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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1,093
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 18
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

pours a clear dark brown with a small tan head, and not lacing.

smell is of fresh malt, some woodiness, and a bit of dark fruit.

taste is of sour malt, dark fruit, a touch of spice, and a little caramel, ends a little dry, somewhat sour, and a little bitter.

froghop, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of david131
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very deep, reddish brown with an off-white head that is both creamy and craggy. Looks rather appealing.

S- Sour, funk, light fruits, and floral. Rather complex and hard to pinpoint at times, but it is very nice.

T- Sweet and sour with a slight cider aspect. The flavors are subtle, but the sweetness and sourness stick out. Unique.

M- Slightly acidic but rather creamy. Clean on the finish.

D- Tasty and unique. Not as extreme as the Aged Pale alone but it is more refreshing.

david131, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of travduke
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, dark brown body. One and a half finger off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving minor lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruits are predominately present. Black cherry, grape and currant. I'm not getting a real oaky smell which I'm looking for.

Taste: Malty sweetness and a little sour. Which I believe is traditional for the Flanders style. No true oak taste, too bad.

Feel/Drink: The mouth is nice and smooth. I can drink a couple of these and enjoy them. Lot of different flavors going on.

travduke, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of Avagadro
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: deep mahogany in color with a beige frothy head.

S: caramel, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar are all present in the bouquet.

T: malty sweet, with a touch of sour to balance. Very enjoyable.

M: medium body with a touch of carbonation. No flaws, but not exactly exciting.

D: a good example of the style, as well as a good intro to sour brews.

Avagadro, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of organicbrewer
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Dark ruby to light brown with a huge tan head. Clear.

S-Wood and balsamic. Some plastic phenols but not overpowering or unpleasant. No hop aroma. Slight raisin. Could use more dark fruit aroma.

T-cola like sweetness with a hint of sour. High color crystal malt flavor. some raisin. No hop bitterness or flavor. More sour to sweet would make this beer much better

M-medium bodied. medium carbonation. no alcohol warmth.

D-Not a lot going on. Aroma is nice but everything else is kind of average. Would be nice if this had more of the aged beer in the blend.

organicbrewer, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml. bottle into a chalice glass. The Oud Bruin pours a mahogany brown with a thin cap. Retention is light but a surface cap is rather steadfast and yields some decent lacing.

Aroma is slightly vinous in nature with yeast and grape notes. Bit of oak and wine are present though subtle. Decent malt backbone with a nice complexity. Yeast notes are potent and actually strong for the style.

Taste follows the nose with a decent dose of malt and some light tart notes. Easy drinking but doesn't offer much of a tart bite. Pleasant feel and quite well carbonated though a bit dense for the style.

HalfFull, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep redish brown with a good sized beige head. Retention is decent and has pretty good lacing.

S - Sour dark fruits (a lot of it cherry and grape like). Also a decent amount of malt sweetness. These together give it kind of a sweetened tart/sour smell with tart/sour winning. Also slight oaky smell.

T - Follows the smell a lot. Again sour/tart flavors come predominately from dark cherry and grape, and are edging out the sweetness from the malt. The tart/sour is the feature but the malt comes in slightly after to keep it in check. I would describe it as starting off more vinegar like then the malt comes in and it is more tart juice like. Throughout there is an oaky aspect to the beer, but it never fully develops or is prominent; rather it is more of a persistent subtle background flavor. All together, it seems a little watery though.

M - Somewhere between medium and light body and with a decent amount of carbonation. Crisp taste.

D - Decent, the sour/tartness isn't too overpowering and the body is good. Not exactly the most refreshing beer to drink and much better suited for sipping. Wouldn't drink too many in one sitting, but I could see myself drinking more in the future.

Notes: Pretty good as far as balancing the tartness. If you want a lot of oakiness, there are probably better choices, it's always there but never outstanding. I liked this, it just seemed a little watered down flavor wise.

FreshHawk, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of philbe311
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A very slight audibly fizzy head quickly dissipates leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a very small splotch of lacing in the very center of the glass... An interesting coloring... Dark and almost opaque when looking at head on... Lighter and completely translucent when examining from above or below... In both cases, the ale is brown with a reddish tinge of highlights... Very still with no carbonation to speak of... Coats glass with a sticky film...

S - Apple... Cherries... A minor undertone of candied sugar... Just a subtle tinge of vinegar... Salty water... A touch of wood...

T - Touches of fruit, namely pear, apple, and a weaken faux cherry... A mild tartness... A tinge of salt... Really lacks the complexity and character I expect for the style...

M - Light to medium bodied... A slightly uncomfortable fizziness... A tad thin... A mildly dry finish... Comes and goes quickly without leaving much of an impression...

D - A mild disappointment... Seems to lack any sort of complexity, especially in terms of taste and mouthfeel... This isn't a bad beer, but it's one that can easily be forgotten about, especially when compared to its Flanders Red and Oud Bruin counterparts...

philbe311, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of tzieser
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the extra, youbrewidrink!

Poured into a chalice. Deep brown/copper color with a nice white head. Kind of thin aroma-- a sour malt nose with hints of oak. Flavor is a bit thin. Sour flavor up front, with some malt character, but a bit thin all around. I was expecting more sour and tart notes, but it's definitely much more watered down than I anticipated

Basically reminded me of a "session" sour ale. Kind of like a Monk's Cafe...I guess I may have been spoiled by Duchess.

tzieser, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of HeyItsChili
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Pours clear garnet with highlights that remind me of the Haribo cola bottle gummi candies in color. Faint white head.

S - Applesauce, brown sugar, roasted malt.

T - Sour apple, lemony citrus, oak, really faint dark fruit and a little cherry.

M - Thin bodied, foamy.

HeyItsChili, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served in a new style Boulevard Chalice. Bottle conditioned. Brown with some red highlights. Sparse head. Not a lot of carbonation. Fruity aroma with some cherry. A bit of acetic sourness in the nose as well. Fairly sweet in the flavor however. More dark fruit and some caramel. Just a hint of sourness. A little metallic in the finish to start, but this faded. Didn't get much wood flavor. This didn't do a whole lot for me.

homebrewhawk, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of taigor
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a regular glass.

A - Poured reddish brown, slightly hazy with medium head that dissipated quickly leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly yeast with hints of fruits but not too much there.

T - Sour, tart taste upfront followed by yeast and slight hoppy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Good and refreshing. Would definitely like to have more in the future.

taigor, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany with a thick, bubbly light tan head.

Aroma consists primarily of both lactic and acetic sourness and some malty sweetness that has a deep caramel note, but no roastiness. Just a touch of toasty wood also reveals itself.

Mild sourness also comes through in the taste, but its a nice blend of both acetic and lactic character that makes it tough to dissect any single component. The sour is contrasted by a pleasant malt sweetness that has some caramel, brown sugar, and very light molasses notes. Fruitness trails at the end with notes of sour cherry and tart raspberry along with a drying toasted oak note.

Medium-bodied with a relatively dry finish.

A good and very mild and approachable example of the style. Definitely a good introduction to the Oud Bruin style and maybe even to the entire world of sours. It has complexity and sourness but only just enough to let you know it is indeed a sour ale.

bump8628, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of adamette
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle that I bought as a single for $4.35 at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio last week into my Petrus very tall goblet that probably would hold 16 ounces. I got it free in the Petrus Winterbier gift pack about 2 years ago. "Best by" date of 16/10/10 stamped on the back label.

A Nice, long lasting creamy head over a dark brown body with dark mahogany, ruby light at the thin areas of the glass. Nice near curtain lacing on the glass after repeated sips. 4.5

S That great dark cherry sweet/tart smell that is a hallmark of the style with a near absence of any hops smell. Right on target for the style and inviting and interesting. 4.0

T Nice malt presence but not as cherry sweet/tart as the smell suggested that it would be and that I had anticipated after having other Flander's Oud Bruins and experiencing a more pronounced sweet/tart malt presence. The tastes are there but in a more muted form. Little to no hops in the taste as well as the smell. 3.5

M Nice and creamy smooth as the head suggested it would likely be. I like this feel for this style. 4.5

D Fair to good. This is a fine beer but it lacks that nice sweet/tart punch that I like in this style. Also, it is quite expensive. 3.5

adamette, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has long been one of my most sought-after. As of late, I have found it quite easily. Unfortunately my favorite beer, this beer's brother, Petrus Aged Pale, is not so readily available. Both are highly recommendable.

A – Cola brown with a bubbly, soapy tan head.

S – Exciting. Vinegar, brown sugar, cinnamon, apple cider, earthy wood and vanilla.

T – Not quite as exciting as the smell, nor as exotic. But awesome nonetheless. Sour, with sweet grape flavors, both artificial grape flavor and the real thing, also brown sugar and apple and cherry, lots of wood, and a dry, clean finish.

M – Medium bodied. Dry and slightly sharp, the mouthfeel enhances the flavor.

D – The saddest thing is drinking the last sip.

ktrillionaire, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Hmm... let's try a petrus. 'Old Brown Ale Aged In Oak Casks For 2 Years. '

11.2 oz into tulip.

A- Brown, mahogany, slightly sandy, khaki-colored head that settles into a cm pretty quickly.

S- Hmm... a bit malty, some vinegar/tartness... and some cloves.

T- Not as sharp as the nose would indicate (a good thing). Sweet, candi sugar? A nice barrel woodiness. Puckering tartness, but not overbearing. I'm not too familiar with Oud Bruins, but I'm liking this one. A pleasant malt base works wonderfully for the tart and barrel qualities.

M- Tart, but not too harsh, good carbonation, very interesting. High marks here.

D- Moderate. Complex, really took my time with this one, and enjoyed it. I'd buy it again, but couldn't have more than one per sitting. A contemplative beer.

ShogoKawada, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of champ103
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark and cloudy ruby red color. A two finger head forms, and recedes to a ring. Little lace.
S: This starts out good. Slightly sour fruits of pears and apples. Some funky aromas with dry wood and sweet malt.
T: There is just not much of a flavor here besides dank sweet malt. Very light sourness. Nothing else. Not very impressed.
M/D: The body is on the lighter side of medium. A little watery, and not very crisp or dry. Not something I really care to keep coming back to.

Just kind of blah. I think I was expecting more for some reason. Nothing bad. Though nothing I will get again when there are much better versions easier to get.

champ103, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of whtguitarguy
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer came in a variety six pack. The color looks a lot like coca cola and has a decent head. The first aroma I caught was of sweet apples. The taste is a little bit bitter, with the apples kind of in note form and not full flavor. The flavor is slightly alcoholic but I really like this.

whtguitarguy, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark, clear brown with ruby highlights. Large white head leaves snowy lace and bubbly skim retention.

Smells like chardonnay, and Worcestershire sauce with an overlaying steely sour. Doesn't taste as sour as it smells. Sweaty penny sour balanced by a sweet white zin. Low carbonation.

Good but one dimensional.

donkeyrunner, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of Katahdin
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured with a rich creamy head that as the beer warmed a bit released wonderful scents. One can smell and taste the dried fruits (raspberries, cherries, citrus) and a hint of oak aging on the tongue. The beer has acomplex flavor that lingers on the palate but it is not nera as tart as one would expect. Goes down smoothly with nice texture.

Katahdin, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of ATraurig
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown with a light head.

S: Probably its best feature. Very sour scent, much like La Folie. The wild yeast is very prevalent in the scent.

T/M: A slight let-down considering its smell. It still tastes pretty good but I was definitely expecting more flavor out of a beer with such a good sour scent. Very hollow.

D: Surprisingly pretty light and drinkable. Not much of an aftertaste. Many sour beers upset my stomach a little, but this one doesn't.

ATraurig, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: light brown in color, huge head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: wood, sour mix, and grain

Taste: wood, toasted malt, slight sour mix, dark sweet fruit--maybe black cherry

Mouthfeel: super smooth, nice sweet and sour mix. high carbonation, dry, light

Drinkability: This beer is now in my top 10. I love the sourness combined with the woodiness. I have not had anything that tastes like this before. This is my favorite sour beer post my Eulogy trip to Philadelphia. The low abv means I could have several.

tigg924, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of burcher
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottom line: great introduction to sour beers. very mild and subtle sour/brett flavors. Extremely approachable by even the mildest craft beer fan. Nice brown color hints of dark fruits. Sourness is extremely mild yet compliments the malts. Very little if any hop flavor. Exceptionally drinkable. Bottle and draft nearly identical. Great go-to flanders red but seems more like a sour brown. Availability makes this a great 'trainer'.


burcher, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a clean tall glass.

A: Poured with bountiful head that slowly faded and laced moderately well. Deep copper (when held up to light this is a very good looking beer).

S: Foamy grains, slightly bitter in the nose with a yeasty/woody smell.

T: Very dry up front almost like a crisp and sour lager. This quickly gives way to heavy woody (think beech and oak) dark flavor. I can detect roasted nuts on the side, and a near-bourbon flavor near the end. Some vinegar in between the for and aft tastes. Leaves a rather heavy hardwood taste in the mouth...

M: Medium bodied, with a dry biting smoothness.

D: Medium drinkability. If you have never had this style, it may seem too sour to down quickly, if you know and enjoy this style you will find it pleasant.

Overall: A pleasingly complex Oud Bruin. I recommenced it.

allforbetterbeer, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured ontap into a Petrus glass, a hazed brown in color with an off white head and some lacing down the glass.

Aroma is lightly malty.

Tastes quite tart, with a caramel malt body. A bit acidic on the palate. Hops are played down, a bit sour. Vague roasted malt pulls through at the end but finishes a bit sweet.

Medium bodied with a semi dry finish.

All in all a nice beer to visit from time to time. Drinkable and within sessionable strength. Also fits the definition of the style very well.

Stinkypuss, Nov 18, 2009
Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,093 ratings.