Photo of Hopswagger
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P:  Deep dark amber body with thin silky khaki head that fades quick and settles to a bubbly swirl.  

S:  Dark fruit, musty basement yeast, roasted grains, aged oak, spices and a subtle lactic acid tartness. 

T/M:  The taste follows the nose with a delicate sweet tart background, aged oak, semi sweet molasses, smoldered grains, b-vitamins and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is light-medium with just a touch of bubbles. Finish is dry with lingering fruit and vitamin notes. 

O:  Roasty and rustic that delivers delicate sweet and tartness. I liked this due to the aged and earthy flavors that brings the mixture into a more controlled state.

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Real Ale RIS tulip.

Look- Molasses brown/opaque cola with three fingers of beige head that falls to thin film after two minutes or so. Lacing is sparse, leaving a few thin legs down the side of the glass.

Smell- Dry, musty, heavily oxidized. Faint raspberry-like sour aroma, perhaps dried apples. Vague mild sweetness at first, but second take reveals a bit of toasted biscuit. Swirling brings out a stronger sweet fruity scent that strongly reminds me of Welch's soft gummy fruit candy. Cider-like.

Taste- Similar to the nose- mix of cider, stale toasted whole wheat bread, fruit preserves, and sesame. Starts sour, and the rest comes out over the course of the swallow and savor. finishes with dry toast and champagne. Fairly sweet. Sour cherry and leathery character builds as the glass empties, but doesn't get too heavy.

Mouthfeel- Crisp on the sip, soft on the swallow. Medium body, overall a very light feel. Dry, slight pucker, but lingering sweetness and mild treacly feel keeps it from being a tongue-curler. Drinks like a shandy- easy going in the heat.

Overall- Just about what you would expect- a crisp, refreshing sour brown ale. Very precise execution, and excellent balance. Still, it's borderline bland, which isn't something I look for in a $0.40/oz. bottled beer. Worth trying, but won't make it into my regular rotation.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’m guessing the Petrus Aged Pale is the aged version of this beer; if that’s correct, then I’m excited to crack open this bottle. The Aged Pale was one hell of a sour.

A: Dark, dark red with a huge tan head – love that dense, smooth foam. Retention consists of some light bubbles, with fat ropes of lacing appearing every time I swirl the glass.

S: Aromas of all-natural apple juice and white grape juice fill out the nose with bright sweetness, exhibiting a slight lactic acidity. Blackberry, peach, pineapple, and sweet vanilla cream make an appearance before a fruit-wheat malt aroma sets up the transition to a light phenolic finish. Fruity and enjoyable.

T: Very mild and grain-forward – where did the acids go? It starts with a smooth layer of grassy cornbread and processed wheat flavors, green and earthy, moving to a slightly fruity lemon pulp and red apple skin tone soon after. Doesn’t hit especially hard on the sours, as I said before, but there is a moment or two of natural tartness before it finishes out. Ends with an almost non-existent aftertaste, flavors of white grapes lingering for just a quick second.

M: So incredibly light that it’s displeasing, at times. There’s so much crisp foaminess and thin character that you can’t get a handle on the flavors, to a certain degree.

O: Not an overwhelmingly satisfying Flanders, but it hits some key notes of sour goodness. I’ll stick to the Aged Pale, but this was a nice expedition into lighter territory.

Photo of TheBeerologist
2.73/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 poured into a snifter

Pours a dark reddish brown with a finger thick head.

Smells of vinegar, lemon and dark cherry.

Taste is actually pretty bland for a Oud Bruin, a bit of cherry with a slight pucker to it, but no lingering notes at all and fairly underwhelming.

Very easy to drink, not much body and lightly carbonated.

This beer looked great and smelled nice, but was underwhelming when it came to the taste/body department. That said it is easy to drink and may be great to introduce others to sours before diving all the way in.

Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown with a head of fizzy mostly white foam. Strong fruity smell - cherries. Woodsy taste, with some sour. Not nearly as sour as the aged pale - much more balanced with a sour close.

An easy drinker. Good option for someone looking to get started in the world of sours.

Photo of thecheapies
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich warm medium brown crowned with a sepia/tan 1/4" head. 4.0

Oxidized apple and date sweetness, tart skins, acetic quality, and rich malts. 3.5

More of that browning flesh apple with a vinegary note, crisp aged hop, and dried date/fig sweetness. Lovely. 4.0

Mellow and creamy with a silky body and tight carb. A selling point. 4.0

Photo of Tobe
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a ruby red with little to no head. Upon first appearance it looks brown but once held against the light it shows it's true roots.

The aroma is absolute pure sour/sweet. Light vinegar bitterness up front but a mellower fruit quality hidden in the background.

This was a wonderful sour ale as the taste goes. Bitter/tart flavor up front but some hidden fruit in the finish. An easy drinking sour beer this can be enjoyed and shared without losing any of its appeal.

Nice presence on the palate makes this a beer worth coming back to. I recommend this beer to anyone looking to get into sour ales and needs something not overbearing to start their journey from. I beer that I have overlooked for too long but will now be sharing with friends for some time to come.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a thin, smooth coating of light brown foam. Aromas of dates, leather, raisin, and peat. Good earthy and sweet nose. Flavors are rich and layered, with a mocha coffee backbone giving rise to some slightly sour currant and wine-like characteristics. Tangy, old world fruit characters highlight the brew, such as plum, fig, and raisin. The light body and carbonation keep the beer crisp, and avoid the cloying mouthfeel. The aftertaste is a dark, rich sweetness with a subtle sour tang. Clean, slightly astringent finish that gives a touch of pucker in mouth. Good, easy to drink beer. This would make the perfect gateway beer for people venturing into the world of Flanders/sours.

Photo of rangerred
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance is a slightly hazy dark brown with a one finger off-white head.

Smells of vinegar and cherries along with a little bit of wood.

Flavors of wood and cherry dominate with vinegar slightly behind. There is a tiny bit of barnyard although not too much. A light tartness comes forward towards the finish.

Overall this is a decent beer. My one complaint is all the flavors are too short lived. Nothing really lingers.

Photo of dbmernin83
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber brown, great lacing:
Cherry candy on the nose, toasted bread.
Cherry pie, bread crust. Sweet at the start, but the breadiness and light tart cherries come through to balance things out quite nicely.
Soft and fluffy mouth, lighter side of medium bodied.
High drinkability. I'd have another.

Photo of Cinderbike
2.89/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - clear chocolate brown, no head.
S - vinegar, lemon, sour cherry, leather, wet dog.
T - very one dimensional. Some tart cherry, some chocolate, mostly acetic acid.
M - thin with a bit of carbonation.
O - not a bad sour per se, but there are so many that are leaps and bounds better.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.0 A: Clear deep amber color. Nearly three fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is a tad below average and not much lacing is left.

3.0 S: The first whiff was quite sweet, but much of it seems to have disappeared in subsequent olfactory inspection. The more abundant aroma is that of the older components. Dusty, dry planks of wood that might be found in a barn. Hay with an underlying basement must. Very little acidity with acetic winning out. Vinous cherry from the sweet portion. Not bad, but lacking power.

2.5 T: Like the nose, the taste is good, but is lacking power. I like a big punch of sweet and a big punch of sour from this style. Unfortunately, this beer delivers neither. The range of flavors is quite small with barely any pucker. Even the funk is subdued. Barnyard with a light musty basement. Light vinous cherry.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation level is okay, but it's not as spritzy as I'd like. Also lacking any creaminess.

2.5 D: Not really impressed with this one. It's about as mild as I've had for the style. This is a shame considering I like the Petrus Pale.

Photo of Mar02x
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The nicest deep brown I have ever laid eyes on. Deep mahogany brown with tiny carbonation bubbles slowly climbing from the bottom to the top. On top the bubbles meet the beige creamy head. The head retracts slowly until a thick lacing.

S - A prickly yeast smell along with some wine like tones.

T - A little sweet sour taste hits my tongue together with a wine like fruitiness. All decent and balanced though. Its a surprise because I didn't expect the sour. In the depths there is some oak.

M - The carbonation is medium to high and the finish is dry, sour and bitter.

O - a nice surprisingly refreshing beer.

Photo of output01x
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (no date) into a tulip glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that slowly settles after a few minutes to a thick covering and thick foam ring. The body is a dark mahogany with traces of burnt orange when held to light and a strong jet of carbonation bubbles rushing up from the center of the glass. Some great lacing can be seen throughout consumption but doesn't stick around long.

The nose is has a definite sour quality to it with just a hint of funk. Notes include sour grapes, green apple, black cherry, and just a touch of vanilla (presumably from the oak aging?).

This beer starts off light and sweet, with a mild vinegar flavor and fruit notes of green grapes and green apples. Upon swallowing, a dryness immediately sets in with flavors of overly ripe grapes, bruised apple, and raisins. A sweet dark fruit flavor lingers on the palate between sips.

Medium bodied with excellent carbonation, this beer has great drinkability but might seem a bit watery to some. The body is slick and smooth and never sticky or coating. The carbonation is rather fizzy at first but becomes more creamy as the beer warms.

Photo of nataku00
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a cervoise glass. Beer is a murky dark brown color with some reds when held up to a light, with a finger of tan colored foamy head. Some light carbonation visible at the edge of the glass.

Nose is mild, some tart red berry and dark fruit sweetness, brown sugar, and spice. A touch of oak as well.

Taste is milder than the nose, a touch bland. Not much tartness on the tongue, some red berry and dark fruit notes with some bready malt and brown sugar mid tongue. Finishes fairly dry with very light lingering dark fruit flavor.

Light body with some fine carbonation, lending to a smooth mouthfeel. Pretty easy to drink and refreshing, but not very flavorful.

Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.