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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Photo of homebrew311
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to tulip.

A: appears a deep mahogany with a small amount of light passing through. Thin white head upon pour, not much retention, some spotty lacing

S: candi sugar up front with some faint oakiness and a little bit of lactic acid sourness. Not all that aromatic.

T: the flavor starts with a sharp bite of lactic acid but quickly turns in to sweetness before the sour notes are able to shine. The end is a little bland, leaves me wanting more.

MF: thin body, high carbonation

D: this isn't as good as the Aged Pale. It is less assertive with the tart quality and falls short of being a great brew.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Petrus Oud Bruin is dark and beautful yet light, fruity, and bubbly.

It poured the dark copper of an old penny with a massive creamy tan head. It left thick foam on the glass. The smell was metallic and the flavor was sour cherries or raspberries. The feel was light and sparkly, making this ale similar to a wine cooler.

Petrus Oud Bruin does not have the richness or complexity of other ales aged in wood casks. There's no hint of vanilla or, oddly, any wood flavor. Instead, it has the light bubbly taste and feel of a fruit beer.

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

11.2oz pour into a Petrus-branded flute

A - pours with a solid inch of thick and fluffy, slightly off-white foam. the beer itself is hazy, deep amber in color. thin veil of lacing down the glass.

S - slightly sweet malts. subtle notes of vinegar, belgian candi sugar, pears and apples, lightly tart.

T - very sweet with caramel malts, a slightly tart fruitiness which cuts through, apples and pears. finishes with a distinct acidity and some black cherries.

M - thin bodied with slightly dull carbonation...sweetness lingers for a bit before being cut into by vinegary acidity.

D - well, a bit unique and good for a change. drinkable yet not very captivating.

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Photo of brendan13
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy dark brown with 3cm of off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Oak & dark fruit character dominates with some slight vinegar sourness.
T - Stewed dark fruit flavours up front with some oaky character & vinegar like hints.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation.
D - An interesting beer that is worth trying. Can't see it being a regular though.

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Photo of foogerd
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- dark opaque brown with a khaki head
S-tart cherries bready malts and woody dryness
T- thick chewy malts with tart cherries peeking through, definite acid notes throughout
M- really thick
D- for the style very drinkable
A really toned down oud bruin good for beginners to the style

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to the little lady for picking this one up for me. Poured into my duvel tulip from the bottle.

A: Dark plum purple brown with red edges, full thick light beige head reaches three fingers, Solid amount of lace left behind

S: rather tart but not oud bruin tart more barley wine hoppy tart, the ale characteristics are very noticeable, brown sugar and caramel

T: I'm torn at this point since this is nowhere near an oud bruin in the flavor. That being said it has a great malty lightly sour old ale thing going on that I love. The finish is a bit metallic though. Simply not as sour as I had hoped.

M: Light to medium body with lots of carbonation

D: overall a decent beer for just drinking and not really thinking about it. If I'm reaching for a sour oud bruin this will not be my first choice or second or third.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.22/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle. Poured a dark reddish brown mahagony with a nice 2 finger head that slowly dissipates. Woody sour notes in the nose. Watery very slight sour taste is the first thought that runs through my head as I take my first sip. Fairly light mouthfeel on this one. Not really that good for a sour ale. Really not sour at all. Slight bitter end. Looks a lot better than it tastes or smells. Glad I only bought 1 to try it.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on June 26th 2010 at Novare Res in Portland ME. Served in a 12oz Petrus flute for $7. Review transcribed from notes.

Dark copper brew with a thin ivory head. Aroma is fairly sweet and grapey, like sparkling grape juice. Taste is like malty sparkling grape juice. Fruit, berries, oak, and bread, with a lemongrass finish. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, very good, but perhaps a bit too sweet. As it warms some darker coffee aromas emerge.

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Photo of azorie
4.89/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: dark brown cola like, not much head as expected for a oak aged mixed ale

s: Fantastic blend, malt, yeast, oak, so much like a dry Flemish red
hard for me to detect any hops, but you not supposed too. Some sourness barely any vinegar detected. as it warms it has a beery like smell.

T: fantastic beer for lovers of this style, not as strong as some, but that's what makes this 1 special. Oak malt, and mellow beery type fruit. The oak is there but is so smooth and light, no hops detected. All with a dry back taste, damn good.

M: medium body, no carbonation

D: goes down so easy you want more and more.

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

I picked this one up the other day at The Party Source in Bellevue, KY. Overall, I'm a little let down by it, but I guess I've had worse beers. Review is from notes taken on 7/28/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a dark cola brown mixed with some slightly lighter hints of mahogany; starts with a 1/2 finger light tan head that fades to a full and uneven creamy cap; body is really opaque and you can only see a little bit of carbonation at the top near the sides; nice washes and spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Smell is of tart cherries with a bit of dank mustiness; a faint maltiness and a bit of a musty wet woody scent; nose is not especially potent and if it was stronger, this one would definitely rate a little higher.

Taste: Not quite what I had hoped for and not really robust at all -- some slight cherry tartness; a mild caramel maltiness hides out in the back; a bit of that wet woody mulchiness, but not much of it; not really as tart as I had hoped either.

Mouthfeel: Really not as puckeringly tart as I had hoped -- body is light and a little watery and thin; carbonation is nice and spritzy though; a nice semi-dry coating is left all over the mouth and finishes cottony dry.

Drinkability: Not bad, but not the experience that I was looking for in terms of robustness in mouth, nose and feel; still, it's pretty refreshing and fine for the summer, but there are definitely some other beers that provide much of an experience.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Petrus Oud Bruin in medium chalice

Perfectly clear red with golden highlights and a tan head that leaves
great lacing. Nice looking.

Plums, stone fruit, black cherries, acetic acid/balsamic, wet oak, lemon.

Sweet malt, plums, moist old oak, black cherries, mild acidity, and a
bit of pinot wine toward the finish. A touch of funk as it warms.

Medium body with a medium-high carbonation.

I guess I always expect red/brown ales from Flanders to have a
resounding bite in the vein as Rodenbach Grand Cru, but this is still
drinkable nonetheless. I was just expecting more bite though.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a flared wine glass. Reviewed 6/2/2010.

Ar: tart cherry, strong raspberry, very fruity, blackberry, clean pils-esque malt, caramel, bircuity, brown ale rich sweetness, mild

Ap: clear brown/maroon, light tan head, fine, good retention, very pretty

t: fruity, blackberry, raspberry, tart hints initially, fades to fruity/caramel/honey sweetness, slightly thin, ends with mild trailing acid and fruit on honey sweetness

M: medium/thin body, medium carbonation (fine), light tartness, thin finish

O: not bad but seems dulled down/purposefully held back from its potential, strong raspberry, resembles a juice squeeze in some ways, gets worse as i have more, lacking complexity

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Ithaca Tulip.

A - Pours a garnet red/light brown with little head

S - Slight vinegar, red wine, fading cherry

T - Mildly tart, not very puckery. Seems to be lacking the pop of others in this style. Minimal cherry flavor, fading vinegar.

M - Carbonation is perfect, very refreshing, does leave a light coating feeling on the tongue after but not unpleasant

D - Great for a hot summer day. At only 5.5% ABV, very sessionable.

Overall, this is an average beer at best, salvaged only by its mouthfeel and low ABV. I think it would be suited perfectly for somebody just starting to explore sours, but a well developed palate will find its missing in many areas.

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Photo of levifunk
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - dark reddish brown. lots of carbonation.

s - alcohol and vinegar sourness. actually smells a lot like champagne.

t - a little lack luster. only a tad sour. lots of caramel and malts. hint of some grape flavor.

m - thin body, for as much carbonation as there was on the pour, there is hardly any in the body.

overall - reminds me more of NG old english porter than the (few) oud bruins I've had so far...although what do I know. needs more carbonation in the body, and its too sweet and malty.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours copper with ruby highlights and a quickly fading head.
Nose reminds me of a pungent white wine (which I'm not a fan of) with some soft grainy malt and balsamic vinegar. Later on delicate berries and plums are noticeable.
Flavours are much different, and much more malt-centred. Sweet and tangy at first with plenty of acidity and grape notes, then giving way to a lot of bready, woody malt making most of the short finish.
Carbonation is extremely high. Combined with the acidity this makes for a very prickly beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a syrup looking brown with ruby highlights that had a thin head and left a little bubbly lacing on the glass.

S: it had vinegar and dark fruit aromas with some oaky funk and a little underlying grain notes. It also had slight vinous notes.

T: the grians and slight vinegar flavors strike first on the palate with oak and slight vinous accents that also had a little wheat malt presence.

M: medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation that had slight sweetness and grainy finish.

D: the brew drank well but was expecting more tartness considering it was a flanders style beer. I think it needed more of sour punch.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights, good clarity, with two fingers of rocky beige head. Thick bands of lacing.

Smell -- Raisin, molasses, cider vinegar, green apples, cocoa powder.

Taste -- Roast malt and a hint of raisin along with Granny Smith. Instead of the vivid tartness the nose implied there is a lingering tangy element throughout the sip. Wet lumber oakiness makes itself known in the finish. Overall, everything tastes muted.

Mouthfeel -- Light in body with ample prickly carbonation. Finish is slightly dry. By far the most satisfying component of this beer.

Drinkability -- While this was an easy-drinking beer, there wasn't much exciting going on. Sure, you could drink this all night, but why? It tastes thin and watered down. This was a bit of a let down. Next time I'll stick with their Aged Pale.

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Photo of scott451
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A clear reddish dark brown. A thin head soon diminishes to a ring. The nucleating scores on the glass support an island of head in the middle. Dark malt smells. Very smooth. Malts give way to a very moderate sour finish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a bark beer. The carbonation brightens it up a bit.

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Photo of BeanBone
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A murky brown body capped by two fingers of cream-colored head that fade slowly and leave no lacing.

Aroma: A great mix of sour and vinegary notes over a sweet malt body. Mouthwatering.

Flavor: Just as the nose foreshadowed; a balanced combination of tart and sour flavors riding over a sweet malt body. Unfortunately, this is nowhere near as intense as the nose and ends up way too subdued for my tastes. Very mild sweet and sour flavors in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with somewhat spritzy medium-high carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: This is surely an easy drinker if you like sours. However, I think I'd get a little bored and order one of their Aged Pales next.

Verdict: I have to say, Petrus Oud Bruin is a bit of a frustrating beer to me. Clearly, the basics are in place, but the flavor profile is just too thin, like the beer has been watered down slightly and served extremely cold.

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Photo of Icehouse57
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First offering from Petrus.

Appearance- A nice, very clear brown color. About the color of cola.... although more clear. A think tan head that faded more quickly than I expected.

Smell- Slightly sour.... as I expected. A little thin. Tough to describe... it just smelled kinda thin.

Taste- Slightly sweet, slightly sour. Lactic acid was evident in the slightly vinegar flavor. I don't want to misrepresent. It wasn't bad, or out of character for the style. Nice. I disagree with previous posters though, in that I think it tasted a little better as it warmed more. Some woodiness... maybe some pomegranate?

Mouthfeel- Slightly thin. Didn't coat the tongue or have much of an aftertaste. Dry, clean finish.

Drinkability- What you'd expect from the style.

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Photo of klikger
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into two New Glarus tasters (one for the wife)

A - Medium to dark brown; small, quickly fading head and no lacing

S - Cola, sourish yeast

T - Yeast, apples, apricots, and cider vinegar. Finishes slightly sour - nicely balanced overall.

M - Well-carbonated & refreshing

D - Easy to drink

Nice beer here - my first from Petrus. I'll be buying more.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Belgian glass.
Shows a very attractive garnet color (yeah I'm going with garnet, it's apt!) and a thin, fizzy off-white head. The head leaves a ring throughout drinking and comes back with some swirling. Leaves some spotty lacing.
The nose is quite nice but a little subdued. Still picked up scents of cherry, a cedar/oak woodiness, and cranberry juice.
The taste is much the same, cranberry and cedar/oak wood along with dark cherries, and a hint of some tobacco and vanilla. This beer reminds me quite a bit of a cabernet franc. Has just a touch of tartness balanced with the fruitiness and a clean, dry finish.
Pretty highly carbonated and smooth, a little bubbly. For its fairly complex tastes, however, the high carbonation gives it kind of a cheap soda taste. The warmer it gets the more it tastes like grape soda. I wanted to give the taste a 4, but this made me downgrade. Drink it cold, as the label suggests!
Highly drinkable for the style.
Not bad if you don't have Haandbakk available, and it has some character, but it doesn't have much of that powerful sweet & tart oud bruin richness to it.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear reddish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is dark fruit with some grape notes. I don't get much tartness in the smell. The flavor is very light tart grapes with a nice caramel malt backbone that adds some sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A decent beer, but not near as good as the Petrus Aged Pale, which is excellent.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: poured fizzy. copper brown with no head rentention and no lacing

smell: caramel malt and some vinegar aromas

taste: Not overly sour, balanced. great starter sour for someone. drinks easy

mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation

drinkability: a nice sour with not too much punch.

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Photo of daledeee
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new beer to our local Belgian selection. This one poured with some big white bubbles but not that much of a head. The lace did stay around a little.

The nose is very weak. It doesn't smell bad but it really doesn't have much smell

Taste is a little tart with some dark fruit. Not real complex but refreshing. Mouth feel is rather effervescent. Pretty drinkable but not worth seeking out again.

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