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 levifunk
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - dark reddish brown. lots of carbonation.

s - alcohol and vinegar sourness. actually smells a lot like champagne.

t - a little lack luster. only a tad sour. lots of caramel and malts. hint of some grape flavor.

m - thin body, for as much carbonation as there was on the pour, there is hardly any in the body.

overall - reminds me more of NG old english porter than the (few) oud bruins I've had so far...although what do I know. needs more carbonation in the body, and its too sweet and malty.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy brown. Aroma is slightly sweet with cola-esque qualities. On the palate, it is similar to Coca-cola as well. Hint of oak, vanilla, and prune. Not much tartness or depth which makes it a touch out of balance, leaning a bit too sweet. Enjoyable enough beer, but is seems like a pretty tame Oud Bruin. Entry level stuff.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Petrus Oud Bruin is dark and beautful yet light, fruity, and bubbly.

It poured the dark copper of an old penny with a massive creamy tan head. It left thick foam on the glass. The smell was metallic and the flavor was sour cherries or raspberries. The feel was light and sparkly, making this ale similar to a wine cooler.

Petrus Oud Bruin does not have the richness or complexity of other ales aged in wood casks. There's no hint of vanilla or, oddly, any wood flavor. Instead, it has the light bubbly taste and feel of a fruit beer.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with two fingers of head that dissipates quickly.

N: Sour cherry, strawberries and brown sugar.

T: Strawberries, cherry, medicinal grape, toffee, brown sugar and a little cocoa.

M: Light bodied and smooth.

D: Pretty good drinkability but couldn't handle more than a couple at a time.

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Photo of philbe311
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A very slight audibly fizzy head quickly dissipates leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a very small splotch of lacing in the very center of the glass... An interesting coloring... Dark and almost opaque when looking at head on... Lighter and completely translucent when examining from above or below... In both cases, the ale is brown with a reddish tinge of highlights... Very still with no carbonation to speak of... Coats glass with a sticky film...

S - Apple... Cherries... A minor undertone of candied sugar... Just a subtle tinge of vinegar... Salty water... A touch of wood...

T - Touches of fruit, namely pear, apple, and a weaken faux cherry... A mild tartness... A tinge of salt... Really lacks the complexity and character I expect for the style...

M - Light to medium bodied... A slightly uncomfortable fizziness... A tad thin... A mildly dry finish... Comes and goes quickly without leaving much of an impression...

D - A mild disappointment... Seems to lack any sort of complexity, especially in terms of taste and mouthfeel... This isn't a bad beer, but it's one that can easily be forgotten about, especially when compared to its Flanders Red and Oud Bruin counterparts...

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a one finger off white head. Decent carbonation and lacing on this brew. Very dark in appearance- impossible to see through. Nose is of wine, raisins, weak malt, prunes.. Fairly thin on the nose, I'd like some more complexity and funk in there. Taste is the nose profile exactly. Nothing amazing here.... Feel is fairly light, syrupy, and sweet/sour. Not much in the sour department though. Overall, this isn't a bad beer, it just doesn't live up to the style for me. A little too one dimensional/boring.

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Photo of KingG
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this, along with other Petrus beers, in my fridge for at least 8 months.

Served chilled and poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance is above-average. Fluffy, soapy, sand colored head forms off of the aggressive pour then quickly fades to a thin film. Color of the beer is a very dark brown with red hues on the edges.

Smell is average. That familiar Oud Bruin tart smell is there yet is subdued compared to others i've sampled within the style. I slight sweetness shines through toward the back end. Kind of bland.

Taste is average. Much like the smell; subdued flavors of tartness and sweetness. Finishes very smooth and clean. I keep fishing for more flavors but nothing comes up. Just too mellow and bland for the style.

Mouthfeel is above-average. Carbonation is very mellow (although apparent.) This makes for a thin, yet refreshing, finish.

Drinkability is good. I could finish a few bottles of this beer no problems but then i'd have to switch to something with more flavor.

Overall: I was expecting a beer with more flavor especially considering the style. I wouldn't turn one down but it's nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of 49degrees
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My second Bavik (Petrus) from a lot of 3 different bottles I picked up a couple of weeks ago. After being severely disappointed in the first [Winterbier] I was hesitant in tackling the second. This one thankfully, was considerably better but still failed to offer up everything that I would have hoped for in a Belgian brew. [While I'm no Belgian beer expert, I've had the opportunity to enjoy more than 25 different Belgian brews to this point, of which most presented very consistent characteristics that made me and like many other beer fans, instant Belgian beer fans).

Petrus Old Brown is packaged in a very small 8.4fl oz brown bottle with a foil capped enclosure. On opening the brew delivered a brief spritz (almost pop like) and gave off a very very sour aroma.

Pours an exceptionally dark brown color with a big bubbly, oily brown head that slowly gave way to a foamy surface cover along with extensive glass lacing. Thankfully this one doesn't suffer from the beavy of yeast particles that their Winterbier had.

Quite aromatic with heavy fruity aromas similar to that of fruit cake, extensive malty smells, and even a slight burnt toastiness to it.

Taste wise, the brew is suprisingly mellow. Quite reserved in characteristics but also very oily for a beer, but I found that the oily complexure here wasn't quite like that of a Stout.. Lots of fruity flavors run through the palette like blood orange, cherry, figs and prunes. There is definitely some yeast in the flavor, but not in the texture (a nice plus). Interestingly, although this one is promoted as "aged in oak casks for 2 years," it does not delivery a heavy oak flavor in the palette, although there is a slight hint in it, don't expect an oaky hit like you'll get in some of the drier Chardonnay wines on the market.

Compared to my first Petrius experience, this one was considerably better, but still not deliverying everything that I'd hoped for. Still, if you're looking for something different, this is still soemthing worth a closer look.

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 8.4 oz bottle / ABV: 5.5% / PRICE: $2.89 USD ]

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Photo of HoosBrews
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance was a dark, but very carbonated. Smells like a Flander with a slight hint of sourness in the nose. The taste is initially dominated by very high carbonation, slight sourness, and then a hint of molasses. All taste dissipates quickly. A little too thin for my taste, but generally drinkable. Not as rich and creamy as the Oud Bruin's I had years ago in Holland.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby red with a small head but very lacy. Smells very very fruity. Sour apple with an underlying sweetness. A bit of malt.

Taste is appley and yeasty but a bit watery. Better as it warms. Gets more sour and a bit maltier. Still tastes a bit like watered down Goudenband. Quite thin body and not much aftertaste.

This is OK but could be a bit more flavorful.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep red color. Nose a little cellar, we feel that the beer comes from more than 12 months of barrel fermentation. Macerated fruit but also great power. Slightly tannic palate but without original flavors if not subtle acidity made ​​by some currants. It just also add persistence in the aftertaste that sounds a little card. So a good oud bruin but very foolish and unable to stand Liefmans standards.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear ruby brown body with a sticky off-white head. Aroma is balsamic with almost no barrel character though which annoys me when you display them on the label. Bready, yeasty. Taste is a little bland, very short aftertaste, restrained sourness and a little empty. I came close to writing plastic also, but that's pushing it far. Bitter finish, medium body, creamy and biting, too much actually. This may be the only unremarkable beer of the day, but trust me that you're in for something with their aged pale!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark, clear brown with ruby highlights. Large white head leaves snowy lace and bubbly skim retention.

Smells like chardonnay, and Worcestershire sauce with an overlaying steely sour. Doesn't taste as sour as it smells. Sweaty penny sour balanced by a sweet white zin. Low carbonation.

Good but one dimensional.

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

This beer had a brown/copper color with a thick head – light lacing and quickly dissipating. The aroma is sour and malty. The taste is fruity and sour. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Overall, I can say that this is a fairly drinkable beer – it is the first I’ve had of this style and cannot comment on whether it is representative or not.

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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 kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I believe I've reviewed this afore, but as I haven't yet uploaded the notes from my ever-growing backlog, I figured I'd review it live. Or maybe I just wanted an excuse to drink more Petrus...

BOTTLE: 1 pint 9.4 fl oz. Brown glass. Gold foil covers a gold hood-and-wire cap which cages a cork. Simple label art.

Acquired: At a bottle shop in Austin.

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Vintage: This is a blend of 20-30 month old Aged Pale and a second fresh brew.
ABV: 5.5%
Style: Oddly, the label description calls this a Flanders Red Ale (even though the name is obviously Oud Bruin). I'll decide which style to review as as I drink.
Serving temp: Cold. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption.
Serving vessel: Goblet.
Expectations: High (given the brewery).

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. Off-white. Fair creaminess and thickness. Light lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Retention: ~2 minutes. Average.

BODY: Deep dark amber. Not vibrant, but it has a glow when backlit. No yeast or sediment can be seen.

Looks pretty average for a Flanders Red, albeit a bit dark.

AROMA: Lightly tart, with hints of cherry and faint acetic pie crust. Has a kiss of vinegar. Faint oak (more a foeder than barrel presence) guides the beer and lends it natural cohesion. Belgian character is lent by the Belgian yeast, with fruity and lightly sour notes filling it out nicely. Sourness is timid and mild - maybe a 3/10 in terms of intensity. This certainly doesn't suggest a puckering brew, and its relative sweetness indicates its youth. The rawness of the cherry is nice, but a more refined fruit profile and more acetic aroma would be ideal, as would more sourness.

Aromatic intensity: average.

This definitely evokes more a Flanders Red than an Oud Bruin.

TASTE: The faint acetic character is nice, but it doesn't fully commit to the pie crust like it should, and the cherry fruit is too sweet and young; more tartness and sourness would be better. The oak is too timid and weak, but does lend the beer cohesion. Slightly vinegary. Belgian red malts and a kiss of candi sugar provide the odd malt backbone, which feels too sweet for a Flanders Red (or an Oud Bruin, for that matter). The yeast just hasn't taken hold like it should, and the beer isn't sour or tart enough as a result. Sourness is a scant 2-3/10 in terms of intensity; hardly puckerworthy.

Depth of flavour: Average.
Flavour duration: Average.
Flavour intensity: Average.
Flavour amplitude: Above average.

It's not egregiously flawed, but it could and should be so much deeper and more intricate. As-is, it's a balanced cohesive brew, but is reserved and doesn't commit to its flavours. The yeast and bacteria should shine, but they don't have control of the beer.

TEXTURE: Acidity is typical of the style, which is to say it's above average. Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, aptly thick, aptly hefty, and aptly weighty on the palate. Critically, it's not puckering as it should be, and lacks tartness. Well-carbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

This texture fails to accentuate the best notes in the flavour profile - the sourness. As a result, the mouthfeel lags behind the taste in terms of playing to the beer's strengths. Execution is wanting as a result.

OVERALL: This is enjoyable, and will likely get better with age (say, 5 years), but it's just not as rich or well-layered as other traditional Belgian offerings. The discerning drinker will be better served by sticking with Rodenbach, Duchesse de Bourgogne, or Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge. This is the lesser of the widely distributed classic Flanders Red Ales, and will please fans of the style but won't impress. I'd much sooner take Petrus' other offerings over this, and I think the blend has incorporated far too much of the younger beer. That said, it's highly drinkable, would pair well with salad, and would make a good first sour beer for a newcomer to the category.

High C+

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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 chaz01
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown in color. A small head recedes to nothing very quickly and it looks kind of flat.

S: Sweet malt aroma with oak and sherry tones.

T: A little bit of tart sourness combined with some malty sweetness. Nice mellow sour finish.

M: Mouthfeel is better than the appearance and the beer is creamy and carbonated.

D: The "sourness" in this beer is more laid-back and enjoyable, imho. It's much more drinkable than big sour beers such as the Petrus Aged Pale.

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Photo of emerge077
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Rerate 2008. New labelling, fresher bottle.

Poured the entire bottle into a stemmed Oerbier tulip glass. Label recommends serving at 8-12ºC/46-52ºF. It seemed to taste slightly better at a warmer temperature. One finger of offwhite foam, it managed to maintain some head for the duration of the glass. In the sunlight there was a ruby highlight to it's chestnut brown color.

Aroma at first had a metallic twinge, but it seems to have blown off. Later on there are hints at some lactic tartness when vigorously swirled, but not when standing still. Not much funk at all, but there is a smidge of oak barrel.

Flavor feels like a diluted blend of Oud Bruin and fresh Brown Ale. The ratio tastes about 20/80 in favor of fresh, but the label states it was aged in oak barrels for 20 months. Strange that oak doesn't really come through in the flavor. Tartness is practically nil, there are some malty flavors in the middle, but it lacks liveliness. Watery, grainy aftertaste. It seems much to mellow for an Oud Bruin, and this is a fresh bottle. Carbonation seems to taper off quickly, though it can be finished easily enough. An uninspired brew that left me wanting more...more funk, more wood, more anything. This bland ale isn't really deserving of a top 10 spot for Flanders Oud Bruin...

Old review - 10-12-2006 - bottle
A: 4 S: 4 T: 3.5 M: 3 D: 3.5

Bottle with purplish-red foil. Once poured into a tulip, a thin froth of small bubbles condense and cap the garnet-crimson liquid. Spotty lacing. Smells like alcohol mixed in with lactic funk, and aged hops/grain.

Flavors of mildly acidic tartness, hay, and white grape/cherry juice. Sourness is downplayed, but the finish is moderately dry nonetheless. Mouthfeel is thin and flat, like a Flanders Oud Bruin flavored tea. A little disappointing given the attractive aroma and appearance. Taste seems to dull toward the end of the glass. Next round calls for something different.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first Oud Bruin. Poured out to a hazy brown / amber red color with a short lived head and some lacing inside the glass. Medium high carbonation. Aroma of vinegar, dark fruits and flat malt are unobtrusive to the drinker. Taste was slightly bland and flat. Flavors of malt are weak and distant; sourness is present but noticeable degraded, likely to the ageing of the beer. Mouthfeel was soft and watery, but not undesireable considering the other aspects and qualities of this brew. Average drinkability, as this brew is not bad, but I don't really think it's got a whole lot to offer. I may not be revisiting this brew soon, but that doesn't make it bad. Worthy of a sampling.

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Photo of ballewblake
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a kasteel taster glass.

Boring. Slight head that dropped quickly. Minor ring around the glass. Brown in color, opaque. No smell on this one. Highly carbonated on the tongue, taste is lightly sweet, very small hint of a sour on this one, likely due to the barrel/oak. This is drinkable, but not something that is highly appealing. I'd rather have a duchess for something similar. So far I'm not impressed with this brewery. :|

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours out brown with dark dark red highlights and a creamy tan head which doesn't last long.

S: The first thing that comes to mind is a less extravagant jolly rancher smell. It has a lingering background sweetness that helps excentuate the fruitiness.

T: Tastes a bit like sweet & sour apples, but it's not an off flavor. It tastes lie someone made a sour caramel apple and you just took a big bite out of it. The sourness is minimal and the sweetness comes though on the finish.

M: Carbonation is a bit on the low side and the body isn't too thin or too thick. Its about average.

D: Quite drinkable but as I've heard before from Dr. Bill Sysak: if it's a good beer, it's good enough to be sipped.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Nice dark brown body with a decent head.

Smell – Lively mix of malt covered in sour candy. There are some light fruits in there as well, but the overpowering sour sugar dominates this aroma.

Taste – The traditional flavors wimp out at the tongue. The sourness is there with a decent malt base, but it’s very light and watery. After drinking their Aged Ale bottle, this offering disappoints.

Mouthfeel – Nice, tight carbonation and some reasonable sourness help along this ale, but the thinness of the body all but ruins the effort.

Drinkability – I’ll stick with the Aged Ale.

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Photo of saltydog
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very red, slight head, clear. Aroma: Intensely sour wood aromatics some malt sweetness. Flavor: Very sweet tasting. Woody sourness apparent in aroma is oddly very lacking in flavor-a surprise, and a big dissappointment. Finish: Blandly sweet finish.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - reddish brown on the pour, plenty of bubbles to feed two fingers' worth of head. As it falls back, it laces very well, leaving mountainous crests and valleys around the glass.

Aroma - a light whiff of fruit and funk. An early note of oak, mostly masked after setup, but still there a little. At length, this smells sort of infected, but I think that may be correct for the style.

Taste - opens with a thin, sweet graininess. Moves on to a nice, bourbony, mashy kind of flavor. There's a tart, indistinct fruitiness, almost like a dry wine. Well into the aftertaste I notice hints of coffee around the back and sides of the tongue. Finishes dry and lightly tart.

Mouthfeel - pretty crisp, on the thin side for body.

Drinkability - not on my short list, but not a bad beer.

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