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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1,038
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 16
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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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 TheLongBeachBum


4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up 3 Bavik beers from the Petrus range tonight.
The first of these is the Petrus Old Brown Ale (Aged in Oak Casks for 2 Years), listed as 5.5% ABV and comes in a small 8.4 fl.oz. bottle with a dark copper foil cap.
The body of the beer is a lovely brown color, not much of a surprise there then (LOL). It is exceptionally clear and really looks the part. Head is a very thin collar, but an incredibly resilient, ever present smooth tan coating.
Aromas are – Ah Yes, Aged Brown Ale!!!. Initial smells remind me of a Malt Vinegar soaked plate of Tripe, mixed with the deep nose of rustic wood shavings that have been left outside near a chopping block after being left in the rain for a few days. This in turn is all intermingled with a refreshing hint of a rather spritzy fresh young lambic. Marvelous! A quick swirl reveals intense carbonation within the beer; this continually comes out of solution when swirled and replenishes the rather thin, but always whole, head.
Note: This is actually a give away that is a “blended” Brown Ale, where aged Brown Ale is actually blended with a younger Brown – this invigorates the beer somewhat before bottling when additional CO2 may be added. Déjà vu > Gueuze ????
Initial impressions are of the high carbonation and the fresh lively mouthfeel this beer has as soon as it hits the tongue and inner cheeks. The effervescence contributes to this beers lovely silky mouth coating quality. Quite intense at first. A slight malt dominated sourness introduces the front of the beer, dare I say that is a sourness that is more of a commercially acceptable one, but nevertheless well placed. Middle is dark, slight fruitiness with wooden hints that lead to a quick finish that sometimes feels dry. Aftertaste in the mouth can last for some time after the beer has been consumed.
This would be a great “bridge” beer for anyone that has not had a ‘real’ Flemish Red Ale. All the tastes are here, but in a controlled manner. Certainly this beer should be on the road along traditional Flemish Red Ale and a stop off point before you tackle its more intense style counter parts Rodenbach Grand Cru, and at the journeys end, the irrepressible Duchesse de Bourgogne.
That said this is still a fine Old Brown Ale & very accomplished.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 20:28:53 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of zerk


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

Pours a clear dark brown with a thin cream colored head that leaves quite a bit of lace. Aroma is sour... with some apple and spice. Flavor begins with some vinegar sourness, and some dried prune, caramel, and apple notes... also has a peppery spiciness to the finish. Has a thin and spritzy body... almost like a sparkling wine. A nice rendition of a Flanders Ale, but not something I'm likely to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 19:07:14 | More by zerk
Photo of purplehops


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

This ale pours a striking walnut brown with a light tan head. The head is full of carbonation and clings to the sides of the glass leaving a nice lace pattern. The aroma is sweet and sour. Sweet malt vapors meld with strong acidic sour beer notes like that of a Belgian red ale. The taste starts with a rich maltiness that is quickly over powered by the oak sourness. The finish moves away from the sourness and has a blend of dry fruits with spice as its major taste components. The aftertaste is very dry with hints of sourness blending with malt sweetness. No hop presence here. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky with a slight effervescence on the tongue. This is a nice example of a Belgian Oud Bruin. A little more complexity in the taste and aftertaste and this would be a great Oud Bruin.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2002 09:44:14 | More by purplehops
Photo of ipogios


3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish colour topped by a fairly nice head. The aroma of this beer is quite weird. It reminds me of half a dozen familiar smells but none of which i can name. The flavor was refreshing and a bit fruity.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2002 05:19:44 | More by ipogios
Photo of StevieW


2.25/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Small brown 8.4oz bottle. Label depicts oak casks this is aged in for 2 years.

Burgundy to brown color. Thin, light, fizzy white head. Smell is sweet and sour combination of lambic like. Very sour apples smells, some subtle oak undertones. It went downhill from there. Taste was a highly carbonated, overly charged sour apples. Soda pop like feel, supercharged, just couldn't get anything going. Nearly lambic like in the sour carbonated finish. The label claims it is stored in oak casks for 2 years. This tastes like it was stored in an oak shoe and dirty sock for 2 years. To higly carbonated, thin, and flat out wierd tastes going on here. Very tough to finish, doesn't improve at is warms. I hope I got a bad batch. Not good.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2002 18:36:28 | More by StevieW
Photo of aracauna


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium dark reddish brown with fair number of suspended yeast particles. Light tan head is not sluggish but not excitable either. The arom is rose floral, brown sugar, wood and, for some reason that I have no clue of, ketchup. The flavor is clear and reserved with a slight fruitiness (apple?) with a mildly sour finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2002 23:45:05 | More by aracauna
Photo of Viking


3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark reddish brown body. Fairly clear, but you don't see much through a color as dark as this. Pours to a nice head, but it fades very quickly. Some faint traces of CO2 present in body. This beer smells heavenly, and my mouth watered as soon as I inhaled the aroma! Sour fruity aroma dominates the smell, but there's plenty of sweet malt to back it up. Slight grassy notes are also noticeable. Taste just doesn't really deliver. It's certainly not bad, but it's not what it could and should be. Slightly sour tasting brew, with notes of raisins and cherries. A bit malty, with a bit of oily bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty solid - nice and smooth. Overall, it's a good brew but I'll stick with Goudenband when I want an old brown.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2002 14:11:38 | More by Viking
Photo of nathi


4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful pour, nice light brown color with a reddish tint. Smell is amazing, musky and fruity with a sour note that is well balanced with the prune and raisin malt aroma. Sourness in the flavor is very nice and complex. Malt is in back but provides a nice sweet balance to the sourness. Surprisingly the oak character doesn’t come through a lot, not nearly as much as rodenbach. A very nice and drinkable sour brown.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2002 07:50:51 | More by nathi
Photo of Brent


4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first experience with this variety of Belgian beers, and I'm quite impressed. According to the label, this is aged two years in oak casks - certainly a mellow ale. Appearance is a murky, rootbeer brown with lively carbonation. Aroma is a sweet, brown sugar/fruit juice typical of many Belgian styles, in this case I detected pear most strongly. The flavor is unique, a little like Orval in the emphasis on pear. Mellow malt, but at the same time this has a pronounced tartness, very white wine-like. The finish is very clean, in a tart, tongue cleansing way.

The sour/tart character of this beer might not appeal to everyone, but I found it a great change of pace for a late evening sipper. The 8.5 oz. bottle is kind of small, but for this beer it is appropriate, as it is not something you would want to drink in bulk - this is a beer to sip and savor.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2002 21:04:17 | More by Brent
Photo of 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
Photo of mzwolinski


2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The first thing that hit me when I opened this beer was an overwhelming sour aroma. Much more so than recommended for the style. Reminiscent of cherries or green apples. By comparison the malt aroma is very very slight.

It's a pretty beer, though. Dark brown/ruby with a thin creamy head. Head actually dissipated a little quick for the style.

The sourness also comes through in the taste, especially at the start. Malt begins to assert itself midpalate, lend a medium-full bodiedness to the beer, and the finish is just slightly sweet with a very subtle hint of chocolate.

Overall, this beer strikes me a a bit unbalanced on the sour side. The contrast between sweet malt and sour esters can be pleasant, but here detracted from the overall drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2002 09:27:59 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of Realale


4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous transparent mahogany. The head dissipates quickly. Lovely nose of pit fruits, especially plums, with a mouth-watering sour note. Thick and a bit sweet on the palate with a bit of a burnt sugar taste. Nowhere near as acidic or tangy as the nose indicated, and a bit short. This bottle-conditioned beer is probably a bit past its prime, but nowhere near the five and half years past its prime that its "Best Before" date of February 19, 1997 would indicate. This beer has been in my wine cellar since purchase some 5+ years ago.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2002 10:23:58 | More by Realale
Photo of jreitman


4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a slight red hue. Tangy/fruity aromas in the nose. Very little head that dissipated quickly and was heard to resurrect. Lighter bodied than other beers in the style. Sweet and sour flavor leaning more towards the sweet. Overall a good beer in the style, but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2002 20:20:58 | More by jreitman
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Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
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