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Petrus Oud Bruin | De Brabandere

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium
bavik.be

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,416
Reviews:
593
Ratings:
1,324
pDev:
12.47%
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Photo of gameface23
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, yet clear, mahogany with a very fizzy head that leaves really nice lacing.

The smell was pretty weak. Some tartness, but not a whole lot. Sort of fruity (dark fruits mostly) and sweet.

The taste wasn't much stronger. Lackluster tartness. Semi-sweet with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel was decent. Highly carbonated, but it worked.

Drinkability suffers because of the fact that it just isn't my cup of tea.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a flared wine glass. Reviewed 6/2/2010.

Ar: tart cherry, strong raspberry, very fruity, blackberry, clean pils-esque malt, caramel, bircuity, brown ale rich sweetness, mild

Ap: clear brown/maroon, light tan head, fine, good retention, very pretty

t: fruity, blackberry, raspberry, tart hints initially, fades to fruity/caramel/honey sweetness, slightly thin, ends with mild trailing acid and fruit on honey sweetness

M: medium/thin body, medium carbonation (fine), light tartness, thin finish

O: not bad but seems dulled down/purposefully held back from its potential, strong raspberry, resembles a juice squeeze in some ways, gets worse as i have more, lacking complexity

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Photo of Dionysusbrewing
2.87/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I don't really like it

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Photo of Konkretek
2.88/5  rDev -22%

Photo of calsbeek
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep brown with little to no head. No retention and very little lacing.

Oak and vinegar on the nose. Very pleasant. Some dark fruit, cherry maybe? Some vanilla.

Very low complexity. The oak is barely present in my glass. Subtle malt.

Terrible mouthfeel. Too watery. Likely over caronated despite the lack of head.

Not impressed overall, but it is a beer that I would drink again on a hot day.

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Photo of Hautacam
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A lively pour. Reddish brown with a foamy head that drops quickly in a Duvel tulip.
Has a wheat like aroma...some bubblegum and a Saaz like hop odor.
Sweet wheaty malt at first, but somewhat sour and vinegary. Mild grape flavor and a hint of vanilla and bubblegum. Citrusy hops are pretty mild.
The mouthfeel is pretty thin and the carbonation is high.
Not a beer I would seek out..just bought it out of curiosity.

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Photo of Offa
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark red brown, this has a large, light brown head that slowly dissipates to a thin, hazy top and leaves essentially no lacing.

The aroma is sweet, pungent, with notes of molasses, earth, and fruit.

The taste is sweet but sour, tangy, with earthy molasses elements, yeast, red wine, and fruit, almost like grape soda mixed with beer. It has a sweetish, slightly grainy finish. It's ok, but too sweet-sour for me.

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Photo of Cinderbike
2.89/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - clear chocolate brown, no head.
S - vinegar, lemon, sour cherry, leather, wet dog.
T - very one dimensional. Some tart cherry, some chocolate, mostly acetic acid.
M - thin with a bit of carbonation.
O - not a bad sour per se, but there are so many that are leaps and bounds better.

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Photo of sholland119
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a clear ruby brown with a thin creamy head.

S-Rather weak with just a bit of candi sugar and yeast.

T-A little bit of candi sugar sweetness and a tiny bit of sour.

M-Rather thin and a bit watery.

D-Blah. What a disappointment. I really expected a lot more from this one.

HV

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Ithaca Tulip.

A - Pours a garnet red/light brown with little head

S - Slight vinegar, red wine, fading cherry

T - Mildly tart, not very puckery. Seems to be lacking the pop of others in this style. Minimal cherry flavor, fading vinegar.

M - Carbonation is perfect, very refreshing, does leave a light coating feeling on the tongue after but not unpleasant

D - Great for a hot summer day. At only 5.5% ABV, very sessionable.

Overall, this is an average beer at best, salvaged only by its mouthfeel and low ABV. I think it would be suited perfectly for somebody just starting to explore sours, but a well developed palate will find its missing in many areas.

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Photo of prosper
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Reasonably clear, little sediment. Tan head that fades quickly.

Smells very slightly raisin-y, but mostly of acetic acid - almost vinegar-y. Very tart. Some spice - cinnamon, perhaps.

Taste is almost cola-like - high carbonation and acidity, along with fruity malt flavours and some esters. Just a hint of phenolics. Very tart.

Thin, spritzy body.

Too fizzy and too tart to be really drinkable. Hurts my teeth.

Not my kind of thing.

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Photo of AltBock
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Little 11.2 oz. bottle with a cartoon label of 4 oak barrels sitting in the basement of the brewery. Above the picture is the brewery's symbol of a shield with yellow lines and hop buds. Below the picture is where they tell you it's an old brown ale that was aged in oak casks for 2 years. The back label has the mandatory US information and a bottle number. Mine was bottle number #38344. At least I know the beer inside the bottle is at least 2 years old.

Appearance: I went ahead and poured this Belgian Ale into a Chimay Chalise. The beer that came out of this small bottle was a dark mahogany brown with some bright ruby red highlights along the sides. The head of foam was about 3/4 of an inch in height and was an off white color. This head of foam had good retention that left behind a small off white colored film and a few streaks of lace around the glass.

Smell: The aroma was sour, but not sour in fruits or anything. It was just sour. There were some cherries, charred oak, and yeast behind the sourness, but it wasn't busting at the seems with sour aromas. They were just aromas behind a sour wall.

Taste: This Old Brown Ale was lightly sour with bing cherries, a small touch of charred oak, a tiny hint of toasted malts, and a drop of sweet yeast. On occasion at the end of the taste, a slight taste of metallic rust came through. As you can probably tell, I didn't enjoy that taste when it came through. Other than that, it was a decent not oo sour not too oaky Belgian beer.

Mouthfeel: It was a light to medium bodied beer with a lightly sour aftertaste of cherries, charred oak, and a hint of sweet yeast. I'm glad that there wasn't any metallic rust in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: This beer had the same flavors over and over again. The one new flavor that was new was metallic rust and that's not good at all. For me, this beer could have used more sour fruits, a little bit more charred oak, increase the sourness a bit, and get rid of the rust. Where it stands, it's an OK lightly sour Belgian beer. It's not my favorite beer from Petrus.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a murky brown to amber in color. Topped by a thin wispy head. Smells tart and vinuous. The first impression is that this beer is lightly sour, not as much as I was expecting from this beer. A fairly dry beer as well. At first, when cold, there is not too much flavor. It is lightly carbonated, with notes of sour plum in it, as it warms up. It does become slightly more sour as well, and it becomes a bit fuller in the mouth. Overall a fairly simplistic version of a sour Flemish ale.

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Photo of kkoz
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one that I had never heard of before, and I also don't think I've ever seen an Oud Bruin style beer in a bottle, so I had to try it. The label says that it is an Oud Bruin Ale aged in Oak Casks. It says, "Petrus Old Brown is a top-fermented dark ale brewed with the finest hops and malt varieties. Matured in oak barrels during 20 months." It says it is a product of Belgium and is 5.5% ABV.

When I poured it, it was dark brown in color, and when held to the light, it appeared to be very clear. It had a nice tan head with tiny bubbles, and it maintained a nice creamy ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

It smelled sweet and caramelly, almost dark, fruity, and a little raisin and toffee-like. A slight hint at its sourness was in the nose.

It was surprisingly smooth with a fairly light body. It made my tongue tingle a bit, but the sourness was much more muted than I expected. The sourness was mostly noticeable in the finish, which I also found to be very, very dry (perhaps from the sourness). As I continued to taste it, I noticed nutty, raisiny, fruity, and malty flavors. Since the label says that it is aged for almost 2 years in oak barrels, I was surprised that I didn't pick up any oak flavors in it at all.

It was surprisingly refreshing for a sour beer, and might be a great "gateway beer" if you wanted to introduce your friends to sour beers. While I was tasting it, I was thinking that it would go very well with chocolaty desserts, particularly brownies. Overall, it was a good brown ale with a bit of dryness and a hint of sourness.

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Photo of heddar33
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Zonian1
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of jheezee
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of BeanBone
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A murky brown body capped by two fingers of cream-colored head that fade slowly and leave no lacing.

Aroma: A great mix of sour and vinegary notes over a sweet malt body. Mouthwatering.

Flavor: Just as the nose foreshadowed; a balanced combination of tart and sour flavors riding over a sweet malt body. Unfortunately, this is nowhere near as intense as the nose and ends up way too subdued for my tastes. Very mild sweet and sour flavors in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with somewhat spritzy medium-high carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: This is surely an easy drinker if you like sours. However, I think I'd get a little bored and order one of their Aged Pales next.

Verdict: I have to say, Petrus Oud Bruin is a bit of a frustrating beer to me. Clearly, the basics are in place, but the flavor profile is just too thin, like the beer has been watered down slightly and served extremely cold.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of smchenry75
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of EigenBeer
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 1,324 ratings
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