Petrus Oud Bruin | De Brabandere

Petrus Oud BruinPetrus Oud Bruin
BA SCORE
53%
Liked This Beer
3.69 w/ 1,316 ratings
Petrus Oud BruinPetrus Oud Bruin
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,932
Reviews:
592
Ratings:
1,316
Liked:
697
Avg:
3.69/5
pDev:
12.47%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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27
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Photo of chrisjws
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tracker83
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of infinitebruner
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
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 Alexrdvz
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tekstr1der
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
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 utahgiebs
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Magister_Beav
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +0.5%
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 byronic
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wanne
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
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 SDStoutly
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gator_Nation
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TruePerception
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
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 mpenske
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of HardyA
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zach136
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
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 CraigS119
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not as sweet as Monks Cafe, not as sour either. Dark fruits and rubber notes.

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Photo of Taologic
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kingjohnh
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doktorhops
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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 Steban
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 53% out of 100 with 1,316 ratings
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