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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,048 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,048
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 90
Gots: 209 | FT: 3
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Belgium

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 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

Tap

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. Thge 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.

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

Broken from the Sour Power pack I split with someone a while back... So far, it was disappointing, but I had this recently and enjoyed it. Re-drinking it and reviewing it live. Poured out of a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a normal looking pale amber color seen in various generic Belgian ales, except this was a little bit less golden and more on the orange-amber side (no doubt due to the oak). Pours a modest head about 2 fingers high even when poured aggressively, which soon settles down leaving behind a ring and minimal lacing. Not much carbonation overall, and indeed, the appearance is rather vinous. Looks calm and serene, with glowing elements I enjoy in sours. I fail to see how this could be classified as an Oud Bruin, but I suppose it was - before the funky stuff came into play, that is.

Has a terrifically damp and musty profile right at the front of the nose, with strong notes of musty stone or brick (that which you would find in an old building - one perfect for making these beers!) as well as vinous and stone fruit notes. Notes of tart white grapes (reminds me of a Chenin Blanc), as well as dried raisins, apricots, green melon, and green apple peel are in this - juicy, fresh, plump lemons pretty much are explosive overall. The oak is present, providing a bit of vanilla and baking spices, maybe some nuttiness, but the funky fruit and yeasty characteristics are very prominent here. Very unique and excellent stuff.

There's an immediate tart flavor that immediately strikes the senses, in a super puckering and soured sensation that becomes more satisfying the longer that this is consumed. Notes of sour apricots, tart white grapes, soured peaches, under-ripe melon, and intense lemon peel are very present, juicy, and flavorful. There's a floral finish, with notes of orange blossom. At the end, there's a bit of the sweetened yet dank flavor of oak, that is slightly woody and filled with notes honey and vanilla. However, this overall proves to be pretty musty and tart through and through, and the fruit profile is terrific overall. To add to the juicy flavor there's a creamy feel and decently carbonated profile to this. The lactic strain, however, is intense, and sticks with you even hours after consumption. There's a bit of a burning sensation from the relatively high ABV at the finish, but otherwise, it's well hidden. A complex but easily enjoyable beer for sour fans.

Excellent stuff - perhaps the best offering from this brewery. Despite not seeming too bottle-conditioned, I feel this would develop very well in the bottle over time. It's interesting to see a Belgian pale turned upside down and becoming a refreshing and complex offering as a sour beer. The oak and yeast are the stars here, but that Belgian sweetness (which can get grating) is far different here, and resembling actual off-dry fruit rather than something more mundane. Recommended, but don't go out of your way to get the Sour Power pack just to get 2 bottles. At $4 a bottle elsewhere, however, this is a good bargain indeed.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - This beer pours a pale Golden colour with a one fingered head that reduces to a costant film.

S - This beer literally stinks of wood aging and tartness. Smells similar to a decent wooded chardonnay.

T - The initial flavours are a little sweet but the balance of tartness kicks in to give it a great balance, the finish is a little dry and very reminiscent of a white wine.

M - Light to medium body with fullish carbonation.

O - Loved this beer and will definitely have again. The tartness is great and the sugars are not too present, which really gives this brew something special.

Photo of FarmerTed
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured it into a goblet from a bottle. I'd swirled the bottle a bit, but the beer was completely clear.

Looks: Big, fluffy white head, leaving behind fluffy lacing. The beer is yellow/straw colored, and well carbonated.

Smell: A little bit of funk, but also malty

Taste: It starts out tart; not super-sour, but a nice, mellow sourness. The finish is fairly oaky. It's somewhat fruity and sweet.

Feel: Feels pretty smooth and mellow.

Overall: I really liked it; it wasn't bang-you-over-the-head sour, but well balanced. I'd definitely drink it again if I see it. It tastes quite a bit like Duchesse de Bourgone, but looks nothing like it. It has more oak to it, and is a little less sweet.

Photo of spoony
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From an 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

A-Pours a golden color with some copper highlights. Really clear with a decent amount of fine carbonation visible. I got one finger of off-white head that disappeared pretty quickly. Nice lacing on the glass.

S-Oak, and lots of it. I also got some cider notes and there was also some funky, earthy character. I picked up a little alcohol heat, too.

T-Sour and oaky, like you would expect for an oud bruin. The sour flavor was more apple sour than cherry sour, however, and there was a pretty substantial earthy under-tone. To me, the finish was the most interesting part. I got an almost buttery, nutty flavor, like cashews and brazil nuts.

M-It was pretty carbonated with a fine champagne feel...not meant for chugging.

O-I enjoyed this quite a bit. This was a unique, complex, and drinkable sour beer that didn't just pucker up with the usual cherry flavors. Ask me after I have another bottle if I still enjoy the strange, buttery finish, but for now, bravo.

Photo of moosejaw7
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very tart with vanilla and oak notes. The flavor is tart lemons with some oak. The beer is extremely dry and makes you keep drinking it. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An excellent, budget sour.

Photo of glid02
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a crystal-clear golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of funk and lighter amounts of tart pears.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by not-quite-ripe pear flavors. The pear flavors quickly turn tart and are joined by funky flavors midway through the sip. The tart fruit and funk carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this was just as good as I remembered. A solid beer that doesn't fit well into any category but is well worth a shot.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Frothy chardonnay...that description about sums it up. A bit darker than a white wine.

Smell: Doesn't match up with the rest of the beer. Sourdough...slightly off-putting. It's good, but I would like it a bitter stronger.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pungent bleu cheese and vinegar with a lemon finish. A grapey wine flavor as well. Petrus Aged Ale gets very complex as it warms and improves on its yeasty characteristics. Clean finish that complements the acidic traits perfectly.

Overall Drinkability: Takes some getting used to, but this will wake you up. World. Class.

Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Slightly murky pale golden color very little head but good lacing on swilling, medium carbonation both in terms of bubble size and frequency.

S = Sour scent is strong, like raw sourdough bread (not as strong as in a Flanders Red, but along the same lines). On a send deep sniff I get some sense of the malt behind this brew. Good fresh grain smells.

T = Wow, bitters is the first thing, before any taste profile, then tart lime, grapefruit with some raw grain: wheat, oats; slowly fades into a tart finish that sits on the front of the tongue.

M = Light/medium body, frizzy carbonation feel (would be unpleasant in another beer but with the sour/tart flavors fits perfectly).

D = Definitely would drink this if offered. Very occasional beer though, not for everyday drinking. Might go well with spicy foods because of an affinity or may complement staple fares because it adds spice. In any event an excellent choice for food

Photo of SHODriver
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a light brown to deep orange with a finger and a half of bone colored head that fades to a small mat and a collar around the glass and solid lacing
S: smells slightly fruity with a whisper of cherry, huge note of vinegar with a little bit of funk and some tannins
T: starts slightly sour with a bit of a woody note then gets a bit sharper in sourness with a bit of sour cherry flavor, a bit of residual sugary sweetness but it's very light. aftertaste is more vinegar acidity with a slight cherry flavor and a bit of oakiness
M: light to medium with soft carbonation and a nice pucker. finish is a little slippery
O: nice sourness, good flavor, and not as overly sweet as some examples. Excellent balance of sourness in place of bitterness with the residual sweetness. An excellent example of the style.

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 2,048 ratings.