Petrus Oud Bruin | De Brabandere

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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

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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 -2.5%
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 -10.6%
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 -9.3%
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 +1.9%
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 -7.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +11.7%
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 +3%
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 +27.8%
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 -7.9%
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 -16.3%
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 +9%
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 -11.2%
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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Photo of Katahdin
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured with a rich creamy head that as the beer warmed a bit released wonderful scents. One can smell and taste the dried fruits (raspberries, cherries, citrus) and a hint of oak aging on the tongue. The beer has acomplex flavor that lingers on the palate but it is not nera as tart as one would expect. Goes down smoothly with nice texture.

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Photo of ATraurig
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown with a light head.

S: Probably its best feature. Very sour scent, much like La Folie. The wild yeast is very prevalent in the scent.

T/M: A slight let-down considering its smell. It still tastes pretty good but I was definitely expecting more flavor out of a beer with such a good sour scent. Very hollow.

D: Surprisingly pretty light and drinkable. Not much of an aftertaste. Many sour beers upset my stomach a little, but this one doesn't.

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Photo of tigg924
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: light brown in color, huge head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: wood, sour mix, and grain

Taste: wood, toasted malt, slight sour mix, dark sweet fruit--maybe black cherry

Mouthfeel: super smooth, nice sweet and sour mix. high carbonation, dry, light

Drinkability: This beer is now in my top 10. I love the sourness combined with the woodiness. I have not had anything that tastes like this before. This is my favorite sour beer post my Eulogy trip to Philadelphia. The low abv means I could have several.

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Photo of burcher
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottom line: great introduction to sour beers. very mild and subtle sour/brett flavors. Extremely approachable by even the mildest craft beer fan. Nice brown color hints of dark fruits. Sourness is extremely mild yet compliments the malts. Very little if any hop flavor. Exceptionally drinkable. Bottle and draft nearly identical. Great go-to flanders red but seems more like a sour brown. Availability makes this a great 'trainer'.


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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a clean tall glass.

A: Poured with bountiful head that slowly faded and laced moderately well. Deep copper (when held up to light this is a very good looking beer).

S: Foamy grains, slightly bitter in the nose with a yeasty/woody smell.

T: Very dry up front almost like a crisp and sour lager. This quickly gives way to heavy woody (think beech and oak) dark flavor. I can detect roasted nuts on the side, and a near-bourbon flavor near the end. Some vinegar in between the for and aft tastes. Leaves a rather heavy hardwood taste in the mouth...

M: Medium bodied, with a dry biting smoothness.

D: Medium drinkability. If you have never had this style, it may seem too sour to down quickly, if you know and enjoy this style you will find it pleasant.

Overall: A pleasingly complex Oud Bruin. I recommenced it.

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

Poured ontap into a Petrus glass, a hazed brown in color with an off white head and some lacing down the glass.

Aroma is lightly malty.

Tastes quite tart, with a caramel malt body. A bit acidic on the palate. Hops are played down, a bit sour. Vague roasted malt pulls through at the end but finishes a bit sweet.

Medium bodied with a semi dry finish.

All in all a nice beer to visit from time to time. Drinkable and within sessionable strength. Also fits the definition of the style very well.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice, clear dark brown bordering on ruby. Minimal head but good retention. Very quaffable looking.

First smell: hello cherry lambic! Maybe it's the same phenols from the oak aging or the yeast variety used, but this smells extremely similar to a fruit lambic. And that was not expected. That being said, this is a damn fine aroma. The spicy sweet smell comes through strongest, but there are faint hits of caramel malt and bready characteristics, and these become more apparent as the beer warms. A very unique mix of aromas, here.

The taste is a strange combination of lambic sweetness/acidity with softly roasted malts. Cherry comes through again, pleasantly. Lactic funk on the back of the palate. Dryer than I expected. The taste is very good, I just wish it was more...there, in terms of fullness.

The sweet aroma had me wanting more tartness and fullness from the beer; the beer is very light and effervescent on the tongue. The finish is almost unnoticeable. I know the style and the oak aging gives it some champagne-like dryness, but this just seemed weak in comparison to some lambics. A strange hybrid type beer (just as an oud bruin should be) but the mouthfeel left me wanting more body.

Still, worth a try for sure.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served on draft at Churchkey in D.C. Served in a tulip. This beer is brown (shocking I know), thin head clings to the edge of the glass and beer interface, no lacing on the glass to speak of, carbonation mild. Beer is completely clear, no haze at all.

Aroma is really interesting, I've never smelled anything quite like this. Its definitely sour, high lactic acid smell but there is some sweetness there as well. The sour is dominant and blocks out the other smell, it prepares you for a super sour beer.

But the beer is not super sour, don't get me wrong, it is sour. Its just not tart. There are some cherry flavors, this beer is sour and not tart, that's the best way I can put it. It finishes comlpetely. It is a palate cleansing beer, completely. I did not remember drinking it seconds after I swallowed. Drinkability high. I had to keep drinking it to analzye it and it was gone, in a few minutes completely gone. Beer has a medium body and a nice mouth feel, hit all the right places on the palate before vaporizing.

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

Poured a dark brown with ruby tints and a thin tan head that dissipated quickly to little head or lacing. Aroma was a mild hint of hoppy sour apples and malty dark fruit. Mouthfeel was a pour attempt at a Flemish Sour....slightly sour on the onset, followed by slightly sweet, but never quite got there on either. Flavor was a weak continuation of the scents of the nose, and the finish was short and slightly dry.

Ok, but by no means great

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3rd Bottle from the 'Petrus range' I've reviewed, more in the garage awaiting their turn!

This brown 33cl bottle is just a little out of date, should have been consummed by 24th May 2009, drank and reviewed 30th Sept 2009.

Poured into a Westmalle chalice, it was bound to look good and it did. A deep ruby red colour with a thick tan head (at first), the head soon fell away though.

This is one of the sour smelling and tasting Oud Bruins that's for sure. Vinegarous aroma and flavour doninates everything once the bottle has been broached. I can't pretent to actually enjoy the sour styled ones, but I do understand where they are coming from and can almost appreciate them, almost that is! Farmyard, old cherry and plum flavoured hints start to arrive in the aroma and taste as the beer warms, this doesn't help my appreciation in any way either.

The rear label claims Oak barrels are used during its 20 months in maturing, this obviuosly adds to the character of the brew.

Glad I've had one, will not be having another.

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Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
3.67 out of 5 based on 1,313 ratings.
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