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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1,042
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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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - deep tawney-brown with red highlights and a nice bit of head.

Smell - Much less intense than I expected. A little bit of sour cherry and a little bit of balsamic vinegar and caramel, but very soft, with a subtle sweet smell and a hint of vanilla.

Very well carbonated.

Taste - Again, very soft and leaning more towards sweet than sour. A slight cherry flavour is present, but overall very restrained and reserved. Nowhere near as sour or complex as I expected from this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 23:44:16 | More by
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3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep red color. Nose a little cellar, we feel that the beer comes from more than 12 months of barrel fermentation. Macerated fruit but also great power. Slightly tannic palate but without original flavors if not subtle acidity made ​​by some currants. It just also add persistence in the aftertaste that sounds a little card. So a good oud bruin but very foolish and unable to stand Liefmans standards.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 15:04:03 | More by ThaCreep
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3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Love this beer style, but this particular one leaves me wanting more.

It looks fine on the pour — maroonish brown with a decent head — and the traditionally sour smell (sour cherries and vinegar) is there, but it goes slightly downhill from there.

The sour taste gives way too much to sweetness, and it doesn't have the crispiness I was expecting, giving it a watery mouthfeel.

This is not a bad beer, but also not one I'd reach for when in want of an oud bruin.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 17:24:44 | More by CaptainPiret
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Kept seeing this around so I finally grabbed it...

The basics: $3.99/11.2oz. bottle and 5.5% ABV...

I'm getting sick and have a sore throat so maybe it's not the best day to review a brew, but I have to finish my project...It would be shame to "b-ruin" it at day 332, now wouldn't it!!??

<groan> I know, that was bad...

This beer is browinsh red. It has very good, champagne like carbonation. Almost too much. It comes of soda pop-ish...Lacing is decent, as is the head. Nice looking apart from the vibrant carbonation.

Aromas are somewhat muted, but I get some nice sour cherry notes in there. Very pleasant and understated. A handful of caramel malt, too. Almost has a sweetness to it I can't quite places - like a cherry pie with a dash of cinnamon...Pretty cool...

Flavor is rambunctious...It's very spritzy due to the carbonation, and that quickly is replaced by a sharp sourness like cherry juice. Doesn't last long as the carbonation kind of washes some of these nicer qualities away. Finish is long and only a touch bitter, mostly clean. Interesting beer, not sure I'd rank it in the top tier because it's not really robust enough for me, but it's a very pleasant beer and probably excellent during Summer with a grilled chicken sandwich.

What I like most: The pleasantly understated cherry notes throughout

What I like least: The lack of robustness.

Verdict: Very nice and refreshing, but not top tier. A good beer that's worth trying, but I'd prefer slightly less vibrant carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 03:34:26 | More by SolomonGrundy
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown in appearance, nice foamy biscuit colored head.

S: A mixture of sweet and sour cherries.

T: Higher carbonation than I expected and a little sweeter. Though it does have a nice, subtle sour taste which I liked.

M: As noted, carbonation will be the first thing you notice.

O: Good drinker and I thought this was a well balance and unique beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 00:05:22 | More by Prime16
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3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a DFH snifter

pours a deep ruby brown with a light creamy head. excellent retention.

very light sweet candy. hints of overly sweet and candied cherries. faint hint of oak.

a bit tart up front. light oak and cherry with a very dry malty backbone. i pick up a bit of oxidization. lots of dry oak in the finish.

nice dryness. moderate to light body with a mild carbonation.

overall, this is a bit on a average side. nothing really stands out.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 18:17:56 | More by hooliganlife
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

(A)- Gusher! Pours a deep and dark mahogany color with some reddish highlights. Produced a great eggshell colored head with good retention. Lots of lacing.

(S)- A dry earthy vinegar-like fruit tartness. Very lightly funky in a lactic sense.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice dry earthy-like dry oak with some tart fruits and a mild vinegar bite.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Milder that I anticipated, but is smoother and easier on the palate without sacrificing any flavor.

(D)- For the money, a great bang for your buck style-wise. Smooth and easy drinking, while still fitting the style well. Quite sessionable when you are looking for a Oud Bruin.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 00:45:07 | More by sweemzander
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

This looks ruby/garnet/brown when held up to light, small head with more lacing than I expected. No real visible carbonation.

Smells tart and sour in all the right ways, but not overwhelming. This beer's best quality.

Taste is lightly sour, with dark fruits and black cherry flavors. Flavors are quite light, and it finishes vaguely fruity and quite watery.

A very easy drinker, and the least imposing "sour" beer I've ever had. The aroma had me pretty excited, but the flavor, while not bad at all, is very subdued from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 02:40:42 | More by musicforairports
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3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish-brown with a nice fluffy off-white head. Shows some signs of carbonation on a pour.

Smells great. Some sour and tart cherries, some hints of vinegar. Smells like a great sour ale on the nose.

Taste is not nearly as the smell would let on. More sort of tart than anything, but still tasty. Not bitter at all, real smooth.

Very carbonated in the mouth, which leaves a weird sensation. I think I would like it a bunch more if this was more sour. Feels sort of wasted with such a mild taste.

Overall, it's okay. Not a strong sourness at all, which is a little disappointing, but I'm not too mad I got this. Worth a shot if you're into the style, but I wouldn't recommend going in with huge expectations. :x

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 02:49:33 | More by RTJakarta
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3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A - Pours a nice redish brown color, with a foamy 2 finger off-white head.

S - Full of tart, sour cherries and a slight vinegar note.

T - Sour when it hits the front of the tongue, then really mellows out when it goes back. Really unique sour, roasty dark fruit flavor, but not too sour.

M - Has a medium mouthfeel, with some good carbonation.

O - This is my first flanders-style ale, and I wasn't sure I was gonna like it. I was pleasantly suprised. Smells more sour than it really is, rounds out nicely on the pallete. I'm not sure I will buy it again, but I will drink this one, and I'm glad I've tried it.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 06:17:14 | More by Rizalini
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3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark Brown with nice 1 finger head. Nice lacing

S-Has a tart cherry smell with some sweetness

T-Tastes like a tart cherry juice, with some grape wine like notes. Has very little bitterness.Nice Earhty tones

M-Light Bodied with Little carbonation

D-Very Easy to drink, The flavors and booze combine well. Nothing really great about this beer but def. a nice drinkable beer

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 16:13:41 | More by zrab11
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3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass from a bottle.

A - Pours a light brown, forming a thin 1 inch head that fades quickly. Light rings of lace on the glass.

S - Light malt and funk on the nose.

T - Sour fruit taste up front, a bit vinegary, with a light malty backbone. No signs of oak.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. Very clean but the high carbonation makes the finish very tingly.

D - Interesting flavor and aroma. The body is a little thinner than expected. Still this stands out as a different style than your everyday stouts and pales. Not as good as the Petrus Oak Pale, but still very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 04:42:24 | More by beeragent
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a flute. Poured a dark crimson brown with a 2 finger foamy tan head and lacing present throughout.

Smell was cherries, funk, and a bit of oak.

Taste was tart but not sour with a hint of cherry and oak with just a bit of metallic tang in the middle.

Mouthfeel was smooth and finished dry and clean.

Good carbonation and taste although it was a little weak compared to others of its kind. That being said I would like to try this again as it was drinkable and I need a second opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 21:24:28 | More by Geuzedad
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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in Darkness snifter

A: Pours a deep brown with a dark khaki head. Dark ruby highlights. Sticky lace.

S: Tart cherries jump out of the glass. Hints of funk here and there. Underlying sweetness.

T: Sweet and tart black cherry juice. Little to no bitterness. Subtle and complex. Something new with each sip. Some grape and wine-like character. Oaky and slightly tannic. Earthy at times. Hints of leather. Impressive.

M: Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation.

D: Easy to drink, yet wonderfully complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 22:52:21 | More by AdamGarcia
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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 750 at Hyde Park Market and brought it back home to split. Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

This poured a fairly dark brown that had some orange notes when held to the light. It was much more carbonated than most other sours I've had and left a surprisingly white head that dissipated and stayed on top of the beer.

The beer's nose is sour and somewhat funky. It's inviting and makes the beer seem like it's going to be complex and tasty. I know I've enjoyed the Aged Pale, so I'm starting to get excited...

Then I sip the beer. Where the hell did the flavor go? Very muted sourness and taste in general. I wish more was here. There are occasional hints of potential, but it just never comes together.

That being said, it's got good carbonation and finishes clean. I could shotgun this. Does that make it drinkable? This beer was kind of a mystery and I wish it was more. Hrm.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 04:59:20 | More by UTCengOwl
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with two fingers of head that dissipates quickly.

N: Sour cherry, strawberries and brown sugar.

T: Strawberries, cherry, medicinal grape, toffee, brown sugar and a little cocoa.

M: Light bodied and smooth.

D: Pretty good drinkability but couldn't handle more than a couple at a time.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 19:16:37 | More by justintcoons
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3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a genuinely pleasant red-brown colour, quite clear, but lusciously coloured. Head is consistent and frothy, a very light-brown tinged with pink. Lacing is thick-bubbled and sudsy. Carbonation is very fine and very languid. Overall, it looks damn good.

Nose is sweet, with vanilla custard dominant, although there's a slight oak and acidity coming through as well. Some vinous characters, and some earthy wood. The sweetness is surprisingly strong, however, and it mellows the other characters very nicely.

Taste, is really, extremely disappointing. There's almost no hint of oak or acidity, and the sweetness only exists as a phantasm on the palate, leaving the main event to an empty watery character, and a slightly metallic copper bitterness. Very faint bite on the back, but not even a round Belgian character to finish it up, just that metallic note. It's not unpleasant, but it's very tame and very disappointing.

Feel is also very flat, despite the nice-looking carbonation and the hint of depth to the body.

Extremely disappointed in this one. I hear the Aged Pale is better, but it would have to be. This doesn't even exhibit the classical Belgian characteristics which would give it an edge, and for an Oud Bruin, I expected a lot more.

Certainly not a bad beer, and certainly one I'd drink happily if it were available, but also as certainly not something extravagant and special.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 10:22:33 | More by lacqueredmouse
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4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish brown. Good clarity. No head in my flute glass.
S: Dark fruit.
T: Slightly tart, not vinegary. Berry fruitiness, especially cherry and grapes. Sweetness low, which saves it from the fate of the dreaded sweet-sour Flanders, and makes it quite drinkable.
M: Highly carbonated. Light body.
O: Very drinkable. I liked this one a lot. It might not have been super complex, but it was very well balanced and pleasant to drink. Comparable to Bellegems, maybe someday I'll have to do a blind tastings.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 03:02:17 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper with a foamy, beige-colored head. Aromas of balsamic vinegar, sour apples and cider.

Taste mirrors the nose: opens sour with sharp notes of balsamic vinegar, sour apples and cider. Crisp mouthfeel with light carbonation. Spiced yeast surfaces with subtler expressions of oak and smokey peat. Metallic notes bring up the middle, not pleasant at all. A brief nod to sour cherries emerges before defaulting back to metallic note. Finishes dry.

Not sure what's going on with the metallic presence. Infected yeast? Regardless, certainly not as impressive as Petrus Aged Pale. Considering the perceived off taste, probably worth another try.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 05:08:38 | More by CaptainIPA
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3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Bottle poured into a flute, deep crimson to brown in color, with ruby red highlights. 2 finger bubbly just off white head. Decent retention, no real lace to speak of.

Smell- Pretty sweet, vinous and earthy. Dark fruit notes.

Taste- Very grapey and fruity. Pretty dry overall, taste alot like wine. This is not sour and I would even hesitate to call it tart.

Mouthfeel- Light body and high carbonation.

Overall- Ok beer, but not a great example of the style. Does not have near the complexity of the better examples of the style. This is non-offensive, but even Monks Cafe is better steping stone into Oud Bruins.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 01:34:25 | More by JLeege
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South Carolina

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

Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured deep brown with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount fairly quickly. Maintains decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is comprised of sweet malt and slight sour funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, slight sour, and fruit on the followthrough. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew was pretty nice and smooth. Had a nice flavor, but the aroma was kind of weak as far as intensity. The flavor was very pleasing though and I would recommend this to anyone who likes the style without hesitation.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 17:54:18 | More by thagr81us
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2.25/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A-brown, not a thick brown. uneven light tan head. very bubbly

S-smells like molasses and brown sugar. mild strength

T-hmmm this is quite interesting. if i were to close my eyes and taste this...i'd say its a sparkling red wine! the only differing taste is a slight hint of molasses that comes in with the after-taste. not sure if its the style or the beer...but this is not for me. there's a sourness to it as well.

M-medium to heavy carbonation with a dry finish.

D-well considering I wanted it to be over once I took my first sip...I'll say this isn't too drinkable. i feel this is a beer for wine lovers but not for too many beer lovers. a full bottle is difficult to finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 04:05:45 | More by AdamBear
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a dark amber to cherry color that leaves a tan 1 finger head which fades very fast. Lots of little bubbles coat the snifter. Looks clear and refreshing.

S - As I bring the snifter to my nose I get sour cherries, maybe raspberries and blackberries and also some wood. Oakiness? Smells pretty good. Sour and sweet definitely come through.

T - The cherry is indeed in the forefront. Very tart then turns sweet and oaky. Pretty yummy.

M - Lots of carbination on the tounge. The tartness makes me pucker a little but its good.

D - A drinkable beer but the carbination could be toned down and I'm intrigued to know if the tartness would dissapear with age and the sweetness would come through a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 02:04:50 | More by Tifore
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South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a 250mL chalice at Petrus Brasserie in Ypres/Ieper.

A: The beer is a pure brown with a clarity when held to light. Head was 1 finger with moderate retention.

S: Must and a hint of red wine. Brown sugar and a bit of wood and tobacco.

T: Slightly sweet. Light and somewhat fruity with a bit of malt character. Finishes with brown sugar and some dark fruits.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2010 04:28:58 | More by BucBasil
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North Carolina

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

Poured a murky brown with a decent amount of foam which subsided rather quickly to a simmering layer on top of the ale.

Aromas were okay, but not as sharp or impressive as other's of this style I've had. Slightly musty, a bit fruity and a bit of vinegar.

Taste was also good but not great. Flavors were fairly muted; apple cider vinegar, light malts, some fruits; but nothing that really stood out.

Mouthfeel was pretty good. Light and refreshing with a crisp finish.

Overall, this was an okay beer, but I've had others of the style that I prefer, such as Monk's Cafe.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 14:46:54 | More by doppelmeup
Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,042 ratings.