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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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1,951 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,951
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 76
Gots: 176 | FT: 4
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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 marc77
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Turbid dark golden hue. Lean, but steadfast white head yields sparse lace. Pungent, barbed waft of acetic acid hits the nose upfront. Fruit, of a woefully underripe green apple nature, ensues along with understated notes of soured, tannic oak. Quite enticing aromawise. Cuspate lactic tartness is incipient in flavor, but is softened promptly by suggestions of crab apple and sourdough. Rounded enteric horse and hay notes emerge mid palate, but are subdued enough not to perturb the simple tart apple character. Very well attenuated, with an initially prickly, lanky mouthfeel softened by suspended yeast. Imperceptible dextrins or residual protein. Notes of oak augment as the brew warms and add depth to the pervasive tartness. Finishes bone dry and abrupt, with a snap of sour currant and ethanol warmth. An intense, yet balanced brew. Very much like an aged Gueuze in its mixed acid character, although obviously richer in ethanol. Very tasty, and most worthy of a larger, 750 ml portion. 11.2 oz is insufficient.

marc77, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of PatrickJR
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Pale amber, clear, with about a finger of extremely pale yellow colored head. Retention is somewhat short, though a small thin collar remains. Lots of bubble activity from the bottom for the first few minutes. Minimal lacing.

S - Certainly "funk" is the main aroma happening in here, though there's an overtone of apple cider approaching vinegar. Hay, grass, clay, onions, lemon peel, sweat, and some leather hiding in the corners. While Petrus Aged Pale bears some resemblance to a gueuze, the aromas are much more attenuated and there's some ever present sweetness throughout.

T - The "funk" hits immediately, specifically focusing on the hay-like and earthy flavors with touches of leather and wood. Sharp cheddar cheese and mustard seed also come to mind at times. Moderate funk turns vinegary with apple-like overtones and fleeting but noticable suggestions of sweetness. Sourness continues to grow and harsh lemon-peel dryness wipes away any trace of sweetness and introduces a moderate earthy bitterness. The intensity of the vinegar-turned-citrus-turned-almost-medicinal late palate makes for an extremely drying experience.

M - Light bodied with some tight, moderate to low carbonation.

D - For a fairly intense brew with a lot of funk and sourness going on, this is definitely more drinkable than others I've had. The mild sweetness tempers some of the sourness and the light body helps everything go down as well. Not something I'd have more than one of, but a bit easier to drink than I was expecting after reading others' comments about the levels of funk and dryness.

PatrickJR, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean, pale yellow-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, well, like sticking your head in a package of sweet tarts. In the taste, sugary and liquid sweet tarts, yet more tart than sweet. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry sourness in the aftertaste. Super sour, a bit sweet, but delicious all day long!

OWSLEY069, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.

Initially pours with a half finger of white head; this soon melts into a thin layer leaving an impressive ring around the glass. Body is a slightly hazy yellow.

The nose is wonderful. I get white wine type sour grapes, sour apples, a citric acid malt and a bit of stinging sourness that smells as though it will pucker the mouth a bit. I can't think of more words to describe this excellent smelling beer.

Instantly drying on the tongue, sour washes the palate first as this beer enters the mouth. Imagine sour cherries without the cherry, and you have this beer's initial flavor. Some subtle green apple notes are present, but without the accompanying sweetness. Near the end of the flavor some interesting malts show up and provide a distinctly sourdough grainy flavor, which is quite nice and isn't as prominent in the cousin of this beer, Petrus Oud Bruin.

Medium body, some tannins present, and palate-invigorating carbonation make the mouthfeel of this aged ale quite pleasing. I suppose some crystal malts were used in the brewing of this beer, and that probably accounts for the nice malt flavors at the end and the nicely rich body. The drinkability is very good for the style.

Conclusion: This style intrigues me greatly, and I feel that there is no way that I can really understand the intricacies of the style from my limited exposure to it. This (as far as I can tell) is a very good example, as it is complex and pleasing.

allforbetterbeer, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium golden color with a one-finger head into my Piraat tulip.

Aroma is full of apple, grape and cherry. A bit sour too. That's about all I can detect.

Taste is sour at first with apple and grape most prominent in the middle. Not too funky. The oak is nearly non-existent in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sourness and mainly apple and grape. Easy to drink. Definitely not something to drink in a hurry.

A decent sour beer here. You should give it a shot.

Brad007, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of PacNWDad
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz glass into a goblet. The pour is lively, with plenty of carbonation, almost champagne-like. Aroma is of unripe fruits, cherry, apple, some grape. Not much in the aroma in terms of the oak casks, although I did get some vanilla in there. Taste is quite sour, particularly on the front end. Some more balanced sweetness comes out in the finish. Light mouthfeel, really like a sparkling wine almost. Overall, I really enjoyed it!

PacNWDad, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap tonight at Rustico in Ballston, VA.

a - Pours a nice golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour apples, sour fruits, oak, very tart fruit. Also some grass/hay earthy tones. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of oak, sour apples, sour and tart fruit, fruity malts, hay/earthy malts.

m - Light body and low to moderate carbonation, tart and dry at the end.

d - A very enjoyable sour. Lots of tart apples in the nose and taste. Would like to have again.

mdfb79, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of rye726
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear tan and has a creamy beige head. The nose really opens up as this reaches cellar temp. There is a base of mild malts and grains followed by tart fruits, musky oak and light funk. The taste has a strong sour/bitter aspect up front followed by musky wood and barnyard funk. Firly light body was a crisp dry finish. Great brew from Bavik. Much better than their Oud Bruin.

rye726, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasn't sure if I had had this before but it was on draft so what's there to lose? Beer is yellow and clear. Forms a broken white head of small bubbles. Almost no lacing (like it should be) and the carbonation level is low.

Aroma is really good. Mildly acetic, almost sweet, mild funky basement.

Beer is thin and has a slightly metallic tinge to it. Strong acetic acid note, almost cherry like at times. Pretty bright flavors, good drinkability and nice mouthfeel.

drabmuh, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Slightly hazed dark golden. Small beaded carbonation rises at a moderate pace to the thin ivory white coating on top. The bubbly collar leaves sporadic patches of lace. Strong nose of rich, sweet cherries, oaky tannins, lactic sourness and brown sugar. Boy this baby is bone dry. Don't know if it's from the aging or what, but it reminds me of a lambic that way. It's refreshing in a way. There's just a little "lambic-like" sourness, but not a lot. Slight bits of sweet malt. A little tart cherry aspect. But the lip smacking dryness dominates. Light bodied and an effervescent feel in the mouth. And enjoyable and unique beverage.

A review long overdue, right Darren ;>) Thanks for the brew.

Bighuge, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of Tucquan
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-07-10 at Capone's

A - Medium amber. Short, white head with little lacing.

S - Plum, raisin, roasted grain, sour yeast with no vinegar smell.

T - Like a very tart apple. This isn't malty; it's crisp and sour, which is great for this style.

M - Champagne-like

D - If this is a style you really enjoy, then more than one makes sense. For me, one is enough as a real, taste treat like a Rodenbach Grand Cru.

Tucquan, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of Dennoman
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle poured into a chalice.

Color is a dark and slightly cloudy orange, promising a good, sturdy body and mouthfeel. Head is almost non-existent, yeast colony instantly appears on the top. Despite being a live beer, it looks very clean.

Smell is surprisingly sour, but with sensual undertones of soft caramel. Wood notes from the barrel aging clearly present, extremely inviting.

First hit of taste is strong lactic acid hitting the back of the tongue and throat, but mellows out into beautiful fruity sweetness. Carbonation is soft and natural and allows for a smooth slide down the throat.

All in all, beautiful beer and a priviledge to be able to get this quite handily in supermarkets. By far the top dog in the Petrus range.

Dennoman, May 25, 2012
Photo of readbaron
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out lightly golden with a bit of white foam. Looks a lot like apple juice - a bit darker than apple juice, but similar.

Smells tart - vinegar, with some sweet apple underneath. Also some funk - the oak is apparent.

Taste is more tart than the nose - acetic vinegar with sour apples underneath. Occassional hints of oak.

Mouthfeel is good. Crisp, relatively light. Well carbed.

Overall - fantastic value. Tasty sour beer at a great price.

readbaron, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of trevorjn06
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with a very small head that recedes quickly.

The aroma is very tart/sour (on par with N.B. La Folie) with lots of oak coming through with woodiness and some vanilla. There are some bright fruits and hints of lemon as well as a mild earthy character.

Flavor is quite tart but also pleasantly fruity and mildly sweet midway through. It begins with dry peaches and apples and transitions to sourness with a burst of lemon. The finish has some sweet malt elements to it along with noticeable hop bitterness and a lingering tartness accompanied by a faint earthiness.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, though I was in the mood for something very tart and this beer is just that.

trevorjn06, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of grannun
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very light gold, with little head.

S - Wow, I have never smelled a beer like this before. I can actually smell the tartness. Sour apples and various citrus are the most dominant, with a little of the oak barrel in the back.

T - Exactly like it smells. All of the aromas come out in flavor, with a good amount of sourness. Relatively fruity, with very little malt or hop flavor. In the back, I can definitely taste the oak, but it's subtle.

M - Good carbonation, very light in body, and very drinkable. Alcohol is so well hidden, you would never know this is beer.

O - Excellent beer. This is my first sour beer, but I loved it, and I will be back for more.

grannun, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Richardberg
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into a pint glass. Small head for a light ale, but it's a sticky foam with decent retention that clings to the edges of the glass. Very clear yellow color -- not straw or subtlely orange -- just golden yellow. Only the tiny bubbles obscure it.

S - fresh grassy grains, sour cherries, and round/mellow/aged sweetness all at the same time. Very interesting, not sure I've smelled a pale ale quite like it.

T - sourness comes to the forefront when it hits the tongue. By now it's definitely Flemish in character, not any sort of pale ale as labeled. But it's not the cherry we smelled; more like apple cider vinegar with a little bit of white grape. The malts are only present as a kind of background reminder of earthy/grassy brightness. No bitterness to speak of, nor are the woody aged notes detectable anymore. Still quite appealing overall, but I wish the more complex/rounded smells lasted longer than the first whiff; had the potential to be very special.

M - nicely smooth, some decent body for such a pale brew, moderately oily (thanks to ample ABV), just the right amount of carbonation

D - exceedingly drinkable if sourness is not a turn-off. Almost too drinkable; as mentioned, this would be a near perfect venture into new (to me) territory if the flavors had been a little more daring.

Richardberg, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of SavvyStudent
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is one of the sweetest sours i have ever had personally. My first impression was a hit of carbonated strawberry/cherry juice. It is a little sweet for my taste but you can tell this has a masterful balance. You get the oak (almost a woods) smell straight off the nose with some other red fruits.

Worth a try and if you are not sweet-adverse...worth a pack

SavvyStudent, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of chr214
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep gold straw to amber, "soapy" lacing.

Aroma: of fermented apple, wet expensive wood, apple cider vinegar.

Flavor: Fermented apple, oak barrel, charred barrel contribution to vanilla and caramel, wet forest floor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, effervescent. May be more toward Medium however carbonation lifts the feel on the tongue quite a lot.

Very much enjoyable sour, Alcohol is hidden well, balanced between sweetness, and sour shining.

chr214, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of IBUnit63
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic honey color with moderate carbonation. Head is very very thin. Very slight cloudiness.

Mellow sour citrus/horse blanket funk with a nice tinge of ginger and a little bit of vinegar tones. Sweet, spicy oak-ish backbone. Quite complex and interesting - wow.

The sweetness on the scent is a bit of a head-fake; it's all about deep, acetic sourness muted by the yeast and oak strength. Alcohol is in the background...the faint, distant background...to horse-blanket bluntness and the sour tanginess. Warmth mellows the acid to reveal more of the yeast, malt and oak-aged backbone as well as a little pine from the hop presence.

After the initial sour vinegar shock this warms to yield complexity of oak barrel aging with solid yeast presence and a little hoppiness. Definitely a sour pucker with some horse blanket in there but it even gives a beefy tone.

This one isn't for everyone but it's very well-made and, to me, enjoyable. I have limited exposure to this style but appreciate the great complexity of the offering. With the sour pucker tamed by all other elements, with a little warmth this is quite enjoyable.

IBUnit63, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of brewcore
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color yielding a sudsy white 1.5 finger white head. Very little head retention. Decent lacing.

S: Green apple cider vinegar. A little barnyard funk and sweet hay. The nose really takes me to the middle of an apple barn on a cool fall day.

T: Acetic sourness across the palate. Mellowed out well with the oak from the barrels. Fruity green apple and quince with a surprising kreik-like finish. Very tart, but overwhelming. The funk is there, but is quite pleasant. Some slight bittering hops present themselves which is unique.

M: Thin with moderate to high carbonation. Easy drinkability.

O: I rarely associate a beer's smell with a place or event but this one does it spot on for me. I am not a big fan of the "sour-styles", but even I think this one is pretty daggum good. This one will definitely be enjoyed again.

brewcore, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very clear, light gold beer with a fluffy little white head that settles down quickly. Patchy, slippery lace.

Fairly light aromatics; a bit of tart sourness, some lemon, hay, light funkiness. Very nice flavor, again with fairly restrained sourness, tart lemon, grass, hay, and funk; green apple, just a touch of sweetness. Very dry. A hint of oak.

Moderately light body with very crisp carbonation; clean and refreshing. A great introductory beer to the world of sours and my favorite offering by this brewery by far.

tobelerone, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of MarcatGSB
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into oversized wine glass. Purchased from The Fitz in Eagle River, MI.

Appearance: pours a hazy golden color with a one finger white head. Lacing is apparent but not lasting.

Smell: tart green apples. Vinegar. Berry sweetness.

Taste: very tart. Once again fresh green apples with a puckering effect. Great creamy texture, countered with the tart bite.

Mouth: Dry, crisp mouth. Really enjoyable, salivating effect.

Drink and overall: Really tasty. Not my favorite of the style, but very enjoyable. The ABV is well hidden.

MarcatGSB, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of bryantd
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good, maybe even good+, but not as good as the yardstick that is Cascade Brewing.

Sufficiently sour but would prefer more so, non-fruity taste. About the best sour beer that I've been able to find out here in the midwest.

I do recommend, and I would buy again.

bryantd, May 01, 2014
Photo of tavernjef
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright spot light yellow with a smoothly foamed top of white froth sitting about a finger high. Keeps an immense amount hanging around and the lace is in inky strings.

Aroma is fairly funky with a semi charming, paled down thwapp of soured grapeyness and oaky tangyness. Acidic funk to say the least.

Taste is a leveled sour tang of old lemon, oak, sour apple, grapefruit, and acidic yeastyness. Floating dryness of tarting parchness is interactive within a woody tone mixed with some white grape and grapefruit sourness. I like the finish more then anything as it tends to mellow off nicely. The front and the swallow is quite grabbing to the palate. It realy smacks it around some and lets you know you're drinkin' something.

Feel is active and full with alot of souring tartness. Drying and oaky with a long lasting effect of white grape and oak.

A bit slow to get through. A sipper of a sour Belgain Pale if there ever was one. Hold on to your taste buds with this one is Lambic-like.

tavernjef, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of Kshock
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright oragey-yellow color, almost like a very light copper color. No retention, goes down to thin white ring around the edges very quickly.

S- Smells like some lactic acid with a little hint of malt sweetness. Smell the sour tart pretty easily, its up front.

T- Nice sour tartness right away, gives a good pucker. Drys out nicely leaving a nice finish with no real residual flavor.

M- light-med body with a small amount of carbonation.

O- Really nice beer, good price for a sour fix.

Kshock, Aug 22, 2011
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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