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 Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz., typical small Euro/Belgian bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, with gorgeous blood-red highligjts when held up to the light. Only has a head, though, for like 2 seconds, a little swirl brings back the head for a time, but it is short-lived.

S: Complex smell of sour funk, oak, wood, and fermented malt.

T: Mildly sour, not over the top, funky malt, with some dark ale fruit there as well. Molasses flavours play a part, there is a slight hint o of brown sugar over the sourness. I find it pairs really well with a raw cheddar cheese.

M: Sharp and acidic, though not as sour as something like a Berliner Weisse, overall, light to medium-bodied.

D: A very good Oud Bruin, though I haven't had many of the style. Not the most robust, funky sour ale nonetheless, but easy to drink, even though it is kind of pricey at about $3.50 a bottle at Hi-Times.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Marty's for 3 bills..

This brew poured a deep dark brown color with only the slightest mahogony hue. A thin white head forms and leaves only a tiny lace. Aromas are very wine like, with a tart overtone, and a cherry finish that is quite apparant. Flavors to this brew to me, are quite similiar to a Flemish Red Sour ale. Initially there is a burst of sweet vinous grapes and cherries with just a tiny hint of tannins. Following this brew takes a turn towards being decently pungent, tart, and sour, with a slight oak tone in the mix, and a hint of vanilla. The finish is somewhat sweet, with a slight spice, a bit of malt, a strong grape like flavor and a slight sourness right at the end. There is also a warm finishing alcohol tone. Overall this brew is quite complex, quite smooth, and at the same time has a nice zinging carbonation. Definetly a nice try if you can find it.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark reddish brown with a decent head, considering it's been aged for 2 years. Not surprisingly, the head doesn't last long.

S- Quite complex in the nose. Tart cherries and vinegar are the first flavors to present themselves, followed by a brown sugar-like sweetness. The sourness is the dominant aroma, but the sweetness balances it enough to give the beer some depth.

T- Very mild in flavor, no doubt a result of the oak aging. The sourness that was so prevalent in the aroma is almost nowhere to be found in the taste. It's there though, lurking in the background like some sort of specter. I'm baffled; a conundrum this is, an insoluble pancake. Aside from this, the beer has flavors of raisins and cola, although they, too, are very subtle. Hops add a touch of character, reminiscent of aged cheese, and a light bitterness.

M- Medium-bodied and quite highly carbonated. Also feels a bit slick on the tongue.

D- Quite high. It's only 5.5% alcohol, and its flavor and overall character make it almost quaffable. I'd have another... and possibly another after that.

This beer is a conundrum of inscrutable potentialities. A snorter, if you will. In fact, I would almost go so far as to label the entire Oud Bruin category as such. The smell leads you in one direction, and the taste in an entirely different one. This beer really is everything I'd expect of an Oud Bruin: it's tasty, interesting, and perplexing. If you're a fan of the style, I recommend you give it a try.

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Photo of SolaceBrewing
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Served at 55-60F

Appearance - dark brown, hues of ruby and mahogany when held up to a light; small head that lingers for a long time

Aroma - dark fruit, plums, sweet malt, slightly toasted, maybe just the slightest hint of oak

Mouthfeel - med-high carbonation that fits this style well--the carbonation enhances the sour flavors on the tongue without being too sharp

Flavor - starts with fruit, plum, maybe a touch of Concord grape; middle layers on a tart/sour (like the skin of a plum) and sweet gives way to bitter in the finish, with lingering sourness

Overall - my first Oud Bruin, and I love the balance between sweet-sour-bitter, none too strong, the flavors progressing through each sip; I agree this beer could be improved by having a bit more body

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Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown with a head of fizzy mostly white foam. Strong fruity smell - cherries. Woodsy taste, with some sour. Not nearly as sour as the aged pale - much more balanced with a sour close.

An easy drinker. Good option for someone looking to get started in the world of sours.

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Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with Belgian ale yeast. It is very refreshing and fruity. You can smell hints of the oak barrels. The taste is great. It has a very refreshingly fruity malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes yeasty. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good drinking brown ale. It has everything.

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Photo of bwyker
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel Tulip.

Pours a clear, dark burgundy with no head, save or a tiny ring around the surface. Smells of cherries and wood, with hints of apple. Starts out sour in the taste, mellows out to a light syrupy sweetness and finishes with some more cherry sourness. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Very tasty and easy to drink, yet full of complexities.

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Photo of HochFliegen
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured my 11.2 fl.oz bottle and noticed right away the thick tan frothy head building on top of the dark brown colored beer. After holding the glass to the light, it barely shown thru, showing a deep blood red color. At this point the frothy head was nothing more than a thin ring around the glass with a few whisps in the center.
The smell was very, sweet plum like also sort of sour or bitter smelling. After swirling the beer a few times and sticking my nose deep into the snifter it revealed a few more aromas I didnt at first detect. It was almost like a roasted malt or dark chocolate like smell. Initialy after doing this I thought I could smell a slight alcoholic scent to it as well.

The taste was sour. Not a bad sour IMO but its there and I can see how some would be turned off by this. Personally I thought it was a nice mix with the sweet and butter like flavor. Also like the smell a taste of a dark bitter chocolate adds to the sweetness. It almost went undetected but theres a roasted flavor in there as well. No taste of the alcohol at all. After taste is sour and lingers for a good amount of time. Mouthfeel is very nice oily almost and very smooth.

I thought this was an amazing beer. For my first Oud Bruin Im impressed an look foward to trying more in this style.

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Photo of soper2000
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard some nice things about Petrus so it's about time that I've finally tried one. To say that it was interesting would be an understatement. I made the mistake of pouring this beer way to cold (i am guessing around 38 - 40 degrees). Even so it poured a flat brown with absolutely no head. I've never seen anything like this before, there were even no bubbles around the edge. Smell was slightly tart, I struggled to pick up any other details. Initial taste was what a suspected a slight tartness surrounded by a sweet nutty maltiness. Very refreshing. Mouthfeel was a tad bit stale, but overall this was a very interesting beer which I'll try again. If only I could get my hands on their pale.

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Photo of utfiero
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Color- unfiltered mahogany. Slight head.

Aroma- gentle sweet sour with hint of cherries.

Taste- Starts smooth and silky with active carbonation adding to a light body, mildly sour with faint hints of tart cherry with subtle hint of vanilla (likely from the barrel aging). Compared to Oud Bruin from Verzet, this is far more refined.

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Photo of UberWasser
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8.4oz brown bottle poured into a snifter.

Fills my glass slowly with a dark brown liquid. Light penetrates just enough to give it a glow. Head is limited (this bottle might have sat for a while, there is a good bit of rust on the cap from the foil), yellow in color, and dissipates quickly.

I take a sniff. "Wow" is all I manage to annunciate. This beer's aroma shares more than one similarity with a good Kentucky bourbon (which is of course also aged in oak barrels, though hopefully for longer than two years). I could sit here and sniff this beer for an hour without taking a sip and I would enjoy it.

In fact, it smelled enough like bourbon to me that I almost expected the usual singe of 100 proof alcohol headed down the gullet. Instead, though, I was pleasently suprised with a very nice sweetness on my palate. It was of fruits and candies and other happy things. Swallowing brought out a slight bitter aftertaste...not enough to "balance" the experience, but that isn't on top of my list of priorities.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin for something so sweet...this could be good, as it may have prevented it from being cloying, but I still felt like something was missing there. Drinkability was good, though, partly because of that mouthfeel and also because of the sweet but not overwhelmingly-so flavor and low ABV.

Overall, a beer that I much enjoyed, most of all for the aroma. And it was a serious steal when I was visiting Louisville at $2.25.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up 3 Bavik beers from the Petrus range tonight.
The first of these is the Petrus Old Brown Ale (Aged in Oak Casks for 2 Years), listed as 5.5% ABV and comes in a small 8.4 fl.oz. bottle with a dark copper foil cap.
The body of the beer is a lovely brown color, not much of a surprise there then (LOL). It is exceptionally clear and really looks the part. Head is a very thin collar, but an incredibly resilient, ever present smooth tan coating.
Aromas are – Ah Yes, Aged Brown Ale!!!. Initial smells remind me of a Malt Vinegar soaked plate of Tripe, mixed with the deep nose of rustic wood shavings that have been left outside near a chopping block after being left in the rain for a few days. This in turn is all intermingled with a refreshing hint of a rather spritzy fresh young lambic. Marvelous! A quick swirl reveals intense carbonation within the beer; this continually comes out of solution when swirled and replenishes the rather thin, but always whole, head.
Note: This is actually a give away that is a “blended” Brown Ale, where aged Brown Ale is actually blended with a younger Brown – this invigorates the beer somewhat before bottling when additional CO2 may be added. Déjà vu > Gueuze ????
Initial impressions are of the high carbonation and the fresh lively mouthfeel this beer has as soon as it hits the tongue and inner cheeks. The effervescence contributes to this beers lovely silky mouth coating quality. Quite intense at first. A slight malt dominated sourness introduces the front of the beer, dare I say that is a sourness that is more of a commercially acceptable one, but nevertheless well placed. Middle is dark, slight fruitiness with wooden hints that lead to a quick finish that sometimes feels dry. Aftertaste in the mouth can last for some time after the beer has been consumed.
This would be a great “bridge” beer for anyone that has not had a ‘real’ Flemish Red Ale. All the tastes are here, but in a controlled manner. Certainly this beer should be on the road along traditional Flemish Red Ale and a stop off point before you tackle its more intense style counter parts Rodenbach Grand Cru, and at the journeys end, the irrepressible Duchesse de Bourgogne.
That said this is still a fine Old Brown Ale & very accomplished.

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Photo of HabiMendes
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew is darker that I would expect, with an intense brown tone. The head, also brown, was not very retained.

The aroma has a vinous character, where you notice wooden tones there. The taste is smooth, relatively well-bodied, carbonated... You can notice the sourness characteristic of the Lambics, but not the complexity found on them. This is a differential, as there is an exaltation of the malt here, which prevails in the aftertaste, after the initial impact of the tartness. It is a very refreshing and interesting beer.

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Photo of Realale
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous transparent mahogany. The head dissipates quickly. Lovely nose of pit fruits, especially plums, with a mouth-watering sour note. Thick and a bit sweet on the palate with a bit of a burnt sugar taste. Nowhere near as acidic or tangy as the nose indicated, and a bit short. This bottle-conditioned beer is probably a bit past its prime, but nowhere near the five and half years past its prime that its "Best Before" date of February 19, 1997 would indicate. This beer has been in my wine cellar since purchase some 5+ years ago.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An 11.2-ounce bottle poured into a goblet yields a clear cranberry body capped with two fingers of fine-bubbled soft ecru foam. The head retains at a thick sheet and scatters a bit of lacing on the glass.

The smell is fruity and sweet, with sweet red and tart green apples, sour green citrus, and a fresh green grassiness so potent it stretches to the borderline of 'piney'. Mild notes of apple cider vinegar emerge later in the drink.

The taste is sweet and fruity with a sedate acidic zip. Mushy red apples and crisp, tart, underripe peaches overlay a slightly musky malty backbone. As the drink warms it becomes almost cidery with a sweet, fruity maltiness and a bit of toasted medium malts.

The drink is medium in body with fine carbonation and a fluffy feel. Quaffable.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in Darkness snifter

A: Pours a deep brown with a dark khaki head. Dark ruby highlights. Sticky lace.

S: Tart cherries jump out of the glass. Hints of funk here and there. Underlying sweetness.

T: Sweet and tart black cherry juice. Little to no bitterness. Subtle and complex. Something new with each sip. Some grape and wine-like character. Oaky and slightly tannic. Earthy at times. Hints of leather. Impressive.

M: Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation.

D: Easy to drink, yet wonderfully complex.

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Photo of becktone
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 8-26-08

Eye: Poured in to a Chimay goblet: The beer is dark brown in color, where the light passes through close to the bottom of the glass there are pinkish orange highlights. Head is tan and is creamy in appearance. Retention is good on it, though it didn't start out very large, looks right for this beer. Lacing is nice, a solid sheet down the sides of the glass.

Nose: Tons of fruity tones in this beer, chiefly the aroma of black cherries. Yeast strain comes through quite easily, giving the beer an earthy quality. Oak is in there as well. As it warms more of a chocolate aroma is present.

Tongue: A bit of tartness/sourness first hits the tongue. The drying oak flavor is huge in here, comes out very readily, hard to miss. Cherry fruitiness is also there. The focus of this beer's flavor is more upon the yeast, its phenols/esters, and oak character as opposed to the flavor derived from malt. Slightly roasted, nutty, or chocolate malt flavor can be found....hard to tell which though, the tart fruitiness is most it warms malt flavor comes through-chocolate malt, with the smallest amount of roasted grain bitterness, earthy notes as well.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: As previously mentioned Petrus Oud Bruin has a dry finish. The body is medium on this one. Carbonation seems higher than it actually is. It is very delicate and has an unobtrusive prickliness to it-not scrubbing and not extremely sharp...instead delicate, tiny bubbles that are long lived when held in the mouth. This is one to pick up, definitely give this one a try if you are a fan of Belgian beer. This beer has turned me on to a style that I would've previously probably not even found. Easy to drink, nice delicate beer. Very refreshing, not really heavy, or even all that "dark" tasting. This is one I could drink all night.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$21 for a mixed 6'er gift pack of Petrus's brews at Merchants. 5.5% ABV. Aged in oak barrels 20 months. Pours out to a clear, filtered, dark mahogany, forming a modest khaki head with average retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is of lightly tart and crisp green apples, a touch of acetic sourness, woodsy amber malts and Brett. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a light body and tingly carbonation. Taste begins with acetic sourness which is very light, followed by cherry and watermelon jolly ranchers, near absent bitterness but a touch of grassy hops, and then a lightly woodsy finish. Not as roasted as it looks. Crisp and clean finish, very easy to drink.

This is a good beer to initiate someone into Oud Bruins, but lacks the depth or complexity that I look for in the style. Quite light in body. Goudenband and Duchesse are better for sure, but this is an easy to drink example. Simple, clean, not bad.

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Photo of inebrius
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like chopping wood this cream hairy beer fills your head with scents of old sap, fresh fungus, ginger root and decay. Citrus zest and vanilla escort a tart and fizzy mouthful down. A bit weighty, particularly when compared to its stronger sibling the Aged Pale but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium brown light head, some lacing and nice carbonation. Light aroma of lactic sourness and fruity esters a bit of stinky feet funk. Taste reminds me of a milder flanders red. Some lactic tang, a firm but delicate sourness. Finishes dry.

Very quafable, I wish I bought more than one bottle.

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Photo of tatterdash
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque brown with a thick off-white slightly orange head the laces wonderfully, rather effervescent. Aroma of wild yeasts and some citrus, this is going to be sour! :) Taste was a refreshingly tart with a nice slightly hoppy finish. Not nearly as sour as I thought it was going to be, and has a nice light mouthfeel. This is new style for me and I was very pleasently surprised. I'd drink this all night if I had more.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 11.2 ounce bottle into a clear glass chalice. A moderate pour produces a short, but creamy off-white head. The beer is lightly carbonated and pretty clear, and of a medium yellowish-brown color.

'The aroma is just moderately tart, with an edge of funk. The flavor is pleasantly malty, with a moderate amount of tartness, with notes suggestive of dark fruit and berries, brown bread, light caramel, and nutty bitterness. Light in body and easy to drink.

This is beer number three of a variety pack with a brochure which states that the Oud Bruin is a combination of 70% young brown beer and 30% of their aged pale- considered a "mother beer" because it is the main sour beer used in their blends. This example is more balanced and complex than the first two I drank- the Aged Pale and Aged Red.

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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 silverking
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep ruby with a tan head, sheets of lacing that run down the sides of the glass.

S- toffee, dried cranberry, and that lovely balsamic vinegar note that many sour ales take on. As it warms it reveals concentrated cherry and a dense aroma of oak.

T- sweeter than expected. Nice toffee notes, sour cherry intertwined with some toasty oak, and a mild herbal hop bitterness.

M- light, refreshing, aggressive prickly carbonation.

O- nice, actually, excellent.

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Photo of Copernicus
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 11.2 oz. bottle into a snifter. It comes out a dark brown with some light haze. It has a mild head of rocky foam with low retention. It may have been my terrible pour, but it seemed a bit flat.

The smell was truly magical, a complex melange of acid funk and malty sweetness. Skipping along the top are stimulating notes of clove and peppery spice, but not as obnoxious as a spiced Christmas Ale.

The taste came as a welcome follow up to the nose: caramely malt and the tart sweetness of dark dried fruits such as raisins, prunes, dates, dark cherries, and black currents. The yeast was still present and provided a vexing funkiness, a strange balance between sour and umami. I even thought I caught hints of aged Gouda. Awesome.

The mouthfeel was appropriate: light carbonation, a medium body, and a smooth texture.

Overall, I enjoyed my first foray into the Oud Bruin style, and from what I can gather, this was a good label to start with. Though I much prefer a good sour Flanders Red.

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Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
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