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 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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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I've yet to see many examples of this style.

Pours a dark brown color with a two-finger head that fades into my glass.

Aroma is a mix of sour grape/apple and barnyard funk with the aroma of oak as well.

Taste is full of sour apple, grape and barnyard. Yes, barnyard. It's never too sour though and the oak doesn't seem as noticeable in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sour flavors and oak. Beer goes down very well though and is very drinkable for the style.

I like this. I rarely see this style around much so it's always a treat to give it a try. Definitely easy to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of germanbeer1
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the second Petrus brew that I have tried after the Petrus Tripel. Poured into a Delirium glass, which produced a very dark brown color. The head was minimal and there was very little lace in the glass. Like many Belgian Ales, Petrus gives off a sour scent, but this attribute is only slightly present in the taste. After some initial sourness, the beer quickly fades off and doesn't leave any distinguishable mark. There is nothing offensive about this beer, yet nothing spectacular about it either.

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

330ml bottle. the bottom of the back has "39562". tasted in early april 2009. poured into tulip.

clear, dark, reddish ruby brown. 1.5 finger, rocky, light tan head, fades to wisps and ring. a few very thin and sparse rings of splotchy lace.

aroma of damp earth and fallen leaves. apple skins. trace of cider, trace of brown sugar and dates. mineral whiff and hif of woody oak.

taste: caramelized malts, brown sugar, cider. again an autumn leaf note to the hops, with mild bitterness and gentle acidity, melding with oak and vinous notes. slightly watery overall however...

ever so slightly thin, but still smooth, with acidic texture at the end. crisp carbonation has moments of fluffiness.

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Photo of dgilks
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice dark brown with a decent two finger creamy tan head.

S - Not bad, vinous with a touch of vinegar. Some fruitiness there as well.

T - Fruit vinegar and a touch of funk there. Quite sweet and a little bit of hop bitterness present. Really much more sweet and fruity than expected. I also sense a little bit of vanilla but not much.

M - Medium to thin body and average carbonation make this a refreshing brew with a great mouthfeel.

D - Refreshing, tasty and a something to it. This is a good brew which I am happy to drink a few of.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle in a tulip glass. Deep, dark brown, appears opaque at first until held to the light, revealing a beautiful ruby glow throughout. A few fingers of light tan tan head that drops to a finger, leaving small spots of lacing. Lots of bubbles all around the edge, which kind of sparkle.

Smells foremost of vinegar, some plum & other dark fruits, & a teeny bit of malt. The sourness is mostly in the aroma -- the taste is sweeter than I expected, carrying fruity notes (mostly apple, some cherry) with just a little tang at in the finish. Very good, the fruits kind of swim around. I keep expecting some oak to poke through, & it almost does, but then no.

Mouthfeel is nice: the body is not too thick or too thin, & the carbonation gently massages the palate. Ahhh. A pleasurable beer, complex without being overpowering. Could sit & sip this all day.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Local 44 in Philly. Poured a purple brown into a tulip with a thick cream colored head. Smell was bitter fruity of raisins and bread. Taste was pungent and fruity similar to a brandy or whiskey. Mellow Belgian hops in the finish. Complex beer definitely worth trying but nowhere near as interesting or tasty as some similar beers.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Moinette goblet.

A - Brown with ruby red highlights. Course tan head falls quickly to a little ring and partial skim layer.
S - Sour cherry notes, pretty big oak.
T - Sour initially but some sweetness comes in quickly. I don't get as much of the sour cherry on the taste but I also get some apple. I'm not getting a ton of complexity on the taste. Oak is there but not like it is on the nose.
M/F - Fairly light in body. Very actively carbonated - a little too much for me. As it warms carbonation becomes a bit more settled and enjoyable. Dry mouthfeel.
D - This one is alright. Probably wouldn't seek it out but not opposed to drinking one.

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Photo of Rayek
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy chestnut brown with frenetic initial carbonation. Soapy cream colored head comes and goes in a flash. Leaves little lace.

S: Maple struck me first, followed by coriander, clove, oak, toffee and even a hint of lemon. A rather complex nose when all is said and done.

T: Starts with a maple sweetness that quickly transitions to bittersweet toffee. The sweetness is balanced by a combination of coriander bitterness and a strong lemon sourness. Finishes tart and sour, with a touch of acidity.

M: Light body is thin and syrupy. Carbonation is on the high side at first, but eventually settles down.

D: This is a decent enough beer. It grew on me as I drank, but lacked that certain something the pushes a beer to the next level.

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Photo of ajayma
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Like molasses in color, pours with a slightly red-tinged head. Lacing is solid but short-lived.

Reminiscent of a damp basement.

Medium in body. Cushy, micro-fine carb and smooth mouthfeel help make this very drinkable.

This is beer not particularly hoppy or malty. Rather, it seems to derive most of its flavor from a lightly balanced trio of apple, oak, and cherry flavors. The finish is strangely cooling with a hint of iron and unripe cherry.

Surprisingly smooth. Undeniably drinkable. Restrained oak and acidity, coupled with its slightly fruitiness make it a suitable match with say, smoked fish, or braised meat.

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