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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium
bavik.be

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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586
Ratings:
1,290
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
18.8%
 
 
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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a great aroma. Really nice and funky. I get a hint of Brett farmyard funk and a good dose of lacto sourness in the nose. Really kind of a let down when you drink it then. Not so much the taste, which is good, but the mouthfeel. Very thin. But I had to give it a 4 because oud bruins are supposed to have little body. They're supposed to be thin and dry. But still, I feel something is lacking in such a light beer.

The sourness is fairly subdued, but still the dominant flavor component in my opinion. Some Brett funk in the flavor. I get some shallow, fruity notes, maybe sour cherry? I know there aren't any cherries in there, but there is something vaguely cherry about it. I really like the light Brett flavors. This beer is starting to grow on me. I've been slowly workin on a case and now the dry complexity is starting to stand out to me more and more. I like this beer a good deal.

Pretty drinkable really. Dry enough to never be cloying, yet flavorful enough to keep you interested.

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Photo of tatterdash
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque brown with a thick off-white slightly orange head the laces wonderfully, rather effervescent. Aroma of wild yeasts and some citrus, this is going to be sour! :) Taste was a refreshingly tart with a nice slightly hoppy finish. Not nearly as sour as I thought it was going to be, and has a nice light mouthfeel. This is new style for me and I was very pleasently surprised. I'd drink this all night if I had more.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in Darkness snifter

A: Pours a deep brown with a dark khaki head. Dark ruby highlights. Sticky lace.

S: Tart cherries jump out of the glass. Hints of funk here and there. Underlying sweetness.

T: Sweet and tart black cherry juice. Little to no bitterness. Subtle and complex. Something new with each sip. Some grape and wine-like character. Oaky and slightly tannic. Earthy at times. Hints of leather. Impressive.

M: Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation.

D: Easy to drink, yet wonderfully complex.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

13oz draft pour into a tall branded tulip is a beed ruby red body with a cream coloted cap of head.
Aroma is sweet, fruity, and floral.
Taste is sour raspberry mixed with sweet strawberry but not cloying and a balance of bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is medium-heavy with medium carbonationand a dry finish.
Well described as the burgundy of Flanders.

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Photo of ipogios
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish colour topped by a fairly nice head. The aroma of this beer is quite weird. It reminds me of half a dozen familiar smells but none of which i can name. The flavor was refreshing and a bit fruity.

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Photo of BastardKing24
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark ruby with faint white head that leaves lacing.

Smell is ripe melons, brown sugar, vinegar, pear, and cherry.

Taste is kind of bland but clean, with leather, tobacco, dates, vinegar, cherries, and soap...? meh. 3.25

Feel is pretty good. Light on the tongue and decent carb.

Overall not the best oud bruin I've had but its clean. It needs more tartness in the taste and could do without the odd soapy character.

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Photo of prosper
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Reasonably clear, little sediment. Tan head that fades quickly.

Smells very slightly raisin-y, but mostly of acetic acid - almost vinegar-y. Very tart. Some spice - cinnamon, perhaps.

Taste is almost cola-like - high carbonation and acidity, along with fruity malt flavours and some esters. Just a hint of phenolics. Very tart.

Thin, spritzy body.

Too fizzy and too tart to be really drinkable. Hurts my teeth.

Not my kind of thing.

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Photo of Hhawk06
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to crack into this one as it came in a small 8.4 oz. bottle. I was expecting great things from small packages. The label claims the beer has been aged 2 years, interesting enough. Anyway, it poured with a pure brown look, nothing more or less. It smells of an old fruit covered cask, yum. I immediately sensed some candy-like aspects on contact. Sparkling sweet overtones layers nicely on a dull subtle cherry wood essence. This is a well planned, top notch brew.

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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 timbro81
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with little to no head. Not much to the nose at first, a little more noticable sourness as it warms, a touch of vinegar. Let this beer warm up to the specified temps. Taste is of slightly sour cherries, minimal tartness. I was not expecting a Flanders style beer from this one. Not bad though, a good "gateway beer" for introducing people to the style.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Local 44 in Philly. Poured a purple brown into a tulip with a thick cream colored head. Smell was bitter fruity of raisins and bread. Taste was pungent and fruity similar to a brandy or whiskey. Mellow Belgian hops in the finish. Complex beer definitely worth trying but nowhere near as interesting or tasty as some similar beers.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Petrus Oud Bruin in medium chalice

Perfectly clear red with golden highlights and a tan head that leaves
great lacing. Nice looking.

Plums, stone fruit, black cherries, acetic acid/balsamic, wet oak, lemon.

Sweet malt, plums, moist old oak, black cherries, mild acidity, and a
bit of pinot wine toward the finish. A touch of funk as it warms.

Medium body with a medium-high carbonation.

I guess I always expect red/brown ales from Flanders to have a
resounding bite in the vein as Rodenbach Grand Cru, but this is still
drinkable nonetheless. I was just expecting more bite though.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.4 oz bottle picked up from Riverside as part of a mixed sixer. The appearance is that of a standard brown ale, a ruby-tinged, translucent brown. The head and retention is decent, although it eventually recedes into nothing. The smell is very nice, vinous and sour, hints of brandy and cherry juice, and oak….yes, oak. Wow, this beer is not what I expected it all, it almost has the tartness of a lambic. It’s nice and tart, with a sour cherry taste, accompanied by a bit of an earthy flavor. The finish is a sprinkling of a dull, spicy hop and woodiness. The mouthfeel is light and slick with very subtle carbonation. I enjoy these particular flavors a lot in beer so I’m a fan of this one. I’ll definitely pick it up again.

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber brown, great lacing:
Cherry candy on the nose, toasted bread.
Cherry pie, bread crust. Sweet at the start, but the breadiness and light tart cherries come through to balance things out quite nicely.
Soft and fluffy mouth, lighter side of medium bodied.
High drinkability. I'd have another.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brown/amber color into my Chimay glass, producing a nice fluffy 2 and a half inch white head that lingered for a bit and left a lot of lacing. Very impressive!

Aroma was dominated by a funky mildew smell.

A light malty caramel flavor followed by a bitter/tart aftertaste. Must be hops and the initial sour from the aroma.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, but not much effect upon the palate.

Drinkable but the flavors leave something to be desired. Good overall but not something I would go to great lengths to seek out. I think my girlfriend liked this beer a lot more than I did judging from her smile...

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

11.2 oz bottle from a 2006 holiday sampler, consumed in October 2007.

Thus far I've been very disappointed by Petrus beers, but this one is genuinely good.

Pours into my Duvel tulip a deep brown with some dense head and lacing. Bubble fall along the side of the glass in a fast but beautiful waterfall. Very deep and dense brown color with orange highlights.

Smells like a very non-sweet candy. Taste is very well-integrated - not overly syrupy, not too much with the candy sugar. Any sourness is muted or not present, to my taste - more like a straightforward non-wild dubbel, maybe a touch too sweet for my tastes, but certainly in keeping with the style. Alcohol is present but pleasant - well-masked. Sticks in your memory for a while and just feels *good*, even improves as you savor it after the taste - unusual! But there's a very faint astringency that doesn't quite fit with the sweetness - and makes me hesitate on that next drink.

I've got 1-2 more to try from Petrus, but this one is definitely a notch above the rest. It's no Westvleteren 8, or even close to the other Trappist dubbels, but it's no slouch.

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma was mostly fruit, with some maltyness to it.

It's brown in colour. Some head. Little lace.

The flavour is very citusy and vinous like. Flavours of gapes, & grapefruit. It reminds me of a Lambic Kriek in some ways.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied.

Overall I like it.

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Photo of abents
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark redish brown with light white head.
Not too much in the nose, fruit, spices, and a slight vinegar. Taste is sweet red fruits up front followed by a tartness and lingering sweetness. Light on the spices in this one, but still pretty good.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml ... best before Dec 3, 2015
A:deep brown with ruby highlights
S: dark malt, some rootbeer; low intensity or complexity
T: winey, sour from middle to finish, not complex
M: low to medium bodied
O: not much there really. Very one dimensional and that one dimension isn't very memorable.

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Photo of everythingiszen
3/5  rDev -18.3%

I hesitate to even review this, given that I don't think I like the Oud Bruin style (i.e. ignore the rating). That said, this seems to fit the style well. Strong, full aroma of oak and tannins, puckery mouthfeel, and a mild sourness in both the lead and finish. Persistent head, pretty red-brown color. Worth trying if you're into sour beers.

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

opaque brown with red hightlights. beige creamy head.
smells at first of granny smith apple peels--very citric and tart. some coffee notes as well and very slight musty, earthy notes.
on palette, the sweet and sour mix is surprising, despite the fact that i was expecting it. very fruity and tart. notes of grape and apples. surprisingly sweet, yet quite balanced. tastes like cider with only subtle hints of its dark color on palate--some nuttiness.
mouthfeel is smooth, with low carbonation.
the tart/sweet combination is just a little cloying for high drinkability.

not particularly complex to my experience, despite the wood barrel aging.

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Photo of CPeterson
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -- A deeply garnet hued brown brew pours to a four finger tan head which settles into a thin skim, leaving ringlets of lacing.

S -- Fig and raisin, light acid presence in the form of mildly sour fruit -- cherry and apple skin.

T -- Softly sour, a bready, biscuity malt backbone quickly carries it away and balances out. Hints of granny smith apples, a vague minerality in the finish which seems to complement and balance the acid with alkaline.

M -- Medium in body and carbonation, this brew is almost self-effacing from the palate. A little slick.

D -- Likely the most approachable Oud Bruin I've had to date. Essences and nuanced as opposed to a shock to the mouth, this is quite a good brew.

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Photo of JulioH
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

MEDIUM SOUR.

Great beer. It serves as a dark thick liquid in the glass, but doesn't feel that way when drinking it. It is almost a normal beer except for the citric hint. It is derived from lambics, and therefore the flavor, but it is not like a lambic that is one bottle and done, this one you could drink a few easily.

Aroma is almost inexistent. Nice head. Good carbonation.

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Photo of Elemental
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - a 8.4 oz bottle with a drawing of the oak casks used to age the ale

Appearance - A nice dark brown that pours with a nice mellow head

Smell - Slightly woody as you would expect from something aged in a oak cask for two years. Slightly floural with a hint of sourness.

Taste - sweet and malty. not very bitter and not to spicy with a hint of citrus. A bit woody making the beer nice and flavorful. the only down fall is that its a bit too sour for me once the sweetness wears off.

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Photo of hiku7
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours translucent deep brown with ruby notes. Thin tan head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell of under ripe fruit, maybe peaches, anticipates sourness to come in the flavor. Slight hint of vanilla. No hops. As it warms, malt intensifies greatly with carmelized candi sugar, raisins, and plum aromas.

The flavor starts tart, a bit sour, but mild, and quickly gives way to a smooth maltiness. Slight vanilla oakiness coming through. No noticeable alcohol. The finish is malty. The tartness remains, but much less intense than in the first taste.

Medium body, a bit thinner than hoped for, though smooth mouthfeel, slick light dry tart finish. Carbonation is moderate.

Overall, this is a decent blend of barrel aging, sourness, and belgian candi sugar maltiness. Pleasant and enjoyable, but did not knock my socks off.

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Petrus Oud Bruin from De Brabandere
3.67 out of 5 based on 1,290 ratings.
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