Petrus Oud Bruin | De Brabandere

Petrus Oud BruinPetrus Oud Bruin
1,317 Ratings
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 drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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 +7.6%
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 -5.4%
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 -17.1%
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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Photo of nickd717
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Monk's Kettle in San Francisco for $11-mother-f-ing-50. Wow, that place is expensive...but my dad was paying, so my girlfriend ordered this and I ended up drinking quite a bit.

A - Fairly cloudy reddish-brown in color with a large, lasting off-white head.

S - Aroma is vinegar, vinous notes, and sweet dark fruits.

T - Red wine, vinegar, caramel, and cherries. Both sweet and sour.

M/D - Palate starts a little acidic and tart, but finishes smooth. Medium body. Pretty drinkable for the style.

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Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark reddish-brown body with high clarity. Slight off-white head that has average retention.

S - Rich esters and mild malt. Esters akin black cherries, prunes, figs, and raisins. Sour and vinegary scent present. No hop aroma.

T - Fruity esters at first, including black cherries, prunes, and figs. Caramelized malt backing the esters. Low spice phenols accentuate the palate. Definitely a sour character after the sweetness, but not unpleasant. No hop flavor and hop bitterness is absent. Low diacetyl.

M - Medium body, not much carbonation.

D - A fruity, malty brown ale.


Bottle claims aged 20 months, but palate doesn't quite have synergy as thought.

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Photo of prosper
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Reasonably clear, little sediment. Tan head that fades quickly.

Smells very slightly raisin-y, but mostly of acetic acid - almost vinegar-y. Very tart. Some spice - cinnamon, perhaps.

Taste is almost cola-like - high carbonation and acidity, along with fruity malt flavours and some esters. Just a hint of phenolics. Very tart.

Thin, spritzy body.

Too fizzy and too tart to be really drinkable. Hurts my teeth.

Not my kind of thing.

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

Purchased at Red Carpet Wine in Glendora and poured into my Bruery tulip glass.

A: The beer pours a dark brown with a slight reddish tint. There is a thin layer of white foam.

S: The primary aroma is roasted malt. This is followed by a slight lactic acid scent and a decent combination of barnyard funk and oak.

T: I have not had too many beers of this style, so I was a bit unsure as to what I should expect. There is definite Brown ale character initially, along with a lactic zing. It is more sweet than sour, with lots of roasted malt and mild oak coming through. On the finish there are slight notes of dark fruits.

M: This beer features plentiful carbonation and a dry mouthfeel, which is something I really enjoy.

D: Moderate alcohol and an effervescent mouthfeel make this beer very drinkable. The flavors and aromas are good, but not great, so I doubt I will have this again at nearly $4 for a 330ml bottle.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel glass

Pours a deep amber-brown with a thin white to off-white head

The nose has a nice amount of funk, barnyard-to-basement

Oaky, with fruit in the flavor. Cherry and apple definitely there.

Light bodied, lots of carbonation. Crisp and delicious

Very well balanced - nothing too strong, a hint sweet. Easily drinkable.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, dark, dark brown color with a one-finger, soapy, off-white head of foam. It left behind sticky, soapy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, mostly cherry with a biscuit malt aroma. Some woody aromas, too.

T - Lots of sour cherry flavor up front with sweet caramel maltiness. Some oak flavor emerges as it warms up.

M - It was soft and smooth with a little fizzy bite. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good flanders oud bruin. Just a touch of sour makes a nice balance.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - reddish brown on the pour, plenty of bubbles to feed two fingers' worth of head. As it falls back, it laces very well, leaving mountainous crests and valleys around the glass.

Aroma - a light whiff of fruit and funk. An early note of oak, mostly masked after setup, but still there a little. At length, this smells sort of infected, but I think that may be correct for the style.

Taste - opens with a thin, sweet graininess. Moves on to a nice, bourbony, mashy kind of flavor. There's a tart, indistinct fruitiness, almost like a dry wine. Well into the aftertaste I notice hints of coffee around the back and sides of the tongue. Finishes dry and lightly tart.

Mouthfeel - pretty crisp, on the thin side for body.

Drinkability - not on my short list, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of HoosBrews
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance was a dark, but very carbonated. Smells like a Flander with a slight hint of sourness in the nose. The taste is initially dominated by very high carbonation, slight sourness, and then a hint of molasses. All taste dissipates quickly. A little too thin for my taste, but generally drinkable. Not as rich and creamy as the Oud Bruin's I had years ago in Holland.

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Photo of Shadman
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, big Belgian head with little of no lacing. Slighty hazy even when it warms.

Some definite sourness and lactic acid notes. Dark, earthy malt undertones.

Smooth malt front followed by a nice wave of sourness. Slight metallic taste before it settles back into a malt/sour acid balance. Interesting!

Carbonation is certainly vigorous, but then I did let it warm a little too much before puring. A touch watery,, but I'm nit picking

An interesting beer and for those that like the sourness thing a winner. I'll wait until I go to Belgium before I have another

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Photo of DIM
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear, dark mahogany color. It poured with a large off-white, slightly fizzy cap.

s: Dark fruits; raisins, grapes, and figs, dominate the aroma. There is a little earthy, oaky mustiness underneath that and just a little something sweet.

t: Dark fruit flavors are lightly punctuated by musty, earthy oak that lends just a little funk. On the mild side, but I think this hits its target.

m: The lightly spritzy carbonation suits this very well.

d: Not at all big and not all that complex. This is just very tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a reddish brown color. Tan foam rose slowly from the bottle as the cap was removed, and it sits at two fingers high above the beer below. Good head retention, with some nice high lacing.

Smells malty and of tart dark fruits. Not quite sour. Not catching any kind of woody aromas.

The flavor seems to be a pretty nice balance of sweet and sour. The sourness comes out a little more than it did in the nose, but it's still not mouth-puckering. Somewhat earthy flavor underneath the fruit.

Medium body, with nice, tingly carbonation. Not a difficult beer to drink at all. Not bad. Seems pretty neutral, and a good beginner Oud Bruin, so it turned out to be a good choice for me.

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Photo of PartyBear
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Petrus branded flute glass.

A - A chocolately deep brown in colour, with a cloudy body. The head is minimal, with poor retention.

S - The initial impressions are that of flat coca cola. Molasses, and low malts.

T - There is a slight lambic taste in the background that seem to come through towards the end, which is slightly sour. Maltiness, accompanied by fruits, maybe pears.

M - Dry, and mildly sharp. The body and feel is quite weak.

D - The flavours are interesting but they don't work for me. This is not one of Petrus' best beers, not a scratch on the speciale.

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Photo of botham
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a flute. pours a deep brownish garnet with four fingers of light orangish tan head that retains well and leaves pillowy lacings.

aroma is fruity and lightly sour with notes of cherry and apple. lightly sweet and mostly sour, the brew gives little evidence to its oak aging in the nose, just a very faint wooded character upon a bit of warming..

taste is much different, with caramelized malts up front and only a hint of the sour fruity character that dominated the nose. a bit of sourness gets through on the finish, leaving only a light tartness after the fact. overall the brew overall is well composed, with the fruit and malt working well together on the palate. the sour character seems conspicuously restrained, neither for the better or for the worse.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a lightly sweet and tart texture and a finish of residual tartness.

drinkability is good. the brew is mildly complex and catches the palate off guard with the dichotomy between the nose and palate. that being said, the beer is quite drinkable and not too sweet, which works to its benefit. cheers!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark reddish-brown, with a multitude of fuzzy, creamy off-white head, that leaves spotty lacing as it fades away. It smells of sour fruit - cherry, apples, and sweet grainy malt. The taste is mild earthy, sour fruit, and roasted caramel malt. The carbonation is moderate, the body a little thin, and it finishes with some lingering fruitiness. An interesting beer, but the advertised woodiness doesn't really assert itself, other than in the roasted malt character. The fruitiness becomes a tad cloying, without the hops to keep things honest - overall, a decent brown ale with a minor sour essence.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy brown. Aroma is slightly sweet with cola-esque qualities. On the palate, it is similar to Coca-cola as well. Hint of oak, vanilla, and prune. Not much tartness or depth which makes it a touch out of balance, leaning a bit too sweet. Enjoyable enough beer, but is seems like a pretty tame Oud Bruin. Entry level stuff.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brown/amber color into my Chimay glass, producing a nice fluffy 2 and a half inch white head that lingered for a bit and left a lot of lacing. Very impressive!

Aroma was dominated by a funky mildew smell.

A light malty caramel flavor followed by a bitter/tart aftertaste. Must be hops and the initial sour from the aroma.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, but not much effect upon the palate.

Drinkable but the flavors leave something to be desired. Good overall but not something I would go to great lengths to seek out. I think my girlfriend liked this beer a lot more than I did judging from her smile...

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pulled this from my beer cellar and served, chilled, in a Petrus Oud Bruin glass.

No head to speak of, not surprisingly for a sour brown. Deep ruby, no haze.

Smell is slightly acidic/sour, a bit sharp with a deep breath.

Taste is likewise slightly sour, just a hint of sweet.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, almost watery.

Drinkability is good, I wouldn't mind having a few more on a hot day to quench my thirst.

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

A lot less sour than I was expecting, but still a beer worth trying.

The appearance is a nice reddy brown with a decent head that fades into just about nothing. The lacing is a bit on the weak side.

The smell and taste were surprisingly tame, not much puckering going on here, just enough to balance with the sweetness from the malt.

The mouthfeel is crisp, nice transitioning between sweet and sour. This adds up to a very drinkable beer.

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

a decent flanders with a proper look of dark red with a mild murk and a mild head. smell of tart, cherries, and sour apples. taste was a subdued version of that. a bit boozy with a weak malt character. not much horizon in the flavor. rather simple. tart is not assertive. a tad sweet. not much of a wood present either.

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

11.2 oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Label stamped "39849."

Appearance: Poured into a Maudite tulip. Thin, fast receding off-white/khaki head atop a dark cherry wood, clear brew.

Nose: Sour cherries, baked oats, munich malt, ozone, top soil.

Palate: Clean and crisp acidity keep this beer from every being "malty" despite its color. It almost has czech-pilsner-like edges, with sour raisins and sour strawberries, dried cranberry and dried cherry flavors. There's a little woodiness that I suspect comes out more as the beer warms. A few oxi-notes, but nothing really caramelized.

Notes: A really nice sour brown. A good intro to the world of oud bruin. Not too exotic, not too extreme. Great balance with good carbonation levels and clean edges.

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Photo of popery
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I don't have much experience with this style, but I'm definitely not averse to it and enjoy the various sour styles. This beer pours a dark but somewhat clear brown with a big fluffy beige head that stands strong for some time. The aroma is a bit strange. It smells a bit like a vinegary small brown ale, which I guess it is, but it doesn't pull it off quite well enough. The aroma is interesting but a bit thin and acrid. There are some interesting fruit notes in it and some malt nuttiness, but I much prefer the flavor. The flavor is surprisingly refreshing. It's sweet and sour with a bit caramelized malt. The fruits flavors really shine, like lemons, apricots, grapes and apples brightened up with a dash of vinegar. It's a shame that the bottle is so small and relatively expensive because it seems like an enjoyable pub beer to drink for an evening.

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