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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1,147
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 shamus
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours like a Coke in colour, fizz and head. has a bakery smell of yeast, cinnamon and butter. Mmmm it tastes delicious but has a sour middle. i'm not sure about this one. I need another taste.yep this is very good, ginger and cinnamon. A good winter beer. I will buy this again if the LCBO keeps carrying it.

Photo of Slatetank
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz brown botttle into a tasting glass. The bottles notes 2 year aging in oak barrels.

A - Deep caramel/cola brown w/ a thin tan head that makes nice lace.

S - Slightly green apple/sour odors w/ gentle grainy notes in the nose.

M - Nice, full effervessence w/ tart fruit feel and gentle sweetness. The finish is malty w/ a grainy texture.

T - Sweet w/ toasty notes and slightly vanilla oak notes. Grainy w/ a slightly sour citrus flavor. Nice gentle spice and yeastiness in the sweet finish.

D - Intense yet quaffable and complex w/ nice balance. I found this to a very fine brown w/ high drinkability.

Photo of RiekerStarBrew
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured from the bottle to my belgian glass, the beer displayed a clear brown color with hints of ruby. The head was tan. The aroma was sour with hints of grape. The one word I can think to describe it is "fresh". The flavor was very balanced. The light body character gave it a dry perception in my mouth. There was a definate grainy/cereal flavor. I feel like, in my opinion, this was a good example of an Old Bruin. I reviewed this beer with a side-by-side comparison to Liefmans Old Bruin and I lean towards Liefmans in preference.

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

Wow! What an initial head on this beer! Pillowy four fingers of tan head, rising over the rim of my pint glass (not ideal glassware, I know), eventually faded to a decent ring. Some sticky lacing. The beer itself is a clear brown with auburn highlights -- huge initial carbonation, which does not persist.

Interesting aromas for a brown ale (I'd never tried a Flemish Oud Bruin before) -- diacetyl and roasted malts combine for a toffee, but there's also something vinous to it. It has hints of vinegar, like the Flemish Red, which really come through on the palate. Even before I signed on to BA, I knew I was going to say that it tasted more like a Flemish Red than any Brown Ale I'd ever tried. Upon reading the style notes, that makes sense.

Tastes (to me) of brown butter, carmelized cherries, a touch medicinal. Really good and unusual -- I've got to try some of the higher ranked Oud Bruins! I'm bad at tasting oakiness in flavorful beers, but as this was aged for 20 months in oak, I assume that's the woody flavor. Mouthfeel is very dry and astringent for the sweetness of the beer and the overall finish is unexpected, but very well crafted (maybe that's the oak?). I feel like this beer could have been syrupy and oily without that dryness. Highly sessionable, if you're well-off -- at $3+ a bottle, this will have to be a rare treat for me.

[postscript -- funny, I really didn't look much at the other reviews before writing -- purely by coincidence, I gave this beer the same breakdown as the reviewer before me. strange.]

Photo of irishkyle21
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I reviewed this beer at a bar that served it way to cold so I let it warm for awhile but I do have some bottles at home and I will edit my review if I deem it necessary. The brew pours an amber brown color. Fairly good head retention and lacing.

The nose is very typical of a good Flanders Oud Bruin. Has notes of wood, spices, a good sourness and rather vinous.

Tastes of sour fruits, a bit wine like and some spices. Very refreshing and has a great mouthfeel.

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

11.2 oz., typical small Euro/Belgian bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, with gorgeous blood-red highligjts when held up to the light. Only has a head, though, for like 2 seconds, a little swirl brings back the head for a time, but it is short-lived.

S: Complex smell of sour funk, oak, wood, and fermented malt.

T: Mildly sour, not over the top, funky malt, with some dark ale fruit there as well. Molasses flavours play a part, there is a slight hint o of brown sugar over the sourness. I find it pairs really well with a raw cheddar cheese.

M: Sharp and acidic, though not as sour as something like a Berliner Weisse, overall, light to medium-bodied.

D: A very good Oud Bruin, though I haven't had many of the style. Not the most robust, funky sour ale nonetheless, but easy to drink, even though it is kind of pricey at about $3.50 a bottle at Hi-Times.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown colour that looks almost black at some angles but has burgundy red edges where a bright light glows on the other side of the glass. One finger light brown head, bubbles disappated quickly but the surface remained wispy with good lacing. A swirl regenerated the head but little by way of visible carbonation. Smells of dates, figs, molasses, vanilla. The taste is sweet and sour, fruit cake, malt, tempered bitterness, nicely balanced. There is a rich mouthfeel that had a very smooth texture and a gentle finish of stewed apples and prunes. There was a degree of complexity here that I quite liked, I'll grab another of these next trip to the LCBO.

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

11.2 oz bottle from a 2006 holiday sampler, consumed in October 2007.

Thus far I've been very disappointed by Petrus beers, but this one is genuinely good.

Pours into my Duvel tulip a deep brown with some dense head and lacing. Bubble fall along the side of the glass in a fast but beautiful waterfall. Very deep and dense brown color with orange highlights.

Smells like a very non-sweet candy. Taste is very well-integrated - not overly syrupy, not too much with the candy sugar. Any sourness is muted or not present, to my taste - more like a straightforward non-wild dubbel, maybe a touch too sweet for my tastes, but certainly in keeping with the style. Alcohol is present but pleasant - well-masked. Sticks in your memory for a while and just feels *good*, even improves as you savor it after the taste - unusual! But there's a very faint astringency that doesn't quite fit with the sweetness - and makes me hesitate on that next drink.

I've got 1-2 more to try from Petrus, but this one is definitely a notch above the rest. It's no Westvleteren 8, or even close to the other Trappist dubbels, but it's no slouch.

Photo of theopholis
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear burgandy color. HUGE off-white fizzy head with some, but not a lot of staying powers. Very little lacing.

Aroma - Smell is not strong, but get definite notes of red vinegar. Hints of a breadiness, molasses, some dark, ripe fruits.

Taste - Not much flavor at all. Weird. Some light caramel and molasses. Hint of dark fruit and malt sweetness. Some very light flavoring hops in the after-taste. Not much else.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Light carbonation.

Drinkability - This is my first Flanders Old Bruin, so I don't know if this is good or not, so I'm just rating it average by default for drinkability.

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

A- Mahogany that's perfectly clear, with a white soapy head.

S- Malt, vinegar, oak, molasses. The sourness is the most evident thing about it.

T- More of the sour, and a hint of the sweet malt balancing, but mostly a lot like malt vinegar.

M- Medium-light body, low carbonation, sourness lingers in a dry finish.

D- Not very drinkable because of the immensity of the sour melded with the sweet malt. It's a strange flavor.

Photo of Poser
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown. Short head disappears quickly.Aroma is complex with some cherry and tannins. I was expecting much more than I got from drinking. It's pretty bland although the aroma flavors are present in the taste. Just seems diluted -- hence the low mouthfeel rating.

Maybe I'm being unfair. I was looking forward to this brew and it didn't live up to my expectations. Buy one thinking it's going to be horrible and maybe you'll like it. It wasn't bad, but it's a bit mellow.

Photo of jettjon
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From an 11.2 oz bottle from a 6-bottle multipack, no freshness date. Into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), this one’s a deep ruby red with a small carbonation stream. Thick red-brown head fades quickly leaving a thin cap and a bit of lace. After substantial warming (label advises to serve between 8 and 12C, or 42-50F), a rich honey-mead and molasses nose develops with a hint of cinnamon. Sour candy odor pervades, which initially threw me off; is this a brown ale or a Flanders sour ale? Tastes of sweet and sour malt, yeah, this is definitely a sour ale. It’s really more “sour” than “oak aged” though with some imagination, one can get a kind of oaky flavor. I really wish that the bottle had been more specific, but after researching this beer on Beer Advocate, at least I can say I know a damn sour ale when I taste one! Flavor rather resembles dark bread with honey butter, though with that sour note. No hops in evidence here. Finishes a bit dry and sour. Mouth is the consistency of thin milk with very low carbonation, yet it’s also very smooth and clean. Drinkability is decent if you discount price; I paid around $6 a bottle with the multipack. To me, though, price always figures into drinkability, though it’s certainly an enjoyable beer. At 5.5%, it’s lower in alcohol than it might seem while remaining rich, complex, and enjoyable. I might have had another bottle had one been available, but I really don’t see me buying more of these. For me, it’s the six pack sampler and done.

Overall: Occasionally, along comes a brew that seems to be one thing but is quite another. This is one of those beers; looking at the label, one might expect an oak aged dubbel or brown ale, but instead you have what amounts to a Flanders sour ale. If you’re not familiar with the “Oud Bruin” style, you will be surprised. Actually as I have learned, the Oud Bruin style is a brown, not red Flanders ale, a slight distinction that makes more sense once you actually taste the beer. Once you figure out what you’re drinking (I was seriously thrown a curve by the tartness), you can enjoy this brew. My suggestion is to serve it cool, not cold; its complexities really don’t unravel until it warms even further than the suggested 50F. Otherwise, it’s a pretty decent sour ale, though too pricy for regular enjoyment.

Photo of sleazo
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$3.89 at Bierkraft.

A-Pours a cloudy chestnut brown, with a nice 2 finger cream coloured fluffy head. The head settles down into a nice thick cap. sheets of lace cling to the sides of the glass. A nice looking brew.

S-Roasted malts which dont give off any sweetness are the first thing you notice. After that there is a twinge of sourness.

T-Much lighter than I was expecting given the colour and my general unfamiliarity of the style. There is a little sweetness from the malt, almost no hops and a very sublte twinge of sourness. It actually doesnt leave too much of an aftertaste. None of the flavours are too strong in this beer and it is quite subtle but nice. there are slight hints of wood, maybe some raisins and a slight metalic edge but these aspects are also subdued. As it warms more of the flavour comes out, an almost cherry cola like essence comes out.

M-Very effervecent with stinging carbonation. This pushes the beer around the mouth but also clears away the aftertaste quickly. This is light bodied and very refreshing.

D-I am digging this beer. I have no frame of reference for the style but it is one I will continue to explore when i can. This is a unique offering, one in which you cannot judge the book by it's colour. Definitely let this one warm up, I changed my rating from a 3.5 in taste to 4 as it warmed.

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

This beer had a brown/copper color with a thick head – light lacing and quickly dissipating. The aroma is sour and malty. The taste is fruity and sour. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Overall, I can say that this is a fairly drinkable beer – it is the first I’ve had of this style and cannot comment on whether it is representative or not.

Photo of mep3222
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this both on tap and then in the bottle in the same sitting. The tap beer had a noticable metalic taste. The sourness of the beer was not all that evident, and the metalic aftertaste detracted from whatever sourness there was. Overall it was drinkable but I wasn't craving more. Definitely better Ouid Bruin's for the price.

The bottled variety seemed less metalic, but there was still a metalic aftertaste. I tried the bottle version as it specifically said "oak aged"

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

A- deep reddish brown body with thin white head. Head fades and leaves behind plenty of lacing in the glass.

S- sweet/sour smell. Nice malty backbone.

T- Sweet dark fruity taste upfront with good malt backbone. The taste then becomes somewhat tart and sour. Finish is similar to the sweet fruity beginning.

M- Low carbonation with a a thin-somewhat watery mouthfeel. Goes down very smooth.

D- This was interesting and very different. I'd order it again. Sweet and sour but not as intense as a fruit lambic.

Photo of illidurit
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass in a pinch, forms a nice 1 finger head of light tan foam. Body is clear and cola colored.

Smells of that root beer flavored gummy candy with a hint of musty yeast, raspberry, overly sugary.

This beer is way too sweet. It reminds me of watery cherry cola with berry notes and no trace of sourness or oak. Boring.

Too much carbonation makes this beer hard to drink until the head settles down, which doesn't take too long because the head is fizzy.

Inoffensive beer but it just tastes saccharine to me. I was expecting a nice tart refreshing brew but I got a fountain drink.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brownish color into a newer Petrus glass (I like the new ones better!), with a tan head. It has the aroma of sweet malt, and the taste has a dark fruit, cherries and a very nice tartness that lingers a bit after. A good beer to enjoy with a dessert.

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

Purchased a bottle at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA.

A: Very dark reddish brown. Pale/buff wispy head with ok retention.

S: Sweet malt character dominates. Almost smells like Coke or Pepsi.

T: Fruitiness up front but not strong. Malt character is noticeably absent. Sourness is strong on the back and tart. Sweet sour profile is evident but definitely leans towards sour.

MF: Medium-light body. Tingling strong carbonation.

D: Lacking sweet malt character. I am not particularly familiar with this style so take this review with a grain of salt. Sour ales to me are not inherently sessionable. But to each their own. There is some confusion on this site as to what style beer this is and I think that it is also listed as a Belgian dark ale.

Photo of July2Nov
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown to the point of looking like coca-cola. The lace left a bit more to be desired.
S: Sweet with a licorice hint.
T&M: Smooth and sweet with a slightly bitter taste upfront. The aftertaste has a very heavy feel to it. Keeps you very satisfied. Leaves the mouth with a warm fuzzy feeling.
D: I could definetly drink a few of these throughout the night (or day).

Photo of jamie2dope
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This will my first time trying an example of this style. I am not too big of a fan sour beers, but I still wanted to try the style. It poured into a small sampler glass a chestnut brown complexion, with a 2 finger white heading that faded into a small lacing. In the aroma was a soft sour presence, with hints of vinegar, cherries, grass, and other juicy fruits. Taste starts off a little sour, but quickly becomes sweet, then ends off with a very sweet caramel flavor. Specific flavors were apple, brown sugar and chocolate. Mouthfeel was light bodied. I could have a few of these in a sitting. I am glad I tried this style. Not too sour, not too sweet. Just good all around.

Photo of AlexJ
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Murky cola brown with a loose head of tan froth with light retention and weblike lace.

Aroma is earthy malt, dried fruit, cherries, tart cider and musty yeast.

Flavor very similar to nose, lightly sweet, gently sour, modest complexity.

Body is rather light, adding to the amazing drinkability. A great refresher, and a great intro into sour beers for the uninitiated.

Photo of KingG
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this, along with other Petrus beers, in my fridge for at least 8 months.

Served chilled and poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance is above-average. Fluffy, soapy, sand colored head forms off of the aggressive pour then quickly fades to a thin film. Color of the beer is a very dark brown with red hues on the edges.

Smell is average. That familiar Oud Bruin tart smell is there yet is subdued compared to others i've sampled within the style. I slight sweetness shines through toward the back end. Kind of bland.

Taste is average. Much like the smell; subdued flavors of tartness and sweetness. Finishes very smooth and clean. I keep fishing for more flavors but nothing comes up. Just too mellow and bland for the style.

Mouthfeel is above-average. Carbonation is very mellow (although apparent.) This makes for a thin, yet refreshing, finish.

Drinkability is good. I could finish a few bottles of this beer no problems but then i'd have to switch to something with more flavor.

Overall: I was expecting a beer with more flavor especially considering the style. I wouldn't turn one down but it's nothing to go out of your way for.

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

Aroma was mostly fruit, with some maltyness to it.

It's brown in colour. Some head. Little lace.

The flavour is very citusy and vinous like. Flavours of gapes, & grapefruit. It reminds me of a Lambic Kriek in some ways.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied.

Overall I like it.

Photo of Hautacam
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A lively pour. Reddish brown with a foamy head that drops quickly in a Duvel tulip.
Has a wheat like aroma...some bubblegum and a Saaz like hop odor.
Sweet wheaty malt at first, but somewhat sour and vinegary. Mild grape flavor and a hint of vanilla and bubblegum. Citrusy hops are pretty mild.
The mouthfeel is pretty thin and the carbonation is high.
Not a beer I would seek out..just bought it out of curiosity.

Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,147 ratings.