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Petrus Oud Bruin | De Brabandere

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BEER INFO

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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#29,989
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592
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1,321
pDev:
12.47%
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of magictacosinus
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle from the Sour Power sampler packs that are everywhere. Poured out of a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. Blended and matured from oak barrels for 20 months.

Pours a reddish brownish color with about 2 fingers worth of an off-brown head that leaves scattered lacing on the glass. Looks like balsamic vinegar as soon as the carbonation dies down. Despite the low ABV, there's definitely a vinous quality in appearance to this. Looks very similar to a Flanders red, but a little bit maltier. Not bad at all.

The aroma brings out slight acetic sour notes, ranging from balsamic vinegar, sour currants, faded black cherries, and sourdough baker's yeast. Notes of caramel and surprisingly light oak linger about at the finish. Pretty bready and toasted (as expected), although I wish there was more representation of the oaky qualities. This doesn't smell sour or tart at all. However, it does have the light, raisin-like qualities of repasso in, say, Amarone wines. Which to me says a lot about a $4 bottle, at least!

The flavor is actually not tart at all as well, although it does retain dry, super mildly sour notes from the oak. Notes of light raisins, red apple, and red ripe cherry skins linger about at the front, with notes of light honey and vanilla coming in soon after. The oak eventually coats the back of the tongue in a paste-like consistency, drying up the mouth with off-dry tannins. Carbonation is low, even for the style, but luckily it retains the malty feel of the brown malts, as well as a slight zesty hop profile. Pretty easy to drink, although slightly thinned and underwhelming throughout consumption.

What's this doing in a sour beer pack? There's nothing super sour (acetic or lactic) about this! The oak definitely does a decent job (could do better), but this really has got to be one of the most purportedly "complex" beers that I felt like either pounding on a warm day or paring with food - which I did (lamb with veggies). If you want an extremely mild beer in the style, this is one to choose for sure. Just don't pay more than $5 for it or prepare to be disappointed.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

About a medium-dark brown but clear and with a brightness when held up to the light, this beer develops a light tan head that's neither partciularly loose nor particularly tight. It shows good retetnion and eventually is left at a strong foam that remains for the remainder. Lacing is left in patchy deposits.
The smell is vinous with some tannins and red wine character along with earth. Certainly tart and lightly funky, it's got a firm malt support adding a sort of bready quality. It tapers off a little with time, but not too much.
The taste showcases all of these but more lightly, with a light vinegar-like acidity making itself known, and more strongly as the beer sits. A bit longer, though, brings out a little wood and lightly sweet cherry notes.
A light-bodied brown, the tangy tartness gives off a dryness in the feel and almost a sort of juiciness on the tongue. It could use a touch more something, but it's good.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Murrhey
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 11.2 oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a snifter. Reviewed live in high elevation Kalispell, Mont.

A- Three-finger light brown head with active carbonation. Thick bubbles constantly moving around, lasting around two minutes. Rich mahogany color with little light permeating.

S- Rich sour aroma, smells barrel aged. Some woodenness.

T- Bland tasting oud bruin at first brush. Some slight tartness, some wooden flavors. Not a lot going here.

M- Creamy feel, surprisingly. Not bad, not good.

O- There are far better examples of the style.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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 -5.1%

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 1,321 ratings
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