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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1,135
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 19
Gots: 69 | 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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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.

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

Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into the strangest glass I have. It is Belgian in style and pours down the stem into a goblet shape. I elected this instead of the Petrus glass I have due to the fact that this one harnesses smells better.

Appearance- Beer pours a dark reddish brown, moderately clear, with a large foamy head that quickly subsides to a two finger head of foam and eventually dies down to a multicolor tan, brown and white murk over the top with ample lacing on the sides.

Smell- Floral fruits, rose petals, ample sweet malts, very rich like I love my Oud Bruins to be. Lots of black cherry, a hint of raspberry, almost a pie filling scent, but not the fruits themselves. Prunes and plums as well, lingering raisin. A bit of a hazel nuttiness which doesn't smell to be too out of place. A small brettanomyces funk is hiding in there, but not near as strong as I would prefer it to be. Not quite a stinky Oud bruin.

Taste- Hard water. With Belgians I am usually expecting something a little softer on the tongue. Light and malty and a very metallic blood like sharpness that lingers and sticks to the mouth. A bit of caramel roast, the dark fruits such as plums, figs, raisin, and a lot of dark cherry, and a bit of Valencia orange. Upfront the best of the beer comes in but afterward it seems much more unpleasant. Sourness is there but not very. Really the beer tastes overhopped along with that hard water.

Mouthfeel- Metallic, soft overall, not warming, medium bodied, highly carbonated, lightly tart, somewhat astringent.

Drinkability- Very smooth when drinking it down. If I were swilling it back than I may not have noticed the flaws so closely.

Photo of vtfan77
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark reddish brown with a decent head, considering it's been aged for 2 years. Not surprisingly, the head doesn't last long.

S- Quite complex in the nose. Tart cherries and vinegar are the first flavors to present themselves, followed by a brown sugar-like sweetness. The sourness is the dominant aroma, but the sweetness balances it enough to give the beer some depth.

T- Very mild in flavor, no doubt a result of the oak aging. The sourness that was so prevalent in the aroma is almost nowhere to be found in the taste. It's there though, lurking in the background like some sort of specter. I'm baffled; a conundrum this is, an insoluble pancake. Aside from this, the beer has flavors of raisins and cola, although they, too, are very subtle. Hops add a touch of character, reminiscent of aged cheese, and a light bitterness.

M- Medium-bodied and quite highly carbonated. Also feels a bit slick on the tongue.

D- Quite high. It's only 5.5% alcohol, and its flavor and overall character make it almost quaffable. I'd have another... and possibly another after that.

This beer is a conundrum of inscrutable potentialities. A snorter, if you will. In fact, I would almost go so far as to label the entire Oud Bruin category as such. The smell leads you in one direction, and the taste in an entirely different one. This beer really is everything I'd expect of an Oud Bruin: it's tasty, interesting, and perplexing. If you're a fan of the style, I recommend you give it a try.

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

11.2 oz bottle with no date, nice dark brown with no head and no carbonation. Aromas of glue on leather and cinnamon. The taste is not nearly as sour as I expected. This tasted like a brown ale with the slightest bit of tartness. Interesting overall.

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

I had this beer after enjoying an Earthmonk. This one, while still a good beer, pales in comparison. It was served in an oversize wine glass. Medium brown in color with a small light brown head that left a little bit of lacing. Aroma was mostly dark fruit with a little bit of malt. I seemed to taste mostly cherries and caramel. Medium-bodied and pleasant.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours dark brown to ruby red. The thin head fades quickly in my Petrus tulip glass.

Very subtle malt yeast and a bit musty.

Vinegary and bitter. I'm stumped on how to describe this flavor profile, but it was very enjoyable.

Worth trying at a tasting with a group to better understand how to describe this beer.

Photo of MrMonkey
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Novare Res, Portland, ME

Pours a dark brown with amber highlights and a one-finger light tan head. Rings of sticky lacing left behind with each sip.

Faint nose of sour cherries, lightly toasted bread, oak, Belgian yeast and some citrus fruits.

Sour cherries lead into some sweet caramel malts, yeast, and some bourbon-like oak flavors before finishing slightly sweet and sour with notes of cherries and blackberries.

Light to medium-bodied with some lively carbonation.

A good beer to sip and enjoy, but one is good enough for me.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Ruby, chestnut brown with a thin tan head.

S - Tart cherries and sour grapes with just a touch of sweetness and oak.

T - Tart cherries with a slight acidity that turns to a slightly sweet maly beer which I assume is the fresh Brown Ale.

M - Thin, watery and somewhat dull.

D - On the mild side and slightly boring with a lot more fresh ale taste than other Oud Bruin's I have tried. Not much oak aroma/flavor for being in oak for 2 years.

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

Pours dark amber with mahogany hues. A beige head of a half-inch sunk to a full coverage skim-coat. Decent lacework throughout the glass.

Aromatics are vineous and meaty, with wine-soaked raisins and turned earth.
Not a whole lot of presense in the nose however. Lacking intensity and depth.

Creamy, velvety mouthfeel. Rich and soft.

The pallet starts off with a hint of tart vineousity, ripe fruit, juicy malt, and an earthy woodiness.
Hints of figs, worstershire, and lemon follow through.
Alcohol and bitterness are nill, and the beer finishes fairly quick.

An easy drinker, but really too tame in character. The beer just needs a lot more of what it already has.

Photo of Antilochus
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this a few months back but didn't review it. Not making the same mistake again today. 330mL bottle, 5.50% abv. Best before 07/06/09. Fridge temp into a wine glass.

Nice deep brown body, sudsy tannish head. Moderate retention.

Nose is nice; raisin, cherry; dark fruity. Caramel, baked goods. Spice. No hop character noted here, appropriately. A little sour and funky, but it is understated.

Palate is fairly dry, got some funky sourness (as expected). Spice, again. Finish is a bit sweeter, still on sour, fermented fruit notes. Feel is a bit carbonated, but ends smoothly.

Not bad, certainly unique.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle
5.5% ABV
I tried this beer on October 27th after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a nice dark brown into the glass with a 1cm tannish head. The aroma is slightly sour with some nut hints. The mouthfeel is medium and sour to the tongue with some mild carbonation. The flavour is sour with some malt tones mixed in.

Photo of Shiredave
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very pretty, clear ruby brown color - even the initial foamy head had a distictly reddish hue.

Aroma is all brett and sour cherries with hints of smoke and vanilla.

Flavors of more cherries and sour apple in a watery, thin bodied liquid with a pastey dryness that while weak, is quite quenching and refreshing.

Champagne like mouthfeel and character with subtle sour fruit tartness, faintly sweet and finishing abruptly dry. Like the Special, a nice pallete cleansing table beer or sour edged session ale, but sort of a watered down, mass produced example of a classic style.

Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Near clear deeply brown colored beer with a decent light brown head. Held up to the light this has some red color.

Smell is sweet with a trace of vinegar and fair amount of chocolate. Slight metal and spice in the scent and maybe a trace of coriander. Very slight lemon scent here.

The taste starts out mildly sweet with a slight acidity to it; main flavor is a little bit of floral flavor. Very mildly sour with faint wood and chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good and probably the strong point about this beer; it isn't offensive in any way.

Photo of bigluch1
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark Amber in color with thin tan head.

Smell: semi sweet with dark fruits and malts.

Taste: At first sip i felt like it was going to be very sweet but it seems to mellow out a bit which is a pleasant surprise. It finishes mildly sweet and smooth with a taste of dark fruits and grape or raisins.

Mouthfeel: Lighter then I expected, little carbonation.

Drinkability: Smooth and light, I could drink a bunch of these in a night. Worth a try.

Photo of emerge077
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Rerate 2008. New labelling, fresher bottle.

Poured the entire bottle into a stemmed Oerbier tulip glass. Label recommends serving at 8-12ºC/46-52ºF. It seemed to taste slightly better at a warmer temperature. One finger of offwhite foam, it managed to maintain some head for the duration of the glass. In the sunlight there was a ruby highlight to it's chestnut brown color.

Aroma at first had a metallic twinge, but it seems to have blown off. Later on there are hints at some lactic tartness when vigorously swirled, but not when standing still. Not much funk at all, but there is a smidge of oak barrel.

Flavor feels like a diluted blend of Oud Bruin and fresh Brown Ale. The ratio tastes about 20/80 in favor of fresh, but the label states it was aged in oak barrels for 20 months. Strange that oak doesn't really come through in the flavor. Tartness is practically nil, there are some malty flavors in the middle, but it lacks liveliness. Watery, grainy aftertaste. It seems much to mellow for an Oud Bruin, and this is a fresh bottle. Carbonation seems to taper off quickly, though it can be finished easily enough. An uninspired brew that left me wanting more...more funk, more wood, more anything. This bland ale isn't really deserving of a top 10 spot for Flanders Oud Bruin...

Old review - 10-12-2006 - bottle
A: 4 S: 4 T: 3.5 M: 3 D: 3.5

Bottle with purplish-red foil. Once poured into a tulip, a thin froth of small bubbles condense and cap the garnet-crimson liquid. Spotty lacing. Smells like alcohol mixed in with lactic funk, and aged hops/grain.

Flavors of mildly acidic tartness, hay, and white grape/cherry juice. Sourness is downplayed, but the finish is moderately dry nonetheless. Mouthfeel is thin and flat, like a Flanders Oud Bruin flavored tea. A little disappointing given the attractive aroma and appearance. Taste seems to dull toward the end of the glass. Next round calls for something different.

Photo of gmcfarre
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into Caracole tulip

A - Pours a dark brown, cola-esque color that shows ruby tints when held up to the light. Head adds to the cola effect, with its one inch height, tan shade, and tiny bubbles. Lacing is minimal.

S - Sour and funky as it should be. Ripe, dark cherries and plums add a fruit context. A bit of a woody character is evident from the oak aging process. A bit spicy with a tiny amount of sweetness. Just what I expect from an Oud Bruin.

T & M - Starts off with intense carbonation and a bit of spice. Muted dark cherry and plum flavors with some clear oak accents. A bit sour and funky. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected and the carbonation takes over with the lack of body. It still tingles as it finishes on your palate with a slightly oily and sweet sensation. Surprising how much the carbonation overpowers the flavor of the beer (or maybe the flavor was weak to begin with).

D - Alcohol is not a factor is this almost sessionable oud bruin. I was hoping for more from this Oud Bruin, especially after catching a whiff of its wonderful scent. It would be nice to try to again and see if I had an older and less fresh bottle. Worth trying if you like Oud Bruins, otherwise there are better choices out there for your first taste of this delicious and unique style.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours off brown, maybe mahogany with head that does not retain for long.

Sour fruit, maybe passsion fruit and cherry, are dominant on the nose.

palate is medium sourness with a lot of passion fruit. Light bodied and somewhat medicinal, but still rather thin for what I was expecting.

Finish has unpleasant sour funk. sour should be good, but is funky here.

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.

Photo of calsbeek
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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.

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!

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.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
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

Photo of seaoflament
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of rye726
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,135 ratings.