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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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1,036 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,036
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 16
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
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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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkness in the glass, a deep brown, thoroughly opaque, 1/2" of creamy foam above.

Aroma: Smooth, spicy, yet complex in the fruit, dark, nearly sour, twisted.

Taste: rich and well-rounded, the brown ale mixed with dark fruit, tasty...oaky...big carbonation, big zest, big fruit, very tasty...did I say that already?

Medium bodied, fullness in the mouth, the brown ale and the cherry, playing happily amidst the oak and the crisp, brisk snap.

Very nice. Enjoy, please.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2005 05:38:44 | More by feloniousmonk
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clicheusername

Ohio

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

I'm honestly not entirely sure that I'm reviewing the same beer as some of the other reviewers here. For me, this was one of the best beers of a 2+ month stay in the Netherlands, although I will admit that I haven't quite acquired a taste for the Hoegaarden, de Hemel, or Westmalle types yet.

Unfortunately, this review comes several days after the beer; but, I will have another tonight and update the review tomorrow. I just couldn't stand to let the attacks against this fabulous drink go unchallanged.

Appearance is a dark, almost coffee-ish brown. Little-to-no cloudiness, 1" thick head that recedes to just a film.

Smell is strongly of cinammon, hint of nutmeg, leather, fresh-brushed horses... really quite nice.

Taste is almost like a flemish red. Bit of tang, lots of herbal-spice notes, fairly complex.

No complaints about the mouthfeel, that I can recall. Fairly low carbonation, perfectly agreeable. Same for drinkability; overall, a great beer. Not one to be taken lightly or rushed, but it rewards a pensive consumption.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 11:19:15 | More by clicheusername
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute)

A-This beer pours a deep hazel brown with a crystal clear body. It has strong carbonation and a big creamy dark tan head.

S-This beer has a sour sherry smell to it. I don't notice a lot of other aromas and it smells pretty clean.

T- This has a slight sweetness with some sourness to it and flavors of dark fruit like black cherries and raisins. The oak flavor is very faint and has a watery taste to it.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel that has some fizz to it.

D-I don't know if the long aging process really mellowed this beer but there is not a lot of complexity. I believe most Flanders browns are not usually aged in oak but it makes this one very smooth and drinkable. However a lot of the malt profile is just not there.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 00:23:56 | More by rhoadsrage
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt caramel color with a tan head that bubbles away over time but leaves behind some traces of lacing

Smell: Toasted brown bread, caramel, sour cherries and wood shavings

Taste: The first flavor sensations are somewhat sweet and fruity, with an oaky, cherry flavor that builds upon the caramel and toasty backbone; within a few seconds, the sour flavors start to kick in and continue after the swallow; while the sweetness continues through to the finish, the sour flavors clearly dominate

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied and rather fizzy

Drinkability: Not overly sour, but has enough of a sour kick to provide an introduction to the style

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 01:52:28 | More by brentk56
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ypsifly

Michigan

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

Undated 11.2oz poured into a tulip. Lot # ink jetted on the back label reads 38085. My first Oud Bruin.

Deep brown with a huge, despite a careful pour, head of off white. Great retention and it leaves lots of bubbly, abstract lace. Looks damn sexy in a Unibroue tulip.

Smells funky and slightly acrid. Lemons that have dried out in an old basement come to mind. Has that classic "farm" aroma. Musty hay and earth in the background. The tangy notes are mouthwatering.

Soft malt flavors lead quickly into a tangy citric character that wants to be astringent but its kept in check by the earthy flavors. Juicy in the middle. Dry and a little tart in the finish. I wish I could better articulate how much I like the taste of this beer.

The mouthfeel is a little less than medium, but it works with the citric flavors. Quite drinkable, especially during this Summer's never ending heat.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2005 05:09:59 | More by ypsifly
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tomthumbsblues

Pennsylvania

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

Thin off-white foamy head atop a dark reddish brown beer. Vinous aroma along with dark cherries, sour and chocolate notes. Generally tasted of grapes, and perhaps blasamic vinegar. Dark cherry juice flavor as well. This beer was light in the mouth, but refreshing. A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 17:33:18 | More by tomthumbsblues
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a nice ruby-infused brown color with a very light coating over the brew. The nose is nice. Sour cherries, light woody tannin, light creamyness. Very nice. The flavor is disappointing. Where is the sour? Where is the flavor in general. It is rather bland. I get a very light cherry and a light sour, but it just lacks the kick I want. Boo. The feel is a light moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, I wish this had a better flavor. The nose just teases me with anticipation that the flavor never delivers.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 02:25:34 | More by kmpitz2
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clvand0

Kentucky

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

Pours a rubied brown color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is sour with some fruit tones and a little sweet. Maybe a touch of vegetable. The flavor is odd. Not what I expect from an old brown. The sour really isn't there. Little bit of sweetness and hints of fruit, but I get a lot of the vegetable character. It doesn't taste bad, but it's not what I want to taste. The body is moderate and the drinkability is ok.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 02:23:59 | More by clvand0
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GClarkage

California

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

07/05/05- Purchased at Plumpjack's Wines in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Reinaert tulip.

Appearance- Brown colored pour with a nice larger bubbled 1 inch head. Dissipates into a 1/8 inch and stays there throughout. Lacing is about average.

Smell- A sugary sour scent, maybe with a bit of a darker malt scent.

Taste- Tastes like a flanders to me. Maybe not the best, but passes the test. Sour, but not close to the sourest I have tasted. Some light fruit flavors in the background. Maybe even just a touch of sweetness on the tongue in the finish.

Mouthfeel- A bit too carbonated for a flanders, but fairly smooth overall.

Drinkability- Worth a try if you can find it for a reasonable price. $3.50 was a bit steep when I can get the Duchesse for $2.99. Still, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 00:24:32 | More by GClarkage
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours brownish red, with virtually no head but a little bit of lace. Smells sour, but with a malty sweet aroma? Doesn't make sense but thats what I smelled. Taste is sweet malt, with a sour middle thats not overpowering. Body is rather full with good carbonation, a pretty decent beer although not really my style. Thanks DrJay.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 17:13:23 | More by Viggo
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

1.58/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

In the future, I may be rereviewing this beer, as I wonder if I had a stale bottle. The pack came with two of the same type, and both bottles tasted the same. If I found it different, than I will. If not, I'll leave it as is.
Pours a deep, mud brown colour with a decent enough head. I'd estimate 7/10 of foam, with whisps of lace here and their. The smell is sweet, malty, and a bit cheesy. I'm assuming from the yeast. The taste is simply too cheesy for me. Is the yeast strain okay? It reminds me of Velveeta. I don't like it. Asides from that, their is a definite sweet and sour taste. Malty, with a bittering, earthy and cheesy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and weak. Drinkable? Perhaps, if you like cheese. If not, I wouldn't bother trying this beer. The other two Petrus products I've had were considerably better.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2005 23:01:58 | More by slitherySOB
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watermelonman

California

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

This poured to a deep brown with hints of red and a nice big head. It shrank but never completely vanished. The lace looks nice too.

The smell is malty and somewhat sour. Bits of oak come through. The taste is also a bit sour. Malts also come through strong up front but seem to fall apart, bringing up a thin body. The drinkability is decent.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2005 04:39:55 | More by watermelonman
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OldSock

District of Columbia

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

Appearance – Deep reddish brown. The head is bubbly and light brown, but it falls pretty quickly to a thin covering, and eventually to nothing. There is also decent lacing.

Smell – Spicy, malty and a bit of vinegar. It smells a little like a Lambic and a little like a Tripel, but no aromas really dominate. Very interesting in that it has a smell all its own.

Taste – Sourness at first, with a nice malty flavor going down. There is also a slight earthy-woody flavor that becomes more present as the beer warms. Very low hop flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium light body, very smooth. Unlike any other Belgian Beer I have ever had.

Drinkability – Goes down pretty easy for a Belgian, interesting, complex and smooth. This would be a good stepping stone for someone who like the normal Trappist fare and wanted to move towards Lambics, it is sour but not overwhelmingly so. This is my first Oud Bruin and I enjoyed it, but not enough to go out of my way to find others.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2005 00:09:42 | More by OldSock
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark mahogany pour with a tiny bubbly head that quickly forms a ring around the glass. Spotty lacing....not much to look at in the glass really. Sour cherries waft up into my nose upon first smell. Some earthy yeast and woody tones pop in along with a vinous quality and dark fruits. Quite lovely.

Sweet and sour cherry notes fight back and forth against one another in sublime fashion. Woody background that leaves a dry finish on the way down. Earty yeast twang works its way in and out of each sip. Fruity and vinous...slightly acidic with a hint of cocoa. A very enjoyable experience.

Mouthfeel is rather thin and crisp. Rolls over the palate nicely with good carbonation. This 8.4oz bottle is a tease...I could easily go for a 750 of this stuff. Incredibly drinkable and tasty. I will be seeking this one out again. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 05:48:13 | More by orbitalr0x
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inebrius

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like chopping wood this cream hairy beer fills your head with scents of old sap, fresh fungus, ginger root and decay. Citrus zest and vanilla escort a tart and fizzy mouthful down. A bit weighty, particularly when compared to its stronger sibling the Aged Pale but tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2005 03:39:00 | More by inebrius
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Billolick

New York

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

Happy to get to sample this brew on tap at the Collins bar in NYC. Pours dark brown, with ruby hues on the edges. The nose was quite malty, with also a hint of must. Carboantion seems low, with a very slight head developed and limited lacing. Malt sweetness up front initially, then mid way lactic sourness picked up. Also a hint of cherry and vanilla. Not much yeast or hops characteristics involved in the mix. Basically a malty belgian with a sour undertone. Eh, not really for me, I'd classify this one as a middle of the road Belgian, worth a try but not of much more interest.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2005 11:46:14 | More by Billolick
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aaj1002

New York

4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very surprising beer...
Don't let the "brown" in the name fool you (as it is sometimes listed as Petrus Brown). The nose has an amazing blend of soft malt hints and big musty earth hits. The mouth-feel is active but not over-powering. The taste is tart and bold but balanced enough not to be one-noted. The yeast is wild, complex and inviting... The finish is simple enough to have you going back for more. Not for everyone...but definitely for me...

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2005 07:34:07 | More by aaj1002
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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

Mostly clear, deep coppery/chestnut red. Thin, very light brown head. Aroma consists of roasted malts, acidic berry-like, bit of ripe dark fruit, and some vinous character. Maybe some tobacco as well. Dark malts and fruit hit the palate first, followed closely by delicate sourness. Earthiness comes out towards the end, along with a hint of chocolate, and the dry finish is on the sour side. Light body with a moderately high carbonation. Texture is very interesting... very smooth, aided by the carbonation, with some mouth puckering due to the sourness.

Interesting beer and easier to drink than I expected. A little out of the ordinary and quite tasty.

250 mL brown bottle with best before date printed clearly on the front label.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2005 01:45:28 | More by DrJay
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Lucent crimson-brown with rapidly uprushing carbonation feeding a khaki colored head. Old Brown received the gentlest of pours since I didn't want to add any (suspected) sediment from the rather short 8.4 oz. bottle. Even so, a respectably sized crown has appeared and a thick, high collar of lace frames the surface of the beer quite nicely.

The nose is dark fruity, vinous and intriguing. I don't believe that I can appreciate any oak; perhaps some woodiness will appear on the palate. Disclaimer: I have no idea how a Flanders Oud Bruin is supposed to taste, so keep that in mind.

Sweet and sour dark fruit is the dominant member of the flavor profile, but there's very little power behind it. I can't blame the body/mouthfeel since it seems perfectly calibrated to deliver as much flavor as is present. I taste a pleasant mixture of grapes, raisins and sour cherries with the suggestion of exotic spices. Thankfully, the beer is opening up a bit with warming.

The sourness fades on the swallow and is succeeded by a sweeter, more complex flavor that lingers (beer that tastes better once it's been swallowed; what a concept). The final pour brings not a speck of sediment. Still no oak. The carbonation has an accelerated life cycle over the course of the bottle. The mouthfeel starts out spunky, becomes soft and lush midway through and finishes a little flat. I chose to rate it at its most appealing stage.

There's no question that Old Brown grew on me from first sip to last. However, it wasn't quite able to win me over by the end. My expectations were probably both high and misplaced (it's much more delicate and subtle than anticipated), but, even so, I think that I've given it a fair shake. It was interesting and was enjoyable for the most part, but it probably isn't a beer that I'll look for again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2005 21:41:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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shippos

New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured with a big light coffe colored head that fades to a skim covering a deep brown red body that is clear around the edges and hazy/murky in the middle. soft sourness with of a vinious quality in the aroma. weel carbonated witha average mouthfeel. carbonation sleanse nicely against the mild soury tart flavors and then seems to explode in your mouth with a release of flavor. sour chaacter seems good although a bit restrained for me, still worth a shot if you have never tried oud bruin's before.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2005 20:16:38 | More by shippos
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Dukeofearl

California

2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium brown, relatively clear, with a minor off-white head that quickly collapses. Ruby notes against the light. Aroma- sour, malty, slightly sweet, fresh brown ale. Raisins? Flavor: sharp off notes that I can't place, but it wasn't pleasant. It has the slightly sour flavor that I love in some other oud bruins and similar beers, but here is jsut isn't right. Can't recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2005 03:13:23 | More by Dukeofearl
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twelvsies

Maine

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

An interesting beer to say the least. As suggested in the title, this beer is brown. Very brown, with no head. Barely see-through. The smell is very reminiscent of wine or grapejuice, and not very reminiscent of beer. Tastes very grapey, very very grapey. There's a bit of malt noticable, but it really isn't very prominent and I don't taste the hops in there at all. Seems to be a slight alcohol taste, not in a bad way, though I didn't know this beer was only %5.5 ABV. Hmmm. Very watery and light mouthfeel. This beer definately challenges my definition of beer and my impression of what a beer should be. There really are a vast array of styles out there, and this one is pretty new to me. Definately expanded my beer palate with this one, but I'm not sure I really liked this beer very much.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2005 00:39:03 | More by twelvsies
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baiser

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brownish red, with a flufffy cream head, good retention and beautiful rings of lacing. Aroma reminiscent of red wine, berries and very tart. Taste was sour, with hints of berries, malty sweetness mid sip and ends dry. Creamy mouthfeel, and quite drinkable. Sour, but not to the point where it makes you cringe.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 18:24:10 | More by baiser
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tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque brown with a thick off-white slightly orange head the laces wonderfully, rather effervescent. Aroma of wild yeasts and some citrus, this is going to be sour! :) Taste was a refreshingly tart with a nice slightly hoppy finish. Not nearly as sour as I thought it was going to be, and has a nice light mouthfeel. This is new style for me and I was very pleasently surprised. I'd drink this all night if I had more.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2004 02:50:25 | More by tatterdash
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sparkydoyle

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy and and dark--the color of brown sugar. Faint but complex nose offers sourness and a mushroom yeastiness.

Flavors included a pronounced maltyness with a gentle buildup to characteristic sourness associated with the style. Great balance between malty sweetness and yeasty sourness will entertain fans of Flemish Sours. If you are not that much of a fan or are new to the style, this is a great cross-over beer, as it offers lots of complexity and a certain degree of familiar malty sweetness without extreme sourness of many lambics.

I'll be buying this again, and serving it to friends.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2004 23:58:14 | More by sparkydoyle
Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,036 ratings.