Petrus Oud Bruin | De Brabandere

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Brewed by:
De Brabandere
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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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3.67
pDev:
18.8%
 
 
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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown color with ruby ​​hues, clear. Foam beige, medium-sized, short-lived.
The aroma of wine. Red wine is the leading note in this beer is dry. additionally in the background delicate floral and fruity accents.
Taste dry, again guilty, cherries and grapes are the main theme of taste. The beer is moderately sour sweet and slightly "wooden".
Gentian low, seasoned. Saturation average.

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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle with a steak dinner in Ghent. Appears a dark brown with a light tan head. This beer was disappointingly sweet, like big, candy sugar content sweetness with only a bit of cocoa. There's a too-mild sour tang (for the style). While it's not a bad beer, it's a pale example for the style. Still, it wasn't bad with my steak.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml ... best before Dec 3, 2015
A:deep brown with ruby highlights
S: dark malt, some rootbeer; low intensity or complexity
T: winey, sour from middle to finish, not complex
M: low to medium bodied
O: not much there really. Very one dimensional and that one dimension isn't very memorable.

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Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Near clear deeply brown colored beer with a decent light brown head. Held up to the light this has some red color.

Smell is sweet with a trace of vinegar and fair amount of chocolate. Slight metal and spice in the scent and maybe a trace of coriander. Very slight lemon scent here.

The taste starts out mildly sweet with a slight acidity to it; main flavor is a little bit of floral flavor. Very mildly sour with faint wood and chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good and probably the strong point about this beer; it isn't offensive in any way.

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Photo of samie85
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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 webmanspidey
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark translucent brown with a fizzy lacing on top. Smell is vinegar, sour apple (or maybe other fruit), and raisin. Taste is is not nearly as sour as I expected wit even a slight sweetness mixed in at the front. It is very watery and mild with a sour raisin finish. Although seemingly lacking complexity, it is an easy drinker and could possibly make a session beer if the style suits your tastes.

I wasn't too impressed with this as I've remembered others in the style being much more interesting.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured chilled in flared sample glass @davewhite4, the first of a Petrus trilogy.

A: cola colored, medium head; great carbonation; little lacing
S: root beer, hints of vinegar/cider, increases on warm-up (apple-vinegar principally)
T: thin, sour flavor; straightforward brown sour; the sour lemon/dark cherry flavor is strong, but simple; dark-roast malt comes through

Not bad overall; my second favorite of the trilogy.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of those murky homebrew looking beers, a mix of a dull red with brown, resulting in a ruby hue to brown liquid that is far from approaching clarity. Aroma is soggy wood and mild sour notes.

Taste, decent, woody pale ale and oud bruin type of mix. Tastes almost exactly like the aged pale, and I believe the label or promo gear states something to that effect that one beer is a percentage of the other. Slight vinegar in the mouthfeel. Kinda thin body, well carbed, underperforms with the sour and tartness, isn't balanced, leans with an american brown ale vibe at times moreso than oud bruin.

If you're buying this for sour factor, you're probably going to be disappointed, unless you truly like it as just one of the elements of a beer, as opposed to a dominant or appreciable element to any sufficient degree.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
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 aasher
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I meant to grab the Aged Pale but I grabbed this instead. Oops!

This one pours a medium bodied Coca Cola brown in color with a frothy beige lacing around my glass. The aromas are pretty simple. All I can really pick up are slightly roasted malts and the interesting creamy sour sweetness typical for the style. I guess you could say some dark hard candy as well. It's not exactly a standout. The flavor too features the slight roast upfront then goes into a candied dark fruit sweetness with an ever so slight tartness. I prefer more acidity. It's also not very complex. It drinks medium in body but this beer doesn't really offer a whole lot for the style. The flavors are subtle and the sweetness is featured a little more than other Oud Bruins. This beer is a nice starting point for the style but not really worth it otherwise in my opinion.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark red brew with a nice head. Aroma of cherry (probably from coming from the oak) with acidic taste. Body is a bit light and no complexity. I would have appreciated a bit more spice or aftertaste. Overall, this is a very average oud brun and I won't be seeking this one anytime soon.

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Photo of JLeege
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Bottle poured into a flute, deep crimson to brown in color, with ruby red highlights. 2 finger bubbly just off white head. Decent retention, no real lace to speak of.

Smell- Pretty sweet, vinous and earthy. Dark fruit notes.

Taste- Very grapey and fruity. Pretty dry overall, taste alot like wine. This is not sour and I would even hesitate to call it tart.

Mouthfeel- Light body and high carbonation.

Overall- Ok beer, but not a great example of the style. Does not have near the complexity of the better examples of the style. This is non-offensive, but even Monks Cafe is better steping stone into Oud Bruins.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A deep brown beer with reddish hues and a decent head of foam.

Notes of candi sugar, yeast, and a light tartness in the smell.

Some of the brown ale hits my palate to start. Followed by a wee bit of the candi sugar, yeast, and a very mild sour taste or two.

Light body and lots of carbonation make for a so so mouthfeel.

Very boring brew.

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Photo of NODAK
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acidic, sour fruitiness on the nose. Vinegar, a definite raspberry/cherry presence there. Smells like a quite tart fruit juice may.

Pours a very dark red in the glass with a pretty decent head that unfortunately fizzles away pretty fast. Ah well.

Taste is somewhat sweet, vaguely fruity. Raspberries?? Yes definitely a raspberry taste. Definitely subdued and not over the top. I expected more in the tartness department, as that's quite minor. Leaves behind a bit of a raspberry soda type taste.

Eh, it's alright. Doesn't particularly interest me a lot. Would have liked more character.

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Photo of Chessmaster
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served from bottle into a Petrus glass.

A: Amber-brown, with head that quickly receded to a thin cap
S: A bit of malt mixed with sour funk. This is probably correct for the Oud Bruin style, but I personally didn't like it. If it wasn't the style, I would mark the score lower.
T: Like the smell. Same comments about style.
M: Full mouthfeel with a bit of prickly carbonation
O: Probably a good representative of the style, but my taste for the style hasn't developed enough for me to enjoy this fully or to be able to rate it accurately versus other oud bruins for example.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: It is a nice dark brown that shows its true colors in the light which reveals a nice dark amber red with a bit of sediment on the bottom.

S: There is a nice sweet smell here like that of apples with a lot of yeastiness. It is quite tart smelling as well.

T: Slightly sweet and slightly tart. Kind of like a slightly dry cider that was fermented with either raspberries or sour cherries. The light tart sweetness is quickly counteracted by the yeastiness. Lack complexity. There is all but two notes here.

M: Very slight but subtle carbonation. Nice and even with no particular bite or crispness in it.

O: Different. Every time I go to try a 'sour' of the same style, it always turns out to be some slightly different style. I haven't had a single sour of the same style and this is my first flanders oud bruin. Not bad, but I wish it was either sweeter or tarter or less yeasty. Not terribly bad but not great.

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Photo of ridglens
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
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 CanuckRover
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours brown with a thin white head, quickly settles to a film. No lacings.

Malty aroma. Some tart berries, little bit of vanilla, some alcohol.

A little bit of tartness up front but the beer settles down to a resounding "meh". Aside from some awfully english tasting malt, the aging has left a pleasant enough oakiness to the beer, but it's very soft.

Carbonation is far too aggressive, makes the beer feel quite thin.

Not the greatest, might be a good intro to the style, offering some decent malt but none of the challenging aspects of a proper example of the style

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Photo of crossovert
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, cheap stuff.

Pours a nice brownish red, slightly clear with some nice carbonation bubbles rising. The head is large and off-white and sticks for a bit before leaving nice lacing.

The smell is pretty fruity, mostly cherries. There is a slight vinegar smell as well. No real sign of the oak.

The mouthfeel is watery, seems like most Petrus brews are. The taste is light, with some metallic notes. There is also some tart cherry.

This one along with monk's Cafe are utterly forgettable examples of this style.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
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 KarlHungus
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a dark mahogany color with a billowing white head. The aroma tart and sour, but rather mild. The taste is also rather mild. There is some sourness, but really nothing else. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this beer is okay. However, I do not think I will drink it again.

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Photo of lanbewardin
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

dark amber, bit see through, tan head

smells a little sugary, not much sour on the nose, bit of fruits, and yeasts, not much of a smell

tastes grapey, little vinegar but not extremely sour, more sweet than sour, getting kind of a communion grape juice aftertaste

smooth, but kind of watery, its an easy drinker for an oud bruin not a sipper

I've been going through a bunch of oud bruins in the past few days, I was hoping to like this one more since I LOVE the aged pale. There isn't enough barrel in this and its not sour enough to be great for me, but its a decent table beer

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Photo of kkipple
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Waaay back on December 30th of 2007 (goodness) I reviewed this one and gave it a whopping score of 3.25. Now I *rarely* re-review, but felt it was warranted in this case since I've had more than a few Oud Bruins since and my appreciation for the style has evolved. So here we go.

A. Color remains unchanged, to wit: "clear brown with red highlights. Foamy, sticky "sea foam" head.". The head dies decently fast but leaves some even lacing. Okay.

S. Yeasty, musty and slightly sour oak supports some sweet cherry. Reminds me a bit of Quelque Chose. There is still that balsamic note and it seems more dried out than previously. Still, no big changes. Smells fine.

T. Hmm... dare I say, this is still rather insipid. It tastes as if it's just missing the 'core' of the beer, or like this were a diet version... you have some middling sour cherry and base malt around the edges, but there is no soul here - neither malt character nor good sourness nor fermentation interesting...ness. It's a real pity. Hollowed out and lacking. I no longer find this vinegar or a "sipper", it's simply not that good. This does not deserve the #13 spot it currently holds in Oud Bruin on this site.

M / D. Watery and thin, but the carbonation is fuller and a bit soft. Decent mouthfeel but the flavor is so boring as to inhibit real exploration. Is there aspartame in this? 'Cause my tongue says "yes". *

Interestingly... nearly three years, I'd say my palate has evolved considerably, but I STILL don't care for Petrus Oud Bruin. Then again, I've had Goudenband, Oude Tart, Dissident and Haandbakk (my personal favorite.)

So yeah, drink those and not this. My initial review score remains unchanged (and is below) Who knows, I may try this Petrus again in another 3 years... but I sort of doubt it.

*I see the same brewery makes the hated Wittekerke Rosé which DOES, in fact, contain aspartame... that is hardly promising.

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From the bottle to my glass.

A. Clear brown with red highlights. Foamy, sticky "sea foam" head.

S. Balsamic vinegar comes to mind. Sour cherries. Caramel. Cool.

T. Very sour; tart cherries. Woody. Cleansing. Hints of caramel malt, a definite oak presence. Vinegary almost. A sipper.

M. Low carbonation, watery, thin mouthfeel.

Not really my thing, to be honest. It's more drinkable than stuff like Rodenbach Grand Cru, but I don't much care for sour cherries and this has too much of them to warrant another purchase from me. If you like this sort of thing give it a shot; it seems to be a decent example of the style.

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Photo of woemad
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle purchased in Spokane at Jim's Homebrew for $4.36. My first of the style.

Poured a dark cola color, taking on a ruby hue when held up to light. Two inches of bubbly, tan foam that recedes quickly. Spotty lace.

Brown sugar and sour fruit greet the nose, along with a slightly boozy note that seems odd for a beer under 6%.

Sour flavor hit the tastebuds first, swiftly followed by a cherry fruitiness and a mild, nutty flavor. In the background is an oakey flavor, no doubt from the cask aging. The fadeout is dry and bitter, in a fruity sort of way rather than a hoppy way.

Medium bodied, with a slick, coating mouthfeel.

My first Oud Bruin seems to sit within the style guidelines. Not a bad beer, but not one I find terribly interesting, either. Perhaps this is one of those styles that just doesn't work for me. I'm glad I tried it, and will try another of the style at some point, but I don't think I'll be re-upping for this beer anytime soon.

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Photo of timbro81
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with little to no head. Not much to the nose at first, a little more noticable sourness as it warms, a touch of vinegar. Let this beer warm up to the specified temps. Taste is of slightly sour cherries, minimal tartness. I was not expecting a Flanders style beer from this one. Not bad though, a good "gateway beer" for introducing people to the style.

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