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

Poured into its own Petrus logo glass.

An amber/brown body with a slight off-white head. Leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

Aroma is not powerful at all. I get some sour notes and dark fruits like raisins and grapes, but not much else.

First comes a mild sourness that is very nice and becomes stronger as the beer warms. Next I taste some dark fruits that I noticed in the nose. Raisins, grapes. Just a tiny touch of oak in there too; it is barely noticeable. There isn't a ton of flavor going on in this one, everything seems subdued and mild. Not a bad beer, in fact I enjoyed it, just not a great beer.

Mouthfeel is rather light, not much going on at all.

Pretty drinkable beer. Although mild and not terribly complex, this is still a tasty beer. I definitely prefer Petrus Aged Pale, which is one of the beers blended to make this Oud Bruin.

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Photo of dalion037
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great mild sour beer for those who are not into sours or who would like to experiment with sours. or those that are into sours this is a nice Flanders sour. It pours a nice brown with a slight, silky, tan head. It kind of looks like a Belgian Dubbel. It's a very tasty drink and worth a pour.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 33cL bottle into a goblet.

A: pours brown with ruby red highlights, some haze in the appearance, with a tan 1 finger head that dissipates.

S: sour cherry, candy-like aroma with a bit of sweet molasses

T: starts with a sour cherry flavor, mixes in with malt, molasses, brown sugar sweetness, some dried fruit, ends with a slightly metallic flavor that transforms into a bitter oak character as I make my way through the bottle. As the beer warms, I notice that the sourness actually becomes more defined, giving it a sour cherry/candylike flavor that is extremely pleasant. The finish becomes less noticeable and more reminiscent of the oak. very nice balance between the sweet and sour flavors in this.

M: light to medium feel, carbonation average but a little on the low side, slight stickiness.

D: at 5.5% abv this is almost sessionable; was my first beer of the evening and paired it with an appetizer. worked well in that capacity. I wanted to move on to my next beer but I was enjoying this one so much, particularly as it got warm, that I took my time.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown pour with a short tan head. Caramel, oak, cherries, and funk in the nose. Sweet and sour bite with oak, malt, and green apples in the taste. Not a really bretty beer, more of a sour mash/sour fruit combo without the buttery sweetness. Sour and dry finish.

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Photo of Offa
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark red brown, this has a large, light brown head that slowly dissipates to a thin, hazy top and leaves essentially no lacing.

The aroma is sweet, pungent, with notes of molasses, earth, and fruit.

The taste is sweet but sour, tangy, with earthy molasses elements, yeast, red wine, and fruit, almost like grape soda mixed with beer. It has a sweetish, slightly grainy finish. It's ok, but too sweet-sour for me.

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Photo of corby112
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark brown color with a thin fizzy beige head that quickly dissapears without any lacing.. Strong aroma of oaky wood, chocolate maltiness and dark fruit. Tart and very sweet tasting., with the oakinees dominating and overpowering the other flavors. More sour than I prefer.

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Photo of Overlord
2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Meh (now a word).

Pours a ruddy brown. Small tan head. Smells ... grapey. Taste is ... again, grapey/vinous. Maybe a bit of dark fruit. Perhaps a speckle of oak. For an oak aged beer, this was pretty thin on the oak. As in, not really there at all.

While there's a bit of tart sourness to it, there's a sweet burn aftertaste I did not find appealing. Almost like a beer version of sweet and sour. Thin, not particularly enjoyable.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was my 2nd time trying this one

the first time i had it in a bottle and wasnt feeling it all

saw it at Monk's and the bartender was saying it translated alot better on draft then in a bottle

he was right
def more sour on draft
not my favorite , but would drink it again. Def a little sour

apparently it varies a little batch by batch
relativly low abv which is what i like
overall just a nice semi sour brown ale that is good to have everyonce in awhile

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Photo of grimreeser
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with a decent sized off-white head from the bottle, some lacing is left in the glass. Nice aroma of caramel, dark fruit, and a bit of wood. Flavor begins with a rich sweetness followed by a slightly sour finish. Solid full mouthfeel, a nice beer.

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Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
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