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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1,159
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 19
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

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Photo of tjinohio
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a tulip glass

Appearance: It is the color of a dark, sweet tea. A quickly dissipating, but ample head like that of champagne.

Smell: Oak and cherries. There is a pleasant woodiness and fruitiness in the aroma with a bit of vinegar.

Taste: I must confess this is my first sour ale, so it is difficult to score other than what I have read. This beer is sweet and sour, like a good Chinese pork. Indeed, the bottle says it can serve as a good marinade for beef. I can definitely get that in the taste. There is a sourness, but I expected more sour, more funk for the style.

Mouthfeel: Very nice, effervescent feel on the palate with a bit of pucker.

Drinkability: The abv is almost session range and the beer goes down easily. I was worried about opening this 750 by myself, but quickly found the bottle empty.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged 2 years in Oak Casks stated on the bottle.

Pours a nice clear brown ale color with a white head that later rests to just white lacing.

Smell of sour cherry, brown malt, some oak and some light vinegar.

Taste of a very muted brown ale. I enjoy and nice brown ale and that is really the impression I received of this beer. Not so much a sour / oud bruin. Most who have had oud bruins would say this does not really match the norm for the style. As such I am giving it a lower rating, but it is not a bad brown ale all taken. Slightly dry and tempered, it is not a wild beer, more like a very slightly infected mild brown ale. Caramel, toffee match a light oak presence. Medium mouthfeel and a light carbonation.

Photo of brdc
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

Light brown in color, with an off white head that does not hold at all. It shows very little carbonation, which will again be noted on the palate, common for the style.
The aroma, just like the flavor is disappointing. Sweetish and fruity, but lightly so. Musty, acidic, sour notes are held to a bare bones minimum, and complexity is just not there.
A miss.

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

A- Deep root beer brown with a fluffy off white head that fades to nothing. Lots of bubbles are clinging to the side of the glass.

S- Lightly vinegary, faintly sour some sour milk. Plenty of sweet berries round it out. Its really actually pretty close to a mixed berry yogurt.

T- Not really very sour. A little vinegary and yogurty. The berries are all there in force.

M- Lighter, dry and prickly

Photo of crossovert
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, cheap stuff.

Pours a nice brownish red, slightly clear with some nice carbonation bubbles rising. The head is large and off-white and sticks for a bit before leaving nice lacing.

The smell is pretty fruity, mostly cherries. There is a slight vinegar smell as well. No real sign of the oak.

The mouthfeel is watery, seems like most Petrus brews are. The taste is light, with some metallic notes. There is also some tart cherry.

This one along with monk's Cafe are utterly forgettable examples of this style.

Photo of kkoz
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one that I had never heard of before, and I also don't think I've ever seen an Oud Bruin style beer in a bottle, so I had to try it. The label says that it is an Oud Bruin Ale aged in Oak Casks. It says, "Petrus Old Brown is a top-fermented dark ale brewed with the finest hops and malt varieties. Matured in oak barrels during 20 months." It says it is a product of Belgium and is 5.5% ABV.

When I poured it, it was dark brown in color, and when held to the light, it appeared to be very clear. It had a nice tan head with tiny bubbles, and it maintained a nice creamy ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

It smelled sweet and caramelly, almost dark, fruity, and a little raisin and toffee-like. A slight hint at its sourness was in the nose.

It was surprisingly smooth with a fairly light body. It made my tongue tingle a bit, but the sourness was much more muted than I expected. The sourness was mostly noticeable in the finish, which I also found to be very, very dry (perhaps from the sourness). As I continued to taste it, I noticed nutty, raisiny, fruity, and malty flavors. Since the label says that it is aged for almost 2 years in oak barrels, I was surprised that I didn't pick up any oak flavors in it at all.

It was surprisingly refreshing for a sour beer, and might be a great "gateway beer" if you wanted to introduce your friends to sour beers. While I was tasting it, I was thinking that it would go very well with chocolaty desserts, particularly brownies. Overall, it was a good brown ale with a bit of dryness and a hint of sourness.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, 5.5% abv. Corked and caged. Pours a clear light reddish brown color. Maybe a light chestnut. Fluffy mocha head holds well for a few minutes. A few spots of lace.

Ripe fruit, a bit musty and earthy. Oak in the nose as well. Maybe some sour berries.

A small amount of tartness up front. Lots of earthy flavor. A bit of ripe dark fruit shows in. Just a bit of funk shines through. Some oaky tannins come out at the back end, and seem a bit on the harsh side.

Lighter body, with a good amount of carbonation, giving a slightly creamy and fuller feel. Could be refreshing, but the harshness from oak and earthy flavors detracts a bit.

Photo of Richardberg
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - bottle into a goblet. Golden at first, rich leather tan at an angle, totally opaque mahogany from the side. Small head was dense but didn't last.

S - vinegar, oak, caramel malt, vanilla, raspberry

T - all of the aromas come through nicely, while the sourness actually fades to the background. the age on this beer is perfect for a highly drinkable "old ale" style: vinegar zing is barely noticeable (not that I'd mind...), but the oaky qualities are not at all overpowering either.

M - carbonation is "meh" at best. such is life when complex aromas demand that you enjoy your beers at 55F+. not enough ABV to do anything interesting on the tongue.

D - fantastic. didn't know what to expect, but the description on my importer's label (which is somewhat different than what's pictured) was spot on: "old brown ale aged in oak casks for 2 years." a little of this, a little of that, the final result being something I could drink all night without getting bored OR drunk.

Photo of uno99
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this on the menu at the Beer Bistro, Toronto. Thought I'd dip my toe into a style im not too familiar with - and the cheaper price of this bottle is attractive.

A: Looks great. My server poured into a tulip and and made a nice head that stuck around a decent amount of time. not much lacing but its very inviting.

S: VERY fruity I thought. cherries and raspberries mostly I suppose. As it warmed up the sour notes began to sing. Not being experienced with these beers I wasent sure what to expect. I suppose this may a good one to start with since the sourness isnt really that pronounced.

T: Follows the nose quite well. Hops are more present in taste. I really began to appreciate the tangyness of this beer as it warmed. very fruity and very delish.

M: Quite light and refreshing.

D: Id certainly like to have a few of these. Very complex yet not overpowering

What a great beer...I'll be drinking this again for sure.

Photo of thepeter
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark amber brown with a small head that disappeared and left little lacing.

S- Vinegar, oak wood, dark fruit come out as the beer settles, sour green apple, and a bit of metal are there throughout.

T- Sour cherries, oak, vinegar up front all of that fades as you drink and the aftertaste is a muted version of what you get at first. Nice, but wish flavors were more pronounced throughout. Almost watered down at the end.

M &D- medium to light bodied and feels a bit watered down at times. Carbonation was fine but wish it had a nicer body but all that allowed for better drinkability. Although I could drink quite a few of these, I have other ones I would rather have.

Overall a nice beer but if I am looking for an old Bruin, I am looking for more than this one. Still a nice example and one that is easily accessible.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my Troegs Mad Elf tulip glass. Pours a brownish red color, mildly hazy, fizzy carbonation...and a HUGE frothy tan head...lasts for a few seconds, and then dissapates to a small creamy surface. Excelent sticky and thick lacing.

Aroma is full of wood! No surprise there, oak...slight citrus, wheat, Belgian yeast. A nice aroma, but nothing spectacular.

A decent flavor, again...nothing that really jumps out. Light, crisp mouthfeel...decent carbonation, not boozy at all(not expected at 5.5% ABV). Finishes a little dry, with a fruit aftertatse long after each sip. Flavor has some lager notes to it, which I find interesting. Oak and yeast are definitely prominant. Overall, a decent beer...and an easy drinker.

Photo of chaz01
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown in color. A small head recedes to nothing very quickly and it looks kind of flat.

S: Sweet malt aroma with oak and sherry tones.

T: A little bit of tart sourness combined with some malty sweetness. Nice mellow sour finish.

M: Mouthfeel is better than the appearance and the beer is creamy and carbonated.

D: The "sourness" in this beer is more laid-back and enjoyable, imho. It's much more drinkable than big sour beers such as the Petrus Aged Pale.

Photo of fropones
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice deep dark reddish brown with a thin off-white head.

S - Nice tart, vinousy characters. Nice fruitiness with a bit of spice.

T - Nice tartness rounded out by malt. Some oak in here. Not very sour at all, which is somewhat unfortunate as I believe it could use to be somewhat more sour.

M - High carbonation with medium body.

D - Drinks nicely. Not my favorite beer for the style or sours in general, but still nice.

Photo of BMoney575
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 4-5-10

Pours a deep brown color with a blood red hue. A huge off white head settles quickly, leaving a thick coating of foam.

Smell is very fruity and sour, with an distinct edge very similar to a wine. Very light and floral, with a hint of pleasant oak. Very enjoyable.

Taste is a little sour, a little tart, a little fruity, and that's it. Subtle and simple almost to the point of being bland. The flavors that are there go well together, though, a leave a very nice Belgian aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is excellent, perfect thickness (or lack of) and great carbonation to add to the tartness.

Drinkability is also very good, light flavors and abv mean you could drink this all night.

Overall, a good beer that I wish was a little more extreme.

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark brown/amber with a small white head; a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface. There's a medium level of carbonation.
S: The aroma is rather sour with hints of underlying malts and cherries.
T: The flavor is very interesting and complex - a mix of mild sourness with malty sweetness, dark fruits, and oak. The beer is well balanced.
M: The beer feels smooth on the palate and has a light to medium body.
D: This is very easy to drink. The unique flavor leaves me yearning for another.

Photo of dbtoe
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11 oz bottle poured into a chalice
I've been blown away by a sour brown and haven't had many. This isn't as complex as others I've tried. It's a very tasty and fairly simple beer. I could have many of these in a sitting.
Look is brown with a little red and a small head that doesn't stay for very long.
Smell is mild and sour.
Taste is also a mild sourness with a touch of oak. A sweet malt really balances this beer.
Feel is a little fizzy and carbonated, finishes clean.
Drink this is a very drinkable beer and if the cost was less I'd get it a lot.

Photo of froghop
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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.

Photo of travduke
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Avagadro
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of organicbrewer
2.82/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of philbe311
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
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...

Photo of tzieser
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
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