1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

Not Rated.
Petrus Oud BruinPetrus Oud Bruin

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

1,075 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,075
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 18
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,075 | Reviews: 549 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

SocalKicks, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/2/11 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep crimson color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains some dark fruit, Belgian yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a mild dark fruit and caramel sweetness. Then some mild Belgian yeast comes in and transitions into a mild sourness. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is very mild but there’s a decent balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer but there are better in the style.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark ruby whose head does not stay around for long. Nose is malty with an oak edge showing itself after a strong attempt to draw the scents out. Flavor is fairly smooth and not too distinct. Malt presence is slight. Feel has a bit of carbonation to it that might border on a bit too much...well it would be too much if there were more than what is already present. This is very drinkable for how smooth it is, but the question to be asked is why would you go for this one repeatedly?

This is the last from the 6-pack from Petrus. The "aged pale" is by far the winner.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +8.7%

nickfl, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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

russpowell, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkness in the glass, a deep brown, thoroughly opaque, 1/2" of creamy foam above.

Aroma: Smooth, spicy, yet complex in the fruit, dark, nearly sour, twisted.

Taste: rich and well-rounded, the brown ale mixed with dark fruit, tasty...oaky...big carbonation, big zest, big fruit, very tasty...did I say that already?

Medium bodied, fullness in the mouth, the brown ale and the cherry, playing happily amidst the oak and the crisp, brisk snap.

Very nice. Enjoy, please.

feloniousmonk, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz brown botttle into a tasting glass. The bottles notes 2 year aging in oak barrels.

A - Deep caramel/cola brown w/ a thin tan head that makes nice lace.

S - Slightly green apple/sour odors w/ gentle grainy notes in the nose.

M - Nice, full effervessence w/ tart fruit feel and gentle sweetness. The finish is malty w/ a grainy texture.

T - Sweet w/ toasty notes and slightly vanilla oak notes. Grainy w/ a slightly sour citrus flavor. Nice gentle spice and yeastiness in the sweet finish.

D - Intense yet quaffable and complex w/ nice balance. I found this to a very fine brown w/ high drinkability.

Slatetank, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

textbook version of an oud bruin. pours real dark brown, radiant, with a finger or two of off white suds. the nose is quite sour, vinegary, but with some sweetness from the caramel malts and a hint of tart cherry juice. the sourness isnt as potent in the flavor, but there is still that sort of bacterial acidity that works in beautiful conjunction with the toasted malt and the fruity component that tastes less like cherries than it smells, could be some other red fruit, dried and semisweet. finish is a little puckery from the yeast, but not overwhelming at all. this is sort of the session sour for me, could gladly do several of these. there is a smooth feel, gentle carbonation is just right, but the body i find to be a little thin. i dont need it to be huge or anything, but a little more weight to it would support the complexity a little better. overall though a really nice example of the style, widely available, and reasonably affordable.

StonedTrippin, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

drabmuh, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -18.5%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with Belgian ale yeast. It is very refreshing and fruity. You can smell hints of the oak barrels. The taste is great. It has a very refreshingly fruity malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes yeasty. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good drinking brown ale. It has everything.

WesWes, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear reddish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is dark fruit with some grape notes. I don't get much tartness in the smell. The flavor is very light tart grapes with a nice caramel malt backbone that adds some sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A decent beer, but not near as good as the Petrus Aged Pale, which is excellent.

Mora2000, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium-brown with a thin, slowly vanishing, head.

The smell is rooty - slightly oaky - with some vinegar.

The taste is rooty, somewhat oaky. Vinegar dominates as it progresses. Tart fruitiness in the back. Finishes sweet and sour.

There is an effervescent carbonated push at the start that quickly fades, leaving a light-to-medium body.

A bit wimpy for the style, but not bad. A bit too vinegary, though has a nice sweet and sour character.

jwc215, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a murky brown to amber in color. Topped by a thin wispy head. Smells tart and vinuous. The first impression is that this beer is lightly sour, not as much as I was expecting from this beer. A fairly dry beer as well. At first, when cold, there is not too much flavor. It is lightly carbonated, with notes of sour plum in it, as it warms up. It does become slightly more sour as well, and it becomes a bit fuller in the mouth. Overall a fairly simplistic version of a sour Flemish ale.

Gueuzedude, Sep 02, 2003
Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz., typical small Euro/Belgian bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, with gorgeous blood-red highligjts when held up to the light. Only has a head, though, for like 2 seconds, a little swirl brings back the head for a time, but it is short-lived.

S: Complex smell of sour funk, oak, wood, and fermented malt.

T: Mildly sour, not over the top, funky malt, with some dark ale fruit there as well. Molasses flavours play a part, there is a slight hint o of brown sugar over the sourness. I find it pairs really well with a raw cheddar cheese.

M: Sharp and acidic, though not as sour as something like a Berliner Weisse, overall, light to medium-bodied.

D: A very good Oud Bruin, though I haven't had many of the style. Not the most robust, funky sour ale nonetheless, but easy to drink, even though it is kind of pricey at about $3.50 a bottle at Hi-Times.

Halcyondays, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3rd Bottle from the 'Petrus range' I've reviewed, more in the garage awaiting their turn!

This brown 33cl bottle is just a little out of date, should have been consummed by 24th May 2009, drank and reviewed 30th Sept 2009.

Poured into a Westmalle chalice, it was bound to look good and it did. A deep ruby red colour with a thick tan head (at first), the head soon fell away though.

This is one of the sour smelling and tasting Oud Bruins that's for sure. Vinegarous aroma and flavour doninates everything once the bottle has been broached. I can't pretent to actually enjoy the sour styled ones, but I do understand where they are coming from and can almost appreciate them, almost that is! Farmyard, old cherry and plum flavoured hints start to arrive in the aroma and taste as the beer warms, this doesn't help my appreciation in any way either.

The rear label claims Oak barrels are used during its 20 months in maturing, this obviuosly adds to the character of the brew.

Glad I've had one, will not be having another.

BlackHaddock, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

beernads, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Gavage
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
Photo of GClarkage
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/05/05- Purchased at Plumpjack's Wines in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Reinaert tulip.

Appearance- Brown colored pour with a nice larger bubbled 1 inch head. Dissipates into a 1/8 inch and stays there throughout. Lacing is about average.

Smell- A sugary sour scent, maybe with a bit of a darker malt scent.

Taste- Tastes like a flanders to me. Maybe not the best, but passes the test. Sour, but not close to the sourest I have tasted. Some light fruit flavors in the background. Maybe even just a touch of sweetness on the tongue in the finish.

Mouthfeel- A bit too carbonated for a flanders, but fairly smooth overall.

Drinkability- Worth a try if you can find it for a reasonable price. $3.50 was a bit steep when I can get the Duchesse for $2.99. Still, not bad.

GClarkage, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

imperialking, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark brown color with a thin fizzy beige head that quickly dissapears without any lacing.. Strong aroma of oaky wood, chocolate maltiness and dark fruit. Tart and very sweet tasting., with the oakinees dominating and overpowering the other flavors. More sour than I prefer.

corby112, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a genuinely pleasant red-brown colour, quite clear, but lusciously coloured. Head is consistent and frothy, a very light-brown tinged with pink. Lacing is thick-bubbled and sudsy. Carbonation is very fine and very languid. Overall, it looks damn good.

Nose is sweet, with vanilla custard dominant, although there's a slight oak and acidity coming through as well. Some vinous characters, and some earthy wood. The sweetness is surprisingly strong, however, and it mellows the other characters very nicely.

Taste, is really, extremely disappointing. There's almost no hint of oak or acidity, and the sweetness only exists as a phantasm on the palate, leaving the main event to an empty watery character, and a slightly metallic copper bitterness. Very faint bite on the back, but not even a round Belgian character to finish it up, just that metallic note. It's not unpleasant, but it's very tame and very disappointing.

Feel is also very flat, despite the nice-looking carbonation and the hint of depth to the body.

Extremely disappointed in this one. I hear the Aged Pale is better, but it would have to be. This doesn't even exhibit the classical Belgian characteristics which would give it an edge, and for an Oud Bruin, I expected a lot more.

Certainly not a bad beer, and certainly one I'd drink happily if it were available, but also as certainly not something extravagant and special.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 21, 2010
Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,075 ratings.