Petrus Oud Bruin | De Brabandere

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Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium
bavik.be

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

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1,313
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591
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown with lasting lace. Soft on tongue. pronounced cherry tart taste, Carbonation and malt balance. Sour but pleasant aftertaste. Dessert, but only one possible..
1.75 years later, lots of lace. Well malted and balanced cherry pie, easy drink. One standard deviation in complexity.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger very rapidly dissipating head. Very dark brown with a little light getting through.

S: sweet caramel with a sour fruit note, almost cherry aroma.

T: not sure where the oak is in this one. I am getting more of a sour dark fruit and light red wine flavor. Nut notes.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: more sweet than I expected and no oak to spea kof for my palate despite the oak barrel aging.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky cranberry-brown color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random streaks and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour fruit, balsalmic vinegar, funk, and some wood aromas. This beer smells very good. Unfortunately, the taste is nowhere near as good as the smell. There are some watery sour fruit flavors and only minor funk and vinegar flavors. I am pretty surprised and bummed out because of this. There is a good level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I am disappointed in the flavors compared to what I expected from the smells.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

textbook version of an oud bruin. pours real dark brown, radiant, with a finger or two of off white suds. the nose is quite sour, vinegary, but with some sweetness from the caramel malts and a hint of tart cherry juice. the sourness isnt as potent in the flavor, but there is still that sort of bacterial acidity that works in beautiful conjunction with the toasted malt and the fruity component that tastes less like cherries than it smells, could be some other red fruit, dried and semisweet. finish is a little puckery from the yeast, but not overwhelming at all. this is sort of the session sour for me, could gladly do several of these. there is a smooth feel, gentle carbonation is just right, but the body i find to be a little thin. i dont need it to be huge or anything, but a little more weight to it would support the complexity a little better. overall though a really nice example of the style, widely available, and reasonably affordable.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark brown/amber with a small white head; a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface. There's a medium level of carbonation.
S: The aroma is rather sour with hints of underlying malts and cherries.
T: The flavor is very interesting and complex - a mix of mild sourness with malty sweetness, dark fruits, and oak. The beer is well balanced.
M: The beer feels smooth on the palate and has a light to medium body.
D: This is very easy to drink. The unique flavor leaves me yearning for another.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thin looking beer that pours a russet color. Initially thinly laced, off-white head eventually falls completely still. No lacing, no legging.

Quite tart and woodsy with sour funkiness that weaves in and out of cherry, dark berries, plumb, grape, and red wine vineous character. Brown malts are partially desolved by the musty yeast, but also retains a medium breadiness and malt flavor.

Malty up front, but thinning at mid palate due to the souring note going into the astringent finish.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark reddish-brown, with a multitude of fuzzy, creamy off-white head, that leaves spotty lacing as it fades away. It smells of sour fruit - cherry, apples, and sweet grainy malt. The taste is mild earthy, sour fruit, and roasted caramel malt. The carbonation is moderate, the body a little thin, and it finishes with some lingering fruitiness. An interesting beer, but the advertised woodiness doesn't really assert itself, other than in the roasted malt character. The fruitiness becomes a tad cloying, without the hops to keep things honest - overall, a decent brown ale with a minor sour essence.

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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 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 brentk56
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt caramel color with a tan head that bubbles away over time but leaves behind some traces of lacing

Smell: Toasted brown bread, caramel, sour cherries and wood shavings

Taste: The first flavor sensations are somewhat sweet and fruity, with an oaky, cherry flavor that builds upon the caramel and toasty backbone; within a few seconds, the sour flavors start to kick in and continue after the swallow; while the sweetness continues through to the finish, the sour flavors clearly dominate

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied and rather fizzy

Drinkability: Not overly sour, but has enough of a sour kick to provide an introduction to the style

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, dark, dark brown color with a one-finger, soapy, off-white head of foam. It left behind sticky, soapy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, mostly cherry with a biscuit malt aroma. Some woody aromas, too.

T - Lots of sour cherry flavor up front with sweet caramel maltiness. Some oak flavor emerges as it warms up.

M - It was soft and smooth with a little fizzy bite. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good flanders oud bruin. Just a touch of sour makes a nice balance.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark red brew with a nice head. Aroma of cherry (probably from coming from the oak) with acidic taste. Body is a bit light and no complexity. I would have appreciated a bit more spice or aftertaste. Overall, this is a very average oud brun and I won't be seeking this one anytime soon.

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