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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
92
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2,022 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,022
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 83
Gots: 195 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of ChristopherTenore
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A) Dark Mahogany color with a thin dark cola colored Head

S) Tart and acidic with undertones of dark woods. hints of sour fruits are in the nose like peaches.

T) acidity and tartness are the main components as the beer starts. It finishes with a sour apple like flavor. before that however the tart fades away to a more toasted malt flavor that is warming and there are slight hop undertones as well.

MF) light and acidic, drying and bubbly

Photo of LtCracker20
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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 drperm
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Pintofbrown
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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 sommersb
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 05-21-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged, with foil
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

Appearance: Clear beer with a golden color. The head is white and has a fair amount of retention but little in the way of lace.

Smell: Lemons and limes come to mind as you get a whiff of sourness. Other aromas are of wood and peppery spices.

Taste: Very tart which is expected from the aromas. Woody, and extremely dry with a bit of saltiness. Lots of fruitiness — green apple comes to mind. Flavors and acidity have a white wine-like character.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is very high, like in a champagne. Body is light and refreshing. Finishes with a mouth-puckering sourness; quite dry.

Overall: Very dry and sour beer that may reind you more of a wine than a beer. I think it comes together well and would recommend it.

Photo of CaptainIPA
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap @ Cafe Hollander in 'Tosa and presented in a Petrus flute. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale brass color with a pencil-width head with good retention and fine lacing. Aromas of sour apples and freshly cut grass.

Crisp and dry with a thin-bodied mouthfeel. Opens with an initial hit of copper penny and moves into flavors of green apples and sour cherries. Super dry with puckering citrus notes and suggestions of cider. More lemon sours. Progresses into a champagne-like middle. A very subtle note of vanilla surfaces before flowing into a powder-dry finish.

Very nice balance of sour, tart and citrus fruits. If you're looking for a pucker-worthy sour that's actually sessionable, Petrus Aged Pale is for you. Highly recommended.

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.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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 seand
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy light orange-ish amber with a fair amount of light white head. Just a ring around the glass and a bit of surface film retains, which is enough to leave a good amount of lacing.

S: Light yeast, sour fruit, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Sour and sweet fruit from the start through the aftertaste. Nice complexity and great tartness on the finish.

M: Medium to light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, a very nice sour. Worth a try if the style appeals to you.

Photo of FLima
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden color with a one finger head with low retention. Tiny apparent bubbles feeding a constant thin lace.
Intense aroma of wine and vinegar with hints of wood and leather.
Initial difficult to describe the flavor as a whole, just loved it, let me see if breaking this down to better understand what just happened here. Flavor of fresh lemon, acid green apples, white grapes or even a non-sweet Chardonnay, some biscuit and Yakult, and finishing with spices. Dry aftertaste with a lingering acid sensation.
Light to medium body with sparkling wine carbonation. 7.3% abv is shy against its sourness.
I had an extraordinary sensation on my tongue on my first sip, although my brain noticed it was different than previous sour experiences, it gave me a positive message: good stuff, go for it! Very tart and original.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: Draft
Glass: 0.25L glass
From: Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $7
Purchased: Jan. 3, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 3, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey pale color with three fingers of white head when I got it. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. A healthy amount of layered lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention on the way down.

Smelled Sweet Tarts, Smarties, bourbon, sour cherry, sour grapes, kiwi and faint vomit.

Tasted sour grapes, sour cherry, Sweet Tarts, Smarties, grape and faint bourbon.

Light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Lively-to-average carbonation. Long finish.

A very good sour and I’m glad I finally tried it. Would be interested in trying some other Petrus beers.

Photo of RoyAlan
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Misconduct Tavern in Philadelphia. Served on tap in a tulip glass.
Nice orange/copper color with small quickly disappearing head.
Smell is strong alcohol and tart...very tart
Taste is "Sweet Tart" sour on the start, but becomes more drinkable as the beer warms.
Not my favorite style but a very interesting brew.
Big complaint....$9.00 a draft!!!!

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

slim 11.2 oz bottle was purchased today at the COOP.... Poured into my New Belgium goblet... luv yah Brenda!!

2 finger head is rocky with a ton of lace and a great cap... The brew is a clear honey gold..

I am gonna be honest and say that I had no idea before capping this brew that Petrus is a Flanders.. I am immediately surprised and intimidated.. Oh well.. here we go.

Sweet and sour nose sorta reminds me of of a lite apple cider vinegar.. sour dough..

WOW!! Alot more puckery than expected... and I am immediately liking it.. great lactic sour with a less than expected acetic element.. green apple skin comes to mind.. the woodiness only comes through as it really warms up.. (can balsa wood memories as a child come through in flavors years later?) ... the woodiness is less tannic and honestly more "wood"..

There is no oxidation in this one.. I am pretty sure and damn happy that this is a pretty fresh bottle.. This is an example of a beer that just allows the yeast and bacteria to do their thing.. I am really digging it.

The only complaint may be that it is a bit sour to really get a great drinkability grade.

I want a Berliner Weisse now... grrr!!

4/4/4.5/4/3.5

Photo of yamar68
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure how this is considered an Oud Bruin? No matter...

Very pale indeed - pours a pale yellow gold with a finger and a half of starch white head that sinks out to a stubborn collar. Excellent lacing.

I get a number of chardonnay qualities on the nose initially. With a bit more warmth comes some Christmas spice, sour fruit, and a slight suggestion of alcohol on the tail end of things.

Very smooth to the taste. Doesn't pop quite like I thought it might. There's a tart character right at the front that begins to swell into a sour finish but instead mellows out and dries up quickly. Overripe fruits and fresh oak. Amazingly well balanced for the style.

Certainly a unique drink - give it a go if you see it on the shelves.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a beautifully rich golden straw color with a good bit of glowing haze. a thin one-finger head of fervent bubbles dances tumultuously across the surface before fizzling down the a thin ring that leaves some impressive Brussels lace.

aroma is sour, fruity, woody and vinous all at once. woody vanilla mixes with caramel sugar and a rich oakiness... a sweet fruit bouquet of passion fruit, guava and starfruit adds an interesting aromatic twist. A drying sour almost vinegar-like aroma is hiding in the mix as well, and just a hint of wet hay and barn funkiness.

Taste follows the aroma fairly closely, with more of the sour funkiness and a bit less of the fruit sweet. I still get a ton of starfruit/carambola and a bit of guava. Woody and vinous, with a sour astringency of unripe banana. candy and oak through the middle with a finish tart and oaky with a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is unbelievably textural and multifaceted. Sweet, dry and tart. A bit of puckering sour on the tongue and astringency in the mouth. Ample carbonation makes it interesting clean and crisp.

Impressive. This isn't a session brew, but the qualities blend together to create an incredibly enjoyable brew that doesn't show its alcohol at all. I could drink one or two more... and am still craving more. definitely worth trying if sours and funky stuff is up your alley. I'll definitely have to track down a few more.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a - bright golden color, clear, big white head that completely disappears after awhile, not much lacing

s - strong green apple and vinegar, very sour smelling

t - green apple sourness and vinegar are the dominant flavors, alcohol is not evident, the sourness lingers for awhile, very dry finish

m - very dry, light-bodied

d - I really liked the beer, but one was enough for me, the sourness and dryness does a number on the palate

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It certainly is no pale ale. I've never had a flanders red, but from what I can gather, this is what they taste like. I really enjoyed the distinctness of the flavor. Recommended, but beware, this is not a pale ale.

Photo of MrIncognito
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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 MCDuhamel
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a caged and corked 750 ml bottle at cellar temperature into a tulip glass. Pours a crystal clear medium amber with moderately heavy carbonation. The head forms as a dense two inch white cream-like foam that falls to about half an inch but follows the beer down the glass. Moderate lacing. The nose is of sour cherry and green apple. More sour cheery and apple on the tongue, with some funkiness and a very tart underpinning. A little oak is detectable in the finish, but it is nicely balanced. The beer is fairly light for its strength.

Overall, this is an excellent Belgian pale. The tartness is quite forward, but not out of balance.

Photo of Iguana
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow body with a bright white, moderately quick-lived, loud head. I've seen better, but it's not bad.

S - Slightly sour apple with a hint of grape, pale malts, and unfortunately a tiny hint of soap.

T - Mild sour flavor a sweet accent and a full body of apple, mild oak, and a well matured Belgian bacteria blend. Very nice flavors here.

M - Dry with a moderately coarse middle and evaporating end. The lips are coarse as well.

~ I would really like to get a few more and age the brews 1 or 2 years. This is a great beverage and I look forward to getting my hands on a few more. Thank you Bottle Stop.

Photo of mltobin
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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 wisrarebeer
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful crystal-clear, yellowish-orange color, nice thick, shaving cream type head
S: earthy with malt and hints of sour, some vanilla
T: very drinkable, sour is noticeable up front but nice balance with malt
M: very good, quenching, no major pucker factor, refreshing
D: very, very drinkable

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
92 out of 100 based on 2,022 ratings.