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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 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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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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lemony cherry nose with traces of barnyard. Pours brilliant chestnut under a 2” fluffy tannish off-white cap that dissipates to a thick film. A tart lemony citrus cherry palate with traces of chocolate hints of fruitcake. Moderately high finely bubbled carbonation with a medium body. Juicy and refreshing.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Brown body that is clear ruby in the light. Thick fluffy khaki head that laces.

First whiff is a letdown compared to the Aged Pale. The taste is as well. Sort of tastes like a dunkel with a mildly tart edge and metallic off flavor.

Effervescent with a light medium body.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +9%

Shared at the BFD Christmas Party, thanks to who ever brought it.
Tart fruit and light brown sugar light vanilla and earthy woodiness. Great brew, I'm surprised I haven't rated this before.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap in a tumbler at Firkin.

Finishing off my day at Firkin by revisiting a beer I vaguely remember trying way back in my NoVa days. It pours a clear midnight tawny topped by a finger or so of dark khaki foam. The nose basically reminds me of a jar (if one were to exist, of course) of maple syrup-laden malt vinegar. The taste flips things a bit, having some tart vinegar tinging dry maple syrup, with a touch of muted brine making a brief cameo near the beginning of the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a slick feel, and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, an odd beer, really, what with its inability to decide on a flavor path (vinegar-leaning or maltily sweet), but it still retains its drinkability.

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Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Interesting take on the oud bruin style, leaning towards the sour ales. Brown in color with minimal head, and some cider/wine aromas. Taste is tart, and slightly sweet. A good dessert beer.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass, brown colored with a large tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: acetic acid, balsamic vinegar, oak

T: less sour than expected, sweet and sour flavor, oak is present, flavor is quite mild, sour is present with good malt

M: thinner and refreshing

O: an approachable sour

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

Pours a very dark brown tinted red, one finger of khaki colored head, settles to a thin ring, dots of lace down the glass. Smell: balsamic, cherry, brown sugar, note of soured stone fruit. Taste: sour peach, cherry, vanilla-ish note, blackberry, herbal...fair amount of herbal bitterness; not much acidity. Carbonation is a little high and aggressive making it feel unrefined for the style.

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Photo of dodge408
3/5  rDev -18.3%

It had a sourness that wasn't overwhelming and made me taste buds pucker but not for long. It's a unique sour beer that one should try to expierence the vast varitey of brews.

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Photo of yannimou
4/5  rDev +9%

As someone who is not well versed in sours, this is delicious! The sourness is there but not overbearing. Black cherries, sweet malt, nutty, some funk. Medium carbonation. It's pretty light and one dimensional. Clean finish. Although I can tell this is pretty tame for a sour, it's fantastic. A very welcome and unique departure from the usual of IPA's, stouts, and pale ales. Definitely worth a try.

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