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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1,075
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 18
Gots: 56 | 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 SeanChouffe
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 25cl brown bottle with freshness date ? 22/07/05

Brown/red color tan head, light co2, head diminishes rapidly. Lacing is stickly and the head leaves a decent film. Aroma is wine like -sour and astringent, with light caramel and some fruity notes. Flavor is tart and metallic with an effervescent bite. Mouthfeel is light bodied; lively and creamy with an astringent finish.

Not a big fan of the style, but this beer has some interesting facets. Good mouthfeel and an evolving taste.

SeanChouffe, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of pootz
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought in a "gift pack"...3 Petrus brews plus trappiste tulip glass...pour reveals a slightly cloudy deep red-brown...aromas are articulated...cherry-grape-raisin and a slight alcohol wisp...Starts creamy right off..the body is remarkably clean (not viscous) for such a strong smelling/ tasting ale..it runs the gamut...grapes, cherries, raisins..some toffee and all in balance with this incredible souring that is not overly pronounced...not sweet not sour...lovely fruit tastes and a great finish of sweet/sour fruits with a nice smoky oak finish.., a nice specialty drink from Belgium.

pootz, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of IronDjinn
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first sample of an oud bruin style, found in Vancouver. Slender brown 250ml bottle, bergundy foil around the neck and cap. Best before date on front label is 22/07/05.

I passed on pouring it into tulip stemware and used my small Hoegaarden glass instead. In doing so I managed to get a beautiful large off-white head on the pour, thick and creamy, very dense. It leaves a decent sized cap all the way down the glass, and a fair amount of sticky lacing. The body is a deep murky walnut colour, but when held up to direct light it transforms into a stunning clear cherry oak hue, an absolutely enchanting work of alchemy. Sour cherry immdeiately hits me from the aroma, dates and currents and a vinuous quality to it. Malty dried fruit appear first in the flavour, but is soon overtaken by an undercurrent of sour cherry all the way to the finish, where a more black current flavour rounds out on the aftertaste, rounding the edges of the sharp acidity. Light creamy mouthfeel, but the jaggedness of the acidity doesn't appeal to me that much, I can now see how a wine glass may be more ideal to serve this in for more than one reason. Would make a lovely after dinner drink, but I couldn't see having more than one in any sitting. Even the 250 ml serving seems a little much for me. I could be content to hold the glass up to the light and gaze at it all day, and slowly work on it.

IronDjinn, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of drewbage
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into a Belgian Tulip glass at Lucky Baldwin's

Beer pours soft brown with barely any head (what little is lighttly tan) and an aroma that is partially old spicy fruit and a light metallic twang.

Beer tastes of big leathery brown fruit with a fruity sourness like a bowl of cherries and lemons mixed with brown sugar.

Overall an easy to approach take on the oud bruin. While it lacks the overall complexity of the best examples of the style it still does a palate good.

drewbage, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of bigbubba
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a dark reddish brown beer with very little head. The head that did apear dissipated quickly. The smells of red wine and cider stood out. The flavor was sweet and malty but not very flavorful. The oak barrel aging was evident. It was very smooth and easy to drink. All in all it is a good beer. It's just not as complex or interesting as I had been hoping for.

bigbubba, May 16, 2004
Photo of oggg
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a red wine glass. It resisted foaming and the tiny head shrunk even more as I watched. No lace. It is a dark murky brown just lighter at the edges. At the bottom of the bottle there was a thick sediment.

As soon as I cracked this bottle open, I was hit by a sort of apple cider smell. After pouring and warming, the scent gets stronger, but there is a bold sourness. It is also fruity and somewhat earthy. Very lovely.

After a nice wave of crisp carbonation, the tongue meets the sour apple. It's very different from anything else I've had, but it isn't unpleasant. There is alot of sweetness up front, too. There is a very subtle caramel/toffee flavor that surfaces a moment before being beat down by the sourness. There is no harshness or bitterness to speak of. Though there is a lot of sweetness early on, the finish is pleasantly dry.

There are a lot of flavors going around, but behind it all, it's a little thin. Towards the end it's a little oily. Overall very smooth.

Interesting beer to sip and review. Just what I imagined it to be from reading about these oddball beers. Not really sure what to drink it with or when to drink it.

oggg, May 12, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown with lasting lace. Soft on tongue. pronounced cherry tart taste, Carbonation and malt balance. Sour but pleasant aftertaste. Dessert, but only one possible..
1.75 years later, lots of lace. Well malted and balanced cherry pie, easy drink. One standard deviation in complexity.

Sammy, May 05, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear ruby brown body with a sticky off-white head. Aroma is balsamic with almost no barrel character though which annoys me when you display them on the label. Bready, yeasty. Taste is a little bland, very short aftertaste, restrained sourness and a little empty. I came close to writing plastic also, but that's pushing it far. Bitter finish, medium body, creamy and biting, too much actually. This may be the only unremarkable beer of the day, but trust me that you're in for something with their aged pale!

Rastacouere, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
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.

GCBrewingCo, Feb 25, 2004
Photo of canucklehead
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

canucklehead, Feb 09, 2004
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.

pezoids, Feb 08, 2004
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.

xgrigorix, Feb 06, 2004
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.

claytri, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 26, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
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.

Popsinc, Dec 30, 2003
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!

BeerManDan, Dec 28, 2003
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.

CharlesRiver, Dec 13, 2003
Photo of TerryW
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.

TerryW, Dec 11, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
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.

Shiloh, Dec 06, 2003
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.

crookedhalo, Nov 24, 2003
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.

marc77, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of saltydog
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.

saltydog, Oct 20, 2003
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.

RoyalT, Oct 06, 2003
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.

ViveLaChouffe, Oct 02, 2003
Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,075 ratings.