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Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale - De Brabandere

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271 Ratings
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: paterlodie on 10-05-2005

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Ratings: 271 | Reviews: 148
Reviews by Richardbeerlover:
Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a beer glass. The head was humongous and lasts a long time. Towards the end of the pour there are lots of dark reddish sediment. You can smell the alcohol and taste it. Very heavy carbonation with a very slight sourness that ends with a bitter finish. Nice dark reddish caramel color. Not a smooth beer to drink. Has a very woody smell and taste to it. Good substance. Overall not a bad beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jondeelee
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smells thick and malty, with heavy caramelized brown sugar notes floating in a sea of toasted grains. Vanillas and the promise of darker fruit esters are also present, with just a hint of chocolate malt.

On the tongue, dark sugars abound, including the aforementioned brown sugars, as well as hints of molasses, but also including a variety of lighter, sweeter flavors, including wildflower honey and cane sugar, as well as light fruit esters, vanilla and rosewater. Towards the end of the mouthful, the sugars peel back slightly to reveal a bed of light to medium-toasted grains, with just a smattering of hops. Mouthfeel is very light, only a few degrees off of water. Luckily the flavors don't follow suit.

Overall, while this ale pours a fairly dark brown, the light, sugary, almost airy flavors prove an unexpected surprise. I can see how some would be turned off by this (expecting more robust, earthy notes), but the flavors work well for me.

Photo of chickenm
2.45/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

330mL bottle poured into a chalice. Brown color with an average tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, cloves, and some sourness. This has a sweet & sour flavor with caramel, raisins, lots of sugar, and a sour finish. This beer seems like a cross between a Dubbel and a Flemish Ale. Body was a bit on the thin side. Not very drinkable, I found the taste of this unappealing.

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an undated brown 33cl bottle into a St. Bernardus snifter, including all of the dark, muddy sediment that didin't remained fixed to the bottom of the bottle. The beer was still rather clear, dark brown in color, with a small tan head. The head soon died to a partial top coat and ring but left the glass nicely coated with lacing with each tilt of the glass.

Sweet and fruity aroma. Sniffing this is the only way one gets a hint that the ABV is over 4-5% (except for some warming).

The flavor is sweet, too much so, with a slight buttery note [diacetyl?] that some would take as a defect. Dark fruit over medium and medium-dark malts with a hints of smoke, cherries, and sherry.

M: Full smooth feel with a bit of astringency and mild alcohol harshness.

O: OK, but compared poorly to the Val-Dieu Dubbel that preceded it.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has as a dark opaque shoe polish brown body with a super thick head that has a yellowish-tan color to it. The head pushes up above the rim of the glass holding its form for most of the beer. There is a lot of strands of micro bubbles sliding up the side of the glass which reminds me of the matrix. The beer matrix.

S- This beer has a slight tart note to some slightly sweet brown malt with hints of wood and sherry in the background. The smell is smooth but has some complexity to it.

T- this beer has taste of tart notes followed by some slight sweetness which is probably from brown malt and a bit of brown sugar. There are notes of black roast malt in the background and a hint of dark cherries. The finish is a soft bitterness from malt and a nice spicy alcohol taste that hangs on after the finish. As this beer warms there is notes of wet wood and caramel malt that come through.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a tight fizz in the finish. The last few sips are without head and the texture turns a bit watery with a slight alcohol heat in the finish.

D- This beer is subtle but still complex. This is a good session beer if you like wild ales but can't drink a monster tart beer. I could have several of these and the subtle notes make we want to taste more of them.

Photo of pwoods
2.49/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a Chalice. 38699

A: Pours a very dark brown, completely opaque. Maybe a finger worth of loose, yet creamy tinted head. Dies to a thick creamy skim within a minute or two. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Sweet caramel malts with hints of dark fruit, wood, smoke, and an odd alcohol. Is that sour? Maybe vinegar?

T/M: Sweet malts and dark fruit. More of the wood and smoke notes but much fainter. The alcohol is very wierd... almost makes it taste flat...though the carbonation is a touch high. It is sour. Not overly sour at all.. but definitely not what I want in my dubbel.

D: Definitely not one of my favorite dubbels by any means. It's easy to drink but I just really don't want to, lol.

Photo of jbphoto88
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep leathery red with a full inch of brown head that dissipates to a thin collar. Light reddish highlights peak through the glass.

Smell is woody and earthy with a faint cherry scent. Slightly spicy with a hint of malts but subdued and mild.

I dig the scent but the taste looses it for me. It taste like cherry syrup from 7-11. I don't get any of the typical Belgian flavors like bready yeast or darker fruits and caramelized malts. In fact this is so sweet it feels like its eating through my teeth and giving me cavities. The malts finally appear after it warms up but nothing great.

Not a bad mouthfeel but nothing great. It has a smooth carbonation but the beer's finish is fake. It's too sweet and tastes more like a poor extract homebrew attempt. I have to take away points on the drinkability. This is like cough syrup in a bottle with a cool beer label. I would avoid this one.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. I do like the jolly St. Nick character on these guys' labels.

This beer pours a murky, somewhat sediment-strewn dark ruddy amber colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, thickly foamy pale beige head, which leaves a broken wall of drooping cloud lace around the glass as it steadily settles.

It smells of sweet, kind of sugary caramel malt, maybe a bit of thin breadiness to it, and some dark tart fruit - cherry and plums, mostly. The taste is sweet caramel malt, bolstered by a more heady fruitiness redolent of plum, cherry, and red grapes, all with an edgy, somewhat tart character. Not over the top, more subtle and beguiling.

The carbonation is on the low side, but still adequately supportive, the body a decent medium weight, smooth, and just a tad creamy. It finishes well off-dry, the lingering malt hard to overlook, and the drying fruitiness still playing second fiddle.

While there's nothing off-putting nor underwhelming about this offering, little stands out by the same measure. The increasing dryness is a plus, happily making the initially overbearing various malt essences but a befuddled memory.

Photo of tdm168
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark amber with a big, loose, soapy, brown head that fades to a thin lacing

S - huge sugary caramel, some fruit

T - big caramel malt, sugary, dessert apples, pie crust, very mild bitter finish

M - medium bodied, some stickiness, well carbonated

This is really an impressive beer. It has a tremendously malty flavor profile. It has an intricate range of flavors that keeps me interested in each sip. There really isn't anything bad to say about this one. It was definitely a good find.

Photo of russpowell
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an effervescent walnut with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit (cherry & jammy notes especially),

T: Faint figgyness, some cheeey & a touch of strawberry mixes with brown bread. A touch of raisin as this warms along with dryness, Finishes watery with some raisin notes & a touch of dark candi sugar; yawn

MF: Light/medium bodied with slight carbonation, thins out as it warms

Very underwhelming dubbel. This mixed gift pack is all over the map, some good, some not...

Photo of ozmodium
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

33cl bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Nice deep orange reddish dark brown, big khaki coloured head with big bubbles that dissipate pretty quick down to tiny and tight. No lacing

S: This stuff smells simply wonderful, like some fantastic dessert. Molasses, vanilla, chocolate, spicy tobacco, dried fruit, oak. Almost worth the $3 bottle just for that!

T: Sadly, disappointingly, does not live up to its nose. It is however pretty darn tasty, if syrupy sweet. Tastes as it smells, but with a nutty mild coffee flavour reminiscent of Kahlua. Again just too sweet for my liking. Reminds me of root beer mixed with dessert Sherry.

M: if my sense of smell went bad I'd swear I was drinking thick and creamy dark A & W root beer. The tongue accepts this stuff quite easily, but for a beer? Its a bit odd.

D: too sweet for mass consumption. I wish my girlfriend liked beer, as about half a bottle is all I can take.

Photo of HalfFull
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a large wine glass from a 330 ml. bottle. Opens with a standard pffft. I then reach for a glass and find half the beer foamed over onto the counter. Only a very firm pour after that outgassing lets this beer garner a head of foam. Looks good otherwise, clear and ruby in the light but the head dissipates way too fast.

Decent nose with a bit of cherry liqueur and some chocolate notes. Bit too sweet/simple to decipher more subtle dried fruit aromas. Improves with a bit of warming yet never takes off.

Flavor suffers from the immediate blow off of carbonation. Bit flat and thin in body and feel as a result. Bit of roasted chocolate malt and a light caramel presence. Apparent sweetness becomes somewhat cloying as the carbonation lessens. Overall a bit too sweet in a simple way.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - cloudy dark brown, tall tan head dissipated fairly quickly with light lacing
S - rich plumb and raisin, alcohol, brown sugar, roasty, and phenolic
T - sweet candied plumb and rich fruit, molasses malt, light nuttiness with a phenolic note
M - generous carbonation, rich and smooth feel, finishing sweet and rich fullness
D - very rich full flavours and a great feel make this both physically and mentally stimulating

Photo of hdofu
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting reddish brown color with thin tan head. Smell is kind of like grape. Taste is almost like grape soda and spices and maybe a bit of chocolate in the aftertaste. It has a crisp light mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable and its not to heavy alcoholwise making it even more drinkable. Had it with some lasagna.

Photo of Gmann
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy chocolate brown color with a rather small tan head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is of red wine, prunes, and carob. The taste has a red wine flavor, candied cherries, a touch of soy sauce (odd), and a light roasted malt. Some strong flavors, a bit of a mismatch though. The feel is moderate with strong carbonation, a bit sticky, finishes sweet. Even thougb it is only 6.5%abv there seems to be some alcohol burn. A strong flavored dubbel for sure, though some of the flavors are odd. It is a tad overcarbonated for a dubbel. Average.

Photo of KTCamm
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours really dark brown, bordering on black. Very little foam atop. Light cola malt smell, some candi sugar. Taste is a full flavorful malt. Loads of cola taste too, backed by a mild hop. Dark cherries too. As the beer warms, more dark fruit surfaces. Low carbonation. Quite good.

Photo of elricorico
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown with amber at the edges. A finger of creamy beige head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Smells of Belgian yeast, dried fruits and just a hint of wood. Not as sweet smelling as most dubbels.

Taste has some sweetness to it, like an intense dark grape juice. In the middle is a touch of black licorice and the finish is dry with a bit of solvent alcohol.

Smooth bodied with a little less than average carbonation, the mouthfeel of this beer lends itself to hearty sips. This isn't my favorite of the style, but it was pleasant tonight.

Photo of jaredtp
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer was not all that bad. It had a decent taste to it. This beer was not too heavy or too light, it went down smooth. The taste was not all that bad. It was not too strong or too light. This is really all that I can remember about this beer, it has been so long since I have had this one. But if you have not had it you should try it. The thing that I remember the most about this beer is that I liked it.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a really dark mahogany color with a reddish tan head.

S: Caramel and raisins on nose with a nice fruity aroma.

T: Some fresh bread, figs, dried fruit (raisins, prunes) for flavor. Nice toffee and roasted malt notes as well a candi sugar sweetness upfront that compliments the malt and with a warming alcohol finish.

M: smooth, soft and sweet.

D: A touch sweet even for a dubbel but satisfying none the less.

Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at cellar temperature, around 50º-55º.

Looks good pouring into a wide chalice, fluffy tan foam with some bigger bubbles rising to the surface. Body looks nearly opaque, a dark chestnut brown.

Smell has a slight raisiny cocoa touch, with some mustiness and grain.

Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, toasted dark malt, aftertaste like cheerios. Smooth mouthfeel, some prickly carbonation. At room temp. there's a maple syrup taste. Odd metallic note lowers the good taste impression a little. Dry tobacco in the aftertaste, strangely enough.

This was much better than the Allagash Dubbel I recently had, maybe a little sweet for some tastes.

Photo of theopholis
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Poured a very, rich, clear, burnt mahogany into the mug. The head was thick, creamy, tan, with good retention. The head fades into a solid ring that leaves a fair bit of sticky lacing down the glass.

Aroma- Somewhat subdues. Some dark fruit. raisin, sour cherry. Some caramel sweet aroma comes through

Taste- Lots of malt sweetness. Somewhat cloying. Quite disappointeding after the aroma.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Good carbonation level.

Drinkability0 Aside from the taste, this is actually a pretty good beer.

Photo of u2carew
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz longneck
A) Pours with a thin tan head that settles out quickly leaving a sticky lacing at the edge of the glass. Deep amber in color. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Brown sugar. Hints of molasses and banana.
T) Caramel malts. Hints of brown sugar and maple syrup. A sweet cola-like taste. Grainy and bitter in the finish.
M) Quite carbonated. Medium body. Dry finish.
O) Not that great. The taste profile is similar to a beer cola. As for characteristics of a Dubbel this brew contains many of them from the hops to the carbonation.

Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Finally slogging through this mix pack of disappointment, so I might as well ended it on a style that has the tendency to rub me the wrong way from time to time.

A very snapping loud forming head of a nice off caramel color, but it slowly falls and has next to no retention. Body is a nice garnet red and dark brown can just barely see through it.

Nose is a mild chocolate but also a faint weak grain sense. A little strangely bitter smelling.

Chewy mild raisins, but also a very noticeable medicinal character. Bitter finish but also a very malty and honey coating texture. Some chocolate malt on the finish as well, nice hint of playful alcohol "kick" if I could use that phrase.

Overall, this isn't too bad strangely, but it's not like most dubbels I've had. Still unless the words after Petrus are Oud Bruin, I am probably passing on anything else they make.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cL bottle to Petrus stemware. Best by 10/08/12, sampled 1/12/11.

A: Light brown in color and 3 fingers in height. The head is long lasting and slowly peels away from the glass, depositing an intricate pattern of lace. Lacing continues in nearly uninterrupted sheets and a sudsy film remain till the end. The body's color is dark amber-brown, becoming ruby-brown when held to light. Remarkable clarity. Very solid looking brew.

S: Sweet dark malts of no particular distinction. Same goes for whatever hops were used. The yeast imparts a light earthiness. Aromas of dark and red fruits are on display: plum, cherry, apples and strawberry. Additional notes of wood, vinegar and spices.

T: Sweet fruity undertones mixed with tart apple cider vinegar reduction. Moderate sweetness all but covers up the mildest sourness. The combination of flavor sensation is well executed.

M: Medium-light body. Creamy texture with a prickly edge caused by a lively and fizzy effervescence. Lightly acidic.

D: Not so much of a traditional Dubbel as much as it is a cross between a Dubbel and an Oud Bruin. A successful hybrid if you ask me.

Photo of peabody
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a fairly dark brown with lots of light brown suds that leave lacing when they finally dissapate.
Caramel and yeast with just a slight fruity aroma, mabey raisin. A little more alcohol in this one. Great overall aroma though.
A sweet taste followed by a dirty wash flavor that dissapeared quickly and left a fruity sweet alcohol flavor in my mouth.
It leaves a dark sweet flavor in the mouth and the alcohol is always present but not overpowering.
Don't quite like this one from Petrus but I will try again.

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Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale from De Brabandere
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