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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,888 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,888
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 69
Gots: 160 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website
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 drperm
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I really dug (digged?) this at a home-tasting. Fantastic find from an unknown (to me, at the time) entity. Brut-ish, bone dry, reminiscent of an unfruited lambic. Pleasantly sour and oaky. I’d be curious to try this with a Thanksgiving turkey or some artisan cheeses. A good find!

drperm, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Pintofbrown
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- The head builds quickly to a two-finger, white and bubbly cap. It recedes just as fast, but leaves a very nice sheet of lace on the glass. The body is a gold-amber that is quite cloudy. Fast streams of bubbles shoot in columns to the surface of the ale.

Smell- Definitely sour apple and citrus acidity at play. Belgian yeast is strong with this one. A little bit of woodiness and some pear notes.

Taste- The sourness cuts through immediately, but the more sips that go down help to tame that aspect. After that, there is definite woodiness apparent from the oak, also some earthy quality to this in the finish. It has to be the yeast.

Mid-drink produces that sweet and sour hard candy flavor. The finish is decent with some alcohol bite and estery flavors. This is really complex, and the flavors underneath the sour qualities are quite delicate.

Mouth feel- The body gets better with some warming. It has bulked up a bit and feels slick going over the tongue. There is just enough lift from the bubbles to keep it from being flat. It finishes a little dry from the sour character and the slight alcohol warming.

Overall- Petrus Aged Pale is not for beginners. In fact, I'm not sure my palate was quite ready for this one. The flavors are so unlike anything I have encountered before, but man, were they a blast to experience.

I think the sour quality of this beer will blow a lot of people away if they just buy this cold off the shelf. Give this one some thought and really put yourself to task when drinking this beer. It is very complex and subtle. If you don't sip this one, you're missing out.

Pintofbrown, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of Wildman
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden color and formed a small, bubbly white head that left circular lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of cherry, vinous quality with some wood aspects. A flavor of cherry vinous with some lemon present with a touch of grain. A sourness/tartness one would expect in this type with a slight astrigent aspect.

Wildman, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of sommersb
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 05-21-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged, with foil
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

Appearance: Clear beer with a golden color. The head is white and has a fair amount of retention but little in the way of lace.

Smell: Lemons and limes come to mind as you get a whiff of sourness. Other aromas are of wood and peppery spices.

Taste: Very tart which is expected from the aromas. Woody, and extremely dry with a bit of saltiness. Lots of fruitiness — green apple comes to mind. Flavors and acidity have a white wine-like character.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is very high, like in a champagne. Body is light and refreshing. Finishes with a mouth-puckering sourness; quite dry.

Overall: Very dry and sour beer that may reind you more of a wine than a beer. I think it comes together well and would recommend it.

sommersb, May 22, 2014
Photo of CaptainIPA
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap @ Cafe Hollander in 'Tosa and presented in a Petrus flute. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale brass color with a pencil-width head with good retention and fine lacing. Aromas of sour apples and freshly cut grass.

Crisp and dry with a thin-bodied mouthfeel. Opens with an initial hit of copper penny and moves into flavors of green apples and sour cherries. Super dry with puckering citrus notes and suggestions of cider. More lemon sours. Progresses into a champagne-like middle. A very subtle note of vanilla surfaces before flowing into a powder-dry finish.

Very nice balance of sour, tart and citrus fruits. If you're looking for a pucker-worthy sour that's actually sessionable, Petrus Aged Pale is for you. Highly recommended.

CaptainIPA, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of mwa423
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours the color and clarity of a fine scotch. The head wasn't much to write home about as long as it was poured carefully.

S - Funky, sour notes, and some Belgian yeast.

T - All the classic sour flavors of infected homebrew...or an Oud Bruin. Lots of dried fruit along with fantastic sour flavors and some slight notes of yeast and Belgian malt

M/D - Mouthfeel was smooth for a sour and went down well. This is incredibly drinkable and I may have to hit the store and pick up the west.

mwa423, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of rapidsequence
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. I got this from Pints O'Plenty, no price tag, but I'm sure it was reasonable.

Appearance: A very clear golden yellow. Thick soft looking head fades to a small whitish puddle within a couple of minutes. Some lacing, but not what I expect.

Smell: Prominent tart aromas, but only slightly acetic. There's lemon, sour apple, and some sweeter fruit too, like maybe pear. Tannic smelling oak is a little sharp, and some wet musty funk is in there too. Very interesting.

Taste: Sweet and sour fruity flavors blend together, with sour coming out a little on top. There's some bitterness in the finish too. The oak flavor is pronounced. Again, some mustiness in the funk.

Mouthfeel: Clean feeling. Crisp carbonation, sticky oaky tannins. Dry, snappy finish.

Overall: Close to really excellent. The flavor is just too much of sourness and tannins, without enough else happening. Tasty and refreshing though-- I quite like it.

rapidsequence, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of thepeter
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright clear golden color with a smaller than average head that lasts as a film for most of the beer. The lacing is very nice and sticky as it clings to the glass. Great funky, tart, sour fruit aroma. First sip hits you with that same sour funk, and then mellows out quite a bit. I got a lot of sour apple/grapes mixed in with a musty funk and acidity. There is a slight sweetness to balance it all through the beer and a very pleasant dryness at the end. There is a medium to light body which is a bit thin for an Oud Bruin, however this one is a "Pale" ale. . . either way I would have preferred more body. Very refreshing and so easy to drink, could drink it all day.

thepeter, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of seand
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy light orange-ish amber with a fair amount of light white head. Just a ring around the glass and a bit of surface film retains, which is enough to leave a good amount of lacing.

S: Light yeast, sour fruit, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Sour and sweet fruit from the start through the aftertaste. Nice complexity and great tartness on the finish.

M: Medium to light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, a very nice sour. Worth a try if the style appeals to you.

seand, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a teku glass

A - It is golden in color and topped with a couple inches of off-white head.

S - The smell is tart and funky. It smells like I am cutting up a green apple in an old cellar.

T - The taste is immediately tart reiterating that green apple connection. Then there is the dank basement aspect that comes into play. I can taste a little light fruit notes.

M - Moderate with tingling carbonation.

O - This is an affordable and remarkable sour beer. It is a great example of the style. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

buschbeer, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Petrus Aged Pale has a thin, white head, a clear, yellow-gold appearance, some bubble streams, and a good bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of extremely strong, lemony sourness and a touch of sugary sweetness. Taste is an explosion of sour lemon with an underlying sweetness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Petrus Aged Pale finishes dry, refreshing, and very drinkable. If you enjoy Lemonheads or Sweet-Tarts, you might enjoy this.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of HabiMendes
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a golden-looking beer, which, unfortunately, had a poor retention in my example here. The aroma is intriguing: apricots and barnyard-like tones associated with brettanomyces, as well as other acid-producing bacteria. The light, crisp body leaves a relatively long aftertaste showcasing, of course, the tartness and the wood-aged taste that this beer conveyed during the whole sampling.

HabiMendes, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of ckollias
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow hue with a 1-finger white head that rapidly dissipates into no lace and no trail down the side of the glass.

S: Very sour green apple aroma with a woody background.

T: Extremely tart and sour beer – I thought it might be contaminated at first sip. Sour green apples flavor with a big citrus punch to the face. Hints of wood and finishes sour and dry,

M: Medium body and minimal carbonation.

O: This was by far the most sour beer I’ve ever tasted – including lambics. It made my taste buds cry. This is a sipping beer – it took me and hour to drink it. At first I was overwhelmed by the sour tartness – but every sip was more pleasurable and by the end I realize how complex this brew was. Could I drink this every night – no way – but this is a beer to be savored.

ckollias, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of lordofstarside
4.16/5  rDev +2%
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

lordofstarside, Jul 01, 2014
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.

ehammond1, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of matthiasbrau
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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?

matthiasbrau, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Beer-A-Lot, Apr 27, 2013
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.

Rastacouere, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

MetalMountainMastiff, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap and in the bottle and this is one beer that really doesn't taste any different on tap. I think probably because of the aging nothing really changes within the beer after bottling or kegging.

About the beer. Very interesting sour beer.the smell is almost funky lemon. The look is rather plain and you wouldn't know it is different from a glass of pilsner except for some soapy head that dissipates. Seems to be right for the aged style. The taste is funky vinegar lemonade with overtones of grain and sweetness. If you like sour beers this is a nice subtle one.

OttoPeeWee, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

HiroProtagonist, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of xylophonica
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

xylophonica, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Trueant1
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very straw colored in the glass. white head. Smells of spices and alcohol. Smells of champagne or some nice wines.
Tastes of champagne, salt, sourness, and grapes. Outstanding sour taste.
Mouthfeel is nice. Medium texture, and lightly carbonated. Sticky sweets coat the palette. Do not expect to drink this fast, rather, sip and enjoy the sour fruity flavors!

Trueant1, Nov 24, 2010
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.

Sumdeus, Mar 19, 2014
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 1,888 ratings.