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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by paterlodie on 10-05-2005

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

Lots of rich malted grains and dark fruit notes emanating through a thick, sticky head. Hints of brown sugar and molasses which coincides with the ruby red color of the beer. A slight hint of orange and other citrus hop notes.

Taste comes across with a robust caramel and brown sugar character. Nutty. Barely noticeable bitterness. Medium bodied mouthfeel with some vibrant carbonation on the tongue.

A nice, bold malt-forward beer leaning towards the sweet side of things. Perhaps a tad too sweet, but still tasty.

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Photo of tony223366
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Not quite as impressive of a head as the Westmalle, but still 2 fingers and tan and fluffy. The beer itself is a darker mahogany with shades of dark red. It seems to be a bit on the murky side. I'm seeing some lacing already but the retention isn't great. Not a bad looking beer by any means.

S: I actually think this beer smells great. I get tons of raisiny dark fruits mixed with a sweet caramel. It does smell a bit on the sweet side but that doesn't make the aroma any worse, just possibly the taste. The alcohol is just gently present on the finish too.

T: The taste is worse than the smell unfortunately. It's very sweet without any nice counterpoints. I get fruits and caramel... and then more caramel. The finish is slightly bitter but it comes out of nowhere. Not a bad beer at all, just a very, very average dubbel.

M: Slick and a little thin. Wish it had just a bit more body and/or carbonation.

O: It's really not BAD, it's just not great. And in a category with tons of amazing competitors.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

This Bruin was poured into a tulip.

Appearance- The puffy and thick-lidded foam manages a finger in width, easily, before decompressing a little. The retention is decent enough on this maple colored cap.

The body is a deep, dark brown with some red tinged highlights. No lace is evident in the glass.

Smell- Dark fruits are the major player on the nose. There are notes of dates, sour grapes, and raisins. After a few inhales, a sweeter malt that imitates vanilla and brown sugar has a turn.

Taste- Blessed be the beer that has flavor profiles that mimic the nose! First impression is a good one, with the tangy dark fruit and sweet raisin flavors coalescing on the palate.

Further on, a chalky and pear-like Belgian yeast is appreciated. That tangy dark fruit flavor has a way of sticking to the inside of the cheeks: like it more and more with each sip.

The finish is okay, but devolves into an artificial sweetness that is not unlike watermelon bubblegum. If that dark fruit could have rode on with some of that less cloying vanilla that was appreciated on the nose, this Dubbel would be a superb beer.

Mouth feel- Perhaps under carbonated, but I do not mind so much. More bubbles may have helped with that over long, cloying finish. I do think the weight of the body, a staunch medium, is just fine.

Overall- Well, good qualities of the beer are very good: like the dark fruits and raisins that inhabit the flavor profiles. That finish tries really hard to knock this beer off-kilter. And it succeeds in a way.

The finish just hangs on for too long. If the carbonation could be a little more lively, and that tanginess could hang on a little longer, this would really be a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of ahq514
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into St Bernardus chalice.

Pours an amberish brown color with little head, mostly just bubbles at the top of the glass. Appears to have medium carbonation. Not much lacing.

Aroma is mostly of caramel malt, with a slight hint of toffee. Has a tart apple aroma as well. Not much hop aroma. Some signs of dark fruits, but not very dominant.

Almost like a slightly tart dubbel. Actually quite refreshing. Has the elements of a dubbel, but the dark fruits don't stand out as much as I would like. A little bit of caramel malt flavor in there too.

Medium body and just under medium carbonation. Fairly drinkable.

An interesting dubbel. I'm worried I got an off bottle because no one else mentions it has a tartness in their review. But it actually adds a nice element that probably made the beer for me. Otherwise, the dark fruits weren't nearly forward enough, and there wasn't enough carbonation.

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Photo of brewdenver
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark in color with strong fingers and good head. Malty smell with a strong raisin and hints of floral. Very pleasant to take in. Delicious beer all throughout. Caramel, raisin malty just a good beer to drink. A little flat for a dubbel imo but still good. Thick and has decent carbonation throughout. This is just a good belgian beer and not recently readily available in the US. Take advantage as long as the price range stays competitive.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of u2carew
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz longneck
A) Pours with a thin tan head that settles out quickly leaving a sticky lacing at the edge of the glass. Deep amber in color. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Brown sugar. Hints of molasses and banana.
T) Caramel malts. Hints of brown sugar and maple syrup. A sweet cola-like taste. Grainy and bitter in the finish.
M) Quite carbonated. Medium body. Dry finish.
O) Not that great. The taste profile is similar to a beer cola. As for characteristics of a Dubbel this brew contains many of them from the hops to the carbonation.

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mirogster
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
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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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale from De Brabandere
3.6 out of 5 based on 319 ratings.
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