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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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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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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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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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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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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Photo of matthiasbrau
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2-ounce bottle into my Petrus Chalice. Deep yet perfectly clear amber-red in color. Needs to breathe before tasting. One finger of foam gives way to slight lacing; mild malty sour taste, interesting; dry but not quite puckeringly tart like Rodenbach; I like it.

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

11.2 ounce bottle poured in a stemmed tulip glass.
Appearance: Deep chestnut with a thin sheet of dirty cotton lying across the top.
Smell: Recipe for Parfum de la Oud Bruin… Take one packet of powdered grape Kool-Aid, add a tablespoon of lemon juice, and a teaspoon of sweet malt vinegar, inhale. Mix, smell, repeat.
Taste: Refreshingly tart. A bit of fresh picked pie cherries, honey, and a touch of tannins from the oak it was aged in. The oak becomes stronger the warmer it gets.
Mouthfeel: Thin and acidic, with a sharp carbonic bite.
Overall: Very nice. I would drink this any day of the week, except in the winter. And Tuesday.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a big fizzy light tan head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is subdued - some acidic fruity sourness and some funk. As it warms it's more sweet woody cherries.

The flavor is sweet acidic malts with tart fruits and some light sourness and funk. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, an OK mild acidic sour that is more sweet than sour. Probably a good beginner sour.

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Photo of HabiMendes
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew is darker that I would expect, with an intense brown tone. The head, also brown, was not very retained.

The aroma has a vinous character, where you notice wooden tones there. The taste is smooth, relatively well-bodied, carbonated... You can notice the sourness characteristic of the Lambics, but not the complexity found on them. This is a differential, as there is an exaltation of the malt here, which prevails in the aftertaste, after the initial impact of the tartness. It is a very refreshing and interesting beer.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: It is a nice dark brown that shows its true colors in the light which reveals a nice dark amber red with a bit of sediment on the bottom.

S: There is a nice sweet smell here like that of apples with a lot of yeastiness. It is quite tart smelling as well.

T: Slightly sweet and slightly tart. Kind of like a slightly dry cider that was fermented with either raspberries or sour cherries. The light tart sweetness is quickly counteracted by the yeastiness. Lack complexity. There is all but two notes here.

M: Very slight but subtle carbonation. Nice and even with no particular bite or crispness in it.

O: Different. Every time I go to try a 'sour' of the same style, it always turns out to be some slightly different style. I haven't had a single sour of the same style and this is my first flanders oud bruin. Not bad, but I wish it was either sweeter or tarter or less yeasty. Not terribly bad but not great.

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Photo of flip387
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 4.25

A dark brown where light barely pierces. A nice foamy head.

Smell: 4.25

Mild notes and slight sour smell. Can smell faint malt and barely notes. Pleasant smell.

Taste: 4.0

Mild to medium bitter and sour flavors which do not overwhelm the other flavors. Almost sweet in taste.

Mouthfeel: 4.0

Carbonated which leaves bubbles on the tongue. Tart aftertaste and medium body that is not to heavy.

Overall: 4.0

This is my second sour beer after the Petrus Aged Pale, this one however is a darker beer which is more my preference. This one is not nearly as sour as the Petrus Aged Pale and offers a nice mild sour and tart taste. Still not sure I'm a sour beer fan, but this one was much more enjoyable than the Petrus Aged Pale.

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Photo of JuliusCaesar
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep Red. White head quickly dissipates. Moderate lacing.

S: Maybe the best aspect of the beer. Strong sweet and sour cherries are dominant. Some red wine as well.

T: Light sour cherry and not a whole lot else.

M: Pretty thin. To the point of being watery.

Overall: Not the best Belgian sour I've had. With the exception of the smell, everything is a little weak. I would have loved some more tartness and complexity. It's not a bad beer but it doesn't really have the flavors to stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured chilled in flared sample glass @davewhite4, the first of a Petrus trilogy.

A: cola colored, medium head; great carbonation; little lacing
S: root beer, hints of vinegar/cider, increases on warm-up (apple-vinegar principally)
T: thin, sour flavor; straightforward brown sour; the sour lemon/dark cherry flavor is strong, but simple; dark-roast malt comes through

Not bad overall; my second favorite of the trilogy.

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

Average beer, pretty good. The look is dark brown with a small head reducing quickly to a collar. Smell is slightly malty and a little sour. The beer is refreshing and very drinkable. It's very balanced but not particularly bold or complex. I won't seek it out but I'd enjoy a revisit later.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruby-brown, clean and clear, fade-away head - more or less on... The first thing to notice is how it lacks the intense, smacking tart of their pale - not wrong to compare, as the (yeast-)flavor profile is certainly similar.... Even as you let this sit and sit, the aromas and flavors merely suggest oxidation and subtle lacto-tartness - nothing hits you over the head, no watering of the mouth.... In fact, this drinks with very much reduced (in this case, sour-cherry) fruitiness / maltiness to balance compared to other popular takes on the style.... Makes this a little less dimensional - it faintly fills on intake, feathery not dirty-silky, only to fade immediately, dry with only a delicate touch of malt in the finish.... If you are turned off by bold fruity/malty contrast in this style, this may be for you.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A bit understated in the sourness, which curbs my enthusiasm for this beer. Not bad but just too mild and not complex or flavorful enough. It looks nice but the taste just doesn't match the appearance. Try it, though. Maybe you'll like it more. Kind of average.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep, dark brown with a good foamy head.

Smells a bit sour, but not nearly as pronounced as their Aged Pale.

Brown sugar malt, oak vanilla, and a sugary sweet (not cloying) aftertaste. Finishes dry and tart with a nice mingling of the oak barrel flavor. Velvety carbonation but thin-bodied.

Easy to drink and enjoyable. Not nearly as wowing as their Aged Pale though, so I would probably not got for this one again if I were in the mood for an Ouid Bruin.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Healthy pour into a DFH chalice.

A - Pours a clear brown wiht a 2-finger beige rock head. Good lacing.

S - Sour with a hint of fruit, slightly lactic.

T - Mildly sour and slightly sweet (sour cherries). More sour in the finish. Some hints of honey and oak.

MF - Acred but not necessarily dry.

O - A sour that does not go too sour.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a goblet.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a brown crimson color with some vision when held up to the light and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Fruity, oakey, cherries, malty, and tart.

Taste: Same as above. The tartness is mild and the malty notesbalance things off. Some oak and bitterness, but pretty simple.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low carbonation, light to medium bodied, and easy to drink. Too drinkable.


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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Petrus' Aged Pale ale is such a pleasant beer, so I had to give its sister beer a try..
Dark brown amber pour. Wasn't expecting this to be this brown.

Smells like its going to be a little tart, and there is a little tartness in there. It really has a doughy yeasty flavor, not much of anything in the back end of this beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a nice-looking three finger light cream color featuring a great texture - and downright fantastic retention for the style. Good lacing is left down the glass. One of the most attractive looking sour ales I've ever encountered.

S: Not very tart or sour compared to others in the style, though a minor presence of lactic sourness and tart apple exist. A combination of caramel malts and diacetyl are at the forefront instead. I could live without the latter quite easily.

T: This one has three stages: the initial flavor is slightly tart, the midtaste is a bit chocolaty, and the finish is sadly high in diacetyl. No big deal, I don't really mind the diacetyl presence so much here. Really, the subdued sour profile allows its malt base to shine through; it gives off notes of almonds, caramel, brown sugar, and the aforementioned chocolate. It could have used more fruity esters, though.

M: I actually really like the mouthfeel of this one - it's soft at first, yet crisp and dry to finish. The tannins are a subtle compliment to the creamy texture, aided by firm carbonation.

O: Decent, but if you're looking for something mouth puckering, this ain't it. Rather, it's balanced and easy to drink, if unexciting. A good one to introduce sour newbies to.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz served in an Allagash cervoise

A - Hazy dark brown with reddish hues. 2 fingers of dark tan head forms a wispy center island with a thick collar surrounding the glass. Thick spreads of sheet lacing.

S - Toasted bready malts, earthy grains, vinous fruit, plums, red grapes, berries, cooked cherries, caramelized sugar, molasses cookies.

T - Old brown sugar, sweet malt, raw brown sugar, cooked dark fruit, slightly acidic, cherries, plum skins, red globe grapes, raspberries. The fruit is tart but shares the load with sugary dark malt. Hints of earthy mushroom wood. Finishes slightly sweet and tart.

M - Firm medium body, moderate sudsy carbonation, sweet/tart finish

Good flavors with plenty of dark fruits but seems to be underwhelming in it's style. Earthy wood comes out as it warms and creates another layer of flavors. This should be enjoyed at cellar temp or below.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown with red hues. Cream colored lace and a ring around the glass.

Yeast, some brown sugar, and a tart note in the nose. Not enough funk here.

Not enough funk here. Nice tart note up front, some sour cherry mixed with brown bread. Mild bitterness and some woody notes. No sharp edges. Some chocolate? Vanilla? Odd. Malty lightly tart finish.

Medium bodied, acidic and prickly.

Not bad. Had others that were better.

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Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
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