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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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1,846 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,846
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 67
Gots: 155 | 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 HiroProtagonist


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

01-29-2004 03:59:18 | More by HiroProtagonist
Photo of xylophonica


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

03-25-2011 07:21:58 | More by xylophonica
Photo of Trueant1


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

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!

11-24-2010 01:02:46 | More by Trueant1
Photo of Sumdeus


4.19/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

03-19-2014 05:18:47 | More by Sumdeus
Photo of tectactoe


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

06-10-2013 03:33:03 | More by tectactoe
Photo of UncleFlip


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a honey-orange with a loose white head that's gone fairly quickly.

The smell is fruity with notes of mango, berries, and spice throughout.

On first taste, there's some spice and some lemon hints. There's a tangy orange in the finish along with some sneaky little maltiness in there.

The mouthfeel is slightly watery- but just for an instant...then it turns rather fizzy, then grainy & thin, yet not watery.

It'd be a bit more drinkable if not for the really stange body on it....

Be well

10-02-2005 23:52:29 | More by UncleFlip
Photo of Gusler


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

The pour is a lightly foggy gold or straw color, the head is massive, and the lace in firm sheets that clings to the glass till the very end. both a brilliant white, but alas they do desiccates to quickly for my liking. Nose is has an unmistakable tartness that borders on being astringent, also there is malt, citrus, and Oak undertones, an interesting nose to be sure. Front is malt, but the massive sourness hits you immediately, the top skimpy, the finish is devastatingly acidic, pertinently hopped, dry as a bone aftertaste. One damn fine beer, I've not sampled a great number of "Red/Sour" beers, but I do like this beer.

11-07-2002 15:15:02 | More by Gusler


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

330ml bottle. Wide Flute glass. Gold color, crystal clear appearance. White froth creates a close crown & leaves a wide ring on sides. Well balanced aroma profile displays sour citric & wood notes, spices & sugary hues on the backside. Gentle malty upfront is blowed up by sharp & intense tartar flavor. Light body. Soft carbonation. Spiced, dense & sour palate. Fruity touches in the middle resolve in a kind astringency from lemon & grapefruit rounded by memories of grape tannins. Long sour finish yields to a fruity & spiced aftertaste. ABV is just felt as a gentle heat through the throat. Refreshing & flavorful.

03-09-2014 17:56:36 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a slightly hazed dulled gold color, quickly diminishing cap of wwhite froth leaving small touches of lacing. Scent is of tart and acidic wine grapes backed by hints of apple, soapy lemon, musty straw and vinegar. Taste is a little smoother than the muddled and bold scent dictates but brings the qualitites of tart and acidic wine grapes and musty hay to the front, apple and vinegar in the middle and finishes with the soapy lemon. Very little oak charachter. Lighter side of medium bodied, slightly below average level of carbonation, tingly and prickly on the palate though, slight lingering tartness. A good beer that could perhaps use a touch of mellowing.

08-02-2010 13:15:05 | More by rfgetz
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip, the beer is an extremely bright, straw gold coloring with a thin, filmy white head that starts around half an inch, but settles into a ring on the surface. Aromas are tart and sweet, robust and forward, with notes of apple, toasted grains, and subtle woody highlights. Mouth watering nose. Flavors are bold and tart, with an underlying roasted character, almost char-like. Toasty grain/bread notes noticeable initially, but they are quickly swallowed up by the sour characteristics, with a tangy sweetness that keeps the drinkability high. The aftertaste is more of the woody and char characteristics, but with a solid ribbon of tart still present. Clean, smooth finish with a slight puckering. Very drinkable throughout. Solid brew.

07-01-2013 23:07:05 | More by GarthDanielson
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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

06-29-2008 01:21:50 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of ypsifly


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

11.2oz with "2003" stamped on the back poured into a tulip.

Apple juice with a touch of haze under half an inch of white foam that has decent retention and leaves a delicate veil of lace.

The nose is funky fruit with an acidic character. Cherries, grapes, sugar, earthy wood and bubblegum. Fantastic! I can't remember salivating this much from a beer's aromas. Five!

The first sip is a jolt of tartness with some sugars and wood. The fruits are there but not as strong as the nose. As my taste buds re-calibrate with further sips I get the impression of white grape juice, and it starts to get its balance back. Juicy finish. Complex for sure.

The mouth is medium with good carbonation and lots of pucker. I really enjoy this beer and could have several more before the abv gets me.

02-02-2006 04:45:46 | More by ypsifly
Photo of nriech


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured with about 2 inches of head. Nice light amber color, lots of carbonation. Heavy on the lacing.

Smells just like a hard cider, nothing too complex about it.

Taste however is alot more complex, and I think I have found another favorite being a flemish sour fan. Very tart at first. Almost makes your lips burn for some reason. This was very easy to drink as the alcohol didnt seem present at all. The aftertaste was mild and pleasant.

10-26-2006 17:24:39 | More by nriech
Photo of drewbage


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a smallish 33cl brown bottle with a clean label. Nice fresh beer!

Poured into a 33cl Rauchenfelser glass (hey, it was clean) and it pours a beautifully toasty golden color with the barest hint of a white head loosening from the sides.

Aroma is of strongly acidic yet sweet apricots with a bit of leathery driness thrown in. It is very bracing and announces, "I have no hops, but I am no sissy beer."

Flavor is first dominated by a sharp acidity that greets the lips with a good sting of CO2 as well. As this fades, the acidualated and dried peaches and apricots rise from the pale depths to wash the tongue in flavor with a spice blend from the yeast, acid, and hops. Faint metallic twang rides between the fruit and acid.

Finish is actually smoothly acidic disappearing off the palate yet leaving a bit of sweetness on the lips.

01-24-2004 09:32:02 | More by drewbage
Photo of Avantyawn

New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

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!

11-30-2011 04:29:11 | More by Avantyawn
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured into a tulip

A- pours like champagne; crystal clear golden in color with lovely bubbles shooting up the glass, small sudsy white head that retains long after the pour and sticks to the sides

S- tart fruity notes of apple peel, pear and white grape skin, maybe even some cherry. Sour vinegar and grainy, oaky barrel notes

T- puckering tartness up front gives way to some light and fruity flavors of apple and pear that continues into a juicy middle, highlighted by the oak barrel, which adds some woodsy and earthy flavors, the finish is bone dry and tart, with lingers of grape skin that becomes more apparent as it warms

M- Medium body with spritzy champagne-like carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a dry and puckering finish

O- a puckering sipper that has some nice fruity flavors, complimented by some nice barrel notes. My favorite from Petrus

12-08-2013 20:42:26 | More by Treyliff
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4.21/5  rDev +3.2%

Raul is going to call this the "windex" beer because it is just so damn clean. Now, this is not the best; Raul is not gonna say that this is the "end all be all;" but like Candice Swanapaol washing her windows... Yep!

It's clean, it's smooth, it's tart... What else is there to ask for?

08-14-2013 04:13:02 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of Tele


4.21/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

07-15-2014 23:26:59 | More by Tele
Photo of mondegreen


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

On tap at Trappeze Pub in Athens.

Pours a very nice golden color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is lightly tart, reminiscent of sour apples. Taste is lightly sour, not overpowering at all. That's not to say this is a wimpy beer. It has plenty of complex flavor to offer. Nice mouthfeel, very crisp. This is a sour style beer that does its thing elegantly. I love all manner of sour beers, and I think those who enjoy the style will be satisfied by this one.

08-28-2010 00:51:10 | More by mondegreen
Photo of russpowell


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

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...

10-07-2011 13:55:54 | More by russpowell
Photo of Neffbeer


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

12-14-2010 00:11:09 | More by Neffbeer
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

10 oz tap pour into a Duvel tulip at Bnieman's parents.

A - Clear golden yellow in color with a large white head. Puffy and long-lasting, it coats the glass in thin, wispy lace.

S - Pale malt and acidic sourness pull through with light oaky undertones. Aged Pale smells crisp, tart, and refreshing.

T - Sour acidic and pale malt up front with a crisp, lemony hopped finish.

M - Deliciously sour, perfectly carbonated, crisp and refreshing, this light-bodied pale is really a sour joy to drink!

O - A brilliant beer at a brilliant price-point, I could put pint after pint of this back...oh wait. That's what we're doing here...

12-08-2011 23:28:14 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of BeanBone


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

03-20-2010 23:33:05 | More by BeanBone
Photo of CBlack85

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

08-20-2010 15:25:32 | More by CBlack85
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Wow! I was at my local shop (vendome) looking for a flanders red or something similar when the buyer there recommended I try this. He described it as a lemony sour, similar to a flanders style but a little bit different. He was pretty much spot on, altho there is something else in there besides the lemon. I can't put my finger on it, but this is sure tasty! The sourness def makes you pucker a little bit, and takes away from the mouthfeel slightly, as it makes for a especially dry finish. I realize this is part of the appeal, but it does keep the drinkability down a bit as well. As delicious as sour beers are, I've never been able to drink more than one or two at a sitting. (a never ending supply of la folie would likely change that)

All things aside, this is a great beer, and a very refreshing change of pace from my usual flanders red. Highly recommended for sour beer lovers, perhaps a bit much for those just crossing over.

05-26-2006 00:01:23 | More by audiojon
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