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Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
82
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248 Ratings
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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: paterlodie on 10-05-2005)
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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of ozmodium
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

ozmodium, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Opened up and turned my back on this for a second and when I came back to it, it had gushed a little. Hmmm, must be well carbed! Poured into a Petrus tall tulip glass a dark reddish brown color with a big fluffy light tan head that recedes at a good pace leaving some lace behind. The aroma is sweet with a mixture of caramel, molasses, and dark fruit. Light/medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. It's pretty sweet and reminds me of a good caramel apple or fruit covered in caramel. Ever so slight bitterness in the end. Pretty tasty but probably a bit too sweet for me to drink a lot of.

kbutler1, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of FreshHawk
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark tawny color with a fairly large, light, fluffy, rocky, whispy, off-white colored head. Pretty good retention leaving a very nice layer of lace.

S - Tons of raisin and caramel malt. Dark, sweet bread along with some brown sugar, spice (clove), and cocoa. Somewhat reminiscent of a doppelbock. Slightly tart dark fruit with plum, date, and the aforementioned raisin.

T - Just like the nose there is plenty of tart and sweet dark fruit. Raisin really strong but some date and plum. Caramel flavor also pretty strong. Background notes of sweet dark bread and hints of cocoa. Some sweet brown sugar also present. Slight lingering tartness.

M - Medium body with a bit above average carbonation. Slight creamy feel.

D - No problem finishing off the bottle. Good balance between sweet and tart.

Notes: Slightly reminiscent of a doppelbock with the slightly tart dark fruit, sweet dark bread, and cocoa. Not a bad beer but nowhere near the best dubbel I have had, or a great representation of the style. I like it, but don't love it.

FreshHawk, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep brown-garnet color, silky little head with average retention

s: loads of dark fruit puree - plum and raisin most predominant, very sweet and sugary, sweet pipe tobacco, much like a caramel dessert pudding, very lightly hopped

m: carbonation light and smooth, medium bodied

t: same deal as the aroma, caramel pudding loaded with plum and raisin, hops only bringing a light grassy flavor, cherry flavored pipe tobacco, but it does balance out well in the end given the sugary start

d: kinda liked this one, it's different and perhaps a little unbalanced, but tasty enough

single snagged at Peace Street and split with Dad back in Raleigh

blackie, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: On-tap into a Petrus glass. A rich mahogony/wood tone with a soapy off white head and bubbly lace making this fine looking beer a true specimen.

Smell: Tart cherries, sour apple cider vinegar, malt.

Taste: Chocolatey yet there is an acidity too. Sour notes cut through caramel malt. Mineral water/metallic edge. Slightly roasted? Oak and vanilla notes there as well. Funky dubbel.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very smooth with a puckering, drying finish.

Drinkability: Another characterful beer in the Petrus range. Good authentic stuff from the Bavik brewery.

Stinkypuss, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Resto, New York, NY

A: The beer is relatively dark in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface.
S: There is a moderately sweet aroma of caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, but much sweeter. There are some hints of sourness and spices, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit thin on the palate. There's isn't a lot of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to consume.

metter98, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of ckeegan04
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with rusty red highlights around the edges. Think layer of brown foam on top that quickly fades to near nothing.

S - Very sweet up front with a light nuttiness as well. Dark fruit and a touch of spice come through as the beer warms.

T - Like the nose, very sweet up front. Just a hint of something nutty. Clove and dark fruit come through mid-drink and carry through the finish. Just a little too sweet throughout.

M/D - Medium to medium/full. Excellent carbonation level. Very good mouthfeel. A touch too sweet for my liking, but a passable example comapred to alot of the better, but more expensive examples out there.

ckeegan04, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

HalfFull, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle. "The Key to Heaven".

Pours into my tulip with a large billowing tan head and a dark maroonish brown body.

The smell really reminds me of a dunkel though it has the typical clovey spice and fruitiness of the Belgian yeast.

It tastes like roasted malts, raisins, and caramel. The flavor is blunt and not very refined. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, though it helps the drinkability. There is the slightest hint of sour fruit character.

Overall it is a lower-tier Belgian Dubbel though nothing unspeakably average.

crossovert, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of chickenm
2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

chickenm, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
2.45/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I love Petrus Aged Pale, and I strongly like Petrus Oud Bruin. Dubbel Bruin, not so much. But I didn't know that when I bought it, so I was very excited to try it.

A - Looks a deep chestnut, with a good enough head.

S - Smells of grapey funk, very exciting.

T - Oh no, it tastes like soy sauce and malt syrup. Disgusting. It does hide the alcohol well, it tastes more like Malta than brew. But that is not good for a Dubbel.

M - It felt decent as I spit it out. All jokes aside, the mouthfeel was not very good either, sort of thin-syrupy.

D - I have two bottles, but this one is too bad; I may not bother with the other one.

ktrillionaire, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of whtguitarguy
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this one. Pours to a dark reddish brown color, head a head that holds up until the end of the glass. Looks almost like coca cola. Tastes a little bit like alcoholic apple juice with a bit of a chocolate character to it. Alcohol is not overwhelming but you can tell it is there. Mouth feel was rather medium. Very drinkable

whtguitarguy, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown 33cl bottle, one of the last in my Petrus collection to be reviewed. Best before 06 Aug 09, drank 29 Oct 09, so slightly overdue.

Poured into my Westmalle chalice; Depp ruby red, slight haze to the body. Good creamy head, tan coloured, lacing held as the glass emptied.

The smell and taste married each other very well, fruity, I found raspberries, strawberries and hints of cherry in both the aroma and flavours. A little on the sweet side, as many dubbels are.

In the aftertaste I detected a bitter dark chocolate feel in my mouth, wasn't there at the begining.

Not bad at all, the Petrus brand covers a host of beer styles, all seem to fit in the 'just above average' category. This one is no exception.

BlackHaddock, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A deep brown color is accompanied by a rusty, murky hue. Again for Petrus, this beer has a timid carbonation that produces a head that has a hard time covering the crown of the glass. Slight lacing and legging.

A ton of sugar is used here to make a very sweet Dubbel. Malt breadiness is burried in there but has a hard time competing with the sugary beer base. Peppery and spicy to combat the sweetness but to little avail. Fruity with raisons, dates, figs, plumbs, prunes and other dark and dehydrated fruits.

The sweetness keeps the beer from finishing as dry as I prefer. The weight of the sugars are felt in dramatic fashion. I hope you like your Dubbels sweet.

BEERchitect, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht

Into a chalice

APPEARANCE: Pours a small 1 finger medium looking tan head with good retention. Deep maroon red in color, clear, with medium carbonation evident. Head fades to a thin film and the carbonation decorates the top. A decent cap remains but leaves no lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Dark fruits, raisins and prunes, as well as some caramel malt. Some spiciness, such as coriander, and hints of spicy yeast as well. A bit of unpleasant tart or sourness holds it back.

TASTE: Dark fruits, much like the nose, with some sweet caramel malt and candy sugar. Spiciness from the yeast and a good deal of sourness as well, like sour grapes. Strong but shor sweet-sour aftertaste at the finish. A little too sour really.

PALATE: Medium body and higher end carbonation. Somewhat creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes somewhat mouth coating. Decent here.

OVERALL: A definite let-down. It's too sour and tart for my liking, and doesn't really mesh well with others in the style. The label says it's "The Key to Heaven," but for me it was a little off-putting. I didn't even feel like finishing this one.

Jeffo, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a tan, bubbly, one-finger head of foam. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, malt, cherries and molasses.

T - It tasted of cherries, caramel and other fruity flavors. Really strong on the fruit flavors.

M - It was soft and crisp. A medium bodied brew.

D - This is a nice dubbel. A little more fruit flavor than most dubbels.

zeff80, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle in a Petrus glass.

A: pours light mahogany/dark orange, with light orange highlights. Hazy with a 2 finger tan head, good lacing, tight bubbles.

S: bouquet of grain with hints of spice and fruit; bread and molasses combined with prune, plum, and coriander.

T: mix of dark dried fruit, grape, plum, raisins, complemented by Belgian yeast spicy character mostly resembling coriander. A snappy bitterness late in the taste, and back to the sweetness in the aftertaste. Well balanced although the aftertaste lingers awhile.

M: Light and fluffy, highly carbonated, helping make this an easy drinker.

D: A very easy drinker, yet very flavorful. Goes down almost too easily. Aftertaste in the end is a little much but does not detract. Would definitely drink more of this given the opportunity.

joeysmokedporter, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of tronester
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, with a medium tan head. Smells like vinegar. Taste is very tart, vinegar and sourness up front. The middle tastes like your average dubbel. Finish is sour. Mouthfeel is better, somewhat full, average carbonation levels. Drinkability isnt very high, both of the beers I have been able to finish (at different settings) but I dont find them to be particularly pleasant. For the price, a terrible value. I would not buy this again, there are MUCH better dubbels out there.

tronester, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of Grunewald
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured from a 330ml bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a clear ruddy brown color with a medium head.

S - raisin, prune, and faint chocolate

T - dried fruit taste with chocolate and coffee hints that finishes with a sweet woody flavor

M - medium carbonation and very syrupy/sticky

D - the flavors are nice but it's so sweet that it seems like a desert beer

Grunewald, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a reddish brown color with average head and lacing the smell is fruit and clove some plum smells a little malt..the taste is typical belgium its fruit forward its plum and apple and melon its different for me but enjoyable to try..the moutfeel is full and fruity and is easy to drink its different for me and ill recommend trying it but i wont buy this one very often but was glad to try something different

gatornation, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of hdofu
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

hdofu, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown body covered by a slowly dieing two-finger tan head that died quickly. Malts are prevelant in the smell along with hints of that Belgian yeast strain and some heavier fruits like orange. Nothing grabs you but this beer is pleasant to drink w/ a smooth, creamy medium-bodied texture that passes easily and finishes clean despite a little stickiness. Good balance but leans more to malts, as chocolate, caramel, hints of vanilla, roasted, and something akin to syrup/molasses hold a slight edge over some floral hops and flavors like orange and fig. This is a beer you can relax with at dinner.

clayrock81, May 23, 2009
Photo of david131
2.25/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- A very deep, ruddy brown with a bit of ruby hues coming through on the edges. The light brown head is nice and creamy with decent retention. A few floaters are noticeable.

S- Very sour and tart smelling with raisins, cinnamon, brown sugar, and vinegar coming to mind. A little funky smelling for my tastes.

T- Slightly sour with some raisin, brown sugar, and vinegar flavors. Why is this sour? Everything seems in check except for the sourness.

M- The carbonation is nice, but again, the sourness makes this oddly tart.

D- With so many other, more enjoyable beers in the Dubbel style, this is just not in the cards. Too sour for its own good. I tried to enjoy it for what it is, but this just isn't working.

david131, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of lhaqq
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Little head with a dark brown translucent body with a ruby hue.
S: Creamy with some malts but also a bit like a sparkling red dessert wine.
T: Sourer and fruitier than expecting. Plums, apple pit, sour red grapes and cherries. Creamy malt backbone behind this.
M: Thick but still a good amount of carbonation so it isn't flat.
D: Could easily have had more if it weren't so expensive for a relatively small amount, since it was aged in bourbon barrels for 6-8 months.

lhaqq, Apr 04, 2009
Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale from De Brabandere
82 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.