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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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1,040 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,040
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 16
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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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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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Several inches of khaki head falls slooow into an opaque molasses beer and leaves intricate lacing. Aromas are nuts, berries, and brown sugar.

Tase is a light medley vinous fruit, cherry cordial, and green apple all pulled down by darker fruit tastes, slight anise, and a taste that sort of reminds me of finnel. Despite the flavors described this is a very light, smooth, easy drinking beer. Mouthfeel is slick but light. I feel like having this beer without pairing it with some crazy food was a waste. It is a great one for the table, complex but easy-going.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 05:37:18 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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kaimcm

California

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into large bowl wine goblet.

A: nothing remarkable to speak of. dissipating head, deep amber body. tiny bit of lacing and stick.

S: cherries, acidity, a little bit of wood, barbeque sort of salty bacon fat

T: pretty soft and coating, light malt, some barely tart fruit and a tiny bit of sugar up front. herbal, tea like qualities mid palate as the acidity pulls through. more pronounced cherries. finish dries a bit but I have to admit this falls a little flat even before the swallow can be completed. theres a decent level of complexity and interest here but I dont think it follows through. crisp and refreshing, the acidity is light enough to be very versatile.

M: eh. its okay. a little on the soft and weak end. this beer should have plenty of life left in its bottle but already seems to be getting tired.

D: interesting. enjoyable. worth a shot for sure...dont know about much after that.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 06:53:02 | More by kaimcm
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

2.3/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Color is dark to dark reddish. The head is thick and stays very well after a hard pour and leaves some nice lacings behind as it falls.

Smell is sour and very slightly sweet with some oak and smokiness. Also smells a bit like a lager and a wheat beer together, only sour.

Taste is listless. Watery with slight tones of what the smell is.

Mouthfeel is ok, a little smooth, but also pretty watery.

I don't think I would drink this again unless it's from the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 03:26:50 | More by Erdinger2003
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UberWasser

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8.4oz brown bottle poured into a snifter.

Fills my glass slowly with a dark brown liquid. Light penetrates just enough to give it a glow. Head is limited (this bottle might have sat for a while, there is a good bit of rust on the cap from the foil), yellow in color, and dissipates quickly.

I take a sniff. "Wow" is all I manage to annunciate. This beer's aroma shares more than one similarity with a good Kentucky bourbon (which is of course also aged in oak barrels, though hopefully for longer than two years). I could sit here and sniff this beer for an hour without taking a sip and I would enjoy it.

In fact, it smelled enough like bourbon to me that I almost expected the usual singe of 100 proof alcohol headed down the gullet. Instead, though, I was pleasently suprised with a very nice sweetness on my palate. It was of fruits and candies and other happy things. Swallowing brought out a slight bitter aftertaste...not enough to "balance" the experience, but that isn't on top of my list of priorities.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin for something so sweet...this could be good, as it may have prevented it from being cloying, but I still felt like something was missing there. Drinkability was good, though, partly because of that mouthfeel and also because of the sweet but not overwhelmingly-so flavor and low ABV.

Overall, a beer that I much enjoyed, most of all for the aroma. And it was a serious steal when I was visiting Louisville at $2.25.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 05:25:52 | More by UberWasser
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IceAce

California

4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 Oz. bottle

Slightly hazy chestnut body capped with a stubborn ring of medium tan foam. Nose is pungent with earthy malt, Belgian yeast, and some sourness lingering in the background.

Entry shows subdued carbonation and a palate-filling mouthfeel with some chewiness. Midtaste offers up sweet candies with an oakiness that finishes with the trademark Petrus yeast fade.

This beer is a steal @ BJ's for only $3.95 / bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 16:28:54 | More by IceAce
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afordney

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very smooth, dark brown almost leather appearance with an off white frothy head, there was slight lacing around the glass.

Smells, somewhat fruity and milky sweet

Very smooth taste, sour lactose and bits of fruity sweetness

Light and balanced, not very carbonated

A fantastic beer, Rich and aromatic, very pleasing for speacial occasions.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 20:51:05 | More by afordney
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a small bottle into a small white wine glass, which turned out to be the perfect size, but possibly not the perfect shape...

Cool, ruby-red colouring with lots of foam and lacing.

Aroma is sour cherries, sourdough bread, dry wood, and spritzy lemon. Very different!

Significant metallic notes in the taste, although they go away a bit as it warms. Remaining flavours--cherries, apples, 'woodiness', and some darker fruit--as well as the general sourness are muted. I don't remember this from previous bottles, so I wonder if this one is past its prime, or perhaps the glass is too small to allow it to 'breathe' properly?

Anyway, mouthfeel is light and refreshing, although nothing special. Aftertaste is pleasantly fruity without being overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 18:11:59 | More by crwills
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RedHaze

Nebraska

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with some dark ruby hints with a one inch head that settles slowly to a rocky cap, leaving behind a nice webbing of lace.

Smell; sour and fruity, with cherries and plums. Some of the oakiness is there, but not as powerful as I was expecting, and there's a little bit of chocolate in there as well.

Taste; The oak flavors come out more than the aroma led me to believe they would. There's a nice sour fruitiness, with cherries, plums and maybe a touch of raspberries. It's a bit drying in the finish due to the oak barrel aging. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and is pretty easy to drink, even with the dryness.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 23:43:13 | More by RedHaze
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a stunning dark cherry that fades to a murky brown around the edges. The thin, frothy head stuck around for a while leaving some nice lace behind.

Smells of sour cherry and an earthy, wet oak. There’s also a powdery dryness behind these sour elements.

There’s not as much to the flavor as I had anticipated. It starts light and tingly with a sour fruity snap, but then gets washed out by a watery cherry and melon. The sourness reemerges in the finish further back on my tongue but brings with it metallic sting. There are also lingering traces of celery.

The mouth feel is very light and clean with a light but prominent carbonation the deposit’s the sour elements.

I’m still on the fence with this one. It’s a simple sour beer, but then there’s that metallic finish. It’s not my favorite, but I didn‘t have any trouble finishing it.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 22:32:28 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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HochFliegen

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured my 11.2 fl.oz bottle and noticed right away the thick tan frothy head building on top of the dark brown colored beer. After holding the glass to the light, it barely shown thru, showing a deep blood red color. At this point the frothy head was nothing more than a thin ring around the glass with a few whisps in the center.
The smell was very, sweet plum like also sort of sour or bitter smelling. After swirling the beer a few times and sticking my nose deep into the snifter it revealed a few more aromas I didnt at first detect. It was almost like a roasted malt or dark chocolate like smell. Initialy after doing this I thought I could smell a slight alcoholic scent to it as well.

The taste was sour. Not a bad sour IMO but its there and I can see how some would be turned off by this. Personally I thought it was a nice mix with the sweet and butter like flavor. Also like the smell a taste of a dark bitter chocolate adds to the sweetness. It almost went undetected but theres a roasted flavor in there as well. No taste of the alcohol at all. After taste is sour and lingers for a good amount of time. Mouthfeel is very nice oily almost and very smooth.

I thought this was an amazing beer. For my first Oud Bruin Im impressed an look foward to trying more in this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 02:55:44 | More by HochFliegen
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GolgiIPAratus

Massachusetts

2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled: 3.23.06

Appearance is ruby, brown with a small head that fades quickly.

Smell is sweet sugary with a winey sourness. Aromas of wood are prominent as well.

Flavor is light ale up front with a tart sourness in the finish. A vague description for a vague brew, unfortunately. There was little real flavor that stuck out and took control or mingled with any other here. Maybe I can point to the woodiness, but it just dried the taste too much. Disappointing. In the mouth, the beer was light in body and low carbed.

Drinkability? Hm. Of course, liking the beer helps this category. So, I have to vote low since it didn’t go down easy.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 15:57:12 | More by GolgiIPAratus
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kmcnair

California

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brown 33cl bottle filled with an old brown ale aged in oak casks for 2 years.

Pours a great darkened brown hue into the signature Petrus goblet, notes of translucent ruby red at the base of the glass. Makes a tanned creamy colored half inch crown that fades into a thin layer of long lasting finely packed bubbles. Funky tart barnyard aromas, sour cherries, slightly vinegary. Malty caramel and bittersweet chocolate, almost soured chocolate flavors with a subtle hint of tart lemony citrus, and spices, but is almost metallic in the finish. Light to medium palate, very crisp & strong peppery carbonation with a very dry finish. Looks good, smells good and feels good on the palate, but the flavor is a let down compared to the nose. Tasty, but doesn't leave me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 06:07:14 | More by kmcnair
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badbeer

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with a foamy head leaving a little bit of sticky lacing. Smells funky. Sour, overripe fruit: apples, pears, plums and grapes. Taste is pretty good, sour fruit, wood, and even a cola like flavor mixed in there as well. Light body, moderate carbonation, very dry. Cloyingly dry in the finish which really hurts this, it could be much better otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 00:22:42 | More by badbeer
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jabocu

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear copper color with a finger width light-tan cap that dissipated to thin lacings along surface. Malty sweet aroma with sour esters, raisins, brown sugar and spice. Alcohol is in the nose. Nice rich bouquet. The flavor almost transforms through noticeably different flavors. Flavor is brown sugar sweetness turning into sour cherry then “brightens” to a ripe fruit with hint of a banana finish. Bitterness is very mellow. Woodsy throughout. It has medium-light body with medium carbonation and finishes with a earthy-oak dryness. Very intriguing beer that can be enjoyably sipped and savored. This is my first experience with a sour ale, but will definitely be on the lookout for more like this.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 00:04:52 | More by jabocu
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Bierschenker

Belgium

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a dark brown colour. When I poured it in, it gave hardly any head. And what remains is some white floating on the beer.
The smell is dominantly sour; citrus and malty, hint of chocolate.
Taste is again citrus sour, with malt tones, rather flat taste, a far caramel tone. Quite dry taste in the mouth, a bit oxidised.
Aftertaste is almost non existing. Light malt tone.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 17:19:40 | More by Bierschenker
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Gusler

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer makes good its escape pouring a deep clear brown, the head is bountiful, creamy in texture and a winsome light tan in color, upon its dematerialization, the lace formed is a tight seal upon the glass. Nose is musty, with hints of molasses, malt and a bit of citrus like tartness; start is mild in sweetness, fair to middling grain presence, and the top light to moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is sternly acidic, tart, quite dry and a magnificent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 22:52:42 | More by Gusler
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dgallina

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle without freshness date.

Poured very dark but clear red-tinged brown. Relatively still, with a third-inch of foam that quickly settles to a sheen and light lace. Smells astringently winey and oaky; more like a Flanders sour red ale than anything else. Aggressively light and carbonated in the mouth. Flavor is dominated by light round woodiness that persists throughout. Balanced by grainy fruitiness from the brown ale. Turns medium-dry and slightly hoppy in the finish.

A light and pleasingly quenching drink. Somewhere between the belgian brown ale and sour red ale styles.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 21:42:37 | More by dgallina
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texashammer

Texas

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

a deep brown color, with creamy head. smells of malty chocolate and raisins; mellow and calm. rich but mellow, rather neutral flavors for the most part were a slight disappointment. very smooth. I was expecting more flavors; maybe I've had too many American IPA's to appreciate this subtle beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 13:16:29 | More by texashammer
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a reddish brown, very clear but dark. There is a decent head of foam that quickly reduces to a thick ring around the inside of the glass. I can immediately smell the storng fruity aroma of red wine after pouring. The taste is very fruity and tangy, like cherries or raisins. The sourness lingers a bit, but there is virtually no bitterness at all. This one reminds me of Kriek beer. Its quite thin and adequately bubbly on the palate. The overall drinkablility is suprisingly good.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 23:19:26 | More by bennetj17
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

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

An interesting Belgian brew.

This is a nice dark cola brown with a thin tan head. Looks almost like a liqueur. It smells sour, almost winey but I can detect the smell of malts in there. Plums, raisins and bread are detectable.

The taste is acidic and sour, very winey. But this is not bad. There are malts in there, but also the taste of raisins, yeast and a slight vinous, vinegary hint. This goes well with fresh baked bread.

Despite the sourness and acidity, this is a smooth, easy to drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 07:43:01 | More by BDTyre
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice dark brown with a thin head with lots of lacing. Smell is a bit acidic, but not too offensive. Taste is quite acidic, flavors somewhat resemble malt and wine. mouthfeel is decent, no excessive carbonation and pretty easy to drink. This isn't too bad, would be better if it was not so acidic though.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 04:57:30 | More by funkengruven
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sinistrsam

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one in a snifter at The Sharp Edge in Crafton, PA. Dark brownish-copper body with a medium-sized head. The head left a small ammount of lacing, which died quick.
The smell was largely alcoholic, but had touches of candy sugar and sour fruits, and a fine oak touch, which reminded me of the Russian River Temptation.
The taste immediately hits you as sour fruits, oak, tannins ,mild citrus, and alcohol. Yeast and mild hops finish out a pretty complex taste. Overall the taste was very interesting but not as balanced as I would have liked.
I think one of these is enough; not that there's a high ABV but the overwhelming tastes of the sour fruits and alcohol, combined with a puckering dry mouthfeel makes this a one a night beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2005 19:55:26 | More by sinistrsam
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a dark mahogany color with a billowing white head. The aroma tart and sour, but rather mild. The taste is also rather mild. There is some sourness, but really nothing else. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this beer is okay. However, I do not think I will drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 17:26:18 | More by KarlHungus
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asabreed

New York

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

My first sample of the style I've ever had. 33 cl bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Nice dark amber color with a good amount of bubbles gurgling to the top from the middle of the glass. Head bubbles up nicely like a Belgian should probably, but somehow it dissipates quickly, and that was a bit disappointing. Lacing's also decent at first, but then also that fades fairly quickly. Still pretty nice though.

Smell: Alcohol at first, and it's only 5.5% ABV? Some yeast, slight malt, maybe slight hops, and faint oak. The alcohol unfortunately overshadows much of it, though the possibility is there, and I definitely now want to try other styles.

Taste: Nice sourness at first, but though it lingers, it's too faint and I want more. It's still pretty clean, but nothing that I'm super excited to delve into again. Finishes clean and slightly malty, with the faintest sourness and slight oak on the palate. Once again, potential is there, but as it is it doesn't do too much for me.

Mouthfeel: Nice and slightly creamy with a good final subtle burst of spritzy carbonation, which could get out of hand, but has more of a pleasant sour and puckering affect in accordance with the taste.

Drinkability: Not a bad brew, and certainly a style I'd like to try again, but I was hoping for more with this guy.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 21:49:52 | More by asabreed
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jamesdergen

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a transparent ruby/amber color with a minimal, fizzy head that disappears almost instantly.

Smell: Some woodsy aromas along with sour cherries

Taste: Surprisingly tart and fruity with a dry finish. The fruit flavors are not all that big, which is nice because they don't overpower the sour/musty flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very light and dry. The carbonation is relatively high, but not overdone.

Drinkability: Goes down easy and the complex flavors keep me coming back for another sip. Low ABV makes it easy to savor the whole bottle.

This brew was a pleasant surprise as I had never heard of it or tried anything in this style. If you come across it and want to try something new, I would highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 03:16:58 | More by jamesdergen
Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,040 ratings.