Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale | De Brabandere

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Average: 3.66 | pDev: 14.21%

Reviews: 163 | Ratings: 335

Ranked #208 Belgian Dubbel and #38,101 overall.

ABV: 6.50% | Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ventiman
4.88/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I did not have the joy of seeing them pull for my glass. But this has a nice dark reddish brown with a frothy light brown head. The aroma to me was charming It did smell like well as it read on the menu SPRING WATER with a tinge of caramel and fruit being more dominant. The taste is sweet but not over sweet (No Lindemans Framboise here) nice flav of caramel, dark fruity flavors. The beer is decently heavy with low carbonation, creating somewhat of a syrupy feel.
And no ending back kick taste.
This beer was OK to my sidekick, as he was more into strong IPA hops But to me this was pure heaven. This can be scarey brew as I could had no complaints if the brew waitress had served it in a gallon Mug.

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Photo of jim102864
4.7/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this recently at Delaneys in New Haven. Wasn't on tap, but was still a spectacular experience.

Delaney's always serves their Belgians in proper glassware, and this time was no exception. This lovely dubbel was served in a tall, long stemmed Petrus glass. It's deep brown color, modest head and specks of yeast made for an interesting introduction. The aroma was of sweet candied sugar, with molasses and a hint of malt. Aged prunes and like fruit was also clearly evident. The taste was bursting with sweet raisens and candied sugar balanced just perfectly. The mouthfeel was full and sweet. Just a solid dubbel and one I will be sure to revisit either in bottle or tap. Thisis one smooth Belgian and very worth savoring.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with a moderate light brown head and good carbonation up the middle but a subdued head as time goes by. Strong malt and dark fruit/raisin aromas. Robust raisin, dark fruit, and malty flavors. Medium-full bodied and smooth with a light warm alcohol finish.

Nice rich and robust example of the style ... a definite rebuy!

Per Label and BB website: 6.5% ABV

Tasted: 05/31/07

($21.99 / 11.2 oz. mixed 6-pack Petrus Sampler)

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Photo of patm1986
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BEAUTIFUL pour: mahogany, crimson, thick head, great lacing with decent retention. this beer has an incredibly resilient body and head retention; just a simple swirl, and we're fresh and pillowy again.

pronounced tinny dubbel aroma off the bat, followed by some earthy funk from the sugars. fruits present are raisins, prunes, dried figs. there's a little molasses, some dark sugar like a muscavado brown, and a bit of floral honey, wildflower possibly, but not as intense.

tasting plums, cooked plums--like a caramelized plum in brown sugar--rummy raisins, pale malt, tin, and molasses.

mild body that i'm used to in a dubbel, but i wouldn't say thin, which is a characteristic i find in many, too. i wouldn't say it's a moderate body either, as it leaves the palate hastily. very balanced finish in both the fruit sweetness and the tinny dryness.

i really like this beer. dubbels aren't my favorite, but this one has a bit more of a dark fruit saturation at its core with a balanced finish more so than i'm used to experiencing in offerings of this style. really good.

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Photo of jaluria
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown color with loads of foam that just sits there indefinitely. When the head begins to deflate, it leaves behind excellent lacing. Aromas of caramelized sugar, malt, and candy. The taste is refreshing and engaging with a fruit flavor that works into both the sweetness and the bitterness of the beer. A very delicate beer in that all of the textures and flavors collaborate with one another. Impressive beer for its lack of overpowering, dominating characteristics. Very drinkable, especially with a lower ABV for this style. Quite thin in my mouth.

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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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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out nicely with a big head that falls into a good strong lacing. Smells different, and therefore very good, from what I've reviewed lately. I always enjoy a new taste. It's full flavored and a little spicy with something I can't put my finger on. Mouthfeel is very good and the aftertaste is slightly sour in a good way. I would definetly have more of these.

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Photo of Tschnab
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark ruby red, good light brown head that dissipates, leaves a ring of foam at the top.

S- raisins, figs, dates, brown sugar, yeast, cherries.

T- winter fruit galore, rock sugar, belgian yeast, port wine, cherries, brown sugar. This is a delcious beer. I could see the criticism here that it is too sweet, but it works for me. I don't have a sweet tooth, but this is still really nice. Its sweet, but its fruity and rich, instead of just sugary and overbearing. The body is a little thin.

O- This is an underrated, acessible dubbel. Probably the easiest drinking dubbel I've had.

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a a solid brown color with a slight, somewhat reddish hue. The beer has good head retention and lacing as well. The nose is intriguing, with a moderately sweet aroma of chocolate, carob bean and cola. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, but this beer really tastes even better then it smells. There is also a brown sugar and coffee component, and while it starts off moderately sweet, the finish is fairly dry with some slight tartness. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel to it and is quite smooth and long. This beer is surprisingly drinkable, as there is a touch of sour that seems to buoy the sweetness somewhat.

An impressive dubbel from Petrus. I would happily drink this on a regular basis were it more available.

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Photo of hdofu
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting reddish brown color with thin tan head. Smell is kind of like grape. Taste is almost like grape soda and spices and maybe a bit of chocolate in the aftertaste. It has a crisp light mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable and its not to heavy alcoholwise making it even more drinkable. Had it with some lasagna.

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Photo of adamette
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY last October into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Frothy light brown head with really nice lacing over a brown,ruby body. Nice look.

S Actually a bit sour with maybe some cherry and a background of alcohol. Interesting smell.

T Caramelized malt with an interesting sweet/sour kick in the front and the middle that gives way to a nice syrupy sweetness. Really interesting taste. There are some grains also in the aftertaste. Any hops are minimal as this is mostly a malt beer IMO.

M Moderate to full. The malt and the interesting tastes fill up your mouth.

D Good with interesting tastes that kept me sipping to see what the next sip might reveal.

Notes: This is the reason that I enjoy Belgians. Ultimately interesting beers that challenge the palate and provide tastes of a wide range. They also tend to be plenty malty which is much to my liking as well.

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Photo of tdm168
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark amber with a big, loose, soapy, brown head that fades to a thin lacing

S - huge sugary caramel, some fruit

T - big caramel malt, sugary, dessert apples, pie crust, very mild bitter finish

M - medium bodied, some stickiness, well carbonated

This is really an impressive beer. It has a tremendously malty flavor profile. It has an intricate range of flavors that keeps me interested in each sip. There really isn't anything bad to say about this one. It was definitely a good find.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in Pittsburgh after trying the Petrus Blonde. The beer poured with a huge head, similar to the blonde but obviously a dark brown color. The aroma was sweet and a little rasiny/figgy, and the flavor was sweet and dark fruity but could have been a little richer. It was pretty good nonetheless, but not in the top 10 dubbels-of-all-time list.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this one. Pours to a dark reddish brown color, head a head that holds up until the end of the glass. Looks almost like coca cola. Tastes a little bit like alcoholic apple juice with a bit of a chocolate character to it. Alcohol is not overwhelming but you can tell it is there. Mouth feel was rather medium. Very drinkable

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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 PorterLambic
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich brown with slight orange around edges. Very little head, tan in color, drops fast.
Smell is malt, oak, fruitcake & vanilla.
Taste is all from the nose plus light hops. Very well balanced.
Smooth, rich, creamy aftertaste. Light effervescence, almost creamy (99%), full-bodied. Highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a thin head that becomes patchy.

The smell is of chocolate, earthy with fruity notes.

The taste is of chocolate with dark maltiness. Earthy, fruity notes are in the background. Sweetness balanced by subtle spiciness is the main characteristic.

Moderately, evenly carbonated, this has a smooth, medium body.

Alcohol is well-covered. It is tasty and smooth. A nice malty brew.

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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 KTCamm
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours really dark brown, bordering on black. Very little foam atop. Light cola malt smell, some candi sugar. Taste is a full flavorful malt. Loads of cola taste too, backed by a mild hop. Dark cherries too. As the beer warms, more dark fruit surfaces. Low carbonation. Quite good.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smells thick and malty, with heavy caramelized brown sugar notes floating in a sea of toasted grains. Vanillas and the promise of darker fruit esters are also present, with just a hint of chocolate malt.

On the tongue, dark sugars abound, including the aforementioned brown sugars, as well as hints of molasses, but also including a variety of lighter, sweeter flavors, including wildflower honey and cane sugar, as well as light fruit esters, vanilla and rosewater. Towards the end of the mouthful, the sugars peel back slightly to reveal a bed of light to medium-toasted grains, with just a smattering of hops. Mouthfeel is very light, only a few degrees off of water. Luckily the flavors don't follow suit.

Overall, while this ale pours a fairly dark brown, the light, sugary, almost airy flavors prove an unexpected surprise. I can see how some would be turned off by this (expecting more robust, earthy notes), but the flavors work well for me.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has as a dark opaque shoe polish brown body with a super thick head that has a yellowish-tan color to it. The head pushes up above the rim of the glass holding its form for most of the beer. There is a lot of strands of micro bubbles sliding up the side of the glass which reminds me of the matrix. The beer matrix.

S- This beer has a slight tart note to some slightly sweet brown malt with hints of wood and sherry in the background. The smell is smooth but has some complexity to it.

T- this beer has taste of tart notes followed by some slight sweetness which is probably from brown malt and a bit of brown sugar. There are notes of black roast malt in the background and a hint of dark cherries. The finish is a soft bitterness from malt and a nice spicy alcohol taste that hangs on after the finish. As this beer warms there is notes of wet wood and caramel malt that come through.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a tight fizz in the finish. The last few sips are without head and the texture turns a bit watery with a slight alcohol heat in the finish.

D- This beer is subtle but still complex. This is a good session beer if you like wild ales but can't drink a monster tart beer. I could have several of these and the subtle notes make we want to taste more of them.

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Photo of Gusler
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer disembarks the 330ml brown bottle a clear deep brown with a perpetual frothy tan head that lingers on, but after its depletion to nothingness, the residual lace forms a tight skirt upon the glass. Nose is musky, hints of caramel with a nice malt sweetness; a fine sniffer to be sure, start is somewhat sweet with a pleasing grain presence, top is fair to middling in its feel. Finish is benignly acidic, the hops present and pleasing, the aftertaste dry and a fine beer to end the evening with.

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4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cL bottle to Petrus stemware. Best by 10/08/12, sampled 1/12/11.

A: Light brown in color and 3 fingers in height. The head is long lasting and slowly peels away from the glass, depositing an intricate pattern of lace. Lacing continues in nearly uninterrupted sheets and a sudsy film remain till the end. The body's color is dark amber-brown, becoming ruby-brown when held to light. Remarkable clarity. Very solid looking brew.

S: Sweet dark malts of no particular distinction. Same goes for whatever hops were used. The yeast imparts a light earthiness. Aromas of dark and red fruits are on display: plum, cherry, apples and strawberry. Additional notes of wood, vinegar and spices.

T: Sweet fruity undertones mixed with tart apple cider vinegar reduction. Moderate sweetness all but covers up the mildest sourness. The combination of flavor sensation is well executed.

M: Medium-light body. Creamy texture with a prickly edge caused by a lively and fizzy effervescence. Lightly acidic.

D: Not so much of a traditional Dubbel as much as it is a cross between a Dubbel and an Oud Bruin. A successful hybrid if you ask me.

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Photo of lhaqq
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Little head with a dark brown translucent body with a ruby hue.
S: Creamy with some malts but also a bit like a sparkling red dessert wine.
T: Sourer and fruitier than expecting. Plums, apple pit, sour red grapes and cherries. Creamy malt backbone behind this.
M: Thick but still a good amount of carbonation so it isn't flat.
D: Could easily have had more if it weren't so expensive for a relatively small amount, since it was aged in bourbon barrels for 6-8 months.

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Photo of mirogster
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber, mahogany, ruby color. Redbrown, relatively quick disappearing head, but holds nice lacing.
S: Dark fruits (mainly plums, raisins), belgian yeast.
M: Malty & earthy, sweet carmel chocolate with traces of alcohol. Light/medium body. Leaves with slight fizzines of CO2 & hoppy aftertaste.

Very good representative of belgian dubbels. Bought it along with his 5 brothers in 6 'sample' Petrus pack. So far best of all.
If you like typical belgian dark ale / sweet dubbel, that'd be quite good choice for you.

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