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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:
No notes at this time.

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Reviews: 159 | Ratings: 308
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.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Very nice chocolate brown color with just over 1/4 inch tan head and little retention. Carbonation bubbles are all over the place

Smell: Dark fruits plums and dates mostly with just a hint of sourness

Taste: Again dark fruit upfront raisin and plums being very noticeable with some sweet malt and a hint of toffee

Mouthfeel: Medium body and lots of carbonation you definately get that carbonation tingle on the roof of your mouth

Overall: Very solid bruin, not the best I have ever had but it is very drinkable and really nice dark fruit flavors. High recommended

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

A: 1/2" caramel coloured head which dissipated slowly over top of dark root-beer coloured liquid.

S: Very malty with cherries, yeast and caramel.

T: Malt, cherries, orange, sweet and syrupy with some hops. A nice tangy taste to it that leaves a malty and slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Thick with a medium level of fine carbonation.

0: Enjoyable and sweet dubbel, I liked the orange and other fruit tastes as well as the chocolately and caramely malt flavors. If you enjoy finishing your evening with a sweet "dessert beer", this would definitely do.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish and cloudy appearance that has thick dark head and decent retention. Smell is sweet with a hint of cherries, raisins and roasted malt. Impressed so far.

Taste is sweet and fruity, picked up apples, cherries and plums. Sweetness goes a bit overboard with the candy, syrupy taste. Creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is a lingering alcoholic sweetness.

Overall, this is a good beer that starts off strong and has a good variety of fruit. The sweetness hurts the drinkable a bit, but well worth a try.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut colored with a big foamy tan head.
Very nicely carbonated.

Aroma is very much malt based. Caramelized and sweet.

Rich and malty tasting with some dark fruits coming into light and sweet caramlized malts.

A clean tasting beer that has a medium mouthfeel. Some tanginess from all the carbonation.

This is a pretty good beer and I think is well made for the style.

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Photo of Franz4
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice

A- pours dark, reddish mahogany color that lets just a bit of light through. Very nice. Head is about a finger, settles to a thin ring.

S- nose greets you with dark raisins and plums, maybe a bit prunish.

T- Prunes here again, there's a sweetness there but it's not overpowering. no hop presence, aftertaste is sweet and candylike.

M- carbonation sort of "pops" in the mouth with a lot up front and fades quickly. It's a very fine carbonation, feels somewhat velvety.

O- I think this brew missed the mark a touch for me, I appreciate the different flavors it may just be that it's not what I'm looking for tonight. It's made well, but I need something else there to balance out the prunes.

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Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth and mild Dubbel. Goes down very easily. Pours a dense mahogany color with some light getting through. Tan head with little retention and no lacing.

Smell is roasted and sweet malts and dark fruit (raisins). Pronounced and pleasant.

Taste includes mostly sweet caramel malts, Belgian candi sugar, raisins, and mollasses. Very smooth and slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel is suitably rich. No hint of alcohol or harshness of any kind.

Good beer, light enough for year-round drinking yet rich and flavorful.

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Photo of treque
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a deep amber with an attractive reddish depth of color, clear, not too much carb, and an amazing sand colour, long-lasting head

S: a caramel malt, belgian yeast, some toast, not sweet notes i was expecting something a little bit more complex

t: a medium body, crisping, caramel and toast is so notourius, no bitternes, the alcohol presence is percieved at the very end, dry finish, but long after taste

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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 Geuzedad
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a tulip. Poured a dark yellowish brown with a tan 2 finger head that dissipated leaving some lacing.

Sugar plum and raisin smell with molasses and oak notes present.

Tasted much like it smelled, although it was a bit sweeter than I expected. Good carbonation and a smooth finish but one is enough.

A little too sweet for my palate but a great beer overall. This is a beer I picture drinking during the Holidays by a warm fire.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - cloudy dark brown, tall tan head dissipated fairly quickly with light lacing
S - rich plumb and raisin, alcohol, brown sugar, roasty, and phenolic
T - sweet candied plumb and rich fruit, molasses malt, light nuttiness with a phenolic note
M - generous carbonation, rich and smooth feel, finishing sweet and rich fullness
D - very rich full flavours and a great feel make this both physically and mentally stimulating

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4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cL bottle to Petrus stemware. Best by 10/08/12, sampled 1/12/11.

A: Light brown in color and 3 fingers in height. The head is long lasting and slowly peels away from the glass, depositing an intricate pattern of lace. Lacing continues in nearly uninterrupted sheets and a sudsy film remain till the end. The body's color is dark amber-brown, becoming ruby-brown when held to light. Remarkable clarity. Very solid looking brew.

S: Sweet dark malts of no particular distinction. Same goes for whatever hops were used. The yeast imparts a light earthiness. Aromas of dark and red fruits are on display: plum, cherry, apples and strawberry. Additional notes of wood, vinegar and spices.

T: Sweet fruity undertones mixed with tart apple cider vinegar reduction. Moderate sweetness all but covers up the mildest sourness. The combination of flavor sensation is well executed.

M: Medium-light body. Creamy texture with a prickly edge caused by a lively and fizzy effervescence. Lightly acidic.

D: Not so much of a traditional Dubbel as much as it is a cross between a Dubbel and an Oud Bruin. A successful hybrid if you ask me.

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Photo of ozmodium
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

33cl bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Nice deep orange reddish dark brown, big khaki coloured head with big bubbles that dissipate pretty quick down to tiny and tight. No lacing

S: This stuff smells simply wonderful, like some fantastic dessert. Molasses, vanilla, chocolate, spicy tobacco, dried fruit, oak. Almost worth the $3 bottle just for that!

T: Sadly, disappointingly, does not live up to its nose. It is however pretty darn tasty, if syrupy sweet. Tastes as it smells, but with a nutty mild coffee flavour reminiscent of Kahlua. Again just too sweet for my liking. Reminds me of root beer mixed with dessert Sherry.

M: if my sense of smell went bad I'd swear I was drinking thick and creamy dark A & W root beer. The tongue accepts this stuff quite easily, but for a beer? Its a bit odd.

D: too sweet for mass consumption. I wish my girlfriend liked beer, as about half a bottle is all I can take.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Opened up and turned my back on this for a second and when I came back to it, it had gushed a little. Hmmm, must be well carbed! Poured into a Petrus tall tulip glass a dark reddish brown color with a big fluffy light tan head that recedes at a good pace leaving some lace behind. The aroma is sweet with a mixture of caramel, molasses, and dark fruit. Light/medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. It's pretty sweet and reminds me of a good caramel apple or fruit covered in caramel. Ever so slight bitterness in the end. Pretty tasty but probably a bit too sweet for me to drink a lot of.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark tawny color with a fairly large, light, fluffy, rocky, whispy, off-white colored head. Pretty good retention leaving a very nice layer of lace.

S - Tons of raisin and caramel malt. Dark, sweet bread along with some brown sugar, spice (clove), and cocoa. Somewhat reminiscent of a doppelbock. Slightly tart dark fruit with plum, date, and the aforementioned raisin.

T - Just like the nose there is plenty of tart and sweet dark fruit. Raisin really strong but some date and plum. Caramel flavor also pretty strong. Background notes of sweet dark bread and hints of cocoa. Some sweet brown sugar also present. Slight lingering tartness.

M - Medium body with a bit above average carbonation. Slight creamy feel.

D - No problem finishing off the bottle. Good balance between sweet and tart.

Notes: Slightly reminiscent of a doppelbock with the slightly tart dark fruit, sweet dark bread, and cocoa. Not a bad beer but nowhere near the best dubbel I have had, or a great representation of the style. I like it, but don't love it.

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Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep brown-garnet color, silky little head with average retention

s: loads of dark fruit puree - plum and raisin most predominant, very sweet and sugary, sweet pipe tobacco, much like a caramel dessert pudding, very lightly hopped

m: carbonation light and smooth, medium bodied

t: same deal as the aroma, caramel pudding loaded with plum and raisin, hops only bringing a light grassy flavor, cherry flavored pipe tobacco, but it does balance out well in the end given the sugary start

d: kinda liked this one, it's different and perhaps a little unbalanced, but tasty enough

single snagged at Peace Street and split with Dad back in Raleigh

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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 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 ckeegan04
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with rusty red highlights around the edges. Think layer of brown foam on top that quickly fades to near nothing.

S - Very sweet up front with a light nuttiness as well. Dark fruit and a touch of spice come through as the beer warms.

T - Like the nose, very sweet up front. Just a hint of something nutty. Clove and dark fruit come through mid-drink and carry through the finish. Just a little too sweet throughout.

M/D - Medium to medium/full. Excellent carbonation level. Very good mouthfeel. A touch too sweet for my liking, but a passable example comapred to alot of the better, but more expensive examples out there.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a large wine glass from a 330 ml. bottle. Opens with a standard pffft. I then reach for a glass and find half the beer foamed over onto the counter. Only a very firm pour after that outgassing lets this beer garner a head of foam. Looks good otherwise, clear and ruby in the light but the head dissipates way too fast.

Decent nose with a bit of cherry liqueur and some chocolate notes. Bit too sweet/simple to decipher more subtle dried fruit aromas. Improves with a bit of warming yet never takes off.

Flavor suffers from the immediate blow off of carbonation. Bit flat and thin in body and feel as a result. Bit of roasted chocolate malt and a light caramel presence. Apparent sweetness becomes somewhat cloying as the carbonation lessens. Overall a bit too sweet in a simple way.

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Photo of crossovert
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle. "The Key to Heaven".

Pours into my tulip with a large billowing tan head and a dark maroonish brown body.

The smell really reminds me of a dunkel though it has the typical clovey spice and fruitiness of the Belgian yeast.

It tastes like roasted malts, raisins, and caramel. The flavor is blunt and not very refined. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, though it helps the drinkability. There is the slightest hint of sour fruit character.

Overall it is a lower-tier Belgian Dubbel though nothing unspeakably average.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this one. Pours to a dark reddish brown color, head a head that holds up until the end of the glass. Looks almost like coca cola. Tastes a little bit like alcoholic apple juice with a bit of a chocolate character to it. Alcohol is not overwhelming but you can tell it is there. Mouth feel was rather medium. Very drinkable

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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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Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale from De Brabandere
3.6 out of 5 based on 308 ratings.
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