Petrus Oud Bruin | De Brabandere

Petrus Oud BruinPetrus Oud Bruin
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +8.4%
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 +7.6%
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 +4.3%
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%
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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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich and hazy dark brown hue with two fingers of pillowy ivory foam. Head seems to dissipate somewhat quickly. Not bad.

Smell: nutty and caramelly malt aroma with just a hint of tartness. Not complex, but nice.

Taste: good malt flavor with bread and caramel flavors. Tartness is present but not overwhelming, and bitterness is balanced toward the end. A very pleasant brew.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation. More fizzy than creamy, but combined with the tartness I think this makes for a refreshing beverage.

Overall: a tasty beer which is very drinkable. If this were available on tap around here I'd be quaffing it all the time, no doubt.

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Photo of Erish
2.46/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this 11.2 oz. beer into a Chimay chalice. No best by date apparent.

A: clear medium to dark reddish brown color, the scant head disappeared immediately, the Belgian cap and lace are minimal.

S: spicy-sweet malt, some earthy notes, clove, a hint of sour fruit. It never gets any better than this, folks.

T: overripe fruit and spice, but the flavors are flat, the sourness is lacking almost completely, and the finish is borderline watery. This will be a drain pour.

M: light-bodied, lightly creamy to watery texture, moderate carbonation.

O: I expected something interesting, I got a drain pour. If this is a typical oud bruin, I guess I finally found a style I do not care for.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a warm, bready, yeasty smell, even when the ale is fairly cold. In fact, the nose is reminiscent of hot buttered toast. A slightly sour mash note rounds out the aroma.

On the tongue, the sour flavors are the first to come across, and do so in style, running in apple cider and vaguely vinegar-like rivulets across the tastebuds. Beneath these sour notes are nice streams of toasted grains and darker malts, with definite hints of vanilla and dark fruit esters, as well as oak from the cask aging. The aftertaste is mostly toasted grains, with hints of sourness. Mouthfeel is light to medium.

The major problem I have with this beer, however, is that the sour notes--even though they seem light at first--prove overwhelming after the first mouthful, deadening the tongue to the point where subsequent sips are almost all sourness. I would have preferred a more balanced ale, or at least one that let more of the flavors come through.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a standard-sized bottle into a schooner. Didn't see a best before date on the bottle.

A - pours a clear, deep brown brew with a small, tan head.

S - slightly sour fruit on the nose; not very intense.

T - slight initial sourness underpinned by fruit, largely sour apple. Not a lot of variation on the flavor with the sour fruit dominating with just a hint of yeast.

M - surprisingly light with mild carbonation. No booziness or alcohol warming.

D - very drinkable, but a bit of an acquired taste. Not quite a sour, but with some sour qualities.

Tasty beer; I prefer their sour selections like the Aged Pale, but this one is pretty good. Nice started if someone wanted to start venturing into sour territory.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750ml corked, caged, and foiled bottle. No date that I can find, nice label though. Huge thanks to PhineasGage for this one; I've been wanting to try an Oud Bruin for a long time now.

Appearance: Dark cola colored brew with bright clarity and a big, light tan head which shows nice sticking power. High levels of carbonation.

Smell: Tart and musty up front, and I mean that in the best way possible. Some mild fruit aromas, as well as light malty hints. This is definitely pleasant, but not tons of depth. As it warms, however, some toasted caramel and apple notes emerge. Again, pretty nice.

Taste: The flavors are nice, even if they are somewhat understated. Light tart fruitiness up front, nice, but I'm having trouble pegging down individual fruit flavors. Something vaguely apple-like, plus some light caramel sweetness and just a touch of pale malt.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light and smooth; with the high levels of CO2 I was expecting something a bit peppery or tingly.

Overall: Thanks again to Andrew for this brew. I'm not exactly sure what I expected from this style, but I don't think I expected it to be this mild mannered. Nice mix of tart apple, sweet caramel, and pale malt. Light sourness, balanced by sweet notes. Which, from what I've read, is what this style's all about. I definitely dig it more than the Flanders Reds I've had w/that weird vinegary thing. Glad I got to try this, and I might search it out again, depending on the price.

I think this would really hit the spot on a warm autumn afternoon; the flavors kind of remind me of fall, and it's refreshing enough for fairly warm weather.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from my Stella tulip.

A - Pours a nice Mahogany colour with an Ivory coloured head that reduces to a lacing film.

S - A little metallic but lots of dark fruits and spice.

T - A little tartness on the front but not really enough. The stewed dark fruits are there but not pronounced enough. Quite well balanced overall.

M - A littel thinn and sticky on the finish. Carbonation is fullish.

O - Duch De Bourg and Liefmans Goudenband are far better examples of this style. Billy B's Dark Apple beer beats them all.

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Photo of socon67
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Good Life, Massapequa NY

A - Pours reddish brown with a ruby translucence. Minimal foam, no real locaing, and slight carbonation. Looks inviting in the glass.

S - Smells like sour apples, sour cherries. Very pronounced fruit scents.

T - The tartness isn't overwhelming, which I enjoyed. The fruit flavors are mixed with some sweet malt, and the finish is a slight astringent bitterness.

M - Very easy to drink, light to medium bodied, and the mild tartness doesn't pucker your lips too much.

O - Haven't tried many of this style, but this seems to be one of the better ones, and I would try again. Certianly worth a try for those curious.

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Photo of samie85
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a rich mahogany color with a finger of very light brown head.

S-A bit of tart cherry and apple cider vinegar with some brown sugar sweetness.

T-A kind of generic sweetness balances out the bit of acidity/vinegar/cherry notes.

M-Light bodied with loads of prickly carbonation and a refreshing crispness.

D-The taste is pretty one note for me, and I don't think I'd pick this one up again; very approachable for newbies to sour beer, however.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First experience with the Oud Bruin style

11.2 oz -> Thimble Glass

A ~ Pours a dark brownish ruby with one of the most solid, lush heads I have ever seen. Travels up the flute of the thimble and extends out of the glass with ever tipping. Sinks like a souffle into very fine creamy lacing with very fine bubbles. Nice.

S ~ Aroma of damp wood with a bit of sour grapes. Like a wine barrel.

T ~ Malt vinegar and oaky-earth with some pitted sour cherries. This fades into muscatel grape skins and crabapple. The finish is of lemon juice, faint rye & vanilla bean oak there is a crabapple note as well. Really wild but not overbearing.

M ~ Tart and vinous with carbonation like an un-blended lambic.

D ~ First of the style and I really enjoyed it. I like tart ales done well and this one has alot of character, without being too vinegar-like


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Photo of neorunner
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #8 - Dark/Low/Tulip

Thanks to Kirk (Florida9) for sending me this in Round #5 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Smaller than 12oz bottle poured into Great Lakes Christmas tulip. Pretty confused on this one. Appearance is a dark dark ruby brown. Aroma is tart and almost sour in the nose like sharp cherries. Flavor is mostly sweet malt but with a slight sour tinge in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and body is very light almost watery.

Going to guess a Flanders Bruin for this one.

The Reveal: Petrus Oud Bruin aged in Oak Barrels.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Very cool rootbeer color with a 1 inch tan foamy head and decent retention

Smell: First thing I get is cherries followed up by some more dark fruit raisin and such with some bready yeast and sweet malt notes

Taste: Sour cherry is right up front with a bit of caramel malt. This is about as sour of a beer as I go and I am really enjoying the taste

Mouthfeel: Medium body and very high carbonation levels and a bit dry

Overall: I like everything about this beer except the mouthfeel. It's got good flavors and is easy to drink and its a pretty beer to look at as well

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Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - brown, dark ruby-colored when held up to a light. About a finger's worth of light tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - very zesty-smelling, kind of like a more fizzy Port, or Lambic. Seems to have a bit of a grape smell to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel - quite zest right from the off. Still a bit of a tinge of grape throughout the tasting. Or maybe even pomegranate. It leaves you with a little bit of bite at the beginning, which is surely from the hops, but I can't tell what kind. The texture is a little on the creamier/frothier side.

Overall - very interesting brew and brew style! Unique in taste, but not intriguing. That is, there's not a lot of variety within the tasting itself, but the taste itself is interesting.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark amber body with substantial red highlights and very clear. An aggressive pour provides a big three-finger off-white head that has good retention and leaves a smattering of lacing.

The aroma is tart from the start. Cherry and green apple are the primary tones in the tart part of the aroma. A little dark fruit and a hint of Belgian spice in the background.

The flavor is less tart than I would have expected from the aroma. A little more caramel malt present and plenty of flavor from the oak barrels. The tart cherry and apple make for a nice fruity finish.

Fairly light in the mouthfeel. Very drinkable and enjoyable for the style. Would have expected a little more tartness in the flavor, but a good brew overall.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle date unknown, but I've had this one in my cellar for at least a year.

Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: Large, crackling layer of fizz off pour, which descends to a firm, tan crown. Deep brown body shines crimson in light and shows excellent clarity. Nice head retention and lace.

Smell: Prunes, figs, bread, and vinegar. Something about this aroma reminds me of rotting fruit though - maybe the mildly cloying sweetness mixed with vinegar. That off-note isn't overpowering though, and all in all the nose is satisfactory.

Taste: Prunes and raisins lay atop a sweet bread/pastry-like backbone. Cinnamon and clove peek through midway and carry into a spicy, lightly tart, lime zest finish.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, spicy, dry, and mildly tart. Medium-to-light in body with moderate carbonation. A bit too bland for me, but decent overall.

Overall: Not thrilling, lacks sourness, and possesses a few off flavors. In areas that lack sour ales though (e.g. Fresno, San Luis Obispo), this provides a bit of relief.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.21/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle at Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town the other day. Served in a tulip alongside Petrus Aged Pale.

Pours a rusty amber color with a short off-white head and a few spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose carries some light bready malt and a bit of caramel. Amber malt. Some cherry and very light oak and acidity. The flavor brings some moderate malt and a touch of sweetness with light fruits. No real oak or acidity. Way, way off style. I don't get much of even a note of sourness out of this one. While I'm up for interpretation of styles, if you're going to call a beer an "Oud Bruin," it'd better have something more than light malt and a touch of fruit going on.

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Photo of Franz4
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice foamy head that settles to a thin cap. Color is copper with a magenta tint to it when held up to the light.

S- nose is subtle, slightly tart with a little mustiness to it, a little tart apple and tart cherry. I appreciate the delicate subtlety to the nose. As the beer warms a bit more the nose becomes stronger and more complex.

T- The first thing that I notice is a slight cola-like flavor, then the fruits and mustiness come through delicately again, same as the nose. A bit of a cider-like "bite" to it as well.

M- Nice foamy carbonation in the mouth, seems quite dry with a lingering aftertaste. This doesn't add a lot to the beer, but it fits it about right.

O- I have to say I'm definitely becoming more of a fan of this style, as I've enjoyed several of these recently. I think this is a quality brew, very approachable, and it is very delicate, I would pair it with food very carefully as any strong flavors could potentially wash it out.

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Photo of ridglens
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Deschutes snifter, reviewed in low light.

A- Pours a huge fluffy head with a light cream color. head quickly dissipates to almost nothing, but a thick ring of foam at the edge remains. color through the glass is quite dark (low light?), with a very deep brown with dark cherry red tinges. Looks like a pretty beer to me.

S- Smell explodes right after pour, but quickly dies to something much more mild. Sour fruit right away, smells like tart apples and grapes, a little wood-ish smell coming through. Smells tasty! definitely some typical belgian spiciness coming through, orange peal and belgian yeast.

T- Not at all what i expected/did not match the smell that i was getting. A very tartness right at the beginning, but guickly gave way to a smoother and slightly sweeter taste. Lots of spicy / Belgian yeast flavors coming through. A lot more malty than i expected (not very experienced with the style to be fair), pretty smooth. definitely some fruit coming through, like some orange peels with a hint of bannanna-like taste. the tart grapes/apples from the nose are lost, but the beginning tartness gives an aftertaste/feel akin to drinking some tart apple/grape juice or cider.

M- despite the head dying quickly, the beer holds quite a bit of carbonation which comes out in the mouth. The beer is smooth and significant (though I wouldn't say thick). It leaves a dryness in the mouth despite some sweeter notes, again akin to a tart apple or something.

O- Pretty decent brew. i would like a little more developed flavor, as it seemed like a pretty basic Belgian flavor profile with a little tartness thrown in. I would have liked more sour-ness, but then i am probably looking to the wrong style for that. Not a bad brew, would drink it again but not one i would seek out (esp. at $4 for a 12 oz. bottle)

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Photo of projectflam86
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a mahogany color with a thick slightly off-white head that leaves a bit of lace behind.

S- Sweet cherries and some tart dark fruits. Not much in the hop department which seems to be right on style.

T- The cherries are more prevalent in the flavor with some fruity esters and spice. The finish is slightly sweet with barely in alcohol present. A bit of lactic sourness throughout.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O- Overall this one surprised me. Very cool, very different but one I'll probably pick up again.

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Photo of DCon
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snifter Night! Purchased 12oz bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $3.49. Poured from the bottle into my Schlafly Snifter glass and has a code of 40323 on the back.

Appearance- Extremely dark, has a 3 finger head that has GREAT retention! Very impressed. Leaves nice lace on the sides.

Aroma- Great tart smell from the beginning. I can definitely tell there is a spicy and fruity complexed smell as well.

Taste- The first thing I recall is a extreme amount of grape upfront, almost like a Welch's grapejuice. Very fruity and has a brown flavor at the end. Really wild! Tasty.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Viscosity, full taste of grape and then a nice clean feel afterwards.

Overall- WOW! Now this was a great beer I'm glad I came back to! Will be buying this again! Drinkability is easy and very different from any other Oud Bruin. I'm thinking that is why the Flanders is in front of it. Will be interested in seeing how other people react and give their two cents on this beer.

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3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - deep tawney-brown with red highlights and a nice bit of head.

Smell - Much less intense than I expected. A little bit of sour cherry and a little bit of balsamic vinegar and caramel, but very soft, with a subtle sweet smell and a hint of vanilla.

Very well carbonated.

Taste - Again, very soft and leaning more towards sweet than sour. A slight cherry flavour is present, but overall very restrained and reserved. Nowhere near as sour or complex as I expected from this style.

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