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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1,148
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 19
Gots: 74 | FT: 1
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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 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.

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.

Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,148 ratings.