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Petrus Oud Bruin | De Brabandere

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Petrus Oud BruinPetrus Oud Bruin

Brewed by:
De Brabandere

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

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my Troegs Mad Elf tulip glass. Pours a brownish red color, mildly hazy, fizzy carbonation...and a HUGE frothy tan head...lasts for a few seconds, and then dissapates to a small creamy surface. Excelent sticky and thick lacing.

Aroma is full of wood! No surprise there, oak...slight citrus, wheat, Belgian yeast. A nice aroma, but nothing spectacular.

A decent flavor, again...nothing that really jumps out. Light, crisp mouthfeel...decent carbonation, not boozy at all(not expected at 5.5% ABV). Finishes a little dry, with a fruit aftertatse long after each sip. Flavor has some lager notes to it, which I find interesting. Oak and yeast are definitely prominant. Overall, a decent beer...and an easy drinker.

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Photo of chaz01
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown in color. A small head recedes to nothing very quickly and it looks kind of flat.

S: Sweet malt aroma with oak and sherry tones.

T: A little bit of tart sourness combined with some malty sweetness. Nice mellow sour finish.

M: Mouthfeel is better than the appearance and the beer is creamy and carbonated.

D: The "sourness" in this beer is more laid-back and enjoyable, imho. It's much more drinkable than big sour beers such as the Petrus Aged Pale.

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Photo of fropones
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice deep dark reddish brown with a thin off-white head.

S - Nice tart, vinousy characters. Nice fruitiness with a bit of spice.

T - Nice tartness rounded out by malt. Some oak in here. Not very sour at all, which is somewhat unfortunate as I believe it could use to be somewhat more sour.

M - High carbonation with medium body.

D - Drinks nicely. Not my favorite beer for the style or sours in general, but still nice.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 4-5-10

Pours a deep brown color with a blood red hue. A huge off white head settles quickly, leaving a thick coating of foam.

Smell is very fruity and sour, with an distinct edge very similar to a wine. Very light and floral, with a hint of pleasant oak. Very enjoyable.

Taste is a little sour, a little tart, a little fruity, and that's it. Subtle and simple almost to the point of being bland. The flavors that are there go well together, though, a leave a very nice Belgian aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is excellent, perfect thickness (or lack of) and great carbonation to add to the tartness.

Drinkability is also very good, light flavors and abv mean you could drink this all night.

Overall, a good beer that I wish was a little more extreme.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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 dbtoe
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11 oz bottle poured into a chalice
I've been blown away by a sour brown and haven't had many. This isn't as complex as others I've tried. It's a very tasty and fairly simple beer. I could have many of these in a sitting.
Look is brown with a little red and a small head that doesn't stay for very long.
Smell is mild and sour.
Taste is also a mild sourness with a touch of oak. A sweet malt really balances this beer.
Feel is a little fizzy and carbonated, finishes clean.
Drink this is a very drinkable beer and if the cost was less I'd get it a lot.

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Photo of froghop
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear dark brown with a small tan head, and not lacing.

smell is of fresh malt, some woodiness, and a bit of dark fruit.

taste is of sour malt, dark fruit, a touch of spice, and a little caramel, ends a little dry, somewhat sour, and a little bitter.

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

A- A very deep, reddish brown with an off-white head that is both creamy and craggy. Looks rather appealing.

S- Sour, funk, light fruits, and floral. Rather complex and hard to pinpoint at times, but it is very nice.

T- Sweet and sour with a slight cider aspect. The flavors are subtle, but the sweetness and sourness stick out. Unique.

M- Slightly acidic but rather creamy. Clean on the finish.

D- Tasty and unique. Not as extreme as the Aged Pale alone but it is more refreshing.

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Photo of travduke
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, dark brown body. One and a half finger off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving minor lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruits are predominately present. Black cherry, grape and currant. I'm not getting a real oaky smell which I'm looking for.

Taste: Malty sweetness and a little sour. Which I believe is traditional for the Flanders style. No true oak taste, too bad.

Feel/Drink: The mouth is nice and smooth. I can drink a couple of these and enjoy them. Lot of different flavors going on.

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Photo of Avagadro
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: deep mahogany in color with a beige frothy head.

S: caramel, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar are all present in the bouquet.

T: malty sweet, with a touch of sour to balance. Very enjoyable.

M: medium body with a touch of carbonation. No flaws, but not exactly exciting.

D: a good example of the style, as well as a good intro to sour brews.

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Photo of organicbrewer
2.82/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Dark ruby to light brown with a huge tan head. Clear.

S-Wood and balsamic. Some plastic phenols but not overpowering or unpleasant. No hop aroma. Slight raisin. Could use more dark fruit aroma.

T-cola like sweetness with a hint of sour. High color crystal malt flavor. some raisin. No hop bitterness or flavor. More sour to sweet would make this beer much better

M-medium bodied. medium carbonation. no alcohol warmth.

D-Not a lot going on. Aroma is nice but everything else is kind of average. Would be nice if this had more of the aged beer in the blend.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml. bottle into a chalice glass. The Oud Bruin pours a mahogany brown with a thin cap. Retention is light but a surface cap is rather steadfast and yields some decent lacing.

Aroma is slightly vinous in nature with yeast and grape notes. Bit of oak and wine are present though subtle. Decent malt backbone with a nice complexity. Yeast notes are potent and actually strong for the style.

Taste follows the nose with a decent dose of malt and some light tart notes. Easy drinking but doesn't offer much of a tart bite. Pleasant feel and quite well carbonated though a bit dense for the style.

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

A - Deep redish brown with a good sized beige head. Retention is decent and has pretty good lacing.

S - Sour dark fruits (a lot of it cherry and grape like). Also a decent amount of malt sweetness. These together give it kind of a sweetened tart/sour smell with tart/sour winning. Also slight oaky smell.

T - Follows the smell a lot. Again sour/tart flavors come predominately from dark cherry and grape, and are edging out the sweetness from the malt. The tart/sour is the feature but the malt comes in slightly after to keep it in check. I would describe it as starting off more vinegar like then the malt comes in and it is more tart juice like. Throughout there is an oaky aspect to the beer, but it never fully develops or is prominent; rather it is more of a persistent subtle background flavor. All together, it seems a little watery though.

M - Somewhere between medium and light body and with a decent amount of carbonation. Crisp taste.

D - Decent, the sour/tartness isn't too overpowering and the body is good. Not exactly the most refreshing beer to drink and much better suited for sipping. Wouldn't drink too many in one sitting, but I could see myself drinking more in the future.

Notes: Pretty good as far as balancing the tartness. If you want a lot of oakiness, there are probably better choices, it's always there but never outstanding. I liked this, it just seemed a little watered down flavor wise.

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Photo of philbe311
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A very slight audibly fizzy head quickly dissipates leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a very small splotch of lacing in the very center of the glass... An interesting coloring... Dark and almost opaque when looking at head on... Lighter and completely translucent when examining from above or below... In both cases, the ale is brown with a reddish tinge of highlights... Very still with no carbonation to speak of... Coats glass with a sticky film...

S - Apple... Cherries... A minor undertone of candied sugar... Just a subtle tinge of vinegar... Salty water... A touch of wood...

T - Touches of fruit, namely pear, apple, and a weaken faux cherry... A mild tartness... A tinge of salt... Really lacks the complexity and character I expect for the style...

M - Light to medium bodied... A slightly uncomfortable fizziness... A tad thin... A mildly dry finish... Comes and goes quickly without leaving much of an impression...

D - A mild disappointment... Seems to lack any sort of complexity, especially in terms of taste and mouthfeel... This isn't a bad beer, but it's one that can easily be forgotten about, especially when compared to its Flanders Red and Oud Bruin counterparts...

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Photo of tzieser
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the extra, youbrewidrink!

Poured into a chalice. Deep brown/copper color with a nice white head. Kind of thin aroma-- a sour malt nose with hints of oak. Flavor is a bit thin. Sour flavor up front, with some malt character, but a bit thin all around. I was expecting more sour and tart notes, but it's definitely much more watered down than I anticipated

Basically reminded me of a "session" sour ale. Kind of like a Monk's Cafe...I guess I may have been spoiled by Duchess.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Pours clear garnet with highlights that remind me of the Haribo cola bottle gummi candies in color. Faint white head.

S - Applesauce, brown sugar, roasted malt.

T - Sour apple, lemony citrus, oak, really faint dark fruit and a little cherry.

M - Thin bodied, foamy.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served in a new style Boulevard Chalice. Bottle conditioned. Brown with some red highlights. Sparse head. Not a lot of carbonation. Fruity aroma with some cherry. A bit of acetic sourness in the nose as well. Fairly sweet in the flavor however. More dark fruit and some caramel. Just a hint of sourness. A little metallic in the finish to start, but this faded. Didn't get much wood flavor. This didn't do a whole lot for me.

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Photo of taigor
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a regular glass.

A - Poured reddish brown, slightly hazy with medium head that dissipated quickly leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly yeast with hints of fruits but not too much there.

T - Sour, tart taste upfront followed by yeast and slight hoppy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Good and refreshing. Would definitely like to have more in the future.

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Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany with a thick, bubbly light tan head.

Aroma consists primarily of both lactic and acetic sourness and some malty sweetness that has a deep caramel note, but no roastiness. Just a touch of toasty wood also reveals itself.

Mild sourness also comes through in the taste, but its a nice blend of both acetic and lactic character that makes it tough to dissect any single component. The sour is contrasted by a pleasant malt sweetness that has some caramel, brown sugar, and very light molasses notes. Fruitness trails at the end with notes of sour cherry and tart raspberry along with a drying toasted oak note.

Medium-bodied with a relatively dry finish.

A good and very mild and approachable example of the style. Definitely a good introduction to the Oud Bruin style and maybe even to the entire world of sours. It has complexity and sourness but only just enough to let you know it is indeed a sour ale.

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Photo of adamette
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle that I bought as a single for $4.35 at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio last week into my Petrus very tall goblet that probably would hold 16 ounces. I got it free in the Petrus Winterbier gift pack about 2 years ago. "Best by" date of 16/10/10 stamped on the back label.

A Nice, long lasting creamy head over a dark brown body with dark mahogany, ruby light at the thin areas of the glass. Nice near curtain lacing on the glass after repeated sips. 4.5

S That great dark cherry sweet/tart smell that is a hallmark of the style with a near absence of any hops smell. Right on target for the style and inviting and interesting. 4.0

T Nice malt presence but not as cherry sweet/tart as the smell suggested that it would be and that I had anticipated after having other Flander's Oud Bruins and experiencing a more pronounced sweet/tart malt presence. The tastes are there but in a more muted form. Little to no hops in the taste as well as the smell. 3.5

M Nice and creamy smooth as the head suggested it would likely be. I like this feel for this style. 4.5

D Fair to good. This is a fine beer but it lacks that nice sweet/tart punch that I like in this style. Also, it is quite expensive. 3.5

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.69/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has long been one of my most sought-after. As of late, I have found it quite easily. Unfortunately my favorite beer, this beer's brother, Petrus Aged Pale, is not so readily available. Both are highly recommendable.

A – Cola brown with a bubbly, soapy tan head.

S – Exciting. Vinegar, brown sugar, cinnamon, apple cider, earthy wood and vanilla.

T – Not quite as exciting as the smell, nor as exotic. But awesome nonetheless. Sour, with sweet grape flavors, both artificial grape flavor and the real thing, also brown sugar and apple and cherry, lots of wood, and a dry, clean finish.

M – Medium bodied. Dry and slightly sharp, the mouthfeel enhances the flavor.

D – The saddest thing is drinking the last sip.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Hmm... let's try a petrus. 'Old Brown Ale Aged In Oak Casks For 2 Years. '

11.2 oz into tulip.

A- Brown, mahogany, slightly sandy, khaki-colored head that settles into a cm pretty quickly.

S- Hmm... a bit malty, some vinegar/tartness... and some cloves.

T- Not as sharp as the nose would indicate (a good thing). Sweet, candi sugar? A nice barrel woodiness. Puckering tartness, but not overbearing. I'm not too familiar with Oud Bruins, but I'm liking this one. A pleasant malt base works wonderfully for the tart and barrel qualities.

M- Tart, but not too harsh, good carbonation, very interesting. High marks here.

D- Moderate. Complex, really took my time with this one, and enjoyed it. I'd buy it again, but couldn't have more than one per sitting. A contemplative beer.

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Photo of champ103
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark and cloudy ruby red color. A two finger head forms, and recedes to a ring. Little lace.
S: This starts out good. Slightly sour fruits of pears and apples. Some funky aromas with dry wood and sweet malt.
T: There is just not much of a flavor here besides dank sweet malt. Very light sourness. Nothing else. Not very impressed.
M/D: The body is on the lighter side of medium. A little watery, and not very crisp or dry. Not something I really care to keep coming back to.

Just kind of blah. I think I was expecting more for some reason. Nothing bad. Though nothing I will get again when there are much better versions easier to get.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer came in a variety six pack. The color looks a lot like coca cola and has a decent head. The first aroma I caught was of sweet apples. The taste is a little bit bitter, with the apples kind of in note form and not full flavor. The flavor is slightly alcoholic but I really like this.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark, clear brown with ruby highlights. Large white head leaves snowy lace and bubbly skim retention.

Smells like chardonnay, and Worcestershire sauce with an overlaying steely sour. Doesn't taste as sour as it smells. Sweaty penny sour balanced by a sweet white zin. Low carbonation.

Good but one dimensional.

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