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Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale - De Brabandere

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Reviews: 150
Hads: 284
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: paterlodie on 10-05-2005

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Photo of Beeryce
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased and reviewed at Belgian Beer Café. The 330ml bottle was under R$15 and was poured into awesome Petrus chalice producing a huge khaki colored head. The stability was excellent with a nice layer of suds persisting until the end of the beer, which generated a decent amount of lacing. The beer itself was a dark, rich opaque brown color.

The nose was a blast of raw malt or more of a wort smell; very sweet with roasted maltiness only coming through faintly. Raisins and brown sugar dominate with a hint of very ripe bananas. Overall very good, but a little too worty, which overpowered everything.

The taste is much the same as the nose, but with a slightly bright sweet citrus flavor in the front. This is quickly overpowered by the same strong sweet and malty wortiness that dominated the nose. Again the same raisin, brown sugar and ripe banana flavors are detectable in the unfermented sugar taste. Hints of alcohol are slightly detectable through the masking syrupiness. The sweetness slightly fades in the finish to reveal a bitter maltiness that is a little hully and unroasted in flavor.

The mouthfeel is slightly viscous which matches the overall taste wonderfully, but finishes a little dry. In combination with the nose and taste the mouthfeel makes this a rather drinkable beer. However, due to the slightly overpowering wortiness I can’t say that I could have more than two of these in a row. It’s also not as good of a deal as other Dubbels in that it is less complex and a little light in alcohol.

This is a great Dubbel, but rather different than Trappist Dubbels I have had. I am not sure if the wortiness is true to style but it was very unusual and strangely delicious. I think this is a must try even though it is not a Trappist or Abby Dubbel. (1,789 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fluffy tan head sits atop a ruddy brown body. Head has good staying power and leaves sliding lace.

Like most dubbels this is dominated mostly by the malt profile. Malts are leaning towards caramel but there is also a drying powder like chocolate in the backdrop and mouthfeel. Something is "tin" like as well. Especially in the nose and it thankfully doesn't transfer to the taste. Hard candy, sugared malts, really kick in as it warms a bit. Spices are subdued but evident.

Notes: The metallic smell was hard to get over but where the rubber hits the road this brew holds up well. The petrus line from Bavik has been hit or miss to me and this one is somewhere in the middle. Such a magnificent style that if I had never had a dubbel before I'd be impressed. Since that is not the case this one stacks up to be about average. (832 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Server on draft in Petrus chalice, the Dubbel was dark brown with a very small white head which quickly dissipated and left no lace. The was no noticeable aroma. The taste is rather pleasant however, one of my favorite Dubbel's. It was sweet, malty and vinous, with notes of toffee and brown sugar and a slight bite, not from the alcohol I think but the minerals. The mouthfeel was rich and a bit syrupy from all the malt, but the complexity from the water and yeast made it relatively drinkable. (496 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy cola brown color with a frothy tan head that retains well and leaves splashy lacing all over the chalice

Smell: Caramel, candi sugar, raisins and vanilla

Taste: Starts with a rich burnt raisin and caramel flavor that is moderated by some tart green apples; after the swallow, the rich sweet flavors detected up front dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly sticky with light carbonation

Drinkability: Decent, but cetainly not stellar; would benefit from a more balanced profile (523 characters)

Photo of geexploitation
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dubbel pours a medium brown that looks teasingly translucent. Smallish head that fades to a grey dusting. Nose is quite nice -- juicy, fruity and sweet. Candi sugar in the nose, along with some raisins and granny smith apples. Initially acidic on the tongue, with fruit esters of apples coming out. Turns sweet at the mid-palate, with slightly caramelized candi sugar the focus. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is quite varied -- acidic at first, slick next, but never too heavy. Overall, this was a very nice, drinkable Belgian dubbel. Not as heavy as many of the abbey versions, but flavorful and interesting nonetheless. (618 characters)

Photo of peabody
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of cbl2
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8/26/2006 $3.50 11.2 oz. 6.50% No best by date, but coded 38616.


Poured a dark brown, with just subtle hints of orange around the edges. Topped by an inch of dense tan/brown head that leaves a nice lace as it settles.


Sweet ginger snap cookes with hints of sweet bread. Dark and inviting ripe fruit.


Smooth mouthfeel coupled with an intensely sweet ripe plum flavor characteristic. As it warms, a root/ginger beer flavor emerges. Not overly complex as one would expect from a Belgian, but enjoyable nonetheless. (569 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
1.75/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

$21 for a mixed 6/er gift pack at Merchants in Dearborn. Pours out to a cloudy dark mahogany, forming a small khaki head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The first thing I notice about this beer is the strong caramelized aroma. It smells like caramelized sugar and burnt marshmallows. There is no clove or bananas like I would expect for a dubble. There is some faint distant grassy hops and otherwise, it's hard to distinguish any other aromas. Mouthfeel is slightly cloying with an unpleasant sweet aftertaste and vinous quality. The taste begins with a slight sourness akin to rotting fruit (cherries), followed by abundant caramelized sugar and pronounced odd saccharin sweetness. A little bit of leather in the finish and lingering aftertaste of saccharin. Cleanly fermented. Alcohol is mild in the finish.

What a disgusting beer this is. It's nowhere close to being a dubbel. Way too sweet and obviously flavored with saccharin. Yeast choice is all wrong. A mistake. Stay away. Blech, down the drain this goes. (1,051 characters)

Photo of OldSock
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – 11.2 oz bottle from Stateline. Poured into my tulip at about 50 degrees. Deep brown beer with red highlights and a big tan head.

Smell – Fruits and wine, some pleasant oxidation. An odd dubbel, smells like it has some age on it and not enough malt.

Taste – Chocolate and dark fruit, with a hint of spice. Malty, but with an even handed bitterness that keeps the beer balanced. As it warms I catch a bit of fusel alcohol, but it is not unpleasant. There just isn't enough complexity here, it starts off fine, but the flavor doesn't develop as I drink.

Mouthfeel – Medium for the style with spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes – Not digestible as the Belgians would say, a bit too sweet for me. A nice summer dubbel, relatively light in alcohol with a smooth flavor that lacks the complexity of the archetypes of the style. (857 characters)

Photo of BeerNutta
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Petrus Dubbel.

A = Poured a dark brown with a fluffy light brown head.

S = Sweet smell of dark chocolate and soft prunes.

T = Initial caramel taste, followed by a sweet maple finish. Smooth to drink but lacking any real punch in the flavour department.

M = Slightly viscous giving it a smooth buttery texture. Nice.

D = Good. Easily drink one or two a session. More would be pushing it. (401 characters)

Photo of IceAce
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 Oz. bottle coded: 38616 (No clue)

Pours such a dark brown that the sun can't even punch through. Yellow / tan collar of foam leaves outstanding lace on a beer-ready tulip. Nose is full-bodied with toasted earthy malts, half-a-spice-rack, and Belgian yeast.

Entry is zippy and well supported with a filling mouthfeel. Midtaste showcases carmalized malt while the nutmeg, corriander, ginger, orangepeel finish leaves a wonderful lip-licking sweetness on the lips.

Fire up the BBQ and let's braise some ribs! (519 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a hazy chestnut w/ruby highlights. Amazing retention and lacing. Loads of esters and sugarness on the aroma with bits of booze poking though.

Super malty brew that almost lost me with flirtations of sugary sweentess. Molasses and candied fruits mix with a hint of sourness on the finish.

A good brew that would be nice as an after dinner sipper. Might be a bit too sweet for some folks. (407 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearence: Pours a dark ruby with a nice, creamy brown head that lasts the whole glass. Good clarity.

Smell: Sweet malt notes, including caramel and toffee, mix with some burnt and almost biscuit aromas.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Very winey and vinous, with huge grape and alcohol notes. The fruitiness is overpowering, with a raw burnt grain flavor in the background. Unbalanced and slufery, with a disgustingly cloying mouthfeel. The aftertaste is half wonderful grape flavors, but half disgusting stone flavors.

Drinkability and Overall: Half of this beer is delicious, half is terrible. Overall, the terrible half prevails, turning this into a cloying, overly sweet, unbalanced brew. PASS. (698 characters)

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out nicely with a big head that falls into a good strong lacing. Smells different, and therefore very good, from what I've reviewed lately. I always enjoy a new taste. It's full flavored and a little spicy with something I can't put my finger on. Mouthfeel is very good and the aftertaste is slightly sour in a good way. I would definetly have more of these. (364 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on Day 1 at the Lucky Baldwin’s 7th Annual Belgium Beer Festival.

Beer Listed at #43 of 60: Petrus Dubbel Bruin

Yet another in the varied range of Baviks ‘Petrus’ brews. Petrus Dubbel had a dark brown body with a pale biscuit colored head that had a good initial presentation but soon died with some nice lacing. Earthy malts with a splash of caramel and Devon toffee in the nose. Body has a nice thick feel to it, bold with a good supporting role from the conditioning. Tastes are attractive and inviting, solid malt backbone, lightly toasted malts with some caramel and toffee tones in the middle. Finish has a soft warmth and a lingering biscuit malt ending but an annoying sweetness takes over on the palate. Delicate fruity tones too as it warmed a little. Nice enough.

Nothing outstanding here but this was a very solid brew. Funny how I have picked up a lot of Petrus bottles to date yet I never seem to see this one. Draft version was good and well worth trying, if a little too sweet at times. (1,024 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came a very dark amber with slight brown and burgundy highlights. The head was huge, uneven and a dark tan. Smelled of sugary sweet malts and a sweet and mildly tart over ripe fruit. Tasted clean and light with a light malt and candy sweetness that collapses into a powdery dry cherry. The cherry and a dry chocolate nip at the edges of my tongue in the finish. The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a syrupy feel to it along with a light tingly carbonation. (476 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, when I opened the cap, a dark brown frothy mess surged out and the only way I averted total mess was by holding the glass over my chalice.

Upon pouring, the foamy mess transforms to a very dark, chocolatey brown with a thick, creamy, off white head.

This smells very sweet, malty and sugared. There is a definite caramel scent with a fruit backing...bananna, or peach maybe? I can't really place it.

The taste is sweet caramel, malts and fruity essences. A definite desert beer, but one that has a slight sour hint to it. No alcohol to it, but almost too sweet. This seems highly sugared, and as such feels a bit syrupy.

I gave this a high drinkability, because despite its almost overpowering sweet, syrupy character this comes off almost a desert drink, and I found myself having no problem in drinking it. (831 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer disembarks the 330ml brown bottle a clear deep brown with a perpetual frothy tan head that lingers on, but after its depletion to nothingness, the residual lace forms a tight skirt upon the glass. Nose is musky, hints of caramel with a nice malt sweetness; a fine sniffer to be sure, start is somewhat sweet with a pleasing grain presence, top is fair to middling in its feel. Finish is benignly acidic, the hops present and pleasing, the aftertaste dry and a fine beer to end the evening with. (503 characters)

Photo of jaluria
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown color with loads of foam that just sits there indefinitely. When the head begins to deflate, it leaves behind excellent lacing. Aromas of caramelized sugar, malt, and candy. The taste is refreshing and engaging with a fruit flavor that works into both the sweetness and the bitterness of the beer. A very delicate beer in that all of the textures and flavors collaborate with one another. Impressive beer for its lack of overpowering, dominating characteristics. Very drinkable, especially with a lower ABV for this style. Quite thin in my mouth. (559 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BB 14-07-07. Good presentation with nice welllasting thick yellowish head. Clear darkbrown beer make it a good presentation. Nose is dark candy, carramellic malty and a slight hint of roast. Good and full yeastester arome completes this quiet good smell. Taste is far oversweetened, dark candied, carramellic, alcoholic maltjuice. No this is certainly not my taste and for mouthfeel is to say that my mouth shrinked together while drinking this. For people who like it sweet probably highly enjoyable but less to me. (516 characters)

Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale from De Brabandere
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