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Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale - De Brabandere

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Petrus Dubbel Bruin AlePetrus Dubbel Bruin Ale

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | 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 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 30, 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 05, 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 05, 2009
Photo of BigBry
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml thin brown bottle. "The key to heaven" a jolly looking monk with a giant key and a chalice on the front label. Best before 26/06/10 on back label, along with description: Petrus Double Brown Ale is a top-fermented dark beer. Brewed with pure spring water and carefully selected hops and malts. This dark beer with its subtle and slightly carmelized flavour is preferably served cool. Contains barley malt.
Poured a dark mahogany brown color, reddish-orange hilights when held to the light. Big bubbly head that rose up quickly, then gone just as fast. Aroma has lots of fruit, raisin, currants, plum. Also some caramel sweetness, followed up with some alcohol. Taste is rich and complex. Sugary sweet, dark fruits, with a tart end. Warming alcohol with an oak barrel like finish. Mouthfeel is medium, maybe lighter expected from the smell. Low or no carbonation make it smooth and creamy. Very enjoyable, but alcohol starts to burn is it warms too much.

BigBry, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy color between amber and brown, with a kind of thin offwhite head. The head dissapates quickly and leaves just a bit of lacing. The smell is almost entirely like cola, with a bit of whiskey mixed in maybe. The taste is nice and sweet, but not cloying. There isn't an amazing amount of depth, which hurt the score because it's not outstanding, but I just wished that I had this at hand forever. It just has the right amount of sugary sweetness, like candy that doesn't make me sick when I overindulge, and there is not a single off-flavor. Very, very pleasant, and I only regret that I didn't have more to drink. If this sold at American craft prices, it could be a standby beer when I just wanted something malty and sweet. Really worth giving a shot.

taylorhamrick, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of becktone
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes 11-17-08

Eye: Ah, yes, this is the best looking from that mixed sixer as well. This one actually forms a head. Head is creamy in texture, tan/light brown in color has excellent formation and pretty good retention. Lacing is pretty nice as well. Color is just opaque, cloudy dark brown, no highlights or nothing.

Nose: Ahh, finally one beer from that mixed sixer of Petrus that smells right. Hints of Chocolate in the aroma on this one, little bits of alcohol as well. Nothing roasty or toasty. I am having a hard time getting much more out of the aroma, not that the aroma isn't complex, but it isn't strong enough for me to pick it apart. Maybe some slight hints at a dark fruit aroma, prunes? Pretty nice aroma overall, but not the best by far.

Tongue: Sweetnes hits the tongue first. A bit of mocha capuccino flavor that lingers in the aftertaste-nice! Something weird in here that seems off to me, something that I can't quite put a finger on. Dark fruity sweetness is also present. Also some chocolate flavors. This brew has some nice overall winelike qualities in the finish, vinous flavors come through. Nice complex flavor, however, whatever that "somthing" is that I'm tasting just seems not to fit, maybe its just me, or maybe its this bottle....with the quality of the Speciale and the Aged Pale that came packaged with this its hard to tell....I do like this beer, but nothing special, nothing outstanding.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Finish on this brew is dry like certain red wines. Not Merlot or Cab Sav dry, but still dry, as previously mentioned it has a very vinous character. Feel is medium-light on the palate. Carbonation is very low, which seems to work very nicely for this beer. Aftertaste is long lasting which is nice. This is one that drinks easy, but as to buying it again, it really doesn't drive me to do so. It is an average beer, nothing special, nothing damning. Sure I'll drink the rest of this beer. But its not as if I really look forward to drinking the rest of it, I'll drink the rest of it because it is here, and because I'm still trying to put a finger on what it is about it that intrigues me.

becktone, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of theopholis
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

theopholis, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a rich burnt mahogany into the goblet, with a thick cherry-cream two-finger head with decent retention. The head fades into a solid ring that leaves a fair bit of sticky lacing down the glass. Nice. not amazing, but pretty solid.

aroma is strong on the fruit. raisin, sour cherry, cranberry, and currants. A strong caramel sweet aroma comes through. a touch of malt and a spit of bready yeast.

Taste is deliciously rich and fairly complex with a strong caramel malt up front, fading to a sugary maple sweetness paired with a sour cherry and cassis fruit tartness. a little bready, a bit doughy, and a hint of cedar and oak. A pleasant mix of sweet and sour.

Mouthfeel is a touch lighter than anticipated, with a low carbonation. Not overly syrupy. A touch drying in a great way. A lasting sour, slightly astringent note stays on the tongue.

I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Not at all what I was expecting, and I haven't really had enough of the double brown style to really know how to classify. Much sweeter than others, with more up-front fruit notes. Delicious none-the-less. I could definitely have another right now, and will keep my eyes open in the future.

djeucalyptus, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brownish color and a thick consistency. There was a fairly large amount of head and some solid lacing.

S: A malty, fruity smell, with some traces of mild hops.

T: Tasted of cherries, malt and some Belgian yeast. A solidly made taste.

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

D: On the whole, this is a well made example of dubbel. Drinkable.

avalon07, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of riored4v
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 1/6/09

Poured into a Petrus glass. Thin tan head. Dark brown, ruby, in color.

Smell had hints of raisin, spices and sweet caramel malts. Mild fruitness.

Taste had a slight fruitiness with a mild tartness to it. Hints of cherries along with a mild caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel was light and well carbonated.

Drinkability was good. Light body and fairly neutral taste.

riored4v, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY last October into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Frothy light brown head with really nice lacing over a brown,ruby body. Nice look.

S Actually a bit sour with maybe some cherry and a background of alcohol. Interesting smell.

T Caramelized malt with an interesting sweet/sour kick in the front and the middle that gives way to a nice syrupy sweetness. Really interesting taste. There are some grains also in the aftertaste. Any hops are minimal as this is mostly a malt beer IMO.

M Moderate to full. The malt and the interesting tastes fill up your mouth.

D Good with interesting tastes that kept me sipping to see what the next sip might reveal.

Notes: This is the reason that I enjoy Belgians. Ultimately interesting beers that challenge the palate and provide tastes of a wide range. They also tend to be plenty malty which is much to my liking as well.

adamette, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of drpimento
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer! Poured wth a nice, big tan head, no lace. Head mostly subsides. Color is a dark brownish amber. Aroma is yeasty, malty, a hint fruity, and sour. Flavor is about the same but also a hint of caramel. Interesting relationship between flavors. Body was a hair thin, but not bad. Decent carbonation. Satisfying. Session beer. Clean.

drpimento, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of markaberrant
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy brown, low tan head, leaves some ok lacing. This one gushed on me when I popped the cap, so I'm going to have to change my pants after this review.

S - lots of rich caramel and fruity raisins

T - sweet caramel (almost cloying), lacking the complex fruitiness, some earthy hop, wet cardboard

M - medium body, smooth and creamy, med low carbonation

D - certainly not a classic example of a dubbel, but a tasty enough beverage

I really liked the aroma, very inviting. I wouldn't call the flavour sickly sweet, but it needs a little more alcohol/dryness to perk things up. It's not a bad beer, and certainly worth trying to see a different take on the style... just don't choose it as your first sample of dubbel.

markaberrant, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to lithy for this one.

Pours from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Coding of 39380 on the bottle. Pours a slightly hazy brown color with some sweet tea colored highlights and a huge, rocky, white head. Very dense and stiff.

Aroma is slightly metallic. Actually, really metallic. Some sweetness and some caramel aromas. The metal is a bit of a drag on the overall aroma. Sweet and fruity.

Slightly sweet and buttery flavor. Very fruity; think grapes and apples. A touch of bread and some sugary sweetness. Pretty good flavor overall.

I enjoyed this one. I am not usually a fan of the style but I could probably get used to this one. A little sweet but nice overall. Medium bodied and the carbonation is refreshing and comforting.

SaCkErZ9, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of corby112
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

corby112, Nov 28, 2008
Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.