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 oline73
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of AleWatcher
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of DocDownUnder
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle served in my Weyerbacher tulip. Pours a deep, translucent mahogany with a loose, quarter inch, cream-colored head that dissipates into a soapy skim and a frothy band around the edges. Nose expresses cider vinegar, oak, tannins, a vinous quality and a suggestion of vanilla. Elements of the nose are also expressed in the flavor profile; however, everything comes off a bit watered down. There's also a hint of oxidation; however, it's not at all unpleasant. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light) with a lively carbonation, some acidity that lightly stimulates the sides of the cheeks and a semi-dry finish. However, the overall impression comes off somewhat thin. All and all this beer is a somewhat lackluster example of an Oud Bruin. Not bad, but really missing the body and complexity I've come to associate with the style.

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Photo of korguy123
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came highly recommended by the beer guy at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo NY.

A- Dark chestnut pour with ruby highlights meet a thin eggshell head that is barely there. Lacing is decent.

S- There is a grape juice smell that almost reminds me of Welches. Slightly acidic notes with lemon and a nice oak finish.

T- Welches grape juice again with a nice slight acidity. There is a subtle funk to this that would be great for a beginner to the style. (There but not quite) Oak and vanilla help pull everything together nicely.

M- Medium to thin bodied with a lively carbonation presence helps cleanse your tongue for the next sip. Sour but not overly.

O- Very different than the other Flanders I've run across and it's nice to have one that isn't so overly funky and sour. It's good for a change.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oak cask and lactic sourness build a delicious aroma above the dark ruby-brown draught. Grape, juice is the dominant fruit, and a little horse blanket rounds out the funkworks here, also caramel makes an appearance. Diacetyls lend a slippery mouthfeel, which is aided by a nice medium bodied backbone. I do enjoy this beer quite fully and would recommend it to a friend with a palate for sours. 5/10 sour scale.

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

On-tap 10/2/11 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep crimson color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains some dark fruit, Belgian yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a mild dark fruit and caramel sweetness. Then some mild Belgian yeast comes in and transitions into a mild sourness. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is very mild but there’s a decent balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer but there are better in the style.

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Photo of harrymel
1.66/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Best by: 23DEC12

A: pours cherry brown ale with a finger of latte foam which falls quickly to a solid sheet of the same. Near excellent clarity. No lace.

S: smells like metal and wood and some alcohol. A little bit of funk.

T: vinegar, hints of grape, vines, wood. Not good.

M: Really thin with hi carb, reminds me of an AAL.

O: This beer is not good.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown color that resembles dark root beer. A light beige head tops the beer and recedes leaving slightly above average lacing. Smells of sour tart fruit highlighted a very slight oak note. First sip is a tad disappointing as there was more sour tartness in the nose than in the taste. There’s a bunch of dark fruits and cherries here. Surprisingly there is not as much oak at all and certainly not for a beer aged in oak barrels for 20 months. Roasted malts dominate the flavor when preferably it should be tart fruits and oak. Tastes watered-down even though it is well carbonated.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky cranberry-brown color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random streaks and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour fruit, balsalmic vinegar, funk, and some wood aromas. This beer smells very good. Unfortunately, the taste is nowhere near as good as the smell. There are some watery sour fruit flavors and only minor funk and vinegar flavors. I am pretty surprised and bummed out because of this. There is a good level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I am disappointed in the flavors compared to what I expected from the smells.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a one finger off white head. Decent carbonation and lacing on this brew. Very dark in appearance- impossible to see through. Nose is of wine, raisins, weak malt, prunes.. Fairly thin on the nose, I'd like some more complexity and funk in there. Taste is the nose profile exactly. Nothing amazing here.... Feel is fairly light, syrupy, and sweet/sour. Not much in the sour department though. Overall, this isn't a bad beer, it just doesn't live up to the style for me. A little too one dimensional/boring.

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Photo of Beejay
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep amber color. Clear with a huge light tan head.

S: Syrupy and malty with notes of bread and roasted grains.

T:Caramel notes. Sweeter with a touch of tart in the finish that is very acidic. There is almost a vurp note to this.

M: Medium in body with a sweet finish.

O: Good, although it seems to me like it is a weird combination of roasted and sour. Nice but not something I would drink everyday.

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Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this beauty on tap at My Place in Newtown, CT. It shows a deep muddy brown color with a big bubbled bit of off-white head and great lacing. The aroma brings a nice malty apple vinegar. The tongue gets a moderate sour bite of more vinegar malt with a subtle touch of milk chocolate. There’s some hint of cherry as well. This mellows into a nice old ale, but not one of those "off the charts" tongue twisters. Not a power pucker. But that’s fine, it becomes pretty drinkable for the style, offering a medium light body and a low carbonation, slightly resinous but a generally aqueous feel. Very nice.

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

Appearance - Off-white head, tan ring, decent-low retention and low stick. Dark, clear brown body.

Smell - Spoiled apples. Cinnamon. Vinegar.

Taste - Sour. Slight vinegar. Very dry. Slightly metallic finish.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Slight effervescence.

Overall Drinkability - Not a whole lot of complexity. Sort of a bare-bones, skeletal variety of sour.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours out brown with dark dark red highlights and a creamy tan head which doesn't last long.

S: The first thing that comes to mind is a less extravagant jolly rancher smell. It has a lingering background sweetness that helps excentuate the fruitiness.

T: Tastes a bit like sweet & sour apples, but it's not an off flavor. It tastes lie someone made a sour caramel apple and you just took a big bite out of it. The sourness is minimal and the sweetness comes though on the finish.

M: Carbonation is a bit on the low side and the body isn't too thin or too thick. Its about average.

D: Quite drinkable but as I've heard before from Dr. Bill Sysak: if it's a good beer, it's good enough to be sipped.

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Photo of KDawg
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice dark red color from an 11oz bottle. Some head that stays for a little bit

Good aromas, though not the most complex sour. Cherries, red apples, funk tones and a bit of asian spices. Decent depth, but nothing that blows you away

lighter bodied and lacking a bit in the flavor category. Mostly cherries and some red apples with a touch of acidity to it as well

This is a straightforward sour. Solid, but leaving me wanting for a bit more.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into a Petrus chalice.

Appearance - Brown body with reddish flecks and a substantial khaki head. It looks promising and then suddenly the head is gone and there's almost no lacing. It does continue to bubble for quite a while, though. Somewhat vigorously, too, as if there's a little creature breathing in the bottom of the glass.

Smell - No discernible tartness. Cherry flavors that could be tart, but aren't. A lot of malt flavors, some bready, and the slightest bit of funk.

Taste - Again, so little tartness. All the other flavors are there, save some oak. Characteristic cherry fruit flavors and a lot of wine flavors. Slight bitter/tartness at the finish, but hardly characteristic of the style.

Mouthfeel - It's not sweet, which is nice. Usually a bad Oud Bruin is sweet, but this one is just lacking tartness. As a result, it feels nice, but missing a crucial flavor.

Overall - It's a shame that the Aged Pale is so good and this one is so meh. Where's the tartness? I'm looking for something more than this, although what it has isn't bad.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger very rapidly dissipating head. Very dark brown with a little light getting through.

S: sweet caramel with a sour fruit note, almost cherry aroma.

T: not sure where the oak is in this one. I am getting more of a sour dark fruit and light red wine flavor. Nut notes.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: more sweet than I expected and no oak to spea kof for my palate despite the oak barrel aging.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dark red colour. Looks swampy brown but flashes crimson up to the light. Head is beige, lovely and dense but sinks steadily. Lace could be stickier.

Smell is malty, largely, with big, dark, Belgian-style complex sugars; sultana, brown sugar and molasses, just lifted at the back by a slight funky tartness. Hint of cranberry and some organic funk. Not bad, tartness could be more emphatic though.

Taste is a bit of a mish-mash. starts out with mild fresh tartness, giving plummy vinous notes that then gets a rich, mulchy sweetness midway, with dried fruit and some almost stouty roasted espresso notes, before the characteristic Flanders sourness returns on the back - balsamic vinegary edge and tempered by the wood-aging and some dried bark notes late. Again tartness could be more emphatic to freshen this up, but it's not bad.

Bit of a drag from the mild yeast, dries up a bit too much on the back, and otherwise a touch thin. OK for style but nothing special.

Not a bad brew, but some more sourness could make this a real winner; just seems overly malty at times.

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Photo of CPeterson
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -- A deeply garnet hued brown brew pours to a four finger tan head which settles into a thin skim, leaving ringlets of lacing.

S -- Fig and raisin, light acid presence in the form of mildly sour fruit -- cherry and apple skin.

T -- Softly sour, a bready, biscuity malt backbone quickly carries it away and balances out. Hints of granny smith apples, a vague minerality in the finish which seems to complement and balance the acid with alkaline.

M -- Medium in body and carbonation, this brew is almost self-effacing from the palate. A little slick.

D -- Likely the most approachable Oud Bruin I've had to date. Essences and nuanced as opposed to a shock to the mouth, this is quite a good brew.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a massive 3.5" head. Dark clear burnt umber brown color. Smells of dried fruit and the unavoidable sour of the style. Taste also has the dried fruit as well as caramel, and happily although the sour is present it is less so than their Pale Ale version I recently tried. I'll give the Oud Bruin the edge since I find it more approachable.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a translucent chestnut color with one finger of pale tan head. Good retention and lace, vigorous carbonation.

S: Tart apples with a little brown sugar in the background.

T: Lightly sweetened malt with some tart apple, no hop presence, and faint oak. Pretty straightforward. As the beer warms, a bit of cinnamon joins in.

M: On the light side of medium mouthfeel with some nice creaminess in the carbonation.

O: This is my first oud bruin and I was not sure what to expect. I like the flavor and the fact that the sourness does not overtake everything. I would buy this again and I'm eager to try others in this style.

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Photo of Docer
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (3.5)
- Nice dark cola-brown brew. Somewhat clear, but its darkness makes it hard to see through. Fizzy light tan molasses fingers of head.. settles to a small ring, and some traces of foam floating around.

Smell: (4.0)
- Nice bready dark malts, brown sugar, molasses, and candy sour tartness. Overall seems very well blended and old school.

Taste: (4.0)
- Nice light roasty biscuity malts. Lightly sweet and grainy. Nice touch of sour candy riding over the light malt bed. Esters are prominent, and is like a light beery port. Oak is present, and melded with an earthy fig presence. Not bad. Some grassy drying hops too.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Light to medium bodied, and well carbonated. Wets the palate, and leaves it a touch dry towards the finish. Little chewy and cloying.. but overall light.

Overall: (4.0)
- This is a great oakey, lightly bitter, lightly soured - slightly sweet brew. It seems to mix a lot of great brown ale, flanders, and oaked characteristics with an old school touch. Not bad at all. Worth the occasional purchase.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a brown garnet color with a finger of tan head that quickly recedes into a thin ring of bubbles.

S- starts out with some dark fruit aromas and a crusty brown bready malt. Undercurrent of subtle tartness with a leathery note on the finish.

T- crusty bready malt flavor with some caramel sweetness at first. Middle is dark fruit with a raisin characteristic. Finishes with a tart funky earthiness and a note of tart green apples.

MF- slick full mouthfeel with a medium body and some frenetic carbonation.

D- very drinkable and refreshing.

Overall a solid oud bruin.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Petrus Oud Bruin is a tasty and slightly sour beer. Crisp and very drinkable.

A: Deep brown/red colour and a 15 mm head that lasts well. 4.5

S: Yeasty with a hint of sourness (maybe apple). 3.5

T: A slightly sour apple flavour over a mild malty base with a hint of spiciness at the end. Quite a crisp drink though. 4

M: Fizzy. 4

O: I've never had this style of beer. I liked it. 4

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Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
3.67 out of 5 based on 1,311 ratings.
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