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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1,125
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 19
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
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.

Photo of CaptainIPA
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.

Photo of JLeege
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.

Photo of thagr81us
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.

Photo of AdamBear
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.

Photo of Tifore
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.

Photo of BucBasil
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.

Photo of doppelmeup
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big ol C&C bottle poured into some glasses with oglmcdgl, been meaning to pounce on this beer for a while.

Petrus Oud Bruin comes with a pop when the cork is removed. Pours out a dark red and becomes a dark brown when condensed in the glass. Some maroon spots with red showing towards the side. A nice sturdy dirty tan head billows above, ok lace. This bruin does not smell overly sweet and vinegar laden, thank god. I get big time cherry and plum, other dark fruits. Comes off vinious. Taste is superb, a great mix, starts off mildly sweet going into a slight sour twist with a aftertaste of cherry. Oak does not come out that much, and this spent like 30 months in the dark, that will tell you how fruit forward this is. Feel is a bit of a let down. While light bodied and easily drinkable, the finish comes off a bit rusty and bumpy, leaving a semi metallic taste afterwards, which is strange. All in all another drinkable beer from the boys at Bavik/Petrus. I expect them to send a ton of this to Philly as they did with the aged pale, they literally flooded the market with that one. I could drink a big bomber of this to the head, no problem. 5.5%, yep!

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750 bottle split with onix1agr.

A- two good fingers of off white head from a firm pour that settles slowly to a cm or so cap and some nice lace. Deep red orange brown in color with nice clarity and a killer glow when lite from behind.

S- tart and sweet cherries and peaches in front with vinous touches. A bit of funky wood.

T- opens up very vinous and oaky then rolls into the fruits and a mild sour touch. Hints of dark bread. Sweet and tart finish.

M- a bit less then medium in body with a creeper carb that builds a bit and leads into a very dry finish.

D- this is a solid sour and from them. Paired very well with some goose liver mouse.

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

750mL bottle poured into a couple wine glasses

It pours a deep rich looking brown with a tight creamy looking head that sticks around for a little bit. Potent crimson highlight can be seen when held up to a light.

The nose is of light candied cherries with just a little lactic bite. A little bit of vinous and dirt is also there.

The flavor starts off with some candied cherries but not nearly at a level of beers like the Duchesse. It then gets nice and creamy with some dirt like Brett notes and then finishes with a light lactic finish combined with some malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium full with a nice creaminess that isn't overbearing. A lower carbonation level also probably adds to the perceived creaminess. Drinkability is decent but I prefer a more sharp bite at the end in my Flanders beer to make it more drinkable.

Overall this is another pretty good easily found and affordable Flanders but lacks a little special something to make it great.

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

I've never had an Oud Bruin before, so I question my ability to review the style - but here goes.

Poured a fizzy cola color into my St. Bernardous chalice. Smell is neutral to slightly sweet, no sense of oak to my nose.

The taste is thin, yet satisfying. The dark color bespeaks a more complex beer, but the Petrus Oud Bruin delivers, with a pleasant sour finish. It's not a lambic, not a fruit beer; rather, a malty, tart treat. Probably not sessionable, but a pleasant drink nonetheless.

Photo of homebrew311
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to tulip.

A: appears a deep mahogany with a small amount of light passing through. Thin white head upon pour, not much retention, some spotty lacing

S: candi sugar up front with some faint oakiness and a little bit of lactic acid sourness. Not all that aromatic.

T: the flavor starts with a sharp bite of lactic acid but quickly turns in to sweetness before the sour notes are able to shine. The end is a little bland, leaves me wanting more.

MF: thin body, high carbonation

D: this isn't as good as the Aged Pale. It is less assertive with the tart quality and falls short of being a great brew.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Petrus Oud Bruin is dark and beautful yet light, fruity, and bubbly.

It poured the dark copper of an old penny with a massive creamy tan head. It left thick foam on the glass. The smell was metallic and the flavor was sour cherries or raspberries. The feel was light and sparkly, making this ale similar to a wine cooler.

Petrus Oud Bruin does not have the richness or complexity of other ales aged in wood casks. There's no hint of vanilla or, oddly, any wood flavor. Instead, it has the light bubbly taste and feel of a fruit beer.

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

11.2oz pour into a Petrus-branded flute

A - pours with a solid inch of thick and fluffy, slightly off-white foam. the beer itself is hazy, deep amber in color. thin veil of lacing down the glass.

S - slightly sweet malts. subtle notes of vinegar, belgian candi sugar, pears and apples, lightly tart.

T - very sweet with caramel malts, a slightly tart fruitiness which cuts through, apples and pears. finishes with a distinct acidity and some black cherries.

M - thin bodied with slightly dull carbonation...sweetness lingers for a bit before being cut into by vinegary acidity.

D - well, a bit unique and good for a change. drinkable yet not very captivating.

Photo of brendan13
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy dark brown with 3cm of off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Oak & dark fruit character dominates with some slight vinegar sourness.
T - Stewed dark fruit flavours up front with some oaky character & vinegar like hints.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation.
D - An interesting beer that is worth trying. Can't see it being a regular though.

Photo of foogerd
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- dark opaque brown with a khaki head
S-tart cherries bready malts and woody dryness
T- thick chewy malts with tart cherries peeking through, definite acid notes throughout
M- really thick
D- for the style very drinkable
A really toned down oud bruin good for beginners to the style

Photo of beerwolf77
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to the little lady for picking this one up for me. Poured into my duvel tulip from the bottle.

A: Dark plum purple brown with red edges, full thick light beige head reaches three fingers, Solid amount of lace left behind

S: rather tart but not oud bruin tart more barley wine hoppy tart, the ale characteristics are very noticeable, brown sugar and caramel

T: I'm torn at this point since this is nowhere near an oud bruin in the flavor. That being said it has a great malty lightly sour old ale thing going on that I love. The finish is a bit metallic though. Simply not as sour as I had hoped.

M: Light to medium body with lots of carbonation

D: overall a decent beer for just drinking and not really thinking about it. If I'm reaching for a sour oud bruin this will not be my first choice or second or third.

Photo of kbutler1
2.2/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle. Poured a dark reddish brown mahagony with a nice 2 finger head that slowly dissipates. Woody sour notes in the nose. Watery very slight sour taste is the first thought that runs through my head as I take my first sip. Fairly light mouthfeel on this one. Not really that good for a sour ale. Really not sour at all. Slight bitter end. Looks a lot better than it tastes or smells. Glad I only bought 1 to try it.

Photo of BeerNinja007
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on June 26th 2010 at Novare Res in Portland ME. Served in a 12oz Petrus flute for $7. Review transcribed from notes.

Dark copper brew with a thin ivory head. Aroma is fairly sweet and grapey, like sparkling grape juice. Taste is like malty sparkling grape juice. Fruit, berries, oak, and bread, with a lemongrass finish. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, very good, but perhaps a bit too sweet. As it warms some darker coffee aromas emerge.

Photo of azorie
4.9/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: dark brown cola like, not much head as expected for a oak aged mixed ale

s: Fantastic blend, malt, yeast, oak, so much like a dry Flemish red
hard for me to detect any hops, but you not supposed too. Some sourness barely any vinegar detected. as it warms it has a beery like smell.

T: fantastic beer for lovers of this style, not as strong as some, but that's what makes this 1 special. Oak malt, and mellow beery type fruit. The oak is there but is so smooth and light, no hops detected. All with a dry back taste, damn good.

M: medium body, no carbonation

D: goes down so easy you want more and more.

Photo of bamadog
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this one up the other day at The Party Source in Bellevue, KY. Overall, I'm a little let down by it, but I guess I've had worse beers. Review is from notes taken on 7/28/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a dark cola brown mixed with some slightly lighter hints of mahogany; starts with a 1/2 finger light tan head that fades to a full and uneven creamy cap; body is really opaque and you can only see a little bit of carbonation at the top near the sides; nice washes and spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Smell is of tart cherries with a bit of dank mustiness; a faint maltiness and a bit of a musty wet woody scent; nose is not especially potent and if it was stronger, this one would definitely rate a little higher.

Taste: Not quite what I had hoped for and not really robust at all -- some slight cherry tartness; a mild caramel maltiness hides out in the back; a bit of that wet woody mulchiness, but not much of it; not really as tart as I had hoped either.

Mouthfeel: Really not as puckeringly tart as I had hoped -- body is light and a little watery and thin; carbonation is nice and spritzy though; a nice semi-dry coating is left all over the mouth and finishes cottony dry.

Drinkability: Not bad, but not the experience that I was looking for in terms of robustness in mouth, nose and feel; still, it's pretty refreshing and fine for the summer, but there are definitely some other beers that provide much of an experience.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Petrus Oud Bruin in medium chalice

Perfectly clear red with golden highlights and a tan head that leaves
great lacing. Nice looking.

Plums, stone fruit, black cherries, acetic acid/balsamic, wet oak, lemon.

Sweet malt, plums, moist old oak, black cherries, mild acidity, and a
bit of pinot wine toward the finish. A touch of funk as it warms.

Medium body with a medium-high carbonation.

I guess I always expect red/brown ales from Flanders to have a
resounding bite in the vein as Rodenbach Grand Cru, but this is still
drinkable nonetheless. I was just expecting more bite though.

Photo of DaveJanssen
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a flared wine glass. Reviewed 6/2/2010.

Ar: tart cherry, strong raspberry, very fruity, blackberry, clean pils-esque malt, caramel, bircuity, brown ale rich sweetness, mild

Ap: clear brown/maroon, light tan head, fine, good retention, very pretty

t: fruity, blackberry, raspberry, tart hints initially, fades to fruity/caramel/honey sweetness, slightly thin, ends with mild trailing acid and fruit on honey sweetness

M: medium/thin body, medium carbonation (fine), light tartness, thin finish

O: not bad but seems dulled down/purposefully held back from its potential, strong raspberry, resembles a juice squeeze in some ways, gets worse as i have more, lacking complexity

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Ithaca Tulip.

A - Pours a garnet red/light brown with little head

S - Slight vinegar, red wine, fading cherry

T - Mildly tart, not very puckery. Seems to be lacking the pop of others in this style. Minimal cherry flavor, fading vinegar.

M - Carbonation is perfect, very refreshing, does leave a light coating feeling on the tongue after but not unpleasant

D - Great for a hot summer day. At only 5.5% ABV, very sessionable.

Overall, this is an average beer at best, salvaged only by its mouthfeel and low ABV. I think it would be suited perfectly for somebody just starting to explore sours, but a well developed palate will find its missing in many areas.

Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
84 out of 100 based on 1,125 ratings.