Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale | De Brabandere

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Petrus Dubbel Bruin AlePetrus Dubbel Bruin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium
bavik.be

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
319
Reviews:
161
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.44%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of spycow
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Resto, New York, NY

A: The beer is relatively dark in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface.
S: There is a moderately sweet aroma of caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, but much sweeter. There are some hints of sourness and spices, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit thin on the palate. There's isn't a lot of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to consume.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A deep brown color is accompanied by a rusty, murky hue. Again for Petrus, this beer has a timid carbonation that produces a head that has a hard time covering the crown of the glass. Slight lacing and legging.

A ton of sugar is used here to make a very sweet Dubbel. Malt breadiness is burried in there but has a hard time competing with the sugary beer base. Peppery and spicy to combat the sweetness but to little avail. Fruity with raisons, dates, figs, plumbs, prunes and other dark and dehydrated fruits.

The sweetness keeps the beer from finishing as dry as I prefer. The weight of the sugars are felt in dramatic fashion. I hope you like your Dubbels sweet.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. I do like the jolly St. Nick character on these guys' labels.

This beer pours a murky, somewhat sediment-strewn dark ruddy amber colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, thickly foamy pale beige head, which leaves a broken wall of drooping cloud lace around the glass as it steadily settles.

It smells of sweet, kind of sugary caramel malt, maybe a bit of thin breadiness to it, and some dark tart fruit - cherry and plums, mostly. The taste is sweet caramel malt, bolstered by a more heady fruitiness redolent of plum, cherry, and red grapes, all with an edgy, somewhat tart character. Not over the top, more subtle and beguiling.

The carbonation is on the low side, but still adequately supportive, the body a decent medium weight, smooth, and just a tad creamy. It finishes well off-dry, the lingering malt hard to overlook, and the drying fruitiness still playing second fiddle.

While there's nothing off-putting nor underwhelming about this offering, little stands out by the same measure. The increasing dryness is a plus, happily making the initially overbearing various malt essences but a befuddled memory.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy cola brown color with a frothy tan head that retains well and leaves splashy lacing all over the chalice

Smell: Caramel, candi sugar, raisins and vanilla

Taste: Starts with a rich burnt raisin and caramel flavor that is moderated by some tart green apples; after the swallow, the rich sweet flavors detected up front dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly sticky with light carbonation

Drinkability: Decent, but cetainly not stellar; would benefit from a more balanced profile

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Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at cellar temperature, around 50º-55º.

Looks good pouring into a wide chalice, fluffy tan foam with some bigger bubbles rising to the surface. Body looks nearly opaque, a dark chestnut brown.

Smell has a slight raisiny cocoa touch, with some mustiness and grain.

Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, toasted dark malt, aftertaste like cheerios. Smooth mouthfeel, some prickly carbonation. At room temp. there's a maple syrup taste. Odd metallic note lowers the good taste impression a little. Dry tobacco in the aftertaste, strangely enough.

This was much better than the Allagash Dubbel I recently had, maybe a little sweet for some tastes.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a tan, bubbly, one-finger head of foam. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, malt, cherries and molasses.

T - It tasted of cherries, caramel and other fruity flavors. Really strong on the fruit flavors.

M - It was soft and crisp. A medium bodied brew.

D - This is a nice dubbel. A little more fruit flavor than most dubbels.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of largadeer
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Served in the tall, stemmed Petrus glass. Color is brown and mostly opaque, slight clarity where the glass thins. Pours with an inch of frothy foam, which takes about 10 minutes to fall into a ring.

Smell - Sweet and lightly toasted. Figs and brown sugar mixed with subtle alcohol.

Taste/mouthfeel - Very soft and sweet flavors; notes of caramelized fruit, nuts and brown sugar. This is sweeter than most dubbels, but it's quite good. Finishes clean with virtually no bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium in body and carbonation.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, 40098 bottle code(?). Pours very hazy dark brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Good spotta lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of raisin, prune, caramel, molasses, biscuit, earth, toffee, light cocoa, and light yeast spices. Pretty nice aromas with good balance and complexity; maybe a bit metallic at times. Taste of raisin, caramel, prune, chocolate, molasses, biscuit, earth, toffee, and light yeast spices. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, molasses, bread, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Good flavor balance and complexity; not as complex as others in the style, but it will do. No cloying flavors at all; slightly dry on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with barely any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Dubbel. Not as complex as some; but is nicely balanced and easy to drink. Definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a finger and a half of off-white foam on top of an amber-brown body with excellent clarity. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves light lace.

S - Caramel and light molasses notes brown sugar and a touch of dark fruit.

T - Sweet, dark malt up front with notes of caramel and brown sugar. Some dark fruit in the middle with notes of cherry, plum, and red apple. Finishes with more brown sugar, lightly spicy hops, and a bit of toffee.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A bit on the sweet side for the style, but it manages to cover all the standard characteristics. There is dark fruit and a touch of spicy character but the sugary notes dominate. The sweetness leaves it feeling a little flabby, but it isn't overly thick and remains relatively drinkable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an undated brown 33cl bottle into a St. Bernardus snifter, including all of the dark, muddy sediment that didin't remained fixed to the bottom of the bottle. The beer was still rather clear, dark brown in color, with a small tan head. The head soon died to a partial top coat and ring but left the glass nicely coated with lacing with each tilt of the glass.

Sweet and fruity aroma. Sniffing this is the only way one gets a hint that the ABV is over 4-5% (except for some warming).

The flavor is sweet, too much so, with a slight buttery note [diacetyl?] that some would take as a defect. Dark fruit over medium and medium-dark malts with a hints of smoke, cherries, and sherry.

M: Full smooth feel with a bit of astringency and mild alcohol harshness.

O: OK, but compared poorly to the Val-Dieu Dubbel that preceded it.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cherry caramel with lemon peel and orange peel trim. I like the beer, especially when backlit, and I like the large crown at least as much. It's golden brown sugar in color, frothily creamy in texture and is gracing the glass with plenty of sticky lace. This one is impressive right out of the chute...

... and stumbles on the first turn. The nose is strangely underpowered. I get faint whiffs of sweet, dark fruit and mild clove spice. The flavor needs to be much more forthcoming for me to be even slightly impressed with Brouwerij Bavik's version of a Belgian dubbel, or 'Dubbel Bruin' as the label reads.

The beer tastes artificially flavored to me and is way too sweet. It tastes like the brewers used caramel extract and a few too many scoops of dark candy sugar. Dark corn syrup perhaps? The best way that I can think of to describe the flavor in a general sense is that it tastes like a child's cartoon drawing rather than a beautiful watercolor. It's all garish and messy and dumbed down.

As for specifics: dates swimming in caramel and light molasses pretty much covers it. Let's throw in a little ground clove that identifies it as a Belgian beer rather than a standard brown ale. Actually, Dubbel Bruin tastes like an unsuccessful attempt by an American brewer to expand into the classically Belgian styles.

The mouthfeel is too full, too syrupy. I'm sure all the added sugar is partly responsible, as is a curious lack of carbonation. After the impressive head creation on the initial pour, the bubbles have decided to knock off for the day. Subsequent pours continue to generate several fingers of foam, but it sure doesn't feel like they're doing much in the mouth.

Other than Aged Pale Ale, which I think is their finest creation, I've never really been wowed by beer from this brewery. Dubbel Bruin is decent and is easy to drink, but compared to the world's finest versions, its amateurish at best.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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