Petrus Oud Bruin | De Brabandere

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Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium | website

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

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3.67
pDev:
18.8%
 
 
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Photo of tdm168
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - reddish, caramel amber with a soft, thin, white lacing of head

S - cherries, tart, some faint malty aromas

T - tart, sweet, cherries, creamy, some diacetyl, some faint alcohol

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp

This is a decent beer. The only slight defect is the faint diacetylic creamy notes. Otherwise, this is a smooth, slightly tart, fruity beer. It's highly drinkable and very smooth. Anyone who likes the style or likes sours should definitely try this one.

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Photo of MarioM
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Darj brown with a light tan head with small boubbles and decent lacing.

S: slight fruitiness with a light Belgian yeast character, very subtitle smellin brew.

T: Fruity, dark sugar, candy syrup, more tart than sour and frk fruits. Very interesting g and I would have to day it fits the style well, just a bit candy and fruity, but good.

M: A bit dry and mildly tart but dissipates very quickly, which makes you want to keep sipping to taste the beer.

O: A good beer, but is just missi g something. It's a bit one-note once sipping and need to keep drinking regularly to get the flavor. Worth the try regardless.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean ruby-brown, with a thick head of carbonation and an attractive lace web.

Nose is caramel, a bit of fruitiness, and a yeasty earthiness. Pretty appealing and complex.

The taste is sweet and malty up front, with tons of fruit and berries. I get some tartness more towards the finish.

Subtle, unique, and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sourness, slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hops, hint of dry hop, and hint of sulfur. Fits the style of a Flanders Oud Bruin. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sourness, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of citrus, and hint of metallic. Overall, good appearance, sour level is appropriate, but body is lacking in quality.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a toasted caramel color. Hints of ruby. Body is clear. Head is fluffy and off-white. The head dies down to a jagged layer of froth. Plentiful lacing.

S-Tartness derived from dried fruit aromas. Lactic and oaky. Lingering sweetness. Yeasty and a bit musty. High in lactic aroma.

T-Far less tart than the nose. More of a basic flavor here. Brown maltiness, wet toast and yeast. Far lighter notes of oak. Less tart and lactic. Sweet, ripe fruits. Fruit leather rolls. Soggy toasted malts and residual sweetness.

M-Medium bodied. Almost light bodied. Soft creaminess with buzzing carbonation. Semi-dry. Drinkable enough.

O/D-Not super tart or funky but that is okay because I don't think I would have liked an ramped-up version of what the nose was offering.

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Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a tulip glass at Harrington’s Pub in National Harbor, MD.

A: Pours a dark ruby hue with a decent, 2-finger, tannish head that slowly dissipates down the slide of glass ending in a wispy lace.

S: Strong fruity and malty aroma. Lots of dark fruits that is slightly sweet and sour.

T: Tart dark fruit up front followed by a solid malty background with hints of oak and cherries in the finish.

M: Thick body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent Oud Bruin. One of the best I’ve had. Easily drinkable and excellent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of deebo
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with a BB date of 7/23/14.
A-Clear reddish brown with a fluffy sticky tan head.
S-Very beery, lots of alcohol and malt.
T-Brown notes of grainy toasted malt with a oaky characteristic evident.
M-Highly carbonated, medium bodied.
O-An interesting brew. Some sourness, lots of oaky wood flavor and brown notes. Not overwhelming and pretty easy to drink. An interesting style for sure. I think this is the first oud bruin that I've tried so don't have anything to compare it with. First thought is it's a decent change of pace but not a style of beer I'll be craving, but time will tell.

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Photo of benfons
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice brown colour, almost no head

S: Sour cherries, hint of wood, a bit like wine classic oud bruin

T: Basic the same as the taste, although a bit bland, the sourness turns sweet fairly fast, ther is something dusty at the end.

M: Under carbonated, a bit thin

O: It's a descent beer in it's style, but certainly not the best in it's style

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Photo of spoony
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From an 11.2 oz into a tulip.

A-The brew has a pretty dark cherry/cola color. It is mostly clear with a couple streams of visible carbonation to be seen. The head is dark tan and it fades pretty quickly from 1.5 fingers to a thin cap. The cap eventually leaves, too.

S-I picked up some cherries, vanilla, and lightly tart grapes. It is not nearly as sour as one might expect. In fact, the beer has more malty and sweet notes than true sour notes. Quite mild with just a little bit o funk and oak to convince you that, in fact, you are drinking an oud bruin.

T-Tastes follows the smell pretty closely. The vanilla grows a little as the beer warms, but the beer never becomes terribly complex and the lack of concentration in flavor lends a slightly watery component to it all. There is just a sweet mix of cherry, vanilla, and a light malted flavor with a sweet finish. Not unpleasant, but not on par with the better examples of the style.

M-Lighter to medium bodied with a carbonation that, while noticeable, doesn't seem to add much to the brew. A touch slick feeling when the beer gets close to room temperature.

O-This is not a bad beer, just not a great one. It lacks the complexity and intensity that I look for in this style. I suppose the cherry/vanilla components of this brew would pair with some blue cheese or something similarly sharp, but I did not find myself wanting to drink more.

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Photo of pkalix
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another sampler pack with the petrus in it. the last one was bad and the beer exploded upon opening each of them (expensive!). this sampler pack is called "sour power" and includes six bottles of "sour" brews...
pours a very dark brown with no head (which worries me after that last sampler pack).
does not smell sour (worried more....); but does have a funky bad-malt aroma to it...
here comes the taste... acidic, fruity-sour. i guess 'tart' works for this description... i get a little grape, too.
medium body, low carbonation.
overall, this is okay. i dont like the smell as i take more sips, but i think i can finish this bottle. i have seen this before, and thought i had tried it before, but a lot of their bottles look alike. i really like the petrus aged ale which is the true "sour". as i drink a few more sips, i decide i can do these (maybe apprehensive/worried about that last spoiled sa,pler pack?) and it's a decent brew. a little surprised it's only 5.5% abv, but i can respect that....

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Photo of jjanega08
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No known freshness dating.
Bottle stamped
41022

A= Pours a deep brown color with a lively finger of head that falls fast to a ring around the glass leaving behind little lacing.

S= Smells like a strong tartness as well as a nice malty aroma. A little more malty than I expected.

T= The taste is very similar to the nose. Not overpoweringly tart. Quite mild actually. There is a nice malty sweetness that cuts the tartness and a little amount of barrel aging. There isn't too much else going on. A quite mild beer.

M= The mouth is very bubbly. A sort of bubble without flavor. Almost a seltzer water bubble.

O= This thing isn't quite what I was expecting. A little light on flavor for me. Little flavor and sort of watery. Reminds me of a tonic water actually. Check it out and judge for yourself.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish tinted brown, minimal head but active bubbles. Scent leads with dark, vinous fruit, some brown sugary sweetness with the faintest hints of earthy funk and damp wood. Taste brings the fruit but lacking in tartness or acidic sharpness expected in style, sugary sweet malts, but not overly powerful, light caramel, notes of damp oak and earth on the back end. Medium bodied, moderately bubble. Decent beer, but not the best representation of the style.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep brown with a light red hue with a small off white head with decent retention into a flute
S: very faint aroma but from what I can smell it has a light chocolate smell, a bit of cherry fruitiness, some light sourness
T: light sourness, slight cherry, a bit of dark malt flavor, some oak, slight residual sweetnesss. swallow brings a slight sourness and funk with a bit more light cherry
M: fairly light in the mouth with ample but soft carbonation slightly dry finish
O: not bad but not great. a bit too light in flavor for my liking a little too much old and not enough young

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Photo of bmwats
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 33 cl bottle, into a tulip.

A: Medium dark brown. Lots of effervescence. Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, brown-white head. Settles quickly leaving only a slight covering of a bubbly blanket. Very sporadic lacing.

S: Oaky and papery with a light fruity tone.

T: Lightly fruity, acidic, with a very light bready base.

M: Light with a slightly pungent, lingering, aftertaste.

D: Goes down easy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, lots of carbonation, fair head, but no lacing. Nose is woody and fruity. Flavor is a little bread, accentuated with a lightly acidic fruity tone. Light and fruity. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel snifter. The beer looks brown coming out of the bottle, but in a glass held up to the light it looks deep ruby-red (beautiful). There is a nice big tan head that has surprising good retention for a beer with this acidity. The nose is very faint. I get some fruity esters that smell like ripe cherries. As the beer warms a bit, the nose takes on some nice sweet malty notes (like toffee).

The beer has a medium body and a firm mouthfeel. The feel is enhanced by the carbonation, which stimulates the palate nicely. On the front of the tongue, I get faint toasty notes and pleasantly tart cherries and blueberries. The hop character is practically nonexistent and the mild acidity extends across the entire palate. I don't get much malt character, besides the toasty notes mentioned earlier. The finish has a slight touch of spice and apple-like sweetness, but it doesn't linger very long.

Overall, this is a very refreshing, though light-flavored, beer. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. A nice entry beer for someone just starting to explore the weird world of sours. I think I prefer Petrus Aged Pale better. The flavor of that beer is a bit more intense and interesting.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep copper with excellent clarity. The long lasting, medium-tan head is comprised of fine bubble and leaves lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is mainly a moderate tart/sour aroma with some fruit, mostly dried cherries. There is a sweet aroma giving a Smarties type impression with the fruit and tart aroma. No hops, no malt, no diacetyl. Light notes of chocolate come it warms.

T: This has a nicely balanced sweet-tart flavor with a tartness being slightly stronger than the sweetness. There is little hops bitterness and no flavor. The fruit flavors are mostly tart cherry. There is some light spicy and vanilla flavors.

M: Medium bodied with moderately-high carbonation. Somewhat smooth.

O: This is a great, balanced sour beer. It not to sour and is great a example to introduce wine drinkers to a complex, flavorful beer.

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Photo of draheim
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330mL (40323) into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear mahogany w/ a thick off-white head, sticky lacing.

Aroma is tart, grapey, oaky. Smells a bit like grape juice.

Taste follows nose. Dark malt, grapes, oak. A little thin - almost like a blend of oak-aged and non-aged ales.

Mouthfeel is a little prickly, dry.

Overall a middle-of-the-road FOB, nothing bad about it but also not one I'll seek out again.

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

A: Moderate pour yields 1/5 finger of head with fair retention. I would appreciate more. Mixed bubbles seemed to stay, but then were gone like Kaiser Soze. Reddish brown liquid is clear but dark.
S: Kombucha, lactic acid, citrus zest, apricot.
T: Slightly sour, oaky. Some merlot qualities: dark fruit, red grape, oak. Some vanilla, I would like it to be more tart. Very good though.
M: Dry. A bit too effervescent and thin. starchy. Nicely tart, smooth late.
D: Good. I'd order another. Would buy again, but the $4.99 price point for one bottle is too steep.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown with a red hue, almost black until you hold it up to the light. Smells sour and of wood. Tastes brown sugar, cocoa, slightly sour up front but not overly tart. I enjoyed the malt finish, which was a great contrast to the sourness. Lots of carbonation.

I’ll have another.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into duvel glas

A: pours a dark brown with a hint of ruby and a finger of fluffy lightly brown head that dissapates quickly, a few spots of lacing.

S: brown Malts and funk, light hint of oak, a touch of red wine vingar, for some reason, the way the funk and everything combine I get an almost light nail polish remover aroma, which I do not find very pleasing.

T: much like the nose brown malts along with some funk a vingar notes that add as light cherry like hint... Not a bad tasting beer, a lttlle bit of toasted grain.

M: very light, and not overly sour at all, just a little bit of tartness, clean finish.

O: its tasty, deffinatly not bad, but nothing to get overly excited for, the real turn off for me was the fact I was reminded of nail polish in the aroma.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish brown with a 1 inch creamy tan head, lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Sour fruits, grapes, tarts, grapefruit, malts, sweet yeasts. Some oak and grain.

Taste - Much like the smell, sour yeasty brown ale with some malt and oak backbone. Much of the sour is compairable to sour apples, grapes, plum and rasin. The oak adds a bourbon, woody flavor, and more sour.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets nailed with sour and yeasts. After mouth adjusts to the sour, more malts, sugars and yeasts come out. The finish is dry, and aftertaste is very tart.

Overall - Pretty good example of the style. Sour but not overly sour. Nice mix of oak and malts with the sour fruits and sweet yeasts. Low alcohol, good starter into the world of sours and oaked beers.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P:  Deep dark amber body with thin silky khaki head that fades quick and settles to a bubbly swirl.  

S:  Dark fruit, musty basement yeast, roasted grains, aged oak, spices and a subtle lactic acid tartness. 

T/M:  The taste follows the nose with a delicate sweet tart background, aged oak, semi sweet molasses, smoldered grains, b-vitamins and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is light-medium with just a touch of bubbles. Finish is dry with lingering fruit and vitamin notes. 

O:  Roasty and rustic that delivers delicate sweet and tartness. I liked this due to the aged and earthy flavors that brings the mixture into a more controlled state.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Real Ale RIS tulip.

Look- Molasses brown/opaque cola with three fingers of beige head that falls to thin film after two minutes or so. Lacing is sparse, leaving a few thin legs down the side of the glass.

Smell- Dry, musty, heavily oxidized. Faint raspberry-like sour aroma, perhaps dried apples. Vague mild sweetness at first, but second take reveals a bit of toasted biscuit. Swirling brings out a stronger sweet fruity scent that strongly reminds me of Welch's soft gummy fruit candy. Cider-like.

Taste- Similar to the nose- mix of cider, stale toasted whole wheat bread, fruit preserves, and sesame. Starts sour, and the rest comes out over the course of the swallow and savor. finishes with dry toast and champagne. Fairly sweet. Sour cherry and leathery character builds as the glass empties, but doesn't get too heavy.

Mouthfeel- Crisp on the sip, soft on the swallow. Medium body, overall a very light feel. Dry, slight pucker, but lingering sweetness and mild treacly feel keeps it from being a tongue-curler. Drinks like a shandy- easy going in the heat.

Overall- Just about what you would expect- a crisp, refreshing sour brown ale. Very precise execution, and excellent balance. Still, it's borderline bland, which isn't something I look for in a $0.40/oz. bottled beer. Worth trying, but won't make it into my regular rotation.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’m guessing the Petrus Aged Pale is the aged version of this beer; if that’s correct, then I’m excited to crack open this bottle. The Aged Pale was one hell of a sour.

A: Dark, dark red with a huge tan head – love that dense, smooth foam. Retention consists of some light bubbles, with fat ropes of lacing appearing every time I swirl the glass.

S: Aromas of all-natural apple juice and white grape juice fill out the nose with bright sweetness, exhibiting a slight lactic acidity. Blackberry, peach, pineapple, and sweet vanilla cream make an appearance before a fruit-wheat malt aroma sets up the transition to a light phenolic finish. Fruity and enjoyable.

T: Very mild and grain-forward – where did the acids go? It starts with a smooth layer of grassy cornbread and processed wheat flavors, green and earthy, moving to a slightly fruity lemon pulp and red apple skin tone soon after. Doesn’t hit especially hard on the sours, as I said before, but there is a moment or two of natural tartness before it finishes out. Ends with an almost non-existent aftertaste, flavors of white grapes lingering for just a quick second.

M: So incredibly light that it’s displeasing, at times. There’s so much crisp foaminess and thin character that you can’t get a handle on the flavors, to a certain degree.

O: Not an overwhelmingly satisfying Flanders, but it hits some key notes of sour goodness. I’ll stick to the Aged Pale, but this was a nice expedition into lighter territory.

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Photo of TheBeerologist
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 poured into a snifter

Pours a dark reddish brown with a finger thick head.

Smells of vinegar, lemon and dark cherry.

Taste is actually pretty bland for a Oud Bruin, a bit of cherry with a slight pucker to it, but no lingering notes at all and fairly underwhelming.

Very easy to drink, not much body and lightly carbonated.

This beer looked great and smelled nice, but was underwhelming when it came to the taste/body department. That said it is easy to drink and may be great to introduce others to sours before diving all the way in.

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