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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1,115
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 19
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

bubseymour, Nov 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

RBorsato, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a tulip glass at Harrington’s Pub in National Harbor, MD.

A: Pours a dark ruby hue with a decent, 2-finger, tannish head that slowly dissipates down the slide of glass ending in a wispy lace.

S: Strong fruity and malty aroma. Lots of dark fruits that is slightly sweet and sour.

T: Tart dark fruit up front followed by a solid malty background with hints of oak and cherries in the finish.

M: Thick body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent Oud Bruin. One of the best I’ve had. Easily drinkable and excellent flavors and aromas.

ckollias, Dec 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Zdrummer15, Sep 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

davidwhatshisnam, Feb 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

kybeerdrinker, May 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

TheNakedStiletto, Mar 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

rdobens, Mar 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

stealth, Jun 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

DmanGTR, Feb 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

timothybarney, Feb 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

BeerTrader57, Dec 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

psoriasaurus, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Aisha, Dec 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Unchi, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of DCon
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snifter Night! Purchased 12oz bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $3.49. Poured from the bottle into my Schlafly Snifter glass and has a code of 40323 on the back.

Appearance- Extremely dark, has a 3 finger head that has GREAT retention! Very impressed. Leaves nice lace on the sides.

Aroma- Great tart smell from the beginning. I can definitely tell there is a spicy and fruity complexed smell as well.

Taste- The first thing I recall is a extreme amount of grape upfront, almost like a Welch's grapejuice. Very fruity and has a brown flavor at the end. Really wild! Tasty.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Viscosity, full taste of grape and then a nice clean feel afterwards.

Overall- WOW! Now this was a great beer I'm glad I came back to! Will be buying this again! Drinkability is easy and very different from any other Oud Bruin. I'm thinking that is why the Flanders is in front of it. Will be interested in seeing how other people react and give their two cents on this beer.

DCon, May 28, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark amber with a thin tan head. It has a nice smell of raisans or grape tannin. The taste is very mellow with strong hints of wine, fruit (grapes and cherries), and fired malt. The finish has a fruity tartness to, but again it's very subtle. It gives hints of both a barley wine and a dopple bock, but doesn't go either direction. It has a light oily feel to it. A very interesting beer, I think I will have to try this again just to further explore the many tastes it gives. It seems every drink brings out a little of something else. The light tastes and low alcohol (5.5% ABV per the bottle) make it something you could drink several of.

claytri, Feb 05, 2004
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4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of my first attempts at a Belgian, and i wasn't let down. What an interesting beverage. Complex, different, and a perfect beer to sip and reflect on all of the merits of beer.

There was a great tartness in all of the characteristics of this beverage.

It poured a beautiful rich dull brown that looked quite hazy, almost like a chocolate milk. I see from other reviews that it has been described as clear. My impression could have been from the lack of lights in the bar i was in. There was a niced little head reduced to a collar and it was absalutly beautiful all around.

The taste was sharp and bit on the side of the tounge, but not in a bad way. It was complex and had a wonderful tartness and a mild taste of alcohol.

The aroma was also tart and sharp in the nose, but every whif begged for a drink and i was more than happy to comply.

Overall, this is a great sipper and wonderfull treat after dinner, before dinner or durring dinner. It is also a wonderful introduction to Belgian beers and i cant wait to travel the long Belgian road.

elmocoso, Feb 28, 2003
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4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured with a rich creamy head that as the beer warmed a bit released wonderful scents. One can smell and taste the dried fruits (raspberries, cherries, citrus) and a hint of oak aging on the tongue. The beer has acomplex flavor that lingers on the palate but it is not nera as tart as one would expect. Goes down smoothly with nice texture.

Katahdin, Dec 22, 2009
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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.

Gavage, Mar 01, 2004
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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.

FormatKid, Oct 10, 2004
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4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really think this beer is the same as the Petrus Old Brown ale I reviewed here:
So I'll just compare the two in this review rather than simply copy-paste. They have different labels, but similar features.

One difference I find in the Oud Bruin and the "Old Brown," is in its head retention. the head on the Oud Bruin dissipates quickly, while the other beer lasts until the end. The second difference is the aroma. The Oud Bruin has a less fruity and more sulphur aroma. The tastes to me are similar.

Still an excellent beer.

alexatlatx, Mar 06, 2007
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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
Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
84 out of 100 based on 1,115 ratings.