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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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1,093 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,093
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 18
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of AndoBrew
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

*I liked it might buy again*

A deep crimson ruby transparent color with a very big hearty light tan head

has the nose kinda like a mild gueuze! but mixed with a brown ale malt profile as well, HEY, this smells neat! a tad bit of something pungent, but still NEAT!.

tastes.. Good, a very controlled tart sour flavor like a gueuze, nice malt blance in the back of mouth, refreshing cooling feel in the mouth. It really is a mild sour mixed with a mild brown ale, tickle me pink.

I wish they could some how sneak 20% abv in here, but for what it is this is a joy of a beer, easy to drink refreshing and intresting.. Great brew!

I dont seem to taste the oak.. oh well.

AndoBrew, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of sullysbeer
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Sweet oaky Horse blanket/Barnyard aroma. Slight tart or sour with hints of wine/sherry.

Appearance: Very clear ruby reddish brown. Light Tan Head that lasts throughout.

Flavor: Very sweet up front, slight tartness/sourness. Horse blanket/barnyard in the middle then finishes up really dry. Slight oak flavor-I would have not noticed the oak if I didn't read the label as it's not overpowering. Delicate hop flavor and bitterness. As it warmed up and lost a little bit of carbonation it had hints of wine or sherry.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel - perfect carbonation.

Overall Impression: Well crafted, aged, and balanced. The tart/sourness is balanced with the sweetness, hop flavor, oak, bitterness and the dryness. Definably worth trying. Great Oud Bruin!!

sullysbeer, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$21 for a mixed 6'er gift pack of Petrus's brews at Merchants. 5.5% ABV. Aged in oak barrels 20 months. Pours out to a clear, filtered, dark mahogany, forming a modest khaki head with average retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is of lightly tart and crisp green apples, a touch of acetic sourness, woodsy amber malts and Brett. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a light body and tingly carbonation. Taste begins with acetic sourness which is very light, followed by cherry and watermelon jolly ranchers, near absent bitterness but a touch of grassy hops, and then a lightly woodsy finish. Not as roasted as it looks. Crisp and clean finish, very easy to drink.

This is a good beer to initiate someone into Oud Bruins, but lacks the depth or complexity that I look for in the style. Quite light in body. Goudenband and Duchesse are better for sure, but this is an easy to drink example. Simple, clean, not bad.

Mitchster, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Several inches of khaki head falls slooow into an opaque molasses beer and leaves intricate lacing. Aromas are nuts, berries, and brown sugar.

Tase is a light medley vinous fruit, cherry cordial, and green apple all pulled down by darker fruit tastes, slight anise, and a taste that sort of reminds me of finnel. Despite the flavors described this is a very light, smooth, easy drinking beer. Mouthfeel is slick but light. I feel like having this beer without pairing it with some crazy food was a waste. It is a great one for the table, complex but easy-going.

JudgeRoughneck, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of kaimcm
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into large bowl wine goblet.

A: nothing remarkable to speak of. dissipating head, deep amber body. tiny bit of lacing and stick.

S: cherries, acidity, a little bit of wood, barbeque sort of salty bacon fat

T: pretty soft and coating, light malt, some barely tart fruit and a tiny bit of sugar up front. herbal, tea like qualities mid palate as the acidity pulls through. more pronounced cherries. finish dries a bit but I have to admit this falls a little flat even before the swallow can be completed. theres a decent level of complexity and interest here but I dont think it follows through. crisp and refreshing, the acidity is light enough to be very versatile.

M: eh. its okay. a little on the soft and weak end. this beer should have plenty of life left in its bottle but already seems to be getting tired.

D: interesting. enjoyable. worth a shot for sure...dont know about much after that.

kaimcm, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
2.3/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Color is dark to dark reddish. The head is thick and stays very well after a hard pour and leaves some nice lacings behind as it falls.

Smell is sour and very slightly sweet with some oak and smokiness. Also smells a bit like a lager and a wheat beer together, only sour.

Taste is listless. Watery with slight tones of what the smell is.

Mouthfeel is ok, a little smooth, but also pretty watery.

I don't think I would drink this again unless it's from the brewery.

Erdinger2003, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of UberWasser
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8.4oz brown bottle poured into a snifter.

Fills my glass slowly with a dark brown liquid. Light penetrates just enough to give it a glow. Head is limited (this bottle might have sat for a while, there is a good bit of rust on the cap from the foil), yellow in color, and dissipates quickly.

I take a sniff. "Wow" is all I manage to annunciate. This beer's aroma shares more than one similarity with a good Kentucky bourbon (which is of course also aged in oak barrels, though hopefully for longer than two years). I could sit here and sniff this beer for an hour without taking a sip and I would enjoy it.

In fact, it smelled enough like bourbon to me that I almost expected the usual singe of 100 proof alcohol headed down the gullet. Instead, though, I was pleasently suprised with a very nice sweetness on my palate. It was of fruits and candies and other happy things. Swallowing brought out a slight bitter aftertaste...not enough to "balance" the experience, but that isn't on top of my list of priorities.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin for something so sweet...this could be good, as it may have prevented it from being cloying, but I still felt like something was missing there. Drinkability was good, though, partly because of that mouthfeel and also because of the sweet but not overwhelmingly-so flavor and low ABV.

Overall, a beer that I much enjoyed, most of all for the aroma. And it was a serious steal when I was visiting Louisville at $2.25.

UberWasser, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of IceAce
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 Oz. bottle

Slightly hazy chestnut body capped with a stubborn ring of medium tan foam. Nose is pungent with earthy malt, Belgian yeast, and some sourness lingering in the background.

Entry shows subdued carbonation and a palate-filling mouthfeel with some chewiness. Midtaste offers up sweet candies with an oakiness that finishes with the trademark Petrus yeast fade.

This beer is a steal @ BJ's for only $3.95 / bottle.

IceAce, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of afordney
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very smooth, dark brown almost leather appearance with an off white frothy head, there was slight lacing around the glass.

Smells, somewhat fruity and milky sweet

Very smooth taste, sour lactose and bits of fruity sweetness

Light and balanced, not very carbonated

A fantastic beer, Rich and aromatic, very pleasing for speacial occasions.

afordney, May 29, 2006
Photo of crwills
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a small bottle into a small white wine glass, which turned out to be the perfect size, but possibly not the perfect shape...

Cool, ruby-red colouring with lots of foam and lacing.

Aroma is sour cherries, sourdough bread, dry wood, and spritzy lemon. Very different!

Significant metallic notes in the taste, although they go away a bit as it warms. Remaining flavours--cherries, apples, 'woodiness', and some darker fruit--as well as the general sourness are muted. I don't remember this from previous bottles, so I wonder if this one is past its prime, or perhaps the glass is too small to allow it to 'breathe' properly?

Anyway, mouthfeel is light and refreshing, although nothing special. Aftertaste is pleasantly fruity without being overpowering.

crwills, May 27, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with some dark ruby hints with a one inch head that settles slowly to a rocky cap, leaving behind a nice webbing of lace.

Smell; sour and fruity, with cherries and plums. Some of the oakiness is there, but not as powerful as I was expecting, and there's a little bit of chocolate in there as well.

Taste; The oak flavors come out more than the aroma led me to believe they would. There's a nice sour fruitiness, with cherries, plums and maybe a touch of raspberries. It's a bit drying in the finish due to the oak barrel aging. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and is pretty easy to drink, even with the dryness.

RedHaze, May 26, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a stunning dark cherry that fades to a murky brown around the edges. The thin, frothy head stuck around for a while leaving some nice lace behind.

Smells of sour cherry and an earthy, wet oak. There’s also a powdery dryness behind these sour elements.

There’s not as much to the flavor as I had anticipated. It starts light and tingly with a sour fruity snap, but then gets washed out by a watery cherry and melon. The sourness reemerges in the finish further back on my tongue but brings with it metallic sting. There are also lingering traces of celery.

The mouth feel is very light and clean with a light but prominent carbonation the deposit’s the sour elements.

I’m still on the fence with this one. It’s a simple sour beer, but then there’s that metallic finish. It’s not my favorite, but I didn‘t have any trouble finishing it.

DarkerTheBetter, May 22, 2006
Photo of HochFliegen
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured my 11.2 fl.oz bottle and noticed right away the thick tan frothy head building on top of the dark brown colored beer. After holding the glass to the light, it barely shown thru, showing a deep blood red color. At this point the frothy head was nothing more than a thin ring around the glass with a few whisps in the center.
The smell was very, sweet plum like also sort of sour or bitter smelling. After swirling the beer a few times and sticking my nose deep into the snifter it revealed a few more aromas I didnt at first detect. It was almost like a roasted malt or dark chocolate like smell. Initialy after doing this I thought I could smell a slight alcoholic scent to it as well.

The taste was sour. Not a bad sour IMO but its there and I can see how some would be turned off by this. Personally I thought it was a nice mix with the sweet and butter like flavor. Also like the smell a taste of a dark bitter chocolate adds to the sweetness. It almost went undetected but theres a roasted flavor in there as well. No taste of the alcohol at all. After taste is sour and lingers for a good amount of time. Mouthfeel is very nice oily almost and very smooth.

I thought this was an amazing beer. For my first Oud Bruin Im impressed an look foward to trying more in this style.

HochFliegen, May 14, 2006
Photo of GolgiIPAratus
2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled: 3.23.06

Appearance is ruby, brown with a small head that fades quickly.

Smell is sweet sugary with a winey sourness. Aromas of wood are prominent as well.

Flavor is light ale up front with a tart sourness in the finish. A vague description for a vague brew, unfortunately. There was little real flavor that stuck out and took control or mingled with any other here. Maybe I can point to the woodiness, but it just dried the taste too much. Disappointing. In the mouth, the beer was light in body and low carbed.

Drinkability? Hm. Of course, liking the beer helps this category. So, I have to vote low since it didn’t go down easy.

GolgiIPAratus, May 12, 2006
Photo of kmcnair
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brown 33cl bottle filled with an old brown ale aged in oak casks for 2 years.

Pours a great darkened brown hue into the signature Petrus goblet, notes of translucent ruby red at the base of the glass. Makes a tanned creamy colored half inch crown that fades into a thin layer of long lasting finely packed bubbles. Funky tart barnyard aromas, sour cherries, slightly vinegary. Malty caramel and bittersweet chocolate, almost soured chocolate flavors with a subtle hint of tart lemony citrus, and spices, but is almost metallic in the finish. Light to medium palate, very crisp & strong peppery carbonation with a very dry finish. Looks good, smells good and feels good on the palate, but the flavor is a let down compared to the nose. Tasty, but doesn't leave me wanting more.

kmcnair, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of badbeer
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with a foamy head leaving a little bit of sticky lacing. Smells funky. Sour, overripe fruit: apples, pears, plums and grapes. Taste is pretty good, sour fruit, wood, and even a cola like flavor mixed in there as well. Light body, moderate carbonation, very dry. Cloyingly dry in the finish which really hurts this, it could be much better otherwise.

badbeer, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of jabocu
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear copper color with a finger width light-tan cap that dissipated to thin lacings along surface. Malty sweet aroma with sour esters, raisins, brown sugar and spice. Alcohol is in the nose. Nice rich bouquet. The flavor almost transforms through noticeably different flavors. Flavor is brown sugar sweetness turning into sour cherry then “brightens” to a ripe fruit with hint of a banana finish. Bitterness is very mellow. Woodsy throughout. It has medium-light body with medium carbonation and finishes with a earthy-oak dryness. Very intriguing beer that can be enjoyably sipped and savored. This is my first experience with a sour ale, but will definitely be on the lookout for more like this.

jabocu, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of Bierschenker
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a dark brown colour. When I poured it in, it gave hardly any head. And what remains is some white floating on the beer.
The smell is dominantly sour; citrus and malty, hint of chocolate.
Taste is again citrus sour, with malt tones, rather flat taste, a far caramel tone. Quite dry taste in the mouth, a bit oxidised.
Aftertaste is almost non existing. Light malt tone.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Bierschenker, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of Gusler
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer makes good its escape pouring a deep clear brown, the head is bountiful, creamy in texture and a winsome light tan in color, upon its dematerialization, the lace formed is a tight seal upon the glass. Nose is musty, with hints of molasses, malt and a bit of citrus like tartness; start is mild in sweetness, fair to middling grain presence, and the top light to moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is sternly acidic, tart, quite dry and a magnificent beer.

Gusler, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of dgallina
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle without freshness date.

Poured very dark but clear red-tinged brown. Relatively still, with a third-inch of foam that quickly settles to a sheen and light lace. Smells astringently winey and oaky; more like a Flanders sour red ale than anything else. Aggressively light and carbonated in the mouth. Flavor is dominated by light round woodiness that persists throughout. Balanced by grainy fruitiness from the brown ale. Turns medium-dry and slightly hoppy in the finish.

A light and pleasingly quenching drink. Somewhere between the belgian brown ale and sour red ale styles.

dgallina, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of texashammer
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a deep brown color, with creamy head. smells of malty chocolate and raisins; mellow and calm. rich but mellow, rather neutral flavors for the most part were a slight disappointment. very smooth. I was expecting more flavors; maybe I've had too many American IPA's to appreciate this subtle beer.

texashammer, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a reddish brown, very clear but dark. There is a decent head of foam that quickly reduces to a thick ring around the inside of the glass. I can immediately smell the storng fruity aroma of red wine after pouring. The taste is very fruity and tangy, like cherries or raisins. The sourness lingers a bit, but there is virtually no bitterness at all. This one reminds me of Kriek beer. Its quite thin and adequately bubbly on the palate. The overall drinkablility is suprisingly good.

bennetj17, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of BDTyre
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting Belgian brew.

This is a nice dark cola brown with a thin tan head. Looks almost like a liqueur. It smells sour, almost winey but I can detect the smell of malts in there. Plums, raisins and bread are detectable.

The taste is acidic and sour, very winey. But this is not bad. There are malts in there, but also the taste of raisins, yeast and a slight vinous, vinegary hint. This goes well with fresh baked bread.

Despite the sourness and acidity, this is a smooth, easy to drink beer.

BDTyre, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of funkengruven
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice dark brown with a thin head with lots of lacing. Smell is a bit acidic, but not too offensive. Taste is quite acidic, flavors somewhat resemble malt and wine. mouthfeel is decent, no excessive carbonation and pretty easy to drink. This isn't too bad, would be better if it was not so acidic though.

funkengruven, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of sinistrsam
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one in a snifter at The Sharp Edge in Crafton, PA. Dark brownish-copper body with a medium-sized head. The head left a small ammount of lacing, which died quick.
The smell was largely alcoholic, but had touches of candy sugar and sour fruits, and a fine oak touch, which reminded me of the Russian River Temptation.
The taste immediately hits you as sour fruits, oak, tannins ,mild citrus, and alcohol. Yeast and mild hops finish out a pretty complex taste. Overall the taste was very interesting but not as balanced as I would have liked.
I think one of these is enough; not that there's a high ABV but the overwhelming tastes of the sour fruits and alcohol, combined with a puckering dry mouthfeel makes this a one a night beer.

sinistrsam, Dec 23, 2005
Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,093 ratings.