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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - brown, dark ruby-colored when held up to a light. About a finger's worth of light tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - very zesty-smelling, kind of like a more fizzy Port, or Lambic. Seems to have a bit of a grape smell to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel - quite zest right from the off. Still a bit of a tinge of grape throughout the tasting. Or maybe even pomegranate. It leaves you with a little bit of bite at the beginning, which is surely from the hops, but I can't tell what kind. The texture is a little on the creamier/frothier side.

Overall - very interesting brew and brew style! Unique in taste, but not intriguing. That is, there's not a lot of variety within the tasting itself, but the taste itself is interesting.

Nerudamann, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark amber body with substantial red highlights and very clear. An aggressive pour provides a big three-finger off-white head that has good retention and leaves a smattering of lacing.

The aroma is tart from the start. Cherry and green apple are the primary tones in the tart part of the aroma. A little dark fruit and a hint of Belgian spice in the background.

The flavor is less tart than I would have expected from the aroma. A little more caramel malt present and plenty of flavor from the oak barrels. The tart cherry and apple make for a nice fruity finish.

Fairly light in the mouthfeel. Very drinkable and enjoyable for the style. Would have expected a little more tartness in the flavor, but a good brew overall.

FanofHefe, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle date unknown, but I've had this one in my cellar for at least a year.

Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: Large, crackling layer of fizz off pour, which descends to a firm, tan crown. Deep brown body shines crimson in light and shows excellent clarity. Nice head retention and lace.

Smell: Prunes, figs, bread, and vinegar. Something about this aroma reminds me of rotting fruit though - maybe the mildly cloying sweetness mixed with vinegar. That off-note isn't overpowering though, and all in all the nose is satisfactory.

Taste: Prunes and raisins lay atop a sweet bread/pastry-like backbone. Cinnamon and clove peek through midway and carry into a spicy, lightly tart, lime zest finish.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, spicy, dry, and mildly tart. Medium-to-light in body with moderate carbonation. A bit too bland for me, but decent overall.

Overall: Not thrilling, lacks sourness, and possesses a few off flavors. In areas that lack sour ales though (e.g. Fresno, San Luis Obispo), this provides a bit of relief.

ThreeWiseMen, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
2.17/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle at Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town the other day. Served in a tulip alongside Petrus Aged Pale.

Pours a rusty amber color with a short off-white head and a few spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose carries some light bready malt and a bit of caramel. Amber malt. Some cherry and very light oak and acidity. The flavor brings some moderate malt and a touch of sweetness with light fruits. No real oak or acidity. Way, way off style. I don't get much of even a note of sourness out of this one. While I'm up for interpretation of styles, if you're going to call a beer an "Oud Bruin," it'd better have something more than light malt and a touch of fruit going on.

Thorpe429, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Franz4
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice foamy head that settles to a thin cap. Color is copper with a magenta tint to it when held up to the light.

S- nose is subtle, slightly tart with a little mustiness to it, a little tart apple and tart cherry. I appreciate the delicate subtlety to the nose. As the beer warms a bit more the nose becomes stronger and more complex.

T- The first thing that I notice is a slight cola-like flavor, then the fruits and mustiness come through delicately again, same as the nose. A bit of a cider-like "bite" to it as well.

M- Nice foamy carbonation in the mouth, seems quite dry with a lingering aftertaste. This doesn't add a lot to the beer, but it fits it about right.

O- I have to say I'm definitely becoming more of a fan of this style, as I've enjoyed several of these recently. I think this is a quality brew, very approachable, and it is very delicate, I would pair it with food very carefully as any strong flavors could potentially wash it out.

Franz4, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of ridglens
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Deschutes snifter, reviewed in low light.

A- Pours a huge fluffy head with a light cream color. head quickly dissipates to almost nothing, but a thick ring of foam at the edge remains. color through the glass is quite dark (low light?), with a very deep brown with dark cherry red tinges. Looks like a pretty beer to me.

S- Smell explodes right after pour, but quickly dies to something much more mild. Sour fruit right away, smells like tart apples and grapes, a little wood-ish smell coming through. Smells tasty! definitely some typical belgian spiciness coming through, orange peal and belgian yeast.

T- Not at all what i expected/did not match the smell that i was getting. A very tartness right at the beginning, but guickly gave way to a smoother and slightly sweeter taste. Lots of spicy / Belgian yeast flavors coming through. A lot more malty than i expected (not very experienced with the style to be fair), pretty smooth. definitely some fruit coming through, like some orange peels with a hint of bannanna-like taste. the tart grapes/apples from the nose are lost, but the beginning tartness gives an aftertaste/feel akin to drinking some tart apple/grape juice or cider.

M- despite the head dying quickly, the beer holds quite a bit of carbonation which comes out in the mouth. The beer is smooth and significant (though I wouldn't say thick). It leaves a dryness in the mouth despite some sweeter notes, again akin to a tart apple or something.

O- Pretty decent brew. i would like a little more developed flavor, as it seemed like a pretty basic Belgian flavor profile with a little tartness thrown in. I would have liked more sour-ness, but then i am probably looking to the wrong style for that. Not a bad brew, would drink it again but not one i would seek out (esp. at $4 for a 12 oz. bottle)

ridglens, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a mahogany color with a thick slightly off-white head that leaves a bit of lace behind.

S- Sweet cherries and some tart dark fruits. Not much in the hop department which seems to be right on style.

T- The cherries are more prevalent in the flavor with some fruity esters and spice. The finish is slightly sweet with barely in alcohol present. A bit of lactic sourness throughout.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O- Overall this one surprised me. Very cool, very different but one I'll probably pick up again.

projectflam86, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snifter Night! Purchased 12oz bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $3.49. Poured from the bottle into my Schlafly Snifter glass and has a code of 40323 on the back.

Appearance- Extremely dark, has a 3 finger head that has GREAT retention! Very impressed. Leaves nice lace on the sides.

Aroma- Great tart smell from the beginning. I can definitely tell there is a spicy and fruity complexed smell as well.

Taste- The first thing I recall is a extreme amount of grape upfront, almost like a Welch's grapejuice. Very fruity and has a brown flavor at the end. Really wild! Tasty.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Viscosity, full taste of grape and then a nice clean feel afterwards.

Overall- WOW! Now this was a great beer I'm glad I came back to! Will be buying this again! Drinkability is easy and very different from any other Oud Bruin. I'm thinking that is why the Flanders is in front of it. Will be interested in seeing how other people react and give their two cents on this beer.

DCon, May 28, 2011
Photo of
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.

, May 10, 2011
Photo of ThaCreep
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.

ThaCreep, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of CaptainPiret
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.

CaptainPiret, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of SolomonGrundy
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.

SolomonGrundy, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of Prime16
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.

Prime16, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of hooliganlife
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.

hooliganlife, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
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.

sweemzander, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
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.

musicforairports, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of RTJakarta
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

RTJakarta, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of Rizalini
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.

Rizalini, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of zrab11
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

zrab11, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of beeragent
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.

beeragent, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Geuzedad
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.

Geuzedad, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of AdamGarcia
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.

AdamGarcia, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of UTCengOwl
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.

UTCengOwl, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of justintcoons
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.

justintcoons, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
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.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 21, 2010
Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,075 ratings.