Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1,197
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 21
Gots: 91 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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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Ratings: 1,197 | Reviews: 571
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma was mostly fruit, with some maltyness to it.

It's brown in colour. Some head. Little lace.

The flavour is very citusy and vinous like. Flavours of gapes, & grapefruit. It reminds me of a Lambic Kriek in some ways.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied.

Overall I like it.

Photo of abents
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark redish brown with light white head.
Not too much in the nose, fruit, spices, and a slight vinegar. Taste is sweet red fruits up front followed by a tartness and lingering sweetness. Light on the spices in this one, but still pretty good.

Photo of everythingiszen
3/5  rDev -18.7%

I hesitate to even review this, given that I don't think I like the Oud Bruin style (i.e. ignore the rating). That said, this seems to fit the style well. Strong, full aroma of oak and tannins, puckery mouthfeel, and a mild sourness in both the lead and finish. Persistent head, pretty red-brown color. Worth trying if you're into sour beers.

Photo of Riggo
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

opaque brown with red hightlights. beige creamy head.
smells at first of granny smith apple peels--very citric and tart. some coffee notes as well and very slight musty, earthy notes.
on palette, the sweet and sour mix is surprising, despite the fact that i was expecting it. very fruity and tart. notes of grape and apples. surprisingly sweet, yet quite balanced. tastes like cider with only subtle hints of its dark color on palate--some nuttiness.
mouthfeel is smooth, with low carbonation.
the tart/sweet combination is just a little cloying for high drinkability.

not particularly complex to my experience, despite the wood barrel aging.

Photo of CPeterson
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -- A deeply garnet hued brown brew pours to a four finger tan head which settles into a thin skim, leaving ringlets of lacing.

S -- Fig and raisin, light acid presence in the form of mildly sour fruit -- cherry and apple skin.

T -- Softly sour, a bready, biscuity malt backbone quickly carries it away and balances out. Hints of granny smith apples, a vague minerality in the finish which seems to complement and balance the acid with alkaline.

M -- Medium in body and carbonation, this brew is almost self-effacing from the palate. A little slick.

D -- Likely the most approachable Oud Bruin I've had to date. Essences and nuanced as opposed to a shock to the mouth, this is quite a good brew.

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml ... best before Dec 3, 2015
A:deep brown with ruby highlights
S: dark malt, some rootbeer; low intensity or complexity
T: winey, sour from middle to finish, not complex
M: low to medium bodied
O: not much there really. Very one dimensional and that one dimension isn't very memorable.

Photo of JulioH
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

MEDIUM SOUR.

Great beer. It serves as a dark thick liquid in the glass, but doesn't feel that way when drinking it. It is almost a normal beer except for the citric hint. It is derived from lambics, and therefore the flavor, but it is not like a lambic that is one bottle and done, this one you could drink a few easily.

Aroma is almost inexistent. Nice head. Good carbonation.

Photo of Elemental
3.71/5  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.

Photo of hiku7
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours translucent deep brown with ruby notes. Thin tan head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell of under ripe fruit, maybe peaches, anticipates sourness to come in the flavor. Slight hint of vanilla. No hops. As it warms, malt intensifies greatly with carmelized candi sugar, raisins, and plum aromas.

The flavor starts tart, a bit sour, but mild, and quickly gives way to a smooth maltiness. Slight vanilla oakiness coming through. No noticeable alcohol. The finish is malty. The tartness remains, but much less intense than in the first taste.

Medium body, a bit thinner than hoped for, though smooth mouthfeel, slick light dry tart finish. Carbonation is moderate.

Overall, this is a decent blend of barrel aging, sourness, and belgian candi sugar maltiness. Pleasant and enjoyable, but did not knock my socks off.

Photo of bigbubba
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a dark reddish brown beer with very little head. The head that did apear dissipated quickly. The smells of red wine and cider stood out. The flavor was sweet and malty but not very flavorful. The oak barrel aging was evident. It was very smooth and easy to drink. All in all it is a good beer. It's just not as complex or interesting as I had been hoping for.

Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of 7ways
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice head that disappeared when I blinked, whispy lace.
Smells Belgian sweet, apple and sour citrus. But really it's hard to smell a damn thing. Pretty mild, unfortunately.
Taste is a little better, pleasant, but still pretty subdued. Tiny hint of yeast and spice, sweet and sour, more heavy fruit than anything else. This tastes like a weak dubbel. Better yet, after sitting for about 15 minutes, it tastes like a flat Coca-Cola. In that time, the carbonation went from soda-like (too much) to being almost nonexistent.

Nothing stellar here. I love Petrus Aged Pale, think I'll be sticking with that.

Photo of TheBeerologist
2.73/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 poured into a snifter

Pours a dark reddish brown with a finger thick head.

Smells of vinegar, lemon and dark cherry.

Taste is actually pretty bland for a Oud Bruin, a bit of cherry with a slight pucker to it, but no lingering notes at all and fairly underwhelming.

Very easy to drink, not much body and lightly carbonated.

This beer looked great and smelled nice, but was underwhelming when it came to the taste/body department. That said it is easy to drink and may be great to introduce others to sours before diving all the way in.

Photo of travduke
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, dark brown body. One and a half finger off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving minor lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruits are predominately present. Black cherry, grape and currant. I'm not getting a real oaky smell which I'm looking for.

Taste: Malty sweetness and a little sour. Which I believe is traditional for the Flanders style. No true oak taste, too bad.

Feel/Drink: The mouth is nice and smooth. I can drink a couple of these and enjoy them. Lot of different flavors going on.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 33cL bottle into a goblet.

A: pours brown with ruby red highlights, some haze in the appearance, with a tan 1 finger head that dissipates.

S: sour cherry, candy-like aroma with a bit of sweet molasses

T: starts with a sour cherry flavor, mixes in with malt, molasses, brown sugar sweetness, some dried fruit, ends with a slightly metallic flavor that transforms into a bitter oak character as I make my way through the bottle. As the beer warms, I notice that the sourness actually becomes more defined, giving it a sour cherry/candylike flavor that is extremely pleasant. The finish becomes less noticeable and more reminiscent of the oak. very nice balance between the sweet and sour flavors in this.

M: light to medium feel, carbonation average but a little on the low side, slight stickiness.

D: at 5.5% abv this is almost sessionable; was my first beer of the evening and paired it with an appetizer. worked well in that capacity. I wanted to move on to my next beer but I was enjoying this one so much, particularly as it got warm, that I took my time.

Photo of hdelavega
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at 7th Sun in Dunedin FL. Pours a deep Mahogany with brilliant red hues. The aroma is nice and malty with notes of leather and some ripe fruit. Some nice earthy malt flavors up front with some slightly tart notes in the back. The body is fairly light with a medium/high carbonation. A very nice wild ale, very mild. This would be a great beer to use as an introduction to sours.

Photo of dodge408
3/5  rDev -18.7%

It had a sourness that wasn't overwhelming and made me taste buds pucker but not for long. It's a unique sour beer that one should try to expierence the vast varitey of brews.

Photo of Poser
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown. Short head disappears quickly.Aroma is complex with some cherry and tannins. I was expecting much more than I got from drinking. It's pretty bland although the aroma flavors are present in the taste. Just seems diluted -- hence the low mouthfeel rating.

Maybe I'm being unfair. I was looking forward to this brew and it didn't live up to my expectations. Buy one thinking it's going to be horrible and maybe you'll like it. It wasn't bad, but it's a bit mellow.

Photo of euskera
2.69/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 cl bottle..

Pours out a brownish red with a small amount of carbonation. Smell was surprisingly non-descript. I really couldn't make out any discernable aromas other than malt. Taste was almost non-existent, extremely dissapointing. I'm hoping I just got a "runt of the litter"; I could hardly get through this one..

Photo of Copernicus
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of MisterGone
4/5  rDev +8.4%

My experience with all other Petrus offerings has resulted in them becoming my benchmark for sours. This did not go there. But I think it was not supposed to. As a brown, it really balanced the malty sweetness with what Flanders tends to bring with sour. This beer is ripe for pairing with hearty stew.

Photo of texashammer
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a deep brown color, with creamy head. smells of malty chocolate and raisins; mellow and calm. rich but mellow, rather neutral flavors for the most part were a slight disappointment. very smooth. I was expecting more flavors; maybe I've had too many American IPA's to appreciate this subtle beer.

Photo of organicbrewer
2.82/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Dark ruby to light brown with a huge tan head. Clear.

S-Wood and balsamic. Some plastic phenols but not overpowering or unpleasant. No hop aroma. Slight raisin. Could use more dark fruit aroma.

T-cola like sweetness with a hint of sour. High color crystal malt flavor. some raisin. No hop bitterness or flavor. More sour to sweet would make this beer much better

M-medium bodied. medium carbonation. no alcohol warmth.

D-Not a lot going on. Aroma is nice but everything else is kind of average. Would be nice if this had more of the aged beer in the blend.

Photo of jabocu
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear copper color with a finger width light-tan cap that dissipated to thin lacings along surface. Malty sweet aroma with sour esters, raisins, brown sugar and spice. Alcohol is in the nose. Nice rich bouquet. The flavor almost transforms through noticeably different flavors. Flavor is brown sugar sweetness turning into sour cherry then “brightens” to a ripe fruit with hint of a banana finish. Bitterness is very mellow. Woodsy throughout. It has medium-light body with medium carbonation and finishes with a earthy-oak dryness. Very intriguing beer that can be enjoyably sipped and savored. This is my first experience with a sour ale, but will definitely be on the lookout for more like this.

Photo of Cinderbike
2.89/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - clear chocolate brown, no head.
S - vinegar, lemon, sour cherry, leather, wet dog.
T - very one dimensional. Some tart cherry, some chocolate, mostly acetic acid.
M - thin with a bit of carbonation.
O - not a bad sour per se, but there are so many that are leaps and bounds better.

Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 1,197 ratings.