Petrus Oud Bruin | De Brabandere

Petrus Oud BruinPetrus Oud Bruin
BA SCORE
53%
Liked This Beer
3.69 w/ 1,316 ratings
Petrus Oud BruinPetrus Oud Bruin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium
bavik.be

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,991
Reviews:
592
Ratings:
1,316
Liked:
697
Avg:
3.69/5
pDev:
12.47%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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27
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135
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Photo of eric5bellies
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from my Stella tulip.

A - Pours a nice Mahogany colour with an Ivory coloured head that reduces to a lacing film.

S - A little metallic but lots of dark fruits and spice.

T - A little tartness on the front but not really enough. The stewed dark fruits are there but not pronounced enough. Quite well balanced overall.

M - A littel thinn and sticky on the finish. Carbonation is fullish.

O - Duch De Bourg and Liefmans Goudenband are far better examples of this style. Billy B's Dark Apple beer beats them all.

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Photo of ChaseTheAce
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of NickyDee21
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of dfillius
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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 ronricorossi
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Nutty and grassy, refreshing to an unusual degree for a tart brew. this is a great beer for people like myself who like sours, but haven't yet acquired the taste for the most extreme, puckering outer limit of the style. If that describes you, this beer is probably underrated.

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Photo of brendan13
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy dark brown with 3cm of off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Oak & dark fruit character dominates with some slight vinegar sourness.
T - Stewed dark fruit flavours up front with some oaky character & vinegar like hints.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation.
D - An interesting beer that is worth trying. Can't see it being a regular though.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel snifter. The beer looks brown coming out of the bottle, but in a glass held up to the light it looks deep ruby-red (beautiful). There is a nice big tan head that has surprising good retention for a beer with this acidity. The nose is very faint. I get some fruity esters that smell like ripe cherries. As the beer warms a bit, the nose takes on some nice sweet malty notes (like toffee).

The beer has a medium body and a firm mouthfeel. The feel is enhanced by the carbonation, which stimulates the palate nicely. On the front of the tongue, I get faint toasty notes and pleasantly tart cherries and blueberries. The hop character is practically nonexistent and the mild acidity extends across the entire palate. I don't get much malt character, besides the toasty notes mentioned earlier. The finish has a slight touch of spice and apple-like sweetness, but it doesn't linger very long.

Overall, this is a very refreshing, though light-flavored, beer. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. A nice entry beer for someone just starting to explore the weird world of sours. I think I prefer Petrus Aged Pale better. The flavor of that beer is a bit more intense and interesting.

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Photo of Basoos1
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of AdamBear
2.31/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A-brown, not a thick brown. uneven light tan head. very bubbly

S-smells like molasses and brown sugar. mild strength

T-hmmm this is quite interesting. if i were to close my eyes and taste this...i'd say its a sparkling red wine! the only differing taste is a slight hint of molasses that comes in with the after-taste. not sure if its the style or the beer...but this is not for me. there's a sourness to it as well.

M-medium to heavy carbonation with a dry finish.

D-well considering I wanted it to be over once I took my first sip...I'll say this isn't too drinkable. i feel this is a beer for wine lovers but not for too many beer lovers. a full bottle is difficult to finish.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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 sloelco
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Wobbly
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Pro_Magnon
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hiphopj5
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of AlexJ
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Murky cola brown with a loose head of tan froth with light retention and weblike lace.

Aroma is earthy malt, dried fruit, cherries, tart cider and musty yeast.

Flavor very similar to nose, lightly sweet, gently sour, modest complexity.

Body is rather light, adding to the amazing drinkability. A great refresher, and a great intro into sour beers for the uninitiated.

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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 nataku00
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a cervoise glass. Beer is a murky dark brown color with some reds when held up to a light, with a finger of tan colored foamy head. Some light carbonation visible at the edge of the glass.

Nose is mild, some tart red berry and dark fruit sweetness, brown sugar, and spice. A touch of oak as well.

Taste is milder than the nose, a touch bland. Not much tartness on the tongue, some red berry and dark fruit notes with some bready malt and brown sugar mid tongue. Finishes fairly dry with very light lingering dark fruit flavor.

Light body with some fine carbonation, lending to a smooth mouthfeel. Pretty easy to drink and refreshing, but not very flavorful.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cL bottle with no freshness date, brought home from the Capital Ale House in Richmond. It pours a lightly hazy rusty/copper that thins at the bottom of the flute, and it has medium carbonation that leads up to an inch of tan head that never fully recedes and leaves nice sheets of lacing. The bouquet is sweet and tart/sour with hints of oak and mustiness. It isn't as tart on the palate as the aroma led me to believe, but it has some sourness with notes of sweet malts, leafy/green hops, and hints of red berries. The body is light at first, but becomes medium, with tingly carbonation, dryness from the tannins, and a medium to light finish. Not too bad, but as far as sour ales go, it is quite mellow - I wish it had more sourness on the palate, and that it were more robust in aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of BlueSpader
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alpinebryant
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged 2 years in Oak Casks stated on the bottle.

Pours a nice clear brown ale color with a white head that later rests to just white lacing.

Smell of sour cherry, brown malt, some oak and some light vinegar.

Taste of a very muted brown ale. I enjoy and nice brown ale and that is really the impression I received of this beer. Not so much a sour / oud bruin. Most who have had oud bruins would say this does not really match the norm for the style. As such I am giving it a lower rating, but it is not a bad brown ale all taken. Slightly dry and tempered, it is not a wild beer, more like a very slightly infected mild brown ale. Caramel, toffee match a light oak presence. Medium mouthfeel and a light carbonation.

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Photo of mpenske
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 53% out of 100 with 1,316 ratings
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