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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1,037
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 16
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
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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 sparkydoyle


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
Photo of WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with Belgian ale yeast. It is very refreshing and fruity. You can smell hints of the oak barrels. The taste is great. It has a very refreshingly fruity malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes yeasty. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good drinking brown ale. It has everything.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2004 23:00:17 | More by WesWes
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a deep amber color with a big foamy off white head leaving nice wisps of lace. the aroma is tart and floral with some sweet malt and vinagery notes. The taste is a rich and complex mix of malt notes and oaky tartness. Theres some iron, tannins and citrus as well. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick. This is a very interesting and crisp beer. Its not as sour as Rodenbach but its still really good.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 00:23:05 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of tjd25


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

Lasting and slightly brownish head on a very dark mahogany color that looks ruby against the light. The first impression in the smell is of vinegar, but a bit soft, maybe more like balsamic vinegar. The tartness is not overwhelming and rather combined with some light citric notes. Hints of caramel too. The taste confirms this first perception. Oud bruin it is, but somehow subdued or attenuated. The winy oaky tart aspect doesn’t punch you in the face, it kisses you on the lips. The finish is a bit sharper, but still very balanced. Some biscuity and even chocolaty notes appear. Maybe a hint of sweet fried plantain at one point, with a candy like sweetness. The light soda taste reminds me a Belgian stout. Hops get noticeable if you think about them, adding some thickness, but no strong bitterness. The body is quite consistent for the style, enjoyably round. I could have enjoyed more than this 25cl bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 20:54:14 | More by tjd25
Photo of soper2000


4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard some nice things about Petrus so it's about time that I've finally tried one. To say that it was interesting would be an understatement. I made the mistake of pouring this beer way to cold (i am guessing around 38 - 40 degrees). Even so it poured a flat brown with absolutely no head. I've never seen anything like this before, there were even no bubbles around the edge. Smell was slightly tart, I struggled to pick up any other details. Initial taste was what a suspected a slight tartness surrounded by a sweet nutty maltiness. Very refreshing. Mouthfeel was a tad bit stale, but overall this was a very interesting beer which I'll try again. If only I could get my hands on their pale.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 00:02:32 | More by soper2000
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark amber nearly brown ale with a creamy loking dark beige head. The aroma of sour fruit and spices rise up from the glass. The sour characteristic jumps all over your mouth at the start of the taste followed by a nice smooth sweet lightly malty finish. The sourness is the only reason for the lower drinkability score.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2004 22:38:10 | More by ybnorml
Photo of FormatKid


4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.4 oz bottle picked up from Riverside as part of a mixed sixer. The appearance is that of a standard brown ale, a ruby-tinged, translucent brown. The head and retention is decent, although it eventually recedes into nothing. The smell is very nice, vinous and sour, hints of brandy and cherry juice, and oak….yes, oak. Wow, this beer is not what I expected it all, it almost has the tartness of a lambic. It’s nice and tart, with a sour cherry taste, accompanied by a bit of an earthy flavor. The finish is a sprinkling of a dull, spicy hop and woodiness. The mouthfeel is light and slick with very subtle carbonation. I enjoy these particular flavors a lot in beer so I’m a fan of this one. I’ll definitely pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 03:21:23 | More by FormatKid
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. I would describe this as a session sour beer. A bit of sourness but not an incredible amount. Tends to be watery in the mouthfeel, but not too bad. Flavorful. Came with a nice head and a lasting lace. Again, this would make a great session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2004 12:25:19 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of horndecker

New Jersey

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

Into a Hoegaarden Speciale goblet the Petrus poured a rich reddish brown, mahogany with a creamy tan 2 inch head. Head settled slowly leving generous lace. Beautiful look to this ale.
The first whiff was lambic sour, gueuze-y, with a raisins and cherry flourish. Bready, spicy, somewhat peppery. Very inviting.
The taste was not a disappointment. A sour lactic hit, lots of fruit, almost wine-ish. The tartness tempers as it warms but is no less prominent. A nice balance between the sour and the sweet.
Pleasant mouthfeel - a quick spritzy splash of carbonation flits across the tongue.
I could see drinking a few of these with a somewhat hearty sausage centered meal. Actually, I did just that.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2004 01:22:40 | More by horndecker
Photo of bigbeerdrinka


4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Marty's for 3 bills..

This brew poured a deep dark brown color with only the slightest mahogony hue. A thin white head forms and leaves only a tiny lace. Aromas are very wine like, with a tart overtone, and a cherry finish that is quite apparant. Flavors to this brew to me, are quite similiar to a Flemish Red Sour ale. Initially there is a burst of sweet vinous grapes and cherries with just a tiny hint of tannins. Following this brew takes a turn towards being decently pungent, tart, and sour, with a slight oak tone in the mix, and a hint of vanilla. The finish is somewhat sweet, with a slight spice, a bit of malt, a strong grape like flavor and a slight sourness right at the end. There is also a warm finishing alcohol tone. Overall this brew is quite complex, quite smooth, and at the same time has a nice zinging carbonation. Definetly a nice try if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 06:29:41 | More by bigbeerdrinka
Photo of cerevisiaephilus


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

This beer has a great aroma. Really nice and funky. I get a hint of Brett farmyard funk and a good dose of lacto sourness in the nose. Really kind of a let down when you drink it then. Not so much the taste, which is good, but the mouthfeel. Very thin. But I had to give it a 4 because oud bruins are supposed to have little body. They're supposed to be thin and dry. But still, I feel something is lacking in such a light beer.

The sourness is fairly subdued, but still the dominant flavor component in my opinion. Some Brett funk in the flavor. I get some shallow, fruity notes, maybe sour cherry? I know there aren't any cherries in there, but there is something vaguely cherry about it. I really like the light Brett flavors. This beer is starting to grow on me. I've been slowly workin on a case and now the dry complexity is starting to stand out to me more and more. I like this beer a good deal.

Pretty drinkable really. Dry enough to never be cloying, yet flavorful enough to keep you interested.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 04:41:46 | More by cerevisiaephilus
Photo of euskera

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 cl bottle..

Pours out a brownish red with a small amount of carbonation. Smell was surprisingly non-descript. I really couldn't make out any discernable aromas other than malt. Taste was almost non-existent, extremely dissapointing. I'm hoping I just got a "runt of the litter"; I could hardly get through this one..

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 20:35:23 | More by euskera
Photo of SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 25cl brown bottle with freshness date ? 22/07/05

Brown/red color tan head, light co2, head diminishes rapidly. Lacing is stickly and the head leaves a decent film. Aroma is wine like -sour and astringent, with light caramel and some fruity notes. Flavor is tart and metallic with an effervescent bite. Mouthfeel is light bodied; lively and creamy with an astringent finish.

Not a big fan of the style, but this beer has some interesting facets. Good mouthfeel and an evolving taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2004 02:34:42 | More by SeanChouffe
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought in a "gift pack"...3 Petrus brews plus trappiste tulip glass...pour reveals a slightly cloudy deep red-brown...aromas are articulated...cherry-grape-raisin and a slight alcohol wisp...Starts creamy right off..the body is remarkably clean (not viscous) for such a strong smelling/ tasting ale..it runs the gamut...grapes, cherries, raisins..some toffee and all in balance with this incredible souring that is not overly pronounced...not sweet not sour...lovely fruit tastes and a great finish of sweet/sour fruits with a nice smoky oak finish.., a nice specialty drink from Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2004 23:43:10 | More by pootz
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Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first sample of an oud bruin style, found in Vancouver. Slender brown 250ml bottle, bergundy foil around the neck and cap. Best before date on front label is 22/07/05.

I passed on pouring it into tulip stemware and used my small Hoegaarden glass instead. In doing so I managed to get a beautiful large off-white head on the pour, thick and creamy, very dense. It leaves a decent sized cap all the way down the glass, and a fair amount of sticky lacing. The body is a deep murky walnut colour, but when held up to direct light it transforms into a stunning clear cherry oak hue, an absolutely enchanting work of alchemy. Sour cherry immdeiately hits me from the aroma, dates and currents and a vinuous quality to it. Malty dried fruit appear first in the flavour, but is soon overtaken by an undercurrent of sour cherry all the way to the finish, where a more black current flavour rounds out on the aftertaste, rounding the edges of the sharp acidity. Light creamy mouthfeel, but the jaggedness of the acidity doesn't appeal to me that much, I can now see how a wine glass may be more ideal to serve this in for more than one reason. Would make a lovely after dinner drink, but I couldn't see having more than one in any sitting. Even the 250 ml serving seems a little much for me. I could be content to hold the glass up to the light and gaze at it all day, and slowly work on it.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 06:12:42 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of drewbage


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

Beer poured into a Belgian Tulip glass at Lucky Baldwin's

Beer pours soft brown with barely any head (what little is lighttly tan) and an aroma that is partially old spicy fruit and a light metallic twang.

Beer tastes of big leathery brown fruit with a fruity sourness like a bowl of cherries and lemons mixed with brown sugar.

Overall an easy to approach take on the oud bruin. While it lacks the overall complexity of the best examples of the style it still does a palate good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2004 07:33:40 | More by drewbage
Photo of bigbubba


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

This was a dark reddish brown beer with very little head. The head that did apear dissipated quickly. The smells of red wine and cider stood out. The flavor was sweet and malty but not very flavorful. The oak barrel aging was evident. It was very smooth and easy to drink. All in all it is a good beer. It's just not as complex or interesting as I had been hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2004 05:39:15 | More by bigbubba
Photo of oggg


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a red wine glass. It resisted foaming and the tiny head shrunk even more as I watched. No lace. It is a dark murky brown just lighter at the edges. At the bottom of the bottle there was a thick sediment.

As soon as I cracked this bottle open, I was hit by a sort of apple cider smell. After pouring and warming, the scent gets stronger, but there is a bold sourness. It is also fruity and somewhat earthy. Very lovely.

After a nice wave of crisp carbonation, the tongue meets the sour apple. It's very different from anything else I've had, but it isn't unpleasant. There is alot of sweetness up front, too. There is a very subtle caramel/toffee flavor that surfaces a moment before being beat down by the sourness. There is no harshness or bitterness to speak of. Though there is a lot of sweetness early on, the finish is pleasantly dry.

There are a lot of flavors going around, but behind it all, it's a little thin. Towards the end it's a little oily. Overall very smooth.

Interesting beer to sip and review. Just what I imagined it to be from reading about these oddball beers. Not really sure what to drink it with or when to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 03:08:35 | More by oggg
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Reddish brown with lasting lace. Soft on tongue. pronounced cherry tart taste, Carbonation and malt balance. Sour but pleasant aftertaste. Dessert, but only one possible..
1.75 years later, lots of lace. Well malted and balanced cherry pie, easy drink. One standard deviation in complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2004 02:25:21 | More by Sammy
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Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear ruby brown body with a sticky off-white head. Aroma is balsamic with almost no barrel character though which annoys me when you display them on the label. Bready, yeasty. Taste is a little bland, very short aftertaste, restrained sourness and a little empty. I came close to writing plastic also, but that's pushing it far. Bitter finish, medium body, creamy and biting, too much actually. This may be the only unremarkable beer of the day, but trust me that you're in for something with their aged pale!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 04:58:41 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear brown in color with a thick creamy head. Thick lacing developed on th glass through the drink. The aroma was of caramel, malt, and yeast. The flavor was huge. Caramel dominated with a candy like sweetness, but a sour finish added to the complexity. Yeast and mild bitterness were also easily detected.

The mouthfeel was crisp and the caramel and mild sour tones lasted long after swallowing. This was medium bodied and the most drinkable bruin I have had (especially since this was on tap). Exciting until the last drop.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2004 01:38:12 | More by Gavage
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North Carolina

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

The beer poured deep amber brown with a very slight haziness. The head was off-white and fell quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was sour with complex malt notes in the background.

The flavor was not as sour as expected. Sourness begins the flavor and that diminishes into a chocolate impression that has sweetness and a cherry flavor.

The finish was fruity and lasting into the aftertaste with just a very slight sour cherry flavor. The body was medium.

25 cl bottle. Oud Bruin on bottle. Best before 17/06/04.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2004 01:03:31 | More by GCBrewingCo
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark red brown is a nice colour for the sourness inherent in this beer. This is not as complex or sour as Goudenbond or Duchesse
but is actually more drinkable due to the lower ABV and lighter flavours. Not a world classic but still a very nice example of the

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2004 21:52:16 | More by canucklehead
Photo of pezoids


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served with dinner at the Eulogy bar. I requested the Petrus winter beer, but got this instead. Was served in a thick goblet glass. The color was a dark reddish brown. The head stayed at about a half an inch – floating on top of the beer the entire drink.

Sour apples in the aroma. A nice fruitiness and some sour malt vinegar. The taste is refreshingly tart, but not overdone or puckering. Detect various things in this beer – cherry fruit, some caramel malt sweetness and a subtle nutty texture. The body is thin and light, but remains flavorful. A bit of a sour bitter finish. Pleasant and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2004 22:52:58 | More by pezoids
Photo of xgrigorix


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

Thirtythree cl brown bottle, no dates.

Dark ruddy brown, clear, with some intense looking carbonation. Topped by a thin off white head that retains well, and leaves a thin sheet of lace behind.

Nose is spritzy, acidic, with a touch of soured fruit.

Lightly acidic, with a sweet malt center, and a bit of rustic fruit. Finishes off dry, with a refreshing sour twang that lingers & begs you to take another sip. Light body, robust carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 18:00:04 | More by xgrigorix
Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
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