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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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2,105 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,105
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 92
Gots: 239 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-27-2001

Developed from Petrus Oud Bruin; a paler version of a traditional local style.
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Photo of bruachan
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

good froth to start, for a sour brew. attractive gold color

lactic sourness off the bat. lemon. strong sourness! mmm. a slight hop aromatic:

very strong sourness in the flavor, as well. some sweetness to balance, as well as a touch of bitterness but, really, it's super funky. lemon and minimal bitterness. almond

Photo of kaimcm
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: bright gold body, fluffy bleach white head. some nice lacing, and retaining ring.

S: soft tang, hay, green fruits. bacterial acidity but balanced and inviting.

T/M: tang splashes up front, crisp and refreshing. some lactic tart and soft collide. straw, and the grainy hay in the nose come through midway mixed with a soft wood quality. the crisp acidity is a bit funky but restrained and massively interesting. some green apple and pear(?). mouthfeel is light and crisp as already stated, with a touch of creaminess. as the beer warms a tiny touch of sugar on the finish. long.

D: awesome on a warm day, with soft cheeses, roasted veggies, rich sauces, on and on...

i could go on and on about this very cool and unique beer but im gonna drink instead.

Photo of Rschimmell
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aerozeppl
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Split the 750. Into my ithaca tulip.Clear golden color with some copper highlights. Impressive head for a barrel aged bee. Good sticky lacing. A quarter finger of white head.

S: Not a punch in the face for the style but it has a pleasant nose. A little bit of oak in the nose. Some funk as well. A touch of fruit but not much. Some lacto in there as well. More in this bottle than any other I have ever had.

T: Starts off with a very sharp tartness. The glands know what it happening and ask for no mercy. This is one of those beers that is both refreshing and complex at the same time. The barrel aging is right up front. The sourness is there and as I said this is more sour than the other bottles of this I have had. There is a sharpness to the sourness at points that almost reminds me of a really sharp cheddar.

M: Light and refreshing. Well carbonated.

D: Really loving this beer right now. Great easy drinking sour. I could see myself going through a case of this during the summer. Well done.

Photo of Acubflem
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tdizzle
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Vendome Fullerton.

A- Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass, this beer pours a clear gold color with a white, one-finger head that settles to a thin layer, leaving a few streaks of lacing after each sip.

S- Lots of stuff goin' on here. A very tart and acidic aroma with a musty undercurrent of barnyard funk. An enticing mixture of green apple sourness and fresh-cut hay. There's only a slight indication that this beer was aged in oak barrels for 20 months. Everything is in perfect balance here.

T- The sourness is fairly intense, but it's quickly overtaken by some bready malts and a nice subtle flavor of oak towards the dry and lemony finish. The sourness lingers on the palate long after each sip.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, which is very even feeling and well-integrated.

D- The sourness of the flavor never becomes cloying, and the 7.3% ABV makes this a beer that I could easily have two of in one sitting.

A really well-crafted beer all around. Highly recommended.

Photo of Tballz420
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a lighter-orange, hazy body, fairly small white head on the top. Great scent, mixture of bubbly gum sweetness, fruity tones, and malts. Intense rush of flavors for generous carbonation. Smooth malt, somewhat sour, lemon zest, bread, some bitter hop, and a slight hint of alcohol. This is a pretty solid beer id say

Photo of benclimbs
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at cafe delirium in Brussels - one of their selected beers.

Beautiful golden color with thick head and lacing.

Amazing fresh fruit notes mixed with some vanilla oak sweetness.

Very very complex taste, all kinds of fruit with a nice sour citrus kick and some oaky deliciousness.

awesome oak afed sour beer - this was one of the most complex aged sours i've had - i'm not an expert in these beers and am just getting into them, but this kicked the crap out of the 9 or so others that i've had.

Photo of sketchpunx
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark gold with a two finger white head and a swirl of bubbles. The smell is all sour. Apples, lemons and funk. The taste is again, all sour. Not sure this really qualifies as a pale ale, but I'm not complaining. This really reminds me of Rodenbach Grand Cru with less fruit and more dry in the taste. Yum! This is going to leave you puckering but if you like sour beer then this is one to try.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: pours a clear light golden with a 1 finger white head that is quick to dissipate. Lots of visible carbonation in the body. No real lacing.

S: Great funkiness to this brew. Sour and tartness on a fruity level. Very refreshing aspect to it entices you to take a sip. Almost a grape/wine like characteristic on the smell.

T: Amazing taste going on with this brew. Strong funkiness, sour fruits, tart and dry alcohol. Love how the focus is on the sour and not as much the fruits.

M: Light body with very good carbonation. The sour aspect makes it very dry and extremely drinkable.

Overall a simply amazing sour that tops the scale in my opinion. Very light and easy drinking yet highly flavorful and packs a good wallop. A must try for any sour nut.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a crystal clear light orange with a one finger pure white head. Looks absolutely gorgeous!

S- a very light vinegary aroma comes out of this one...just the right amount to tickle my nostrils without driving me away

T- there's actually a nice sweetness in the beginning, with a light bit of citrus. The finish is crisp and tart, but not overwhelmingly sour. Quite tasty

M- body is rather on the thin side

O- would it be out of bounds for me to say this reminds me of a good, tart cider? Because it does, in color, aroma, and flavor. Excellent beer, and at five bucks a bottle (at a Philly bottle shop, nonetheless), it's affordable too

Photo of Mwoods918
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of tony223366
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Color is honey yellow with a 2 finger white fluffy head that really quickly turned into nothing. There's a lot of action with the carbonation that I dig. No lacing to speak of.

S: The beer has an awesome sour, acidic twang that I love. It's also pretty fruity in a apple/pear kind of way. Maybe it's more like grapes? I could be reading into that though. It smells awesome and I can't wait another second to take a sip.

T: Really lip puckeringly sour. I've had so, so many sour beers and this is pretty damn close to the top (in terms of sourness). Almost entirely full blown acetic qualities. Not much funk to speak of but that's ok because I'm basking in the glory of this sour. Some sweetness to be sure, but the finish is really sour.

M: Body is medium and smooth with nice carbonation.

O: Wow, this bottle took me by surprise! First of all it's only $3.99 for an 11.2 oz bottle, which is incredibly cheap for a sour. Secondly it's so sour! That automatically makes it good in my book. There is some sweetness to be sure though to balance.

Photo of WOTO97
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: vigorous pour leads to dense cream head that dissolves in thin sudsy film, delicate lacing surrounds a crystal clear bright bronze

S: yeasty floral notes, green apple and pear, light spice in the background, faint straw

T: crisp pear, light white win vinegar notes, citrus-like tartness with faint sweetness

M: nice modest puckering, lingering stickiness in the back of the throat, very refreshing bubbles

D: very refreshing and drinkable, definitely a sip and savor brew but great flavors and mouthfeel

Photo of Axic10
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to pmlondrigan, thanks Paul. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly dark golden color with a decent layer of head that quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Sour right off the bat, hints of wine, funk, oak lemon and faint cherries.

Taste: Tart cherries, sour lemon, hints of oak, sour green apples. Very tasty and complex.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly mouth puckering. Light bodied and carbonated perfectly.

Overall: I think this is a very enjoyable beer that flies under the radar since it is readily available, but it is really damn good. Definitely going to have to pick up some more.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Pours light clear golden, white film for a head.

Smells of lemon and apple cider vinegar.

Tastes of very tart citrus and vinegar.

Body is medium to full with light bubbly carbonation.

Very tasty sour ale, great flavor, a must-try for fans of the style.

Photo of Keepnitrl
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Patrick999
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this one for a while! Poured it into a Leffe goblet after work. Thin head, but some active carbonation. Color is that of a slightly burnished pale gold.

Aroma-wise, if you put a blindfold on me and asked me to smell it, I'd think a gueuze was before me. Smells dank, with plenty of cellar quality - wet wood, leather, rotting apples, a little lemon zest. I always love reviewing a wild beer....I imagine someone reading this and thinking "why in the hell do I want to smell that in my beer?"

Damn, this is right up my alley. Slightly sour up front - there's some lacto and pedio, Brett kicking in that old boot-flavor. This gives way to a drying, tannic oak. Definitel dry - there is very little sweetness, even very little perceived fruitiness to my palate. It's unadulterated "old barrel," pretty much.

Lively feel but doesn't have a terrible carbonic bite.

Quite refreshing and drinkable, I was surprised to find this up above 7%. Like most dry sours/wilds, it isn't a bad one for hot weather. I could definitely get used to having this around.

Photo of scott451
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 19/05/11. Poured into a Duvel tulip. An effervescent clear gold with a thin head that soon diminished to a ring.

Estery fruit smells with some winey notes. The fruit up front gives way to some oaky vinous flavours. The fairly high carbonation melds nicely with the sweet tart middle. Sparkling. Wonderfully light, well balanced and complex. The sourness draws you in. An incredably drinkable sour. Top shelf.

Photo of MaximalC
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*It should be noted that this bottle is being consumed a good 16 months after the best-by date as marked on the bottle (and I only bought it a couple months ago; that's what I get for not checking the label before buying).

Pours a translucent, golden amber color with a modest white head that soon recedes. The aroma is pungently sour, reminiscent of apple cider vinegar. You can almost taste the nose...

The flavor is something of an enigma--a sour ale that is not only sour, but smooth and mellow as well. The acetic essence that was so prominent in the nose is tempered by the barrel aging to great effect. The sourness is far from the bile-like sourness found in many Flanders reds; rather, it is just sour enough tantalize the taste buds without offending. The oaky character is not as bold as one commonly finds in barrel-aged beers, but it's just strong enough to lend some balance and complexity. There's also some of that quintessential Belgian yeast character, which affords the brew some texture and dynamism on the tongue. A hint of apple may be found as well, lurking beneath the more obvious elements.

The balance here is absolutely outstanding, as two rather bold and disparate elements meld almost seamlessly. I had a difficult time dissecting this beer because the flavor is so cohesive. The fact that an oak-aged sour ale can be so eminently drinkable is impressive. This Aged Pale is flavorful, balanced, and has an admirable staying power, all of which have earned this beer a place among my all time favorites. It's also the first great beer I can remember trying, long before I knew anything about what great beer really is.

Photo of pkalix
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i like the taste of vinegar, but never expected so much in a beer. after some research and realizing it's supposed to be this way, and once i got comfortable that i didnt get another spoiled petrus product (as i did in the sampler pack a couple weeks ago), i really gave it an honest try and realized i like it. a lot.

finger of white head, leaving quite quickly, it looks like an apple cider, or an apple juice. not an impressive looking liquid although a beautiful golden color.

the smell is of some over-ripe (expired?) apple juice. can tartness be 'smelled'?

the taste is the same as the smell, but slightly dry, very vinegar-y and leaves the taste buds without the expected bitterness after it's down. there is NO semblance of alcohol in the taste.

you can 'feel' the tartness on your tongue and the carbonation is pleasant.

overall? the above sounds like a negative description but i really like this brew. it's not so rich, not so tart, and not so tasteless that i couldnt enjoy a few more of these in succession. i tend to grow weary of the same beer after three or so but i believe i can easily do three of these @ 750ml. it does have some wine-y characteristics. it does have some 'green apple' as someone else mentioned earlier. and i almost wanted to expose it for a 'flavored' offering as belgium is so noted for. but it's a different type of brew and i really like the simplicity of it and the sourness. even a babboon and a monkey gave it decent ratings recently... try it.
added later: drinking this again, a 'special' thought came to my mind- Summers's Eve. yes, it does, but i still love this brew. vaginal connotations not withstanding....

Photo of kirs10jones
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly one of the best sour beers I've tried. Beautiful color and carbination. For such an easy to drink sour excited it's about 7.5%. For being labeled oak aged I didn't pick up that note..perhaps because of the sourness being so powerful. I do wish this beer was more accessible to get.

Photo of beerphilosopher
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clean medium amber color with virtually no head. What there is is slightly off-white and leaves a couple of random spots of Belgian lace in the tulip glass. The nose is of fermented fruit, vinegar, some earthy hay-like notes, and possibly sour apple. Smells slightly sweet as well. The palate is really very tart up front and hardly yields to a nice woody character. This ale is very tart and leaves the mouth watering. Mouth feel is on the light side, but very crisp and clean like sucking on a sour apple. The woody, earthy mustiness comes through too, lingering in the mouth. Tart and sharply acidic. Oddly, my bottle reads that this ale is only 5.8% alcohol by volume, although it's listed at 7.3% here. I tend to believe my bottle, and my palate, on this one - unless the alcohol is just that well hidden. A true treat and a great example of the oud bruin style, albeit a bit lighter in color. Beers like these are a wonder - I can't stop sniffing and sipping. The tart character of this beer literally makes the mouth water for more. If only I had more ... Superb!

Photo of RoBotGod
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is interesting and might not sit well with everyone. From just the looks you might misconceive what it taste like. After the smell you’ll have a better idea what’s coming. The light smell of green apples and citrus lets you know this wont be an easy drink.

After a few gulps, the deep sweet and sour really sinks in. This thing is tart! The best description I can give is a liquid green Sweet tart candy that I used to eat in middle school. Not being familiar with the style might throw you off. Still the balance of the mouth feel makes it a great beer. They’ve been doing this for some time now, I think they know what there doing.

Not one that I would drink a 6pack of in a night. If your turned off by the sourness then your just a wimp.

Photo of millionsuns
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In the land of sours, there are kings and queens and jesters and serfs. This one would be the hardworking blacksmith's apprentice who's actually the bastard son of the king.

In other words, it's not going to get all of the attention. It's going to keep working hard making horseshoes for the commoners. In sour terms, it's (relatively) cheap, (relatively) ubiquitous, and damn delicious.

And when you don't care to drain an entire 750ml sour, you can grab one of these and pour it throughout an evening from a 12oz bottle for four or five bucks.

A: Pale, as the label says. When poured into a five ounce glass, carbonation is minimal, lacing is also minimal after a half inch head dissipates. It sits there like a bale of hay waiting for the nearest cow. Sheds an appropriate scent for that metaphor. When the glass is placed next to the bottle, it shares the same gradation of yellowish-orange as the darker sections of the label. Does not resemble any Flanders oud bruin you've had previously.

S: Bale of hay in late summer with a tart tinge of fermentation deep within the bale. Also a bit of leather from an old baseball lost in the bale since May. Let's dive in.

T: What you're looking for in a sour: barnyard, tiny bit of balsamic vinegar, even a bit of reduced butter. The five ounce glass will disappear sooner than you think. Overtones of apples and pears a week after having fallen into dry grass.

M: Similar to the appearance of the carbonation in the glass, it's minimal on the tongue. But it coats your palate with the aforementioned butter reduction and reveals layers of carbonated action beneath. Complex and invigorating.

I keep a four pack of these on hand for every occasion. Usually the occasion is that it's after six o'clock and I'm celebrating the existence of beer in general, and this wondrous beer specifically.

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 2,105 ratings.