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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,051 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,051
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 89
Gots: 212 | FT: 3
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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 jakea
4.04/5  rDev -1%

Photo of foody1975
4.04/5  rDev -1%

Photo of relynnjr
4.04/5  rDev -1%

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz into Bruges tulip. From notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange hue, with a light head formation and lacing. Good levels of carbonation.

S: Aroma is rich and funky, low to no level of hop aroma. Lactic acid influence, with a layer of Brett as well.

Tm: The taste is very wild and sour, with good body and great layers of acidic and funky characters. Linger is strong and prolonged.

O: overall this was a very enjoyable brew, with a great sourness level, but a bit more non sour characters to balance would have made it better.

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gotta get my sour fix! Thankfully, my roomies brought back some Cantillon from Mardi Gras... so I thought I'd warm up with one of these. Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

The beer pours a clear gold with a huge pillowy white head. Like a saison, but not quite as cloudy. Good lookin beer.

The nose is mainly sour. Not quite sharp... so lactic? There's some citrus back in there, too... but not quite sour citrus. Interesting.

The taste is a smooth, sour that isn't overwhelming and is quite refreshing. There's some citrus there and maybe some hay. Not the most complex, but it is refreshing and inviting. I'll definitely have another and these are quite affordable for decent sours!

Photo of Neorebel
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Petrus pours a primarily clear golden color, with some hints of bronze. There's a thin ring of pure white sitting on top. The aroma was an excellent bouquet of floral and fruit scents, with a slight suggestion of funky yeast as well. The taste revealed the benefits of aging with a pleasant earthiness, and a tasty cider sourness. Very tart and wine-like. Moderate body with a dry mouth feel. I would have loved to have a nice cheese plate with this... maybe next time. Order this when you can fully appreciate it's delicate beauty... this is one fine sour.

Photo of Aenema
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear light gold/bronze with a fluffy white head. leaves splotchy lacing.
Smell - Tart apple, some lemon, slight funk.
Taste - Puckering sourness, but not very intense. lots of tart apple, funk and some sourness.
Mouthfeel - Light body, nice carb, very dry finish.
Drinkability - Drinks very nicely, but I think one or two would be enough.

Photo of AlexFields
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of sacrelicio
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice, interesting beer. The appearance is a nice straw/gold color, finger thick fizzy off white head. The smell is lemons, vinegar, and a bit tropical. The taste is tart, woody, earthy, sweet and fruity. The mouthfeel is decent, and the drinkability is quite high. Nice sour for someone who is a bit new to the style.

Photo of bonkers
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The nose is very tart, vinegar and green apple notes. The first sip is almost puckering, then there are sweet citrus, and apple notes. The oak lends an interesting note also. The finish is lingering tart. The beer is light and very acidic, good carbonation. An enjoyable sour.

Photo of ElCommodoro
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours beautiful orange color. Smells EXACTLY like apple cider.
Taste is also a lot like apple cider, but a very sour one. And a bit bitter. I can't really pick up the oak or earthy characters over the sour, fruitiness of it. Guess cuz I'm a noob to this style. Delicious for something so sour and appley, though. It would make an excellent cider.

Photo of blackc5
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a gorgeously clear golden copper with a large white foam head that faded rapidly, leaving just a bit of lace.

S - Noticeably tart on the nose, with hints of oak tannins and white wine.

T - Quite tart and acidic. Vinegar-like, but without astringency. After a few sips, it actually seems quite reasonable, and overall is quite tasty. Some oak in the flavor, but not as much as expected, and hints of fruity sweetness that bob and weave, but quickly fade, making you wonder if they were there at all... Not much in the way of malt in the traditional sense, and no hops at all. Some funk in the aftertaste after the sourness subsides a bit.

M - Dry finish and light bodied, with just moderate carbonation.

D - Suprisingly high given it's pucker-factor. I do think the Pale Ale name on the bottle is a bit of a misnomer and may do it a disservice.

Photo of tastybeer
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beer is gold/yellow-orange with a slightly orange tinted white head about 1.75 girl fingers high. Lace is patchy around the edges. Aroma is tangy and sweet. Lemon, tart cherries and stinky fermented red cherries, white wine, tea, raspberries, green grapes, and a clean light malt sweetness. Taste is tart throughout. Puckering to an extent but not more tart than other sour beers. Very light sweetness underneath flavors of musky berries, white wine, and green grape skins. Very dry, almost chalky mouthfeel. It makes your mouth water. Drinkability is solid. Goes down easy but you're compelled to space sips out because of the entertaining tartness.

Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rare find at Delilah's...2003 is printed on the back label.

Pours a honey orange, some foam and large bubbles form in the tulip glass. A sticky ring of lace is left behind. Smell is of sharp citrusy lemon juice, clover honey, and white grape. Mild stable funk swirls around, with a wet stone quality. Very unique and Gueuze-like.

Taste follows the aroma, minus the funkiness. It's got a focused sharpness, sour lemon, apricot, and mellow honey all appear in the profile. White wine comes to mind. Aftertaste is slightly earthy with a vegetal hint. Sour/acidity level is moderate, almost puckering at first. It has a clean, bright sourness and is a little thin, crisp but not as and dry as Gueuze. It's a little like a Belgian Pale/Gueuze hybrid...refrfeshing in small doses. Returning to it a few times, it feels like it lacks a bit of depth that other Flanders ales have.

I've got another '03 bottle cellared indefinitely, i'm curious to try one that has more of age on it. Edit: it doesn't seem to change much over time, wondering if it's pasteurized.

Photo of chr214
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of marc77
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow body with a bright white, moderately quick-lived, loud head. I've seen better, but it's not bad.

S - Slightly sour apple with a hint of grape, pale malts, and unfortunately a tiny hint of soap.

T - Mild sour flavor a sweet accent and a full body of apple, mild oak, and a well matured Belgian bacteria blend. Very nice flavors here.

M - Dry with a moderately coarse middle and evaporating end. The lips are coarse as well.

~ I would really like to get a few more and age the brews 1 or 2 years. This is a great beverage and I look forward to getting my hands on a few more. Thank you Bottle Stop.

Photo of Tucquan
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Kshock
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of d0ggnate
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my go to sour beers.

A: Pours yellow/gold with visible carbonation, but no real head.
S: A bright and crisp citrus and wheat smell.
T: Puckering sour taste. Citrus continues with heavy lemon.
M: Well built body with crisp carbonation.
D: A great sour beer and one of my favorite go to's. I like knowing what I'm going to get with this one.

Photo of Trueant1
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Photo of trevorjn06
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of yamar68
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure how this is considered an Oud Bruin? No matter...

Very pale indeed - pours a pale yellow gold with a finger and a half of starch white head that sinks out to a stubborn collar. Excellent lacing.

I get a number of chardonnay qualities on the nose initially. With a bit more warmth comes some Christmas spice, sour fruit, and a slight suggestion of alcohol on the tail end of things.

Very smooth to the taste. Doesn't pop quite like I thought it might. There's a tart character right at the front that begins to swell into a sour finish but instead mellows out and dries up quickly. Overripe fruits and fresh oak. Amazingly well balanced for the style.

Certainly a unique drink - give it a go if you see it on the shelves.

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.

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.

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 2,051 ratings.