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Petrus Oud Bruin (370 of 1001)

Rating: 3.5

Following on from the recent Lindemanns Gueuze Cuvée René review that I added here, it’s about time for another Belgian beer and this time the beer is one that features on the original 1001 beers list rather than the updated version of the list, my 370th such beer. A sour ale, or Flanders Oud Bruin if you want to get specific, is my second from the De Brabandere brewery and again falls under the Petrus banner. The beer follows on from the review of their Petrus Aged Pale that also features on the 1001 beers list and is an offering that I only tried for the first time back in January of this year. I was quite a big fan of their Aged Pale and I’m hoping that this one proves to be another enjoyable offering from the brewery since it is the last of the two Petrus beers on the 1001 beers list that I have to try. A blend of the brewery’s Petrus Aged Pale (33%) and a young brown beer (67%) that is aged for two years in oak barrels, this one is often referred to as the Burgundy of Flanders and is one that I’m definitely looking forward to now.

Appearance (4/5): Very dark ruby in colour with a hint of black, the beer had an opaque body and a half centimetre head that was tan brown and quite foamy before eventually breaking up a little after a minute or so.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a fruity nose initially with some tart up front and a nice backing of cherries and plum in the early going. The beer was slightly sour on the nose as expected given the style but I couldn’t help being a touch surprised based solely on the dark appearance of the beer. There was some nice juicy notes around the middle with a touch of acidity, some red grapes and a slightly boozy aroma further on despite it only being a 5.5% abv. offering. Towards the end some caramel sweetness and further red berries seen things out nicely.
Taste (7/10): Quite a sour start to the taste with some tart and acidity initially that were both on par with the nose but seemed to come through a little earlier this time around. There was some sweetness not far behind with some grapes and berries showing alongside a few caramel malts and the odd earthy flavour. Towards the end there was a further acidity to the beer and it had nice complexity too and it matched the nose closely as well.
Palate (3/5): Sour and quite a tarty beer with some acidity at the start and a further helping towards the end of the beer, with some sweetness sandwiched in the middle. The beer was a lively and well-carbonated offering with quite an enjoyable balance that made it an easy one to drink without it being a standout offering.

Overall (14/20): Quite a pleasant and lively beer with some nice tart and sourness showing despite it being quite a dark looking beer and there was some earthy malts in there too. It was a balanced offering that had nice complexity to it and a nice combination of summer fruits and berries that complimented the caramel malts well. It probably wasn’t as enjoyable an offering as the brewery’s Petrus Aged Pale and I doubt it’s a beer that I’d rush back to but I enjoyed it while I was drinking it and don’t have many complaints about the beer really.

Brewed In: Harelbeke, West Flanders, Belgium
Brewery: De Brabandere
First Brewed: 1993
Also Known As: Petrus Roodbruin / Petrus Old Dark
Type: Flanders Oud Bruin / Sour Ale
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £2.80

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