Brewed by Bavik-De Brabandere
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Harelbeke, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 1058   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Top-fermented dark beer brewed with the finest hops and malt varieties. Matured on oaken barrels during 20 months. Serve by preference at 8 to 12 deg. C.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 4, 2004
Flemish Sour Tasting with MartinT & Rastacouere Part 1 #3. Similar rough-hewn color scheme as the first two in the tasting. Sour, stolid nose; stale bread overlies hints of sour fruit. Bland, bitter, dry and sour in a very boring, one-dimensional way...little real flavor besides dried old apples. The weakest of the tasting, easily.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (31110) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2009
25 cL bottle at DHVL, 1992 vintage. Pours clear and golden deep amber with a small off-white head. Dry and wooden initial aroma, followed by a brown sugarish and raisin sweet note. Somewhat oxidised. Flavour is dry malty, subdued metallic and towards dry breadish. Dry malty finish with a light yeasty fruity accent. Nice to find yet clearly over the top and flavour has none of the sweetness the aroma promised.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
arminjewell (6159) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2010
Not really sour, but a nice vinegary brown ale with some roasted notes, a nice thick lasting off white head, and a fairly sweet finish. Not bad for the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Listigovers (293) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2010
Bottle at beerbistro. Brown, slightly sour, but also sweet. I’m not sure I was a fan of the sweet ending in a sour beer, usually the sour aftertaste is what I crave. Was not a bad beer, but not really my thing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
note666 (1129) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2010
2010 - 12 - 31 330ml bottle red b rown colour, creme fading head. not as sweet as other ’oud bruin’s . bit more sour. not to strong in taste,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cavie (3793) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle from drowland. My favorite style! What a guy! Or was it what a gay? I always confuse my vowels. Pours a dark reddish orange color with a foamy white head. Aroma is big sour fruit, tart notes and heavy wood. Apple/grape tartness. Sour flavor. Sharp sour notes with some fruity elements. Finishes acidic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SlovakSniper (3129) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2011
Le liquide a une robe brune acajou. Un anneau de mousse flotte sur la concoction. Le nez est faiblement touché par des fruits sucrés et par des arômes de barrique. Pratiquement fermé. Le goût est décevant avec des notes douces et des saveurs surettes fantomatiques. Trop peu expressif. En bouche, le corps est mince, l’effervescence bonne et la texture fine. La finale est sans éclat et sans doute intéressante pour les néophytes.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (3657) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2012
3rd Bottle from the ’Petrus range’ I’ve reviewed, more in the garage awaiting their turn! This brown 33cl bottle is just a little out of date, should have been consummed by 24th May 2009, drank and reviewed 30th Sept 2009. Poured into a Westmalle chalice, it was bound to look good and it did. A deep ruby red colour with a thick tan head (at first), the head soon fell away though. This is one of the sour smelling and tasting Oud Bruins that’s for sure. Vinegarous aroma and flavour doninates everything once the bottle has been broached. I can’t pretent to actually enjoy the sour styled ones, but I do understand where they are coming from and can almost appreciate them, almost that is! Farmyard, old cherry and plum flavoured hints start to arrive in the aroma and taste as the beer warms, this doesn’t help my appreciation in any way either. The rear label claims Oak barrels are used during its 20 months in maturing, this obviuosly adds to the character of the brew. Glad I’ve had one, will not be having another.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mathieuc (1262) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2013
UPDATED: APR 21, 2013 UPDATE (2013-02-27): Please be cautious as there seems to be some wild bottle variations. Some of the bottles from my case tasted like skunky mushrooms (not good) while others were much less problematic with an enjoyable sour. I’m taking down my rating from 3.4 to 2.7 only to emphasize that.

Pours reddish brown with a nice layer of white foam that leaves pretty lacing patterns. Nose is pretty tame with light balsamic notes and maybe a little cherry. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected but at least carbonation is just right so it doesn’t enhance that perception. It ends up bone dry which I appreciate. Overall a light and refreshing drink. Not bad at all, just not up there. Oh and I forgot to mention, this is not sour to me. Only the tinyest sour shows up mid-palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (6322) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2013
750ml bottle, shared. Clear brown / red color. Burgundy? Thin to minimal khaki head. Few dots of lace. Light sour taste. Bit of an almost macro bite in the finish that I really don’t care for, initially. No richness or fullness in the body. Kind of a nutty malt aroma, some oak, light vinous grape note. Medium body. This is harsh at first, but definitely gets better after a lot of swishing and a bit of sitting. Carbonation mellows out, as well as the bite. Gets a little smoother and creamier. A slight rich malt begins to show up, but nothing like the better sour browns I’ve had

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