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 sentomaster
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass

pours a deep burnt rosy-brown hue. A slightly rosy, light-mocha colored two-finger head erupted and quickly dissipated leaving behind some nice lacing.

aroma is tart and sour up front with a hint of beet sugar. Pears, grapes and a citrus sourness. A bit of cherry, and very slight woody notes as well. Somewhat sharp up front and quickly fading.

Taste follows aroma. A very neutral dark fruit sourness. Earthy with a bit of oakiness. A bit of vinegar, but less than others. Cherries, raisins, lemon, and prunes. A faint grapiness along with cinnamon dusted pears.

Medium to high carbonation gives the flavor profile life. Smooth, crisp, delicate, slightly astringency. Very pleasing, flavors emerge as the palate acclimates to the acidity.

A very good representation of the style. Taste and aroma may be just a bit one-dimensional, but it is fairly robust, very drinkable and quite appetizing.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep root beer brown with a fluffy off white head that fades to nothing. Lots of bubbles are clinging to the side of the glass.

S- Lightly vinegary, faintly sour some sour milk. Plenty of sweet berries round it out. Its really actually pretty close to a mixed berry yogurt.

T- Not really very sour. A little vinegary and yogurty. The berries are all there in force.

M- Lighter, dry and prickly

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Photo of taigor
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a regular glass.

A - Poured reddish brown, slightly hazy with medium head that dissipated quickly leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly yeast with hints of fruits but not too much there.

T - Sour, tart taste upfront followed by yeast and slight hoppy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Good and refreshing. Would definitely like to have more in the future.

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dustin22martin
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SDStoutly
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip. Received a tiny head that didn't stay around long at all. Forms a bubbly crown around the rim, has good clarity, and overall it looks like black cherry soda.

Aroma is tart, woody, fruity. No idea how old this bottle is, I imagine this ages well, but there's dust and must in the aroma that doesn't smell like it's supposed to be there. Or maybe it is.

Flavor is big on chocolate-covered cherries, musty yeast wildness, and woody oak, plus a little black pepper. Various fruits come to mind with each sip. Naturally there's a sourness here, but it's not overpowering at all.

Mouthfeel is light, thin, crisp. Mildly puckery tartness in the mouth, going along well with the sour finish.

Enjoyable, not extraordinary, though one of the most drinkable of the sour Belgian ales. Easy to like, and probably a good one to recommend to someone just starting out with the sour spectrum of Belgium's beers. Only big complaint is the bottle size. 8.4 oz.? It ain't quantity over quality, I know, but just when you're getting into the beer, it's over. This is a quality beer, and I want a few more ounces of it.

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Photo of Hyperionecta
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tjd25
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lasting and slightly brownish head on a very dark mahogany color that looks ruby against the light. The first impression in the smell is of vinegar, but a bit soft, maybe more like balsamic vinegar. The tartness is not overwhelming and rather combined with some light citric notes. Hints of caramel too. The taste confirms this first perception. Oud bruin it is, but somehow subdued or attenuated. The winy oaky tart aspect doesn’t punch you in the face, it kisses you on the lips. The finish is a bit sharper, but still very balanced. Some biscuity and even chocolaty notes appear. Maybe a hint of sweet fried plantain at one point, with a candy like sweetness. The light soda taste reminds me a Belgian stout. Hops get noticeable if you think about them, adding some thickness, but no strong bitterness. The body is quite consistent for the style, enjoyably round. I could have enjoyed more than this 25cl bottle.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours brownish red, with virtually no head but a little bit of lace. Smells sour, but with a malty sweet aroma? Doesn't make sense but thats what I smelled. Taste is sweet malt, with a sour middle thats not overpowering. Body is rather full with good carbonation, a pretty decent beer although not really my style. Thanks DrJay.

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

Dark brown, big Belgian head with little of no lacing. Slighty hazy even when it warms.

Some definite sourness and lactic acid notes. Dark, earthy malt undertones.

Smooth malt front followed by a nice wave of sourness. Slight metallic taste before it settles back into a malt/sour acid balance. Interesting!

Carbonation is certainly vigorous, but then I did let it warm a little too much before puring. A touch watery,, but I'm nit picking

An interesting beer and for those that like the sourness thing a winner. I'll wait until I go to Belgium before I have another

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This will my first time trying an example of this style. I am not too big of a fan sour beers, but I still wanted to try the style. It poured into a small sampler glass a chestnut brown complexion, with a 2 finger white heading that faded into a small lacing. In the aroma was a soft sour presence, with hints of vinegar, cherries, grass, and other juicy fruits. Taste starts off a little sour, but quickly becomes sweet, then ends off with a very sweet caramel flavor. Specific flavors were apple, brown sugar and chocolate. Mouthfeel was light bodied. I could have a few of these in a sitting. I am glad I tried this style. Not too sour, not too sweet. Just good all around.

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

Lucent crimson-brown with rapidly uprushing carbonation feeding a khaki colored head. Old Brown received the gentlest of pours since I didn't want to add any (suspected) sediment from the rather short 8.4 oz. bottle. Even so, a respectably sized crown has appeared and a thick, high collar of lace frames the surface of the beer quite nicely.

The nose is dark fruity, vinous and intriguing. I don't believe that I can appreciate any oak; perhaps some woodiness will appear on the palate. Disclaimer: I have no idea how a Flanders Oud Bruin is supposed to taste, so keep that in mind.

Sweet and sour dark fruit is the dominant member of the flavor profile, but there's very little power behind it. I can't blame the body/mouthfeel since it seems perfectly calibrated to deliver as much flavor as is present. I taste a pleasant mixture of grapes, raisins and sour cherries with the suggestion of exotic spices. Thankfully, the beer is opening up a bit with warming.

The sourness fades on the swallow and is succeeded by a sweeter, more complex flavor that lingers (beer that tastes better once it's been swallowed; what a concept). The final pour brings not a speck of sediment. Still no oak. The carbonation has an accelerated life cycle over the course of the bottle. The mouthfeel starts out spunky, becomes soft and lush midway through and finishes a little flat. I chose to rate it at its most appealing stage.

There's no question that Old Brown grew on me from first sip to last. However, it wasn't quite able to win me over by the end. My expectations were probably both high and misplaced (it's much more delicate and subtle than anticipated), but, even so, I think that I've given it a fair shake. It was interesting and was enjoyable for the most part, but it probably isn't a beer that I'll look for again.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a deep brown color, mostly opaque until held up to the light, when some light comes through. Head is just under an inch, fades quick, but leaves a little lacing. Smell is sweet like dark plums or figs. Not very sour or funky in the smell. Taste is a little disappointing because it is lacking in the tart and funky flavor I usually expect from an oud bruin, but it does bring great sweet malty flavors, some caramelly and again, dark stone fruit, with an oaky finish. Feel is medium to light in body with a fluffy carbonation. Overall, I expected something else (tart/tannins) but objectively speaking, it's still pretty solid, but maybe as another style. Then again, perhaps, I need more experience within this style.

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Photo of matthiasbrau
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2-ounce bottle into my Petrus Chalice. Deep yet perfectly clear amber-red in color. Needs to breathe before tasting. One finger of foam gives way to slight lacing; mild malty sour taste, interesting; dry but not quite puckeringly tart like Rodenbach; I like it.

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Photo of zerk
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a thin cream colored head that leaves quite a bit of lace. Aroma is sour... with some apple and spice. Flavor begins with some vinegar sourness, and some dried prune, caramel, and apple notes... also has a peppery spiciness to the finish. Has a thin and spritzy body... almost like a sparkling wine. A nice rendition of a Flanders Ale, but not something I'm likely to seek out.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MAB
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer after sampling the Petrus Double Brown ale. Quite a difference...

This beer was a nice brown color but a bit opaque. The brownish head was aggressive at first but died back down to a nice level.

It smelled wonderful. Caramel notes and slightly fruity.
It tasted, in a word, sour.
There is no comparison with the double brown which was far sweeter. However this one kind of grew on me as it went down; the sourness subsiding a bit.

Not a bad beer but I wouldn't buy more.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Flounder57
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a goblet.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a brown crimson color with some vision when held up to the light and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Fruity, oakey, cherries, malty, and tart.

Taste: Same as above. The tartness is mild and the malty notesbalance things off. Some oak and bitterness, but pretty simple.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low carbonation, light to medium bodied, and easy to drink. Too drinkable.


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Photo of marc77
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy garnet hue. Thin, but persistent light beige head leaves lace. Waft of lacto fermented prune juice like tartness hits the nose upfront. Acidity tapers quickly in aroma, yielding to a mellow suggestion of molasses sweetened pear cider and trace notes of tannic oak. Pleasant, but a touch one dimensional aromawise. Snap of acetic tartness initially in flavor softens abruptly, and couples with caramelized, dark candi sugar sweetness to lend a gentle, sweetsour citric character. Understated notes of dry cocoa and raisin surface mid palate, bolstering malt and fruit character, respectively. Lightly bodied overall, but sufficiently dextrinous in mouthfeel to lend an agreeably soft mouthfeel. Finishes slightly savory, with fleeting notes of wood and salt. A relatively simple, but enjoyable old brown. Shallow in acidity, but refreshing and light on the palate. Quite a tasty brew.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a stunning dark cherry that fades to a murky brown around the edges. The thin, frothy head stuck around for a while leaving some nice lace behind.

Smells of sour cherry and an earthy, wet oak. There’s also a powdery dryness behind these sour elements.

There’s not as much to the flavor as I had anticipated. It starts light and tingly with a sour fruity snap, but then gets washed out by a watery cherry and melon. The sourness reemerges in the finish further back on my tongue but brings with it metallic sting. There are also lingering traces of celery.

The mouth feel is very light and clean with a light but prominent carbonation the deposit’s the sour elements.

I’m still on the fence with this one. It’s a simple sour beer, but then there’s that metallic finish. It’s not my favorite, but I didn‘t have any trouble finishing it.

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Photo of aufie
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Red Carpet Wine in Glendora and poured into my Bruery tulip glass.

A: The beer pours a dark brown with a slight reddish tint. There is a thin layer of white foam.

S: The primary aroma is roasted malt. This is followed by a slight lactic acid scent and a decent combination of barnyard funk and oak.

T: I have not had too many beers of this style, so I was a bit unsure as to what I should expect. There is definite Brown ale character initially, along with a lactic zing. It is more sweet than sour, with lots of roasted malt and mild oak coming through. On the finish there are slight notes of dark fruits.

M: This beer features plentiful carbonation and a dry mouthfeel, which is something I really enjoy.

D: Moderate alcohol and an effervescent mouthfeel make this beer very drinkable. The flavors and aromas are good, but not great, so I doubt I will have this again at nearly $4 for a 330ml bottle.

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Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
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