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Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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 corby112


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

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a thin beige head. Aroma is very strong consisting of tart/ sour oakiness and dark fruit. A bit more sour than I had expected. Oak flavor overides the dark fruit and smooth malty flavors. Very dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 08:08:23 | More by corby112
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 05:20:16 | More by Gmann
Photo of DSNY1999

New York

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

Aggressive pour into standard pint glass creates 3 finger airy head that lasts about 3 minutes. faint lacing thought serving. first smell, sweet grapes slight very pleasent aromas dont overwhelme you, might have served it too cold. first sip malty sweetness grape candy slightly above average mouth fullness carbonation a little tingly on the tongue not bitter at all. swallow no bitter lingering on back of tongue. just above average abv at 6.5 you wouldnt notice it at all. over all very pleasing brew could easily knock back 2-3 of these after that sweetness might become unsettling in the ole stomach. ps 1st effort at review forgive me if it stinks

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 00:41:14 | More by DSNY1999
Photo of MAB

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a bit foamy but it subsided quickly.
The head was definitely brown, with a yellowish tint.
The beer itself was deep brown with an almost red/copper tint. Not quite clear but still transparent.
The aroma was very nice, sweetish with banana like qualities. No hop aroma that I could discern.
The taste was surprising. It was sweeter than I expected and not as bitter as I had hoped for.
There were fruity notes along with the roasted grain- I thought I could taste a sour wheat element as well.

Not too bad; I wouldn't pass up a bottle/ glass if I was offered one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 17:15:15 | More by MAB
Photo of Floydster


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle given to by a friend who got it out of some sampler pack, poured into a small goblet

A-Medium brown with some reddish orange highlights, minimal 1/4 inch thin off white creamy head that goes away immediately, no retention, lack of lacing
S-Aromas of sweet milk chocolate, some port, plums, raisins, figs, butter, brown sugar, caramel, pepper, toasted bread, vanilla, and faint tart
T-Have not had enough double brown ales to know what the norm is but this was far from it with the sweetness, starts off with strong spicy flavor with some bubble gum mixed in, malts and sweetness through the middle, strong aftertaste with a large amount of brown sugar and dark fruits, gets sweeter as it warms, tastes much better colder to me, by the end there is almost a sourness from the sweetness, sweet overall with lots of caramel and other fruity things going on
M-Sweet, slightly tarty, malty, and chewy mouthfeel, pretty close to full bodied but not syrupy, could use a lot more carbonation, taste lingered a long time
D-I drank the eleven ounces but probably could not do much more after that, pretty heavy with the sweet notes, alcohol is slightly warming even though it is barely over six percent, just a weird brew that does not go down super easily

First beer tasted from Petrus and it was quite unique, more sweet and funky than I thought it would be, lack of carbonation also threw me off a bit but it was an interesting brew that kept me guessing, might drink again if I ever see it, worth trying

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 04:51:43 | More by Floydster
Photo of MusicaleMike


3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The body is a clear dark brown with serious ruby undertones. On top of that sits about two fingers worth of tan, sea-foam like head. It begins to stick to the glass as it dies down. It looks good.

S: The smell is definitely mild. There is no trace of hops, but there is a light, sweet malt smell. Not much else to speak of...not complex.

T: The taste is a caramel sweetness, with notes of figs or raisins. Again, hops are absent in this beer's palate. I didn't find a trace of bitterness, and in my opinion the unbalanced nature of this beer is unappealing. I realize that suits the style, yet I find that the malt character is not complex to hold its own.

M: It is full-bodied, sweet, syrupy and soft. The beer literally makes my lips feel sticky. This beer has a lot of retained sugars if I haven't made that clear yet.

D: I did not find this to be a good beer. I am not sure if that is because I don't like the style or if this is just not that great. The alcohol is not too strong, but the beer it too sugary to be very drinkable. I wouldn't drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 05:48:54 | More by MusicaleMike
Photo of dumontm

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Didn't blow me away, in the good sense or bad. This is an average good beer, meaning I'd have it again, but I just won't rave about it. Others who commented about the head thinning fast are bang on. I drank it from a goblet, the Westmalle one if that detail matters. Seems to smooth as temperature warms though, but still feels "thin".

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 05:18:24 | More by dumontm
Photo of jbphoto88


2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 02:12:39 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of John_M


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a a solid brown color with a slight, somewhat reddish hue. The beer has good head retention and lacing as well. The nose is intriguing, with a moderately sweet aroma of chocolate, carob bean and cola. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, but this beer really tastes even better then it smells. There is also a brown sugar and coffee component, and while it starts off moderately sweet, the finish is fairly dry with some slight tartness. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel to it and is quite smooth and long. This beer is surprisingly drinkable, as there is a touch of sour that seems to buoy the sweetness somewhat.

An impressive dubbel from Petrus. I would happily drink this on a regular basis were it more available.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2008 15:50:55 | More by John_M
Photo of PorterLambic


4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich brown with slight orange around edges. Very little head, tan in color, drops fast.
Smell is malt, oak, fruitcake & vanilla.
Taste is all from the nose plus light hops. Very well balanced.
Smooth, rich, creamy aftertaste. Light effervescence, almost creamy (99%), full-bodied. Highly recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 19:08:47 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of allengarvin


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay glass, Petrus Dubbel is fairly dark reddish-tinted brown beer. The foam on top fades pretty quickly, though, leaving a smooth surface. Nose is light though pleasantly fruity, with a tangy edge. Light caramel taste, yeasty fruitiness, acidic finish... it's not well balanced though. I think it'd probably make a good accompaniment for food, but it's just not a very complex or interesting beer for drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 02:31:09 | More by allengarvin
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Massive amount of carbonation bursts forth the moment I popped the cap, having to quickly negotiate my Wastmalle chalice beneath the bottle in order to avoid a major mess and loss of precious beer.

Settles down to an opaque brown appearance, bright garnet highlights when held to direct light. The head is nutmeg in colour, frothy but doesn't retain for very long.

Carmelized aromas on the nose, along with sweet earthy chewy dates. Some spicy warmth from the alcohol.

Flavour is okay, a burst of carmelized sugar, fig notes in the middle, yet the flavour along with the mouthfeel seems watered down. Sweet toffee-like flavour lingers long in the aftertaste, but not much body to it.

Not the most appealing dubbel I've ever tried, it kind of only meets you halfway and then either gives up or peters out.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 00:06:23 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 02:47:22 | More by elricorico
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 23:01:58 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of pwoods


2.45/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 01:36:11 | More by pwoods
Photo of Zorro


2.08/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A clear reddish brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

The smell is sweetish and malty with a faint vinegar aroma. Little bit of brown sugar in this and a little bit of flowers. This beer style is not supposed to have any vinegar aroma.

The taste starts out sweet and sour like the other sour beers from this brewer that seems to be mainly a Flanders Red brewer. This tastes like a Flanders Red.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not real drinkable in my opinion. If you want a Dubbel there are about 1000 better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 03:11:10 | More by Zorro
Photo of yemenmocha


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

Pours chestnut brown with thin head that doesn't retain.

Nose has estery bready notes and and a roasted quality.

Palate is pleasantly bubblegum like with the yeasty flavors, slight chocolate to roasted malt, and fairly sweet finish.

Not bad for a dubbel, but other examples are far superior and much more worth seeking.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 02:04:56 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of kleffman


3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Port bottle shop. Haven't really seen this Petrus offering around much. Poured into Alesmith tulip with a generous head. Leaves amazing lacing down the glass.

Aroma is a lot of sweet malt almost like a dopplebock, some toast, raisin, bready yeast and some musty wood character. Earthy and fruity.

Taste is mostly dark fruits and caramel with some funky flavors and earthy yeast character. Improves with warmth.

Nice full bodied mouthfeel and generous carboation. Fairly drinkable but kind of a sipper even though it's only 6.5%. Definitely pretty enjoyable but I probably won't buy another one for awhile. Too many good beers to drink. Worth it though, get one and taste it.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 06:59:31 | More by kleffman
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle copped singly from Gary's in Madison for $3.25... A very impressive appearance with a dark, brown, purple hue with an attractive foamy and frothy head that lingered for a bit... smell was very rich, with obvious figs and prunes pouring through... taste was overly sweet and thick... flavor loaded with sugars, dehydrated fruits, caramel, and strong sugars... very, very sweet taste with a thick and creamy mouthfeel... drinkability took a hit due to the ultra-rich and ultra-thick slightly cloying taste that stuck to the tongue... Like other Petrus brews I've sampled, this one was good but not great... not my favorite depiction of the syle, but not a total waste either... certainly a very sweet, thick, and full-bodied brew... if you like ultra-creamy and rich beers, this one is for you...

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 00:43:21 | More by dsa7783
Photo of jwc215


4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a thin head that becomes patchy.

The smell is of chocolate, earthy with fruity notes.

The taste is of chocolate with dark maltiness. Earthy, fruity notes are in the background. Sweetness balanced by subtle spiciness is the main characteristic.

Moderately, evenly carbonated, this has a smooth, medium body.

Alcohol is well-covered. It is tasty and smooth. A nice malty brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 19:46:32 | More by jwc215
Photo of KarlHungus


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of cherries, plums, and a hint of anise. The taste is of tart cherries, with a hint of caramel. I even think I detect some bretta in there. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, with a high level of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer. However, there are so many Belgian beers out there which a lot more complex that I can't see myseld drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 19:15:47 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish/ deep amber, with a tan head. In the aroma, a sweet, fruity, maltiness. In the taste, a sweet malt and quite fruity, like apples and white grapes. A medium bodied mouthfeel with a small bite, and a semi-dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. Nice, decent, however nothing really that great about it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2008 03:36:56 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of timbro81


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with amber edges. A single finger of light tan head tops this beer and quickly fades to a fine layer. Smells rich and malty, toffey, and dark fruit. Silky in the mouth with more dark fruit, malty sweetness and a boozey finish. Aftertaste could linger longer. My favorite of the Petrus line.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 05:40:01 | More by timbro81
Photo of RblWthACoz


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy brown with a tan head that doesn’t stay around long. Molasses nose. Flavor has a strong hint of molasses and a slight bit of caramel as well with a steady and even flavor. Slight touch of malt. Feel is slightly higher than average on the carbonation, and it feels very good with the combo of flavoring against it. Very drinkable. Another from this 6-pack I could down many of in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 08:13:58 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of largadeer


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Served in the tall, stemmed Petrus glass. Color is brown and mostly opaque, slight clarity where the glass thins. Pours with an inch of frothy foam, which takes about 10 minutes to fall into a ring.

Smell - Sweet and lightly toasted. Figs and brown sugar mixed with subtle alcohol.

Taste/mouthfeel - Very soft and sweet flavors; notes of caramelized fruit, nuts and brown sugar. This is sweeter than most dubbels, but it's quite good. Finishes clean with virtually no bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium in body and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 22:59:21 | More by largadeer
Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale from De Brabandere
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