Petrus Aged Pale - Brouwerij Bavik
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3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Brouwerij Bavik Petrus Aged Pale
Appearance: This gateway beer (as it was described by another BA) pours a pale golden color not unlike the macros of the US. Unlike the macros it was crowned with a perfectly white, three-finger, soapsuds-esque head that dissipated rather quickly, but did leave some lacing on the glass. The carbonation is moderately active, and sediment is visible in the glass. The paleness is a bit of a turnoff due to its adjunct lager connotations in the American mindset, but it is true to style so it cannot be knocked too much for that. There are some alcohol legs as well, somewhat of a surprise at only 7.3% ABV.
Aroma: The drinker can smell this one immediately after opening the bottle. Vinegar is huge, followed by tart fruits and just a hint of the wood from the barrels that this was aged in. There is also a bit of cherry in the finish, along with some grapey qualities that remind one of white wine. There is some pretty good stuff here.
Taste: Tart as Hell up front, this beer wastes no time. It is like forgoing sucking on a Warhead and just biting right in to the center. There are lemon notes, cherry notes, and white wine notes that dominate and punish the tongue, but a very slight sweetness comes in at the tail end of the taste along with a hint of tropical fruits (banana or mango?). This beer could use a bit of malt backbone, as it is sort of one-dimensional minus the sweet relief and the vinegar. This is definitely living up to its name as a gateway from pale ales, however.
Mouthfeel: Wine comparisons continue here with a medium-thick viscosity meshed with a very champagne like carbonation that has some real staying power, lasting nearly the entire duration of the glass (depending on personal drink time). The sourness puckers the mouth and destroys the tongue, but in a good way, leaving in its wake copious amounts of saliva. The carbonation may be a bit overwhelming, but it keeps you drinking and keeps the flavor lively.
Overall: As an introductory sour beer, this is one of the best, and I should know, I am a beginner to the style. It is not so sour as to render it undrinkable or to shock the taster, but it is sour enough to recall what is so appealing about sourness in the first place. As the beer warms, the oak comes out a lot more and adds some much needed complexity that I noted as lacking. I would not say I am hooked on sours yet, but this definitely intrigued me further. A word of warning (probably regarding all sours): though the ABV is relatively low and the drinkability is high, this is probably still a sipper, as the sour flavors can be overpowering both to the palate and the stomach if ingested too quickly. 15.5/20
Serving type: bottle
11-20-2012 00:29:00 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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4.2/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330ml bottle. Wide Flute glass. Gold color, crystal clear appearance. White froth creates a close crown & leaves a wide ring on sides. Well balanced aroma profile displays sour citric & wood notes, spices & sugary hues on the backside. Gentle malty upfront is blowed up by sharp & intense tartar flavor. Light body. Soft carbonation. Spiced, dense & sour palate. Fruity touches in the middle resolve in a kind astringency from lemon & grapefruit rounded by memories of grape tannins. Long sour finish yields to a fruity & spiced aftertaste. ABV is just felt as a gentle heat through the throat. Refreshing & flavorful.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 17:56:36 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Petrus Aged Pale from Brouwerij Bavik
91 out of 100 based on 1,507 ratings.