Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale | De Brabandere

319 Ratings
Read the review
Petrus Dubbel Bruin AlePetrus Dubbel Bruin Ale

Brewed by:
De Brabandere

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by paterlodie on 10-05-2005

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 319 |  Reviews: 161
Photo of newbeeraday
1.25/5  rDev -65.3%

Photo of MorSlaught
1.5/5  rDev -58.3%

Photo of Mitchster
1.75/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

$21 for a mixed 6/er gift pack at Merchants in Dearborn. Pours out to a cloudy dark mahogany, forming a small khaki head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The first thing I notice about this beer is the strong caramelized aroma. It smells like caramelized sugar and burnt marshmallows. There is no clove or bananas like I would expect for a dubble. There is some faint distant grassy hops and otherwise, it's hard to distinguish any other aromas. Mouthfeel is slightly cloying with an unpleasant sweet aftertaste and vinous quality. The taste begins with a slight sourness akin to rotting fruit (cherries), followed by abundant caramelized sugar and pronounced odd saccharin sweetness. A little bit of leather in the finish and lingering aftertaste of saccharin. Cleanly fermented. Alcohol is mild in the finish.

What a disgusting beer this is. It's nowhere close to being a dubbel. Way too sweet and obviously flavored with saccharin. Yeast choice is all wrong. A mistake. Stay away. Blech, down the drain this goes.

 1,051 characters

Photo of wpreynolds
2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of kvnstfrd
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of Ant777uk
2.01/5  rDev -44.2%
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.

 496 characters

Photo of axeman9182
2.08/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle, a souvenir from working Belgian Beer Fest, poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale pours a deep, murky mahogany, with some red highlights shining through. There's about a finger and a half of khaki colored head. Head retention and lacing are both barely there... this is one of the less impressive Belgians I've seen. The nose has a little bit of clove, and even less fruit. It's dominated by a rummy, dark sugar sweetness. The flavor brings more of the same, but that sweetness is even a bit more overbearing. There's also a bit of (out of place) bitterness present, and to be honest this beer reminds me more of a cola than a beer. The body is just a touch too full, and the carbonation a little bit dull, but they're both pretty close. I may have to go pick up some Ommegang Abbey Ale or Chimay Rouge soon, because between this and (a soon to be reviewed) St. Vincent's Dubbel, I've had a mini run of the worst dubbels I've ever had.

 975 characters

Photo of Zorro
2.09/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A clear reddish brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

The smell is sweetish and malty with a faint vinegar aroma. Little bit of brown sugar in this and a little bit of flowers. This beer style is not supposed to have any vinegar aroma.

The taste starts out sweet and sour like the other sour beers from this brewer that seems to be mainly a Flanders Red brewer. This tastes like a Flanders Red.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not real drinkable in my opinion. If you want a Dubbel there are about 1000 better ones out there.

 526 characters

Photo of BeerDonkey
2.13/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Another beer from the Petrus Holiday 6-pack and another Petrus beer I've poured down the drain after 2 sips.

Pours a wonderful, dark mahogany brown and a frothy off-white head. Looks really good.

Aroma: A very sweet, honey, malt aroma. Glad it's not the apple vinegar aroma I’ve experience in 2 of the other Petrus beers.

Taste: Sweet, so sweet that it completely overpowers all flavors. Roasted malt flavours with little bitterness. All sugar.

Mouthfeel: really hard to recover from the sweetness, but it was quite drinkable if you enjoy pouring sugar in your beer

I don’t have any personal vendetta against Petrus, I’ve just had some of the worst beers I’ve ever tried and I’ve been drinking “good” beer for 15 years.

 741 characters

Photo of StoutHunter
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of gordavidson
2.29/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- A very deep, ruddy brown with a bit of ruby hues coming through on the edges. The light brown head is nice and creamy with decent retention. A few floaters are noticeable.

S- Very sour and tart smelling with raisins, cinnamon, brown sugar, and vinegar coming to mind. A little funky smelling for my tastes.

T- Slightly sour with some raisin, brown sugar, and vinegar flavors. Why is this sour? Everything seems in check except for the sourness.

M- The carbonation is nice, but again, the sourness makes this oddly tart.

D- With so many other, more enjoyable beers in the Dubbel style, this is just not in the cards. Too sour for its own good. I tried to enjoy it for what it is, but this just isn't working.

 716 characters

Photo of jaygerman
2.3/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of Jeffo
2.38/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht

Into a chalice

APPEARANCE: Pours a small 1 finger medium looking tan head with good retention. Deep maroon red in color, clear, with medium carbonation evident. Head fades to a thin film and the carbonation decorates the top. A decent cap remains but leaves no lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Dark fruits, raisins and prunes, as well as some caramel malt. Some spiciness, such as coriander, and hints of spicy yeast as well. A bit of unpleasant tart or sourness holds it back.

TASTE: Dark fruits, much like the nose, with some sweet caramel malt and candy sugar. Spiciness from the yeast and a good deal of sourness as well, like sour grapes. Strong but shor sweet-sour aftertaste at the finish. A little too sour really.

PALATE: Medium body and higher end carbonation. Somewhat creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes somewhat mouth coating. Decent here.

OVERALL: A definite let-down. It's too sour and tart for my liking, and doesn't really mesh well with others in the style. The label says it's "The Key to Heaven," but for me it was a little off-putting. I didn't even feel like finishing this one.

 1,162 characters

Photo of chickenm
2.45/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

330mL bottle poured into a chalice. Brown color with an average tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, cloves, and some sourness. This has a sweet & sour flavor with caramel, raisins, lots of sugar, and a sour finish. This beer seems like a cross between a Dubbel and a Flemish Ale. Body was a bit on the thin side. Not very drinkable, I found the taste of this unappealing.

 380 characters

Photo of pwoods
2.49/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a Chalice. 38699

A: Pours a very dark brown, completely opaque. Maybe a finger worth of loose, yet creamy tinted head. Dies to a thick creamy skim within a minute or two. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Sweet caramel malts with hints of dark fruit, wood, smoke, and an odd alcohol. Is that sour? Maybe vinegar?

T/M: Sweet malts and dark fruit. More of the wood and smoke notes but much fainter. The alcohol is very wierd... almost makes it taste flat...though the carbonation is a touch high. It is sour. Not overly sour at all.. but definitely not what I want in my dubbel.

D: Definitely not one of my favorite dubbels by any means. It's easy to drink but I just really don't want to, lol.

 752 characters

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.59/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I love Petrus Aged Pale, and I strongly like Petrus Oud Bruin. Dubbel Bruin, not so much. But I didn't know that when I bought it, so I was very excited to try it.

A - Looks a deep chestnut, with a good enough head.

S - Smells of grapey funk, very exciting.

T - Oh no, it tastes like soy sauce and malt syrup. Disgusting. It does hide the alcohol well, it tastes more like Malta than brew. But that is not good for a Dubbel.

M - It felt decent as I spit it out. All jokes aside, the mouthfeel was not very good either, sort of thin-syrupy.

D - I have two bottles, but this one is too bad; I may not bother with the other one.

 630 characters

Photo of santoslhalper
2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearence: Pours a dark ruby with a nice, creamy brown head that lasts the whole glass. Good clarity.

Smell: Sweet malt notes, including caramel and toffee, mix with some burnt and almost biscuit aromas.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Very winey and vinous, with huge grape and alcohol notes. The fruitiness is overpowering, with a raw burnt grain flavor in the background. Unbalanced and slufery, with a disgustingly cloying mouthfeel. The aftertaste is half wonderful grape flavors, but half disgusting stone flavors.

Drinkability and Overall: Half of this beer is delicious, half is terrible. Overall, the terrible half prevails, turning this into a cloying, overly sweet, unbalanced brew. PASS.

 698 characters

Photo of iloveanarchy
2.64/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of russpowell
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an effervescent walnut with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit (cherry & jammy notes especially),

T: Faint figgyness, some cheeey & a touch of strawberry mixes with brown bread. A touch of raisin as this warms along with dryness, Finishes watery with some raisin notes & a touch of dark candi sugar; yawn

MF: Light/medium bodied with slight carbonation, thins out as it warms

Very underwhelming dubbel. This mixed gift pack is all over the map, some good, some not...

 523 characters

Photo of ThaCreep
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nose of roasted malt as well as yeast, slightly cellar, which is a think of caramel. Fruits almost non-existent in the nostrils. Brown sugar in the mouth. Slightly sweet, slightly spicy but not as a beautiful way. Finish a little bitter but without much imagination. Dubbel a very classic, nothing transcendent. Basic, too simplistic.

 334 characters

Photo of desint
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of ChuckS
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of GRUUMSH
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of aakerman
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of tronester
2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, with a medium tan head. Smells like vinegar. Taste is very tart, vinegar and sourness up front. The middle tastes like your average dubbel. Finish is sour. Mouthfeel is better, somewhat full, average carbonation levels. Drinkability isnt very high, both of the beers I have been able to finish (at different settings) but I dont find them to be particularly pleasant. For the price, a terrible value. I would not buy this again, there are MUCH better dubbels out there.

 489 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale from De Brabandere
3.6 out of 5 based on 319 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.