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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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’m guessing the Petrus Aged Pale is the aged version of this beer; if that’s correct, then I’m excited to crack open this bottle. The Aged Pale was one hell of a sour.

A: Dark, dark red with a huge tan head – love that dense, smooth foam. Retention consists of some light bubbles, with fat ropes of lacing appearing every time I swirl the glass.

S: Aromas of all-natural apple juice and white grape juice fill out the nose with bright sweetness, exhibiting a slight lactic acidity. Blackberry, peach, pineapple, and sweet vanilla cream make an appearance before a fruit-wheat malt aroma sets up the transition to a light phenolic finish. Fruity and enjoyable.

T: Very mild and grain-forward – where did the acids go? It starts with a smooth layer of grassy cornbread and processed wheat flavors, green and earthy, moving to a slightly fruity lemon pulp and red apple skin tone soon after. Doesn’t hit especially hard on the sours, as I said before, but there is a moment or two of natural tartness before it finishes out. Ends with an almost non-existent aftertaste, flavors of white grapes lingering for just a quick second.

M: So incredibly light that it’s displeasing, at times. There’s so much crisp foaminess and thin character that you can’t get a handle on the flavors, to a certain degree.

O: Not an overwhelmingly satisfying Flanders, but it hits some key notes of sour goodness. I’ll stick to the Aged Pale, but this was a nice expedition into lighter territory.

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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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of TheBeerologist
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 poured into a snifter

Pours a dark reddish brown with a finger thick head.

Smells of vinegar, lemon and dark cherry.

Taste is actually pretty bland for a Oud Bruin, a bit of cherry with a slight pucker to it, but no lingering notes at all and fairly underwhelming.

Very easy to drink, not much body and lightly carbonated.

This beer looked great and smelled nice, but was underwhelming when it came to the taste/body department. That said it is easy to drink and may be great to introduce others to sours before diving all the way in.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown with a head of fizzy mostly white foam. Strong fruity smell - cherries. Woodsy taste, with some sour. Not nearly as sour as the aged pale - much more balanced with a sour close.

An easy drinker. Good option for someone looking to get started in the world of sours.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of thecheapies
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich warm medium brown crowned with a sepia/tan 1/4" head. 4.0

Oxidized apple and date sweetness, tart skins, acetic quality, and rich malts. 3.5

More of that browning flesh apple with a vinegary note, crisp aged hop, and dried date/fig sweetness. Lovely. 4.0

Mellow and creamy with a silky body and tight carb. A selling point. 4.0

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Photo of Tobe
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a ruby red with little to no head. Upon first appearance it looks brown but once held against the light it shows it's true roots.

The aroma is absolute pure sour/sweet. Light vinegar bitterness up front but a mellower fruit quality hidden in the background.

This was a wonderful sour ale as the taste goes. Bitter/tart flavor up front but some hidden fruit in the finish. An easy drinking sour beer this can be enjoyed and shared without losing any of its appeal.

Nice presence on the palate makes this a beer worth coming back to. I recommend this beer to anyone looking to get into sour ales and needs something not overbearing to start their journey from. I beer that I have overlooked for too long but will now be sharing with friends for some time to come.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a thin, smooth coating of light brown foam. Aromas of dates, leather, raisin, and peat. Good earthy and sweet nose. Flavors are rich and layered, with a mocha coffee backbone giving rise to some slightly sour currant and wine-like characteristics. Tangy, old world fruit characters highlight the brew, such as plum, fig, and raisin. The light body and carbonation keep the beer crisp, and avoid the cloying mouthfeel. The aftertaste is a dark, rich sweetness with a subtle sour tang. Clean, slightly astringent finish that gives a touch of pucker in mouth. Good, easy to drink beer. This would make the perfect gateway beer for people venturing into the world of Flanders/sours.

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Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
3.67 out of 5 based on 1,312 ratings.
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