Heineken Oud Bruin | Heineken Nederland B.V.

Heineken Oud BruinHeineken Oud Bruin
BA SCORE
15.4%
Liked This Beer
2.79 w/ 52 ratings
Heineken Oud BruinHeineken Oud Bruin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V.
Netherlands
heineken.com

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Doesn't fit to Flanders Oud Bruin beer style category. Fits to Oud Bruin from Netherlands. It means uncomplicated in aroma and taste, low alcohol (usually 2,5% to 3,5% by ABV), semi-dark (amber) to dark lager with dominant sweetness.

Micheal Jackson translates Oud Bruin from Netherlands like Old Brown Lager.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-11-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,996
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
52
Liked:
8
Avg:
2.79/5
pDev:
26.88%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Photo of metter98
3.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle at Oud Holland, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is clear but very dark reddish brown in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of sweet flat cola are present in the nose along with some hints of caramel.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little sweet and has light flavors of a defizzed cola.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount if carbonation.
O: This beer isn't too sweet so it is easy to drink but doesn't taste much like a bier.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -28.3%

Photo of smithj4
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.3/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had the opportunity to try this beer when I was on vacation in Aruba.
Pours a solid dark brown with a creamy off white head that dissipates quickly. Smell is malty, brown sugar and molasses. I could find no hop presence in the nose. Taste is sweet caramel malts and burnt sugar. Medium body crisp carbonation thick syrupy mouthfeel. Definitely different! This is a low alcohol, very sweet beverage that frankly I had trouble finishing. Reminds me more of the malt soft drinks I've tried than a beer.
I couldn't rate this properly because there isn't a style for this on BA so I don't know what the guidelines are for the style. It is currently categorized incorrectly as a Flanders Oud Bruin.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +43.4%

Photo of stevoj
2.42/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Catch up rating. bought this beer in a Dutch supermarket. Pours dark amber with a large beige head. Aroma is sweet caramel and burned malts, taste is overly sweet, molasses. Some faint roasted malts and no hops and/or bitterness at all.

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Photo of Hayley_86
1.86/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

The look is ok, nothing exciting.
But then the smell and taste just give me a bad feeling. To sweet and soda like. With a bad aftertaste.
I honestly would not recommend this.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.94/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brownish-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is very faint, but I get a little bit of toffee. The flavor is more pronounced. I get some toffee and some nuttyness from the malt. The beer is fairly sweet. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Overall, this tastes like a watered down English Brown Ale.

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Photo of Fettpopps
1.5/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Jeffo
1.76/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Got this from a student of mine. He brought "samples" for the class.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small thinish looking tan head that quickly disappears, leaving a thin film around the edges and no lacing. Colour is a very dark looking cola brown, almost black. Next to zero carbonation evident.

SMELL: Weak nose; not much there really. Some caramel malt and other touches of brown sugar sweetness, but not much worth talking about.

TASTE: Follows the nose with caramel malt and brown sugar. Sweet malt is definitely dominant and no hop presence. Lots of sweetness with a long lasting sweet aftertaste. Too sweet for my palate.

PALATE: Very thin and watery with low carbonation. Reminds me of flat cola. Finishes very neutral and slightly cloying on the palate, but really too thin and watery to be enjoyable.

OVERALL: Not a fan. I don't really know the style very well yet, but I definitely won't be picking this one up again. Too thin, water, and overly sweet. I couldn't finish it. Thanks to my student for brining it in, but I'll have to pass next time.

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Photo of buckyp
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Exiled
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of TheBrewo
2.48/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

We pour a brew of the deepest brown, showing maroon flecks when held to light. There is a two finger tall head of medium brown bubbles that shows lower retention. Rings of lacing are left, and a big ghostly aggregate is seen over half the liquid. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears mild. The aroma is adjuncty, with coiny metallics and light chocolates, like a Tootsie Roll. The nose is creamy and otherwise very mild. Our first impression is expressed as “Holy diabetes!!” The sip opens with synthetic white sugar sweetness which is damn near blinding. Such a shock off that nose. This sweetness really drowns everything but the mildest roasty caramel grain out. The middle peaks with more of those grainy notes drowned in pure sugar. There is a break enough to allow coiny metals and a slight lactic sourness through, but these are quickly swallowed again. The end shows a hint of alcohols, caramel, adjuncts, mild hollow coffee bean, and more of that insane sugariness. The aftertaste is sweet, caramel, chalky, corny, and adjuncty. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is lighter. The mouth is left with a sticky coating all around, while each sip carries decent slurp and froth, with a final puckering pop. The abv is appropriate, and this beer is hard to drink.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the look. The coloring was nice, and the head was clean and inviting. The flavoring, however, proved to be one of the sweetest things we’ve ever had. The sugars were synthetic, like aspartame, which was so overpowering it made this beer quite one dimensional. It was just so overpowering, and the bottle was actually pretty hard to finish.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.24/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MTNboy
2.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was an odd beer for me. It reminds me of one of those nonalcoholic malt drinks. The appearance is nice. Dark brown body with great tan and lace. The smell is overly sweet and only has strong tone of malt. It has chocolate over sweet taste with a very chalky aftertaste. It has a full body.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
1.36/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

300ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Looks like beer. A dark amber to brown color and a medium to big tan bubbled head when poured. Minimal retention. The head completely disappears after some seconds leaving no lacings at all

S: Sweet. Roasted malts

T: Very sweet. Disgusting, really. Some roasted malts but basically a terrible taste of brown sugar. No hops, no bitterness. By the way, this is not a Flanders Oud Bruin

M: Sweet and watery. Very light body and almost zero carbonation. Aftertaste is a disgusting and artificial taste of syrup

O: Absolutely terrible. One of the worst (if not THE worst) "beer" I've ever had. A complete waste of time and money. My advise: Don't try it!

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Photo of Wobbly
4/5  rDev +43.4%

Unless having it on tap in Europe is dramatically different than having it in the bottle (which I have never had), I am really surprised to see such low scores here. I found this to be a really nice, dry lager.

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Photo of Domingo
3.82/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pretty strange brew I ran across in Amsterdam. It was at an Indonesian restaurant as "dark beer" and the bottle was in Dutch...so I wasn't sure what I was drinking.
Poured a normal dark brown color. I assumed that it was akin to a brown ale or dark lager as a result.
Smell was VERY much caramel...and cola. At this point I feared it might've been some variety of Cola/Beer mix that I'd encountered in Germany.
Flavor was definitely VERY sweet, but not in a bad way. I actually really enjoyed it to be honest. Cola flavors persisted, but it was clearly the brew's natural flavor rather than some kind of bastardized brew for the radler-drinkers.
Mouthfeel was a definite weakpoint. Very thin, and barely any head.
Drinkability was quite high, though. After having one, I wanted more.
Pretty good brew that's nothing like any I've had before or since. Worth a try most definitely.

EDIT: After doing some research, apparently this isn't trying to be a Belgian/Flanders Oud Bruin. It's actually a Dutch style that is a very mild dark lager with minimal hops that is sweetened after the brewing process. I guess it's a traditional style with legitimate roots.
Definitely not for everybody, but worth trying as it's a style you're not going to find outside of Holland.

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Photo of Bandi
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of John
3.48/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown appearance with a healthy head. Sweet, dark grain, prune-like aroma. Sweetness is the predominate flavor with prune/raisin, molasses essence and only hints of bitterness. Mouthfeel is full, semi-slick. Not bad at all, just a bit cloyingly sweet.

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Photo of brutalist
2.9/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Unchi
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BJSmit
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
3.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Euroglot
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Beer rating: 15.4% out of 100 with 52 ratings
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