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Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale | De Brabandere

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3.61/5
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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
Ranking:
#37,106
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
324
pDev:
14.4%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
27
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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ant777uk
2.01/5  rDev -44.3%
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.

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Photo of Chris912
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of BenBreeg
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GrimGuzzler
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drmeto
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L:
pours a clear ruby-brown with a medium,foamy,beige head
-low to medium carbonation visible
S:
-plums,raisins,figs,caramel,toffee,overripe banana,cherries,bready,slight chocolate
-great
T:
-plums,raisins,dates,caramel,toasty finish
F:
-medium carbonation
-light body
O:
Taste cant keep pace with the aroma.And its a little thin-bodied for a Dubbel.
Decent.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Bitterbill
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a little red going on. Head of foam and lacing is impressive.

Loads of caramel malt in the smell. Some toffee and chocolate as well.

Tastes sweet from the caramel malt, almost like some candi sugar is involved. Beyond that, toffee and chocolate with *some* cardboard. .not too intrusive with the latter, thankfully.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel that resembles a nitro pour.

My first impression was that I was going to hate it; I am glad things turned around.

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Photo of hopsandops
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MJ64
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yeaprolly
3.07/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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 gopens44
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks not so intimidating. Dark with not a ton of head. Nose is vinegar, sour cherries and a little musty. Taste is not nearly as puckering as other sourish genre beers I've had, so no battery licking feel here. Once my taste buds settle down from the light tartness, I have cherry, little vinegar (light), and bitterness that has the quality of cranberries.

Body is light and crisp while leaving just a thin film of tart sweetness.

Pretty fun this one actually.

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Photo of zotzot
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of Patrickd
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doktorhops
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I do like these guys, Petrus, they bring styles such as Flanders Oud Bruin and Red Ales within the grasp of the ordinary man (or beer fancying woman) with their almost macro pricing. And their beers are good too, not Rodenbach or Rochefort brilliant, but satisfying nonetheless, so I say: Petrus, keep up the good work. Thus far I’ve imbibed two of the Oud Bruins on offer so now it’s time to try their Dubbel, which is also Bruin (hazard a guess what Petrus’s favourite colour is).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy mahogany (I have many mahogany-coloured leather bound books in my library) body with specks of light tan and a lace ring where presumably a head once was. 8/10.

S: Dark fruits (plum, raisin and date) hints of dark rum, brown sugar and bread notes abound. There’s nothing subtle about this aroma and more’s the better for it [wait, is that a real saying? “more’s the better for it” sounds frankly made up] Yeah it is... shuddup me. 7/10.

T: Taste is a bit of a let-down. It’s sweet but not overly so, and watery (but we’ll get to that, patience) with notes of: Date, brown sugar and bread yeast. Finish struggles to put up anything bitter to cut through the sweetness... oh yeah a hint Diacetyl too (butteriness chemical-ified). Overall this beer is lacking anything close to the complexity of a decent Belgian Dubbel and almost crosses into soft-drink territory with a Coke-like sweetness backed up by nothing. 6/10.

M: Mid to light, watery bodied with a tight but flat carbonation... wateriness is not a good attribute for a Dubbel! 5/10.

D: Well this is the least loveable Petrus beer I’ve had thus far, whereas the other brews were cheap but endearing this Dubbel is simply cheap but lacking-in-everything-that-makes-a-Dubbel-great. I will take a relatively similar priced but much tastier Grimbergen Dubbel over this any day of the week... except Tuesday, Tuesday is watery-cheap-lacking-complexity-beer day for me. 6/10.

Food match: Roast banquet meats and heavy gravy + a selection of roasted vegetables would work well with this brew despite the watery character.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear chestnut brown pour with a thick cream head; caramel aroma; smooth and creamy in the mouth with an off-sweet, burnt caramel taste; and a creamy finish. A really pleasant Dubbel.

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Photo of BobbyOlson
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rbloomberg3
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Sweet, Bready

Lovely Belgian lacing, clear ruddy brown hue. Big bready nose with suggestions of dried plums, caramel and faint maraschino cherries. Incredibly smooth with a semi-chewy maltiness. Sweet juiciness, brown bread, earthy, hint of warming alcohol and a light spiciness in the middle. Typical modest hopping for a Belgian. A good Dubbel all around, even if it swings a bit too sweet and even a bit small compared to most of the modern counterparts brewed in the US.

STYLE: Dubbel | ABV: 6.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 324 ratings
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