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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1,136
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 19
Gots: 69 | 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 drewbage
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into a Belgian Tulip glass at Lucky Baldwin's

Beer pours soft brown with barely any head (what little is lighttly tan) and an aroma that is partially old spicy fruit and a light metallic twang.

Beer tastes of big leathery brown fruit with a fruity sourness like a bowl of cherries and lemons mixed with brown sugar.

Overall an easy to approach take on the oud bruin. While it lacks the overall complexity of the best examples of the style it still does a palate good.

Photo of davexisxrabid
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brown/amber color into my Chimay glass, producing a nice fluffy 2 and a half inch white head that lingered for a bit and left a lot of lacing. Very impressive!

Aroma was dominated by a funky mildew smell.

A light malty caramel flavor followed by a bitter/tart aftertaste. Must be hops and the initial sour from the aroma.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, but not much effect upon the palate.

Drinkable but the flavors leave something to be desired. Good overall but not something I would go to great lengths to seek out. I think my girlfriend liked this beer a lot more than I did judging from her smile...

Photo of brendan13
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy dark brown with 3cm of off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Oak & dark fruit character dominates with some slight vinegar sourness.
T - Stewed dark fruit flavours up front with some oaky character & vinegar like hints.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation.
D - An interesting beer that is worth trying. Can't see it being a regular though.

Photo of scottoale
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of BucBasil
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a 250mL chalice at Petrus Brasserie in Ypres/Ieper.

A: The beer is a pure brown with a clarity when held to light. Head was 1 finger with moderate retention.

S: Must and a hint of red wine. Brown sugar and a bit of wood and tobacco.

T: Slightly sweet. Light and somewhat fruity with a bit of malt character. Finishes with brown sugar and some dark fruits.

Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt caramel color with a tan head that bubbles away over time but leaves behind some traces of lacing

Smell: Toasted brown bread, caramel, sour cherries and wood shavings

Taste: The first flavor sensations are somewhat sweet and fruity, with an oaky, cherry flavor that builds upon the caramel and toasty backbone; within a few seconds, the sour flavors start to kick in and continue after the swallow; while the sweetness continues through to the finish, the sour flavors clearly dominate

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied and rather fizzy

Drinkability: Not overly sour, but has enough of a sour kick to provide an introduction to the style

Photo of gory4d
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown that glows red when held to the light; the head is white and frothy but dissipates quickly, leaving a lot of lacing down the glass. The smell seaweed, leather, and persimmon. The taste is loam, pear skin, and salty, tangy sweat. It's finely but not too highly carbonated, rather thin in body, and is quite quenching -- perhaps I'd enjoy this beer better on a hot summer day. It's not the best I've had in the style, but still is a pleasant drink.

Photo of HalfFull
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml. bottle into a chalice glass. The Oud Bruin pours a mahogany brown with a thin cap. Retention is light but a surface cap is rather steadfast and yields some decent lacing.

Aroma is slightly vinous in nature with yeast and grape notes. Bit of oak and wine are present though subtle. Decent malt backbone with a nice complexity. Yeast notes are potent and actually strong for the style.

Taste follows the nose with a decent dose of malt and some light tart notes. Easy drinking but doesn't offer much of a tart bite. Pleasant feel and quite well carbonated though a bit dense for the style.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 11.2oz bottle, part of a six-bottle Petrus gift pack, into a tulip

pours a deep burnt caramel hue with garnet highlights when held up to the light. A cherry-tinged light-mocha colored three-finger erupted and fairly quickly dissipated leaving behind some nice lacing.

aroma is tart and sour up front with a hint of beet sugar. green apples and a citrus sourness. a bit of cherry, cassis, and some woody notes as well. Sharp up front and then fades into nothingness.

Taste follows aroma. A very neutral dark fruit sourness. Earthy with oak, vanilla, maybe a touch of cocoa. A bit of vinegar, but less than others. Cherries, raisins, lemon, and prunes. dirt. A bit of cabernet-esque tannins. It tastes brown. It tastes sour.

Medium to high carbonation gives the relatively one-dimensional flavor profile a bit of life. Smooth and crisp, with a hint of tannins and a touch of astringency. Not bad, but nothing amazing.

All in all, not a bad representation of the style, but nothing amazing. Taste and aroma are fairly one-dimensional, and not quite as robust as I would have hoped. A nice sipper that kind of runs middle of the road. Not bad at all... if I really needed an Oud Bruin and this one was available, I wouldn't turn it down. Plus the 11.2oz bottle is a convenient size.

Photo of Brisket
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/3/2013. Pours lightly hazy very dark ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grape, pear, apple, raisin, cherry, oak, clove, red wine, vinegar, herbal, hay, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and solid balance of fruity/funky yeast and oak barrel notes; with solid strength. Taste of grape, pear, apple, cherry, raisin, red wine, vinegar, oak, musty funk, herbal, hay, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Minimal tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, cherry, raisin, red wine, vinegar, musty funk, oak, hay, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast flavors; with decent flavor robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good Flanders brown. Nice balance/complexity and decent robustness of yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of BastardKing24
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark ruby with faint white head that leaves lacing.

Smell is ripe melons, brown sugar, vinegar, pear, and cherry.

Taste is kind of bland but clean, with leather, tobacco, dates, vinegar, cherries, and soap...? meh. 3.25

Feel is pretty good. Light on the tongue and decent carb.

Overall not the best oud bruin I've had but its clean. It needs more tartness in the taste and could do without the odd soapy character.

Photo of crwills
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

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.

Photo of JEdmund
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of OldSock
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of VashonGuy
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of nickd717
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Monk's Kettle in San Francisco for $11-mother-f-ing-50. Wow, that place is expensive...but my dad was paying, so my girlfriend ordered this and I ended up drinking quite a bit.

A - Fairly cloudy reddish-brown in color with a large, lasting off-white head.

S - Aroma is vinegar, vinous notes, and sweet dark fruits.

T - Red wine, vinegar, caramel, and cherries. Both sweet and sour.

M/D - Palate starts a little acidic and tart, but finishes smooth. Medium body. Pretty drinkable for the style.

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of safaricook
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,136 ratings.