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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 HomeBrewJunkie
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Phatz for having a few of us gentlemen over to taste this brew “side-by-side” with my Goudenband.

This fine example of an Oud Bruin pours a dark amber/brown. Small thin head creates a bit of lacing on my glass. Looks very tasty sitting there in my glass.

Slightly fruity and a bit sour. Smells of sweeter fruits rather than sour. A bit on the earthy side. There is a nice element of complexity to its aroma.

On the sweet side with a bit of graininess. Some oak but it is very subtle barely noticeable. The yeast lends a hand to the array.

Good mouthfeel. Slightly tart fruitiness. A bit of sweet maltiness. Moderately carbonated compliments the flavor well and adds positively to the moutfeel. Well balanced for its diversity in the character department.

Great tasting brew. Alongside of Goudenband this one is more mild. I enjoyed both of them tremendously and would revisit this one as well.

HomeBrewJunkie, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into its own Petrus logo glass.

An amber/brown body with a slight off-white head. Leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

Aroma is not powerful at all. I get some sour notes and dark fruits like raisins and grapes, but not much else.

First comes a mild sourness that is very nice and becomes stronger as the beer warms. Next I taste some dark fruits that I noticed in the nose. Raisins, grapes. Just a tiny touch of oak in there too; it is barely noticeable. There isn't a ton of flavor going on in this one, everything seems subdued and mild. Not a bad beer, in fact I enjoyed it, just not a great beer.

Mouthfeel is rather light, not much going on at all.

Pretty drinkable beer. Although mild and not terribly complex, this is still a tasty beer. I definitely prefer Petrus Aged Pale, which is one of the beers blended to make this Oud Bruin.

Hojaminbag, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Cwrw
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice, clear dark brown bordering on ruby. Minimal head but good retention. Very quaffable looking.

First smell: hello cherry lambic! Maybe it's the same phenols from the oak aging or the yeast variety used, but this smells extremely similar to a fruit lambic. And that was not expected. That being said, this is a damn fine aroma. The spicy sweet smell comes through strongest, but there are faint hits of caramel malt and bready characteristics, and these become more apparent as the beer warms. A very unique mix of aromas, here.

The taste is a strange combination of lambic sweetness/acidity with softly roasted malts. Cherry comes through again, pleasantly. Lactic funk on the back of the palate. Dryer than I expected. The taste is very good, I just wish it was more...there, in terms of fullness.

The sweet aroma had me wanting more tartness and fullness from the beer; the beer is very light and effervescent on the tongue. The finish is almost unnoticeable. I know the style and the oak aging gives it some champagne-like dryness, but this just seemed weak in comparison to some lambics. A strange hybrid type beer (just as an oud bruin should be) but the mouthfeel left me wanting more body.

Still, worth a try for sure.

Cwrw, Nov 10, 2009
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 brewandbbq
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with mahogany hues. A beige head of a half-inch sunk to a full coverage skim-coat. Decent lacework throughout the glass.

Aromatics are vineous and meaty, with wine-soaked raisins and turned earth.
Not a whole lot of presense in the nose however. Lacking intensity and depth.

Creamy, velvety mouthfeel. Rich and soft.

The pallet starts off with a hint of tart vineousity, ripe fruit, juicy malt, and an earthy woodiness.
Hints of figs, worstershire, and lemon follow through.
Alcohol and bitterness are nill, and the beer finishes fairly quick.

An easy drinker, but really too tame in character. The beer just needs a lot more of what it already has.

brewandbbq, May 02, 2008
Photo of dbmernin83
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber brown, great lacing:
Cherry candy on the nose, toasted bread.
Cherry pie, bread crust. Sweet at the start, but the breadiness and light tart cherries come through to balance things out quite nicely.
Soft and fluffy mouth, lighter side of medium bodied.
High drinkability. I'd have another.

dbmernin83, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Brisket
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at Brewer's Haven in Boise.

A- Pours a dark reddish brown with a latte colored head. Large bubble disparate quickly.

S- Subtle, dark fruits, Belgian yeast slight sour melony nose. Smells like a slightly sour quad.

T- Similar to the smell, very light sourness, dark fruit dominates but the flavor is surprisingly light.

M- Heavy bodied and carbonated, slightly syrupy.

O- Good beer, surprisingly light and easy to drink. I would have liked more flavor , but it was good overall. I'd have it again.

Brisket, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of JEdmund
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep, dark brown with a good foamy head.

Smells a bit sour, but not nearly as pronounced as their Aged Pale.

Brown sugar malt, oak vanilla, and a sugary sweet (not cloying) aftertaste. Finishes dry and tart with a nice mingling of the oak barrel flavor. Velvety carbonation but thin-bodied.

Easy to drink and enjoyable. Not nearly as wowing as their Aged Pale though, so I would probably not got for this one again if I were in the mood for an Ouid Bruin.

JEdmund, Apr 10, 2013
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 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 jp62099
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first Flanders Oud Bruin, and having read some reviews I wasn't real sure about it. It poured a fizzy reddish brown, lots of bubbles, head reminded me of Duvel.
Smelled of dark fruits, with a vinegar kick, didn't pick up any signs of the oak barrel.
I was expecting sour, but no pucker. The vinegar and fruits blend together nicely, and end pretty refreshing. I guess I expected bigger flavors but really didn't get that.
Feel is thin, pronounced carbonation, but smooth and very drinkable. I was ready for another, but only picked up one.

jp62099, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Elemental
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - a 8.4 oz bottle with a drawing of the oak casks used to age the ale

Appearance - A nice dark brown that pours with a nice mellow head

Smell - Slightly woody as you would expect from something aged in a oak cask for two years. Slightly floural with a hint of sourness.

Taste - sweet and malty. not very bitter and not to spicy with a hint of citrus. A bit woody making the beer nice and flavorful. the only down fall is that its a bit too sour for me once the sweetness wears off.

Elemental, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of scottoale
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the small 330ml. brown bottle a dark mahogany brown with 1/4" light tan head that dissapates almost instantly, leaving no lasting lace.

Large sporatic bubbles of carbonation bring out a sour, spicy nose that is rather pungent. It's a pleasant sourness that is right on target for the style.

Dark fruit full of sourness and oak that turn nutty malt and lightly sweet to the finish. Very nice flavor with some complexity.

Starts light in the mouth, then fluffs to a smooth, velvet-like finish on the tongue. Medium-light body overall.

Quite drinkable with the alcohol hardly detectable. A nice sour beer that's sessionable, for sure.

scottoale, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish tinted brown, minimal head but active bubbles. Scent leads with dark, vinous fruit, some brown sugary sweetness with the faintest hints of earthy funk and damp wood. Taste brings the fruit but lacking in tartness or acidic sharpness expected in style, sugary sweet malts, but not overly powerful, light caramel, notes of damp oak and earth on the back end. Medium bodied, moderately bubble. Decent beer, but not the best representation of the style.

rfgetz, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sourness, slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hops, hint of dry hop, and hint of sulfur. Fits the style of a Flanders Oud Bruin. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sourness, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of citrus, and hint of metallic. Overall, good appearance, sour level is appropriate, but body is lacking in quality.

Tone, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of OldSock
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Deep reddish brown. The head is bubbly and light brown, but it falls pretty quickly to a thin covering, and eventually to nothing. There is also decent lacing.

Smell – Spicy, malty and a bit of vinegar. It smells a little like a Lambic and a little like a Tripel, but no aromas really dominate. Very interesting in that it has a smell all its own.

Taste – Sourness at first, with a nice malty flavor going down. There is also a slight earthy-woody flavor that becomes more present as the beer warms. Very low hop flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium light body, very smooth. Unlike any other Belgian Beer I have ever had.

Drinkability – Goes down pretty easy for a Belgian, interesting, complex and smooth. This would be a good stepping stone for someone who like the normal Trappist fare and wanted to move towards Lambics, it is sour but not overwhelmingly so. This is my first Oud Bruin and I enjoyed it, but not enough to go out of my way to find others.

OldSock, May 13, 2005
Photo of tjinohio
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a tulip glass

Appearance: It is the color of a dark, sweet tea. A quickly dissipating, but ample head like that of champagne.

Smell: Oak and cherries. There is a pleasant woodiness and fruitiness in the aroma with a bit of vinegar.

Taste: I must confess this is my first sour ale, so it is difficult to score other than what I have read. This beer is sweet and sour, like a good Chinese pork. Indeed, the bottle says it can serve as a good marinade for beef. I can definitely get that in the taste. There is a sourness, but I expected more sour, more funk for the style.

Mouthfeel: Very nice, effervescent feel on the palate with a bit of pucker.

Drinkability: The abv is almost session range and the beer goes down easily. I was worried about opening this 750 by myself, but quickly found the bottle empty.

tjinohio, May 31, 2010
Photo of mmmbeer
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cL bottle with no freshness date, brought home from the Capital Ale House in Richmond. It pours a lightly hazy rusty/copper that thins at the bottom of the flute, and it has medium carbonation that leads up to an inch of tan head that never fully recedes and leaves nice sheets of lacing. The bouquet is sweet and tart/sour with hints of oak and mustiness. It isn't as tart on the palate as the aroma led me to believe, but it has some sourness with notes of sweet malts, leafy/green hops, and hints of red berries. The body is light at first, but becomes medium, with tingly carbonation, dryness from the tannins, and a medium to light finish. Not too bad, but as far as sour ales go, it is quite mellow - I wish it had more sourness on the palate, and that it were more robust in aroma and flavor.

mmmbeer, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of Popsinc
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a nice deep brown pour with a medium tan head.

Smell: an exceptionally tart nose....sweet n sour....strong cherry notes and hints of tart raspberry. some woody hints as well.

Taste: again with the Petrus beers it seems that the nose is the highlight and the taste leaves much to be desired. The taste maintained it's cherry & woody characteristics but they were sverley toned down on the palate and faded much too quickly. A dry and woody finish which was most pleasant.

Mouthfeel: somewhat lively and fresh. a dry and crisp finish.

Drinkablilty: better than the Triple and Speciale. not bad.

Popsinc, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of Samp01
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A reddish brown hue with medium lasting beige head on the pour. Some mild lacing. Aroma of sweet sour tart fruit, a bit of sour grapes, some caramel malt, oak cask and vanilla notes. Taste has some oaky sour grapes almost like a red wine flavor, some malt as well. Palate is a medium body, smooth, with sweet sour and tart flavors on the tongue, with some touched of caramel malt and vanilla. Finishes with a sweet tart slightly sour grapes and fruity notes, yeast, some oak vanilla, slightly tangy notes and caramel malt. Overall a nice combination of sweet, tart and sour fruitiness and good malt balance. A very nice flavorful and drinkable brew.

Samp01, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown with a red hue, almost black until you hold it up to the light. Smells sour and of wood. Tastes brown sugar, cocoa, slightly sour up front but not overly tart. I enjoyed the malt finish, which was a great contrast to the sourness. Lots of carbonation.

I’ll have another.

XicanoBeerRun, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of bigluch1
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark Amber in color with thin tan head.

Smell: semi sweet with dark fruits and malts.

Taste: At first sip i felt like it was going to be very sweet but it seems to mellow out a bit which is a pleasant surprise. It finishes mildly sweet and smooth with a taste of dark fruits and grape or raisins.

Mouthfeel: Lighter then I expected, little carbonation.

Drinkability: Smooth and light, I could drink a bunch of these in a night. Worth a try.

bigluch1, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of Hopswagger
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P:  Deep dark amber body with thin silky khaki head that fades quick and settles to a bubbly swirl.  

S:  Dark fruit, musty basement yeast, roasted grains, aged oak, spices and a subtle lactic acid tartness. 

T/M:  The taste follows the nose with a delicate sweet tart background, aged oak, semi sweet molasses, smoldered grains, b-vitamins and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is light-medium with just a touch of bubbles. Finish is dry with lingering fruit and vitamin notes. 

O:  Roasty and rustic that delivers delicate sweet and tartness. I liked this due to the aged and earthy flavors that brings the mixture into a more controlled state.

Hopswagger, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of draheim
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330mL (40323) into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear mahogany w/ a thick off-white head, sticky lacing.

Aroma is tart, grapey, oaky. Smells a bit like grape juice.

Taste follows nose. Dark malt, grapes, oak. A little thin - almost like a blend of oak-aged and non-aged ales.

Mouthfeel is a little prickly, dry.

Overall a middle-of-the-road FOB, nothing bad about it but also not one I'll seek out again.

draheim, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of theformula
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer #8 in the 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/08. I love this style, let's see what we have. Any label with wooden barrels gets my attention.

A: Pours a dark, garnet body into a tulip glass. A healthy, light tan head holds up nicely. The body is slightly cloudy; minimal lacing.

S: Sweet and tart like a decent Oud Bruin should be. The balance is nice w/ a good complexity. Sweet cherries and applejuice mates with light wood notes, sour cherries and a little vinegar/cider. Very appetizing. Bready yeast rounds it out.

M: Medium body, low carbonation. Fantastically soft, creamy M.F.

T: Ejoyable and tasty, yet I'm not getting that great tartness and balance that's in the aroma. An initial sweetness takes hold w/ sugar-coated cherries and apples, a weak bite of sourness gets through. The wood/oak character really comes out towards the end. It has a cherry coke-like character.

D: Good, not great. The balance is a little off IMO as the tartness isn't there. Nice to drink and easy at that but I was expecting more. A good introductory beer to the style though.

theformula, Jan 09, 2008
Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,093 ratings.