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 stingrayvr6
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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 -9.5%
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 +1.9%
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 +3%
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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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle with a steak dinner in Ghent. Appears a dark brown with a light tan head. This beer was disappointingly sweet, like big, candy sugar content sweetness with only a bit of cocoa. There's a too-mild sour tang (for the style). While it's not a bad beer, it's a pale example for the style. Still, it wasn't bad with my steak.

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Photo of wl0307
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No. 6 in my 7-bottle Flanders Oud Bruin tasting session; BB 27/08/09, served cool in a large tulip-shaped wine glass. Note: the beer is said to have aged in oak barrels for 20 months!

A: pours a deeply dark russet brown hue with ruby glows when seen against light, coming with a moderate layer of dark beige froth that settles slowly to a thin cap, on top of a healthy/constant input of light carbonation.
S: pleasantly musty-sour notes plus, guess what, a surprising guest element of banana-esters(!), albeit very restrained. Very different than all the previous ales in this tasting panel, that the aroma is considerably influenced by the bottle-conditioning yeasts and also bears a lovely character of chocolaty dark malts plus black cherry skins (as in a well-aged Porter), at the same time not quite lactic nor berry-ish sour-sweet. A good swirl brings out the quieter edge of prune-ish fruits, but way less pronounced than any other Flemish Oud Bruin or Red Ale I've tried.
T: semi-astringent in the cob-web/musty yeasty department and semi-effervescent upfront, then the palate is opened up with a soothing massage of light dark malts and very subdued black prune tea, in a sense more like a lighter-flavoured, also well-aged English old ale. The palate has very limited vinegary/lactic-sourness on offer as on the nose, while the flavour remains relatively clean and light, finished in the same manner with an extra touch of herbal sweetness and "neutrally-flavoured" elements like crystal malts.
M&D: I suppose the combination of a lack of more assertive sour fruitiness and an additional, unusual mustiness (maybe due to bottle-conditioning instead of just filtering as in most other counterparts) makes this ale stand out from the crowd as an unusual example of Oud Bruin; but this can also play against the overall enjoyment at the expense of expected complexity. All in all, this medium-bodied, smoothly carbonated ale is easy to drink but not as attractive in terms of overall performance.

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Photo of skee1080
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium-brown with decent clarity. The head pours thick and slightly off-white with great retention. There is no apparent lacing.

S: A wonderfully complex aroma, with a heavy initial dose of milk chocolate laced with notes of dark and dried fruits. The nose continues with hints of vanilla and some definite oak character from the barrel aging. The beer has that "sour" smell, as expected, but is not overwhelming--the balance is impeccable. No noticeable hop aroma.

T: Dark fruits come to mind with some chocolate as in the aroma. The beer is definitely soured, but blended well to produce an easy-drinking product. Sweet at the introduction, but finishes rather dry with no hop flavor, though there is a mild bitterness in the background--the beer is definitely malt-balanced. The oak aging rounds out the flavor with some notes of wood and helps to smooth out the sourness.

M: Light to medium-light body with mild carbonation that coats the mouth and leaves a tingling sensation on the finish. There is a slight astringency that leaves you puckering a bit (maybe tannins picked up from the wood?).

D: It's a surprisingly drinkable beer (one of my favorite beers is the Rodenbach Grand Cru, a Flanders Red Ale, and though I love it, you can't drink to much of it in a session--I guess I was expecting something similar). I think I'll definitely be buying this one again and I highly recommend it!

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Photo of eberkman
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Inviting-looking reddish/chestnut-brown body with a rich, clingy, slowly receding light tan head.

Smells of tart apples, lemon, unripe strawberries and a pastoral mustiness (hate to say barnyard or horse-blanket, but there you go). Maybe some hints of sharp cheese in the nose too.

Tastes more sweet/tart than actually sour. A little bit of puckery tartness on the intake, but gives way to an unexpected candylike finish. Not exactly what I was anticipating, but pleasant enough.

Moutfeel is somewhat thin but with nice fizziness to make it seem alive.

Very easy to drink and interesting enough to have again, but I was hoping for something legitimately sour.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark translucent brown with a fizzy lacing on top. Smell is vinegar, sour apple (or maybe other fruit), and raisin. Taste is is not nearly as sour as I expected wit even a slight sweetness mixed in at the front. It is very watery and mild with a sour raisin finish. Although seemingly lacking complexity, it is an easy drinker and could possibly make a session beer if the style suits your tastes.

I wasn't too impressed with this as I've remembered others in the style being much more interesting.

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Photo of 7ways
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice head that disappeared when I blinked, whispy lace.
Smells Belgian sweet, apple and sour citrus. But really it's hard to smell a damn thing. Pretty mild, unfortunately.
Taste is a little better, pleasant, but still pretty subdued. Tiny hint of yeast and spice, sweet and sour, more heavy fruit than anything else. This tastes like a weak dubbel. Better yet, after sitting for about 15 minutes, it tastes like a flat Coca-Cola. In that time, the carbonation went from soda-like (too much) to being almost nonexistent.

Nothing stellar here. I love Petrus Aged Pale, think I'll be sticking with that.

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Photo of sholland119
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a clear ruby brown with a thin creamy head.

S-Rather weak with just a bit of candi sugar and yeast.

T-A little bit of candi sugar sweetness and a tiny bit of sour.

M-Rather thin and a bit watery.

D-Blah. What a disappointment. I really expected a lot more from this one.


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Photo of gameface23
2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, yet clear, mahogany with a very fizzy head that leaves really nice lacing.

The smell was pretty weak. Some tartness, but not a whole lot. Sort of fruity (dark fruits mostly) and sweet.

The taste wasn't much stronger. Lackluster tartness. Semi-sweet with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel was decent. Highly carbonated, but it worked.

Drinkability suffers because of the fact that it just isn't my cup of tea.

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Photo of abfraser
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown/red with a good sized head. But the head disappears pretty quickly.

S: A bit muted. Tart cherries. Some muskiness. Overall, not as intense of as a smell as I'd hoped.

T/M: Same as the smell. Cherries and sourness. It's starts out pretty nice but the major flaw is the finish, which sort of dies out in a few seconds. Not as much intensity of flavor as other Flanders brews I've had.

D: Pretty drinkable. Good acidity, low abv, pleasant tartness.

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

poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass

pours a deep burnt rosy-brown hue. A slightly rosy, light-mocha colored two-finger head erupted and quickly dissipated leaving behind some nice lacing.

aroma is tart and sour up front with a hint of beet sugar. Pears, grapes and a citrus sourness. A bit of cherry, and very slight woody notes as well. Somewhat sharp up front and quickly fading.

Taste follows aroma. A very neutral dark fruit sourness. Earthy with a bit of oakiness. A bit of vinegar, but less than others. Cherries, raisins, lemon, and prunes. A faint grapiness along with cinnamon dusted pears.

Medium to high carbonation gives the flavor profile life. Smooth, crisp, delicate, slightly astringency. Very pleasing, flavors emerge as the palate acclimates to the acidity.

A very good representation of the style. Taste and aroma may be just a bit one-dimensional, but it is fairly robust, very drinkable and quite appetizing.

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Photo of jgap
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a good amount of head and only a little yeast left in the bottle. It's a pretty dark brown/red. Darker than any other of the style i've had. Head receeds disappointingly fast with little to no lace. Smell is light and pleasent. Cherry fruits and crisp Brett. Very nice but very subtle. Taste is similar, very slight sour with cherries and fruit that doesn't laste long enough. It is really a teaser beer and really leaves you wanting more. This is a great place to start with this style but I can't wait for red poppy!

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

poured from a 11.2oz bottle, part of a six-bottle Petrus gift pack, into a tulip

pours a deep burnt caramel hue with garnet highlights when held up to the light. A cherry-tinged light-mocha colored three-finger erupted and fairly quickly dissipated leaving behind some nice lacing.

aroma is tart and sour up front with a hint of beet sugar. green apples and a citrus sourness. a bit of cherry, cassis, and some woody notes as well. Sharp up front and then fades into nothingness.

Taste follows aroma. A very neutral dark fruit sourness. Earthy with oak, vanilla, maybe a touch of cocoa. A bit of vinegar, but less than others. Cherries, raisins, lemon, and prunes. dirt. A bit of cabernet-esque tannins. It tastes brown. It tastes sour.

Medium to high carbonation gives the relatively one-dimensional flavor profile a bit of life. Smooth and crisp, with a hint of tannins and a touch of astringency. Not bad, but nothing amazing.

All in all, not a bad representation of the style, but nothing amazing. Taste and aroma are fairly one-dimensional, and not quite as robust as I would have hoped. A nice sipper that kind of runs middle of the road. Not bad at all... if I really needed an Oud Bruin and this one was available, I wouldn't turn it down. Plus the 11.2oz bottle is a convenient size.

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Photo of gory4d
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown that glows red when held to the light; the head is white and frothy but dissipates quickly, leaving a lot of lacing down the glass. The smell seaweed, leather, and persimmon. The taste is loam, pear skin, and salty, tangy sweat. It's finely but not too highly carbonated, rather thin in body, and is quite quenching -- perhaps I'd enjoy this beer better on a hot summer day. It's not the best I've had in the style, but still is a pleasant drink.

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Photo of jp62099
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first Flanders Oud Bruin, and having read some reviews I wasn't real sure about it. It poured a fizzy reddish brown, lots of bubbles, head reminded me of Duvel.
Smelled of dark fruits, with a vinegar kick, didn't pick up any signs of the oak barrel.
I was expecting sour, but no pucker. The vinegar and fruits blend together nicely, and end pretty refreshing. I guess I expected bigger flavors but really didn't get that.
Feel is thin, pronounced carbonation, but smooth and very drinkable. I was ready for another, but only picked up one.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'Discovered' this bottle in the basement when taking inventory a couple weeks ago. I recall buying it sometime in mid-2007 (at Uwajimaya, an Asian market in Beaverton, OR), but there's nothing to identify a date except for the code '38810' on the back label. Oh well, it's a style that cellars fine and this has been kept cool and dark for many months. Poured the 11.2 oz/33cl bottle to a small snifter.

First time to taste this since a 2006 visit to Brouwerij Bavik. We tried this in one of their storage bays, tapping a massive oak barrel. I wish they had a scale figure on the front label, because those 25,000-liter barrels are unbelievable (at least 12' tall I'd guess...).

A: At first glance, it's a mundane brown, capped with a finger of ivory cream. As the head slowly settles, hold it to light and behold the ruby-tinged clarity, filled with ascending streams of small bubbles. Strong lace holds valiantly before slipping down. A fine example.

S: Pungent tartness bursts from the glass. Sugars and yeast hide beneath a layer of fruit mash and dry, musty woodiness.

T: More doughy/bready than I recall, which may be due to the 'extra' aging...or may be because it's been 2.5 years since the last taste. Regardless, it's still got a fruity tartness (earthy raspberry, ripe apple), a sneaky spicing and peppery-dry finish.

M: Carbonation is abundant in the glass but mellow in the mouth, feel is soft and smooth. A slight grainy/yeasty grit left in the mouth. Body is fairly light, borderline 'thin'.

D: It's a good one...a nice version worth sipping for a while. I've seen more of these bottles recently at Whole Foods, so it's one I plan to snag again soon for another taste. Recommended.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brown color with tinges of red. Thick consistency. Not a huge amount of head, but some good lacing.

S: A very sweet, fruity smell, mixed with some maltiness.

T: Like the smell, the taste is very sweet - but also very sour. Apples, grapes, malt and even a slightly nutty aspect. An unusual taste, but pretty complex.

M: A fairly well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: On the whole, this is a drinkable beer. I'm not that familiar with this style, but it does seem like an interesting one.

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Photo of Riggo
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

opaque brown with red hightlights. beige creamy head.
smells at first of granny smith apple peels--very citric and tart. some coffee notes as well and very slight musty, earthy notes.
on palette, the sweet and sour mix is surprising, despite the fact that i was expecting it. very fruity and tart. notes of grape and apples. surprisingly sweet, yet quite balanced. tastes like cider with only subtle hints of its dark color on palate--some nuttiness.
mouthfeel is smooth, with low carbonation.
the tart/sweet combination is just a little cloying for high drinkability.

not particularly complex to my experience, despite the wood barrel aging.

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Photo of abents
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark redish brown with light white head.
Not too much in the nose, fruit, spices, and a slight vinegar. Taste is sweet red fruits up front followed by a tartness and lingering sweetness. Light on the spices in this one, but still pretty good.

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Photo of drperm
4.63/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

High, high reviews for this one: I love it!

Bottle purchased December 2007. Tasted December 20, 2008.

App: Pours a bit like a porter or Munich Dark -- opaque, dark russet-brown. A copious tan head lingers nicely in my Unibroue goblet.

Aroma: Mild sour note, lots of yeast, chocolate, faint cherry, oak, sherry, vanilla.

Taste: Wonderful! Sour cherry, hop resin, dark chocolate, raspberry-sour note, toffee.

Palate: Thirst-quenching, spritzy-dry with palate-scrubbing-bubbles. A *tiny* hint of diacetyl-slickness, and is that a wine-like finish?

Overall: A terrific little Oud Bruin treat: definitely will have again! Try with duck, game, or good cheeses. Next time, I'll use this in my Carbonnade a la Flamande.

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Photo of Dornbox
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet

Nice clean pour with a solid two fingers that diminished but left a decent lacing.

Sour notes, fig, with a nice cherry taste. Not as sour as the triple or quad I've has in the past and really enjoyed but far better than the gouden triple in terms of a nice strong sour taste.

In all, I really enjoyed this beer, especially as it sat in the glass and gradually warmed, producing a excellent and well balanced sweet and sour brew with a nice thick feel on the pallet.

I'm not a huge fan of oak aged brews and would not describe this as a typical wood aged beer as there are far to many other flavors which ring much more strongly.

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Photo of ballewblake
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a kasteel taster glass.

Boring. Slight head that dropped quickly. Minor ring around the glass. Brown in color, opaque. No smell on this one. Highly carbonated on the tongue, taste is lightly sweet, very small hint of a sour on this one, likely due to the barrel/oak. This is drinkable, but not something that is highly appealing. I'd rather have a duchess for something similar. So far I'm not impressed with this brewery. :|

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