Petrus Oud Bruin | De Brabandere

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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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583
Ratings:
1,284
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
18.8%
 
 
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Photo of RedHaze
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with some dark ruby hints with a one inch head that settles slowly to a rocky cap, leaving behind a nice webbing of lace.

Smell; sour and fruity, with cherries and plums. Some of the oakiness is there, but not as powerful as I was expecting, and there's a little bit of chocolate in there as well.

Taste; The oak flavors come out more than the aroma led me to believe they would. There's a nice sour fruitiness, with cherries, plums and maybe a touch of raspberries. It's a bit drying in the finish due to the oak barrel aging. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and is pretty easy to drink, even with the dryness.

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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 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 GolgiIPAratus
2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled: 3.23.06

Appearance is ruby, brown with a small head that fades quickly.

Smell is sweet sugary with a winey sourness. Aromas of wood are prominent as well.

Flavor is light ale up front with a tart sourness in the finish. A vague description for a vague brew, unfortunately. There was little real flavor that stuck out and took control or mingled with any other here. Maybe I can point to the woodiness, but it just dried the taste too much. Disappointing. In the mouth, the beer was light in body and low carbed.

Drinkability? Hm. Of course, liking the beer helps this category. So, I have to vote low since it didn’t go down easy.

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Photo of kmcnair
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brown 33cl bottle filled with an old brown ale aged in oak casks for 2 years.

Pours a great darkened brown hue into the signature Petrus goblet, notes of translucent ruby red at the base of the glass. Makes a tanned creamy colored half inch crown that fades into a thin layer of long lasting finely packed bubbles. Funky tart barnyard aromas, sour cherries, slightly vinegary. Malty caramel and bittersweet chocolate, almost soured chocolate flavors with a subtle hint of tart lemony citrus, and spices, but is almost metallic in the finish. Light to medium palate, very crisp & strong peppery carbonation with a very dry finish. Looks good, smells good and feels good on the palate, but the flavor is a let down compared to the nose. Tasty, but doesn't leave me wanting more.

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Photo of badbeer
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with a foamy head leaving a little bit of sticky lacing. Smells funky. Sour, overripe fruit: apples, pears, plums and grapes. Taste is pretty good, sour fruit, wood, and even a cola like flavor mixed in there as well. Light body, moderate carbonation, very dry. Cloyingly dry in the finish which really hurts this, it could be much better otherwise.

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Photo of jabocu
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of Bierschenker
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a dark brown colour. When I poured it in, it gave hardly any head. And what remains is some white floating on the beer.
The smell is dominantly sour; citrus and malty, hint of chocolate.
Taste is again citrus sour, with malt tones, rather flat taste, a far caramel tone. Quite dry taste in the mouth, a bit oxidised.
Aftertaste is almost non existing. Light malt tone.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Photo of Gusler
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer makes good its escape pouring a deep clear brown, the head is bountiful, creamy in texture and a winsome light tan in color, upon its dematerialization, the lace formed is a tight seal upon the glass. Nose is musty, with hints of molasses, malt and a bit of citrus like tartness; start is mild in sweetness, fair to middling grain presence, and the top light to moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is sternly acidic, tart, quite dry and a magnificent beer.

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Photo of dgallina
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle without freshness date.

Poured very dark but clear red-tinged brown. Relatively still, with a third-inch of foam that quickly settles to a sheen and light lace. Smells astringently winey and oaky; more like a Flanders sour red ale than anything else. Aggressively light and carbonated in the mouth. Flavor is dominated by light round woodiness that persists throughout. Balanced by grainy fruitiness from the brown ale. Turns medium-dry and slightly hoppy in the finish.

A light and pleasingly quenching drink. Somewhere between the belgian brown ale and sour red ale styles.

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Photo of texashammer
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a deep brown color, with creamy head. smells of malty chocolate and raisins; mellow and calm. rich but mellow, rather neutral flavors for the most part were a slight disappointment. very smooth. I was expecting more flavors; maybe I've had too many American IPA's to appreciate this subtle beer.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a reddish brown, very clear but dark. There is a decent head of foam that quickly reduces to a thick ring around the inside of the glass. I can immediately smell the storng fruity aroma of red wine after pouring. The taste is very fruity and tangy, like cherries or raisins. The sourness lingers a bit, but there is virtually no bitterness at all. This one reminds me of Kriek beer. Its quite thin and adequately bubbly on the palate. The overall drinkablility is suprisingly good.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting Belgian brew.

This is a nice dark cola brown with a thin tan head. Looks almost like a liqueur. It smells sour, almost winey but I can detect the smell of malts in there. Plums, raisins and bread are detectable.

The taste is acidic and sour, very winey. But this is not bad. There are malts in there, but also the taste of raisins, yeast and a slight vinous, vinegary hint. This goes well with fresh baked bread.

Despite the sourness and acidity, this is a smooth, easy to drink beer.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice dark brown with a thin head with lots of lacing. Smell is a bit acidic, but not too offensive. Taste is quite acidic, flavors somewhat resemble malt and wine. mouthfeel is decent, no excessive carbonation and pretty easy to drink. This isn't too bad, would be better if it was not so acidic though.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one in a snifter at The Sharp Edge in Crafton, PA. Dark brownish-copper body with a medium-sized head. The head left a small ammount of lacing, which died quick.
The smell was largely alcoholic, but had touches of candy sugar and sour fruits, and a fine oak touch, which reminded me of the Russian River Temptation.
The taste immediately hits you as sour fruits, oak, tannins ,mild citrus, and alcohol. Yeast and mild hops finish out a pretty complex taste. Overall the taste was very interesting but not as balanced as I would have liked.
I think one of these is enough; not that there's a high ABV but the overwhelming tastes of the sour fruits and alcohol, combined with a puckering dry mouthfeel makes this a one a night beer.

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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 asabreed
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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 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 SilentSabre
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow!! I had no clue what to expect with this one. I had always wanted to try it out and just now got around to it. It poured a red/bronze/brown colour with about an inch and a half thick head of tightly knit off white foam. The smell is a dry tart like smell, if that makes any sense. Very sour and musty. The taste, too. In fact, this thing reminds me alot of a lambic or a saison. The mouth feel was very smooth and very easy to drink, finishing with a bit of a dryness. This brew is just all around good, if you're a fan of lambics and saisons and such.

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Photo of Derek
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ruby-brown, plenty of off-white head, very little retention, but some nice lacing.

S: Sour grapes, bready malt.

T: Initially slightly sweet, fruity, grapes, bready malt, fading to a wonderfully refreshing, slightly tart aftertaste. Very smooth and well rounded (20 months in oak!).

M: Light to moderate body, moderate to high carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Especially considering the style.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first Oud Bruin. Poured out to a hazy brown / amber red color with a short lived head and some lacing inside the glass. Medium high carbonation. Aroma of vinegar, dark fruits and flat malt are unobtrusive to the drinker. Taste was slightly bland and flat. Flavors of malt are weak and distant; sourness is present but noticeable degraded, likely to the ageing of the beer. Mouthfeel was soft and watery, but not undesireable considering the other aspects and qualities of this brew. Average drinkability, as this brew is not bad, but I don't really think it's got a whole lot to offer. I may not be revisiting this brew soon, but that doesn't make it bad. Worthy of a sampling.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Really dark brown color, light still penetrates, though, revealing a slightly red beer.

Smell: Vinegar and an odd fruitiness, also sour.

Taste: Smooth drinking, yet also has an edge, banana smoothness, vinegar tang, interesting, but not as sharp as others I have had in the style (which may not be a bad thing).

Mouthfeel: Carbonated enough, leaves a metallic coating in your mouth. Odd yet good.

Drinkability: I like it. I like Goudenband better, but this is still good, not as big, but easier to drink.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkness in the glass, a deep brown, thoroughly opaque, 1/2" of creamy foam above.

Aroma: Smooth, spicy, yet complex in the fruit, dark, nearly sour, twisted.

Taste: rich and well-rounded, the brown ale mixed with dark fruit, tasty...oaky...big carbonation, big zest, big fruit, very tasty...did I say that already?

Medium bodied, fullness in the mouth, the brown ale and the cherry, playing happily amidst the oak and the crisp, brisk snap.

Very nice. Enjoy, please.

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Photo of clicheusername
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm honestly not entirely sure that I'm reviewing the same beer as some of the other reviewers here. For me, this was one of the best beers of a 2+ month stay in the Netherlands, although I will admit that I haven't quite acquired a taste for the Hoegaarden, de Hemel, or Westmalle types yet.

Unfortunately, this review comes several days after the beer; but, I will have another tonight and update the review tomorrow. I just couldn't stand to let the attacks against this fabulous drink go unchallanged.

Appearance is a dark, almost coffee-ish brown. Little-to-no cloudiness, 1" thick head that recedes to just a film.

Smell is strongly of cinammon, hint of nutmeg, leather, fresh-brushed horses... really quite nice.

Taste is almost like a flemish red. Bit of tang, lots of herbal-spice notes, fairly complex.

No complaints about the mouthfeel, that I can recall. Fairly low carbonation, perfectly agreeable. Same for drinkability; overall, a great beer. Not one to be taken lightly or rushed, but it rewards a pensive consumption.

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

(Served in a flute)

A-This beer pours a deep hazel brown with a crystal clear body. It has strong carbonation and a big creamy dark tan head.

S-This beer has a sour sherry smell to it. I don't notice a lot of other aromas and it smells pretty clean.

T- This has a slight sweetness with some sourness to it and flavors of dark fruit like black cherries and raisins. The oak flavor is very faint and has a watery taste to it.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel that has some fizz to it.

D-I don't know if the long aging process really mellowed this beer but there is not a lot of complexity. I believe most Flanders browns are not usually aged in oak but it makes this one very smooth and drinkable. However a lot of the malt profile is just not there.

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