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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,019 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,019
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 83
Gots: 196 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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 PorterLambic
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light honey color, translucent, minimal head drops to light ring and leaves light lacing.
Smell is malty, yeast, apples, grapes, citrus, oak, cloves & pepper(very light). Great balance.
Taste is sour, malt, apples, yeast, hops, pepper, lemon/citrus quite prevalent in aftertaste.
Medium body, crisp, slighty dry finish, medium effervescence. Expected a mellower brew but it was nice stuff.

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
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Greywulfken
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pale clear gold with faint streaming bubbles; slim collar of ivory foam, smatterings of lace on the glass

S: grassy and herbal, some woodsy aromas, and some hints of tart yeastiness

T: apple cider vinegar and oak barrels; slight floral and earthy flavors; tart lemon and green apple

M: light, crisp, puckering, fizzy, freshening

O: a real nice ale - tart and tight, crisp and refreshing

Photo of BWED
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into tulip. Best by 25/02/15.

A- Clear light gold body. Dense fluffy white head, one finger thick retention. Decent lacing.

S- Tangy green apple. Fruity wild funk. Faint grain, pale malt. A little citrus.

T- Tangy fruit, apple again. A little woody in the finish. Some bite.

M- Tart/tangy. Pucker bite of a finish. Rather light in body. There's an apparent woody dryness in the finish as well.

O- Really tasty. Tart and refreshing. Good wood aged character.

Photo of chr214
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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 IBUnit63
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic honey color with moderate carbonation. Head is very very thin. Very slight cloudiness.

Mellow sour citrus/horse blanket funk with a nice tinge of ginger and a little bit of vinegar tones. Sweet, spicy oak-ish backbone. Quite complex and interesting - wow.

The sweetness on the scent is a bit of a head-fake; it's all about deep, acetic sourness muted by the yeast and oak strength. Alcohol is in the background...the faint, distant background...to horse-blanket bluntness and the sour tanginess. Warmth mellows the acid to reveal more of the yeast, malt and oak-aged backbone as well as a little pine from the hop presence.

After the initial sour vinegar shock this warms to yield complexity of oak barrel aging with solid yeast presence and a little hoppiness. Definitely a sour pucker with some horse blanket in there but it even gives a beefy tone.

This one isn't for everyone but it's very well-made and, to me, enjoyable. I have limited exposure to this style but appreciate the great complexity of the offering. With the sour pucker tamed by all other elements, with a little warmth this is quite enjoyable.

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

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color yielding a sudsy white 1.5 finger white head. Very little head retention. Decent lacing.

S: Green apple cider vinegar. A little barnyard funk and sweet hay. The nose really takes me to the middle of an apple barn on a cool fall day.

T: Acetic sourness across the palate. Mellowed out well with the oak from the barrels. Fruity green apple and quince with a surprising kreik-like finish. Very tart, but overwhelming. The funk is there, but is quite pleasant. Some slight bittering hops present themselves which is unique.

M: Thin with moderate to high carbonation. Easy drinkability.

O: I rarely associate a beer's smell with a place or event but this one does it spot on for me. I am not a big fan of the "sour-styles", but even I think this one is pretty daggum good. This one will definitely be enjoyed again.

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

Poured from bottle into oversized wine glass. Purchased from The Fitz in Eagle River, MI.

Appearance: pours a hazy golden color with a one finger white head. Lacing is apparent but not lasting.

Smell: tart green apples. Vinegar. Berry sweetness.

Taste: very tart. Once again fresh green apples with a puckering effect. Great creamy texture, countered with the tart bite.

Mouth: Dry, crisp mouth. Really enjoyable, salivating effect.

Drink and overall: Really tasty. Not my favorite of the style, but very enjoyable. The ABV is well hidden.

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.

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

Bright spot light yellow with a smoothly foamed top of white froth sitting about a finger high. Keeps an immense amount hanging around and the lace is in inky strings.

Aroma is fairly funky with a semi charming, paled down thwapp of soured grapeyness and oaky tangyness. Acidic funk to say the least.

Taste is a leveled sour tang of old lemon, oak, sour apple, grapefruit, and acidic yeastyness. Floating dryness of tarting parchness is interactive within a woody tone mixed with some white grape and grapefruit sourness. I like the finish more then anything as it tends to mellow off nicely. The front and the swallow is quite grabbing to the palate. It realy smacks it around some and lets you know you're drinkin' something.

Feel is active and full with alot of souring tartness. Drying and oaky with a long lasting effect of white grape and oak.

A bit slow to get through. A sipper of a sour Belgain Pale if there ever was one. Hold on to your taste buds with this one is Lambic-like.

Photo of Kshock
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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 Ian_B
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice pale yellow-gold colour.

Mostly sweet cherry-like notes on the nose with slight oakiness. Only a hint of tang. Once you taste it some more there are some funky notes as well.

Quite sharply sour taste up front but notes of fruit and wine-like sweetness balance this nicely. The oak flavour comes in shortly afterwards and lasts through the finish. Funky flavours develop through the oak to the dry finish, balancing everything out with a slight of earthiness.

The carbonation starts with a numbing tingle that accompanies the entire experience from numblingly fizzy and sour to funky and dry.

New to sours and this one seems pretty complex but has some great flavours going on.

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

This beer poured a nice cloudy gold with nice head and lacing. The head never went away.

Nose is very tart and yeasty.

Taste is tangy, vinegar, yeast, tart apples and little yeast in back ground

Mouth feel is about right. Not dry but plenty of carbonation.

Very drinkable. This isn't my favorite style but this one is done right.

Photo of SavvyStudent
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is one of the sweetest sours i have ever had personally. My first impression was a hit of carbonated strawberry/cherry juice. It is a little sweet for my taste but you can tell this has a masterful balance. You get the oak (almost a woods) smell straight off the nose with some other red fruits.

Worth a try and if you are not sweet-adverse...worth a pack

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-blonde with nice, foamy white cap. Some sticky lacing.

Smell: Major apple cider going on here - both sweet and tart. Some light pepper as well. Oak becomes noticeable as it warms.

Taste: Very tart and peppery. Somewhat sweet apple, oak and clove provide an additional layer of complexity, but it is the tart, peppery profile that carries from start to finish. Some hoppy bitter notes at the end as well.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, fairly light body, nice dry finish.

Overall: I was surprised by how peppery this is, but that seems to make it more refreshing and appealing. Also, despite the onslaught on the taste buds, there is still a nice, soft character beneath that really makes this a fantastic sipper.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden amber with a nice sized frothy white head leaves more than abundant lacing, I'm happy so let's move on. Aroma: Very tart to the nose with a cidery dry finish to the nose here not much hop profile apparent but the tartness sure sticks out like a sore thumb. Taste: Coats the palate with a balanced tart sensation letting out a meaty malt profile with sweet flavor that came with the aging and the oak barrel definitely shines it's light through in the flavor of this aged ale. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied ale with a puckering effect on the palate that gives my taste buds a craving for more of the same. Drinkability: In closing all hail the flemish style pale ale from Petrus it brings joy to I this fine evening.

Photo of HalfFull
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml. bottle into a wine glass. The Aged Pale from Petrus pours a lovely clear blond with a sticky white head of foam. Artsy lacing continues through the glass.

Slightly tart on the nose with a bit of cherry and a hint of vinegar. Some oak is evident as well as a touch of red wine. Nice subtle oak nose that doesn't tackle the senses. A bit funky with some air.

Taste is effervescent with a spritzy champagne like carbonation. Bit of orange citrus conveys to a textured malty finish. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and slight funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, sour, and slight wood. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this is quite an excellent brew for the style. I have had this more times than I care to remember, and will be having again in the future I'm sure. Just an all-around great representation of the style. Has a nice flavor and aroma here and is a must try for any sour fan out there or a fan of the style.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Trappeze in Athens. Poured into a Dupont tulip. White head, golden body, aroma of intense sour apple and grapes. Extreme tartness, mouth puckering intensity, champagne notes. Wild yeasty funk and sour apples dominate the taste. I usually don't seek out the funk but this is a rare draft treat.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice orange color with decent head and retention.

smell is dry and funky like a barnyard with a touch of raisin and apple with sour grapes.

taste is very sour with a touch of apple tartness. very dry body as well. very appropriate levels of sourness with some interesting fruit complexity.

Photo of marc77
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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 PatrickJR
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Pale amber, clear, with about a finger of extremely pale yellow colored head. Retention is somewhat short, though a small thin collar remains. Lots of bubble activity from the bottom for the first few minutes. Minimal lacing.

S - Certainly "funk" is the main aroma happening in here, though there's an overtone of apple cider approaching vinegar. Hay, grass, clay, onions, lemon peel, sweat, and some leather hiding in the corners. While Petrus Aged Pale bears some resemblance to a gueuze, the aromas are much more attenuated and there's some ever present sweetness throughout.

T - The "funk" hits immediately, specifically focusing on the hay-like and earthy flavors with touches of leather and wood. Sharp cheddar cheese and mustard seed also come to mind at times. Moderate funk turns vinegary with apple-like overtones and fleeting but noticable suggestions of sweetness. Sourness continues to grow and harsh lemon-peel dryness wipes away any trace of sweetness and introduces a moderate earthy bitterness. The intensity of the vinegar-turned-citrus-turned-almost-medicinal late palate makes for an extremely drying experience.

M - Light bodied with some tight, moderate to low carbonation.

D - For a fairly intense brew with a lot of funk and sourness going on, this is definitely more drinkable than others I've had. The mild sweetness tempers some of the sourness and the light body helps everything go down as well. Not something I'd have more than one of, but a bit easier to drink than I was expecting after reading others' comments about the levels of funk and dryness.

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
92 out of 100 based on 2,019 ratings.