Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Reviews: 566
Hads: 1,201
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 20
Gots: 93 | FT: 0
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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 doktorhops
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh, Petrus, Doc’s favourite new Belgian brewer for two simple reasons: 1) It’s cheap, 2) It’s good... really what more could you want? Cheap & good is good enough for me. That said their Aged Red was not without flaws - it was cloyingly sweet with cherry cough syrup notes, will this Oud Bruin - which is one of the base beers used in the Aged Red - be a sweet cherry cough syrup nightmare... all right, slight exaggeration; mildly bad dream? Or will it triumph with a more balanced flavour? Time will tell (15 mins to be exact).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Presents a deep hazy chocolate brown body with a thin half centimetre tan head that soon dies back to a light lace on top. Looks brown enough to qualify as an Oud Bruin. 8/10.

S: Sour cherry and musty yeast notes punctuate what is (for me at least) a delightful and classic moreish Belgian aroma - cherries and dusty cellars - can’t get more Belgian than that! [the entirety of my imagination pictures Belgium as one giant dusty catacomb with cherry trees growing throughout it]. Another whiff gives off book-like characters, it actually brings back memories of those scratch-n-sniff stickers from my primary school days - the power of a brew to make you reminisce is indeed a prodigious thing. 9/10.

T: This is the Rodenbach-en-like I was hoping for when I had the Aged Red - Sour cherries front to back, it’s not too astringent (it’s just right), apple cider vinegar lends acidity (as with any beer style that begins with “Flanders”) with a mid-palate hint of grape sugars and a mildly dry bitter finish. Oh yeah, yeast - plenty of that lending a dusty/stale character. Très Bien! 8/10.

M: Mouthfeel is a little bit lacking, a little bit watery, with a mid to light body and light but dense carbonation. 7/10.

D: The balance with this Oud Bruin is up there with the greats, however I’m almost left wanting for a tad more of the sweetness found in the Aged Red... this is though a minor complaint for an otherwise excellent brew. If you’re seeking traditional Flanders Oud Bruin flavours this is a decent introduction to the style that balances sweet and sour so aptly, à votre santé! 8/10.

Food match: Brasserie cuisine (eg; Steak frites) or a hard cheese platter are appropriate matches. (2,302 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oak cask and lactic sourness build a delicious aroma above the dark ruby-brown draught. Grape, juice is the dominant fruit, and a little horse blanket rounds out the funkworks here, also caramel makes an appearance. Diacetyls lend a slippery mouthfeel, which is aided by a nice medium bodied backbone. I do enjoy this beer quite fully and would recommend it to a friend with a palate for sours. 5/10 sour scale. (411 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with a 1" offwhite head. Zero lacing & head retention

S: Awesome sour/lactic odors

T: An almost sugary sweetness is quickly steamrolled by sourness tartness & dry/wood notes. I also get granny smith apple & vanilla notes as it warms. Finishes with slight tart cherry notes & extreme dryness

MF: Light to medium bodied with a low carbonation level & good balance, adds up to the sensation of licking a Popsicle & running outta of ice cream!

Drinks pretty good, the tartness & dryness make we want to drink at least one more...Definitely one of those beers that made me love my visits in BE, very funky & out of the norm (638 characters)

Photo of shand
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Petrus Oud Bruin pours out a murky brown with a decent head. There's vinegary sourness on the nose, followed by some cherries and malts. The taste follows the nose, but the sour is toned down and the cherries and malts are brought up more. Only a touch of sour character on the finish really. It's tasty though! The mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, Petrus Oud Bruin is a solid quaff. Don't expect anything really sour though. (473 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a thin, smooth coating of light brown foam. Aromas of dates, leather, raisin, and peat. Good earthy and sweet nose. Flavors are rich and layered, with a mocha coffee backbone giving rise to some slightly sour currant and wine-like characteristics. Tangy, old world fruit characters highlight the brew, such as plum, fig, and raisin. The light body and carbonation keep the beer crisp, and avoid the cloying mouthfeel. The aftertaste is a dark, rich sweetness with a subtle sour tang. Clean, slightly astringent finish that gives a touch of pucker in mouth. Good, easy to drink beer. This would make the perfect gateway beer for people venturing into the world of Flanders/sours. (771 characters)

Photo of blakesell
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into the strangest glass I have. It is Belgian in style and pours down the stem into a goblet shape. I elected this instead of the Petrus glass I have due to the fact that this one harnesses smells better.

Appearance- Beer pours a dark reddish brown, moderately clear, with a large foamy head that quickly subsides to a two finger head of foam and eventually dies down to a multicolor tan, brown and white murk over the top with ample lacing on the sides.

Smell- Floral fruits, rose petals, ample sweet malts, very rich like I love my Oud Bruins to be. Lots of black cherry, a hint of raspberry, almost a pie filling scent, but not the fruits themselves. Prunes and plums as well, lingering raisin. A bit of a hazel nuttiness which doesn't smell to be too out of place. A small brettanomyces funk is hiding in there, but not near as strong as I would prefer it to be. Not quite a stinky Oud bruin.

Taste- Hard water. With Belgians I am usually expecting something a little softer on the tongue. Light and malty and a very metallic blood like sharpness that lingers and sticks to the mouth. A bit of caramel roast, the dark fruits such as plums, figs, raisin, and a lot of dark cherry, and a bit of Valencia orange. Upfront the best of the beer comes in but afterward it seems much more unpleasant. Sourness is there but not very. Really the beer tastes overhopped along with that hard water.

Mouthfeel- Metallic, soft overall, not warming, medium bodied, highly carbonated, lightly tart, somewhat astringent.

Drinkability- Very smooth when drinking it down. If I were swilling it back than I may not have noticed the flaws so closely. (1,669 characters)

Photo of flip387
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 4.25

A dark brown where light barely pierces. A nice foamy head.

Smell: 4.25

Mild notes and slight sour smell. Can smell faint malt and barely notes. Pleasant smell.

Taste: 4.0

Mild to medium bitter and sour flavors which do not overwhelm the other flavors. Almost sweet in taste.

Mouthfeel: 4.0

Carbonated which leaves bubbles on the tongue. Tart aftertaste and medium body that is not to heavy.

Overall: 4.0

This is my second sour beer after the Petrus Aged Pale, this one however is a darker beer which is more my preference. This one is not nearly as sour as the Petrus Aged Pale and offers a nice mild sour and tart taste. Still not sure I'm a sour beer fan, but this one was much more enjoyable than the Petrus Aged Pale. (748 characters)

Photo of nahthan
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On Tap at the Trappist in Oakland, CA. Nice dark amber appearance, great head retention. Cool sour wet horse blanket notes on the aroma that are mostly in aroma, not so much in the actual taste. Pretty low carbonation for the style. Much sweeter in the finish than you would expect from the aroma. Nice complexity when you want a balance of sweet/sour. Great complexity of flavors considering the alcohol content. Very drinkable and enjoyable. (443 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at 45 degrees F in a Duvel tulip.

Russet copper body is mostly clear. Topped by a small, frothy, light khaki head. Nose is a complex mix of brown sugar, molasses, vinegar, pepper, sour cherries, marshmallows, and vegetable matter. Taste starts off with tart, slightly bitter citrus peel. Toasted, slightly biscuity malts ensue, with some definite sour cherries. A hint of metal, oak, and smoke in an otherwise acidic, mildly tart, vinegary finish. Moderate to light bodied ale with zesty carbonation. I haven't had many examples of this style, but this seems like a good iteration. Not quite as vinegary or sour as a Flanders red ale, but still quirky and interesting. (678 characters)

Photo of popery
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I don't have much experience with this style, but I'm definitely not averse to it and enjoy the various sour styles. This beer pours a dark but somewhat clear brown with a big fluffy beige head that stands strong for some time. The aroma is a bit strange. It smells a bit like a vinegary small brown ale, which I guess it is, but it doesn't pull it off quite well enough. The aroma is interesting but a bit thin and acrid. There are some interesting fruit notes in it and some malt nuttiness, but I much prefer the flavor. The flavor is surprisingly refreshing. It's sweet and sour with a bit caramelized malt. The fruits flavors really shine, like lemons, apricots, grapes and apples brightened up with a dash of vinegar. It's a shame that the bottle is so small and relatively expensive because it seems like an enjoyable pub beer to drink for an evening. (863 characters)

Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky clove brown appearance with a nice rising tan head that's slick and creamy. Arching laces. Very sharp aroma, apple vinegar and sport peppers. Interesting flavors, tartness, some sense of raisin and fruitcake and a bit of beef stake. Finishes on a citric note with a bare metallic astringency and a malty catch in the back of the throat. Nicely carbonated, bring some life to what could be too harsh. Interestingly balanced. The small bottle is about the right amount to my tastes, can't say it is remarkably drinkable.

Source: Liquid Solutions (552 characters)

Photo of sullysbeer
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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!! (775 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Very cool rootbeer color with a 1 inch tan foamy head and decent retention

Smell: First thing I get is cherries followed up by some more dark fruit raisin and such with some bready yeast and sweet malt notes

Taste: Sour cherry is right up front with a bit of caramel malt. This is about as sour of a beer as I go and I am really enjoying the taste

Mouthfeel: Medium body and very high carbonation levels and a bit dry

Overall: I like everything about this beer except the mouthfeel. It's got good flavors and is easy to drink and its a pretty beer to look at as well (576 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big ol C&C bottle poured into some glasses with oglmcdgl, been meaning to pounce on this beer for a while.

Petrus Oud Bruin comes with a pop when the cork is removed. Pours out a dark red and becomes a dark brown when condensed in the glass. Some maroon spots with red showing towards the side. A nice sturdy dirty tan head billows above, ok lace. This bruin does not smell overly sweet and vinegar laden, thank god. I get big time cherry and plum, other dark fruits. Comes off vinious. Taste is superb, a great mix, starts off mildly sweet going into a slight sour twist with a aftertaste of cherry. Oak does not come out that much, and this spent like 30 months in the dark, that will tell you how fruit forward this is. Feel is a bit of a let down. While light bodied and easily drinkable, the finish comes off a bit rusty and bumpy, leaving a semi metallic taste afterwards, which is strange. All in all another drinkable beer from the boys at Bavik/Petrus. I expect them to send a ton of this to Philly as they did with the aged pale, they literally flooded the market with that one. I could drink a big bomber of this to the head, no problem. 5.5%, yep! (1,160 characters)

Photo of waughbrew
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

medium head, leaves lace. dark reddish rust color. beautiful smell of acidity from the wood, aome raisins from the dark malts. taste is very pleasant and balanced. The finish is a little too quick and simple, kind of reminds me of a beer using 1056 yeast, although I very much doubt that they do. medium body, medium viscosity. This beer is very drinkable and I would have it often if it were not so expensive.

[$2.84 american dollars for 8.4 fl. oz. bottle] (462 characters)

Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany with a thick, bubbly light tan head.

Aroma consists primarily of both lactic and acetic sourness and some malty sweetness that has a deep caramel note, but no roastiness. Just a touch of toasty wood also reveals itself.

Mild sourness also comes through in the taste, but its a nice blend of both acetic and lactic character that makes it tough to dissect any single component. The sour is contrasted by a pleasant malt sweetness that has some caramel, brown sugar, and very light molasses notes. Fruitness trails at the end with notes of sour cherry and tart raspberry along with a drying toasted oak note.

Medium-bodied with a relatively dry finish.

A good and very mild and approachable example of the style. Definitely a good introduction to the Oud Bruin style and maybe even to the entire world of sours. It has complexity and sourness but only just enough to let you know it is indeed a sour ale. (920 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served on draft at Churchkey in D.C. Served in a tulip. This beer is brown (shocking I know), thin head clings to the edge of the glass and beer interface, no lacing on the glass to speak of, carbonation mild. Beer is completely clear, no haze at all.

Aroma is really interesting, I've never smelled anything quite like this. Its definitely sour, high lactic acid smell but there is some sweetness there as well. The sour is dominant and blocks out the other smell, it prepares you for a super sour beer.

But the beer is not super sour, don't get me wrong, it is sour. Its just not tart. There are some cherry flavors, this beer is sour and not tart, that's the best way I can put it. It finishes comlpetely. It is a palate cleansing beer, completely. I did not remember drinking it seconds after I swallowed. Drinkability high. I had to keep drinking it to analzye it and it was gone, in a few minutes completely gone. Beer has a medium body and a nice mouth feel, hit all the right places on the palate before vaporizing. (1,031 characters)

Photo of mhatters
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel glass

Pours a deep amber-brown with a thin white to off-white head

The nose has a nice amount of funk, barnyard-to-basement

Oaky, with fruit in the flavor. Cherry and apple definitely there.

Light bodied, lots of carbonation. Crisp and delicious

Very well balanced - nothing too strong, a hint sweet. Easily drinkable. (365 characters)

Photo of Richardberg
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - bottle into a goblet. Golden at first, rich leather tan at an angle, totally opaque mahogany from the side. Small head was dense but didn't last.

S - vinegar, oak, caramel malt, vanilla, raspberry

T - all of the aromas come through nicely, while the sourness actually fades to the background. the age on this beer is perfect for a highly drinkable "old ale" style: vinegar zing is barely noticeable (not that I'd mind...), but the oaky qualities are not at all overpowering either.

M - carbonation is "meh" at best. such is life when complex aromas demand that you enjoy your beers at 55F+. not enough ABV to do anything interesting on the tongue.

D - fantastic. didn't know what to expect, but the description on my importer's label (which is somewhat different than what's pictured) was spot on: "old brown ale aged in oak casks for 2 years." a little of this, a little of that, the final result being something I could drink all night without getting bored OR drunk. (977 characters)

Photo of silverking
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep ruby with a tan head, sheets of lacing that run down the sides of the glass.

S- toffee, dried cranberry, and that lovely balsamic vinegar note that many sour ales take on. As it warms it reveals concentrated cherry and a dense aroma of oak.

T- sweeter than expected. Nice toffee notes, sour cherry intertwined with some toasty oak, and a mild herbal hop bitterness.

M- light, refreshing, aggressive prickly carbonation.

O- nice, actually, excellent. (462 characters)

Photo of Copernicus
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 11.2 oz. bottle into a snifter. It comes out a dark brown with some light haze. It has a mild head of rocky foam with low retention. It may have been my terrible pour, but it seemed a bit flat.

The smell was truly magical, a complex melange of acid funk and malty sweetness. Skipping along the top are stimulating notes of clove and peppery spice, but not as obnoxious as a spiced Christmas Ale.

The taste came as a welcome follow up to the nose: caramely malt and the tart sweetness of dark dried fruits such as raisins, prunes, dates, dark cherries, and black currents. The yeast was still present and provided a vexing funkiness, a strange balance between sour and umami. I even thought I caught hints of aged Gouda. Awesome.

The mouthfeel was appropriate: light carbonation, a medium body, and a smooth texture.

Overall, I enjoyed my first foray into the Oud Bruin style, and from what I can gather, this was a good label to start with. Though I much prefer a good sour Flanders Red. (1,002 characters)

Photo of Beejay
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep amber color. Clear with a huge light tan head.

S: Syrupy and malty with notes of bread and roasted grains.

T:Caramel notes. Sweeter with a touch of tart in the finish that is very acidic. There is almost a vurp note to this.

M: Medium in body with a sweet finish.

O: Good, although it seems to me like it is a weird combination of roasted and sour. Nice but not something I would drink everyday. (412 characters)

Photo of bloberglawp
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium brown light head, some lacing and nice carbonation. Light aroma of lactic sourness and fruity esters a bit of stinky feet funk. Taste reminds me of a milder flanders red. Some lactic tang, a firm but delicate sourness. Finishes dry.

Very quafable, I wish I bought more than one bottle. (299 characters)

Photo of tatterdash
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque brown with a thick off-white slightly orange head the laces wonderfully, rather effervescent. Aroma of wild yeasts and some citrus, this is going to be sour! :) Taste was a refreshingly tart with a nice slightly hoppy finish. Not nearly as sour as I thought it was going to be, and has a nice light mouthfeel. This is new style for me and I was very pleasently surprised. I'd drink this all night if I had more. (427 characters)

Photo of Realale
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous transparent mahogany. The head dissipates quickly. Lovely nose of pit fruits, especially plums, with a mouth-watering sour note. Thick and a bit sweet on the palate with a bit of a burnt sugar taste. Nowhere near as acidic or tangy as the nose indicated, and a bit short. This bottle-conditioned beer is probably a bit past its prime, but nowhere near the five and half years past its prime that its "Best Before" date of February 19, 1997 would indicate. This beer has been in my wine cellar since purchase some 5+ years ago. (541 characters)

Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.