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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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2,051 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,051
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 89
Gots: 212 | FT: 3
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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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4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed dulled gold color, quickly diminishing cap of wwhite froth leaving small touches of lacing. Scent is of tart and acidic wine grapes backed by hints of apple, soapy lemon, musty straw and vinegar. Taste is a little smoother than the muddled and bold scent dictates but brings the qualitites of tart and acidic wine grapes and musty hay to the front, apple and vinegar in the middle and finishes with the soapy lemon. Very little oak charachter. Lighter side of medium bodied, slightly below average level of carbonation, tingly and prickly on the palate though, slight lingering tartness. A good beer that could perhaps use a touch of mellowing.

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4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle to snifter

A. watered down orange, no head. mild fizzing on the top in the middle that stays.

S. Tart/Sour , sour apple. lemon.

T. Tart, to sour green apple, almost grassy at times, finishes bitter and dry.

M. Highly carbonated , yet smooth in the mouth and goes down even smoother with a dry finish, Great.

O. A great sour. Easy to come by, the apple taste overall not as great as the wine barrel aged sours but good. Price, availability makes it a winner.

Photo of LtCracker20
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden/yellow body with 2-fingers of bubbly white head that doesn't last too long. Some slight lace.

S- A nice sourness up front. Pears, green apples, cherries. Pretty tart aroma. My mouth's watering just from the smell.

T- Very tart up front. Cherry-like.

MF- Nice moderate body. A nice dry finish.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and light amber-tan in color, head is nice and lacing is ok.

Smell is kinda sour apples and funky earth, woody with vinegar aspects.

Taste is very Flanders Oud Bruin, a seemingly excellent example of the style. Fruity but funky, dry but fruity, tart and sour, a great multi-dimensional brew.

Body is medium and less carbonated than I expected, but still really nice.

This is an excellent beer. If this is your style, it's a must-try for sure.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- The head builds quickly to a two-finger, white and bubbly cap. It recedes just as fast, but leaves a very nice sheet of lace on the glass. The body is a gold-amber that is quite cloudy. Fast streams of bubbles shoot in columns to the surface of the ale.

Smell- Definitely sour apple and citrus acidity at play. Belgian yeast is strong with this one. A little bit of woodiness and some pear notes.

Taste- The sourness cuts through immediately, but the more sips that go down help to tame that aspect. After that, there is definite woodiness apparent from the oak, also some earthy quality to this in the finish. It has to be the yeast.

Mid-drink produces that sweet and sour hard candy flavor. The finish is decent with some alcohol bite and estery flavors. This is really complex, and the flavors underneath the sour qualities are quite delicate.

Mouth feel- The body gets better with some warming. It has bulked up a bit and feels slick going over the tongue. There is just enough lift from the bubbles to keep it from being flat. It finishes a little dry from the sour character and the slight alcohol warming.

Overall- Petrus Aged Pale is not for beginners. In fact, I'm not sure my palate was quite ready for this one. The flavors are so unlike anything I have encountered before, but man, were they a blast to experience.

I think the sour quality of this beer will blow a lot of people away if they just buy this cold off the shelf. Give this one some thought and really put yourself to task when drinking this beer. It is very complex and subtle. If you don't sip this one, you're missing out.

Photo of Wildman
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden color and formed a small, bubbly white head that left circular lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of cherry, vinous quality with some wood aspects. A flavor of cherry vinous with some lemon present with a touch of grain. A sourness/tartness one would expect in this type with a slight astrigent aspect.

Photo of nriech
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with about 2 inches of head. Nice light amber color, lots of carbonation. Heavy on the lacing.

Smells just like a hard cider, nothing too complex about it.

Taste however is alot more complex, and I think I have found another favorite being a flemish sour fan. Very tart at first. Almost makes your lips burn for some reason. This was very easy to drink as the alcohol didnt seem present at all. The aftertaste was mild and pleasant.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. I got this from Pints O'Plenty, no price tag, but I'm sure it was reasonable.

Appearance: A very clear golden yellow. Thick soft looking head fades to a small whitish puddle within a couple of minutes. Some lacing, but not what I expect.

Smell: Prominent tart aromas, but only slightly acetic. There's lemon, sour apple, and some sweeter fruit too, like maybe pear. Tannic smelling oak is a little sharp, and some wet musty funk is in there too. Very interesting.

Taste: Sweet and sour fruity flavors blend together, with sour coming out a little on top. There's some bitterness in the finish too. The oak flavor is pronounced. Again, some mustiness in the funk.

Mouthfeel: Clean feeling. Crisp carbonation, sticky oaky tannins. Dry, snappy finish.

Overall: Close to really excellent. The flavor is just too much of sourness and tannins, without enough else happening. Tasty and refreshing though-- I quite like it.

Photo of thepeter
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright clear golden color with a smaller than average head that lasts as a film for most of the beer. The lacing is very nice and sticky as it clings to the glass. Great funky, tart, sour fruit aroma. First sip hits you with that same sour funk, and then mellows out quite a bit. I got a lot of sour apple/grapes mixed in with a musty funk and acidity. There is a slight sweetness to balance it all through the beer and a very pleasant dryness at the end. There is a medium to light body which is a bit thin for an Oud Bruin, however this one is a "Pale" ale. . . either way I would have preferred more body. Very refreshing and so easy to drink, could drink it all day.

Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a teku glass

A - It is golden in color and topped with a couple inches of off-white head.

S - The smell is tart and funky. It smells like I am cutting up a green apple in an old cellar.

T - The taste is immediately tart reiterating that green apple connection. Then there is the dank basement aspect that comes into play. I can taste a little light fruit notes.

M - Moderate with tingling carbonation.

O - This is an affordable and remarkable sour beer. It is a great example of the style. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Petrus Aged Pale has a thin, white head, a clear, yellow-gold appearance, some bubble streams, and a good bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of extremely strong, lemony sourness and a touch of sugary sweetness. Taste is an explosion of sour lemon with an underlying sweetness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Petrus Aged Pale finishes dry, refreshing, and very drinkable. If you enjoy Lemonheads or Sweet-Tarts, you might enjoy this.


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4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a golden-looking beer, which, unfortunately, had a poor retention in my example here. The aroma is intriguing: apricots and barnyard-like tones associated with brettanomyces, as well as other acid-producing bacteria. The light, crisp body leaves a relatively long aftertaste showcasing, of course, the tartness and the wood-aged taste that this beer conveyed during the whole sampling.

Photo of ckollias
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow hue with a 1-finger white head that rapidly dissipates into no lace and no trail down the side of the glass.

S: Very sour green apple aroma with a woody background.

T: Extremely tart and sour beer – I thought it might be contaminated at first sip. Sour green apples flavor with a big citrus punch to the face. Hints of wood and finishes sour and dry,

M: Medium body and minimal carbonation.

O: This was by far the most sour beer I’ve ever tasted – including lambics. It made my taste buds cry. This is a sipping beer – it took me and hour to drink it. At first I was overwhelmed by the sour tartness – but every sip was more pleasurable and by the end I realize how complex this brew was. Could I drink this every night – no way – but this is a beer to be savored.

Photo of drperm
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I really dug (digged?) this at a home-tasting. Fantastic find from an unknown (to me, at the time) entity. Brut-ish, bone dry, reminiscent of an unfruited lambic. Pleasantly sour and oaky. I’d be curious to try this with a Thanksgiving turkey or some artisan cheeses. A good find!

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 21/1/12

Pours bright with an initially fluffy head that dies down very quickly. Clear and crisp looking with few bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. A thin film of head lingers for most of the session, however, this includes pouring the rest of the 750ml which agitates the head every pour.

This beer smells like dry white wine, pear, lemon with a slight tinge of vinegar. Funk is also present, but not predominant. The flavor of this beer is much like the taste; light fruits, funk, along with a huge pucker-factor that the sour characteristics bring. Very refreshing on the palate and quite easy to drink.

Overall, I'd highly recommend whether or not you are just interested in trying new styles of beer, or are already a sour fan.

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4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Stigs
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet...

A - one finger of fluffy white head quickly retreating. the liquid is a bright gold color, and super clear. looked impressive while the foam stuck around.

S - loads of sourness, makes my mouth water. very faint notes of oak, lemony citrus, and cherries.

T - sweet on the front of the tongue, then a huge rush of sourness. not overwhelming or unpleasant, more awakening and lively. sourness carries the cherry flavor, with a hint of lemons near the end.

M - loads and loads of carbonation, a perfect transport for all the sour fruit. finishes very dry and clean, begging for the next sip.

D - this was the first sour beer i ever had, about a year ago...and for a sour patch kid junkie, i fell in love with the style. since then i've had more robust and puckering beers, but love the drinkability, price, and availability of this one.

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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a stemless wine glass. Bright golden yellow color with some orange highlights. Fizzy 2-finger head that settles quickly to whispy lacing on top with great lacing on the glass. Mostly tansparent body with just a tad it of haze. Small bubbles floating to the top.

S - What a great smell. I couldn' stop smelling it. Gold pale malts with a sweet alcohol aroma and some hop spicyness. Some green apple aroma with lactic acid that creates a lightly sour aroma.

T&M - Much more sour than the smell. Nice and puckering tart green apple with pale malt backbone. The finish is of a green grape. Dry in the finish yet refreshing. Medium-high carbonation adds to the dryness and creates a creamy mouthfeel. I do not detect the alcohol much. I think the alcohol is detected in the dryness.

D - A sipper for sure. Very pleasant on a warm afternoon. Goes down easily but makes your lips pucker as you drink, but not in a harsh, uncomfortable way. Could maybe drink two in a sitting but it took more more than an hour to sip one.

Photo of Iguana
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a recent fan of sour beers I decided to pick this up for tonight. As soon as I opened it I could smell the brett funk which had me salivating. Pour was a pale golden color with a 1 inch head that laced up nicely. Smell is almost entirely brett funk with a hint of yeast and spice on the end. Taste is once again, fairly sour due to the Brett and a bit peppery, really nice once it warmed up a bit. Mouthfeel is tart and acidic. Drinkability is pretty good, i love sour beers so it was a real treat to get again for me.

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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden, deep, with a two finger head, that sits there for a bit.
Smell is tangy.
Petrus Aged Pale tastes sharp, with tart and spice accents.
The mouthfeel is complex and acidic, but is a nice tingle.
Drinkability is good, a nice beer to enjoy slowly and appreciate all of its character as it opens up.

Photo of RobertColianni
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwa423
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours the color and clarity of a fine scotch. The head wasn't much to write home about as long as it was poured carefully.

S - Funky, sour notes, and some Belgian yeast.

T - All the classic sour flavors of infected homebrew...or an Oud Bruin. Lots of dried fruit along with fantastic sour flavors and some slight notes of yeast and Belgian malt

M/D - Mouthfeel was smooth for a sour and went down well. This is incredibly drinkable and I may have to hit the store and pick up the west.

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 2,051 ratings.