Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale | De Brabandere

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Petrus Dubbel Bruin AlePetrus Dubbel Bruin Ale

Brewed by:
De Brabandere

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy brown with a tan head that doesn’t stay around long. Molasses nose. Flavor has a strong hint of molasses and a slight bit of caramel as well with a steady and even flavor. Slight touch of malt. Feel is slightly higher than average on the carbonation, and it feels very good with the combo of flavoring against it. Very drinkable. Another from this 6-pack I could down many of in a sitting.

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Photo of tdm168
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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 smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Finally slogging through this mix pack of disappointment, so I might as well ended it on a style that has the tendency to rub me the wrong way from time to time.

A very snapping loud forming head of a nice off caramel color, but it slowly falls and has next to no retention. Body is a nice garnet red and dark brown can just barely see through it.

Nose is a mild chocolate but also a faint weak grain sense. A little strangely bitter smelling.

Chewy mild raisins, but also a very noticeable medicinal character. Bitter finish but also a very malty and honey coating texture. Some chocolate malt on the finish as well, nice hint of playful alcohol "kick" if I could use that phrase.

Overall, this isn't too bad strangely, but it's not like most dubbels I've had. Still unless the words after Petrus are Oud Bruin, I am probably passing on anything else they make.

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
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 stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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 Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: On-tap into a Petrus glass. A rich mahogony/wood tone with a soapy off white head and bubbly lace making this fine looking beer a true specimen.

Smell: Tart cherries, sour apple cider vinegar, malt.

Taste: Chocolatey yet there is an acidity too. Sour notes cut through caramel malt. Mineral water/metallic edge. Slightly roasted? Oak and vanilla notes there as well. Funky dubbel.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very smooth with a puckering, drying finish.

Drinkability: Another characterful beer in the Petrus range. Good authentic stuff from the Bavik brewery.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich red-brown hue with a relatively clear body. Head is a finger of creamy ivory foam. Pretty nice.

Smell: rich fruity aroma with a hint of tartness. There are cherries and raisins in the nose with a little bit of musty dankness. I rather like it.

Taste: rich, sweet malt with a little bit of the tartness and most of the fruitiness from the nose. I like it, but it's almost *too* sweet and tart for me, at least as dubbels go.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation. Not creamy, per se, but the fizziness goes well with the flavors.

Overall: it is a bit candylike for the style, but I find myself rather enjoying this beer. I couldn't drink too many of them, but one is pretty refreshing and tasty.

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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.

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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 BlackHaddock
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown 33cl bottle, one of the last in my Petrus collection to be reviewed. Best before 06 Aug 09, drank 29 Oct 09, so slightly overdue.

Poured into my Westmalle chalice; Depp ruby red, slight haze to the body. Good creamy head, tan coloured, lacing held as the glass emptied.

The smell and taste married each other very well, fruity, I found raspberries, strawberries and hints of cherry in both the aroma and flavours. A little on the sweet side, as many dubbels are.

In the aftertaste I detected a bitter dark chocolate feel in my mouth, wasn't there at the begining.

Not bad at all, the Petrus brand covers a host of beer styles, all seem to fit in the 'just above average' category. This one is no exception.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown body covered by a slowly dieing two-finger tan head that died quickly. Malts are prevelant in the smell along with hints of that Belgian yeast strain and some heavier fruits like orange. Nothing grabs you but this beer is pleasant to drink w/ a smooth, creamy medium-bodied texture that passes easily and finishes clean despite a little stickiness. Good balance but leans more to malts, as chocolate, caramel, hints of vanilla, roasted, and something akin to syrup/molasses hold a slight edge over some floral hops and flavors like orange and fig. This is a beer you can relax with at dinner.

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Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ludwig's Garten...
Appears a dark, mahogany brown with a small, fluffy tan head that fades out into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the goblet.
Smell is of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, raisins, sugar cookies, light spice, gentle hints of cocoa powder in the background.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a smooth, cookie-like, sweetness that doesn't a touch of blackstrap molasses added to a sugar cookie with some raisins.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, mildly sweet, and satisfying.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to @LaitueGonflable for this one.

Pours a pretty dark and heavy deep, deep red colour. When held directly to the light, the light causes a refraction of the red to form a bright sparkling, like a cut ruby. Head is fine, but bubbly in places, forming a film after a while. Some patchy speckled lacing. The colour is divine, and overall, it's a very good-looking beer.

Nose is extremely interesting and rather complex. Spicy rye aromas, with a touch of acidity, and sweetly piquant characters like a fresh, hot cinnamon bun. A touch of citrus lingering across the back as well, which is hidden by the deep sweet-savoury body. Lovely.

Taste also bridges that sweet/savoury/spicy divide, but it's a little more banal in its implementation. Here, the characters present themselves all at once, and the palate doesn't develop from front to back. Instead, we get a single note, albeit a layered one, giving characters of dark bread, subtle sweetness and a touch of dark acidity.

Feel is light, but pleasant enough.

This started out really well, and had the signs this was going to be a phenomenal beer. It's still a very good one, but it ends up feeling a little disappointing just because it promised so much.

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