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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,092 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,092
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 94
Gots: 233 | FT: 4
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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 beerpirates
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WynnO
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of matias-
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drpimento
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Woo-hoo! mmm, mm, good beer! Very interesting. Big tropical fruit nose with a lilttle malt and a hint of the flavor to come: sour. Poured with a small head that quickly fades to almost none and a tiny bit of lace. Very clear rich gold color. Flavor is much more dry and much less fruity than the nose would suggest. Very nice carbonation. Tartness lingers on the tip of the tongue. Finish is clean leaves good memories. Not sure if it'd be a session beer.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a light golden amber color. The head is a one finger white shade. It's more substantial looking than others in the style, but still fades quickly. Thin splotches of lacing are left on the glass.

S: There's good tartness on the nose - better than I expected really, given how low the Petrus Oud Bruin was in sour qualities. The fruit esters here are pretty light; apple, pear, grapes, and maybe some vague citrus. Even touches of honey and pale malts are found.

T: Oh yeah. This one has some good mouth-puckering sourness. It's definitely acetic/vinegary in nature; however, it's not perfectly integrated within the other (meager) qualities the flavor profile provides. It is balanced well, however. Just like the aroma, there aren't really any cherry fruit qualities, it's pretty much apple/pears/grapes alongside the acetic sourness. It becomes less tart near the finish as some light maltiness and the faintest 'ping' of grassy hops come through.

M: Pretty damn light in texture, which is just what I look for in the style. Oak tannins help to dry out some of the acidic zing on the finish and aftertaste, and never come across too harshly. It isn't particularly easy to drink, but it IS easy to sip, and that's what counts.

O: This one definitely delivers the sour, puckering bite to it - and at a decent price, to boot! I really wish it was fruitier, but that's just nitpicking. I'd definitely consider making this one a go-to sour for me.

Photo of babaracas
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with thin white head; quarter inch sticks around with spotty lacing. Smell: barnyard, apricot, majorly acetic, grainy, vinous. Taste: white grape, white peach, all tart, mild pale malt sweetness, herbal finish with plenty of drying oak character. Body is a little thin, but nice flavors though a bit one-note on the tartness.

Photo of warnerry
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy honey color with almost two fingers of white head. Head has pretty good retention. Leaves only scant lacing.

S - Tart, with sour apple and a bit of vinegar, some wood notes, and earthy yeast.

T - Again, tart up front, though the earthy funk nicely complements the sour fruit and vinegar tastes. Some oak and a mild sweetness come in midway, though the finish is crisp, tart and dry with some wood notes.

M - Light crisp mouthfeel that finishes dry and earthy.

O - An enjoyable Oud Bruin, if not as good or complex as the best of the style. Still, I would have this again.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a golden color with medium level billowy lace.
Aroma is somewhat vinous with some tart cherry or raspberry hints. Sort of musty aroma with heavy oak hits. Very wine like aroma but with malt instead of grapes. (if that makes any sense.
Flavor has pale malt, slight smoke and peat, some nuttiness and maybe some green apple thrown in.
Mouthfeel has some acidity and tannins.
Drinkability is solid but one is enough, definite beer to savor and sip.

& Mouthfeel: Lip smacking tartness upfront subsides as soon as the palate becomes accustom to the level of acidity. Oak flavours draw the mouth towards dry yet there is just enough sweetness from the grain to meld with the tartness for a sweet-tart juicy middle. Hints of earthiness show a complex yeast. Faint sherry character as the warmth of the alcohol becomes more apparent with its slightly ester profile. Finishes with more wood on a dry note.

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brouwerij Bavik Petrus Aged Pale

Appearance: This gateway beer (as it was described by another BA) pours a pale golden color not unlike the macros of the US. Unlike the macros it was crowned with a perfectly white, three-finger, soapsuds-esque head that dissipated rather quickly, but did leave some lacing on the glass. The carbonation is moderately active, and sediment is visible in the glass. The paleness is a bit of a turnoff due to its adjunct lager connotations in the American mindset, but it is true to style so it cannot be knocked too much for that. There are some alcohol legs as well, somewhat of a surprise at only 7.3% ABV.

Aroma: The drinker can smell this one immediately after opening the bottle. Vinegar is huge, followed by tart fruits and just a hint of the wood from the barrels that this was aged in. There is also a bit of cherry in the finish, along with some grapey qualities that remind one of white wine. There is some pretty good stuff here.

Taste: Tart as Hell up front, this beer wastes no time. It is like forgoing sucking on a Warhead and just biting right in to the center. There are lemon notes, cherry notes, and white wine notes that dominate and punish the tongue, but a very slight sweetness comes in at the tail end of the taste along with a hint of tropical fruits (banana or mango?). This beer could use a bit of malt backbone, as it is sort of one-dimensional minus the sweet relief and the vinegar. This is definitely living up to its name as a gateway from pale ales, however.

Mouthfeel: Wine comparisons continue here with a medium-thick viscosity meshed with a very champagne like carbonation that has some real staying power, lasting nearly the entire duration of the glass (depending on personal drink time). The sourness puckers the mouth and destroys the tongue, but in a good way, leaving in its wake copious amounts of saliva. The carbonation may be a bit overwhelming, but it keeps you drinking and keeps the flavor lively.

Overall: As an introductory sour beer, this is one of the best, and I should know, I am a beginner to the style. It is not so sour as to render it undrinkable or to shock the taster, but it is sour enough to recall what is so appealing about sourness in the first place. As the beer warms, the oak comes out a lot more and adds some much needed complexity that I noted as lacking. I would not say I am hooked on sours yet, but this definitely intrigued me further. A word of warning (probably regarding all sours): though the ABV is relatively low and the drinkability is high, this is probably still a sipper, as the sour flavors can be overpowering both to the palate and the stomach if ingested too quickly. 15.5/20

Photo of Cresant
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 750 mL bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The dull gold body had a white creamy head that left speckles of lace.

The smell was 7-Up like. Lemons. Sour and woody.

The taste was bracingly sour on the first sip but it did sweeten up in the swallow. Pear and tart apples. Peppery in the end. Finished semi-dry and woody. Enjoyable.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium to mild carbonation. Solid overall.

Photo of gatornation
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from an 11.2 oz bottle..code lower left back 40084

A-pours a clear light yellow color with a 1/2 finger white head that recedes to just a white collar..some lacing on glasss

S- smell is tart with notes of lemon ,sour fruit,vinegar,and a leather barnyard funk

T- is very tart..starts with sour fruit and vinegar notes..that meld with an oak and malt taste..its followed with some hops and leather sourness..it has a wet musty oak taste in background

M- its a light -medium mouthfeel with some nice puckering b4 mentioned flavors

D- is very good i found it just right with it sourness and just right with malt/hops and wood flavors...11.2 oz was just the right serving

Photo of laituegonflable
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold colour, flat really with no bead. Modest crown of white head with nice chunks of sticky lace. Would like more head, but otherwise, is nice.

Smell is oaky to the X-Treme, and that gives me a vinous sense. Quite sour and woody with berry and currant notes, lots of white grape skin as well. Very appealing, just a tad simple though with the wood perhaps being too dominant.

Taste is quite funky, with lots of wood. Citric notes, young and underripe grape with white wine vinegar edge. Oak comes through strong on the finish, but then peters out with a dry and slightly spicy finish. Robust belgian yeast barges in to save the day and finishes off with a slight mild malt underlying to the back. Very nice beer, with great sour notes, good complexity. Just a bit underwhelming at times, where I want more malt or even more wood, but otherwize very good.

Quite a sizzly texture, champagney edge to it but a nice viscosity to the body.

Well aged, infected and brewed. The balance is struck well to make a tasty funky beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light honey orange with a large 3 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Random chunks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is tart, sour, and funky with a slight metallic aroma. Taste is of sour/tart fruit up front with a malt aftertaste. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and slightly acidic mouthfeel. Very bubbly but it works with the flavors. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice tart flavors but it's a bit pricey at $4.50 for less than 12 ounces.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Weyerbacher chalice

Pours a burnt orange with a good amount of opacity. A thin yellow infused cap rose and fell quickly and settled to a thin collar.

The aroma of apple cider vinegar is detectable from arms length. Strong layers of oak, granny smith apples and cider vinegar. Not a whole lot of breadth but extremely pungent.

The sourness is apparent the moment it hits the lips. Mimicing the nose with a moderate dryness through the finish. As this warms, a white grape flavor rears its head. The oak leaves a nice layer of wood mixed with the sour lingering for days.

The body is medium with strong acidic tones. Overall, this is an extremely solid beer that deserves a chance in everyone's glass.

Photo of Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Pours a translucent, straw gold with no head and minimal lacing. Nose expresses citrus, french oak, and some toasty notes - perhaps a trace of caramel. Taste is salty, citrusy and mellow wood notes with a slightly tart finish. Mouthfeel is light and lively with an astringency that keeps the salivary glands stimulated. A solid example of the style - very pleasant and easy drinking with a well-hidden abv. Especially nice in that it is fairly easy to obtain.

Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Decent retention leaving some splattered lace. Color is a pale golden yellow.

Aroma: Sour cherries, a lot of grapes, oak, spice, sourness, grape candy. I like it.

Taste: A lot of sour grapes and cherries. Oak, spices, a decent sourness to it, some lemon and acidity, and green apples.

Mouthfeel: Sour and clean. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean as well.

Overall, I was impressed with this one, especially at the cost. Really easy to drink and quite tasty. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

A: This beer appears a very clear, light golden color. The head is very minimal, yet the retention is very good.

S:The beer smells really funky and tannic, always a good sign.

T: The taste is reminiscent of sour white wine, with a really puckering finish. I also get some nice notes of wood with prominent acetic properties.

M: The feel is decent, with a growing vinegar burn in the back.

D: It's pretty tasty, but not the smoothest ride.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

kind of a weird sour ale, because it is quite hoppy as well. thats a combination i havnt seen a lot of. pours a hazy pale color equal parts orange and yellow. average size white head. smells like a mix between a hoppe american pale ale and a flemish sour without any of the cherry or other fruit flavors. flavor is really potent and different. english style bitter hops and a malt vinegar sour finish, some woody notes carrying all the way through. feel is good, light on the body but heavy on the flavor. medium carbonation works well. overall a pretty cool beer, not at all conventional, quite drinkable, and worthy of special occasions. nice one!

Photo of nhusbands
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear golden amber hue with foamy white head. Light bodied with good upfront sour taste but quick dissipation into a faintly sweet aftertaste. A good beginning beer for those not too immersed in the world of sour beers. It has good mouth-pucker but nothing too offensive.

Photo of jellikit
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: light orange. Slightly hazy. Thin head that does not persist.
S: sour. Vinegar. Acid.
T: vinegar and oak. Very sour. Cider.
M: highly carbonated. Light body. Acidic. Tart.
O: great sour. Very sour. Acidic. Great representation of style. Will purchase again.

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sean9689
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ebenezer's and served into a wine glass of sorts.

A - Pours a copper color, cream head, nice cap and sticky lacing, thick collar. Pretty nice looking sour.

S - Nice sour tart, slight funk, fruits, slight hay. Not much like a Flanders, more like a straight up sour, almost American-esque. That said, all very enjoyable.

T - Sour/tart, fruity, slight oak, tart finish. Again, not much Flanders in this Oud Bruin. Lots of great sour notes, but more of an American Sour then anything else.

M - Body is light, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A very enjoyable brew that was personally recommended by Chris Lively. My experience with Petrus isn't so good, so I wouldn't have ordered this otherwise. Much better on-tap then out of the bottle, by a long shot. Enjoyable, thanks Chris!

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a bright gold, faint haze, with one finger of sudsy eggshell head. Lacing is minimal

Smell -- Brett, oak, lemon, dark pitted fruits.

Taste -- Quite tart up front with salted lemons and biscuit. The middle yields some sherry-like flavor along with raisins and prunes. The alcohol becomes noticeable toward the finish, along with more pronounced oak.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body, a bit slick with ample prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability -- This beer is very dynamic with the flavors quickly evolving throughout the taste. Exceptional to say the least. I feel foolish for putting this back on the shelf so many times before.

Photo of hoplover82
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head that has ok retention and little to no lacing.

Smells of cloves and cinnamin and sweet caramelized pears and peaches and sour grapes. So complex.

Taste is very sour with a sour/sweet grape pie filling with a tangy bitterness that linger forever. Apples and strong grapes dominate for sure.

sweet silky mouthfeel with a slighty dry but not too dry finish.

It has an ok drinkability, but I couldn't possibly session this one.

Photo of yelterdow
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 Edition (year is lasered on the back label) served at just over fridge temperature in an oversize snifter. 330ml bottle.

Appearance- Pours a clear, medium gold with a barely centimeter-thick white head. After just a moment in the glass, the bubbles disperse and line the outside edge.

Smell- Wild, fermenting fruit is featured here, with a pungent sourness that brings Belgium's raw, natural farmhouse aromas to mind. There's a nice depth here, and the malts are actually noticable within the funky nose.

Taste- As sour and tart as this beer is, there's great balance as well. Almost like lemonade, the initial citric blast defers to a sweetness that finishes very smoothly and leaves behind a lip-smacking tartness on the lips and teeth. Towards the end of this tasting, a bready, yeasty finish becomes more noticable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The constantly responsive effervescence in the mouth is very nice here... it keeps the flavors alive and moving, with perfect weight and rolling quality. More drinkable than many of the better gueuzes and BSPAs that fit this profile, and certainly more approachable for the beginner. A great aperitif that could easily substatute for champagne before the first course is served.

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 2,092 ratings.