Name: Petrus Oud Bruin
Brewery: Brouwerij Bavik
Country of Origin: Belgium
City & State: Harelbeke-Bavikhove, Belgium
Style: Flanders Oud Bruin
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.5%
First Brewed: 1993
Petrus Oud Bruin pours with a dark, ruby red color and sits in the glass beneath rocky, tannish foam. Aroma is dark fruits, oak, and sweet and sour notes. The taste is mild sour with some sweetness, a medium mouthful and good malt character. Notes of oak and sour cherries are present.
This is one big bottle of beer. I like big bottles like this, as it lets you get a good sample of the beer. Since Sheryl and I split it, we like getting the most bang for our buck. Today we have Jake with us again. Love it when he can drink with us. He knows good beer, and speaking of good beer… we will be making a batch this week. On Tuesday, Jake and I will be making a rye IPA. Can’t wait to go through the brewing process with him! Should be fun. Now, on to the Oud Bruin.
In the Glass: In the glass, it’s dark; slightly lighter than a cola would be. It has a weak tannish head, that disappears quickly. When I swirl it around in the glass, it gets a thin line of carbonation atop that again quickly disappears.
Nose: The nose is immediate with a typical brown ale sort of thing going on. It has a strong start with a weak finish, but keeps me sticking my nose deep in the glass for more. I get a hint of metal on the front of of the nose that might be a sign of what the aftertaste has. Let’s see what this beer tastes like.
Flavor: There is a lot of carbonation on the sides of the tongue. It slides down your throat smooth, but leaves an almost sour layer on the palate. The flavors are spread across the palate but mostly toward the sides and the back of the tongue. It has a bubbly sort of mouthfeel, which I will get to.
Mouthfeel: This is like drinking champagne. The bubbles explode across the tongue and the flavors are noticed toward the back of the palate. As you swallow, the bubbles focus in on the center of the tongue and the sour sets in. It’s a unique experience to say the least.
Aftertaste: The sour starts to sit in at the end. I love a good sour, but this beer isn’t sour until after you swallow. It sort of sneaks up on you. But that’s okay. It’s not a sour, so I don’t expect a ton of that. The beer is very bubbly, which is almost too much to handle for me. But still… a delicious finish with a hint of sour that begs me for another drink.
I like it. I don’t love it. But I like it. For a beer that has this much history and this much passion behind the process, I expected more. I wanted it to be thicker, and not to have as much carbonation. I do like the sour finish, but when that’s gone I don’t see myself checking back in for another drink. I like it… but I might not buy another bottle. I wonder if this beer gets better as it warms up…
Well, this is kind of an abrupt review. Ricky just walked in and said “hey, we’re gonna do a beer”. Um, ok, I guess. So here we are.
This beer is a dark brown in color, but not quite black. And it’s kind of thick, but not super thick. Not too much head, either. It actually smells pretty good. It has a unique smell to it. Oddly enough, it kind of reminds me of chocolate fudge. I wonder if that’s what it tastes like.
Wow… very different taste. It starts off with carbonation, that’s the first thing I tasted – little bubbles on my tongue. But then, it turns… kind of fruity, almost sour. That’s not what I expected. Yep, the more I drink it, the fruitier it becomes. This is a pretty unusual beer; I can’t really say it is much like anything I’ve had before. I kind of like it, but the jury is also still out, I believe. I think I would buy it again if I was out somewhere and just wanted something a little different from the norm.
931 bottles of beer on the wall…