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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1570
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.51%


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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Developed from Petrus Oud Bruin; a paler version of a traditional local style.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-27-2001)
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llikkrad

Michigan

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is deep golden in color approaching amber. Tiny Champagny bubbles. Bubbles are extremely scrubby. Apricot, bacon, and subtle apple cider on the nose. It has a firm aroma of funk, but not offensive. Sour apple cider on the palate. Still apricots, touch of honey, clean fresh pear, Citrus zest finishes long.
The body is light, it has a medium viscosity, high acidity. It coats your mouth like riesling would, with a slightly oily feel. You can feel this on your teeth if you chew it. This is a very nice session sour, especially for the price of $4 a bottle.

I am not sure if Flanders Oud Bruin is the right style for this one though. It reminds me more of a Belgium Strong Pale, Golden Ale/Biere de Garde, than it does a Oud Bruin. Plus Petrus makes another beer that is actually labeled as Oud Bruin, while this beer is labeled as Aged Pale Grand Reserve.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 05:10:28 | More by llikkrad
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gdfan47

Pennsylvania

4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i dig this beer.
straight up

Brenden at Memphis tap room hit this one on the head
"80% of Cantillion(sp?) for half the price"

very unique, pours a light hazy yellow
good amount of head, very spicy sour smell at first sniff

very tart of the first sniff
sour but smooth

apparently this beer is what Bavik used to mix their Old Bruin with (which is muuucccch better on draft then in the bottle)

this is a great beer to go with some food or on a hot day

7.3 makes it a tough session beer, but hey if i wanted to just kick it back with no real worries... there is not much else i would rather drink

absolutley one of my favorites , so refreshing and also so complex

this is a great gateway beer for those wanting to dig into the realms of sours, guezes,and other funky and off the radar beers

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 07:08:58 | More by gdfan47
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.95/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have loved this beer for almost 15 years, since it was called 'Petrus Oak Aged Ale', and I spent the past 10 years without it. I had trepidations when I finally got my hands on it, as it had been so long since I had it. It may be slightly different now than it was then; it doesn't have the oak floaties and it is slightly lighter in hue, but that could be attributed to a more thorough filtering. It still is the among the best out. It has all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

A - Hazy iced tea hue with a mm or so of persistent foam abstractly clinging to the glass, eventually appearing as if it were lacing as seen by Pollock. It has almost all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

S - Smells like Calabrese young olives, acidic, astringent, sour, pickled peppers, and apple cider vinegar; it is awesome, and not at all how it sounds. It has all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

T - Funky, sour, astringent-briny without being the slightest bit saline, it has all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

M - Puckeringly sour, with moderately sharp carbonation, on the lighter side of medium-bodied. It has all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

D - My favorite beer ever. No question about it. Not hyped; I don't care. It is the deal. It has all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 04:14:17 | More by ktrillionaire
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Viking

Indiana

4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When I tasted this last night, the first thing I wrote down was, 'This kicks ass!!'

But I've got to back up for a moment. Initially, the smell intrigued me. Very sweet and spicy, with a mix of fruits and a touch of honey and yeast thrown in. I knew this was going to be something different. I loved this beer at the first sip. It has a sour tartness, along with with a fair malt sweetness. The sweet and sour flavors causes a pleasantly bizarre blend that I honestly cannot explain fully. I'll just have to stick with my original, though not very eloquent, statement that Petrus Aged Pale 'kicks ass!!'

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2002 14:45:46 | More by Viking
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 330ml/11.2 fluid ounce bottle. Labeled as “Petrus - Aged Pale – Grand Reserve - Belgium Ale” and has a listed strength of 7.3% ABV in the bottom left hand corner, The reverse label has a printed “2003” indicating that this is the second batch released from Brouwerij Bavik.

So a little bit of history. Petrus Oud Bruin is made with 33% freshly brewed but oak-aged Brown Ale, which is then blended with an oak-aged Pale Ale. This is said Aged Pale Ale which is not usually available as a stand-alone beer. First bottled in 2000 and released as part of the Michael Jackson Beers of the Month Club in 2001, this is the second issue (2003) of the Petrus Aged Pale Ale. Made only with Pale Malts it spends 2 to 3 years in oak barrels. Limited Release.

Appearance: Pours with a champagne like effervescence that forms a large white head that is smooth and frothy. It looks fantastic in the glass when first poured. The head slowly settles but never gets below a ¼” collar. The body is a pale gold at the bottom of the glass with some dark copper hints at the top, the color of the beers body grades lighter as you look down the Glass, weird but very cool.

Nose: Vinous acidity in the nose mixed with a damp wood odor. Farmyard funk that has a sweet/sour aspect. A lot of Autumnal country smells that beggar’s description but are simply marvelous.

Taste: Awesome. Starts with a biting sharpness and some expulsion of carbonation in the mouth which quite literally blows you away with its immensely huge impact. Like the first time you have a traditional Gueuze or the first time you ran into a wall when a Child. It has a complex Sweet/Sour profile that continually comes and goes. A very unique beer. How can a beer so pale and golden taste like a Flemish Red or an Oud Bruin? Woody middle with some funky yeast in the back end and a sour long, long lingering finish. Amazing!

Mouthfeel: A fantastic spritzy sourness sucks the cheeks in whilst at the same time coating them with a sticky sweetness. Smooth and velvety it fills the mouth like a soft expanded foam.

Drinkability: Lambic, Oud Bruin and Flemish Red lovers will immediately take to this, as I indeed did. Even given its aggressive sweet/sour taste profile and complexity it has a fantastic Drinkability that simply belies belief.

Overall: Looks like a Weak Lager, drinks like an Old Bruin, tastes like a Flemish Red. This is a very interesting beer, I’m so glad that I finally got a chance to try this one. A quite remarkable beer. Mind-blowing.

This is a Limited Release beer.
A MUST TRY if you see it. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 02:49:11 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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raverjames

Virginia

4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am so happy to have a chance to try this beer. Thanks to the Charleston Beer Exchange for bringing them to the area.

A - Pale pale pale... Very clear with no haze. Not even a quarter inch head. This is typical for a sour. I am not sure the color matches the style though.
S - Sour apples with a bit of oak. Slight funk.
T - Fruity, sour, and full of wild yeasty goodness. Taste like it came from Cantillon.
M - Tart. Crisp. Puckering sour.
D - I love sour beers, so this was easy for me to drink. I love the crisp taste and the funk. I am shocked this got a B.

I love this beer and think all wild beer fans should give it a try. It is way cheaper than most wild brews, but does not lack the flavor or complexity.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 08:55:45 | More by raverjames
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TheBigLebrewski

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My highest rated beer yet.

The color is the sunshine glinting off the wedding ring the girl you grew up next to gave you, as the sunrise peaks through the open windows facing out from your castle tower honeymoon suite onto a secluded cove on an unnamed island. The head is the exact color of that beautiful godly frosting that comes with toaster strudels and somehow looks even more enticing.

The smell is confusing in the way the first time a girl grabbed your junk but didn't do anything else with it sort of way. Kinda like... I feel like we could think of something better to do with this, and do it now.

I don't want to talk about how it tasted. My goddamn earlobes are exuberant, and my toenails are tingling.

Imagine a naked, blonde masseuse covered in olive oil and carrying a golden harp is alternating between singing and rubbing herself all over you. Now imagine tiny ones are chilling on each of your taste buds. Such is the mouthfeel.

It's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 07:13:19 | More by TheBigLebrewski
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alk3kenny

Georgia

4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear nice color not a lot of head but smells sour and amazing... tart tart tart smell can't wait to taste this. mmm mmm makes my mouth pucker but damn that's cleansing and refreshing. A nice palate cleanser after something that might wreck your palate. Learning more about the sour style and loving every min of it. Let's drink more!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 01:55:48 | More by alk3kenny
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jreitman

California

4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first sip I had of this beer instantly reminded me of Rodenbach (for very good reasons). Nicely complex, sweet sour beer in the flanders style. Definitely requires some getting used to, but most people I have shared the beers with ended up enjoying after the initial shock :) As you move the beer around your mouth (as is common with this style), the flavor profile will change fairly dramatically. Drinks almost like a good wine. Petrus Aged Pale is a very refreshing wine-like beer, great for summers spent lounging in a deck chair.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2002 18:15:46 | More by jreitman
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, corked and caged. No freshness or bottling date found.

A- Pours highly carbonated and active with an immediate mid to large head forming. Head retention is good, and it lasts a little while, finishing as a thin layer of lace on top. Pure gold in color. Only slight darker than a macro, but slightly hazy. Continuous stream of bubbles to the top.

S- Tart and strong. My first reaction to this scent was that my mouth immediately watered at the sour taste to come. Pungent fruitiness is prominent with maybe a hint of cherry, but mostly a slightly acidic sour note.

T- Flavors here are dead on what the scent previewed. The sour profile is hard to describe, but of moderate strength. The sour flavor is a cross between tart and slightly funky. Starts with somewhat fruity sour notes, but then right to an acidic sour flavor. Towards the end you can pick up slight hints of the barrel. Barrel flavor is most evident in a drier finish that had a slight spicy note.

M- For the style, this is spot on. I can't think of a better feel and texture for this style of beer. Highly carbonated, light on the palate, yet the body still supports the sourness of the beer. No detectable alcohol, and the level of sour doesn't destroy your palate.

Overall, this is THE champagne of beer. I know High Life claims that, but this looks and feels like a champagne to me, while maintaining a superior beer flavor. This will most likely become a staple of my fridge as an affordable shower. Simply delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 23:44:43 | More by boilermakerbrew
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From brew notes taken this past weekend:

A - Hazey orange with lots of yellow and white hues. Head is small with white foam.

S - Very peach, lots of funk in this one. Great scent.

T - Smooth. Slightly sour. Delicious peach flavor.

M - Very smooth. Great carbonation too. Zero bitterness.

O - AWESOME! Buy it if you can find it. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 03:11:34 | More by chugalug06
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pbrian

Connecticut

4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man oh man, what a beer. First of all, if you're new to the Flanders' style "sour" beers, be prepared for your next beer epiphany. The first sip puckers your face inside out. Don't judge the beer yet, keep going and you'll become hooked. The intermingling of sweet/sour is simply amazing. Extremely complex yet refreshing. Seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2002 08:24:15 | More by pbrian
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inebrius

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On the nose are layers of soda, including, but not limited to: vanilla, lime, cola, peach and cherry, the whole Towne Club line it seems. Remarkable flavors ride a wave of fat fizz starting with something similar to licking sap directly off the bark of a sugar maple then rapidly narrowing into an acidic flume of limeade. I'll drink more.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 02:49:35 | More by inebrius
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Over at the LP.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, good sized head, fades at a decent rate, some patchy bits of lacing on the Petrus glass.

Smell has a lightly sour/vinegar aroma with touches of light fruit and citrus, not picking up any hop balance though.

Taste is not overwhelmingly sour but has just the right balance between the light fruit tartness and sweet malt with some added citrus, good carbonation levels, strength is not evident at all, touch of oak woodiness to add a hint of complexity, honestly this can be a sipper or a downer because it's just so easy drinking and enjoyable.

I can't believe it's taken this long to try this beer, I'll certainly need to get this more often now.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2011 04:19:21 | More by deltatauhobbit
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear golden body with a frothy head that drops precipitously but leaves a fair amount of lacing

Smell: A whole range of tart fruit - pineapples, green apples, sour cherries, lemons and a bit of puckerish funk

Taste: An amazing blend of sweet and tart flavors that ping pong back and forth through to the finish, where they are joined with a balsa wood character

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, sour and puckering; low carbonation

Drinkability: Lovely to sip on and spread across the tongue as it plays upon the different taste receptors

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 02:44:19 | More by brentk56
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy gold with a thick finger of white head that makes a blanket on top of the beer. Tight little bubbles rush to the top for a while. Patches and strings of lace coat the glass all the way to the end.

S - Tart green apples, oak, chardonnay, acidic and musty with fresh cut hay.

T - Slightly puckering sourness at the beginning with green apple quickly transitions to fruits, grapes, tart lemon and oak. Slightly acidic but the pcukering at the beginning quickly fades to a lingering tartness.

M - Light and crisp, maybe even a touch creamy with a good amount of carbonation that somewhat scrubs the pucking sourness off the palette into a nice light tartness.

D - I haven't seen many pale Oud Bruins. A nice blend of flavors that seem to work really well together. One of the best Oud Bruins I have had yet and not a bad price at 3.99.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 02:44:04 | More by brewcrew76
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putnam

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tea gold colored. A white top perforated with energetic bubbles.
Aromas of mountain honey and whole grain biscuits are carried on a wave of briny, barrel-aged applesauce. The flavors are very sour. Acidity interlaces with melting fruit, nuts and buttery crust flavors. Notes of vanilla are beaten down by crabapple and lime sourness. The gas is lively. Extremely refreshing. Finishing aromatics of lemon flesh, fino sherry, wild grasses and blooms make it hard to stop drinking this beer. The texture is not without seams though. A little more extract and this would be a perfect beer. It's an albino Rodenbach Grand Cru of old. Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 00:16:42 | More by putnam
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Petrus Aged Pale pours a clear, brass-gold body beneath a creamy head of white froth that holds well, slowly dropping to a wide collar and thin surface covering while leaving short splashes of lace about the glass.

The nose offers sour fruit (grapefruit, cherries, grapes), sugar (a touch of candy sugar, some mild bubblegum - possibly due to a note of vanilla from the wood), oak, and basement mustiness. It's intriguing (especially the sugary side) and inviting.

In the mouth it's delicately crisp and light bodied with an acidity that's almost puckering.

The flavor offers everything the nose promises except that it's not quite as fruity. Initially the tartness over-rides it, but then the candyish side fights back. Dry oak comes into play at the swallow, and it finishes remarkably clean and dry considering the brief intensity that it just offered. Some woodiness (with a drop of vanilla) lingers in the aftertaste along with a touch of mustiness; leaving the palate primed and waiting for another quick sip of exhilarating charm!

The alcohol is never noticeable; and for those that enjoy/accept/can get past the brazen acidity this is a superbly refreshing and remarkably palate-cleansing and invigorating beer! Magnificent!!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 23:29:59 | More by NeroFiddled
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw with a decent white head. The nose...oh man...smelling this reminds me of my trips to Napa. The wooden barrels permeating the air and sending me to a place that puts me in a different world. The one I need to be in for this experience. Strong oak, though not overpowering. For an oaked beer, I don't see how it could be any better; hence the 5. The flavor. Of course there is a serious influence from the oak here. But is also hits you with a slight tang that gets your taste buds to really pay attention. The oak does not last a long time, but while it is there it is making itself known. Strong apple presence as well. Borders on cider-esqe. I am revising my review and giving the taste a 5. Feel is slightly carbonated, but not thick at all. Very drinkable as far as being such a unique and interesting brew. But it's not a session beer. Too distinct, too pungent, and way too elegant to be slamming these all night, though I would love to have this one another time. Awesome. I am ecstatic to be able to try this one, but pissed that I have no (local) way to get more in New Mexico. Seek and find.

Edit: After tasting everything from the six pack, this one is by far the best. In a class of it's own.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 08:21:34 | More by RblWthACoz
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azorie

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer in the wrong style category. While this is an aged beer, it really is not a pale, or even a strong pale, it would really be better served in the sour gueuze category but hey I just drink them.
Yes I know its not a true gueuze, but Belgians tend to be hard fits into distinct styles sometimes and this beer is one of those times.

If you hate sours stay away from this great beer.

A: Pale of course, poured hard into a mug, some lacing, short lived its aged beer to be expected.

S: ahh, tart tart apples, pears, vinegar nose. some oaked mellow malt, no hops.

T: fruiting tartness, its sour apples, and cherries and malt, some yeast backend that smooths it out. Not for the faint of heart.

m: dry, champagne like, light body

D: ahh refreshing stuff, easy to drink a few, watch that ANV it sneakes up on you at 3 or 4 of these.

notes: this is a beer you hate or love, and its a acquired taste, but to us sour lovers its heaven, enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 20:47:02 | More by azorie
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LordChesterfield

Oregon

4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably one of the most unique beers I've had. It's a pale yellow, not unlike Hoegaarden. The taste comes on strong and kicks you in the tongue with sourness, but it's not unpleasant. As you drink more the sourness subsides and flavors of orange and tang are left. Is a beer that appeals to different areas of the tongue. It also displays flavors of oak due to the aging. So we have flavors of oak, orange, sour, green wood, and hops to bring it all together. And it's tame enough to drink non-stop. Fantastic

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 01:52:36 | More by LordChesterfield
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Back label stamped "39681."

Appearance: Poured into my Maudite tulip. A hazy light amber hay color. Slight, quickly receding white head.

Nose: Apricots, peaches, kumquats, lime, sour dough, slight minerality. Also, smells like a million bucks!

Palate: Sour! Holy sour, batman! Wow, ok...medium-bodied, light to no carbonation really. Lots of sour peach, sour apricot, kumquats again, with some oxidized nuttiness in the background. There's this toasted hazelnut/caramelized sugar underpinning beneath all this sour citrus fruit. There's enough sweetness to keep the acid from getting out of hand, and the oaking keeps the sourness in check by drying it out a litte.

Notes: Talk about a complex beer! Wow, totally blow away by this one. I love the interplay between the nutty/oxidized sub-notes and the full-on sour apricot body. Highly recommend for fans of sour beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 06:26:51 | More by SFLpunk
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CarbonIS

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 12oz bottle on a whim

A: pours an effervescent golden color with half inch white head. Appearance reminds me of other sours including temptation and sanctification.

S: a crisp, musty funk characteristic of sour ales. Citrusy, with a hint of oak.

T: wow, was I impressed with the first sip! This is a real sleeper sitting on the shelf. Effervescent, sour and citrusy at first, after the swallow you can taste the hints of oak and pale ale birth. While some sours begin to taste better only as they warm, this beer is great right of the fridge and stays great throughout the warming process. As you near the bottom of the glass, the kamikaze and barrel aging become more apparent, and then basically smack you in the face on the final gulp.

M: tart, slightly puckering, effervescent and crisp

D: one of the most drinkable beers I've had. Refreshing and delicious. I will always have at least 3 bottles in my house at all times.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 18:57:21 | More by CarbonIS
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CTAID

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Jolly Pumpkin snifter. Thin head, copperish amber color. Smells like whaaaa. Sour funk, amazingly complex. Taste - oh the taste! Lots and lots of Warhead-esque lemonadey citrusy mouthpuckering action. Carbonation is light to moderate and fitting. Not a strong malt or hops profile - this beer is very complex without it. Is this the most sour beer that I've had? Maybe.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 21:17:26 | More by CTAID
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

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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