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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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Ratings: 1,159 | Reviews: 564
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.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An 11.2-ounce bottle poured into a goblet yields a clear cranberry body capped with two fingers of fine-bubbled soft ecru foam. The head retains at a thick sheet and scatters a bit of lacing on the glass.

The smell is fruity and sweet, with sweet red and tart green apples, sour green citrus, and a fresh green grassiness so potent it stretches to the borderline of 'piney'. Mild notes of apple cider vinegar emerge later in the drink.

The taste is sweet and fruity with a sedate acidic zip. Mushy red apples and crisp, tart, underripe peaches overlay a slightly musky malty backbone. As the drink warms it becomes almost cidery with a sweet, fruity maltiness and a bit of toasted medium malts.

The drink is medium in body with fine carbonation and a fluffy feel. Quaffable.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aged 20 months in oak barrels.

A: Poured a dark ruby red with a thin off tan head. Visible carbonation was soft.

S: some sweet raisiny and caramel aroma with some burbon on nose with a touch of sourness.

T: dark fruit (raisins, cherries) with a light woodiness and sourness. The flavor was vinous with some grapes, and alcohol warming.

M: light, smooth, with a strong carbonation, and dry finish. A little thin.

D: good drinkability. Overall a good example per style.

Photo of woemad
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle purchased in Spokane at Jim's Homebrew for $4.36. My first of the style.

Poured a dark cola color, taking on a ruby hue when held up to light. Two inches of bubbly, tan foam that recedes quickly. Spotty lace.

Brown sugar and sour fruit greet the nose, along with a slightly boozy note that seems odd for a beer under 6%.

Sour flavor hit the tastebuds first, swiftly followed by a cherry fruitiness and a mild, nutty flavor. In the background is an oakey flavor, no doubt from the cask aging. The fadeout is dry and bitter, in a fruity sort of way rather than a hoppy way.

Medium bodied, with a slick, coating mouthfeel.

My first Oud Bruin seems to sit within the style guidelines. Not a bad beer, but not one I find terribly interesting, either. Perhaps this is one of those styles that just doesn't work for me. I'm glad I tried it, and will try another of the style at some point, but I don't think I'll be re-upping for this beer anytime soon.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep sandal brown with lovely garnet highlights. The beer is relatively clear but only when held up to the light. A tan head sets up shop as a thin collar and single layer of bubbles in a little island floating around the center.

Smell is of Belgian yeasts and some dark fruits mixed with malts. I don't get any of the earthy woody scents one would expect from an oak aged beer. Maybe it was only aged for a short period of time.

The taste is of dark cherries that aren't fully ripe yet. There is a sourness to it with a sweet malt background. The finish again doesn't have any of the oak flavors that I would expect from an oak aged beer.

The taste fits in well with the style but I feel that it falls far short from being an oak aged brew. There is a nice carbonation that works with the beer. Not bad but also not a great brew. I'll stick to the other beers in the Petrus lineup.

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

pretty good beer. poured nice into my glass with about three quarter inch of head. nice full body and color. good aroma of malts with a hint of hop. tasted pretty good and smooth with nice subtle aftertaste. very drinkable as it is overall balance.

suckem up and movem out.


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.

Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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 :)

Photo of AltBock
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of JamesS
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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.

Photo of Andreji
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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?

Photo of ablaze
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
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