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Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium | website

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 tayner
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle courtesy of leftmindedrighty, thanks Aaron!

poured a very dark, nearly black color but with light behind it it was a dark nutty brown. a 1/2 inch head that lasted awhile and laced nicely.

smell was sour, funk, oak, slight vinegar burn, but all smells were pretty faint.

taste for me did not follow the smell. Not what I expected after the funky sour nose. there is a dry, light malt note that finishes with only the slightest hint of tartness after swallowing on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is slightly think but creamy still.

This is a VERY easy to drink beer. almost as easy as water. This is one of only a few beers I could honestly say I could down a 750 by myself easily, except they dont come that big :)

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! What an initial head on this beer! Pillowy four fingers of tan head, rising over the rim of my pint glass (not ideal glassware, I know), eventually faded to a decent ring. Some sticky lacing. The beer itself is a clear brown with auburn highlights -- huge initial carbonation, which does not persist.

Interesting aromas for a brown ale (I'd never tried a Flemish Oud Bruin before) -- diacetyl and roasted malts combine for a toffee, but there's also something vinous to it. It has hints of vinegar, like the Flemish Red, which really come through on the palate. Even before I signed on to BA, I knew I was going to say that it tasted more like a Flemish Red than any Brown Ale I'd ever tried. Upon reading the style notes, that makes sense.

Tastes (to me) of brown butter, carmelized cherries, a touch medicinal. Really good and unusual -- I've got to try some of the higher ranked Oud Bruins! I'm bad at tasting oakiness in flavorful beers, but as this was aged for 20 months in oak, I assume that's the woody flavor. Mouthfeel is very dry and astringent for the sweetness of the beer and the overall finish is unexpected, but very well crafted (maybe that's the oak?). I feel like this beer could have been syrupy and oily without that dryness. Highly sessionable, if you're well-off -- at $3+ a bottle, this will have to be a rare treat for me.

[postscript -- funny, I really didn't look much at the other reviews before writing -- purely by coincidence, I gave this beer the same breakdown as the reviewer before me. strange.]

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Photo of botham
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a flute. pours a deep brownish garnet with four fingers of light orangish tan head that retains well and leaves pillowy lacings.

aroma is fruity and lightly sour with notes of cherry and apple. lightly sweet and mostly sour, the brew gives little evidence to its oak aging in the nose, just a very faint wooded character upon a bit of warming..

taste is much different, with caramelized malts up front and only a hint of the sour fruity character that dominated the nose. a bit of sourness gets through on the finish, leaving only a light tartness after the fact. overall the brew overall is well composed, with the fruit and malt working well together on the palate. the sour character seems conspicuously restrained, neither for the better or for the worse.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a lightly sweet and tart texture and a finish of residual tartness.

drinkability is good. the brew is mildly complex and catches the palate off guard with the dichotomy between the nose and palate. that being said, the beer is quite drinkable and not too sweet, which works to its benefit. cheers!

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Photo of shleepy
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Small bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Murky medium brown. Small-medium head.

Smell has "Flandersy" notes; sour but with a touch of brown sugar; spoiled fruit.

Taste also has some honey in the finish; also, some cherry notes.

Not as acidic as I remembered/expected, but certainly refreshing and pretty light.

A delicious, classic beer.

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Photo of AndoBrew
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

*I liked it might buy again*

A deep crimson ruby transparent color with a very big hearty light tan head

has the nose kinda like a mild gueuze! but mixed with a brown ale malt profile as well, HEY, this smells neat! a tad bit of something pungent, but still NEAT!.

tastes.. Good, a very controlled tart sour flavor like a gueuze, nice malt blance in the back of mouth, refreshing cooling feel in the mouth. It really is a mild sour mixed with a mild brown ale, tickle me pink.

I wish they could some how sneak 20% abv in here, but for what it is this is a joy of a beer, easy to drink refreshing and intresting.. Great brew!

I dont seem to taste the oak.. oh well.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean ruby-brown, with a thick head of carbonation and an attractive lace web.

Nose is caramel, a bit of fruitiness, and a yeasty earthiness. Pretty appealing and complex.

The taste is sweet and malty up front, with tons of fruit and berries. I get some tartness more towards the finish.

Subtle, unique, and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant brown pour with small tan head. Funky sour cherry aroma. Taste is initially sweet but soon tart and malty. Finishes dry. Soft mouthfeel. Low to medium carbonation works well with the tart taste. The carbonation does not overpower the beer or accentuate it too much. In other words. The carbonation level is just about right. Drank at The Friendly Place in San Antonio, a cool casual place with a great selection and very knowledgable staff. A pleasant experience all around.

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Photo of Father_Raybob
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours deep straw with a quickly dissipating head. A wonderful golden-red hue.

Nose - This is where the party starts! This is a funky barnyard vortex of caramel malt, ripe lemons and limes, fresh hay, wet dirt and wet stones from a stream. Awesome and complex; nothing lacking in the nose.

Taste - Wow! Intense astringency; great food beer. The sweet sour balance begs to paired with any dish of grub.

Think: Flanders ... Belgium ... Sweet/Sour Big Boy Beer.

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Photo of dfillius
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Moderate pour yields 1/5 finger of head with fair retention. I would appreciate more. Mixed bubbles seemed to stay, but then were gone like Kaiser Soze. Reddish brown liquid is clear but dark.
S: Kombucha, lactic acid, citrus zest, apricot.
T: Slightly sour, oaky. Some merlot qualities: dark fruit, red grape, oak. Some vanilla, I would like it to be more tart. Very good though.
M: Dry. A bit too effervescent and thin. starchy. Nicely tart, smooth late.
D: Good. I'd order another. Would buy again, but the $4.99 price point for one bottle is too steep.

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Photo of jamesdergen
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a transparent ruby/amber color with a minimal, fizzy head that disappears almost instantly.

Smell: Some woodsy aromas along with sour cherries

Taste: Surprisingly tart and fruity with a dry finish. The fruit flavors are not all that big, which is nice because they don't overpower the sour/musty flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very light and dry. The carbonation is relatively high, but not overdone.

Drinkability: Goes down easy and the complex flavors keep me coming back for another sip. Low ABV makes it easy to savor the whole bottle.

This brew was a pleasant surprise as I had never heard of it or tried anything in this style. If you come across it and want to try something new, I would highly recommend it.

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Photo of shamus
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours like a Coke in colour, fizz and head. has a bakery smell of yeast, cinnamon and butter. Mmmm it tastes delicious but has a sour middle. i'm not sure about this one. I need another taste.yep this is very good, ginger and cinnamon. A good winter beer. I will buy this again if the LCBO keeps carrying it.

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Photo of Franz4
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice foamy head that settles to a thin cap. Color is copper with a magenta tint to it when held up to the light.

S- nose is subtle, slightly tart with a little mustiness to it, a little tart apple and tart cherry. I appreciate the delicate subtlety to the nose. As the beer warms a bit more the nose becomes stronger and more complex.

T- The first thing that I notice is a slight cola-like flavor, then the fruits and mustiness come through delicately again, same as the nose. A bit of a cider-like "bite" to it as well.

M- Nice foamy carbonation in the mouth, seems quite dry with a lingering aftertaste. This doesn't add a lot to the beer, but it fits it about right.

O- I have to say I'm definitely becoming more of a fan of this style, as I've enjoyed several of these recently. I think this is a quality brew, very approachable, and it is very delicate, I would pair it with food very carefully as any strong flavors could potentially wash it out.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured deep amber brown with a very slight haziness. The head was off-white and fell quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was sour with complex malt notes in the background.

The flavor was not as sour as expected. Sourness begins the flavor and that diminishes into a chocolate impression that has sweetness and a cherry flavor.

The finish was fruity and lasting into the aftertaste with just a very slight sour cherry flavor. The body was medium.

25 cl bottle. Oud Bruin on bottle. Best before 17/06/04.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh, Petrus, Doc’s favourite new Belgian brewer for two simple reasons: 1) It’s cheap, 2) It’s good... really what more could you want? Cheap & good is good enough for me. That said their Aged Red was not without flaws - it was cloyingly sweet with cherry cough syrup notes, will this Oud Bruin - which is one of the base beers used in the Aged Red - be a sweet cherry cough syrup nightmare... all right, slight exaggeration; mildly bad dream? Or will it triumph with a more balanced flavour? Time will tell (15 mins to be exact).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Presents a deep hazy chocolate brown body with a thin half centimetre tan head that soon dies back to a light lace on top. Looks brown enough to qualify as an Oud Bruin. 8/10.

S: Sour cherry and musty yeast notes punctuate what is (for me at least) a delightful and classic moreish Belgian aroma - cherries and dusty cellars - can’t get more Belgian than that! [the entirety of my imagination pictures Belgium as one giant dusty catacomb with cherry trees growing throughout it]. Another whiff gives off book-like characters, it actually brings back memories of those scratch-n-sniff stickers from my primary school days - the power of a brew to make you reminisce is indeed a prodigious thing. 9/10.

T: This is the Rodenbach-en-like I was hoping for when I had the Aged Red - Sour cherries front to back, it’s not too astringent (it’s just right), apple cider vinegar lends acidity (as with any beer style that begins with “Flanders”) with a mid-palate hint of grape sugars and a mildly dry bitter finish. Oh yeah, yeast - plenty of that lending a dusty/stale character. Très Bien! 8/10.

M: Mouthfeel is a little bit lacking, a little bit watery, with a mid to light body and light but dense carbonation. 7/10.

D: The balance with this Oud Bruin is up there with the greats, however I’m almost left wanting for a tad more of the sweetness found in the Aged Red... this is though a minor complaint for an otherwise excellent brew. If you’re seeking traditional Flanders Oud Bruin flavours this is a decent introduction to the style that balances sweet and sour so aptly, à votre santé! 8/10.

Food match: Brasserie cuisine (eg; Steak frites) or a hard cheese platter are appropriate matches.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oak cask and lactic sourness build a delicious aroma above the dark ruby-brown draught. Grape, juice is the dominant fruit, and a little horse blanket rounds out the funkworks here, also caramel makes an appearance. Diacetyls lend a slippery mouthfeel, which is aided by a nice medium bodied backbone. I do enjoy this beer quite fully and would recommend it to a friend with a palate for sours. 5/10 sour scale.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with a 1" offwhite head. Zero lacing & head retention

S: Awesome sour/lactic odors

T: An almost sugary sweetness is quickly steamrolled by sourness tartness & dry/wood notes. I also get granny smith apple & vanilla notes as it warms. Finishes with slight tart cherry notes & extreme dryness

MF: Light to medium bodied with a low carbonation level & good balance, adds up to the sensation of licking a Popsicle & running outta of ice cream!

Drinks pretty good, the tartness & dryness make we want to drink at least one more...Definitely one of those beers that made me love my visits in BE, very funky & out of the norm

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Photo of shand
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Petrus Oud Bruin pours out a murky brown with a decent head. There's vinegary sourness on the nose, followed by some cherries and malts. The taste follows the nose, but the sour is toned down and the cherries and malts are brought up more. Only a touch of sour character on the finish really. It's tasty though! The mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, Petrus Oud Bruin is a solid quaff. Don't expect anything really sour though.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a thin, smooth coating of light brown foam. Aromas of dates, leather, raisin, and peat. Good earthy and sweet nose. Flavors are rich and layered, with a mocha coffee backbone giving rise to some slightly sour currant and wine-like characteristics. Tangy, old world fruit characters highlight the brew, such as plum, fig, and raisin. The light body and carbonation keep the beer crisp, and avoid the cloying mouthfeel. The aftertaste is a dark, rich sweetness with a subtle sour tang. Clean, slightly astringent finish that gives a touch of pucker in mouth. Good, easy to drink beer. This would make the perfect gateway beer for people venturing into the world of Flanders/sours.

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Photo of blakesell
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into the strangest glass I have. It is Belgian in style and pours down the stem into a goblet shape. I elected this instead of the Petrus glass I have due to the fact that this one harnesses smells better.

Appearance- Beer pours a dark reddish brown, moderately clear, with a large foamy head that quickly subsides to a two finger head of foam and eventually dies down to a multicolor tan, brown and white murk over the top with ample lacing on the sides.

Smell- Floral fruits, rose petals, ample sweet malts, very rich like I love my Oud Bruins to be. Lots of black cherry, a hint of raspberry, almost a pie filling scent, but not the fruits themselves. Prunes and plums as well, lingering raisin. A bit of a hazel nuttiness which doesn't smell to be too out of place. A small brettanomyces funk is hiding in there, but not near as strong as I would prefer it to be. Not quite a stinky Oud bruin.

Taste- Hard water. With Belgians I am usually expecting something a little softer on the tongue. Light and malty and a very metallic blood like sharpness that lingers and sticks to the mouth. A bit of caramel roast, the dark fruits such as plums, figs, raisin, and a lot of dark cherry, and a bit of Valencia orange. Upfront the best of the beer comes in but afterward it seems much more unpleasant. Sourness is there but not very. Really the beer tastes overhopped along with that hard water.

Mouthfeel- Metallic, soft overall, not warming, medium bodied, highly carbonated, lightly tart, somewhat astringent.

Drinkability- Very smooth when drinking it down. If I were swilling it back than I may not have noticed the flaws so closely.

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Photo of flip387
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 4.25

A dark brown where light barely pierces. A nice foamy head.

Smell: 4.25

Mild notes and slight sour smell. Can smell faint malt and barely notes. Pleasant smell.

Taste: 4.0

Mild to medium bitter and sour flavors which do not overwhelm the other flavors. Almost sweet in taste.

Mouthfeel: 4.0

Carbonated which leaves bubbles on the tongue. Tart aftertaste and medium body that is not to heavy.

Overall: 4.0

This is my second sour beer after the Petrus Aged Pale, this one however is a darker beer which is more my preference. This one is not nearly as sour as the Petrus Aged Pale and offers a nice mild sour and tart taste. Still not sure I'm a sour beer fan, but this one was much more enjoyable than the Petrus Aged Pale.

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Photo of nahthan
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On Tap at the Trappist in Oakland, CA. Nice dark amber appearance, great head retention. Cool sour wet horse blanket notes on the aroma that are mostly in aroma, not so much in the actual taste. Pretty low carbonation for the style. Much sweeter in the finish than you would expect from the aroma. Nice complexity when you want a balance of sweet/sour. Great complexity of flavors considering the alcohol content. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of alexgash
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at 45 degrees F in a Duvel tulip.

Russet copper body is mostly clear. Topped by a small, frothy, light khaki head. Nose is a complex mix of brown sugar, molasses, vinegar, pepper, sour cherries, marshmallows, and vegetable matter. Taste starts off with tart, slightly bitter citrus peel. Toasted, slightly biscuity malts ensue, with some definite sour cherries. A hint of metal, oak, and smoke in an otherwise acidic, mildly tart, vinegary finish. Moderate to light bodied ale with zesty carbonation. I haven't had many examples of this style, but this seems like a good iteration. Not quite as vinegary or sour as a Flanders red ale, but still quirky and interesting.

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Photo of popery
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I don't have much experience with this style, but I'm definitely not averse to it and enjoy the various sour styles. This beer pours a dark but somewhat clear brown with a big fluffy beige head that stands strong for some time. The aroma is a bit strange. It smells a bit like a vinegary small brown ale, which I guess it is, but it doesn't pull it off quite well enough. The aroma is interesting but a bit thin and acrid. There are some interesting fruit notes in it and some malt nuttiness, but I much prefer the flavor. The flavor is surprisingly refreshing. It's sweet and sour with a bit caramelized malt. The fruits flavors really shine, like lemons, apricots, grapes and apples brightened up with a dash of vinegar. It's a shame that the bottle is so small and relatively expensive because it seems like an enjoyable pub beer to drink for an evening.

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Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky clove brown appearance with a nice rising tan head that's slick and creamy. Arching laces. Very sharp aroma, apple vinegar and sport peppers. Interesting flavors, tartness, some sense of raisin and fruitcake and a bit of beef stake. Finishes on a citric note with a bare metallic astringency and a malty catch in the back of the throat. Nicely carbonated, bring some life to what could be too harsh. Interestingly balanced. The small bottle is about the right amount to my tastes, can't say it is remarkably drinkable.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of sullysbeer
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Sweet oaky Horse blanket/Barnyard aroma. Slight tart or sour with hints of wine/sherry.

Appearance: Very clear ruby reddish brown. Light Tan Head that lasts throughout.

Flavor: Very sweet up front, slight tartness/sourness. Horse blanket/barnyard in the middle then finishes up really dry. Slight oak flavor-I would have not noticed the oak if I didn't read the label as it's not overpowering. Delicate hop flavor and bitterness. As it warmed up and lost a little bit of carbonation it had hints of wine or sherry.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel - perfect carbonation.

Overall Impression: Well crafted, aged, and balanced. The tart/sourness is balanced with the sweetness, hop flavor, oak, bitterness and the dryness. Definably worth trying. Great Oud Bruin!!

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