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 jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium-brown with a thin, slowly vanishing, head.

The smell is rooty - slightly oaky - with some vinegar.

The taste is rooty, somewhat oaky. Vinegar dominates as it progresses. Tart fruitiness in the back. Finishes sweet and sour.

There is an effervescent carbonated push at the start that quickly fades, leaving a light-to-medium body.

A bit wimpy for the style, but not bad. A bit too vinegary, though has a nice sweet and sour character.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into a Petrus chalice.

Appearance - Brown body with reddish flecks and a substantial khaki head. It looks promising and then suddenly the head is gone and there's almost no lacing. It does continue to bubble for quite a while, though. Somewhat vigorously, too, as if there's a little creature breathing in the bottom of the glass.

Smell - No discernible tartness. Cherry flavors that could be tart, but aren't. A lot of malt flavors, some bready, and the slightest bit of funk.

Taste - Again, so little tartness. All the other flavors are there, save some oak. Characteristic cherry fruit flavors and a lot of wine flavors. Slight bitter/tartness at the finish, but hardly characteristic of the style.

Mouthfeel - It's not sweet, which is nice. Usually a bad Oud Bruin is sweet, but this one is just lacking tartness. As a result, it feels nice, but missing a crucial flavor.

Overall - It's a shame that the Aged Pale is so good and this one is so meh. Where's the tartness? I'm looking for something more than this, although what it has isn't bad.

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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 johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +9%

Shared at the BFD Christmas Party, thanks to who ever brought it.
Tart fruit and light brown sugar light vanilla and earthy woodiness. Great brew, I'm surprised I haven't rated this before.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma has dark malt, some brown sugar and a hint of balsamic vinegar. Taste starts a bit tart and acidic, continues with toasted malt and finishes quite balanced with a hint of bitterness. Body is on the light side and has a medium to high effervescence. Not bad, easy drinking and slightly tart but it lacks the complexity that other beers of this style have.

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Photo of tdm168
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - reddish, caramel amber with a soft, thin, white lacing of head

S - cherries, tart, some faint malty aromas

T - tart, sweet, cherries, creamy, some diacetyl, some faint alcohol

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp

This is a decent beer. The only slight defect is the faint diacetylic creamy notes. Otherwise, this is a smooth, slightly tart, fruity beer. It's highly drinkable and very smooth. Anyone who likes the style or likes sours should definitely try this one.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A very large light caramel/tan brown thick forming head, sitting on a real dark walnut black/brown body. Lots of staying power on this head, and it clumps quite often.

Nose is fruity esters, some mild brett (possibly) mild funk for sure, worcestershire sauce and oak. The oak seems to mix with a nice play of low acid vinegar (like rice vinegar). Kind of fun.

Taste is grape like mix of sweet and sour. Finish is woah... SALTY but also grape sweet. Carbonation seems toned down a notch with a simple body that lets the palate explore. Lots of basic taste sensations jumping around here but the sweetness starts dominating but at least not overpowering everything. Malt density comes out quite a bit too, and I like this salt finish after some big sips quite a bit, without any brine character.

Overall a VERY easy drinking Oud Bruin, with a noticeable sweet Welches grape character to it. THere is some mild tartness here, but a bit burried so it makes for a perfect starter "sour".

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

Beer served on draft at Churchkey in D.C. Served in a tulip. This beer is brown (shocking I know), thin head clings to the edge of the glass and beer interface, no lacing on the glass to speak of, carbonation mild. Beer is completely clear, no haze at all.

Aroma is really interesting, I've never smelled anything quite like this. Its definitely sour, high lactic acid smell but there is some sweetness there as well. The sour is dominant and blocks out the other smell, it prepares you for a super sour beer.

But the beer is not super sour, don't get me wrong, it is sour. Its just not tart. There are some cherry flavors, this beer is sour and not tart, that's the best way I can put it. It finishes comlpetely. It is a palate cleansing beer, completely. I did not remember drinking it seconds after I swallowed. Drinkability high. I had to keep drinking it to analzye it and it was gone, in a few minutes completely gone. Beer has a medium body and a nice mouth feel, hit all the right places on the palate before vaporizing.

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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 Billolick
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Happy to get to sample this brew on tap at the Collins bar in NYC. Pours dark brown, with ruby hues on the edges. The nose was quite malty, with also a hint of must. Carboantion seems low, with a very slight head developed and limited lacing. Malt sweetness up front initially, then mid way lactic sourness picked up. Also a hint of cherry and vanilla. Not much yeast or hops characteristics involved in the mix. Basically a malty belgian with a sour undertone. Eh, not really for me, I'd classify this one as a middle of the road Belgian, worth a try but not of much more interest.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/05/05- Purchased at Plumpjack's Wines in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Reinaert tulip.

Appearance- Brown colored pour with a nice larger bubbled 1 inch head. Dissipates into a 1/8 inch and stays there throughout. Lacing is about average.

Smell- A sugary sour scent, maybe with a bit of a darker malt scent.

Taste- Tastes like a flanders to me. Maybe not the best, but passes the test. Sour, but not close to the sourest I have tasted. Some light fruit flavors in the background. Maybe even just a touch of sweetness on the tongue in the finish.

Mouthfeel- A bit too carbonated for a flanders, but fairly smooth overall.

Drinkability- Worth a try if you can find it for a reasonable price. $3.50 was a bit steep when I can get the Duchesse for $2.99. Still, not bad.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a syrup looking brown with ruby highlights that had a thin head and left a little bubbly lacing on the glass.

S: it had vinegar and dark fruit aromas with some oaky funk and a little underlying grain notes. It also had slight vinous notes.

T: the grians and slight vinegar flavors strike first on the palate with oak and slight vinous accents that also had a little wheat malt presence.

M: medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation that had slight sweetness and grainy finish.

D: the brew drank well but was expecting more tartness considering it was a flanders style beer. I think it needed more of sour punch.

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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 WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with Belgian ale yeast. It is very refreshing and fruity. You can smell hints of the oak barrels. The taste is great. It has a very refreshingly fruity malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes yeasty. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good drinking brown ale. It has everything.

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Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sourness, slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hops, hint of dry hop, and hint of sulfur. Fits the style of a Flanders Oud Bruin. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sourness, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of citrus, and hint of metallic. Overall, good appearance, sour level is appropriate, but body is lacking in quality.

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Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear brown in color with a thick creamy head. Thick lacing developed on th glass through the drink. The aroma was of caramel, malt, and yeast. The flavor was huge. Caramel dominated with a candy like sweetness, but a sour finish added to the complexity. Yeast and mild bitterness were also easily detected.

The mouthfeel was crisp and the caramel and mild sour tones lasted long after swallowing. This was medium bodied and the most drinkable bruin I have had (especially since this was on tap). Exciting until the last drop.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear reddish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is dark fruit with some grape notes. I don't get much tartness in the smell. The flavor is very light tart grapes with a nice caramel malt backbone that adds some sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A decent beer, but not near as good as the Petrus Aged Pale, which is excellent.

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

Big ol C&C bottle poured into some glasses with oglmcdgl, been meaning to pounce on this beer for a while.

Petrus Oud Bruin comes with a pop when the cork is removed. Pours out a dark red and becomes a dark brown when condensed in the glass. Some maroon spots with red showing towards the side. A nice sturdy dirty tan head billows above, ok lace. This bruin does not smell overly sweet and vinegar laden, thank god. I get big time cherry and plum, other dark fruits. Comes off vinious. Taste is superb, a great mix, starts off mildly sweet going into a slight sour twist with a aftertaste of cherry. Oak does not come out that much, and this spent like 30 months in the dark, that will tell you how fruit forward this is. Feel is a bit of a let down. While light bodied and easily drinkable, the finish comes off a bit rusty and bumpy, leaving a semi metallic taste afterwards, which is strange. All in all another drinkable beer from the boys at Bavik/Petrus. I expect them to send a ton of this to Philly as they did with the aged pale, they literally flooded the market with that one. I could drink a big bomber of this to the head, no problem. 5.5%, yep!

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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 Gueuzedude
2.97/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a murky brown to amber in color. Topped by a thin wispy head. Smells tart and vinuous. The first impression is that this beer is lightly sour, not as much as I was expecting from this beer. A fairly dry beer as well. At first, when cold, there is not too much flavor. It is lightly carbonated, with notes of sour plum in it, as it warms up. It does become slightly more sour as well, and it becomes a bit fuller in the mouth. Overall a fairly simplistic version of a sour Flemish ale.

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

Poured ontap into a Petrus glass, a hazed brown in color with an off white head and some lacing down the glass.

Aroma is lightly malty.

Tastes quite tart, with a caramel malt body. A bit acidic on the palate. Hops are played down, a bit sour. Vague roasted malt pulls through at the end but finishes a bit sweet.

Medium bodied with a semi dry finish.

All in all a nice beer to visit from time to time. Drinkable and within sessionable strength. Also fits the definition of the style very well.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz., typical small Euro/Belgian bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, with gorgeous blood-red highligjts when held up to the light. Only has a head, though, for like 2 seconds, a little swirl brings back the head for a time, but it is short-lived.

S: Complex smell of sour funk, oak, wood, and fermented malt.

T: Mildly sour, not over the top, funky malt, with some dark ale fruit there as well. Molasses flavours play a part, there is a slight hint o of brown sugar over the sourness. I find it pairs really well with a raw cheddar cheese.

M: Sharp and acidic, though not as sour as something like a Berliner Weisse, overall, light to medium-bodied.

D: A very good Oud Bruin, though I haven't had many of the style. Not the most robust, funky sour ale nonetheless, but easy to drink, even though it is kind of pricey at about $3.50 a bottle at Hi-Times.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3rd Bottle from the 'Petrus range' I've reviewed, more in the garage awaiting their turn!

This brown 33cl bottle is just a little out of date, should have been consummed by 24th May 2009, drank and reviewed 30th Sept 2009.

Poured into a Westmalle chalice, it was bound to look good and it did. A deep ruby red colour with a thick tan head (at first), the head soon fell away though.

This is one of the sour smelling and tasting Oud Bruins that's for sure. Vinegarous aroma and flavour doninates everything once the bottle has been broached. I can't pretent to actually enjoy the sour styled ones, but I do understand where they are coming from and can almost appreciate them, almost that is! Farmyard, old cherry and plum flavoured hints start to arrive in the aroma and taste as the beer warms, this doesn't help my appreciation in any way either.

The rear label claims Oak barrels are used during its 20 months in maturing, this obviuosly adds to the character of the brew.

Glad I've had one, will not be having another.

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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 stevoj
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Interesting take on the oud bruin style, leaning towards the sour ales. Brown in color with minimal head, and some cider/wine aromas. Taste is tart, and slightly sweet. A good dessert beer.

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Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
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