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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

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Reviews: 568
Hads: 1,206
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 21
Gots: 93 | 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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Reviews: 568 | Hads: 1,206
Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aged 20 months in oak barrels.

A: Poured a dark ruby red with a thin off tan head. Visible carbonation was soft.

S: some sweet raisiny and caramel aroma with some burbon on nose with a touch of sourness.

T: dark fruit (raisins, cherries) with a light woodiness and sourness. The flavor was vinous with some grapes, and alcohol warming.

M: light, smooth, with a strong carbonation, and dry finish. A little thin.

D: good drinkability. Overall a good example per style. (475 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich and hazy dark brown hue with two fingers of pillowy ivory foam. Head seems to dissipate somewhat quickly. Not bad.

Smell: nutty and caramelly malt aroma with just a hint of tartness. Not complex, but nice.

Taste: good malt flavor with bread and caramel flavors. Tartness is present but not overwhelming, and bitterness is balanced toward the end. A very pleasant brew.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation. More fizzy than creamy, but combined with the tartness I think this makes for a refreshing beverage.

Overall: a tasty beer which is very drinkable. If this were available on tap around here I'd be quaffing it all the time, no doubt. (725 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ruby-brown, plenty of off-white head, very little retention, but some nice lacing.

S: Sour grapes, bready malt.

T: Initially slightly sweet, fruity, grapes, bready malt, fading to a wonderfully refreshing, slightly tart aftertaste. Very smooth and well rounded (20 months in oak!).

M: Light to moderate body, moderate to high carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Especially considering the style. (406 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a syrup looking brown with ruby highlights that had a thin head and left a little bubbly lacing on the glass.

S: it had vinegar and dark fruit aromas with some oaky funk and a little underlying grain notes. It also had slight vinous notes.

T: the grians and slight vinegar flavors strike first on the palate with oak and slight vinous accents that also had a little wheat malt presence.

M: medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation that had slight sweetness and grainy finish.

D: the brew drank well but was expecting more tartness considering it was a flanders style beer. I think it needed more of sour punch. (633 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clear, deep coppery/chestnut red. Thin, very light brown head. Aroma consists of roasted malts, acidic berry-like, bit of ripe dark fruit, and some vinous character. Maybe some tobacco as well. Dark malts and fruit hit the palate first, followed closely by delicate sourness. Earthiness comes out towards the end, along with a hint of chocolate, and the dry finish is on the sour side. Light body with a moderately high carbonation. Texture is very interesting... very smooth, aided by the carbonation, with some mouth puckering due to the sourness.

Interesting beer and easier to drink than I expected. A little out of the ordinary and quite tasty.

250 mL brown bottle with best before date printed clearly on the front label. (740 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours brownish red, with virtually no head but a little bit of lace. Smells sour, but with a malty sweet aroma? Doesn't make sense but thats what I smelled. Taste is sweet malt, with a sour middle thats not overpowering. Body is rather full with good carbonation, a pretty decent beer although not really my style. Thanks DrJay. (328 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A deep brown beer with reddish hues and a decent head of foam.

Notes of candi sugar, yeast, and a light tartness in the smell.

Some of the brown ale hits my palate to start. Followed by a wee bit of the candi sugar, yeast, and a very mild sour taste or two.

Light body and lots of carbonation make for a so so mouthfeel.

Very boring brew. (348 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of those murky homebrew looking beers, a mix of a dull red with brown, resulting in a ruby hue to brown liquid that is far from approaching clarity. Aroma is soggy wood and mild sour notes.

Taste, decent, woody pale ale and oud bruin type of mix. Tastes almost exactly like the aged pale, and I believe the label or promo gear states something to that effect that one beer is a percentage of the other. Slight vinegar in the mouthfeel. Kinda thin body, well carbed, underperforms with the sour and tartness, isn't balanced, leans with an american brown ale vibe at times moreso than oud bruin.

If you're buying this for sour factor, you're probably going to be disappointed, unless you truly like it as just one of the elements of a beer, as opposed to a dominant or appreciable element to any sufficient degree. (819 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 41345. Sampled on June 23, 2013.

The color is attractive with its reddish-amber pour. Along with that comes a tremendous silky beige head.

The aroma is of vinegar, yeast, and milder malts. A vague sort of sweetness creeps into the nose as well.

The body is light to medium with an acidic texture.

The taste is sour and malted but not too sour. A lingering bitter finish. (409 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice dark brown with a decent two finger creamy tan head.

S - Not bad, vinous with a touch of vinegar. Some fruitiness there as well.

T - Fruit vinegar and a touch of funk there. Quite sweet and a little bit of hop bitterness present. Really much more sweet and fruity than expected. I also sense a little bit of vanilla but not much.

M - Medium to thin body and average carbonation make this a refreshing brew with a great mouthfeel.

D - Refreshing, tasty and a something to it. This is a good brew which I am happy to drink a few of. (551 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I've yet to see many examples of this style.

Pours a dark brown color with a two-finger head that fades into my glass.

Aroma is a mix of sour grape/apple and barnyard funk with the aroma of oak as well.

Taste is full of sour apple, grape and barnyard. Yes, barnyard. It's never too sour though and the oak doesn't seem as noticeable in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sour flavors and oak. Beer goes down very well though and is very drinkable for the style.

I like this. I rarely see this style around much so it's always a treat to give it a try. Definitely easy to drink and enjoy. (607 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. There's not much lacing.

Smells good. Lots of tart cherries with a mild oak aroma up front. As it warms there's a tiny bit of a nutty aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet cherries up front that quickly turn tart. There are also mild earthy and nutty flavors that come out more as the beer warms, but the cherries are at the forefront throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It's just a bit too thin, but the carbonation is solid. It goes down fairly smooth.

Drinkability is good. It's certainly not too sour, but there's nothing that's really good about this beer that makes me want to drink another one.

Overall this is a solid beer of the style. I probably won't be buying this again anytime soon, but it's definitely worth a shot if you're a fan of the style. (991 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml Bottle from the Las Vegas Whole Foods for $5

Appearance - Burgundy/brown colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, wood, vinegar

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, citric notes and raspberries/cherries. There is also some vinegar, wood, and it ends with a lightly tart aftertaste.

Overall - Not as much barrel/wood type flasvour as I was expecting. Also not as tart/sour as most beers within this style. Flavours are nice though and it is easy to drink. (675 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer makes good its escape pouring a deep clear brown, the head is bountiful, creamy in texture and a winsome light tan in color, upon its dematerialization, the lace formed is a tight seal upon the glass. Nose is musty, with hints of molasses, malt and a bit of citrus like tartness; start is mild in sweetness, fair to middling grain presence, and the top light to moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is sternly acidic, tart, quite dry and a magnificent beer. (472 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this at one of my local places mixed in with the 15 dollar six pack section. For $2.50 I thought I would make this my second sour I ever had.

A - A nice dark amber brown with a good half inch of tan colored head that turns to a still full lace ring.

S - The fruity aspects of this is mostly lemon and sour funk. Can't really look beyond that to find anything else.

T - Vinegar diluted to about 6% is what I taste along with some lime bitterness and a sweet finish which reminds me of sugar on a grapefruit. Surprisingly not very bitter cloying as hoppy beers in the finish.

M - Medium bodied and surprisingly smooth.

Overall it's still one and done since the sourness leaves my whole throat so very dry... Glad to have a sour that drank so sooth. (757 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lemony cherry nose with traces of barnyard. Pours brilliant chestnut under a 2” fluffy tannish off-white cap that dissipates to a thick film. A tart lemony citrus cherry palate with traces of chocolate hints of fruitcake. Moderately high finely bubbled carbonation with a medium body. Juicy and refreshing. (308 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brown color with tinges of red. Thick consistency. Not a huge amount of head, but some good lacing.

S: A very sweet, fruity smell, mixed with some maltiness.

T: Like the smell, the taste is very sweet - but also very sour. Apples, grapes, malt and even a slightly nutty aspect. An unusual taste, but pretty complex.

M: A fairly well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: On the whole, this is a drinkable beer. I'm not that familiar with this style, but it does seem like an interesting one. (565 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Petrus Oud Bruin pours out with deep and rich, woody brown color; it looks nearly black from afar once it makes it into the glass, and it exhausts a beautiful ruby shade when held in front of the light. The grey-ish, beige-ish head settles to less than a quarter-inch within a few moments; some good amounts of lacing outlines the glass where the beer used to be.

Must is the largest and most prominent thing in the aroma; dirty, earthy must with a substantial amount of woody funk. Dry oak is complimented by just a small hint of acetic tartness; faint lemon, vanilla barrel notes, and a mild kiss of cherry skins. People expecting a highly sour and saliva-pumping aroma will be disappointed - it's much heavier on the oaky, musk aroma.

Following through with that notion, the tartness is low on the palate as well, although there is a very mild acidic-like astringency that kind of bites the back of the tongue. Now imagine ripping a floorboard straight from an abandoned barn and taking a lick; lots of dirty funk, heavy oak, heavy must, and a touch of hay.

The more I drink, the more this beer starts tasting like a Belgian dubbel with the accompaniment of a very mild tartness. Fruit notes get larger and larger; sweet plums, heavy grapes, vinous and wine-like stone fruits. Even some additional nutty and cocoa powder hints on the very back-end, inside of a finish that's dominated with plenty of dry oak. Thin-medium body with subtle carbonation and a smooth, soft mouth feel.

Those who buy this beer expecting a tart or sour ale like the Petrus Aged Pale will be slightly disappointed, as this beer both more dry and sweet than tart, really. It really reminded me of a dubbel with some vinous additions an a touch of astringent tartness. Drinkable due to overall low acidity, but there are better shelf things you can probably grab for this style. (1,859 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a toasted caramel color. Hints of ruby. Body is clear. Head is fluffy and off-white. The head dies down to a jagged layer of froth. Plentiful lacing.

S-Tartness derived from dried fruit aromas. Lactic and oaky. Lingering sweetness. Yeasty and a bit musty. High in lactic aroma.

T-Far less tart than the nose. More of a basic flavor here. Brown maltiness, wet toast and yeast. Far lighter notes of oak. Less tart and lactic. Sweet, ripe fruits. Fruit leather rolls. Soggy toasted malts and residual sweetness.

M-Medium bodied. Almost light bodied. Soft creaminess with buzzing carbonation. Semi-dry. Drinkable enough.

O/D-Not super tart or funky but that is okay because I don't think I would have liked an ramped-up version of what the nose was offering. (766 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this beauty on tap at My Place in Newtown, CT. It shows a deep muddy brown color with a big bubbled bit of off-white head and great lacing. The aroma brings a nice malty apple vinegar. The tongue gets a moderate sour bite of more vinegar malt with a subtle touch of milk chocolate. There’s some hint of cherry as well. This mellows into a nice old ale, but not one of those "off the charts" tongue twisters. Not a power pucker. But that’s fine, it becomes pretty drinkable for the style, offering a medium light body and a low carbonation, slightly resinous but a generally aqueous feel. Very nice. (608 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle served in my Weyerbacher tulip. Pours a deep, translucent mahogany with a loose, quarter inch, cream-colored head that dissipates into a soapy skim and a frothy band around the edges. Nose expresses cider vinegar, oak, tannins, a vinous quality and a suggestion of vanilla. Elements of the nose are also expressed in the flavor profile; however, everything comes off a bit watered down. There's also a hint of oxidation; however, it's not at all unpleasant. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light) with a lively carbonation, some acidity that lightly stimulates the sides of the cheeks and a semi-dry finish. However, the overall impression comes off somewhat thin. All and all this beer is a somewhat lackluster example of an Oud Bruin. Not bad, but really missing the body and complexity I've come to associate with the style. (851 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark and cloudy ruby red color. A two finger head forms, and recedes to a ring. Little lace.
S: This starts out good. Slightly sour fruits of pears and apples. Some funky aromas with dry wood and sweet malt.
T: There is just not much of a flavor here besides dank sweet malt. Very light sourness. Nothing else. Not very impressed.
M/D: The body is on the lighter side of medium. A little watery, and not very crisp or dry. Not something I really care to keep coming back to.

Just kind of blah. I think I was expecting more for some reason. Nothing bad. Though nothing I will get again when there are much better versions easier to get. (647 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours copper with ruby highlights and a quickly fading head.
Nose reminds me of a pungent white wine (which I'm not a fan of) with some soft grainy malt and balsamic vinegar. Later on delicate berries and plums are noticeable.
Flavours are much different, and much more malt-centred. Sweet and tangy at first with plenty of acidity and grape notes, then giving way to a lot of bready, woody malt making most of the short finish.
Carbonation is extremely high. Combined with the acidity this makes for a very prickly beer. (521 characters)

Photo of stcules
1.78/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Deep red color, with ruby reflexes. Beige foam, not too compact, decent, anyway.
In the smell some sourness, but there is something too sweet. When it warms, it is even worse.
The taste: no. Sweetish imitation of an oud bruin. Sweet strawberry, syrupy. And the sourness?
The aftertaste too issweet and syrupy, with a light point of bitterness.
False. (354 characters)

Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.