1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

Not Rated.
Petrus Oud BruinPetrus Oud Bruin

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,042 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,042
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 16
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002)
View: Beers (32) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,042 | Reviews: 545 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear brown in color with a thick creamy head. Thick lacing developed on th glass through the drink. The aroma was of caramel, malt, and yeast. The flavor was huge. Caramel dominated with a candy like sweetness, but a sour finish added to the complexity. Yeast and mild bitterness were also easily detected.

The mouthfeel was crisp and the caramel and mild sour tones lasted long after swallowing. This was medium bodied and the most drinkable bruin I have had (especially since this was on tap). Exciting until the last drop.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2004 01:38:12 | More by Gavage
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured deep amber brown with a very slight haziness. The head was off-white and fell quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was sour with complex malt notes in the background.

The flavor was not as sour as expected. Sourness begins the flavor and that diminishes into a chocolate impression that has sweetness and a cherry flavor.

The finish was fruity and lasting into the aftertaste with just a very slight sour cherry flavor. The body was medium.

25 cl bottle. Oud Bruin on bottle. Best before 17/06/04.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2004 01:03:31 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark red brown is a nice colour for the sourness inherent in this beer. This is not as complex or sour as Goudenbond or Duchesse
but is actually more drinkable due to the lower ABV and lighter flavours. Not a world classic but still a very nice example of the

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2004 21:52:16 | More by canucklehead
Photo of pezoids


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served with dinner at the Eulogy bar. I requested the Petrus winter beer, but got this instead. Was served in a thick goblet glass. The color was a dark reddish brown. The head stayed at about a half an inch – floating on top of the beer the entire drink.

Sour apples in the aroma. A nice fruitiness and some sour malt vinegar. The taste is refreshingly tart, but not overdone or puckering. Detect various things in this beer – cherry fruit, some caramel malt sweetness and a subtle nutty texture. The body is thin and light, but remains flavorful. A bit of a sour bitter finish. Pleasant and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2004 22:52:58 | More by pezoids
Photo of xgrigorix


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thirtythree cl brown bottle, no dates.

Dark ruddy brown, clear, with some intense looking carbonation. Topped by a thin off white head that retains well, and leaves a thin sheet of lace behind.

Nose is spritzy, acidic, with a touch of soured fruit.

Lightly acidic, with a sweet malt center, and a bit of rustic fruit. Finishes off dry, with a refreshing sour twang that lingers & begs you to take another sip. Light body, robust carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 18:00:04 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of claytri


4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark amber with a thin tan head. It has a nice smell of raisans or grape tannin. The taste is very mellow with strong hints of wine, fruit (grapes and cherries), and fired malt. The finish has a fruity tartness to, but again it's very subtle. It gives hints of both a barley wine and a dopple bock, but doesn't go either direction. It has a light oily feel to it. A very interesting beer, I think I will have to try this again just to further explore the many tastes it gives. It seems every drink brings out a little of something else. The light tastes and low alcohol (5.5% ABV per the bottle) make it something you could drink several of.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2004 03:27:47 | More by claytri
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark red brew with a nice head. Aroma of cherry (probably from coming from the oak) with acidic taste. Body is a bit light and no complexity. I would have appreciated a bit more spice or aftertaste. Overall, this is a very average oud brun and I won't be seeking this one anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2004 16:30:38 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a nice deep brown pour with a medium tan head.

Smell: an exceptionally tart nose....sweet n sour....strong cherry notes and hints of tart raspberry. some woody hints as well.

Taste: again with the Petrus beers it seems that the nose is the highlight and the taste leaves much to be desired. The taste maintained it's cherry & woody characteristics but they were sverley toned down on the palate and faded much too quickly. A dry and woody finish which was most pleasant.

Mouthfeel: somewhat lively and fresh. a dry and crisp finish.

Drinkablilty: better than the Triple and Speciale. not bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 20:32:53 | More by Popsinc
Photo of BeerManDan


1.6/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

When poured it showed a medium amber brown with very little foam. The smell of a spicy hop filled my nose which was the tops of this beer. The taste was of a tart sour beer that had be aged to long and saw the sink drain before the first sip settled on my palate. Blah, what an awful beer to put on the market. One on my 10 most awful beers on my list!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 06:12:40 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of CharlesRiver


4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really don't have any idea what to expect with this beer. This is the first of this style that I have tried. Pours a slightly cloudy reddish-brown color. Not much of a head that goes away fast. The smell is a bit like ketchup? First taste, WOW. I really like it. So smooth. Sour and tart in the beginning with a citrus ending. All beers that have been exposed to wood have a common flavor to me. I like that flavor, especially the oakier flavors.

This beer is amazing. I want more.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 01:06:42 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Decent looking beer – clear, dark red-brown. Gives up a nice full tan head and steady lace.

Smells of fruit, minerals, wood. Cherry or sour apple scents.

Comes across the palate almost like a cider. Distinct sour apple and vinegar notes on top of initial sweetness. Reminds me of an apple wine I had a bad experience with as a youth. Feels thin on the mouth.

Too sour for my liking and too close in character to a cider. Not something I'd share with my friends.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2003 03:31:50 | More by TerryW
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice.
Dark brown offering with a short tan head.
Island lace is also limited within seconds and the ring is medium.
Carbonation is also light.
Body is a medium/full.
Nose is crisp and clean.
The taste is of a dry black cherry wine with linger.
Mouthfeel has a syrupy cling as well which seems to be it's only drawback IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 05:34:42 | More by Shiloh
Photo of crookedhalo


4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich coppery-brown color with fluffy light tan head. Globule yeast cloud left in suspension. Tart and sour aromas mixed with a bit of not-fully-ripened bing cherry. Almost like opening a big bag of "Sour Patch Kids" at the movie theatre. Sweet, malty and a touch sour in the taste. The faintest taste of a mineral based water in there, too. The aroma's definitely bigger on the sour note than the taste. Oak barrel aging is most prevalent. Oak is pourous and allows oxygen to pass through which "in essence" adversely affects beer in a negatively way. It subsequentially creates lactic acid, which could be a serious off-flavor in most beers, but a Flemish Brown/Red is supposed to be this way. This example is a close-to-perfect style of this beer. I've enjoyed this beer on draft, but I feel the bottle has a slight edge. Very fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2003 09:11:01 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of marc77


3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy garnet hue. Thin, but persistent light beige head leaves lace. Waft of lacto fermented prune juice like tartness hits the nose upfront. Acidity tapers quickly in aroma, yielding to a mellow suggestion of molasses sweetened pear cider and trace notes of tannic oak. Pleasant, but a touch one dimensional aromawise. Snap of acetic tartness initially in flavor softens abruptly, and couples with caramelized, dark candi sugar sweetness to lend a gentle, sweetsour citric character. Understated notes of dry cocoa and raisin surface mid palate, bolstering malt and fruit character, respectively. Lightly bodied overall, but sufficiently dextrinous in mouthfeel to lend an agreeably soft mouthfeel. Finishes slightly savory, with fleeting notes of wood and salt. A relatively simple, but enjoyable old brown. Shallow in acidity, but refreshing and light on the palate. Quite a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 03:08:46 | More by marc77
Photo of saltydog

New York

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very red, slight head, clear. Aroma: Intensely sour wood aromatics some malt sweetness. Flavor: Very sweet tasting. Woody sourness apparent in aroma is oddly very lacking in flavor-a surprise, and a big dissappointment. Finish: Blandly sweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 01:47:48 | More by saltydog
Photo of RoyalT


3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Nice dark brown body with a decent head.

Smell – Lively mix of malt covered in sour candy. There are some light fruits in there as well, but the overpowering sour sugar dominates this aroma.

Taste – The traditional flavors wimp out at the tongue. The sourness is there with a decent malt base, but it’s very light and watery. After drinking their Aged Ale bottle, this offering disappoints.

Mouthfeel – Nice, tight carbonation and some reasonable sourness help along this ale, but the thinness of the body all but ruins the effort.

Drinkability – I’ll stick with the Aged Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 00:21:51 | More by RoyalT
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby red with a small head but very lacy. Smells very very fruity. Sour apple with an underlying sweetness. A bit of malt.

Taste is appley and yeasty but a bit watery. Better as it warms. Gets more sour and a bit maltier. Still tastes a bit like watered down Goudenband. Quite thin body and not much aftertaste.

This is OK but could be a bit more flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2003 23:40:14 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of beerguy101


2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Possible over the hill bottle. Dark brown color, small head, vinous aroma. Full flavored brown ale, some oak character. Deep malt flavor. Very mild and smooth taste. Mouthfeel is a little thin, expected it to be fuller from the taste. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is vinous and a little malty. Note: There was a lot of soild yucky looking sediments in the bottom of the glass. Old beer or natural for this beer? Need to retaste.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2003 02:56:18 | More by beerguy101
Photo of jcalabre


2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 13 November 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
I had this beer at a Belgian Beer tasting at Hi Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, California. Among the ten or twelve beers we sampled (the tasting was sponsored by a distributor, so it was their product line) was this Petru Oud Bruin. In short, like the other Belgians that night, None of these was a world class beer, most were second or third tier beer.
This beer was light bodied, had no nose and had a slightly nutty flavor. I'd recommend looking at reviews for others in this style, if you're interested in trying it.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 20:12:50 | More by jcalabre
Photo of Gueuzedude


2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a murky brown to amber in color. Topped by a thin wispy head. Smells tart and vinuous. The first impression is that this beer is lightly sour, not as much as I was expecting from this beer. A fairly dry beer as well. At first, when cold, there is not too much flavor. It is lightly carbonated, with notes of sour plum in it, as it warms up. It does become slightly more sour as well, and it becomes a bit fuller in the mouth. Overall a fairly simplistic version of a sour Flemish ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 16:52:47 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of ADR


4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky clove brown appearance with a nice rising tan head that's slick and creamy. Arching laces. Very sharp aroma, apple vinegar and sport peppers. Interesting flavors, tartness, some sense of raisin and fruitcake and a bit of beef stake. Finishes on a citric note with a bare metallic astringency and a malty catch in the back of the throat. Nicely carbonated, bring some life to what could be too harsh. Interestingly balanced. The small bottle is about the right amount to my tastes, can't say it is remarkably drinkable.

Source: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2003 14:43:28 | More by ADR
Photo of putnam


4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown with blood highlights,

smells like dark linen sheets of pressed morello cherries...& ginger rum cake with blisters of melting chocolate.
smells sour, tastes soft.
"a cleaned-up rodenbach"
smells like cherry-colored sparklers on the 4th of July.
Even, subtle, cherry juice flavors together with burned graham crackers, chimney and rye cracker tease lightly until the all-too-soon finish of mineral water flushes the palate. Maybe I'm a sucker for the style, but it's a good beer. Watered down vis a vis Rodenbach or Liefmans but soulful nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2003 23:31:53 | More by putnam
Photo of Elemental


3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - a 8.4 oz bottle with a drawing of the oak casks used to age the ale

Appearance - A nice dark brown that pours with a nice mellow head

Smell - Slightly woody as you would expect from something aged in a oak cask for two years. Slightly floural with a hint of sourness.

Taste - sweet and malty. not very bitter and not to spicy with a hint of citrus. A bit woody making the beer nice and flavorful. the only down fall is that its a bit too sour for me once the sweetness wears off.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 04:09:31 | More by Elemental
Photo of waughbrew


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

medium head, leaves lace. dark reddish rust color. beautiful smell of acidity from the wood, aome raisins from the dark malts. taste is very pleasant and balanced. The finish is a little too quick and simple, kind of reminds me of a beer using 1056 yeast, although I very much doubt that they do. medium body, medium viscosity. This beer is very drinkable and I would have it often if it were not so expensive.

[$2.84 american dollars for 8.4 fl. oz. bottle]

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2003 02:28:31 | More by waughbrew
Photo of DrunkenPanther


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a chocolately brown with a thin lacy head and tiny Belium bubbles.

Scent was a light and tart smell. Very crisp, but also very light. Was not overpowering at all and did not really give away to how sour the taste may be.

The taste was crisp and light. The draft I had was served at a pretty chilled temperature, so that may have had something to do with how crisp it was. It does leave a sour aftertaste that goes away quickly.

Very good sour beer for those who would like to try a sour, but are not ready for the super sour beers like a Berliner Weiss style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2003 16:07:14 | More by DrunkenPanther
Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,042 ratings.