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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 TheDudeAbides14
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - reddish, caramel amber with a soft, thin, white lacing of head

S - cherries, tart, some faint malty aromas

T - tart, sweet, cherries, creamy, some diacetyl, some faint alcohol

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp

This is a decent beer. The only slight defect is the faint diacetylic creamy notes. Otherwise, this is a smooth, slightly tart, fruity beer. It's highly drinkable and very smooth. Anyone who likes the style or likes sours should definitely try this one.

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Photo of Roguer
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It may be called Oud Bruin, but this beer pours very dark, almost black; reddish-brown highlights shine through, as well as significant carbonation, with a light background. Nice two-finger tan head, very lively, with OK retention and lacing.

Slightly sour and tart aroma, with heavy tannins, tobacco, oak, and some light funk. Wine-like sharp quality, but just enough wheat/barley to balance it out.

Initial flavor is that light funk (a little malty or cheese-like), but it's very pleasant, and immediately followed by a complex series of flavors: sourness/tartness, fruit - including cherries and raspberries, and a bit of banana and red grapes - tons of tannins, straw; and more. Very complex, but well-balanced and extremely tasty profile.

If there's a weakness on this beer, it's probably the feel. It just comes across as a little thin and watery, while the liveliness comes across as some slight foaming. There's a nice slick residue helping bring this beer to the finish.

This is a very tasty and fairly light Flanders red or brown ale. It's not as refined as Rodenbach, but it fits the bill quite well, and has a complex and pleasing taste profile. Absolutely worth picking up if the price is right.

2012 bottle.

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Photo of JTuomi
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sludgeman
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Healthy pour into a DFH chalice.

A - Pours a clear brown wiht a 2-finger beige rock head. Good lacing.

S - Sour with a hint of fruit, slightly lactic.

T - Mildly sour and slightly sweet (sour cherries). More sour in the finish. Some hints of honey and oak.

MF - Acred but not necessarily dry.

O - A sour that does not go too sour.

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Photo of Tracker83
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of peabody
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out clear light brown with just a slight head of white to brownish-white suds. No lacing to speak of.
Malt and fruit are the first smell. Raisin and cherry and no alcohol to speak of.
The taste is at first dark, then bitter then warm and dark at the end.
A little thin in the mouth but the malt and the cherry seem to take over and make this one of the better petrus's for my money.
The oak is there, I just don't know to what degree and percentage that I am tasting it.
Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean.
This is a Petrus that I could drink a few of. I am starting to like the bitter/sour beers the Petrus put out.

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Photo of Tifore
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a dark amber to cherry color that leaves a tan 1 finger head which fades very fast. Lots of little bubbles coat the snifter. Looks clear and refreshing.

S - As I bring the snifter to my nose I get sour cherries, maybe raspberries and blackberries and also some wood. Oakiness? Smells pretty good. Sour and sweet definitely come through.

T - The cherry is indeed in the forefront. Very tart then turns sweet and oaky. Pretty yummy.

M - Lots of carbination on the tounge. The tartness makes me pucker a little but its good.

D - A drinkable beer but the carbination could be toned down and I'm intrigued to know if the tartness would dissapear with age and the sweetness would come through a bit more.

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Photo of foogerd
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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 micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very sour smelling like bottle lemon juice. Tart vinagar or lactic acid or maybe both who knows. Some lean dark fruits, malts and yeassty easter in the nose.
Pours with a gargantuan head and spotty lacing. The color is clear ruby brown.
The taste is very acidic and sour with vinagar. Some dark fruits and malts too but fades to water almost as the sourness subsides.
Feels thin on the palate.
A bit disappointing because the bold sour, vinagar taste is quite refreshing, but after that there really is nothing else.

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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 DrJay
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clear, deep coppery/chestnut red. Thin, very light brown head. Aroma consists of roasted malts, acidic berry-like, bit of ripe dark fruit, and some vinous character. Maybe some tobacco as well. Dark malts and fruit hit the palate first, followed closely by delicate sourness. Earthiness comes out towards the end, along with a hint of chocolate, and the dry finish is on the sour side. Light body with a moderately high carbonation. Texture is very interesting... very smooth, aided by the carbonation, with some mouth puckering due to the sourness.

Interesting beer and easier to drink than I expected. A little out of the ordinary and quite tasty.

250 mL brown bottle with best before date printed clearly on the front label.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown to the point of looking like coca-cola. The lace left a bit more to be desired.
S: Sweet with a licorice hint.
T&M: Smooth and sweet with a slightly bitter taste upfront. The aftertaste has a very heavy feel to it. Keeps you very satisfied. Leaves the mouth with a warm fuzzy feeling.
D: I could definetly drink a few of these throughout the night (or day).

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Photo of busternuggz
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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 scott451
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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 oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 TruePerception
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Petrus' Oud Bruin. 5.5% ABV.

A: Almost two fingers of slightly tan head. Lovely, clear deep plum color. Dark honey in the dimple. Slight lacing, with a very faint sheeting.

S: Fruitier than I was expecting. Black cherry; slightly tart. A slight smokiness. A sharper, lacto-ish sourness in the back. Faint earthy/funkiness.

T/MF: More earthiness on the palate. Indeed, it is the first thing that I get, and most of the flavor. Acidity is much more subdued than I was expecting. Leather, sweat, smokiness, slightly overripe banana peel. Seed notes towards the back of the tongue. None of that cherry I was getting on the nose. A solid beer, but not really sour. There is some acidity at the tip of the tongue, but it washes away rather quickly. Probably the best intro sour to go with for the more iffy.

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of drotski
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a reddish darnk brown color, with minimal head.

Smelled of apples, pear, and a touch of cinnamon. Very cidery smell.

Ok, this was definitely aged in oak barrels, very oaky flavor. Also lots of apples, and a touch of vanilla and citrus. Very sweet overall.

Very thin and heavily carbonated in the mouth.

Overall, it was alright. Not an easy one to keep drinking, but a good novelty beer to have every now and then.

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Photo of Buck89
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute)

A-This beer pours a deep hazel brown with a crystal clear body. It has strong carbonation and a big creamy dark tan head.

S-This beer has a sour sherry smell to it. I don't notice a lot of other aromas and it smells pretty clean.

T- This has a slight sweetness with some sourness to it and flavors of dark fruit like black cherries and raisins. The oak flavor is very faint and has a watery taste to it.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel that has some fizz to it.

D-I don't know if the long aging process really mellowed this beer but there is not a lot of complexity. I believe most Flanders browns are not usually aged in oak but it makes this one very smooth and drinkable. However a lot of the malt profile is just not there.

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Photo of JulioH
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Great beer. It serves as a dark thick liquid in the glass, but doesn't feel that way when drinking it. It is almost a normal beer except for the citric hint. It is derived from lambics, and therefore the flavor, but it is not like a lambic that is one bottle and done, this one you could drink a few easily.

Aroma is almost inexistent. Nice head. Good carbonation.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this a few months back but didn't review it. Not making the same mistake again today. 330mL bottle, 5.50% abv. Best before 07/06/09. Fridge temp into a wine glass.

Nice deep brown body, sudsy tannish head. Moderate retention.

Nose is nice; raisin, cherry; dark fruity. Caramel, baked goods. Spice. No hop character noted here, appropriately. A little sour and funky, but it is understated.

Palate is fairly dry, got some funky sourness (as expected). Spice, again. Finish is a bit sweeter, still on sour, fermented fruit notes. Feel is a bit carbonated, but ends smoothly.

Not bad, certainly unique.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice.
Dark brown offering with a short tan head.
Island lace is also limited within seconds and the ring is medium.
Carbonation is also light.
Body is a medium/full.
Nose is crisp and clean.
The taste is of a dry black cherry wine with linger.
Mouthfeel has a syrupy cling as well which seems to be it's only drawback IMHO.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 4-5-10

Pours a deep brown color with a blood red hue. A huge off white head settles quickly, leaving a thick coating of foam.

Smell is very fruity and sour, with an distinct edge very similar to a wine. Very light and floral, with a hint of pleasant oak. Very enjoyable.

Taste is a little sour, a little tart, a little fruity, and that's it. Subtle and simple almost to the point of being bland. The flavors that are there go well together, though, a leave a very nice Belgian aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is excellent, perfect thickness (or lack of) and great carbonation to add to the tartness.

Drinkability is also very good, light flavors and abv mean you could drink this all night.

Overall, a good beer that I wish was a little more extreme.

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Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 1,324 ratings
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