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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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3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - deep tawney-brown with red highlights and a nice bit of head.

Smell - Much less intense than I expected. A little bit of sour cherry and a little bit of balsamic vinegar and caramel, but very soft, with a subtle sweet smell and a hint of vanilla.

Very well carbonated.

Taste - Again, very soft and leaning more towards sweet than sour. A slight cherry flavour is present, but overall very restrained and reserved. Nowhere near as sour or complex as I expected from this style.

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Photo of ghowehattrick
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fordknox
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jgap
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a good amount of head and only a little yeast left in the bottle. It's a pretty dark brown/red. Darker than any other of the style i've had. Head receeds disappointingly fast with little to no lace. Smell is light and pleasent. Cherry fruits and crisp Brett. Very nice but very subtle. Taste is similar, very slight sour with cherries and fruit that doesn't laste long enough. It is really a teaser beer and really leaves you wanting more. This is a great place to start with this style but I can't wait for red poppy!

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into Caracole tulip

A - Pours a dark brown, cola-esque color that shows ruby tints when held up to the light. Head adds to the cola effect, with its one inch height, tan shade, and tiny bubbles. Lacing is minimal.

S - Sour and funky as it should be. Ripe, dark cherries and plums add a fruit context. A bit of a woody character is evident from the oak aging process. A bit spicy with a tiny amount of sweetness. Just what I expect from an Oud Bruin.

T & M - Starts off with intense carbonation and a bit of spice. Muted dark cherry and plum flavors with some clear oak accents. A bit sour and funky. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected and the carbonation takes over with the lack of body. It still tingles as it finishes on your palate with a slightly oily and sweet sensation. Surprising how much the carbonation overpowers the flavor of the beer (or maybe the flavor was weak to begin with).

D - Alcohol is not a factor is this almost sessionable oud bruin. I was hoping for more from this Oud Bruin, especially after catching a whiff of its wonderful scent. It would be nice to try to again and see if I had an older and less fresh bottle. Worth trying if you like Oud Bruins, otherwise there are better choices out there for your first taste of this delicious and unique style.

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Photo of desint
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beeragent
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass from a bottle.

A - Pours a light brown, forming a thin 1 inch head that fades quickly. Light rings of lace on the glass.

S - Light malt and funk on the nose.

T - Sour fruit taste up front, a bit vinegary, with a light malty backbone. No signs of oak.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. Very clean but the high carbonation makes the finish very tingly.

D - Interesting flavor and aroma. The body is a little thinner than expected. Still this stands out as a different style than your everyday stouts and pales. Not as good as the Petrus Oak Pale, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of jabocu
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear copper color with a finger width light-tan cap that dissipated to thin lacings along surface. Malty sweet aroma with sour esters, raisins, brown sugar and spice. Alcohol is in the nose. Nice rich bouquet. The flavor almost transforms through noticeably different flavors. Flavor is brown sugar sweetness turning into sour cherry then “brightens” to a ripe fruit with hint of a banana finish. Bitterness is very mellow. Woodsy throughout. It has medium-light body with medium carbonation and finishes with a earthy-oak dryness. Very intriguing beer that can be enjoyably sipped and savored. This is my first experience with a sour ale, but will definitely be on the lookout for more like this.

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3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flyingpig
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer, Glasgow (£2.80):
Quite a pleasant & lively beer with some nice tart & sourness showing despite it being quite a dark looking beer & there was some earthy malts in there too. It was a balanced offering that had nice complexity to it & a nice combination of summer fruits & berries that complimented the caramel malts well. It probably wasn't as enjoyable an offering as the brewery's Petrus Aged Pale & I doubt it's a beer that I'd rush back to but I enjoyed it while I was drinking it & don't have many complaints about the beer really.

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Photo of little_star
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewdude1982
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours a dark brown with no sediment and a good head with tiny bubbles. It smells faintly of sweet malts and then a vinegar smell. It tastes faintly like sweet malts and the is overwhelmingly sour. IT SCREAMS SOUR! The after taste is....you guessed it... Sour. It has a medium body but for this particular style of beer I have to assume that is it full bodied. I would not recommend but I am not a huge sour fan but I have ha better sours.

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Photo of hermit990
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gatorlove
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one was solid except for a slightly metallic aftertaste that I was not a fan of.

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Photo of shippos
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured with a big light coffe colored head that fades to a skim covering a deep brown red body that is clear around the edges and hazy/murky in the middle. soft sourness with of a vinious quality in the aroma. weel carbonated witha average mouthfeel. carbonation sleanse nicely against the mild soury tart flavors and then seems to explode in your mouth with a release of flavor. sour chaacter seems good although a bit restrained for me, still worth a shot if you have never tried oud bruin's before.

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Photo of CaptainPiret
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Love this beer style, but this particular one leaves me wanting more.

It looks fine on the pour — maroonish brown with a decent head — and the traditionally sour smell (sour cherries and vinegar) is there, but it goes slightly downhill from there.

The sour taste gives way too much to sweetness, and it doesn't have the crispiness I was expecting, giving it a watery mouthfeel.

This is not a bad beer, but also not one I'd reach for when in want of an oud bruin.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured with foamy tan head settles into cap. Moderate lacing that subsides
Dark Caramel, cola like – 85% opaque copper hue. Effervescent.
Plum/raison aroma,
Slight sour tang, rides off tongue with a grape finish. Stone fruit and Oak notes.
Tingly, dry-ish … Sort of thin.
Overall: refreshing and drinkable. Would enjoy 2-3 in a sitting.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Real Ale RIS tulip.

Look- Molasses brown/opaque cola with three fingers of beige head that falls to thin film after two minutes or so. Lacing is sparse, leaving a few thin legs down the side of the glass.

Smell- Dry, musty, heavily oxidized. Faint raspberry-like sour aroma, perhaps dried apples. Vague mild sweetness at first, but second take reveals a bit of toasted biscuit. Swirling brings out a stronger sweet fruity scent that strongly reminds me of Welch's soft gummy fruit candy. Cider-like.

Taste- Similar to the nose- mix of cider, stale toasted whole wheat bread, fruit preserves, and sesame. Starts sour, and the rest comes out over the course of the swallow and savor. finishes with dry toast and champagne. Fairly sweet. Sour cherry and leathery character builds as the glass empties, but doesn't get too heavy.

Mouthfeel- Crisp on the sip, soft on the swallow. Medium body, overall a very light feel. Dry, slight pucker, but lingering sweetness and mild treacly feel keeps it from being a tongue-curler. Drinks like a shandy- easy going in the heat.

Overall- Just about what you would expect- a crisp, refreshing sour brown ale. Very precise execution, and excellent balance. Still, it's borderline bland, which isn't something I look for in a $0.40/oz. bottled beer. Worth trying, but won't make it into my regular rotation.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a nice ruby-infused brown color with a very light coating over the brew. The nose is nice. Sour cherries, light woody tannin, light creamyness. Very nice. The flavor is disappointing. Where is the sour? Where is the flavor in general. It is rather bland. I get a very light cherry and a light sour, but it just lacks the kick I want. Boo. The feel is a light moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, I wish this had a better flavor. The nose just teases me with anticipation that the flavor never delivers.

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deebo
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with a BB date of 7/23/14.
A-Clear reddish brown with a fluffy sticky tan head.
S-Very beery, lots of alcohol and malt.
T-Brown notes of grainy toasted malt with a oaky characteristic evident.
M-Highly carbonated, medium bodied.
O-An interesting brew. Some sourness, lots of oaky wood flavor and brown notes. Not overwhelming and pretty easy to drink. An interesting style for sure. I think this is the first oud bruin that I've tried so don't have anything to compare it with. First thought is it's a decent change of pace but not a style of beer I'll be craving, but time will tell.

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Photo of asabreed
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first sample of the style I've ever had. 33 cl bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Nice dark amber color with a good amount of bubbles gurgling to the top from the middle of the glass. Head bubbles up nicely like a Belgian should probably, but somehow it dissipates quickly, and that was a bit disappointing. Lacing's also decent at first, but then also that fades fairly quickly. Still pretty nice though.

Smell: Alcohol at first, and it's only 5.5% ABV? Some yeast, slight malt, maybe slight hops, and faint oak. The alcohol unfortunately overshadows much of it, though the possibility is there, and I definitely now want to try other styles.

Taste: Nice sourness at first, but though it lingers, it's too faint and I want more. It's still pretty clean, but nothing that I'm super excited to delve into again. Finishes clean and slightly malty, with the faintest sourness and slight oak on the palate. Once again, potential is there, but as it is it doesn't do too much for me.

Mouthfeel: Nice and slightly creamy with a good final subtle burst of spritzy carbonation, which could get out of hand, but has more of a pleasant sour and puckering affect in accordance with the taste.

Drinkability: Not a bad brew, and certainly a style I'd like to try again, but I was hoping for more with this guy.

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Photo of hdelavega
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at 7th Sun in Dunedin FL. Pours a deep Mahogany with brilliant red hues. The aroma is nice and malty with notes of leather and some ripe fruit. Some nice earthy malt flavors up front with some slightly tart notes in the back. The body is fairly light with a medium/high carbonation. A very nice wild ale, very mild. This would be a great beer to use as an introduction to sours.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 750 at Hyde Park Market and brought it back home to split. Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

This poured a fairly dark brown that had some orange notes when held to the light. It was much more carbonated than most other sours I've had and left a surprisingly white head that dissipated and stayed on top of the beer.

The beer's nose is sour and somewhat funky. It's inviting and makes the beer seem like it's going to be complex and tasty. I know I've enjoyed the Aged Pale, so I'm starting to get excited...

Then I sip the beer. Where the hell did the flavor go? Very muted sourness and taste in general. I wish more was here. There are occasional hints of potential, but it just never comes together.

That being said, it's got good carbonation and finishes clean. I could shotgun this. Does that make it drinkable? This beer was kind of a mystery and I wish it was more. Hrm.

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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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