Petrus Oud Bruin | De Brabandere

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Petrus Oud BruinPetrus Oud Bruin

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De Brabandere

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured in a wine crystal. L: Brown in color, decent head retention. Sour scale on bottle showed 3 out of 5. S: Fruity esters, very pleasant sour aroma. T: Balanced malt, some dark dried fruit in there, slight sourness. F: Medium body. O: I was hoping for a bit more sourness, but this is on point for the style, which I have not had too many of yet. I look forward to trying other Petrus beers.

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Photo of puck1225
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Dark brown color with a nice foamy head and good lacing. Fragrant sour berry smell. Fruity berry taste with dark fruit and a bit sour. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 11.2 ounce bottle into a clear glass chalice. A moderate pour produces a short, but creamy off-white head. The beer is lightly carbonated and pretty clear, and of a medium yellowish-brown color.

'The aroma is just moderately tart, with an edge of funk. The flavor is pleasantly malty, with a moderate amount of tartness, with notes suggestive of dark fruit and berries, brown bread, light caramel, and nutty bitterness. Light in body and easy to drink.

This is beer number three of a variety pack with a brochure which states that the Oud Bruin is a combination of 70% young brown beer and 30% of their aged pale- considered a "mother beer" because it is the main sour beer used in their blends. This example is more balanced and complex than the first two I drank- the Aged Pale and Aged Red.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a deep brown color, mostly opaque until held up to the light, when some light comes through. Head is just under an inch, fades quick, but leaves a little lacing. Smell is sweet like dark plums or figs. Not very sour or funky in the smell. Taste is a little disappointing because it is lacking in the tart and funky flavor I usually expect from an oud bruin, but it does bring great sweet malty flavors, some caramelly and again, dark stone fruit, with an oaky finish. Feel is medium to light in body with a fluffy carbonation. Overall, I expected something else (tart/tannins) but objectively speaking, it's still pretty solid, but maybe as another style. Then again, perhaps, I need more experience within this style.

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Photo of drtth
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a reddish brown color with a 1/2" off-white head that leaves a few speckles and legs of lacing as it slowly but visibly recedes to an irregular thin foam over part of the surface. Sipping creates a few scattered small patches of lacing.

The aromas include tart cherry, a bit of vinegar and a hint of caramel from the malt.

The flavors are mostly mixed sweetness and sour dark cherry and some other dark orchard fruits. There's some some vinegar-like tartness in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly prickly with the light carbonation. The flavors fade slowly to leave a bit of vinegary tartness in the back of the palate

This one is not a Petrus ale that I'll revisit since I didn't particularly enjoy it.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

13oz draft pour into a tall branded tulip is a beed ruby red body with a cream coloted cap of head.
Aroma is sweet, fruity, and floral.
Taste is sour raspberry mixed with sweet strawberry but not cloying and a balance of bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is medium-heavy with medium carbonationand a dry finish.
Well described as the burgundy of Flanders.

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Photo of Mantooth
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

And I'm being generous. First off, for those expecting the opposite, I love this style. The problem is, this beer has nothing to offer. I'm a judge and know my brews quite well, a blind tasting would've *maybe* gotten me in the neighborhood. It looks like muddy water and tastes faintly of wood.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown color with ruby ​​hues, clear. Foam beige, medium-sized, short-lived.
The aroma of wine. Red wine is the leading note in this beer is dry. additionally in the background delicate floral and fruity accents.
Taste dry, again guilty, cherries and grapes are the main theme of taste. The beer is moderately sour sweet and slightly "wooden".
Gentian low, seasoned. Saturation average.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Tony!

This nice bruin pours a clear mahogany color with a modest head that quickly dissipates to a thin light ring with subtle lacing. Nose of light oak, tart cherries, and light candy malts. Flavors follow the nose with subtle light cherries and tart blackberry notes on the front and sides touched with light sweet candy malts. Oak rears it head on the back with a light sweet yet lightly tart finish. Decent mouth feel, light and coating with very light carbonation. Nice for the style. Not my favorite of the Petrus line, but one of the most easily found oud's on the market that is solid for the style.


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Photo of constantine_272
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark reddish brown with a touch of haze. Head foamed up but settled quickly. Smells of sour strawberry, raspberry, leather and rich wet oak. Vinegar aroma hangs in the nose long. The beer starts with a woody leathery toasted malt taste with a light gamey yeastyness but quickly opens up with mildly sour cherries, strawberry and raspberry. A strong carbonation lends to a crisp graphite and steel finish. The finish is light and tingly with a sweet and sour red berry aftertaste; carbonation eliminates any malt sweetness. Nice drinkable Belgian oude bruin. Possibly too fruity to session as the sweetness of the fruit builds, but enjoyable and mellow with s touch of sour.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

MJ's "Great Beers" recalls quite a bit about De Brabandere as he seemed to have a special relationship with them. I summarize what he said about Oud Bruin "big head, mahogany color, a full flavour with rich, soft, chocolatey notes, vanilla oakiness, dessert apple fruitiness, passion fruit and restrained acidity. The big finish reminds me of Armagnac" Somehow, that is not my model review.
But his 1999 "Guide" is more like MJ's style: he gave it 2.5 stars of 4 and said "fresh, fruity, iron-tasting, oaky." That, I can remember.

Listed in the "!001", you can make the argument that Petrus' Oud Bruin should not be there. And I would not argue with you.

Beyond that, I don't need to review. Other fine reviews have gone before me and, besides, I am biased against the style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

De Brabandere "Petrus Oud Bruin"
25.4 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, corked & caged
$8.99 @ Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Clear mahogany brown body beneath a short but dense head of light tan that drops shortly to an average collar but leaves some nice lacing behind. As it goes, more spots and streaks of lace are left.

Aroma: Ripe red and dark fruit with some cherry. Background woodiness and funky vinegar-like acidity.

Flavor: Some dark malt that's not quite clear... it is a brown ale after all, but it doesn't display "chocolate" or "soft roast"... perhaps the closest things I can find are soft cocoa, cereal grain, and perhaps some minor burnt sugar and subtle dark caramel. Dark-skinned fruits (mainly raisin, but also a suggestion of cherry), some earth/dried leaves, underlying aged herbal sweet vermouth and/or Balsamic vinegar, and an occasional note of passing coconut. Somewhat tart/lactic/acetic and thus dry, but laying like oil on water over a sweetness below it somehow comes out completely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and gently effervescent with a very fine-bubbled, slightly elevated carbonation that's seemingly natural (but most likely is not).

Overall: A classic, although perhaps not the finest example of the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter. cola brown-black, light quickly fizzed out head.

Smells of dark fruit, roast, something in the nose.

Taste is sour, not unlike flanders red ale. Dark grapes, nuts, dried tobacco, faint caramel. The sourness hides a dark heaviness.

Mouth is puckered.

The prominence of its tartness is a little distracting, but it if a lighter wee heavy and a red ale bred, they would produce this entertaining offspring. Fans of sour should try.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ruddy red and brown appearance, not quite still life pour, but it really wasn't the prettiest beer. 1/7" head is shy and quickly disappears. You get those wood and mild sour notes in the aroma, didn't pick up anything acetic here.

Taste was seemingly a bigger blend of fresh beer instead of tart/sour blended with it. Very mild. Woody, hops aged, some acetic acid, highly carbonated, thin brown malts.

Its a neat little foray into the past, but ultimately I'd rather have something like New Glarus's old world porter or whatnot if I want to see how beer was blended fresh with the infected stuff from yesteryear.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Tons of grape flavor in the nose -- like cough syrup, or Gatorade, or some other artificial smelling aroma -- with the faintest hint of tartness/lacto. Palate is a little sweet, still some of that grape/dark fruit, a light but present tartness. It's not offensive, and I like it better than the nose. It's serviceable, I guess, but the Aged Pale is really where Petrus shines.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

August 27, 2015

11.2 oz bottle, tulip

A – Deep, dark brown, though with high clarity, the color of cola. A big moussy head of 1-2 inches, with long retention.

S – Tart cherries, cola, and a bit of licorice. Hints of chocolate and also slightly nutty. But the tart fruit aroma is the star. No hop aroma.

T – Again tart cherry, the lactobacillus is prominent but very balanced, allowing cola, brown sugar, and light chocolate to show through. Also some acetic, vinegar-like but pleasant flavor on the finish. No hop flavor.

M – Very high carbonation, though spritzy feel because of a medium-light body. Only slightly puckering tartness, with a touch of strong acidity on the finish, and moderately dry throughout.

O – Long ago, this was one of the first sours I tried, and it has held up as a well-balanced, very drinkable example. A great beer.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Didn't like this one. Pours slightly reddish brown with some light brown big bubbles. Aroma is light, though I can smell the tartness to come. Sour flavors ruin what could be nice notes of sweet berries. This was close to the drain.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown with light tan head that is extremely dense...looks like craters on the moon as patches break away. Lots of lacing. Nose is...uuummm...where is it? Light malt and just a little oak. Not really any fruit or funk...only the lightest vinous qualities. Flavor is similar. Like a brown ale more than an old ale. Not bad, but diappointing. Dull. Not picking up on almost any of the interesting notes mentioned in some of the other reviews. Nothing bad however.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Petrus Belgian Sour Power 6-Pack - $22.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a full charge of khaki-colored froth. Modest lacing.

Smell: Lightly sweetish, lightly tart-scented nose with touches of chocolaty, caramelly maltiness paired with an acetic, vinous, cherry-like quality that melds and meshes in my mind to be described as 'purple' flavoring.

Taste: Brown maltiness hinting softly of chocolate, sweetish caramel and toast giving way to encroaching earthy woodsy tones and a plum wine, lightly balsamic, cherryesque accent. Relatively easy-going, mellow acidity. Mildly sour and dry on the fairly clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Slight tongue-coating action present.

Overall: Not particularly displeasing, just a little ho-hum and while though a different beer, .

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Photo of lwillitz
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - enormous head (4+ fingers) of medium tan over a body of deep brown with ruby highlights, high in visible carbonation

S - dark fruits, earthy, sour, vinegar, yeast

T - tart cherry, cider vinegar, grapes/wine, yeast with a slight funk, sour throughout

M - medium body, high carbonation

O - I'm new to the style, but enjoyed it very much. I enjoy the complexity of flavor--reminiscent of an aged wine

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Photo of Wanne
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The colour is red/brown, with a beige head. There are no outspoken or extraordinary flavors. There is a slight sourness that is well-balanced with the bitterness. Overall it’s not bad, but the taste is a bit plain for me.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Petrus' Oud Bruin. 5.5% ABV.

A: Almost two fingers of slightly tan head. Lovely, clear deep plum color. Dark honey in the dimple. Slight lacing, with a very faint sheeting.

S: Fruitier than I was expecting. Black cherry; slightly tart. A slight smokiness. A sharper, lacto-ish sourness in the back. Faint earthy/funkiness.

T/MF: More earthiness on the palate. Indeed, it is the first thing that I get, and most of the flavor. Acidity is much more subdued than I was expecting. Leather, sweat, smokiness, slightly overripe banana peel. Seed notes towards the back of the tongue. None of that cherry I was getting on the nose. A solid beer, but not really sour. There is some acidity at the tip of the tongue, but it washes away rather quickly. Probably the best intro sour to go with for the more iffy.

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Zach136
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown with red hues. Solid head retention and lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Slightly tart dark fruit. Toasty bordering on roasty on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slight residual sugar. Acidity is too mild to call it refreshing.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh, Petrus, Doc’s favourite new Belgian brewer for two simple reasons: 1) It’s cheap, 2) It’s good... really what more could you want? Cheap & good is good enough for me. That said their Aged Red was not without flaws - it was cloyingly sweet with cherry cough syrup notes, will this Oud Bruin - which is one of the base beers used in the Aged Red - be a sweet cherry cough syrup nightmare... all right, slight exaggeration; mildly bad dream? Or will it triumph with a more balanced flavour? Time will tell (15 mins to be exact).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Presents a deep hazy chocolate brown body with a thin half centimetre tan head that soon dies back to a light lace on top. Looks brown enough to qualify as an Oud Bruin. 8/10.

S: Sour cherry and musty yeast notes punctuate what is (for me at least) a delightful and classic moreish Belgian aroma - cherries and dusty cellars - can’t get more Belgian than that! [the entirety of my imagination pictures Belgium as one giant dusty catacomb with cherry trees growing throughout it]. Another whiff gives off book-like characters, it actually brings back memories of those scratch-n-sniff stickers from my primary school days - the power of a brew to make you reminisce is indeed a prodigious thing. 9/10.

T: This is the Rodenbach-en-like I was hoping for when I had the Aged Red - Sour cherries front to back, it’s not too astringent (it’s just right), apple cider vinegar lends acidity (as with any beer style that begins with “Flanders”) with a mid-palate hint of grape sugars and a mildly dry bitter finish. Oh yeah, yeast - plenty of that lending a dusty/stale character. Très Bien! 8/10.

M: Mouthfeel is a little bit lacking, a little bit watery, with a mid to light body and light but dense carbonation. 7/10.

D: The balance with this Oud Bruin is up there with the greats, however I’m almost left wanting for a tad more of the sweetness found in the Aged Red... this is though a minor complaint for an otherwise excellent brew. If you’re seeking traditional Flanders Oud Bruin flavours this is a decent introduction to the style that balances sweet and sour so aptly, à votre santé! 8/10.

Food match: Brasserie cuisine (eg; Steak frites) or a hard cheese platter are appropriate matches.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A deep brown beer with reddish hues and a decent head of foam.

Notes of candi sugar, yeast, and a light tartness in the smell.

Some of the brown ale hits my palate to start. Followed by a wee bit of the candi sugar, yeast, and a very mild sour taste or two.

Light body and lots of carbonation make for a so so mouthfeel.

Very boring brew.

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