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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1,117
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 19
Gots: 62 | 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 becktone
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 8-26-08

Eye: Poured in to a Chimay goblet: The beer is dark brown in color, where the light passes through close to the bottom of the glass there are pinkish orange highlights. Head is tan and is creamy in appearance. Retention is good on it, though it didn't start out very large, looks right for this beer. Lacing is nice, a solid sheet down the sides of the glass.

Nose: Tons of fruity tones in this beer, chiefly the aroma of black cherries. Yeast strain comes through quite easily, giving the beer an earthy quality. Oak is in there as well. As it warms more of a chocolate aroma is present.

Tongue: A bit of tartness/sourness first hits the tongue. The drying oak flavor is huge in here, comes out very readily, hard to miss. Cherry fruitiness is also there. The focus of this beer's flavor is more upon the yeast, its phenols/esters, and oak character as opposed to the flavor derived from malt. Slightly roasted, nutty, or chocolate malt flavor can be found....hard to tell which though, the tart fruitiness is most prevalent....as it warms malt flavor comes through-chocolate malt, with the smallest amount of roasted grain bitterness, earthy notes as well.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: As previously mentioned Petrus Oud Bruin has a dry finish. The body is medium on this one. Carbonation seems higher than it actually is. It is very delicate and has an unobtrusive prickliness to it-not scrubbing and not extremely sharp...instead delicate, tiny bubbles that are long lived when held in the mouth. This is one to pick up, definitely give this one a try if you are a fan of Belgian beer. This beer has turned me on to a style that I would've previously probably not even found. Easy to drink, nice delicate beer. Very refreshing, not really heavy, or even all that "dark" tasting. This is one I could drink all night.

becktone, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This very black beer formed a shallow head on top, that mostly faded by the time I took my seat. Nose is not as tart as the aged pale, but does have a nice tanginess. It's also pleasantly malty. Great mixture of tart, lightly metallic acidity with good caramel malt. There's a touch of fruitiness... actually it reminds me a bit of caramelized orange. Wood notes are restrained.

The malty flavor makes this pretty interesting.

allengarvin, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of tayner
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle courtesy of leftmindedrighty, thanks Aaron!

poured a very dark, nearly black color but with light behind it it was a dark nutty brown. a 1/2 inch head that lasted awhile and laced nicely.

smell was sour, funk, oak, slight vinegar burn, but all smells were pretty faint.

taste for me did not follow the smell. Not what I expected after the funky sour nose. there is a dry, light malt note that finishes with only the slightest hint of tartness after swallowing on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is slightly think but creamy still.

This is a VERY easy to drink beer. almost as easy as water. This is one of only a few beers I could honestly say I could down a 750 by myself easily, except they dont come that big :)

tayner, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of AltBock
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Little 11.2 oz. bottle with a cartoon label of 4 oak barrels sitting in the basement of the brewery. Above the picture is the brewery's symbol of a shield with yellow lines and hop buds. Below the picture is where they tell you it's an old brown ale that was aged in oak casks for 2 years. The back label has the mandatory US information and a bottle number. Mine was bottle number #38344. At least I know the beer inside the bottle is at least 2 years old.

Appearance: I went ahead and poured this Belgian Ale into a Chimay Chalise. The beer that came out of this small bottle was a dark mahogany brown with some bright ruby red highlights along the sides. The head of foam was about 3/4 of an inch in height and was an off white color. This head of foam had good retention that left behind a small off white colored film and a few streaks of lace around the glass.

Smell: The aroma was sour, but not sour in fruits or anything. It was just sour. There were some cherries, charred oak, and yeast behind the sourness, but it wasn't busting at the seems with sour aromas. They were just aromas behind a sour wall.

Taste: This Old Brown Ale was lightly sour with bing cherries, a small touch of charred oak, a tiny hint of toasted malts, and a drop of sweet yeast. On occasion at the end of the taste, a slight taste of metallic rust came through. As you can probably tell, I didn't enjoy that taste when it came through. Other than that, it was a decent not oo sour not too oaky Belgian beer.

Mouthfeel: It was a light to medium bodied beer with a lightly sour aftertaste of cherries, charred oak, and a hint of sweet yeast. I'm glad that there wasn't any metallic rust in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: This beer had the same flavors over and over again. The one new flavor that was new was metallic rust and that's not good at all. For me, this beer could have used more sour fruits, a little bit more charred oak, increase the sourness a bit, and get rid of the rust. Where it stands, it's an OK lightly sour Belgian beer. It's not my favorite beer from Petrus.

AltBock, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of JamesS
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a rapidly diminishing head and a bit of aslo rapidly diminishing lacing. Very malty scent, not strong in any respect, and has a slight roasty aroma. Nice taste, slight malt and slight fruity/tart tastes, but every taste seems to go away and leaves no aftertaste at all. It is quite smooth.

JamesS, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium brown light head, some lacing and nice carbonation. Light aroma of lactic sourness and fruity esters a bit of stinky feet funk. Taste reminds me of a milder flanders red. Some lactic tang, a firm but delicate sourness. Finishes dry.

Very quafable, I wish I bought more than one bottle.

bloberglawp, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of Andreji
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in downtown brussels.

Unamazing beer. the appearance is quite inviting but one should well know what one is getting into with an oud bruin. this beer was rather too malty for me, a strong malt flavour and smell make you feel like drinking pop rather than beer. Plus it's the opposite of a thirst quencher in my opinion.

sessionable, yes, for its low alcohol and thin body allow it. but would you?

Andreji, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of ablaze
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby-brown, nice creamy, frothy one-inch head. Lacing is slow and sticky, looks great. I used a tulip.

Scent is immediately of sugary, ripe red grapes. Slight musty sourness.

Softly tart; young plums drawing out to a metallic, bland middle and leafy, very subdued sour finish. Malt pops through late. Thin body, a bit watery with mild carbonation, but refreshing. Reminiscent of Welch's grape juice, tart but sweet at the same time...

A passive beer and a recommended starter to the Flanders style, easy to drink...wouldn't mind seeing it on tap or at a more reasonable price, but certainly not exceptional.

ablaze, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of blakesell
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into the strangest glass I have. It is Belgian in style and pours down the stem into a goblet shape. I elected this instead of the Petrus glass I have due to the fact that this one harnesses smells better.

Appearance- Beer pours a dark reddish brown, moderately clear, with a large foamy head that quickly subsides to a two finger head of foam and eventually dies down to a multicolor tan, brown and white murk over the top with ample lacing on the sides.

Smell- Floral fruits, rose petals, ample sweet malts, very rich like I love my Oud Bruins to be. Lots of black cherry, a hint of raspberry, almost a pie filling scent, but not the fruits themselves. Prunes and plums as well, lingering raisin. A bit of a hazel nuttiness which doesn't smell to be too out of place. A small brettanomyces funk is hiding in there, but not near as strong as I would prefer it to be. Not quite a stinky Oud bruin.

Taste- Hard water. With Belgians I am usually expecting something a little softer on the tongue. Light and malty and a very metallic blood like sharpness that lingers and sticks to the mouth. A bit of caramel roast, the dark fruits such as plums, figs, raisin, and a lot of dark cherry, and a bit of Valencia orange. Upfront the best of the beer comes in but afterward it seems much more unpleasant. Sourness is there but not very. Really the beer tastes overhopped along with that hard water.

Mouthfeel- Metallic, soft overall, not warming, medium bodied, highly carbonated, lightly tart, somewhat astringent.

Drinkability- Very smooth when drinking it down. If I were swilling it back than I may not have noticed the flaws so closely.

blakesell, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of vtfan77
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark reddish brown with a decent head, considering it's been aged for 2 years. Not surprisingly, the head doesn't last long.

S- Quite complex in the nose. Tart cherries and vinegar are the first flavors to present themselves, followed by a brown sugar-like sweetness. The sourness is the dominant aroma, but the sweetness balances it enough to give the beer some depth.

T- Very mild in flavor, no doubt a result of the oak aging. The sourness that was so prevalent in the aroma is almost nowhere to be found in the taste. It's there though, lurking in the background like some sort of specter. I'm baffled; a conundrum this is, an insoluble pancake. Aside from this, the beer has flavors of raisins and cola, although they, too, are very subtle. Hops add a touch of character, reminiscent of aged cheese, and a light bitterness.

M- Medium-bodied and quite highly carbonated. Also feels a bit slick on the tongue.

D- Quite high. It's only 5.5% alcohol, and its flavor and overall character make it almost quaffable. I'd have another... and possibly another after that.

This beer is a conundrum of inscrutable potentialities. A snorter, if you will. In fact, I would almost go so far as to label the entire Oud Bruin category as such. The smell leads you in one direction, and the taste in an entirely different one. This beer really is everything I'd expect of an Oud Bruin: it's tasty, interesting, and perplexing. If you're a fan of the style, I recommend you give it a try.

vtfan77, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle with no date, nice dark brown with no head and no carbonation. Aromas of glue on leather and cinnamon. The taste is not nearly as sour as I expected. This tasted like a brown ale with the slightest bit of tartness. Interesting overall.

ArrogantB, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer after enjoying an Earthmonk. This one, while still a good beer, pales in comparison. It was served in an oversize wine glass. Medium brown in color with a small light brown head that left a little bit of lacing. Aroma was mostly dark fruit with a little bit of malt. I seemed to taste mostly cherries and caramel. Medium-bodied and pleasant.

lordofthewiens, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of SLeffler27
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours dark brown to ruby red. The thin head fades quickly in my Petrus tulip glass.

Very subtle malt yeast and a bit musty.

Vinegary and bitter. I'm stumped on how to describe this flavor profile, but it was very enjoyable.

Worth trying at a tasting with a group to better understand how to describe this beer.

SLeffler27, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of MrMonkey
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Novare Res, Portland, ME

Pours a dark brown with amber highlights and a one-finger light tan head. Rings of sticky lacing left behind with each sip.

Faint nose of sour cherries, lightly toasted bread, oak, Belgian yeast and some citrus fruits.

Sour cherries lead into some sweet caramel malts, yeast, and some bourbon-like oak flavors before finishing slightly sweet and sour with notes of cherries and blackberries.

Light to medium-bodied with some lively carbonation.

A good beer to sip and enjoy, but one is good enough for me.

MrMonkey, May 23, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Ruby, chestnut brown with a thin tan head.

S - Tart cherries and sour grapes with just a touch of sweetness and oak.

T - Tart cherries with a slight acidity that turns to a slightly sweet maly beer which I assume is the fresh Brown Ale.

M - Thin, watery and somewhat dull.

D - On the mild side and slightly boring with a lot more fresh ale taste than other Oud Bruin's I have tried. Not much oak aroma/flavor for being in oak for 2 years.

brewcrew76, May 15, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with mahogany hues. A beige head of a half-inch sunk to a full coverage skim-coat. Decent lacework throughout the glass.

Aromatics are vineous and meaty, with wine-soaked raisins and turned earth.
Not a whole lot of presense in the nose however. Lacking intensity and depth.

Creamy, velvety mouthfeel. Rich and soft.

The pallet starts off with a hint of tart vineousity, ripe fruit, juicy malt, and an earthy woodiness.
Hints of figs, worstershire, and lemon follow through.
Alcohol and bitterness are nill, and the beer finishes fairly quick.

An easy drinker, but really too tame in character. The beer just needs a lot more of what it already has.

brewandbbq, May 02, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this a few months back but didn't review it. Not making the same mistake again today. 330mL bottle, 5.50% abv. Best before 07/06/09. Fridge temp into a wine glass.

Nice deep brown body, sudsy tannish head. Moderate retention.

Nose is nice; raisin, cherry; dark fruity. Caramel, baked goods. Spice. No hop character noted here, appropriately. A little sour and funky, but it is understated.

Palate is fairly dry, got some funky sourness (as expected). Spice, again. Finish is a bit sweeter, still on sour, fermented fruit notes. Feel is a bit carbonated, but ends smoothly.

Not bad, certainly unique.

Antilochus, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle
5.5% ABV
I tried this beer on October 27th after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a nice dark brown into the glass with a 1cm tannish head. The aroma is slightly sour with some nut hints. The mouthfeel is medium and sour to the tongue with some mild carbonation. The flavour is sour with some malt tones mixed in.

cyrenaica, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of Shiredave
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very pretty, clear ruby brown color - even the initial foamy head had a distictly reddish hue.

Aroma is all brett and sour cherries with hints of smoke and vanilla.

Flavors of more cherries and sour apple in a watery, thin bodied liquid with a pastey dryness that while weak, is quite quenching and refreshing.

Champagne like mouthfeel and character with subtle sour fruit tartness, faintly sweet and finishing abruptly dry. Like the Special, a nice pallete cleansing table beer or sour edged session ale, but sort of a watered down, mass produced example of a classic style.

Shiredave, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Near clear deeply brown colored beer with a decent light brown head. Held up to the light this has some red color.

Smell is sweet with a trace of vinegar and fair amount of chocolate. Slight metal and spice in the scent and maybe a trace of coriander. Very slight lemon scent here.

The taste starts out mildly sweet with a slight acidity to it; main flavor is a little bit of floral flavor. Very mildly sour with faint wood and chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good and probably the strong point about this beer; it isn't offensive in any way.

Zorro, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of bigluch1
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark Amber in color with thin tan head.

Smell: semi sweet with dark fruits and malts.

Taste: At first sip i felt like it was going to be very sweet but it seems to mellow out a bit which is a pleasant surprise. It finishes mildly sweet and smooth with a taste of dark fruits and grape or raisins.

Mouthfeel: Lighter then I expected, little carbonation.

Drinkability: Smooth and light, I could drink a bunch of these in a night. Worth a try.

bigluch1, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Rerate 2008. New labelling, fresher bottle.

Poured the entire bottle into a stemmed Oerbier tulip glass. Label recommends serving at 8-12ºC/46-52ºF. It seemed to taste slightly better at a warmer temperature. One finger of offwhite foam, it managed to maintain some head for the duration of the glass. In the sunlight there was a ruby highlight to it's chestnut brown color.

Aroma at first had a metallic twinge, but it seems to have blown off. Later on there are hints at some lactic tartness when vigorously swirled, but not when standing still. Not much funk at all, but there is a smidge of oak barrel.

Flavor feels like a diluted blend of Oud Bruin and fresh Brown Ale. The ratio tastes about 20/80 in favor of fresh, but the label states it was aged in oak barrels for 20 months. Strange that oak doesn't really come through in the flavor. Tartness is practically nil, there are some malty flavors in the middle, but it lacks liveliness. Watery, grainy aftertaste. It seems much to mellow for an Oud Bruin, and this is a fresh bottle. Carbonation seems to taper off quickly, though it can be finished easily enough. An uninspired brew that left me wanting more...more funk, more wood, more anything. This bland ale isn't really deserving of a top 10 spot for Flanders Oud Bruin...

Old review - 10-12-2006 - bottle
A: 4 S: 4 T: 3.5 M: 3 D: 3.5

Bottle with purplish-red foil. Once poured into a tulip, a thin froth of small bubbles condense and cap the garnet-crimson liquid. Spotty lacing. Smells like alcohol mixed in with lactic funk, and aged hops/grain.

Flavors of mildly acidic tartness, hay, and white grape/cherry juice. Sourness is downplayed, but the finish is moderately dry nonetheless. Mouthfeel is thin and flat, like a Flanders Oud Bruin flavored tea. A little disappointing given the attractive aroma and appearance. Taste seems to dull toward the end of the glass. Next round calls for something different.

emerge077, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of gmcfarre
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into Caracole tulip

A - Pours a dark brown, cola-esque color that shows ruby tints when held up to the light. Head adds to the cola effect, with its one inch height, tan shade, and tiny bubbles. Lacing is minimal.

S - Sour and funky as it should be. Ripe, dark cherries and plums add a fruit context. A bit of a woody character is evident from the oak aging process. A bit spicy with a tiny amount of sweetness. Just what I expect from an Oud Bruin.

T & M - Starts off with intense carbonation and a bit of spice. Muted dark cherry and plum flavors with some clear oak accents. A bit sour and funky. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected and the carbonation takes over with the lack of body. It still tingles as it finishes on your palate with a slightly oily and sweet sensation. Surprising how much the carbonation overpowers the flavor of the beer (or maybe the flavor was weak to begin with).

D - Alcohol is not a factor is this almost sessionable oud bruin. I was hoping for more from this Oud Bruin, especially after catching a whiff of its wonderful scent. It would be nice to try to again and see if I had an older and less fresh bottle. Worth trying if you like Oud Bruins, otherwise there are better choices out there for your first taste of this delicious and unique style.

gmcfarre, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours off brown, maybe mahogany with head that does not retain for long.

Sour fruit, maybe passsion fruit and cherry, are dominant on the nose.

palate is medium sourness with a lot of passion fruit. Light bodied and somewhat medicinal, but still rather thin for what I was expecting.

Finish has unpleasant sour funk. sour should be good, but is funky here.

yemenmocha, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of Rezzin
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this offering up from Bevmo the other day and was really excited to try this. I'm all about the sour beers right now. Bottle has the numbers 39167 stamped on the back label near the bottom.

A - Dark reddish brown with a 1" tan white head. In the time it took for me to type the above, the head has settled back down.

S - First impression - it smells like an amber ale with some sour fruit notes. There is caramel sweetness, sour grapes, little to no hop aroma.

T - Wow, what a big let down. First impression of this beer is BORING. There is some crystal malt sweetness up front with a tiny bit of lactic sourness in the back. Little to no funk.

M - The mouthfeel is thin, watery. Carbonation is moderate.

D - Hmmm... I was expecting much more from this. If it weren't for that sourness I've come to love so much, I would have scored it much lower. Perhaps Petrus brewed this beer intentionally this way - I feel like I need to consume a lot to get 'my money's worth'. In short, it's the Bud Light of the Flanders imo.

Rezzin, Mar 03, 2008
Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
84 out of 100 based on 1,117 ratings.