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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
91
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1,888 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,888
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 69
Gots: 160 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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 BWED
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into tulip. Best by 25/02/15.

A- Clear light gold body. Dense fluffy white head, one finger thick retention. Decent lacing.

S- Tangy green apple. Fruity wild funk. Faint grain, pale malt. A little citrus.

T- Tangy fruit, apple again. A little woody in the finish. Some bite.

M- Tart/tangy. Pucker bite of a finish. Rather light in body. There's an apparent woody dryness in the finish as well.

O- Really tasty. Tart and refreshing. Good wood aged character.

BWED, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz into Bruges tulip. From notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange hue, with a light head formation and lacing. Good levels of carbonation.

S: Aroma is rich and funky, low to no level of hop aroma. Lactic acid influence, with a layer of Brett as well.

Tm: The taste is very wild and sour, with good body and great layers of acidic and funky characters. Linger is strong and prolonged.

O: overall this was a very enjoyable brew, with a great sourness level, but a bit more non sour characters to balance would have made it better.

GDBEERMAN, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rare find at Delilah's...2003 is printed on the back label.

Pours a honey orange, some foam and large bubbles form in the tulip glass. A sticky ring of lace is left behind. Smell is of sharp citrusy lemon juice, clover honey, and white grape. Mild stable funk swirls around, with a wet stone quality. Very unique and Gueuze-like.

Taste follows the aroma, minus the funkiness. It's got a focused sharpness, sour lemon, apricot, and mellow honey all appear in the profile. White wine comes to mind. Aftertaste is slightly earthy with a vegetal hint. Sour/acidity level is moderate, almost puckering at first. It has a clean, bright sourness and is a little thin, crisp but not as and dry as Gueuze. It's a little like a Belgian Pale/Gueuze hybrid...refrfeshing in small doses. Returning to it a few times, it feels like it lacks a bit of depth that other Flanders ales have.

I've got another '03 bottle cellared indefinitely, i'm curious to try one that has more of age on it. Edit: it doesn't seem to change much over time, wondering if it's pasteurized.

emerge077, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of UTCengOwl
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gotta get my sour fix! Thankfully, my roomies brought back some Cantillon from Mardi Gras... so I thought I'd warm up with one of these. Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

The beer pours a clear gold with a huge pillowy white head. Like a saison, but not quite as cloudy. Good lookin beer.

The nose is mainly sour. Not quite sharp... so lactic? There's some citrus back in there, too... but not quite sour citrus. Interesting.

The taste is a smooth, sour that isn't overwhelming and is quite refreshing. There's some citrus there and maybe some hay. Not the most complex, but it is refreshing and inviting. I'll definitely have another and these are quite affordable for decent sours!

UTCengOwl, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Xul
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent and effervescent golden, capped by a half finger of white foam. The head dissipates quickly, leaving some scant bubbles and lacing across the top of the beer.

S: Sweet, pale malts arrive at the nose first, followed by distinct notes of oak, vanilla, citrus, and funk. A light acidity follows but never overtakes the malty base. The sweetness and vanilla are a bit out of character, but damn...it smells REALLY inviting.

T: More tart than the nose lets on, the acidity becomes apparent as soon as it hits my mouth but never surpasses a moderate level. Lots of lemon zest and citrus notes up front, it moves into a slightly funked malt base with some oak notes on the edges, moving back intro citrusy tartness for the finish. The vanilla from the nose is strangle absent...the taste is closer to style, but I'm really curious how some sweet vanilla would have mingled with the flavors.

M: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation.

D: Goes down very smooth and with the tartness being kept to a restrained level, it would be easy to put down quite a few of these.

Xul, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of Aenema
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear light gold/bronze with a fluffy white head. leaves splotchy lacing.
Smell - Tart apple, some lemon, slight funk.
Taste - Puckering sourness, but not very intense. lots of tart apple, funk and some sourness.
Mouthfeel - Light body, nice carb, very dry finish.
Drinkability - Drinks very nicely, but I think one or two would be enough.

Aenema, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of sacrelicio
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice, interesting beer. The appearance is a nice straw/gold color, finger thick fizzy off white head. The smell is lemons, vinegar, and a bit tropical. The taste is tart, woody, earthy, sweet and fruity. The mouthfeel is decent, and the drinkability is quite high. Nice sour for someone who is a bit new to the style.

sacrelicio, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of bonkers
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The nose is very tart, vinegar and green apple notes. The first sip is almost puckering, then there are sweet citrus, and apple notes. The oak lends an interesting note also. The finish is lingering tart. The beer is light and very acidic, good carbonation. An enjoyable sour.

bonkers, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of PorterLambic
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light honey color, translucent, minimal head drops to light ring and leaves light lacing.
Smell is malty, yeast, apples, grapes, citrus, oak, cloves & pepper(very light). Great balance.
Taste is sour, malt, apples, yeast, hops, pepper, lemon/citrus quite prevalent in aftertaste.
Medium body, crisp, slighty dry finish, medium effervescence. Expected a mellower brew but it was nice stuff.

PorterLambic, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of blackc5
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a gorgeously clear golden copper with a large white foam head that faded rapidly, leaving just a bit of lace.

S - Noticeably tart on the nose, with hints of oak tannins and white wine.

T - Quite tart and acidic. Vinegar-like, but without astringency. After a few sips, it actually seems quite reasonable, and overall is quite tasty. Some oak in the flavor, but not as much as expected, and hints of fruity sweetness that bob and weave, but quickly fade, making you wonder if they were there at all... Not much in the way of malt in the traditional sense, and no hops at all. Some funk in the aftertaste after the sourness subsides a bit.

M - Dry finish and light bodied, with just moderate carbonation.

D - Suprisingly high given it's pucker-factor. I do think the Pale Ale name on the bottle is a bit of a misnomer and may do it a disservice.

blackc5, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of Neorebel
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Petrus pours a primarily clear golden color, with some hints of bronze. There's a thin ring of pure white sitting on top. The aroma was an excellent bouquet of floral and fruit scents, with a slight suggestion of funky yeast as well. The taste revealed the benefits of aging with a pleasant earthiness, and a tasty cider sourness. Very tart and wine-like. Moderate body with a dry mouth feel. I would have loved to have a nice cheese plate with this... maybe next time. Order this when you can fully appreciate it's delicate beauty... this is one fine sour.

Neorebel, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of jmdrpi
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle, with a code of "41025" but I'm not sure what that means.

crystal clear golden straw color, with off-white head. it leave decent lacing as I drink. aroma is tart, sour, a little funky, but not fruity like some other sour beers. taste is quite sour, lemony, citrus bite. finishes dry though, refreshing. thin body, higher bright bubbly carbonation. works.

overall- nice, different beer.

jmdrpi, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of foody1975
4.04/5  rDev -1%

foody1975, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Fcolle2
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden in color with a 1finger soapy had that has decent retention

Nose has some acidic grape like notes that are plesent. Is slightly hard to pick out any malt or hops.

Taste is great. more grape like acidity comes forward in the taste playing nicely with a malty sweetness. Taste is similar to a sweet white wine but better.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Light body with a slight amount of sour stickiness that leaves this very drinkable

Fcolle2, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of jbphoto88
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful golden wheat color that is slightly cloudy with a fluffy white head. The head is bubbly and thick that dissipates to a haze and thick collar.

The scent is initially of fresh cut green apples. Secondary scents are slightly malty mixed with a little grapefruit and other sour, yet crisp fruits. There is a slight earthy, wood-ish scent that must be do to the aging process but its not fully apparent.

Taste is crisp clean and sharp. There is a nice astringency combined with tart apple and citrus flavors. Not like an IPA/ hoppy citrus but a clean somewhat yeasty taste like most other Belgian's. Again there isn't much of a woody oak aged taste but it is in apparent deep in the finish.

A fine brew, that tickles and revives the taste buds. I love the crisp tartness that comes from the flavor and mouthfeel. There is a nice carbonation and a slight alcohol twinge that all build on the other flavor and scents to yield one helluva beer.

jbphoto88, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of hdofu
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wowsers, I've never tasted anything even close to this before. This is a tart ale. Color was light coper with a thin beige head. The taste was like cider only more intense. It was sooo overwhelming it hurt drinkability IT felt like having lemonade in the mouth it was so strong. The smell was alot like a lemon. This was a unique beer.

hdofu, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of jpmclaug
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my .3L Stiegl Tulip

A - Golden-Orange with a nice bubbly white head

S - Pale malts with a hint of the funk. A hint of sourness at the end that already begins to make my mouth pucker.

T - Not incredibly sour but does provide a little bit of bite. Sour grape taste with a hint of scuppernong flavor. Hints of belgian malt are in there.

M - Good carbonation with a medium body.

D - Pretty easy drinking Oud Bruin. I prefer sour beers that really make my mouth pucker but this one is pretty good. It is real nice to find a beer that gives you a nice sour taste in a smaller bottle. While not an amazing beer this one is pretty good and really good considering the difficulty to find beers of this style at this price point. I would drink it again.

jpmclaug, May 25, 2010
Photo of deschutes_fan
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- Pours a golden yellow, slightly hazy, with a cm of foam.

- Smells of lemon and sour grapes.

- Taste is tart lemon up front with sour grapes and oak. Sourness doesn't linger and the finish is very mild, slightly dry. The finish is refreshing, however, this beer is not complex or multilayered.

-Overall a very decent sour. It is able to satisfy a sour craving, but does lack complexity. This is a great introductory sour as there is nothing too offense or bold or funky. Also, it is readily available and affordable at $4/bottle, I like to keep a few of these around for a refreshing weeknight delight.

deschutes_fan, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a large finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a very thick film and a very thick ring. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of oak and light fruits (white grape, apple, and pear) with moderate to strong amounts of tartness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of oak and pale malts which quickly becomes quite tart. There are moderate notes of light fruits (white grape, apple, and pear) along with some notes of vinegar.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness. Dry finish.

O: Very enjoyable but probably too sour to enjoy more than one of these in a session. Nice flavors and acidic prickliness.

dbrauneis, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of emmasdad
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap yesterday evening at Uptown Brothers Brewing on Colfax. Poured a medium golden color with a fluffy white head. Funky on the nose, with aromas of vinuous wood, apples and pears. On the palate, this one was light bodied, with flavors of wine, oak, apples and pears.

emmasdad, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Phelps
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Tops during a Belgian tasting and poured into a small snifter.

Pours a very slightly hazy rosy apricot, topped with a short-lived head of fizzy white bubbles. After the head escapes, a thin ring remains, leaving nothing in the way of lace.

Very aromatic. Tons of acetic vinegar, green apples, substantial mint, some honey, and a bit of barnyard funk and vinous oak. Very funky but nicely balanced.

The tart character has been subdued nicely and paired with an interesting floral sweetness. I get roses, orange blossoms, oak, honey, vanilla, orange peel and balsamic vinegar.

Light, massaging carbonation causes the beer to fizz up a bit as it moves about. The finish is nicely crisp and the tartness is bracing but not overpowering. Medium body, nicely smooth. No noticeable alcohol.

Flavorful and intense, but not so crazy that it turns me off.

Phelps, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an awesome gold color w/ an amazing two finger eggshell colored head. Fantastic carbonation and lacing. Slightly cloudy looking beer. Nose is funk, apple, pear, other fruit, vinegar in the background, oak. Not super smooth or balanced, but very nice. Just don't get your nose too close.... Taste is really good... funk, some fruit, vinegar, oak. Nice tart aftertaste that sticks around for a while. Definitely has an acidity to it on the initial taste- quickly disappears in the aftertaste. Light to medium feel with high carbonation and some tartness. Overall, this is a good solid brew- I will definitely have this again.

jayhawk73, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of Shadman
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in my cellar tonite....

Very pale blond/golden in color. Slight less than clear. Lacing coats practically the entire surface of the glass.

A definite tartness, slightly sour. Slight cherry fruitiness.

Wow. Quite sour and certainly tart. More citrus/lemony Definite oak dryness. Having a tough time finding anything sweet until near the finish, then some sweet graininess comes through.
Body is medium to full. High ABV not really a factor as I had a tough time detecting the alcohol here.

Interesting to say the least. Not really someting I'd go searching for again...but from what I researched on the style this one is well crafted.

Shadman, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of jpro
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass...

A: Golden peach with a one finger, ultra-white head that fizzes down to a thin layer of bubbles pretty quickly. Virtually no lacing, but the foam that makes contact with the sides of the glass leaves nice sparkling swaths of effervescence.

S: Green apples, sour white grapes, pepper and a touch of funk.

T: Again, lots of green apple, some pear, very light notes of vanilla / cinnamon / wet oak; after the sour fades, it finishes so clean, leaving a note of nice apple skin on the palate. 7.3% abv is completely unnoticeable.

M: Light and zingy. Pretty high carbonation, with a great puckering sourness. Refreshing.

D: Very drinkable - hard to believe the abv is 7.3%. Really good stuff - definitely worth trying and probably something I'll come back to for a sour fix.

jpro, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of jtd1969
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden pour. Crisp carbonation. Not thick or lacing... Dissolves rather quickly.

S - wine like in smell. Apple vinegar with a fruity sweetness. Not a heavy vinegar smell, only slight.

T - Lots of sour cherry, with an acidic burn on the swallow Some oak along with the cherry taste. A really refreshing sour.

M - Medium body with lots of acidity. Light crisp carbonation.

O - A pretty good sour. It was a tad too acidic for me. But the flavor of the cherries and woody ale like finish were a delight to drink. Not for everyone, but a must for those that like sours or like to try various types.

jtd1969, Sep 03, 2012
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 1,888 ratings.