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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,094 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,094
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 93
Gots: 233 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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 jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a glass chalice:

Pours hazed orange with a thin head that slowly becomes a swirl and bubbly patch. Vanishing trailing lace sticks to glass.

The smell is vinegary sour with vinuous notes. Orange and oak with some funk mix in.

The taste is vinuous and oaky - Funky sourness with lemon/orange. As it progresses, a candy sweetness, the tart/sour and a complex, champagne-like yeastiness work together to make a nice combination. Finishes long, oaky, very dry.

A spritzy tang mellows mid-way, leaving a nice texture.

Sweet and sour combo that that area is known for works well, with a nice oakiness as well. A sipper to be savored.

Photo of nabit
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottle code 40266. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fluffy white head with nice retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass; good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge sour cherry, apple, lemon zest, hay, grass, earth, pepper, clove, light vinegar, leather, funk, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance. Taste of tart green apple, lemon zest, cherry, earth, hay, grass, funk, pepper, oak, light vinegar, and yeast spiciness. Good amount of tartness present on the finish; with lingering notes of tart light fruits, hay, grass, earth, pepper, funk, vinegar, oak, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Excellent balance and complexity of flavors; nice tartness/sweetness balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a crisp and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent sour ale! Great balance and complexity of flavors; very smooth and crisp to drink. Highly enjoyable offering I will definitely have again.

Photo of ArkyPalmer
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy gold body with a thin white head.

s: Funky, skunky, sweet and tart. Reminiscent of sour green apple.

t: Damn I love sour beers. Great tart/sour mix, very balanced. Sweetness lingers on the tongue. Notes of honey and green apples. A mild sour beer overall, would be great for beginners.

m: Lively texture. Tartness effects the feel, but I wouldn't say the sourness approaches puckering levels. Mouthfeel is just right.

d: Good stuff. Strikes an excellent balances. Most of the sour offerings tend to lean either sour or sweet, but this walks the line right down the middle. I would love to age one of these.

Photo of Stillyman11
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Petrus Aged Pale Grand Reserve was served from a 330 ml bottle depicting a pair of rugged Belgian men handling an oak barrel suspended from a chain. The beer was poured into a chalice style glass, with a fizzy head rising and quickly falling to become a ring and scattered spots of foam, leaving fine persistent lacing. The murky glowing pale peach liquid was alive with fizzy vigor, like a magical potion. The aged pale was also alive in the nose, spewing out potent clouds of tart fruit candy powder, late harvest grapes, and acidic, oaky pinot noir. The taste was crisp and dry, with a moderately acidic peachy tartness held up by an excellent body...full, smooth, and perfectly carbonated. It finished with a quickly diminishing dry acidity, leaving only faint traces of tart essence on the palate. Good, but a little short on the finish. This was an enjoyable sour beer that I would recommend to fellow fans of sour/tart beers.

Photo of mickeymac
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the typical 11.2 oz brown bottle, it pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a frothy white head. The smell is tart with some citrus notes, but the smell doesn't really prepare you for the taste. This stuff is t-a-r-t, tart: almost gueuze-like in its ability to pucker every orifice in the body. Although it's a bit of a shock at first-even for the normally tart style-it seems to mellow after a few sips and a bit of warming. It's certainly not an all-day beer, but it's another nice example of one of my favorite styles.

Photo of AltBock
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml/ 11.2 fl oz. bottle that has a cool vintage label of 2 Belgian men outside a brewery unloading or loading a barrel of beer on to a platform. The back label has the brewery address, US importer, refund value, barcode, and the US Government warning. Located inside the US Government warning is a printed year of 2003. That can only mean that it was made in 2003. I fully doubt it's a best before date of 2003.

Appearance: I decided to pour this Belgian beer into a Corsondonk Christmas Ale goblet. What came out of the bottle was a clear and bubbly golden orange beer. It had a 1 inch head of white foam with really good retention that left behind a small white film, tons of white foamy rings, and quite a few streaks of white lace.

Smell: The beer had a strong aroma and I mean strong aroma of sour fruits and oak. Name a fruit you could find in a beer aroma. Whatever it is, it's in there mixed in with oak. If there was anything else, it was covered up by the sour fruits and oak. Now the aroma that was left in the bottle was a bit different. That aroma still had plenty of sour fruits and oak, but behind that was a pinch of sweet caramel and Belgian chocolates.

Taste: Puck up because this beer is sour! It statred off with sour fruits, in the middle were more sour fruits, and it ended with even more sour fruits. All of these sour fruits were surrounded by oak. To me it was almost like a sour beer cocoon. I didn't get anyhting besides the sour fruits and oak because the sour fruits and oak probably beat the other flavors to death and threw their little lifeless flavorful bodies out of the bottle and onto the store shelf.

Mouthfeel: For a beer to clock in at 7.3% ABV, it masked the alcohol content quite well. Besides that, it was light to medium bodied with an aftertaste of oaky sour fruits. The kind of aftertaste you'd expect from a beer that's filled with nothing more than oak and sour fruits.

Drinkability: This beer made a great start for the new year! Although there weren't that many different flavors in this beer, the oak and sour fruits filled in the blanks where the other flavors were suppose to be. If you're looking for a great oaky sour beer, then you have to pick this one up ASAP.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy straw gold body, lots of bubbles,
2 finger pillow top,

S: fresh sour apple, mild spice, hint of yeast
hint of woodsy/oak

T: lemon, wood, yeast, with long sour apple pucker!

M: med/light, lively/bubbly on tongue,
dry finish

O: Different flavor experience (shockingly
refreshing); not my 1st
sour but limited experience.
Grab a bottle and
share it with others, it may
surprise yourself.

FABULOUS, WORTH EXPERIENCING!

Photo of Avantyawn
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.3 ounce capped bottle, aggressive pour into an Allagash Tulip glass

A: Huge frothy head. Golden yellow body. Impressed with the head!

S: Tart apples, sharp vinegar, a bit of booze, and some pears to close.

T: Tart sour apples is the dominate flavor here, very dry, some oak, not incredibly complex, yet utterly quenching and tasty. Not boring, balanced, tart, sour, slight lactic puckering ending. The oak is tasted at the close and lingers.

M: Excellent mouthfeel, dry, substantial, crisp, perfect really. Not too syrupy, and not too dry. Lovely, almost like a perfect white wine feels in the mouth.

O: This is my go to affordable sour beer. It is simple, yet soul satisfying. When I am in the mood for a sour, this always does the trick. The mouthfeel pushes this beer into fantastic treat territory. Also, I love that this beer is over 7% APV! It drinks like a much lighter sour.

Note: This beer is even better in the 750 corked and caged format I find. The dryness, sourness, and lactic close tend to be much stronger in that format. Or...on tap if you ever see it, it can be super biting when fresh on tap!

Photo of optiontwo
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow with no head but plenty of streaming bubbles.

Smell: Very acrid sour apple aroma, almost smells like ammonia. Some pear and white grape but mostly vinegary apple.

Taste: Sour white grape and apple right away with a slight sweetness in the background. I like the balance of this sour, it's very sour at first but then sweet and finally a touch bitter and some woodiness.

Mouthfeel: Light, bubbly, and mouth watering.

Drinkability: Body is quite light but some might shy away from the sourness, for me it's perfect though.

Overall: I've just started my foray into sours and this is my second favorite behind haanbryggeriet's oak aged sour. Definitely worth a try. Also, this is a great sour that won't break the bank.

Photo of shortbus7
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden yellow with a thin, wispy, white 1 finger head.
S: Apples and pear.
T: Just like the smell. The sourness is perfect, present but not overpowering.
M: Highly carbonated and a nice tartness on the tongue.
O: This is a very good beer that I could drink almost everyday.

Photo of adamks
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours slightly hazy yellow with one-finger head that fades quickly with minimal lacing.

s: vinegar/sour funk with flowery hints and some light malt.

t: like the smell, sour fruity funk up front, but that fades quickly to some flowery hops balanced well with light malt.

m: medium body, heavy on the carbonation.

d: great balance on a tasty funked-up belgian pale. 7.3% ABV is hidden very well.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip, the beer is an extremely bright, straw gold coloring with a thin, filmy white head that starts around half an inch, but settles into a ring on the surface. Aromas are tart and sweet, robust and forward, with notes of apple, toasted grains, and subtle woody highlights. Mouth watering nose. Flavors are bold and tart, with an underlying roasted character, almost char-like. Toasty grain/bread notes noticeable initially, but they are quickly swallowed up by the sour characteristics, with a tangy sweetness that keeps the drinkability high. The aftertaste is more of the woody and char characteristics, but with a solid ribbon of tart still present. Clean, smooth finish with a slight puckering. Very drinkable throughout. Solid brew.

Photo of Sumdeus
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into FW taster glasses.

A: pale yellow pour, hints of hazyness and a little cream head that fades quickly.

S: SOUR! Very simple, but it lets you know what's coming.

T: More sour! Great, no frills added sour. Nothing wrong with adding fruit or other creative endeavors, but this is a straight up crisp sour. Very refreshing.

M: crisp and clean, does not linger.

O: an excellent no frills sour That is readily available.

Photo of ehammond1
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, Ca

Golden and orange with a moderately-sized off-white head that leaves messy, irregular, spiderwebs and lines of irregular lace. A gorgeous beer from Belgium--surprise, surprise.

A lot of white fruit and juicy grape elements shine in the aroma, along with good amounts of wood and some basement mustiness. Very interesting and pleasant. This isn't at all what I expected, and it's wonderful.

The flavor follows the aroma with a good wave of acid and sourness complementing the white fruit, grape, and wood notes. Low to moderate bitterness. Somewhat sweet, as well, but the flavors work in harmonious concert.

Thin to medium bodied with high carbonation.

A very enjoyable surprise. I would love to have this one again.

Photo of Rastacouere
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Rodolito for a rare and marvellous example Appearance is first a surprise, but you get to love it like a child who's the smallest of his class by a head. This can't be clearer, I see my finger prints through it, but the head my friends is the perfect white, sticky as if it weren't enough. The body is pure liquid gold, very shining, spectacular one may say. Very effervescent from the outside look. Aroma of wet hay, apple cider, grass (saison anyone?), a bit of funk, a definite sour touch, dry, not unlike a good champaign, grassy. Isn't this well structured and beautiful? In mouth, this is also reminiscent of champaign, very white wine alike in the dryness. Lightly bitter finish which adds a new complexity. Moderately malty with peaches and pears flavors. It's mostly about the delicate dryness though, puckering and hayish. Mouthfeel is quite biting, thin-medium and a nice fit. I feel I don't have the words to do it justice though, there'd be a lot more to say, but it's hard to be put in words. Very complex for sure and rather tart with gueuze character. Lovely dry aftertaste. I think this would be hard to drink in any kind of large quantities though, just like champaign once again. Truly in a class of its own and worth seeking out.

Photo of lordofstarside
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

25oz bomber to a snifter

Pours a pale gold with two fingers of white foam. Moderate carbonation lacing from the sides, not bad retention or lacing

Smells...sour. Strong tart white grapes and apple, some lemon, heavy oak, a strong blast of Belgian funk, some pale malt, and a touch of alcohol

Taste follows the nose pretty well. Strong upfront sour fruits- apple, grape, lemon, and a bit of cherry. Yeast and malts follow, a blast of funk along with a pale bready malt. Finishes with hints of oak and a touch of alcohol

Feel is face twisting sour, definitely 'high' on the scale. Dry finish, alcohol hidden well, not very bitter. Easy to sip

Overall my go to sour. Always delivers and always available at a decent price. A little skunkiness with this bottle I haven't had on the others. Been sitting on the shelf a little too long

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

Poured from the 11.2 ounce bottle into a Petrus chalice. Cider-like aroma; one finger of foam, quickly dissipates; golden color; super dry and definitely more tart than the Oud Bruin? I swear this reminds me of my homemade cider (which I wish were this good); bet this would be grand with brunch; i definitely like it; what other treasures does this brewery have?

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into wine glass.

A - Beautiful pale brown color, with lots of head (2 fingers).

S - A nice dry, oak smell, lots of mild, sour smells.

T - Superb. Very bold in sour flavors, yet smooth. If this were your first sour beer, you couldn't help but want more. Not at all overpowering in sour, tart tastes. This is just so delicious.

M - Just right for the beer. Medium bodied.

O - Much better than the regular Petrus flanders beer. More bold sour flavors that go so well with the other complext tastes. I'll definitely have this again.

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

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My first encounter with this style of beer, a Flanders Oud Bruin, and my first beer from Brouwerij Bavik. Very excited to finally have this; expectations are high based on the beer's current ratings.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours with the appearance of a crystal white wine, but settles to a nice pale golden apple juice color when collected in the glass. Bright and clean with just a trace of sediment. Two fingers of white head settles to a foam. Looks pretty nice.

S - Ah yes, a mouthwatering aroma. Funky yeast starts things off, indistinct crisp fruitiness, apples, some sour vinegar presence, dark fruits, honey, earthy wood / barrel character, some caramel, vanilla, faint alcohol, & some soft leather. Lovingly layered and full of complexity.

T - Just the right amount of tart / sour, before the smooth creaminess of the barrel aging takes effect. Definitely dirty, earthy, and woody from the barrel. Crisp white wine, apples, caramel, and some indistinct yeast-derived fruitiness drive this thing home.

M - Feel is soft and delicate. Smooth and creamy, with just the right amount of sour / tart pucker. Finishes with a dryness similar to a white wine.

Overall, I'd say this was a wonderful introduction to both this style of beer, and this brewery. Delicious and dangerously drinkable at 7.30% abv; this is a very nice sipper of a beer. Looking forward to trying more from Brouwerij Bavik.

Petrus Aged Pale ---4/5.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
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.

Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
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.

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 2,094 ratings.