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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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1,093 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,093
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 18
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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 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
Photo of calsbeek
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep brown with little to no head. No retention and very little lacing.

Oak and vinegar on the nose. Very pleasant. Some dark fruit, cherry maybe? Some vanilla.

Very low complexity. The oak is barely present in my glass. Subtle malt.

Terrible mouthfeel. Too watery. Likely over caronated despite the lack of head.

Not impressed overall, but it is a beer that I would drink again on a hot day.

calsbeek, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark but clear brown. The off-white head retains for a few minutes before dissipating into a ring.

Smell - A bit musty and vinous. Crisp, oaky sourness in the background.

Taste - Cherry and blackberry with a touch of vanilla and toffee. A very mild mix of sweet and sour; well balanced but a bit bland. I had this on tap recently and enjoyed it much more; it had a pronounced sourness that's absent in the bottled version.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied and semi-crisp. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

largadeer, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= This beer poured a translucent brown color. There was a modest 1/4" creamy tan head at pouring, and that quickly settled to a broken skim.

S= This beer smelled very much like a Flanders red ale and wild yeast sourness...go figure. Some detectable sweetness too.

T= This was sour but not too sour, with a bit of candi sweetness in there to balance out the tartness. The malt came through a bit with a chewy brown malt note that quickly disappeared inside that wonderful sweet/tart battle. Some hints of oak barrel acidity in there too. Finished dry and crisp with a lingering tartness.

MF= This brew has all of that famous Belgian effervescence and a crisply acidic mouthfeel.

D= I like this beer a lot but I think I like Duchesse De Bourgogne more. Still, this is a damn tasty beer!

spointon, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium-brown with a thin, slowly vanishing, head.

The smell is rooty - slightly oaky - with some vinegar.

The taste is rooty, somewhat oaky. Vinegar dominates as it progresses. Tart fruitiness in the back. Finishes sweet and sour.

There is an effervescent carbonated push at the start that quickly fades, leaving a light-to-medium body.

A bit wimpy for the style, but not bad. A bit too vinegary, though has a nice sweet and sour character.

jwc215, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of CanuckRover
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours brown with a thin white head, quickly settles to a film. No lacings.

Malty aroma. Some tart berries, little bit of vanilla, some alcohol.

A little bit of tartness up front but the beer settles down to a resounding "meh". Aside from some awfully english tasting malt, the aging has left a pleasant enough oakiness to the beer, but it's very soft.

Carbonation is far too aggressive, makes the beer feel quite thin.

Not the greatest, might be a good intro to the style, offering some decent malt but none of the challenging aspects of a proper example of the style

CanuckRover, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some sherry overtones. A two inch crown of white foam rises to the top of my tulip glass and gradually settles to the thinnest ring..

Aromas of dark fruits, black cherries, oak wood, lemons, tart cherries, and some vinegar. Later on the vinegar and malt combine to make an aroma of mixed berries. It actually has a very inviting aroma of berries, oak, and vinegar with a trace of caramel malt hiding in the background.

Taste is rather disappointing, not sour or tart in anyway. It has a "flat" taste of dark fruits, in the sense that they are merely there but not strong enough to be dominant. Some hints of berries but again only very subtle and some brown sugar. This one leans more on the estery, fruity and malty side of the Oud Bruin style, I just wished there was a little more tartness.

Mouthfeel is quite good, lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish which, when combined, creates a slight effect of tartness, but only very minimal. The aftertaste is also lacking, not much hangs around except maybe a few notes of plums and brown sugar.

This is actually not a bad Oud Bruin, just nothing spectacular. I'll admit that I was given this bottle a few months ago, thanks Joey, but since I wasn't into vinegar/sour tasting beers I decided to leave this one until I developed a taste for this type (and Red Poppy certainly did that for me!). This one would be a good introduction to the style, not too overpowering.

seaoflament, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of rye726
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mohogany color with tan head. The nose was of earthy Belgian yeast and some mild malts. Not very impressed here. Closer to an English than a Belgian. Lots of dried fruits but very little tartness. Classic crisp but full Belgian feel. Drinkable, but not the best example of a wonderfull style.

rye726, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of YonderWanderer
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark brown/red with little foam on top.

S: A bit of vinegary sourness in the nose, with a hint of sweetness. Not much else.

T: More sweet than sour, there's a nice thick sweetness to the taste, with a tiny hint of sourness.

M: Smooth, with adequate carbonation.

D: This is a solid oud bruin. Nothing spectacular, but worth drinking. Probably not worth the price tag, but it's still a good example of the style.

YonderWanderer, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of bobsy
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle conditioned and purchased from the Ontario alcohol monopoly. This one pours a dark oak colour with a quickly fading white head. Smells of lemon and blue cheese. This is quite promising - I find lemon and cheese pairs nicely. Taste upfront is moderately sour, but this is toned down by aggressive carbonation. As the drink flattens, the sour tone is enhanced, and the beer begins to resemble a red wine that has started to turn (but in a good way). The mouthfeel lets this drink down, as the carbonation is too intense and overpowers the flavour, so I found myself agitating my glass to draws some of it out.

bobsy, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of theformula
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer #8 in the 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/08. I love this style, let's see what we have. Any label with wooden barrels gets my attention.

A: Pours a dark, garnet body into a tulip glass. A healthy, light tan head holds up nicely. The body is slightly cloudy; minimal lacing.

S: Sweet and tart like a decent Oud Bruin should be. The balance is nice w/ a good complexity. Sweet cherries and applejuice mates with light wood notes, sour cherries and a little vinegar/cider. Very appetizing. Bready yeast rounds it out.

M: Medium body, low carbonation. Fantastically soft, creamy M.F.

T: Ejoyable and tasty, yet I'm not getting that great tartness and balance that's in the aroma. An initial sweetness takes hold w/ sugar-coated cherries and apples, a weak bite of sourness gets through. The wood/oak character really comes out towards the end. It has a cherry coke-like character.

D: Good, not great. The balance is a little off IMO as the tartness isn't there. Nice to drink and easy at that but I was expecting more. A good introductory beer to the style though.

theformula, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of timbro81
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with little to no head. Not much to the nose at first, a little more noticable sourness as it warms, a touch of vinegar. Let this beer warm up to the specified temps. Taste is of slightly sour cherries, minimal tartness. I was not expecting a Flanders style beer from this one. Not bad though, a good "gateway beer" for introducing people to the style.

timbro81, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of Stimack
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to pick this up the other day as I do enjoy the brown ales. This one poured to a medium brown hue with a surprisingly smallish head that broke down very quickly and left hardly any lacing. The aroma shows a nice malt scent mixed with a slight sour character. The flavors have a little more character to it than the nose did, nice malt, some fruit like flavor, maybe some wood like flavors as well. What I really like is the sourness, which is persistent but in no way overwhelming, gives this brew a real nice flavor that mixes well with the other favors listed. While not having a very good sized head it seems to have ample carbonation. Overall this is a fine brew, lots of flavors going on that really come out in the taste. Very easy drinking.

Stimack, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of kkipple
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Waaay back on December 30th of 2007 (goodness) I reviewed this one and gave it a whopping score of 3.25. Now I *rarely* re-review, but felt it was warranted in this case since I've had more than a few Oud Bruins since and my appreciation for the style has evolved. So here we go.

A. Color remains unchanged, to wit: "clear brown with red highlights. Foamy, sticky "sea foam" head.". The head dies decently fast but leaves some even lacing. Okay.

S. Yeasty, musty and slightly sour oak supports some sweet cherry. Reminds me a bit of Quelque Chose. There is still that balsamic note and it seems more dried out than previously. Still, no big changes. Smells fine.

T. Hmm... dare I say, this is still rather insipid. It tastes as if it's just missing the 'core' of the beer, or like this were a diet version... you have some middling sour cherry and base malt around the edges, but there is no soul here - neither malt character nor good sourness nor fermentation interesting...ness. It's a real pity. Hollowed out and lacking. I no longer find this vinegar or a "sipper", it's simply not that good. This does not deserve the #13 spot it currently holds in Oud Bruin on this site.

M / D. Watery and thin, but the carbonation is fuller and a bit soft. Decent mouthfeel but the flavor is so boring as to inhibit real exploration. Is there aspartame in this? 'Cause my tongue says "yes". *

Interestingly... nearly three years, I'd say my palate has evolved considerably, but I STILL don't care for Petrus Oud Bruin. Then again, I've had Goudenband, Oude Tart, Dissident and Haandbakk (my personal favorite.)

So yeah, drink those and not this. My initial review score remains unchanged (and is below) Who knows, I may try this Petrus again in another 3 years... but I sort of doubt it.

*I see the same brewery makes the hated Wittekerke Rosé which DOES, in fact, contain aspartame... that is hardly promising.

***

From the bottle to my glass.

A. Clear brown with red highlights. Foamy, sticky "sea foam" head.

S. Balsamic vinegar comes to mind. Sour cherries. Caramel. Cool.

T. Very sour; tart cherries. Woody. Cleansing. Hints of caramel malt, a definite oak presence. Vinegary almost. A sipper.

M. Low carbonation, watery, thin mouthfeel.

Not really my thing, to be honest. It's more drinkable than stuff like Rodenbach Grand Cru, but I don't much care for sour cherries and this has too much of them to warrant another purchase from me. If you like this sort of thing give it a shot; it seems to be a decent example of the style.

kkipple, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark ruby whose head does not stay around for long. Nose is malty with an oak edge showing itself after a strong attempt to draw the scents out. Flavor is fairly smooth and not too distinct. Malt presence is slight. Feel has a bit of carbonation to it that might border on a bit too much...well it would be too much if there were more than what is already present. This is very drinkable for how smooth it is, but the question to be asked is why would you go for this one repeatedly?

This is the last from the 6-pack from Petrus. The "aged pale" is by far the winner.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of nahthan
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On Tap at the Trappist in Oakland, CA. Nice dark amber appearance, great head retention. Cool sour wet horse blanket notes on the aroma that are mostly in aroma, not so much in the actual taste. Pretty low carbonation for the style. Much sweeter in the finish than you would expect from the aroma. Nice complexity when you want a balance of sweet/sour. Great complexity of flavors considering the alcohol content. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

nahthan, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of JMBSH
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice head from a strong pour. The head shinked quickly to a thin lace. The amber color was a rich color with a notable appearance of what might be called wisps of smoke.

A light scent of fruit, mostly that of cherry, is noted.

I tried this beer due to the labels mention of aged in oak, which I have been starting to grow fond of. The beer is tart with the flavor of cherries quickly coming to the fore front. It is leaves a hint of vinegar that somehow doesn't seem out of place.

Though not a favorite style for me, I thought it was very good. I think serving it with a platter of cheeses in the spring/summer would be a great presentation.

JMBSH, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of scottoale
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the small 330ml. brown bottle a dark mahogany brown with 1/4" light tan head that dissapates almost instantly, leaving no lasting lace.

Large sporatic bubbles of carbonation bring out a sour, spicy nose that is rather pungent. It's a pleasant sourness that is right on target for the style.

Dark fruit full of sourness and oak that turn nutty malt and lightly sweet to the finish. Very nice flavor with some complexity.

Starts light in the mouth, then fluffs to a smooth, velvet-like finish on the tongue. Medium-light body overall.

Quite drinkable with the alcohol hardly detectable. A nice sour beer that's sessionable, for sure.

scottoale, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of Brian700
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep brown with a tan tight head that slowly settles down to a thin layer. There is some lacing.

The aroma is a wonderful mixture of wet earth, dark fruit, and doughy bread. Complex and inviting.

The flavor starts with a little bit of sourness and plum in the front of the palate and turns a little bread-like as it washes over the back of the palate. The oak presence is so subtle but perfect--a very nice underlying element.

The mouthfeel is light in body with high carbonation. The beer coats the mouth nicely leaving a dryness.

This is a very drinkable beer. It is very refreshing and full of complex flavors. I highly recommend it.

Brian700, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of HomeBrewJunkie
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Phatz for having a few of us gentlemen over to taste this brew “side-by-side” with my Goudenband.

This fine example of an Oud Bruin pours a dark amber/brown. Small thin head creates a bit of lacing on my glass. Looks very tasty sitting there in my glass.

Slightly fruity and a bit sour. Smells of sweeter fruits rather than sour. A bit on the earthy side. There is a nice element of complexity to its aroma.

On the sweet side with a bit of graininess. Some oak but it is very subtle barely noticeable. The yeast lends a hand to the array.

Good mouthfeel. Slightly tart fruitiness. A bit of sweet maltiness. Moderately carbonated compliments the flavor well and adds positively to the moutfeel. Well balanced for its diversity in the character department.

Great tasting brew. Alongside of Goudenband this one is more mild. I enjoyed both of them tremendously and would revisit this one as well.

HomeBrewJunkie, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière brune, mousse abondante tenant bien et un dégagement gazeux important
Smell : un nez fruité et boisé
Taste and mouthfeel : acide en bouche, avec des notes de porto, un fruité moyen et peu d'amertume
Drinkability : bonne bière dans le style oud bruin (brune des Flandres)

thierrynantes, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of shamus
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours like a Coke in colour, fizz and head. has a bakery smell of yeast, cinnamon and butter. Mmmm it tastes delicious but has a sour middle. i'm not sure about this one. I need another taste.yep this is very good, ginger and cinnamon. A good winter beer. I will buy this again if the LCBO keeps carrying it.

shamus, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz brown botttle into a tasting glass. The bottles notes 2 year aging in oak barrels.

A - Deep caramel/cola brown w/ a thin tan head that makes nice lace.

S - Slightly green apple/sour odors w/ gentle grainy notes in the nose.

M - Nice, full effervessence w/ tart fruit feel and gentle sweetness. The finish is malty w/ a grainy texture.

T - Sweet w/ toasty notes and slightly vanilla oak notes. Grainy w/ a slightly sour citrus flavor. Nice gentle spice and yeastiness in the sweet finish.

D - Intense yet quaffable and complex w/ nice balance. I found this to a very fine brown w/ high drinkability.

Slatetank, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of RiekerStarBrew
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured from the bottle to my belgian glass, the beer displayed a clear brown color with hints of ruby. The head was tan. The aroma was sour with hints of grape. The one word I can think to describe it is "fresh". The flavor was very balanced. The light body character gave it a dry perception in my mouth. There was a definate grainy/cereal flavor. I feel like, in my opinion, this was a good example of an Old Bruin. I reviewed this beer with a side-by-side comparison to Liefmans Old Bruin and I lean towards Liefmans in preference.

RiekerStarBrew, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of jbsteiny
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! What an initial head on this beer! Pillowy four fingers of tan head, rising over the rim of my pint glass (not ideal glassware, I know), eventually faded to a decent ring. Some sticky lacing. The beer itself is a clear brown with auburn highlights -- huge initial carbonation, which does not persist.

Interesting aromas for a brown ale (I'd never tried a Flemish Oud Bruin before) -- diacetyl and roasted malts combine for a toffee, but there's also something vinous to it. It has hints of vinegar, like the Flemish Red, which really come through on the palate. Even before I signed on to BA, I knew I was going to say that it tasted more like a Flemish Red than any Brown Ale I'd ever tried. Upon reading the style notes, that makes sense.

Tastes (to me) of brown butter, carmelized cherries, a touch medicinal. Really good and unusual -- I've got to try some of the higher ranked Oud Bruins! I'm bad at tasting oakiness in flavorful beers, but as this was aged for 20 months in oak, I assume that's the woody flavor. Mouthfeel is very dry and astringent for the sweetness of the beer and the overall finish is unexpected, but very well crafted (maybe that's the oak?). I feel like this beer could have been syrupy and oily without that dryness. Highly sessionable, if you're well-off -- at $3+ a bottle, this will have to be a rare treat for me.

[postscript -- funny, I really didn't look much at the other reviews before writing -- purely by coincidence, I gave this beer the same breakdown as the reviewer before me. strange.]

jbsteiny, Nov 16, 2007
Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,093 ratings.