Sour Beer Sunday: Brouwerij de Brabandere | Petrus Oud Bruin



Sour Beer Sunday is Sour Beer Monday in China.

If it’s morning where you are right now, here’s your opportunity for some breakfast beer. The beer is Petrus Oud Bruin, a Flanders Oud Bruin ale from Brouwerij de Brabandere. Have it with some banana bread.

It says ‘the Key to Heaven’ on the bottle. Not sure what they’re talking about. You have to drink a lot of these to go to heaven because it’s only 5.5% ABV.

It’s OK.

It’s not super sour, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Like hop bombs in the IPA world, many breweries pump out aggressively sour beers that can often ruin the overall drinking experience. I just happen to believe that other comparable breweries—Rodenbach, Bockor (makers of Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge), and Hanssens—offer some more complex offerings.

It’s a deep, ruby red colored ale. I’d call it translucent, you can see through it if you expose it to the light. It leaves a very pleasant lacing on the glass and it happens to have a nice, rocky, khaki colored head.

It smells of tart cherries, walnuts, and almonds. It’s got an all-around nuttiness going on. I’d also describe it to have an aroma of dark, German-style rye bread with a little spice character. Finally, there’s some red grape in there too, similar to what you’d find in a pinot noir.

There’s a toasted malt character up front. The acidity is medium-light. Notes of plum and tart cherry come about in the middle of the mouth. Then, there are some caramel notes on the back end. The tartness and funk is there, but the microflora are a little in the background with this one.

It has low carbonation and actually has a somewhat thin body.

It’s cheap; it’s satisfactory. If you’re looking for a budget sour, here you go.

I’d pair it with roast turkey—or even what you’d find at a Thanksgiving dinner table. Aged cheddar would be another good choice. Personally, I’d suggest grabbing one of these beers and drinking it with a nice, hot order of America’s family favorite, Dominos Cinna Stix®.


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