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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1,147
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 19
Gots: 74 | FT: 1
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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 djeucalyptus
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 11.2oz bottle, part of a six-bottle Petrus gift pack, into a tulip

pours a deep burnt caramel hue with garnet highlights when held up to the light. A cherry-tinged light-mocha colored three-finger erupted and fairly quickly dissipated leaving behind some nice lacing.

aroma is tart and sour up front with a hint of beet sugar. green apples and a citrus sourness. a bit of cherry, cassis, and some woody notes as well. Sharp up front and then fades into nothingness.

Taste follows aroma. A very neutral dark fruit sourness. Earthy with oak, vanilla, maybe a touch of cocoa. A bit of vinegar, but less than others. Cherries, raisins, lemon, and prunes. dirt. A bit of cabernet-esque tannins. It tastes brown. It tastes sour.

Medium to high carbonation gives the relatively one-dimensional flavor profile a bit of life. Smooth and crisp, with a hint of tannins and a touch of astringency. Not bad, but nothing amazing.

All in all, not a bad representation of the style, but nothing amazing. Taste and aroma are fairly one-dimensional, and not quite as robust as I would have hoped. A nice sipper that kind of runs middle of the road. Not bad at all... if I really needed an Oud Bruin and this one was available, I wouldn't turn it down. Plus the 11.2oz bottle is a convenient size.

Photo of gory4d
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown that glows red when held to the light; the head is white and frothy but dissipates quickly, leaving a lot of lacing down the glass. The smell seaweed, leather, and persimmon. The taste is loam, pear skin, and salty, tangy sweat. It's finely but not too highly carbonated, rather thin in body, and is quite quenching -- perhaps I'd enjoy this beer better on a hot summer day. It's not the best I've had in the style, but still is a pleasant drink.

Photo of jp62099
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first Flanders Oud Bruin, and having read some reviews I wasn't real sure about it. It poured a fizzy reddish brown, lots of bubbles, head reminded me of Duvel.
Smelled of dark fruits, with a vinegar kick, didn't pick up any signs of the oak barrel.
I was expecting sour, but no pucker. The vinegar and fruits blend together nicely, and end pretty refreshing. I guess I expected bigger flavors but really didn't get that.
Feel is thin, pronounced carbonation, but smooth and very drinkable. I was ready for another, but only picked up one.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'Discovered' this bottle in the basement when taking inventory a couple weeks ago. I recall buying it sometime in mid-2007 (at Uwajimaya, an Asian market in Beaverton, OR), but there's nothing to identify a date except for the code '38810' on the back label. Oh well, it's a style that cellars fine and this has been kept cool and dark for many months. Poured the 11.2 oz/33cl bottle to a small snifter.

First time to taste this since a 2006 visit to Brouwerij Bavik. We tried this in one of their storage bays, tapping a massive oak barrel. I wish they had a scale figure on the front label, because those 25,000-liter barrels are unbelievable (at least 12' tall I'd guess...).

A: At first glance, it's a mundane brown, capped with a finger of ivory cream. As the head slowly settles, hold it to light and behold the ruby-tinged clarity, filled with ascending streams of small bubbles. Strong lace holds valiantly before slipping down. A fine example.

S: Pungent tartness bursts from the glass. Sugars and yeast hide beneath a layer of fruit mash and dry, musty woodiness.

T: More doughy/bready than I recall, which may be due to the 'extra' aging...or may be because it's been 2.5 years since the last taste. Regardless, it's still got a fruity tartness (earthy raspberry, ripe apple), a sneaky spicing and peppery-dry finish.

M: Carbonation is abundant in the glass but mellow in the mouth, feel is soft and smooth. A slight grainy/yeasty grit left in the mouth. Body is fairly light, borderline 'thin'.

D: It's a good one...a nice version worth sipping for a while. I've seen more of these bottles recently at Whole Foods, so it's one I plan to snag again soon for another taste. Recommended.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brown color with tinges of red. Thick consistency. Not a huge amount of head, but some good lacing.

S: A very sweet, fruity smell, mixed with some maltiness.

T: Like the smell, the taste is very sweet - but also very sour. Apples, grapes, malt and even a slightly nutty aspect. An unusual taste, but pretty complex.

M: A fairly well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: On the whole, this is a drinkable beer. I'm not that familiar with this style, but it does seem like an interesting one.

Photo of Riggo
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

opaque brown with red hightlights. beige creamy head.
smells at first of granny smith apple peels--very citric and tart. some coffee notes as well and very slight musty, earthy notes.
on palette, the sweet and sour mix is surprising, despite the fact that i was expecting it. very fruity and tart. notes of grape and apples. surprisingly sweet, yet quite balanced. tastes like cider with only subtle hints of its dark color on palate--some nuttiness.
mouthfeel is smooth, with low carbonation.
the tart/sweet combination is just a little cloying for high drinkability.

not particularly complex to my experience, despite the wood barrel aging.

Photo of abents
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark redish brown with light white head.
Not too much in the nose, fruit, spices, and a slight vinegar. Taste is sweet red fruits up front followed by a tartness and lingering sweetness. Light on the spices in this one, but still pretty good.

Photo of drperm
4.63/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

High, high reviews for this one: I love it!

Bottle purchased December 2007. Tasted December 20, 2008.

App: Pours a bit like a porter or Munich Dark -- opaque, dark russet-brown. A copious tan head lingers nicely in my Unibroue goblet.

Aroma: Mild sour note, lots of yeast, chocolate, faint cherry, oak, sherry, vanilla.

Taste: Wonderful! Sour cherry, hop resin, dark chocolate, raspberry-sour note, toffee.

Palate: Thirst-quenching, spritzy-dry with palate-scrubbing-bubbles. A *tiny* hint of diacetyl-slickness, and is that a wine-like finish?

Overall: A terrific little Oud Bruin treat: definitely will have again! Try with duck, game, or good cheeses. Next time, I'll use this in my Carbonnade a la Flamande.

Photo of Dornbox
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet

Nice clean pour with a solid two fingers that diminished but left a decent lacing.

Sour notes, fig, with a nice cherry taste. Not as sour as the triple or quad I've has in the past and really enjoyed but far better than the gouden triple in terms of a nice strong sour taste.

In all, I really enjoyed this beer, especially as it sat in the glass and gradually warmed, producing a excellent and well balanced sweet and sour brew with a nice thick feel on the pallet.

I'm not a huge fan of oak aged brews and would not describe this as a typical wood aged beer as there are far to many other flavors which ring much more strongly.

Photo of ballewblake
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a kasteel taster glass.

Boring. Slight head that dropped quickly. Minor ring around the glass. Brown in color, opaque. No smell on this one. Highly carbonated on the tongue, taste is lightly sweet, very small hint of a sour on this one, likely due to the barrel/oak. This is drinkable, but not something that is highly appealing. I'd rather have a duchess for something similar. So far I'm not impressed with this brewery. :|

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into its own Petrus logo glass.

An amber/brown body with a slight off-white head. Leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

Aroma is not powerful at all. I get some sour notes and dark fruits like raisins and grapes, but not much else.

First comes a mild sourness that is very nice and becomes stronger as the beer warms. Next I taste some dark fruits that I noticed in the nose. Raisins, grapes. Just a tiny touch of oak in there too; it is barely noticeable. There isn't a ton of flavor going on in this one, everything seems subdued and mild. Not a bad beer, in fact I enjoyed it, just not a great beer.

Mouthfeel is rather light, not much going on at all.

Pretty drinkable beer. Although mild and not terribly complex, this is still a tasty beer. I definitely prefer Petrus Aged Pale, which is one of the beers blended to make this Oud Bruin.

Photo of dalion037
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great mild sour beer for those who are not into sours or who would like to experiment with sours. or those that are into sours this is a nice Flanders sour. It pours a nice brown with a slight, silky, tan head. It kind of looks like a Belgian Dubbel. It's a very tasty drink and worth a pour.

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

Served from a 33cL bottle into a goblet.

A: pours brown with ruby red highlights, some haze in the appearance, with a tan 1 finger head that dissipates.

S: sour cherry, candy-like aroma with a bit of sweet molasses

T: starts with a sour cherry flavor, mixes in with malt, molasses, brown sugar sweetness, some dried fruit, ends with a slightly metallic flavor that transforms into a bitter oak character as I make my way through the bottle. As the beer warms, I notice that the sourness actually becomes more defined, giving it a sour cherry/candylike flavor that is extremely pleasant. The finish becomes less noticeable and more reminiscent of the oak. very nice balance between the sweet and sour flavors in this.

M: light to medium feel, carbonation average but a little on the low side, slight stickiness.

D: at 5.5% abv this is almost sessionable; was my first beer of the evening and paired it with an appetizer. worked well in that capacity. I wanted to move on to my next beer but I was enjoying this one so much, particularly as it got warm, that I took my time.

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

Clear brown pour with a short tan head. Caramel, oak, cherries, and funk in the nose. Sweet and sour bite with oak, malt, and green apples in the taste. Not a really bretty beer, more of a sour mash/sour fruit combo without the buttery sweetness. Sour and dry finish.

Photo of Offa
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark red brown, this has a large, light brown head that slowly dissipates to a thin, hazy top and leaves essentially no lacing.

The aroma is sweet, pungent, with notes of molasses, earth, and fruit.

The taste is sweet but sour, tangy, with earthy molasses elements, yeast, red wine, and fruit, almost like grape soda mixed with beer. It has a sweetish, slightly grainy finish. It's ok, but too sweet-sour for me.

Photo of corby112
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark brown color with a thin fizzy beige head that quickly dissapears without any lacing.. Strong aroma of oaky wood, chocolate maltiness and dark fruit. Tart and very sweet tasting., with the oakinees dominating and overpowering the other flavors. More sour than I prefer.

Photo of Overlord
2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Meh (now a word).

Pours a ruddy brown. Small tan head. Smells ... grapey. Taste is ... again, grapey/vinous. Maybe a bit of dark fruit. Perhaps a speckle of oak. For an oak aged beer, this was pretty thin on the oak. As in, not really there at all.

While there's a bit of tart sourness to it, there's a sweet burn aftertaste I did not find appealing. Almost like a beer version of sweet and sour. Thin, not particularly enjoyable.

Photo of gdfan47
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was my 2nd time trying this one

the first time i had it in a bottle and wasnt feeling it all

saw it at Monk's and the bartender was saying it translated alot better on draft then in a bottle

he was right
def more sour on draft
not my favorite , but would drink it again. Def a little sour

apparently it varies a little batch by batch
relativly low abv which is what i like
overall just a nice semi sour brown ale that is good to have everyonce in awhile

Photo of grimreeser
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with a decent sized off-white head from the bottle, some lacing is left in the glass. Nice aroma of caramel, dark fruit, and a bit of wood. Flavor begins with a rich sweetness followed by a slightly sour finish. Solid full mouthfeel, a nice beer.

Photo of MAB
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer after sampling the Petrus Double Brown ale. Quite a difference...

This beer was a nice brown color but a bit opaque. The brownish head was aggressive at first but died back down to a nice level.

It smelled wonderful. Caramel notes and slightly fruity.
It tasted, in a word, sour.
There is no comparison with the double brown which was far sweeter. However this one kind of grew on me as it went down; the sourness subsiding a bit.

Not a bad beer but I wouldn't buy more.

Photo of JayQue
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first experience with this style. Pours a slightly hazy brown/amber color with plenty of light getting through. Looks more reddish when held to a light.

Small off-white head that fades fast. Very little lacing. The smell is more like what I would expect from the types of Belgian beers I have had before - Sweet Belgian candi sugar and dark fruit.

The taste starts out the same but an earthiness comes in quickly to cut the richness and sweetness. Then the sourness kicks in. The sourness is pronounced but not all that unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is rich enough..not a Quadrupel, but not a watery beer either. Drinkability is probably pretty good for those more used to sour beers than I am. It has a lot going for it, even for someone who don't see the sour finish as a good thing at this point.

At this point in my beer adventure, I'm going to have to get more used to sour beers.

Photo of whiteskittlz
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Whole Foods Irvine. Poured into my trusty Duvel tulip goblet.

looks: head starts out as a good inch and a half, but dies down to a ring with flaoties. i don't know enough about the style to ding it too much for it, though. The colour is like cloudy cola

nose: a clean hops and malt aroma

taste: slightly nutty, nice maltiness, with the hops making a nice finish. an aftertaste that i can't quite put my finger on...perhaps a bit metallic at the end. also a bit sour, especially with bigger swigs.

mouthfeel/drinkability: the odd part is that for the amount of flavour, it doesn't have much body - but this makes it very drinkable

verdict: i would drink this again...i would even say as a session beer, if it wasn't for the price. i'm rather intrigued by the olde worlde brews and this one does not disappoint, though i hope for something more complex.

haz paz,

Photo of csmiley
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly dark brown with a good amount of red that shows in the light. Off white head rose to one inch and didn't stick around for too long. Lacing is practically non-existent.

S - Tart fruit starts it out. Mostly apple and grape. Hints of earthiness come through next and resembles wet leaves. Granola and dark bread is midway with some darker fruitiness finishing it off.

T - Sour up front with green apple and cherries. Fruit gives way to yeasty dark bread. Dark dried fruit, caramel, and toffee pop in midway. Just a touch of cocoa and dry wood is on the tail end. As it warms the wood is showcased a little more but it still stays mild and in a distant background.

M - Lighter bodied with active carbonation. Smooth and clean overall. Finish is a combination of dry and sour.

D - Drinkability is good. This one is really smooth and refreshing for the style. Alcohol is very hard to detect. It hits some of the typical flavors I expected for a Flanders. Aged in oak for 20 months? I have my doubts about that since oak doesn't really come through at all. Still a good brew though.

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

Huh; thought this was a better beer than is reflected on the ratings here. This beer had a pleasant sour-fruit flavor that didn't strike me as vinegar-like, wasn't over-powering, and I found to be very drinkable.

It poured a pleasant black-tea color into my goblet. Head was not especially plentiful, but remnants of it remained over the 40 minutes or so in which I consumed this beer. Aroma was oak-y, sour, and fruity, with some very light dark malt tones. Flavor offered some malt roastiness, a touch of vanilla, fruit, and of course significant sour-ness. Fruitiness seemed cherry-like, which is de rigueur for a sour ale, but also to offer some apple-ness that did not to my nose and palate seem chemical (ethyl hexanoate?) in nature. Mouthfeel was pretty clean.

I thought this to be a very nice and drinkable beer for those who dig the sour. I would recommend it. I bought his bottle at Beer Mania in Brussels.

Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. There's not much lacing.

Smells good. Lots of tart cherries with a mild oak aroma up front. As it warms there's a tiny bit of a nutty aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet cherries up front that quickly turn tart. There are also mild earthy and nutty flavors that come out more as the beer warms, but the cherries are at the forefront throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It's just a bit too thin, but the carbonation is solid. It goes down fairly smooth.

Drinkability is good. It's certainly not too sour, but there's nothing that's really good about this beer that makes me want to drink another one.

Overall this is a solid beer of the style. I probably won't be buying this again anytime soon, but it's definitely worth a shot if you're a fan of the style.

Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,147 ratings.