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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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1,093 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,093
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 18
Gots: 59 | 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 KarlHungus
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a dark mahogany color with a billowing white head. The aroma tart and sour, but rather mild. The taste is also rather mild. There is some sourness, but really nothing else. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this beer is okay. However, I do not think I will drink it again.

KarlHungus, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of asabreed
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first sample of the style I've ever had. 33 cl bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Nice dark amber color with a good amount of bubbles gurgling to the top from the middle of the glass. Head bubbles up nicely like a Belgian should probably, but somehow it dissipates quickly, and that was a bit disappointing. Lacing's also decent at first, but then also that fades fairly quickly. Still pretty nice though.

Smell: Alcohol at first, and it's only 5.5% ABV? Some yeast, slight malt, maybe slight hops, and faint oak. The alcohol unfortunately overshadows much of it, though the possibility is there, and I definitely now want to try other styles.

Taste: Nice sourness at first, but though it lingers, it's too faint and I want more. It's still pretty clean, but nothing that I'm super excited to delve into again. Finishes clean and slightly malty, with the faintest sourness and slight oak on the palate. Once again, potential is there, but as it is it doesn't do too much for me.

Mouthfeel: Nice and slightly creamy with a good final subtle burst of spritzy carbonation, which could get out of hand, but has more of a pleasant sour and puckering affect in accordance with the taste.

Drinkability: Not a bad brew, and certainly a style I'd like to try again, but I was hoping for more with this guy.

asabreed, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of jamesdergen
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a transparent ruby/amber color with a minimal, fizzy head that disappears almost instantly.

Smell: Some woodsy aromas along with sour cherries

Taste: Surprisingly tart and fruity with a dry finish. The fruit flavors are not all that big, which is nice because they don't overpower the sour/musty flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very light and dry. The carbonation is relatively high, but not overdone.

Drinkability: Goes down easy and the complex flavors keep me coming back for another sip. Low ABV makes it easy to savor the whole bottle.

This brew was a pleasant surprise as I had never heard of it or tried anything in this style. If you come across it and want to try something new, I would highly recommend it.

jamesdergen, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of SilentSabre
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow!! I had no clue what to expect with this one. I had always wanted to try it out and just now got around to it. It poured a red/bronze/brown colour with about an inch and a half thick head of tightly knit off white foam. The smell is a dry tart like smell, if that makes any sense. Very sour and musty. The taste, too. In fact, this thing reminds me alot of a lambic or a saison. The mouth feel was very smooth and very easy to drink, finishing with a bit of a dryness. This brew is just all around good, if you're a fan of lambics and saisons and such.

SilentSabre, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of Derek
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.

Derek, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first Oud Bruin. Poured out to a hazy brown / amber red color with a short lived head and some lacing inside the glass. Medium high carbonation. Aroma of vinegar, dark fruits and flat malt are unobtrusive to the drinker. Taste was slightly bland and flat. Flavors of malt are weak and distant; sourness is present but noticeable degraded, likely to the ageing of the beer. Mouthfeel was soft and watery, but not undesireable considering the other aspects and qualities of this brew. Average drinkability, as this brew is not bad, but I don't really think it's got a whole lot to offer. I may not be revisiting this brew soon, but that doesn't make it bad. Worthy of a sampling.

Frozensoul327, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Really dark brown color, light still penetrates, though, revealing a slightly red beer.

Smell: Vinegar and an odd fruitiness, also sour.

Taste: Smooth drinking, yet also has an edge, banana smoothness, vinegar tang, interesting, but not as sharp as others I have had in the style (which may not be a bad thing).

Mouthfeel: Carbonated enough, leaves a metallic coating in your mouth. Odd yet good.

Drinkability: I like it. I like Goudenband better, but this is still good, not as big, but easier to drink.

TastyTaste, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

feloniousmonk, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of clicheusername
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm honestly not entirely sure that I'm reviewing the same beer as some of the other reviewers here. For me, this was one of the best beers of a 2+ month stay in the Netherlands, although I will admit that I haven't quite acquired a taste for the Hoegaarden, de Hemel, or Westmalle types yet.

Unfortunately, this review comes several days after the beer; but, I will have another tonight and update the review tomorrow. I just couldn't stand to let the attacks against this fabulous drink go unchallanged.

Appearance is a dark, almost coffee-ish brown. Little-to-no cloudiness, 1" thick head that recedes to just a film.

Smell is strongly of cinammon, hint of nutmeg, leather, fresh-brushed horses... really quite nice.

Taste is almost like a flemish red. Bit of tang, lots of herbal-spice notes, fairly complex.

No complaints about the mouthfeel, that I can recall. Fairly low carbonation, perfectly agreeable. Same for drinkability; overall, a great beer. Not one to be taken lightly or rushed, but it rewards a pensive consumption.

clicheusername, Sep 08, 2005
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 brentk56
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

brentk56, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated 11.2oz poured into a tulip. Lot # ink jetted on the back label reads 38085. My first Oud Bruin.

Deep brown with a huge, despite a careful pour, head of off white. Great retention and it leaves lots of bubbly, abstract lace. Looks damn sexy in a Unibroue tulip.

Smells funky and slightly acrid. Lemons that have dried out in an old basement come to mind. Has that classic "farm" aroma. Musty hay and earth in the background. The tangy notes are mouthwatering.

Soft malt flavors lead quickly into a tangy citric character that wants to be astringent but its kept in check by the earthy flavors. Juicy in the middle. Dry and a little tart in the finish. I wish I could better articulate how much I like the taste of this beer.

The mouthfeel is a little less than medium, but it works with the citric flavors. Quite drinkable, especially during this Summer's never ending heat.

ypsifly, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin off-white foamy head atop a dark reddish brown beer. Vinous aroma along with dark cherries, sour and chocolate notes. Generally tasted of grapes, and perhaps blasamic vinegar. Dark cherry juice flavor as well. This beer was light in the mouth, but refreshing. A very good beer.

tomthumbsblues, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a nice ruby-infused brown color with a very light coating over the brew. The nose is nice. Sour cherries, light woody tannin, light creamyness. Very nice. The flavor is disappointing. Where is the sour? Where is the flavor in general. It is rather bland. I get a very light cherry and a light sour, but it just lacks the kick I want. Boo. The feel is a light moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, I wish this had a better flavor. The nose just teases me with anticipation that the flavor never delivers.

kmpitz2, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rubied brown color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is sour with some fruit tones and a little sweet. Maybe a touch of vegetable. The flavor is odd. Not what I expect from an old brown. The sour really isn't there. Little bit of sweetness and hints of fruit, but I get a lot of the vegetable character. It doesn't taste bad, but it's not what I want to taste. The body is moderate and the drinkability is ok.

clvand0, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/05/05- Purchased at Plumpjack's Wines in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Reinaert tulip.

Appearance- Brown colored pour with a nice larger bubbled 1 inch head. Dissipates into a 1/8 inch and stays there throughout. Lacing is about average.

Smell- A sugary sour scent, maybe with a bit of a darker malt scent.

Taste- Tastes like a flanders to me. Maybe not the best, but passes the test. Sour, but not close to the sourest I have tasted. Some light fruit flavors in the background. Maybe even just a touch of sweetness on the tongue in the finish.

Mouthfeel- A bit too carbonated for a flanders, but fairly smooth overall.

Drinkability- Worth a try if you can find it for a reasonable price. $3.50 was a bit steep when I can get the Duchesse for $2.99. Still, not bad.

GClarkage, Jul 06, 2005
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
Photo of slitherySOB
1.58/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

In the future, I may be rereviewing this beer, as I wonder if I had a stale bottle. The pack came with two of the same type, and both bottles tasted the same. If I found it different, than I will. If not, I'll leave it as is.
Pours a deep, mud brown colour with a decent enough head. I'd estimate 7/10 of foam, with whisps of lace here and their. The smell is sweet, malty, and a bit cheesy. I'm assuming from the yeast. The taste is simply too cheesy for me. Is the yeast strain okay? It reminds me of Velveeta. I don't like it. Asides from that, their is a definite sweet and sour taste. Malty, with a bittering, earthy and cheesy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and weak. Drinkable? Perhaps, if you like cheese. If not, I wouldn't bother trying this beer. The other two Petrus products I've had were considerably better.

slitherySOB, May 26, 2005
Photo of watermelonman
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a deep brown with hints of red and a nice big head. It shrank but never completely vanished. The lace looks nice too.

The smell is malty and somewhat sour. Bits of oak come through. The taste is also a bit sour. Malts also come through strong up front but seem to fall apart, bringing up a thin body. The drinkability is decent.

watermelonman, May 20, 2005
Photo of OldSock
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Deep reddish brown. The head is bubbly and light brown, but it falls pretty quickly to a thin covering, and eventually to nothing. There is also decent lacing.

Smell – Spicy, malty and a bit of vinegar. It smells a little like a Lambic and a little like a Tripel, but no aromas really dominate. Very interesting in that it has a smell all its own.

Taste – Sourness at first, with a nice malty flavor going down. There is also a slight earthy-woody flavor that becomes more present as the beer warms. Very low hop flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium light body, very smooth. Unlike any other Belgian Beer I have ever had.

Drinkability – Goes down pretty easy for a Belgian, interesting, complex and smooth. This would be a good stepping stone for someone who like the normal Trappist fare and wanted to move towards Lambics, it is sour but not overwhelmingly so. This is my first Oud Bruin and I enjoyed it, but not enough to go out of my way to find others.

OldSock, May 13, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark mahogany pour with a tiny bubbly head that quickly forms a ring around the glass. Spotty lacing....not much to look at in the glass really. Sour cherries waft up into my nose upon first smell. Some earthy yeast and woody tones pop in along with a vinous quality and dark fruits. Quite lovely.

Sweet and sour cherry notes fight back and forth against one another in sublime fashion. Woody background that leaves a dry finish on the way down. Earty yeast twang works its way in and out of each sip. Fruity and vinous...slightly acidic with a hint of cocoa. A very enjoyable experience.

Mouthfeel is rather thin and crisp. Rolls over the palate nicely with good carbonation. This 8.4oz bottle is a tease...I could easily go for a 750 of this stuff. Incredibly drinkable and tasty. I will be seeking this one out again. Recommended.

orbitalr0x, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of inebrius
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like chopping wood this cream hairy beer fills your head with scents of old sap, fresh fungus, ginger root and decay. Citrus zest and vanilla escort a tart and fizzy mouthful down. A bit weighty, particularly when compared to its stronger sibling the Aged Pale but tasty nonetheless.

inebrius, Apr 02, 2005
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 aaj1002
4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very surprising beer...
Don't let the "brown" in the name fool you (as it is sometimes listed as Petrus Brown). The nose has an amazing blend of soft malt hints and big musty earth hits. The mouth-feel is active but not over-powering. The taste is tart and bold but balanced enough not to be one-noted. The yeast is wild, complex and inviting... The finish is simple enough to have you going back for more. Not for everyone...but definitely for me...

aaj1002, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of DrJay
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.

DrJay, Feb 28, 2005
Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,093 ratings.