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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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Photo of MaximalC
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, nearly opaque, prune color with a small, khaki head that soon settles into a thin layer of patchy froth. Patches of lacing cling sporadically to the glass as the beer recedes. The mild aroma smells of apple cider vinegar with a hint of molasses or brown sugar. While mild, the tartness in the nose is enough to set the taste buds tingling on the rear periphery of the tongue.

The flavor is smooth, mellow, and cohesive--so much so that it's difficult to dissect its components. The malt is akin to plum and toasted bread, but with very low astringency. The sourness evokes dark cherry and green apple, but in a very delicate sense. A touch of oak comes through in the finish, but only barely so. The Belgian yeast character lends a velvety mouthfeel that elevates what might otherwise be an overly mild flavor profile.

Based on the above, one might think to write this brew off as dull or underwhelming, but that is not the case at all. Though mild, the flavor is sophisticated and admirably cohesive. It looks luscious, and I just feel classy drinking it. It probably won't knock your socks off, but it's hard to find something not to like about it.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Deep mahogany and nearly opaque with a thin light tan cap of fizz.

Aroma: Definite sourness to this one with a vinegar edge. Also something sweet and fruity in there.

Taste: Petrus Oud Briun starts with a tingling sweet and sour note that has a light berry character. If you're not a fan of sour beers then this one is for you because that bit of tartness at the beginning is the most intense that the flavor gets. The second half and finish and quite mellow with a neutral malt flavor. The aftertaste brings back a slight echo of the sourness but doesn't get nearly as intense as I was hoping it would be. The 5.5% ABV is most likely to blame as the flavor seems watered down at times.

Mouthfeel: Thin in body with lots of carbonation. Average drinkability and sessionable if you like the style.

Final Thoughts: So not super impressed with this one but it's hard to knock it for anything besides the lack of flavor. A good one for someone who is new to the style. Would I drink it again? Probably not.

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4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours deep straw with a quickly dissipating head. A wonderful golden-red hue.

Nose - This is where the party starts! This is a funky barnyard vortex of caramel malt, ripe lemons and limes, fresh hay, wet dirt and wet stones from a stream. Awesome and complex; nothing lacking in the nose.

Taste - Wow! Intense astringency; great food beer. The sweet sour balance begs to paired with any dish of grub.

Think: Flanders ... Belgium ... Sweet/Sour Big Boy Beer.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown ruby color with a one finger beige head with medium retention, but leaving laces.
Nice aroma of red grapes with notes of vinegar tartness.
Delicious flavor of red grapes, raspberries, sour cherries and oak. Smell is sourer than taste, and you can still perceive some mild bitterness. Dry and mildly acid aftertaste.
Light body with low carbonation.
Friendly tartness, it could be a session Oud Bruin. Not at the same level as Rodenbach, but still very pleasant and a great option for who wants to venture in the world of sours.

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3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Duvel's tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful dark amber clear color forming a huge aired tan head. Low retention and some lacings formed end left in the glass

S: Smell is quite fruity and bit sour as a good Oud Bruin should be. Strong notes of dark fruits, mainly cherries and red grapes. Some wild yeasts can be felt too. A bit metallic in the end

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of sweet malts and dark fruits. Again, strong notes of cherries, plums and red grapes. A bit sour. Some metallic notes. Toffee, caramel malts, crystal malts. In overall, a fruity but not extremely sweet beer

M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Light sour and fruity aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. An Oud Bruin "for the masses", but still a nice beer

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