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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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1,052 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,052
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 16
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002)
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Appearance: Pours a clear deep garnet color with a thin head of whitish foam. The head falls within a minute to end up a small ring around the glass. There really aren’t any bubbles rising to maintain the head, so you end up with a lace across the top of the beer and that is about it.

Aroma: Really clean and fruity aroma with Black Cherry in particular. There is a mild wild yeast aroma here, but it still manages to maintain a sweet dark caramel presence. Deeper into the aroma, there is a woody thing that is pretty defined. It has a slight roasty character deep within the aroma.

Taste: The flavor is also clean with a sweet malty presence to go with the dark fruit and cherries. I get a slightly oxidized flavor that doesn’t detract from the beer much, but adds complexity. There is lots of fruit here, but the caramel sweetness compliments it nicely. The finish is definitely malt driven…or at least not hop, spice, etc driven. The finish is sweet with some slightly sour syrupy goodness left on your palate to linger for some time. There really is no alcohol noticeable.

Opinion: I think that this beer is pretty good. I guess that it is a Flanders Brown, and it fits that category pretty well. It comes across as a tad thin, but that enhances its drinkability. I like the sweet and sour contrast, and the fact that this beer has some age on it doesn’t detract from the whole flavor profile. I was really careful not to pour the sediment from the bottom as there is quite a bit. This would have likely detracted since it has some age on it. All in all, I think that this was a pretty darn good beer, and one that I would like to try again as a fresher example.

09-12-2006 04:13:12 | More by SkeeterHawk
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drotski

Maine

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured a reddish darnk brown color, with minimal head.

Smelled of apples, pear, and a touch of cinnamon. Very cidery smell.

Ok, this was definitely aged in oak barrels, very oaky flavor. Also lots of apples, and a touch of vanilla and citrus. Very sweet overall.

Very thin and heavily carbonated in the mouth.

Overall, it was alright. Not an easy one to keep drinking, but a good novelty beer to have every now and then.

09-06-2006 23:17:49 | More by drotski
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Iguana

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%

A: Poured reddish brown with a small head that laced up pretty quick into my New Belgium Globe glass.

S: Sour cherries is all I am smelling, smells good though.

T: Sour cherry flavor leading to a buttery peppery taste that gets dry and tart for the finish, pretty nice. I am really enjoying it.

M: Smooth and dry. The taste really coats the mouth which is nice.

D: I really enjoyed this one. A nice after dinner treat beer.

09-03-2006 05:03:02 | More by Iguana
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peabody

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours out clear light brown with just a slight head of white to brownish-white suds. No lacing to speak of.
Malt and fruit are the first smell. Raisin and cherry and no alcohol to speak of.
The taste is at first dark, then bitter then warm and dark at the end.
A little thin in the mouth but the malt and the cherry seem to take over and make this one of the better petrus's for my money.
The oak is there, I just don't know to what degree and percentage that I am tasting it.
Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean.
This is a Petrus that I could drink a few of. I am starting to like the bitter/sour beers the Petrus put out.

08-30-2006 01:36:26 | More by peabody
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cbl2

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

8/24/2006 $4.00 11.2 oz 5.50% No best by date, but coded 38344.

Appearance:

Pours a crystal clear dark brown tinged with claret highlights. Thin brown rim of head that settles instantly.

Aroma:

Welches grape juice mixed with cherry juice from concentrate. Intense fruit character.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Smoother and not as intensely tart as their aged Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mild oak notes and vanilla from the wood, but mainly vibrant cherry and mild acidity. Tart, slightly metallic drying finish. Very refreshing.

Notes:

From the label: Old brown ale aged in oak casks for 2 years." The oak shows and is counterbalanced nicely by the tart fruit.

08-25-2006 03:15:06 | More by cbl2
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stephendr

California

4.53/5  rDev +23.1%

Cola colored- white head – faint nose of sour raspberries, maple syrup, green vegetation and mold – taste is initially malt then sour raspberries as one swallows, medium body – aftertaste short Cola colored- white head – faint nose of sour raspberries, maple syrup, green vegetation and mold – taste is initially malt then sour raspberries as one swallows, medium body – aftertaste short

08-22-2006 01:53:16 | More by stephendr
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

Maroon colored with a one inch merangue like head...aroma is barnyard yeasty.

Taste is sour cherries, wood and barnyard...medium bodied...

A nice change of pace and relatively drinkable...nice cherry tartness..more of a quencher than a sipper..

Enjoyed on tap at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis.

08-11-2006 00:31:46 | More by ZAP
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a dark brown from an 11.2 oz bottle with a somewhat billowing beige head into tulip glass, nearly filling it with carbonation. Mostly impenetrable to light, unless held directly up to it. Tenacious lacing leaves spots all the way down the glass.

Smell not overpowering, estery with a hint of must.

Taste is a little tart, a little thin. No hop character, more malty. I would like to see more than 5.5% squeezed out of such a dark beer.

Mouthfeel again thin, seems high in carbonation. Hops come through in the after-taste, but they are sourish, and do not salvage the flavor.

Easy to drink in the sense that you could lose track of how much you had. Not because it's amazingly tasty but that it's not so thick as other Belgians - you could drink twice as many of these as a Duvel, say.

My first Oud Bruin, so I can't compare to others, but I'll look into the style more, though they are not very easy to come by.

08-09-2006 03:27:54 | More by BretSikkink
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

Came out of the bottle a medium brown that was quite clear. In the glass it looks very dark and opaque. It started with a nice thick beige head, then continued to grow more and more until it was up above the rim. It has been sitting for a couple of minutes and the head is now settling down slowly, leaving plenty of lacing. Looks good to me.

The smell is a bit acidic, red wine vinegar is what first comes to mind. A fruity sourness and a slight mustiness round out the nose. Interesting but not all that strong.

The front starts of sweet, almost like sweetened fruit juice. Cranberry perhaps, but not exactly. In the middle is a full mix of tart and sweet, nothing distinct, but nice. The finish brings out the dusty and earthy flavours and is somewhat dry and wine like.

Body is less than medium and the carbonation is relatively light. No complaints here, but doesn't make any great impressions.

Some mouthfulls are better than others with this beer. None of the mouthfulls are really bad, but I wouldn't rate many as great. First beer of the style for me, I'd like to see more.

08-08-2006 02:54:58 | More by elricorico
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AndoBrew

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%

*I liked it might buy again*

A deep crimson ruby transparent color with a very big hearty light tan head

has the nose kinda like a mild gueuze! but mixed with a brown ale malt profile as well, HEY, this smells neat! a tad bit of something pungent, but still NEAT!.

tastes.. Good, a very controlled tart sour flavor like a gueuze, nice malt blance in the back of mouth, refreshing cooling feel in the mouth. It really is a mild sour mixed with a mild brown ale, tickle me pink.

I wish they could some how sneak 20% abv in here, but for what it is this is a joy of a beer, easy to drink refreshing and intresting.. Great brew!

I dont seem to taste the oak.. oh well.

08-07-2006 19:28:18 | More by AndoBrew
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sullysbeer

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

Aroma: Sweet oaky Horse blanket/Barnyard aroma. Slight tart or sour with hints of wine/sherry.

Appearance: Very clear ruby reddish brown. Light Tan Head that lasts throughout.

Flavor: Very sweet up front, slight tartness/sourness. Horse blanket/barnyard in the middle then finishes up really dry. Slight oak flavor-I would have not noticed the oak if I didn't read the label as it's not overpowering. Delicate hop flavor and bitterness. As it warmed up and lost a little bit of carbonation it had hints of wine or sherry.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel - perfect carbonation.

Overall Impression: Well crafted, aged, and balanced. The tart/sourness is balanced with the sweetness, hop flavor, oak, bitterness and the dryness. Definably worth trying. Great Oud Bruin!!

08-04-2006 23:35:18 | More by sullysbeer
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%

$21 for a mixed 6'er gift pack of Petrus's brews at Merchants. 5.5% ABV. Aged in oak barrels 20 months. Pours out to a clear, filtered, dark mahogany, forming a modest khaki head with average retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is of lightly tart and crisp green apples, a touch of acetic sourness, woodsy amber malts and Brett. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a light body and tingly carbonation. Taste begins with acetic sourness which is very light, followed by cherry and watermelon jolly ranchers, near absent bitterness but a touch of grassy hops, and then a lightly woodsy finish. Not as roasted as it looks. Crisp and clean finish, very easy to drink.

This is a good beer to initiate someone into Oud Bruins, but lacks the depth or complexity that I look for in the style. Quite light in body. Goudenband and Duchesse are better for sure, but this is an easy to drink example. Simple, clean, not bad.

08-03-2006 19:22:55 | More by Mitchster
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

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

California

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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

Iowa

2.3/5  rDev -37.5%

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.

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

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

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

California

4.53/5  rDev +23.1%

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.

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

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

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

Nebraska

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

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

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

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

Massachusetts

2.58/5  rDev -29.9%

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.

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

California

3.35/5  rDev -9%

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.

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

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

04-02-2006 00:22:42 | More by badbeer
Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,052 ratings.