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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1,125
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 19
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of cyrenaica
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
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
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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
3.2/5  rDev -13%
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
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
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
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
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
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
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
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark brown/red with little foam on top.

S: A bit of vinegary sourness in the nose, with a hint of sweetness. Not much else.

T: More sweet than sour, there's a nice thick sweetness to the taste, with a tiny hint of sourness.

M: Smooth, with adequate carbonation.

D: This is a solid oud bruin. Nothing spectacular, but worth drinking. Probably not worth the price tag, but it's still a good example of the style.

Photo of bobsy
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle conditioned and purchased from the Ontario alcohol monopoly. This one pours a dark oak colour with a quickly fading white head. Smells of lemon and blue cheese. This is quite promising - I find lemon and cheese pairs nicely. Taste upfront is moderately sour, but this is toned down by aggressive carbonation. As the drink flattens, the sour tone is enhanced, and the beer begins to resemble a red wine that has started to turn (but in a good way). The mouthfeel lets this drink down, as the carbonation is too intense and overpowers the flavour, so I found myself agitating my glass to draws some of it out.

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

Beer #8 in the 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/08. I love this style, let's see what we have. Any label with wooden barrels gets my attention.

A: Pours a dark, garnet body into a tulip glass. A healthy, light tan head holds up nicely. The body is slightly cloudy; minimal lacing.

S: Sweet and tart like a decent Oud Bruin should be. The balance is nice w/ a good complexity. Sweet cherries and applejuice mates with light wood notes, sour cherries and a little vinegar/cider. Very appetizing. Bready yeast rounds it out.

M: Medium body, low carbonation. Fantastically soft, creamy M.F.

T: Ejoyable and tasty, yet I'm not getting that great tartness and balance that's in the aroma. An initial sweetness takes hold w/ sugar-coated cherries and apples, a weak bite of sourness gets through. The wood/oak character really comes out towards the end. It has a cherry coke-like character.

D: Good, not great. The balance is a little off IMO as the tartness isn't there. Nice to drink and easy at that but I was expecting more. A good introductory beer to the style though.

Photo of timbro81
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with little to no head. Not much to the nose at first, a little more noticable sourness as it warms, a touch of vinegar. Let this beer warm up to the specified temps. Taste is of slightly sour cherries, minimal tartness. I was not expecting a Flanders style beer from this one. Not bad though, a good "gateway beer" for introducing people to the style.

Photo of Stimack
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to pick this up the other day as I do enjoy the brown ales. This one poured to a medium brown hue with a surprisingly smallish head that broke down very quickly and left hardly any lacing. The aroma shows a nice malt scent mixed with a slight sour character. The flavors have a little more character to it than the nose did, nice malt, some fruit like flavor, maybe some wood like flavors as well. What I really like is the sourness, which is persistent but in no way overwhelming, gives this brew a real nice flavor that mixes well with the other favors listed. While not having a very good sized head it seems to have ample carbonation. Overall this is a fine brew, lots of flavors going on that really come out in the taste. Very easy drinking.

Photo of kkipple
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Waaay back on December 30th of 2007 (goodness) I reviewed this one and gave it a whopping score of 3.25. Now I *rarely* re-review, but felt it was warranted in this case since I've had more than a few Oud Bruins since and my appreciation for the style has evolved. So here we go.

A. Color remains unchanged, to wit: "clear brown with red highlights. Foamy, sticky "sea foam" head.". The head dies decently fast but leaves some even lacing. Okay.

S. Yeasty, musty and slightly sour oak supports some sweet cherry. Reminds me a bit of Quelque Chose. There is still that balsamic note and it seems more dried out than previously. Still, no big changes. Smells fine.

T. Hmm... dare I say, this is still rather insipid. It tastes as if it's just missing the 'core' of the beer, or like this were a diet version... you have some middling sour cherry and base malt around the edges, but there is no soul here - neither malt character nor good sourness nor fermentation interesting...ness. It's a real pity. Hollowed out and lacking. I no longer find this vinegar or a "sipper", it's simply not that good. This does not deserve the #13 spot it currently holds in Oud Bruin on this site.

M / D. Watery and thin, but the carbonation is fuller and a bit soft. Decent mouthfeel but the flavor is so boring as to inhibit real exploration. Is there aspartame in this? 'Cause my tongue says "yes". *

Interestingly... nearly three years, I'd say my palate has evolved considerably, but I STILL don't care for Petrus Oud Bruin. Then again, I've had Goudenband, Oude Tart, Dissident and Haandbakk (my personal favorite.)

So yeah, drink those and not this. My initial review score remains unchanged (and is below) Who knows, I may try this Petrus again in another 3 years... but I sort of doubt it.

*I see the same brewery makes the hated Wittekerke Rosé which DOES, in fact, contain aspartame... that is hardly promising.


From the bottle to my glass.

A. Clear brown with red highlights. Foamy, sticky "sea foam" head.

S. Balsamic vinegar comes to mind. Sour cherries. Caramel. Cool.

T. Very sour; tart cherries. Woody. Cleansing. Hints of caramel malt, a definite oak presence. Vinegary almost. A sipper.

M. Low carbonation, watery, thin mouthfeel.

Not really my thing, to be honest. It's more drinkable than stuff like Rodenbach Grand Cru, but I don't much care for sour cherries and this has too much of them to warrant another purchase from me. If you like this sort of thing give it a shot; it seems to be a decent example of the style.

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

A dark ruby whose head does not stay around for long. Nose is malty with an oak edge showing itself after a strong attempt to draw the scents out. Flavor is fairly smooth and not too distinct. Malt presence is slight. Feel has a bit of carbonation to it that might border on a bit too much...well it would be too much if there were more than what is already present. This is very drinkable for how smooth it is, but the question to be asked is why would you go for this one repeatedly?

This is the last from the 6-pack from Petrus. The "aged pale" is by far the winner.

Photo of nahthan
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On Tap at the Trappist in Oakland, CA. Nice dark amber appearance, great head retention. Cool sour wet horse blanket notes on the aroma that are mostly in aroma, not so much in the actual taste. Pretty low carbonation for the style. Much sweeter in the finish than you would expect from the aroma. Nice complexity when you want a balance of sweet/sour. Great complexity of flavors considering the alcohol content. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of JMBSH
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice head from a strong pour. The head shinked quickly to a thin lace. The amber color was a rich color with a notable appearance of what might be called wisps of smoke.

A light scent of fruit, mostly that of cherry, is noted.

I tried this beer due to the labels mention of aged in oak, which I have been starting to grow fond of. The beer is tart with the flavor of cherries quickly coming to the fore front. It is leaves a hint of vinegar that somehow doesn't seem out of place.

Though not a favorite style for me, I thought it was very good. I think serving it with a platter of cheeses in the spring/summer would be a great presentation.

Photo of scottoale
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the small 330ml. brown bottle a dark mahogany brown with 1/4" light tan head that dissapates almost instantly, leaving no lasting lace.

Large sporatic bubbles of carbonation bring out a sour, spicy nose that is rather pungent. It's a pleasant sourness that is right on target for the style.

Dark fruit full of sourness and oak that turn nutty malt and lightly sweet to the finish. Very nice flavor with some complexity.

Starts light in the mouth, then fluffs to a smooth, velvet-like finish on the tongue. Medium-light body overall.

Quite drinkable with the alcohol hardly detectable. A nice sour beer that's sessionable, for sure.

Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
84 out of 100 based on 1,125 ratings.