Petrus Oud Bruin | De Brabandere

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Petrus Oud BruinPetrus Oud Bruin

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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 harrymel
1.66/5  rDev -55%
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 -6%
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 -8.1%
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 -11.1%
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 +11.7%
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 +7.9%
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 -17.1%
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 -12.5%
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 -8.4%
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 -9.2%
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 +6.2%
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 -5.7%
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 +7.9%
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 +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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