Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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1,127 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,127
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 19
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of spoony
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From an 11.2 oz into a tulip.

A-The brew has a pretty dark cherry/cola color. It is mostly clear with a couple streams of visible carbonation to be seen. The head is dark tan and it fades pretty quickly from 1.5 fingers to a thin cap. The cap eventually leaves, too.

S-I picked up some cherries, vanilla, and lightly tart grapes. It is not nearly as sour as one might expect. In fact, the beer has more malty and sweet notes than true sour notes. Quite mild with just a little bit o funk and oak to convince you that, in fact, you are drinking an oud bruin.

T-Tastes follows the smell pretty closely. The vanilla grows a little as the beer warms, but the beer never becomes terribly complex and the lack of concentration in flavor lends a slightly watery component to it all. There is just a sweet mix of cherry, vanilla, and a light malted flavor with a sweet finish. Not unpleasant, but not on par with the better examples of the style.

M-Lighter to medium bodied with a carbonation that, while noticeable, doesn't seem to add much to the brew. A touch slick feeling when the beer gets close to room temperature.

O-This is not a bad beer, just not a great one. It lacks the complexity and intensity that I look for in this style. I suppose the cherry/vanilla components of this brew would pair with some blue cheese or something similarly sharp, but I did not find myself wanting to drink more.

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of hopley
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of bkrbdan
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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

another sampler pack with the petrus in it. the last one was bad and the beer exploded upon opening each of them (expensive!). this sampler pack is called "sour power" and includes six bottles of "sour" brews...
pours a very dark brown with no head (which worries me after that last sampler pack).
does not smell sour (worried more....); but does have a funky bad-malt aroma to it...
here comes the taste... acidic, fruity-sour. i guess 'tart' works for this description... i get a little grape, too.
medium body, low carbonation.
overall, this is okay. i dont like the smell as i take more sips, but i think i can finish this bottle. i have seen this before, and thought i had tried it before, but a lot of their bottles look alike. i really like the petrus aged ale which is the true "sour". as i drink a few more sips, i decide i can do these (maybe apprehensive/worried about that last spoiled sa,pler pack?) and it's a decent brew. a little surprised it's only 5.5% abv, but i can respect that....

Photo of LocalPoke
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of JxExM
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jjanega08
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No known freshness dating.
Bottle stamped
41022

A= Pours a deep brown color with a lively finger of head that falls fast to a ring around the glass leaving behind little lacing.

S= Smells like a strong tartness as well as a nice malty aroma. A little more malty than I expected.

T= The taste is very similar to the nose. Not overpoweringly tart. Quite mild actually. There is a nice malty sweetness that cuts the tartness and a little amount of barrel aging. There isn't too much else going on. A quite mild beer.

M= The mouth is very bubbly. A sort of bubble without flavor. Almost a seltzer water bubble.

O= This thing isn't quite what I was expecting. A little light on flavor for me. Little flavor and sort of watery. Reminds me of a tonic water actually. Check it out and judge for yourself.

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

Pours a deep reddish tinted brown, minimal head but active bubbles. Scent leads with dark, vinous fruit, some brown sugary sweetness with the faintest hints of earthy funk and damp wood. Taste brings the fruit but lacking in tartness or acidic sharpness expected in style, sugary sweet malts, but not overly powerful, light caramel, notes of damp oak and earth on the back end. Medium bodied, moderately bubble. Decent beer, but not the best representation of the style.

Photo of BlueFeetAndBeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep brown with a light red hue with a small off white head with decent retention into a flute
S: very faint aroma but from what I can smell it has a light chocolate smell, a bit of cherry fruitiness, some light sourness
T: light sourness, slight cherry, a bit of dark malt flavor, some oak, slight residual sweetnesss. swallow brings a slight sourness and funk with a bit more light cherry
M: fairly light in the mouth with ample but soft carbonation slightly dry finish
O: not bad but not great. a bit too light in flavor for my liking a little too much old and not enough young

Photo of gpawned
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of tripledbrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of bmwats
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 33 cl bottle, into a tulip.

A: Medium dark brown. Lots of effervescence. Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, brown-white head. Settles quickly leaving only a slight covering of a bubbly blanket. Very sporadic lacing.

S: Oaky and papery with a light fruity tone.

T: Lightly fruity, acidic, with a very light bready base.

M: Light with a slightly pungent, lingering, aftertaste.

D: Goes down easy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, lots of carbonation, fair head, but no lacing. Nose is woody and fruity. Flavor is a little bread, accentuated with a lightly acidic fruity tone. Light and fruity. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel snifter. The beer looks brown coming out of the bottle, but in a glass held up to the light it looks deep ruby-red (beautiful). There is a nice big tan head that has surprising good retention for a beer with this acidity. The nose is very faint. I get some fruity esters that smell like ripe cherries. As the beer warms a bit, the nose takes on some nice sweet malty notes (like toffee).

The beer has a medium body and a firm mouthfeel. The feel is enhanced by the carbonation, which stimulates the palate nicely. On the front of the tongue, I get faint toasty notes and pleasantly tart cherries and blueberries. The hop character is practically nonexistent and the mild acidity extends across the entire palate. I don't get much malt character, besides the toasty notes mentioned earlier. The finish has a slight touch of spice and apple-like sweetness, but it doesn't linger very long.

Overall, this is a very refreshing, though light-flavored, beer. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. A nice entry beer for someone just starting to explore the weird world of sours. I think I prefer Petrus Aged Pale better. The flavor of that beer is a bit more intense and interesting.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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

A: A deep copper with excellent clarity. The long lasting, medium-tan head is comprised of fine bubble and leaves lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is mainly a moderate tart/sour aroma with some fruit, mostly dried cherries. There is a sweet aroma giving a Smarties type impression with the fruit and tart aroma. No hops, no malt, no diacetyl. Light notes of chocolate come it warms.

T: This has a nicely balanced sweet-tart flavor with a tartness being slightly stronger than the sweetness. There is little hops bitterness and no flavor. The fruit flavors are mostly tart cherry. There is some light spicy and vanilla flavors.

M: Medium bodied with moderately-high carbonation. Somewhat smooth.

O: This is a great, balanced sour beer. It not to sour and is great a example to introduce wine drinkers to a complex, flavorful beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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

330mL (40323) into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear mahogany w/ a thick off-white head, sticky lacing.

Aroma is tart, grapey, oaky. Smells a bit like grape juice.

Taste follows nose. Dark malt, grapes, oak. A little thin - almost like a blend of oak-aged and non-aged ales.

Mouthfeel is a little prickly, dry.

Overall a middle-of-the-road FOB, nothing bad about it but also not one I'll seek out again.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,127 ratings.