Petrus Oud Bruin | De Brabandere

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Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium
bavik.be

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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Ratings:
1,304
Reviews:
589
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
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26
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132
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of tectactoe
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Petrus Oud Bruin pours out with deep and rich, woody brown color; it looks nearly black from afar once it makes it into the glass, and it exhausts a beautiful ruby shade when held in front of the light. The grey-ish, beige-ish head settles to less than a quarter-inch within a few moments; some good amounts of lacing outlines the glass where the beer used to be.

Must is the largest and most prominent thing in the aroma; dirty, earthy must with a substantial amount of woody funk. Dry oak is complimented by just a small hint of acetic tartness; faint lemon, vanilla barrel notes, and a mild kiss of cherry skins. People expecting a highly sour and saliva-pumping aroma will be disappointed - it's much heavier on the oaky, musk aroma.

Following through with that notion, the tartness is low on the palate as well, although there is a very mild acidic-like astringency that kind of bites the back of the tongue. Now imagine ripping a floorboard straight from an abandoned barn and taking a lick; lots of dirty funk, heavy oak, heavy must, and a touch of hay.

The more I drink, the more this beer starts tasting like a Belgian dubbel with the accompaniment of a very mild tartness. Fruit notes get larger and larger; sweet plums, heavy grapes, vinous and wine-like stone fruits. Even some additional nutty and cocoa powder hints on the very back-end, inside of a finish that's dominated with plenty of dry oak. Thin-medium body with subtle carbonation and a smooth, soft mouth feel.

Those who buy this beer expecting a tart or sour ale like the Petrus Aged Pale will be slightly disappointed, as this beer both more dry and sweet than tart, really. It really reminded me of a dubbel with some vinous additions an a touch of astringent tartness. Drinkable due to overall low acidity, but there are better shelf things you can probably grab for this style.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured two fingers of tan head on a dark reddish/brown colored body.
The aroma is bold and rich: caramel, oak and wet hay. Simple, but nice.
The taste has caramel and a malt sweet beginning, moving to a mild bitter and then sour bite to end. Enjoyable, though the sour did not blend well with the profile.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation, a bit fizzy.
Enjoyable and different.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: An abundance of caviar bubbles create a substantial tan head. Color is dark brown with garnet highlights. Good clarity.

Smell: Red fruit (particularly cherries) paired with caramel and toasted malt.

Taste: Tart red cherries mixed with caramel and roasy, chocolate malt create the typical "sweet & sour" taste. A metallic flavor detracts a bit from the overall impression flavor, as does acidity that lingers into the finish. Low, but apparent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Very slight alcohol warming.

Overall: A decidedly good beer, but one that could be improved upon by measures to lower the acidity. Sure, all Oud Bruins have a required level of sourness, but this recipe seems to tip the scaletoo much.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma has dark malt, some brown sugar and a hint of balsamic vinegar. Taste starts a bit tart and acidic, continues with toasted malt and finishes quite balanced with a hint of bitterness. Body is on the light side and has a medium to high effervescence. Not bad, easy drinking and slightly tart but it lacks the complexity that other beers of this style have.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Samp01
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A reddish brown hue with medium lasting beige head on the pour. Some mild lacing. Aroma of sweet sour tart fruit, a bit of sour grapes, some caramel malt, oak cask and vanilla notes. Taste has some oaky sour grapes almost like a red wine flavor, some malt as well. Palate is a medium body, smooth, with sweet sour and tart flavors on the tongue, with some touched of caramel malt and vanilla. Finishes with a sweet tart slightly sour grapes and fruity notes, yeast, some oak vanilla, slightly tangy notes and caramel malt. Overall a nice combination of sweet, tart and sour fruitiness and good malt balance. A very nice flavorful and drinkable brew.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of NODAK
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acidic, sour fruitiness on the nose. Vinegar, a definite raspberry/cherry presence there. Smells like a quite tart fruit juice may.

Pours a very dark red in the glass with a pretty decent head that unfortunately fizzles away pretty fast. Ah well.

Taste is somewhat sweet, vaguely fruity. Raspberries?? Yes definitely a raspberry taste. Definitely subdued and not over the top. I expected more in the tartness department, as that's quite minor. Leaves behind a bit of a raspberry soda type taste.

Eh, it's alright. Doesn't particularly interest me a lot. Would have liked more character.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of puboflyons
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 41345. Sampled on June 23, 2013.

The color is attractive with its reddish-amber pour. Along with that comes a tremendous silky beige head.

The aroma is of vinegar, yeast, and milder malts. A vague sort of sweetness creeps into the nose as well.

The body is light to medium with an acidic texture.

The taste is sour and malted but not too sour. A lingering bitter finish.

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Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
3.67 out of 5 based on 1,304 ratings.
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