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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1,052
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 16
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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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)
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Photo of RoyalT


3.18/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

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


3.23/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

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


2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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.

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


2.53/5  rDev -31.3%

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.

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


2.98/5  rDev -19%

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.

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


4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

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

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


4.38/5  rDev +19%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

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]

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


3.9/5  rDev +6%

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.

03-31-2003 16:07:14 | More by DrunkenPanther
Photo of Hhawk06


4.33/5  rDev +17.7%

I was excited to crack into this one as it came in a small 8.4 oz. bottle. I was expecting great things from small packages. The label claims the beer has been aged 2 years, interesting enough. Anyway, it poured with a pure brown look, nothing more or less. It smells of an old fruit covered cask, yum. I immediately sensed some candy-like aspects on contact. Sparkling sweet overtones layers nicely on a dull subtle cherry wood essence. This is a well planned, top notch brew.

03-16-2003 09:20:18 | More by Hhawk06
Photo of elmocoso


4.45/5  rDev +20.9%

This was one of my first attempts at a Belgian, and i wasn't let down. What an interesting beverage. Complex, different, and a perfect beer to sip and reflect on all of the merits of beer.

There was a great tartness in all of the characteristics of this beverage.

It poured a beautiful rich dull brown that looked quite hazy, almost like a chocolate milk. I see from other reviews that it has been described as clear. My impression could have been from the lack of lights in the bar i was in. There was a niced little head reduced to a collar and it was absalutly beautiful all around.

The taste was sharp and bit on the side of the tounge, but not in a bad way. It was complex and had a wonderful tartness and a mild taste of alcohol.

The aroma was also tart and sharp in the nose, but every whif begged for a drink and i was more than happy to comply.

Overall, this is a great sipper and wonderfull treat after dinner, before dinner or durring dinner. It is also a wonderful introduction to Belgian beers and i cant wait to travel the long Belgian road.

02-28-2003 08:17:35 | More by elmocoso
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

The only beer that I have ever tried to compare to this beer is the Goudenband, and I really didn't like it very sour. However, the Petrus Oud Bruin definitely found acceptance with my palate and found a spot as one of my favorite most unique beers I have tasted in awhile. Served in a nice sized goblet, this beer gives of a slightly tinted amber brown with an off white rising head. The aroma is that of fruit and malt sweetness, and I found no sourness at all to the smell. The first sip was very sweet, and the fruit and candi sugar sweetness complements with a tart apple sharpness that is very enjoyable. A well done belgium brew that I find may be on of the best, especially within it's style. A medium bodied brew with a pretty good drinkability leaves a nice dryness. The drinkability would be a lot higher, but the sourness may be hard to handle after a few of these.

02-24-2003 13:06:17 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of 49degrees

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

My second Bavik (Petrus) from a lot of 3 different bottles I picked up a couple of weeks ago. After being severely disappointed in the first [Winterbier] I was hesitant in tackling the second. This one thankfully, was considerably better but still failed to offer up everything that I would have hoped for in a Belgian brew. [While I'm no Belgian beer expert, I've had the opportunity to enjoy more than 25 different Belgian brews to this point, of which most presented very consistent characteristics that made me and like many other beer fans, instant Belgian beer fans).

Petrus Old Brown is packaged in a very small 8.4fl oz brown bottle with a foil capped enclosure. On opening the brew delivered a brief spritz (almost pop like) and gave off a very very sour aroma.

Pours an exceptionally dark brown color with a big bubbly, oily brown head that slowly gave way to a foamy surface cover along with extensive glass lacing. Thankfully this one doesn't suffer from the beavy of yeast particles that their Winterbier had.

Quite aromatic with heavy fruity aromas similar to that of fruit cake, extensive malty smells, and even a slight burnt toastiness to it.

Taste wise, the brew is suprisingly mellow. Quite reserved in characteristics but also very oily for a beer, but I found that the oily complexure here wasn't quite like that of a Stout.. Lots of fruity flavors run through the palette like blood orange, cherry, figs and prunes. There is definitely some yeast in the flavor, but not in the texture (a nice plus). Interestingly, although this one is promoted as "aged in oak casks for 2 years," it does not delivery a heavy oak flavor in the palette, although there is a slight hint in it, don't expect an oaky hit like you'll get in some of the drier Chardonnay wines on the market.

Compared to my first Petrius experience, this one was considerably better, but still not deliverying everything that I'd hoped for. Still, if you're looking for something different, this is still soemthing worth a closer look.

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 8.4 oz bottle / ABV: 5.5% / PRICE: $2.89 USD ]

02-07-2003 17:42:12 | More by 49degrees
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.15/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

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


3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

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


2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

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


3.43/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

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

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev 0%

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.

10-24-2002 19:32:11 | More by jdhilt
Photo of mzwolinski


2.8/5  rDev -23.9%

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.

10-23-2002 09:27:59 | More by mzwolinski
Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,052 ratings.