Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere
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4.68/5 rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
I reviewed this beer tonight while listening to Debussy's piano preludes. The music is actually quite fitting for this beer, considering that most people need some slow introduction into the music of Debussy as well as the music of this Oud Bruin. If "bruin" means brown, which is what I thought it meant, than I might call this beer mislabeled. This is more of an "aged sour blonde ale", or something like that. I poured the 11.2oz (unfortunately) bottle into a tulip glass for some midnight drinking. There is no freshness date on the bottle.
A: The beer pours a beautiful clear amber/gold color with orange highlights. The clarity vanished after a second pour, however, since there is some residual stuff at the bottom of the bottle. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The medium-sized white head dissipated to a thin lace at the edge of the glass. Overall, this beer is quite attractive.
S: The predominant smell is a sour, green apple tartness aroma. The sourness could be coming from the Bret... The background sweet malt smell is sugary. There is virtually no hop aroma. The smell in general is not strong, but tender.
T: The taste is tart, but surprisingly mild. Maybe I am getting used to it by now?? It is not mouth-puckering at all, I swear! The tartness comes at the swallow, touching the edge of my tongue everywhere. As I let the beer sit in my mouth, I can't help but admire the oakiness of it all, accompanied by tart green apple flavor. SO mouth watering! The aftertaste is absolutely amazing. It is a combination of oak, cherries, (really a mix of berry flavors) and a spicy quality that reminds me of cloves.
M: Yes, this beer is light-bodied, zesty and fully carbonated. A close-to-perfect body for this beer. I am not actually sure why I am not giving a 5 for this, but I am not.
D: Oh man, this is entirely too drinkable! The 7.3% alcohol doesn't do a thing to me. I can honestly say that this is one of the top 20 summer beers out there for me. It was gone way too quick...damn those 11.2 oz bottles!
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2008 16:23:13 | More by MusicaleMike
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