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Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium | website

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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583
Ratings:
1,284
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
18.8%
 
 
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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.

Overall:

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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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Photo of SolaceBrewing
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Served at 55-60F

Appearance - dark brown, hues of ruby and mahogany when held up to a light; small head that lingers for a long time

Aroma - dark fruit, plums, sweet malt, slightly toasted, maybe just the slightest hint of oak

Mouthfeel - med-high carbonation that fits this style well--the carbonation enhances the sour flavors on the tongue without being too sharp

Flavor - starts with fruit, plum, maybe a touch of Concord grape; middle layers on a tart/sour (like the skin of a plum) and sweet gives way to bitter in the finish, with lingering sourness

Overall - my first Oud Bruin, and I love the balance between sweet-sour-bitter, none too strong, the flavors progressing through each sip; I agree this beer could be improved by having a bit more body

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Photo of Douberd
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, part of a box with six different Petrus beers. Poured into a snifter.
Deep mahogany colour with an off-white head, one finger tall. Average retention and left a very light lacing as it went down.
Aroma is a bit sour, vinegar sour that is, not very intense but definitely there. I haven't had anything from the style before, so I am going to give it the benefit of doubt.
Very sour on the taste too. Tastes like cherries or strwaberries that have gone bad, but I understand this is how it's supposed to taste. I just didn't expect it to be that sour. Becomes more pleasantly drinkable though after some big sips.
Thin to medium on the body, average carbonation and a tart sensation on the palate.
Overall, and since this is the first for me on this style, I would say it was a good one. maybe I have a long way ahead of me before I can appreciate the genre but this beer set me off to a good start.

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Photo of shand
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Petrus Oud Bruin pours out a murky brown with a decent head. There's vinegary sourness on the nose, followed by some cherries and malts. The taste follows the nose, but the sour is toned down and the cherries and malts are brought up more. Only a touch of sour character on the finish really. It's tasty though! The mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, Petrus Oud Bruin is a solid quaff. Don't expect anything really sour though.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

textbook version of an oud bruin. pours real dark brown, radiant, with a finger or two of off white suds. the nose is quite sour, vinegary, but with some sweetness from the caramel malts and a hint of tart cherry juice. the sourness isnt as potent in the flavor, but there is still that sort of bacterial acidity that works in beautiful conjunction with the toasted malt and the fruity component that tastes less like cherries than it smells, could be some other red fruit, dried and semisweet. finish is a little puckery from the yeast, but not overwhelming at all. this is sort of the session sour for me, could gladly do several of these. there is a smooth feel, gentle carbonation is just right, but the body i find to be a little thin. i dont need it to be huge or anything, but a little more weight to it would support the complexity a little better. overall though a really nice example of the style, widely available, and reasonably affordable.

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Photo of brewdude1982
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours a dark brown with no sediment and a good head with tiny bubbles. It smells faintly of sweet malts and then a vinegar smell. It tastes faintly like sweet malts and the is overwhelmingly sour. IT SCREAMS SOUR! The after taste is....you guessed it... Sour. It has a medium body but for this particular style of beer I have to assume that is it full bodied. I would not recommend but I am not a huge sour fan but I have ha better sours.

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