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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1,939
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 75
Gots: 175 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Durge
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to bring one of these home from DeCicco's in Brewster, NY, this sour brew is a pale golden yellow color with a decent white film on top and nice, random lacing. The aroma brings granny apple sweet and sour with slight fermentation and juniper evident. The flavor pretty much zeros out with sour apple and lemon lime bite over a struggling biscuit. There’s some doughy yeast of course, over thin sharp carbonation in this light bodied, tingly brew. Beautiful.

Durge, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of nectar14
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 375 mL bottle provided by Greff's of Arbor Brewing Co.

A: Gold color with a fizzy white head that fades to a thin film. Looks good.

S: Nice vanilla-tinged sour apple with faint funkiness and bready malts.

T: Lovely sourness. Not excessive or off-putting; quite accessible for those who've not tried this style. Balanced very well with vanilla and malt flavors.

M: Medium bodied. A bit puckery, but very well proportioned.

D: Great for imbibing with food. Cleansing acidity makes you want more. Great stuff!

nectar14, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my first trip to Hope Valley Bottleshop!

Pours translucent gold. initial soda pop head fades. This thing looks like a gueuze.

sour apples on the nose. Almost a candy sour apple. Smells slightly sweet, but still has backgrounds hints of gueuze flavors. What i perceive as Brett flavors want to come out, but they cant break through the back-sweetened flavors. Smells like a sweet white wine (Im thinking Italian Moscato). My immature Oud Bruin taste buds love this thing.

Uh oh. Tart apples, hints of sour cherries come in second. I can feel Granny Smith apples. It kind of reminds me of Oude Beersel, with the tart apple flavors (very similar taste). Light body. Theres this underlying sweetness that reminds me of a cheap gueuze. The lactic tart feeling flashes across your tongue, then fades, but only to re-emerge to coat your mouth during the aftertaste. Its not overly complex (maybe less than Ive made it sound). Apples, sweetness, and a nice dose of oak to balance it all out.

As I posted on Untappd, Gueuze flavors, minus the lactic harshness.

VncentLIFE, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at bluedog chalfont.

A- comes my way with almost no head just a thin ring around the glass. Light copper orange in color.

S- tart green apple and a bit of funky oak. Hints of sweet pale wheat.

T- tart and sour with a nice interplay of oak and semi sweet malts. Sour green apple and lemon juice. Wet wood and candy sugar.

M- less then medium in body and a light yet aggressive carb. Good long pucker that make you salivate.

D- this is one really good sour pale, up there with the best, yet its super accessible and really easy to drink. Not to mention its fucking everywhere in philly right now and has been for awhile.

oglmcdgl, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of FanofHefe
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip; code 40266 on the back label but not sure about dating. Light yellow body, slightly hazy. Initial two finger eggshell colored head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving scattered bits of lacing.

Then aroma begins with tart green apple. I get a bit of grain and hint that vinegar is in there.

The taste is excellent. Sour, but not mouth puckering. The sour flavors are fruity and blend well with a bit of sweetness. The vinegar taste is present, but does not detract at all from the flavor mix.

Enjoy every sip. This is one superb beer. Will be going back for more of this one.

FanofHefe, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of StrongOakOnTheFront
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%

StrongOakOnTheFront, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of dagubna
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%

dagubna, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of secondtooth
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden, with a medium head of fine white bubbles. Thin lace.

Nose is tangy and sour, with indications of fruit, green apple, and a lactic, yeasty character. Nice.

Taste is nicely soured, with green apple tones most prominent. I get no trace of the oak barrels that this was aged in. Instead, it's a wild and tangy tart fruit vibe with a slight warming finish. A delicious treat.

secondtooth, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of dgallina
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 2003.

Pours clear golden yellow with lots of fizz, but little head or lace. Smells quite oaky and winey, lots of vanilla and nose-tingling alcohol spice. Aggressive sour flanders red-like attack, building a slightly sweet roundness in the middle before finishing super dry, spicy and creamy. Moderately light and slightly over-sparkly body. A tasty and unusual beer. Looks like a pale ale, but tastes like a hybrid strong golden ale and sour red ale.

dgallina, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of puboflyons
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 41354. Sampled on June 22, 2013.

It looks wonderful with decent pale yellow/golden color and a small head that lingers for a moment but eventually fades away.

The aroma is sour, hoppy, and biscuity. The sour character takes center stage.

The body is light to medium.

The taste is most definitely a sour ale. Alcohol is well integrated, Don't try to sugar-coat it or anything it will come up just the same. So as far as sour ales go this really meets or exceeds to style. It really is not my favorite style so it is difficult to review. Sour ale fans will like this one.

puboflyons, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of goblue3509
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a tight soapy head and a little bit of lacing. The aroma is of sour cherries oak notes and some green apples. The taste has a big sour apple flavor with hints of sour cherries and a hint of citrus. The oakiness of the barrels is presebt throughout. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall very good beer, a light very easy drink. The flavor is nice and smooth and makes you want more.

goblue3509, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Pinknuggets
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to Fantome tulip

A: Light golden honey colored with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a medium lacing around the top of the glass. It is totally translucent and about as clean as you can get which is impressive considering its been in barrels.

S:It smells almost like aged hops, I can tell that they smell like hops but they are about as far away from fresh as you can get as they definitely have an earthy funk characteristic to the smell. There is also oak in there as well it is not powerful but does weill to balance the other scents

T: Wow so I am really impressed here it has a dry sour taste that is very similar to what I would expect from a quality lambic but the funk is there (especially in a farmhouse aspect) but it adds to the flavor instead of overpowering it (probably the making the ale part of the beer much more noticeable). It is crisp and very clean in the finish.

M: This beer is very light considering its abv and goes down very easily considering the same. It has a light puckering sour feel upfront but not over powering. It is thin and somewhat watery but that makes it very drinkable. The crispness and clean nature of the finsh are really helped by the carbonation which makes this feel light and refreshing (more so then any sour I have tasted).

O:The appearance and smell for this beer are good but not great the taste and feel however do achieve greatness. It is very drinkable for its higherish abv and maintains a great sour flavor I could drink these for days and normally I reach a limit with sour beers this I wish came by the six pack. I highly recommend you try this especially if you like sours.

Pinknuggets, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Zach136
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.25 straw yellow, minimal head and lacing like most sour ales

S - 4.5 Bottle top sour candies and a light grass and funk in the back

T - 4.25 , refreshing light tartness with hints of oak and vanilla

M - 4.25 Drying and crisp

O - 4.25 One of my favorite sours and an awesome example of creativity in traditional styles

Zach136, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light gold into my pint glass with very little head that dissipates quickly and shows very little carbonation.

S - Smells sour and citrus, like lemon and lime, bright and sharp.

T - I was not expecting this oak aged pale to be so sour. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It is very sour and citrusy with a nice woodiness from the oak aging. Almost a balsamic vinegar sharpness to it as well. Unique and delicious.

M - This brew is very tart, yet crisp and clean. Medium body that coats the mouth nicely.

D - I could enjoy another one of these for sure. Glad I stumbled upon it. Just completely not what I was expecting, in a good way!

StoneBrewFanatic, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of ChugMan
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Clear pale yellow, bubbly. Abundant head settled to a thin layer with some lacing.
S - Slightly sweet but tart like a chardonnay. Fresh vegetation. Some definite clean wood and funk present, interesting. Almost a sharp cheeselike aroma.
T - Sour tartness hits hard and fast along with a white grape and apple rind, giving way to a variety of subtle complex sensations. Clean wood plank, Green pepper, lettuce, baguette crust, a sort of meaty earthyness along with a little cheese & dank earthyness too. Light apricot, fresh sourdough, lemon rind, lime leaf. Bubblegum, curry leaf and yeast flavors ramp up as it warms.
M - Dry and a little prickly with the carbonation, not unlike wood on the tongue! Finishes very clean.
O - Very interesting, likely an excellent meal compliment but definitely a conversation piece at least. Best enjoyed slowly and with friends.

ChugMan, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with bright carbonation that slowly settles. The aroma is very funky of sour fruit, yeast and a light vinegar at the end. Ah the taste. The sour apple is very forward in the beginning then just a touch of sweetness but mostly sour. There is a bit of that aged flavor in there that gives a bit of that musty flavor and the carbonation really opens this up. This is way to drinkable and very, very enjoyable. Not sure why it took me so long to pick one of these up. Very good, love the sour and the overall balance of this one.

lonestar4lunch, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Citadel82
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ancient, tarnished, gold lace with a crest of powdered wig. Lace in the withdrawal. Aroma is nasal scorching vinegar and wet saddle leather, perhaps from a French dragoon or the Scots Greys in Flanders. Taste is sour tincture of lime or a similar anti-scorbutic with sharp acidic notes cresting like a wave in the throat and sinuses. A rare blonde sour treat...awesome. A must try for fans of all things sour and funky... or should I say a musty try...

Citadel82, May 17, 2006
Photo of thecheapies
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Petrus Aged Pale from an 11.2oz bottle.

Pours a straight golden color into my goblet. Dredged up a nice head of an inch-and-a-half, but it mostly fell. Still a ring and a cluster of big bubbles on the surface. 3.5

Smells like vinegar-y sour green apples. Big cider vinegar kick. A lot of straw from the yeast strains. Prominent soured apple juice in the nose. A good bit of funk crossed with a hint of woodsy oak. Punchy and melodious. 4.5

Big spank from the wood used to age the sucker. More funk than in the aroma. The vinegar is softer, but on center stage, with fruity apple and quince notes. Very tart, but not full-on sour. Some Euro hop bitterness with grassy nuances and a hint of yeast spice in the finish. 4.5

A bit thin, but not bad. The carbonation is okay. Some alcohol in the mix cuts down on swigging. I mean, this beer is meant to be savored and enjoyed. 3.0

One of my favorite Oud Bruins (better than the Dubbel Bruin). Turned on to this one a long time back and haven't quit. Highly recommended. 4.5

thecheapies, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Philousa
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, golden straw with very little head. A funky brett aroma is evident even with the glass away from your nose. I also get chardonnay and soft, stinky cheese with a swirl. Pale Belgian malt serves as the evident backbone with white wine, brett, and a little champagne flavor as well. Subtly bitter malt and hops set in slowly to end on a soft note. Thin and dry, this is a very sippable beer.

I was at The Trappist and my friend wanted to try Petrus, which I hadn't heard of before. When the bartender said that the Petrus Aged Pale was made for Michael Jackson, I stopped him in his tracks and asked him to retrieve a bottle for us. While he was pouring it for us he explained that Bavik approached MJ himself to ask what type of beer he would like them to make. When he asked for a Flanders Pale, Petrus was confused. How would one make such a thing? They put their heads together and made it happen. The back story surely changed my expectations of the beer, but despite this, I feel I can look past it and say with certainty that this is a great beer. The only flaw I feel worth mentioning is that the taste profile is a bit thin and fleeting. Still, this is a complex beer showing all the colors in the thin spectrum of flavors it illuminates. Not something you'd want any given day of the week, this is a special beer for a special occasion. Our occasion was a Saturday night. When you find your occasion, seek this beer out and enjoy.

Philousa, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of degerbah
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown with about a finger of head. The aroma is a slightly acrid vinegar-like smell. The taste is an amazing sour funky goodness. It's not the best sour I'v ever had, but its very close. Tomorrow I'm going to go back to my local beer shop and buy them out of this. I've wanted to taste Petrus for a really long time. Apparently I've been missing out. This stuff is great.

degerbah, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of Kromes
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. A hazy yellow/gold color with a finger's width white head that laces the glass. Sweet citrus tang with vinegar and biscuit malt aromas.

On first taste, you get a bit of the wood flavor from the cask along with a nice sour citrus tang and biscuit malt. The aftertaste leaves a muted sour tang and a little of the wood flavor. It is a surprisingly clean and smooth aftertaste for such a strong flavor. Very refreshing and drinkable. No alcohol flavors.

Kromes, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of JMad
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is bright golden yellow with a a big foamy white head. The smell is mostly white grape and green apple skin and it has just a slight funk. When you take a sip you first experience a mouth puckering tartness similar to a sour white wine, you can also taste fresh apple and vinegar. The beer is medium bodied with soft carbonation and a very dry finish. I really enjoyed this sour beer, it kind of reminded me of New Belgium's Le Terroir.

JMad, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz into a tulip (code 40266). Pours a crystal-clear golden color w/ a sudsy bright white head, sticky lace, moderate carb.

Aroma is tart, funky, a little grassy.

Taste is sour, oaky, vinous. Like a Russian River sour, but cheaper.

Mouthfeel is clean & crisp w/ a sharp bite on the finish. Refreshing, dry.

Overall, I think I've found a new go-to beer. A solid, interesting Belgian ale.

draheim, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of rawthar
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had on tap, this review from a bottle poured into a flute.

A- Immaculately clear and transparent, glowing golden with champagne-like carbonation that produces a bridal white head of fluff.

S- Intensely sour apples dominate, leaving little room for anything else save for some yeasty undertones intermingled. Different.

T- Really really sour, all apples, lemon, and vinegar. Really sharp to the tongue, very tasty and refreshing, albeit straightforward. 7.3% abv is hidden behind the wall of flavor.

M- Very thin and light, balanced by the physical manifestation of tartness.

D- Not for everybody, but if you can hang with it, this is a really great summertime refresher. Like a light Rodenbach Grand Cru.

rawthar, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of adman08
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Light, clear straw color witha fluffy white head that leaves nice lace. This beer was advertised as being intentionally low carbonation but I found it very nicely carbonated.
S-Nice, sweet fruit aroma with the obvious sour smell as well.
T-Great sour taste with very noticable sweetness in the aftertaste. Quite tart but balanced with the sweetness.
M-The tartness sort of drys the mouth out but thats to be expected. The sweetness is excellent.
Overall, outstanding beer. Very drinkable, the sourness is not at all overpowering and you get a very nice fruit flavor.

adman08, Apr 05, 2011
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 1,939 ratings.