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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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2,134 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,134
Reviews: 666
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 93
Gots: 252 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of alpinebryant
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear hay yellow straw color with a decent white head that quickly settles to just the edges.

Taste of oak, lemon, pale malts, nice sour flavor profile that is well rounded and complex. There is a nice lemony puckering sour that is very well done, and more pronounced than some of the other sours I have had recently.

Overall, a great beer for the price. A six pack of these would be entirely worth the $30 in addition to the fact that you don't have to drink 750 mls in one sitting if having by yourself.

Medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. A great sour in a standard 12 oz bottle. Recommended

Photo of xylophonica
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale amber colour, light head.

S - Intriguing smell, quite unusual. Honey, bread, licorice, bubblegum (heaps), sweet liqueur, strawberry and various flower aromas. Crazy!

T - Massive citrus hit. Big orange/lemon flavour (very sour) with a splash of honey.

M - Light on the palate. Again very sour and quite spicy. Carbonation is epic at first.

O - Just a wacky beer all over. Aroma is simply amazing. Overall though probably a little bit hardcore given the exceptionally high levels of carbonation and peculiar combination of tastes.

Photo of Tele
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.5 Crystal clear, pale gold. One-inch off-white head that lasts about a minute.

S: 4 Pretty mild. There’s a good amount of funk at first with some pepper, bread, lemon, and oak.

T: 4.25 Quite tart at first with slightly sweet bready malt closely behind. Lots of white pepper and lemon that go very well with the tart/funk flavors. Very light bitterness on the aftertaste.

M: 4.25 Farily light but not too thin. There’s enough there that makes the beer feel substantial but also leaves you wanting more. The dry finish is very nice, but there could be a bit more carbonation.

O: 4.25 This beer is easy to get and very pleasing if you’re looking to satisfy a sour craving. There are a lot of really nice flavors and a good tartness level. Not quite up there with some of the popular gueuze offerings, but a solid alternative.

Photo of WiscoTerr
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tectactoe
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Petrus Aged Pale pours a golden, amber-ish and orange kind of color, a bit muddled in hue, although it has reasonably good clarity, save for a bit of chill haze at the start. The gray-tinted head doesn't stick around for a very long time, as it quickly descends into a skin that has trouble even spanning the top of the brew. No lacing, although it isn't exactly expected for this style of beer.

One sniff and you're hit with a good "one-two" combo of sour and funk; musky cellar and corky funk, complimented by a mirage of tart fruits, like apple skins, lemon zest, and a bit of white grape. Barrel character is highly integrated, too, with plenty of tannin and wet oak. The yeast provides a touch of clove-like spice and maybe even a bit of bubblegum - very characteristic of certain Belgian yeast strains. So far, I'm liking how things are going.

The brew carries a nice, even tartness throughout the entirety of each sip; the profile expands even more on the palate, opening up and bouncing around with a plethora fruits. Green apples, grapes, cherries, strawberry, and a touch of lemon zest in the end. Tart, but not quite puckering or sour, and very calm and mellow; no acidic burn, which is a good thing for my stomach lining. Vinegar as well as vinous notes are low, except for a heavy bit of oak that hangs around in the background, adding a nice level of complex dryness to the beer.

For a "sour" ale, this beer is balanced very well and has plenty of malt and even a touch of grassy hops to keep the tart-inducing yeast in check. I wouldn't call it "boozy" at 7.3% ABV, but the barrel aging does integrate a mild sherry and phenol-like alcoholic tone that beefs up an otherwise light-tasting Belgian sour. Medium bodied, even borderline creamy, although the high carbonation keeps it from being so. Finish is somewhat dry and a touch sticky.

Awesome beer here, and what's even better is that you can easily pick this stuff off of most shelves around town. Definitely a brew that's sour and funky enough to please long-time fans of the style, while remaining mild and tame enough to not scare newcomers away. Reasonably priced for the quality and amount as well; one of the better examples of blonde Belgian sours that are easy to obtain.

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

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Leather & sourness, & a touch of pear

T: Tanic & sour notes, hints of raspberry & cherry up front. Oaky notes mix with puckery cherry as this warms, so much dryness & you can feel your enamel on your teeth being chewed on by the acidity. Finishes tart, puckery & dry

MF: Puckery, medium bodied with subtle carbonation

A good take on the style, not quite a puckery or deep as others of this ilk, but still a recommended Ould Bruin to me...

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip:

A: Amazing clarity, soft pillow of a white head that hangs around for a long time. Great lacing and white capped mountains of foam. So far I am very impressed by the look of this beer.

S: The nose hits back with a splash of sour apple/white grape and lemon. Some hay is also present followed by a bit of barnyard funk. Smells invitingly sour and delicious.

T: Strong sour bite at first followed by some white grapes and a touch of oak. It finishes really dry and light. Great puckering sensation that just demands another sip.

M: Light and bubbly with good carbonation.

D: This might be my new go to sour beer. It is not to hard on the wallet and it is a sensational drink.

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

Appearance: A moderately hazy straw colored body capped by a finger and a half of white lacing that fades slowly and leave good lacing.

Aroma: Lots of tart, musty, and vinegary notes over a sweet body. Literally mouthwatering.

Flavor: Up front, it's all about the acidic and vinegary sour character. There's decent sweetness underneath to counter the sour notes, though it's ultimately tipped towards the sour side of the spectrum. No sign of the moderately-high alcohol content. Musty notes reminiscent of their Oud Bruin in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A smooth medium body with medium carbonation. Tart and dry in the finish.

Drinkability: As long as you like sour flavors, this is pretty easy to knock back.

Verdict: Nicely complex and tasty throughout Aged Pale is a friendly and solid little brew. If you've only tried a few sweet sours and are looking to branch out into the more vinegary side, this would be a perfect place to start.

Photo of CBlack85
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte. 8 oz pour served in a small chalice.

Nearly crystal clear and light golden/pale yellow in color. The head is a light & foamy and bright white in color. The head is quickly reduced to a small ring and leaves behind some very nice lacing.

The nose is tart fruit with some bubblegum and woody notes. There is also a slight funky aroma lurking in the background.

Acidic and tart, the first taste is like a punch in the mouth. Once you are past the initial sour shock, and your palate is coated, the complex flavors start to emerge. Lots of tart (and slightly sweet) citrus fruits, maybe a hint of tart apple. As the beer warms the woody flavors start to emerge, maybe a hint of vanilla. Light bodied and very dry. Once you get past the initial sour/tart shock, the beer becomes quite drinkable. I could see myself drinking a few of these.

Photo of shand
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poor Petrus Aged Pale. This beer resides in a sad equilibrium - not extreme enough for the hardcore sour lovers, but far too sour for the casual beer fan looking for something new. Those of us looking for a great, expertly crafted sour will find plenty of to love here. Petrus Aged Pale pours out a golden color with a small head. The aroma is tart and vinous, with some oak and cherry rounding everything out. The taste is excellent. It's tart and sharp at first, with a great apple and cherry bite. It's very acidic for sure, but doesn't come off as being too far down that line. I'd like to credit that to the oak-aging, taking a bit of the bite off with just a small contribution to flavor. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is excellent. Overall, a superb sour beer that's readily available and accessible.

Photo of boss302
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Petrus Aged Ale, 333ml bottle, batch #40084 on the back label.

A Golden/deep yellow color, crystal clear, good head to start, though it faded quickly and didn't cover to the end.

S Tart sweet aroma, buttery winey aroma. Grassy, reminds me of Sauvignon Blanc.

T Tart, green apple taste, similar to a Geuze. There is a nice sweet sharp tang at the back of the tongue like a sweet tart candy. More wine like than I expected. Complex flavors and a beer that is more of a sipper than a quaffer.

M Carbonation seems low, medium body.

D Definitely a beer worth trying, perhaps not for the novice, but certainly the more adventurous BA. There is some interesting flavors in this beer, and not quite like any other beer I've tried. I will have another. I wish I knew more about wine so that I could more easily distinguish the characteristic flavors that come as a result of the oak barrel aging.

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

This beer pours a light bodied slightly cloudy unpolished gold in color with a slight and quickly dissipating half finger bright white head. The nose is both slightly sweet and slightly tart. It's kind of difficult to describe. It's almost slightly lactic and slightly citric. It has a touch of granny smith apple as well as a touch of lemon and moderate funk. It's not too sour or tart for beginners and is very approachable, like most blonde sours. It has a moderate amount of carbonation and leaves a nice acidic tartness behind in the aftertaste. I like it. I'm especially glad that it's both available and affordable. I would recommend trying this if you haven't already.

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.


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.

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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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