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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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1,025 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,025
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 16
Gots: 50 | 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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jibbyvonjibb

California

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

A: Dark reddish brown. Good clarity. No head in my flute glass.
S: Dark fruit.
T: Slightly tart, not vinegary. Berry fruitiness, especially cherry and grapes. Sweetness low, which saves it from the fate of the dreaded sweet-sour Flanders, and makes it quite drinkable.
M: Highly carbonated. Light body.
O: Very drinkable. I liked this one a lot. It might not have been super complex, but it was very well balanced and pleasant to drink. Comparable to Bellegems, maybe someday I'll have to do a blind tastings.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 03:02:17 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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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
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Brent

Kentucky

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

This is my first experience with this variety of Belgian beers, and I'm quite impressed. According to the label, this is aged two years in oak casks - certainly a mellow ale. Appearance is a murky, rootbeer brown with lively carbonation. Aroma is a sweet, brown sugar/fruit juice typical of many Belgian styles, in this case I detected pear most strongly. The flavor is unique, a little like Orval in the emphasis on pear. Mellow malt, but at the same time this has a pronounced tartness, very white wine-like. The finish is very clean, in a tart, tongue cleansing way.

The sour/tart character of this beer might not appeal to everyone, but I found it a great change of pace for a late evening sipper. The 8.5 oz. bottle is kind of small, but for this beer it is appropriate, as it is not something you would want to drink in bulk - this is a beer to sip and savor.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2002 21:04:17 | More by Brent
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uno99

Ontario (Canada)

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

Saw this on the menu at the Beer Bistro, Toronto. Thought I'd dip my toe into a style im not too familiar with - and the cheaper price of this bottle is attractive.

A: Looks great. My server poured into a tulip and and made a nice head that stuck around a decent amount of time. not much lacing but its very inviting.

S: VERY fruity I thought. cherries and raspberries mostly I suppose. As it warmed up the sour notes began to sing. Not being experienced with these beers I wasent sure what to expect. I suppose this may a good one to start with since the sourness isnt really that pronounced.

T: Follows the nose quite well. Hops are more present in taste. I really began to appreciate the tangyness of this beer as it warmed. very fruity and very delish.

M: Quite light and refreshing.

D: Id certainly like to have a few of these. Very complex yet not overpowering

What a great beer...I'll be drinking this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 20:50:46 | More by uno99
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nathi

Colorado

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

A beautiful pour, nice light brown color with a reddish tint. Smell is amazing, musky and fruity with a sour note that is well balanced with the prune and raisin malt aroma. Sourness in the flavor is very nice and complex. Malt is in back but provides a nice sweet balance to the sourness. Surprisingly the oak character doesn’t come through a lot, not nearly as much as rodenbach. A very nice and drinkable sour brown.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2002 07:50:51 | More by nathi
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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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cerevisiaephilus

Michigan

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
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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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Hhawk06

Massachusetts

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

I was excited to crack into this one as it came in a small 8.4 oz. bottle. I was expecting great things from small packages. The label claims the beer has been aged 2 years, interesting enough. Anyway, it poured with a pure brown look, nothing more or less. It smells of an old fruit covered cask, yum. I immediately sensed some candy-like aspects on contact. Sparkling sweet overtones layers nicely on a dull subtle cherry wood essence. This is a well planned, top notch brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2003 09:20:18 | More by Hhawk06
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 04:09:56 | More by ThatWineGuy
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allengarvin

Texas

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

This very black beer formed a shallow head on top, that mostly faded by the time I took my seat. Nose is not as tart as the aged pale, but does have a nice tanginess. It's also pleasantly malty. Great mixture of tart, lightly metallic acidity with good caramel malt. There's a touch of fruitiness... actually it reminds me a bit of caramelized orange. Wood notes are restrained.

The malty flavor makes this pretty interesting.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 00:16:39 | More by allengarvin
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afordney

Tennessee

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 20:51:05 | More by afordney
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WoogityBoogity

Florida

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

A - Dark reddish-brown body with high clarity. Slight off-white head that has average retention.

S - Rich esters and mild malt. Esters akin black cherries, prunes, figs, and raisins. Sour and vinegary scent present. No hop aroma.

T - Fruity esters at first, including black cherries, prunes, and figs. Caramelized malt backing the esters. Low spice phenols accentuate the palate. Definitely a sour character after the sweetness, but not unpleasant. No hop flavor and hop bitterness is absent. Low diacetyl.

M - Medium body, not much carbonation.

D - A fruity, malty brown ale.

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Bottle claims aged 20 months, but palate doesn't quite have synergy as thought.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 04:00:53 | More by WoogityBoogity
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dgallina

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 21:42:37 | More by dgallina
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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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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle in a tulip glass. Deep, dark brown, appears opaque at first until held to the light, revealing a beautiful ruby glow throughout. A few fingers of light tan tan head that drops to a finger, leaving small spots of lacing. Lots of bubbles all around the edge, which kind of sparkle.

Smells foremost of vinegar, some plum & other dark fruits, & a teeny bit of malt. The sourness is mostly in the aroma -- the taste is sweeter than I expected, carrying fruity notes (mostly apple, some cherry) with just a little tang at in the finish. Very good, the fruits kind of swim around. I keep expecting some oak to poke through, & it almost does, but then no.

Mouthfeel is nice: the body is not too thick or too thin, & the carbonation gently massages the palate. Ahhh. A pleasurable beer, complex without being overpowering. Could sit & sip this all day.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 14:26:45 | More by OneDropSoup
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Stimack

New York

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to pick this up the other day as I do enjoy the brown ales. This one poured to a medium brown hue with a surprisingly smallish head that broke down very quickly and left hardly any lacing. The aroma shows a nice malt scent mixed with a slight sour character. The flavors have a little more character to it than the nose did, nice malt, some fruit like flavor, maybe some wood like flavors as well. What I really like is the sourness, which is persistent but in no way overwhelming, gives this brew a real nice flavor that mixes well with the other favors listed. While not having a very good sized head it seems to have ample carbonation. Overall this is a fine brew, lots of flavors going on that really come out in the taste. Very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 22:08:19 | More by Stimack
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Iguana

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured reddish brown with a small head that laced up pretty quick into my New Belgium Globe glass.

S: Sour cherries is all I am smelling, smells good though.

T: Sour cherry flavor leading to a buttery peppery taste that gets dry and tart for the finish, pretty nice. I am really enjoying it.

M: Smooth and dry. The taste really coats the mouth which is nice.

D: I really enjoyed this one. A nice after dinner treat beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 05:03:02 | More by Iguana
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: poured fizzy. copper brown with no head rentention and no lacing

smell: caramel malt and some vinegar aromas

taste: Not overly sour, balanced. great starter sour for someone. drinks easy

mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation

drinkability: a nice sour with not too much punch.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 13:56:09 | More by CampusCrew
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow!! I had no clue what to expect with this one. I had always wanted to try it out and just now got around to it. It poured a red/bronze/brown colour with about an inch and a half thick head of tightly knit off white foam. The smell is a dry tart like smell, if that makes any sense. Very sour and musty. The taste, too. In fact, this thing reminds me alot of a lambic or a saison. The mouth feel was very smooth and very easy to drink, finishing with a bit of a dryness. This brew is just all around good, if you're a fan of lambics and saisons and such.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2005 21:23:30 | More by SilentSabre
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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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mverity

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

05-12-2013 05:42:31 | More by mverity
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

06-13-2014 02:40:18 | More by JakerLou
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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

The only beer that I have ever tried to compare to this beer is the Goudenband, and I really didn't like it very sour. However, the Petrus Oud Bruin definitely found acceptance with my palate and found a spot as one of my favorite most unique beers I have tasted in awhile. Served in a nice sized goblet, this beer gives of a slightly tinted amber brown with an off white rising head. The aroma is that of fruit and malt sweetness, and I found no sourness at all to the smell. The first sip was very sweet, and the fruit and candi sugar sweetness complements with a tart apple sharpness that is very enjoyable. A well done belgium brew that I find may be on of the best, especially within it's style. A medium bodied brew with a pretty good drinkability leaves a nice dryness. The drinkability would be a lot higher, but the sourness may be hard to handle after a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2003 13:06:17 | More by WVbeergeek
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MaevaS

France

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

08-25-2013 19:04:51 | More by MaevaS
Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
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