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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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A blend of 33% Petrus Aged Pale, pure barrel aged beer that has been aged for two years in oak barrels, and 67% young brown beer. In this blend, the young dark beer contributes the reddish-brown colour and the Aged Pale contributes the slightly sour flavour. Petrus Roodbruin is a typical Flemish red ale as tradition dictates.

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yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 16, 2007
Tasted 16/11/2007. 330ml bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits. Dark reddish chestnut. Light-tan head that disappears faster than hopes of a Phoenix clean-sheet. Nose is wood, sour fruit, vanilla, dark malt. Quite slender through the mouth, and fizzy, with a little sweetness, reminiscent of cola, a nice balancing sour fruit character and a dry woody finish. Mildly bitter and ever-so-slightly more tannic. Pretty good but, to be honest, I’m a little bit suspicious - "Matured on oaken barrels during 20 months"?

GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2007
OB pours almost mahogany with a decent head that reduces slowly leaving only a thin, fluffy ring ov evidence. Smells like the sour bratton my aunt Debera used to make, stink the whole house out. Medium nectar w/ ample residual effers. It has a nice soft cotton texture as it expands on the palate. It’s a dry beer with a defined yet mild souring component. It’s the kind of sour you find in an under rippened peach or green apple. Theres also a touch of roast and cakebread that seems to get lost in the shuffle. I can taste the 20 months of wood along with some gravely rocks from a forgotten meadow. The finish is bittered mildly. Overall: I am impressed but not thirsty for it. My fiancee likes it and that really surprises me.

Cobra (1100) - - NOV 10, 2007
11.2 oz brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen. Cryptic code on back label. Poured out a dark reddish brown, with a soapy white head. Aromas are of sour Belgian funk, oak barrels, some herbal notes. Flavors are of a typical sour ale, mostly lactic acid, Belgian funk, some woodiness from the barrels. Thin body, points off for that. OK to try, but nothing to bust your ass to get.

jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Bottle, pours a dark red/brown color, with a tan head and decent lace. Slightly sour aroma, faint medium malts, are also noticible. Slight sour flavor nothing like a Rodenbach or Duchess, A bit watery on the palate. Also slight metallic hops but very slight, some notes of oak. Nice but very light I was hoping for something a bit more sour.

probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2007
330 mL bottle from LCBO, served cool in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep mahogany, clear, with a fair light tan head. Aroma: Yeasty, some sweet, med.-roasted malts, some herbal notes, all backed by a restrained organic acid tang; lightly woody and vinous. Palate: Medium-light body, medium effervescence. Flav.: Organic acids jump out first, somewhat vinous and woody, hints of the malts and herbal notes in the background; a bit tangy, a touch bitter with a lingering impression of sweet, dark malts (dark dried fruits and caramelized sugars).

I haven’t had enough examples of the style to know how this one holds up. However, I enjoyed it somewhat.

wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - OCT 27, 2007
Pours a deep mahogany brown, with a creamy beige head. Aroma is sour like a mouldy basement, and musty like an empty attic, with notes of roast beef as the beer warms up, but strangely appealing. The flavours are very different, edgey, with some sourness right upfront, like noted by a few others, the middle is kind of void of flavour, the finish is relatively satisfying, with a tasty sour cherry flavour.

Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 Bottle conditioned and purchased from the LCBO. Dark oak pour with a quickly fading white head. Smells of lemon and blue cheese. Taste upfront is moderately sour, but this is toned down by aggressive carbonation. As the drink flattens, the sour tone is enhanced, and the beer begins to resemble a red wine that has started to turn (but in a good way). The mouthfeel lets this drink down, as the carbonation is too intense and overpowers the flavour unless let to sit.

yarry (528) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2007
330ml bottle, 5.5% A/V Pours dark dark brown/red with tan head. Nose consits of an incredible red wine smell with some malt and complex bitterness. Tastes fairly grapey, with malt and red wine aspects. An almost grape juice finish which is an interesting departure from almost any beer ive had.

JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 330ml bottle. Pours a dark redish brown, with vaguely purple highlights. The head is small and subsides fast to a spotty surface film. The aromas are odd, very fruity, lots of grapes, actually a lot like red wine, with some malts thrown in, and something sour I can’t quite put my finger on. The taste is even more odd and interesting, major emphasis on the red wine aspects, perhaps from the oak-barrel aging. It fizzes away in the finish almost like grape soda, very odd. Fruity/sour/malty aftertaste follows. It’s actually an enjoyable beer, it’s just very different for me, as this is my first sour ale. An interesting experience for me, although I’m betting there’s better examples of the style out there. Neat though.

Gpnterojd (179) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2007
Pours deep burnt read with a sizeable head. Aroma of grapes, dates, caramel and vanilla. No hops present. It almost tastes like a mix between coke and red wine: mild, acidic, and fruity. Dry on the mouth, a bit thin. Almost reminds me of a cider. What flavour it has is nice, but lacks complexity and is weak.

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