Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale
De Brabandere

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Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #207
Ranked #38,351
3.66 | pDev: 14.21%
De Brabandere
Petrus Dubbel Bruin AlePetrus Dubbel Bruin Ale
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Photo of Reef
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle with no bottling or best by dates
Pours a translucent mahogany brown with scant head, scattered spots of lacing, eventually only a partial ring of carbonation.
Cherry, molasses, toffee aroma
Sweet caramel, light cherry, colanut, prune, ginger flavors
Smooth, medium mouthfeel, low carbonation
Bargain Belgian! A dollar less than Chimay, Westmalle, Rochefort in our shops. Not much depth, but pleasant.

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Photo of FLima
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brown color with a thick beige head with medium retention.
Aroma with lots of prunes, brown sugar, grapes, apple puree, mild clove and mint.
Flavor with notes of prunes, spicy hops, cinnamon, ginger, Brazilian guarana, grape juice, chocolate and nuts. Dry aftertaste with a low bitterness.
Medium body with velvety carbonation of tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 6.5% is completely absent.
Initially spicy Dubbel that becomes chocolaty with lots of prunes. Pleasant, average complexity and flavor intensity.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown and leaves the same color body with a two finger white foamy head, not much lacing is seen; the aroma has some nutty super malty and rich, lotsa brown sugar coming through; the taste is super malty sweet kinda like "brown sugar candy with a malty aftertaste and finish; its pretty easy on the palate could be construed as a bit thin, but still good, carbonation is soft; overall, I say still a good beer worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A bargain beer, and a reasonably solid beverage. A slight vinegar aroma, which also lingers in the after taste. A Brun, but a bit wishy washy to look at, with a sharp fizz on the tongue. You won't be getting too sozzled on this one, and there are much better beers to consume, but for the price worth sticking a few in the cellar for a winters day by the fire.

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Photo of Skaterdude97
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look - 4 | Dark brown, not very transparent, good sized beige head,

Smell - 3.5 | lemon zest, nuts, milk chocolate, prunes, cherries, light presences

Taste - 4 | chocolate, nuts, lemon peal, sour cherries, plums

Feel - 3 | light-medium body, medium carbonation, dry finnish

Overall - 3.75

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Photo of sjdevel
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: 3.25
Hazy dark copper color. 2-finger head. Not much carbonation. The foam fades quite quickly. There is a slight red hue.

Smell: 3.75
Sweet caramel and toffee. Also graham cracker and roasted malt.

Taste: 4
Slight hoppiness at first (hardly noticeable), but then jumps right into caramel and toffee. Very sweet. Starts to get a bit nutty and roasted malts apparent. Belgian yeast tang is not strong, but makes itself known.

Feel: 3.75
Fairly full / upper medium body. Even through seems to go flat, still enough carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: 3.75
It was decent. Not my favorite of this style and there are better ones out there. It is quite sweet.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the teeny tiny bottle in a snifter via a friend from work----Thanks Tony!

This nice dubbel pours a lightly cloudy reddish brown with a nice head of off with foam that settles to a thick ring, light little pool, and light lacing. Nose of sweet candy sugars, light cherry, light dates, and fresh bread. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with sweet brown sugar and sweet fresh baked bread on the front and middle with notes of cherries that fade into the back, vanilla on the sides, and a nice plum note on the back. Nice mouth feel with medium carbonation is lightly prickly, coating, and finishes sweet and subtly dry. Very nice.


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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Color: ruby ​​red, clear. Head beige, high and decently durable.
Aroma: caramel, toffee, roasted, background plums but firmly parched.
Taste: mainly caramel, then roasted and dark fruit with leading plums.
Gentian insignificant, slightly burnt.

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.01/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Always happy to try a new beer from Belgium.

According to the bottle this is "The Key to Heaven". The old man on the bottle looks pretty happy so I hope I will be as happy as him soon.

Look, not the best as it seems a bit too thin, and not much head.

Aroma is malty, not very complex.

Feel is very thin, watery.

Taste is ok though quite simple. A little too fizzy, no depth.

Am I as happy as the man on the bottle..? In a word, no. Def a bit dissapointed, especially as it's from Belgium.

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Photo of drmeto
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

pours a clear ruby-brown with a medium,foamy,beige head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-plums,raisins,figs,caramel,toffee,overripe banana,cherries,bready,slight chocolate
-plums,raisins,dates,caramel,toasty finish
-medium carbonation
-light body
Taste cant keep pace with the aroma.And its a little thin-bodied for a Dubbel.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a little red going on. Head of foam and lacing is impressive.

Loads of caramel malt in the smell. Some toffee and chocolate as well.

Tastes sweet from the caramel malt, almost like some candi sugar is involved. Beyond that, toffee and chocolate with *some* cardboard. .not too intrusive with the latter, thankfully.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel that resembles a nitro pour.

My first impression was that I was going to hate it; I am glad things turned around.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review: Bottle of Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale Ale: 6.50% ABV

Petrus Double Brown Ale is a top-fermented dark beer. Brewed with pure spring water and carefully selected hops and malts.

The appearance was of a very dark and deep brown colour with a ruby red tinge, with a lovely creamy white head that sticks around, definitely looks the part, looks great. A very attractive beer! Didn’t notice much lacing, some carbonation.

There was quite a strong metallic smell, very strong, with very sour cherry notes, malts, and overall very sweet, can definitely smell the alcohol.

Had a pretty strong taste throughout, from start to the end, not much kick in the aftertaste, but having said that it was still very drinkable for me. Sweet tasting, with a lot of sugar, and of malts, cherry, caramel, and plum fruits,

Overall I liked this drink, found it very smooth and easy to drink, nicely balanced, and will definitely look out for it again in the future.

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Photo of gopens44
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks not so intimidating. Dark with not a ton of head. Nose is vinegar, sour cherries and a little musty. Taste is not nearly as puckering as other sourish genre beers I've had, so no battery licking feel here. Once my taste buds settle down from the light tartness, I have cherry, little vinegar (light), and bitterness that has the quality of cranberries.

Body is light and crisp while leaving just a thin film of tart sweetness.

Pretty fun this one actually.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I do like these guys, Petrus, they bring styles such as Flanders Oud Bruin and Red Ales within the grasp of the ordinary man (or beer fancying woman) with their almost macro pricing. And their beers are good too, not Rodenbach or Rochefort brilliant, but satisfying nonetheless, so I say: Petrus, keep up the good work. Thus far I’ve imbibed two of the Oud Bruins on offer so now it’s time to try their Dubbel, which is also Bruin (hazard a guess what Petrus’s favourite colour is).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy mahogany (I have many mahogany-coloured leather bound books in my library) body with specks of light tan and a lace ring where presumably a head once was. 8/10.

S: Dark fruits (plum, raisin and date) hints of dark rum, brown sugar and bread notes abound. There’s nothing subtle about this aroma and more’s the better for it [wait, is that a real saying? “more’s the better for it” sounds frankly made up] Yeah it is... shuddup me. 7/10.

T: Taste is a bit of a let-down. It’s sweet but not overly so, and watery (but we’ll get to that, patience) with notes of: Date, brown sugar and bread yeast. Finish struggles to put up anything bitter to cut through the sweetness... oh yeah a hint Diacetyl too (butteriness chemical-ified). Overall this beer is lacking anything close to the complexity of a decent Belgian Dubbel and almost crosses into soft-drink territory with a Coke-like sweetness backed up by nothing. 6/10.

M: Mid to light, watery bodied with a tight but flat carbonation... wateriness is not a good attribute for a Dubbel! 5/10.

D: Well this is the least loveable Petrus beer I’ve had thus far, whereas the other brews were cheap but endearing this Dubbel is simply cheap but lacking-in-everything-that-makes-a-Dubbel-great. I will take a relatively similar priced but much tastier Grimbergen Dubbel over this any day of the week... except Tuesday, Tuesday is watery-cheap-lacking-complexity-beer day for me. 6/10.

Food match: Roast banquet meats and heavy gravy + a selection of roasted vegetables would work well with this brew despite the watery character.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear chestnut brown pour with a thick cream head; caramel aroma; smooth and creamy in the mouth with an off-sweet, burnt caramel taste; and a creamy finish. A really pleasant Dubbel.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Sweet, Bready

Lovely Belgian lacing, clear ruddy brown hue. Big bready nose with suggestions of dried plums, caramel and faint maraschino cherries. Incredibly smooth with a semi-chewy maltiness. Sweet juiciness, brown bread, earthy, hint of warming alcohol and a light spiciness in the middle. Typical modest hopping for a Belgian. A good Dubbel all around, even if it swings a bit too sweet and even a bit small compared to most of the modern counterparts brewed in the US.

STYLE: Dubbel | ABV: 6.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No date seen on the bottle.
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a quick one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds. Lacing, well, its slightly clingy and slim stringing itself along the sides of the glass.
The smell has a strong sweet to dried sour apple. A nice deep champagne-esque/vinous but a good vinous sweetness comes in to amplify goodness.
The taste was there. Its sweet and kinda vinous, not overbearing but carries a nice "real" to pure apple-esque aftertaste leading to a slight vinous finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was super smooth as it rolled extremely nicely over my tongue.
Overall, good dubbel, I'm pretty sure I'd have again. Though a bit different than other dubbels, I get it for the most part.

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Initial gush of foam when opening bottle. Pours out reddish brown with very small, oily head. Dried fruits, runes dominate the aroma and taste. Overall sweet nature on this. More fruit and some yeast on the finish.

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Photo of reduction
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a Chimay chalice. Almost black no lights comes through. The smell is mostly coffee, licorice and alcohol.

Surprisingly almost no head with low carbonation, maybe my bottle was bad.
Taste burnt caramel and coffee. The alcohol taste is very pronounced. An ok dubbed

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Photo of patre_tim
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a rusty red tinge, slightly cloudy, lots of carbonation and a finger of cappuccino beige head.

S: Coke, dark fruits, dates, plums, raisins, figs, fruity like cherries, snow, slight metallic. Taffy, candy like.

T: Candy apple, dark fruits, dark burnt toasted notes, lightly sweet, again that Coke like quality. Crème brulee as in the caramelized sugar top, and cherries.

M: Thick, slightly syrupy body, lots of carbonation.

O: A nicely done dubbel. The slight burnt taste is taking it down a little for me, though its unique unto itself and certainly not the worst by Petrus I’ve tasted. Drank in Duncan, SC July 2nd 2014.

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Photo of jaredtp
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer was not all that bad. It had a decent taste to it. This beer was not too heavy or too light, it went down smooth. The taste was not all that bad. It was not too strong or too light. This is really all that I can remember about this beer, it has been so long since I have had this one. But if you have not had it you should try it. The thing that I remember the most about this beer is that I liked it.

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Photo of spoony
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle (code says 41382) into a chalice. Reviewed from notes dated March 13, 2014.

A-A normal pour produces a thin tan head. The retention is pretty good as a thick cap lasts for more than two minutes. The beer is dark brown with reddish highlights. It is more clear than many dubbels.

S-The smell is a simple mixture of sweet tree fruits like apple cider and plum. There is a bit of cocoa in there, as well. For a beer with only 6.5% ABV, the medicinal, herbal aroma from the alcohol is surprisingly assertive and it feels out of place here.

T-The taste is also a bit simple. I get cocoa, vague suggestions of apple juice and plum, and some pepper on the finish. Fortunately, the medicinal, herbal character has been muted and the result is a simple, drinkable, unremarkable dubbel.

M-The aroma and smell might be a little lacking, but the mouthfeel here is quite good: medium body with a creamy, moderate level of carbonation. Well done.

O-This is a pretty simple dubbel and not one that I would go searching for again. The aroma has an off-putting herbal note that did not fit with the rest of the beer and while this low point is not as prevalent in the taste, the beer is just sort of uninspiring. Nice mouthfeel, for what that is worth.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a beer glass. The head was humongous and lasts a long time. Towards the end of the pour there are lots of dark reddish sediment. You can smell the alcohol and taste it. Very heavy carbonation with a very slight sourness that ends with a bitter finish. Nice dark reddish caramel color. Not a smooth beer to drink. Has a very woody smell and taste to it. Good substance. Overall not a bad beer.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with thin tan cream that dissapates into sturdy ring. Mild lacing. Rich amber brown with plum hue lets light through.

Aroma is smokey and plum.

Taste is balanced with stone fruit up front, smoky backbone, and mildly bitter finish that rides down throat.

Mouth is carb tingly with some malt that stays on tongue. Moderately dry.

Overall: Well balanced and complex. Flavor stays around a bit more than others in the Petrus sample pack.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours an extremely dark burnt sienna color with some ruby red highlights. Produced a solid tan head with good retention and lacing.

(S)- Tons of a prune and raisin-like dark fruit profile meets a very deep and bready dry yeast kick. Very faint hints of caramel sweetness in the background.

(T)- An interesting taste profile overall. It is almost Cola-like in its sweet sense, yet with prune, cherry, raisin, and plum fruits. Finishes yeasty dry with hints of coca. Definitely a complex one. All the fruits combined actually reminds me of a drier, less sweet Dr. Pepper.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level meets a great balance of flavors. The array of dark fruits in this makes it quite dynamic.

(O)- This is actually a really great Dubbel. Very surprised by the overall review of this one, but I guess I am a bit different on my opinion of it. Not too many dubbels showcase that complex of a fruit flavor profile in recent memory.

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Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 335 ratings