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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
89
very good

676 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 676
Hads: 2,260
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 106
Gots: 303 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-27-2001

Petrus Aged Pale is a 100% beer from our foeders. Michael Jackson, the beer hunter, chose the name in the late 1990s – and he was the first to sell this beer in his beer clubs. Today, it is still the reference for sour beers in the US. Petrus Aged Pale has won multiple gold medals in beer competitions worldwide. Moreover, ever since the start of the brewery, the beer has been used as a blending-beer with other beers to give them fresh, slightly sour flavors and aromas.
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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a yellow color ale with an average pure white foamy head with some retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of Brett and oak notes with some barnyard funky notes. Taste is also dominated by some Brett notes with distinctive notes of barnyard and funk. Oak is also present but no vinous notes could be detected. Full body with good carbonation. Very well done and easily drinkable. (399 characters)

Photo of tweeder263
2.45/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a hazy gold beer with a one finger head. Moderately carbonated.Sweet /yeasty smell,, different cant quite pinpoint it. WHOA,,the taste. Nothing like ive ever had before. Ive never had this style and i dont really like this taste. Very tart,,nothing i recognize. Dont rely on my opinion,,this could be a style you like,,but its not for me. (348 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew puurs a clear dark golden color with a medium and fizzy white head that burns away steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of sour fruit and Brut champagne. Medium-bodied and dry with a tart fruit character that is mouth-puckering on the first drink. Flavors of sour apple, grapefruit and light yeast in the background. The finish is fruity and leaves a long tart apple aftertaste with a hint of earthy malt. Pretty good overall. (443 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of wheat, yeast, and citrus. Flavor of slight sweetness and tartness with a touch of hops but still somewhat nondescript. Almost Berliner Weisse like with the tart wheaty notes. Pretty decent beer.
7/3/8/4/14 (3.6/5) (326 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a clear golden color with thin white head that dissolves quickly, leaving little if no lacing. Funky aroma of sour/ tart light fruit, sugar, oak and champagne. Tart earthy oak taste with hints of light crisp fruit. Very carbonated with nice dry finish. (281 characters)

Photo of beckje01
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

A yellow color with nice activity and a good white head. The nose is a great sour smell. Very nice. The flavors are sour with some grain in the background. It's a nice sourness not really fruity. The thickness and activity go well with the flavors. This is a rather nice sour beer. Probably one of the best of the Petrus line up. (342 characters)

Photo of elricorico
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear gold and bubbley. One finger of white head that leaves a fair sheet of lacing and has reasonable retention.

Aroma is loaded with citrus zest and a bit of pepper. Belgian yeast and a bit of tartness. Mouthwatering to smell.

Lots of lime in the flavour, from front to back. Slightly pepperry through the back half of the mouth. Not as lively as the aroma had me expecting. Slightly dry and tart to finish.

The body is almost champagne-like in its lightness and carbonation. Different, but it works.

Not a bad beer overall. Won't be a favorite of mine, but it is well worth trying. (588 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The price seemed too good for the style, $2.99 for a 330 ml bottle at a local store. But I see "2003" engraved on the back of the label. I hope this isn't too old, so time to find out. On to the beer:

Poured into a snifter, this beer is a hazy goldenrod color, maybe a bit darker than that. Classic sour aroma escapes from the beer...vinegar, tart fruit, fermenting grapes. This is something to get excited about. The taste is very tame. Burnt toffee touch in the finish. Very light on the palate and you don't taste anything upon impact. The flavor seems to be "floating on air", it seems like its own distinct layer of texture. Tart and sour for sure, some white grapes. Light maltiness creeps in now and then, but the distinct yeast of this style continues to dominate.

Well, this bottle held up well. A distinct treat for sure, and the most affordable sour I have come across. (883 characters)

Photo of gdfan47
4.97/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i dig this beer.
straight up

Brenden at Memphis tap room hit this one on the head
"80% of Cantillion(sp?) for half the price"

very unique, pours a light hazy yellow
good amount of head, very spicy sour smell at first sniff

very tart of the first sniff
sour but smooth

apparently this beer is what Bavik used to mix their Old Bruin with (which is muuucccch better on draft then in the bottle)

this is a great beer to go with some food or on a hot day

7.3 makes it a tough session beer, but hey if i wanted to just kick it back with no real worries... there is not much else i would rather drink

absolutley one of my favorites , so refreshing and also so complex

this is a great gateway beer for those wanting to dig into the realms of sours, guezes,and other funky and off the radar beers (795 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just in at the Sherbrooke Liquor Store. Pours out a bright chill-hazed honey hue, quick splash of frothy, bubbley white head that rapidly settles.

Tart cidery, slightly sour aroma, malt is nearly hidden, but what is present is crisp amongst the acidity.

Pucker up, as this is what you showed up for. Tart, green apple sourness in the flavour, along with a surprisingly dry finish, like a brut champagne.

Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel, light but with a lot of zing.

This style isn`t particularily my regular bag, but it`s done well for the style, that tart and sour flavour follows you long into the aftertaste and well after the glass is emptied. (658 characters)

Photo of sinistermadman
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leaving sediment in bottle, this brew pours a chilled light amber with a negligible head. Sour, acetic aroma with fruit notes. Taste is quite tart with some residual sourness. Not so sour as to hamper drinkability. Overall flavor is not bad. The most obvious comparison is sour green apples, but some other nuances are perceived (oak). Light body and minimal carbonation. Not well versed in the style, but I did enjoy it. An interesting brew that is a good change of pace from my fresh hop binge I'm currently on. Cheers. (521 characters)

Photo of howdiz
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is Excellent. It is Crisp and refreshing. It has Nice tartness without too much funk. Aroma has hints of green apple and citrus with that classic Flanders back bone. The Aroma does not completely prepare you for the amazing taste and mouthfeel which is reminiscent of champagne but with an additional slightly bitter aftertaste. Would probably pair nicely with green apple and brie like semisoft cheese. (413 characters)

Photo of Tdizzle
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Vendome Fullerton.

A- Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass, this beer pours a clear gold color with a white, one-finger head that settles to a thin layer, leaving a few streaks of lacing after each sip.

S- Lots of stuff goin' on here. A very tart and acidic aroma with a musty undercurrent of barnyard funk. An enticing mixture of green apple sourness and fresh-cut hay. There's only a slight indication that this beer was aged in oak barrels for 20 months. Everything is in perfect balance here.

T- The sourness is fairly intense, but it's quickly overtaken by some bready malts and a nice subtle flavor of oak towards the dry and lemony finish. The sourness lingers on the palate long after each sip.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, which is very even feeling and well-integrated.

D- The sourness of the flavor never becomes cloying, and the 7.3% ABV makes this a beer that I could easily have two of in one sitting.

A really well-crafted beer all around. Highly recommended. (1,046 characters)

Photo of paytoplay
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oak aged adds a lot to this brew. Maybe too much. Vanilla and oak tannin dominate along with a woody flavor. Some malt and light complexity fill out the mid. Enjoyable brew. Almost refreshing when served cold on a hot day. Very drinkable. Tough to pick out what type of beer it actually is as it just seems like the oak dominates. Not sure I'd buy again, maybe try it from keg or even better an aged version. I just don't see much upside. (438 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle (no date, bottle code 39167) poured into Petrus goblet, the Aged Pale is clear, dull gold, with a small, very tight and creamy white head that leaves heavy foam and lace, in-spite of the beer's official goblet probably not able to hold more then an extra .1 oz!

Smell is sweet, chardonnay, with green apples, cherries, a little oak. Very nice. Served around 65F, caramel and sweet ass comes out as it opens up. This is one of the 3 feces chemical aromas, the least offensive, I forget the actual name, but it's really not as gross as it sounds!

Taste is nice, acidic with the fruity brett, sour and just a slight back current of funk, more pineapple and oak, perhaps a touch of vanilla and sour lemon, with an acidic, very vinous finish. Forget Berliner Weiss, this is the champagne of beers!

Mouthfeel is a bit oily, but with a nice, softer carbonation and light body, although you can sense the alcohol mostly here.

Drinkabiltiy is very good, tasty and highly digestible, sessionable sour. Wow. I forgot how much I love this beer! I used to drink it fairly regularly before I really got into BA, and now with the never ending rotation of near beers, I don't revisit old favorites often enough. I hadn't reviewed this one, and glad I came back to it. This would be an excellent transition beer for white wine lovers. It's also one of the best values in sour beers, about $4.50 for this bottle. (1,414 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden body with a fluffy white head that leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smells of some fruits, sour, nice.

This is a great tasting beer; one that exceeded my expectations. Sweetness and fruits up front, apples and pears. Next I notice just a little bit of a woody, oaky flavor. Next is a great sourness followed with a dry finish. Really nice brew.

This is something I could drink a ton of if the price tag would allow me. (431 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful golden wheat color that is slightly cloudy with a fluffy white head. The head is bubbly and thick that dissipates to a haze and thick collar.

The scent is initially of fresh cut green apples. Secondary scents are slightly malty mixed with a little grapefruit and other sour, yet crisp fruits. There is a slight earthy, wood-ish scent that must be do to the aging process but its not fully apparent.

Taste is crisp clean and sharp. There is a nice astringency combined with tart apple and citrus flavors. Not like an IPA/ hoppy citrus but a clean somewhat yeasty taste like most other Belgian's. Again there isn't much of a woody oak aged taste but it is in apparent deep in the finish.

A fine brew, that tickles and revives the taste buds. I love the crisp tartness that comes from the flavor and mouthfeel. There is a nice carbonation and a slight alcohol twinge that all build on the other flavor and scents to yield one helluva beer. (951 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
4.09/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,125 characters)

Photo of mltobin
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden, deep, with a two finger head, that sits there for a bit.
Smell is tangy.
Petrus Aged Pale tastes sharp, with tart and spice accents.
The mouthfeel is complex and acidic, but is a nice tingle.
Drinkability is good, a nice beer to enjoy slowly and appreciate all of its character as it opens up. (315 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear tan and has a creamy beige head. The nose really opens up as this reaches cellar temp. There is a base of mild malts and grains followed by tart fruits, musky oak and light funk. The taste has a strong sour/bitter aspect up front followed by musky wood and barnyard funk. Firly light body was a crisp dry finish. Great brew from Bavik. Much better than their Oud Bruin. (383 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.09/5  rDev +3%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a wide mouthed chalice, this beer pours a pale gold, a little hazy. Head retention is poor, as it quickly fades to a mere bit of film across the top. Nice aroma though, fruity, with a sour musty overlay. Swirled around in the glass, there are some woody notes as well. The flavor is wonderful, with a lot of tangy fruitiness, dry notes of oak, light phenols... it finishes faintly tannic with lingering sourness. Not funky the way lambics are--think Rodenbach. This is just as good. (487 characters)

Photo of daftafne
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came in a bottle which differs from the picture on this site and also a different ABV (5.8%). Perhaps they changed recipes?
Poured a dirty golden color with minimal head which quickly resolved. Smelled of cherries, apricot, apples, vinegar, and slightly of cinnamon. Doesn't have a very full flavor but tastes almost entirely of mild sour apples Finishes tart and sour. Overall light mouthfeel with good carbonation and leaves the palate fairly quickly leaving a trace of alcohol warmth in its wake. Also singes the top portion of the back of my mouth a bit. A very good example of this style. (594 characters)

Photo of kaimcm
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: bright gold body, fluffy bleach white head. some nice lacing, and retaining ring.

S: soft tang, hay, green fruits. bacterial acidity but balanced and inviting.

T/M: tang splashes up front, crisp and refreshing. some lactic tart and soft collide. straw, and the grainy hay in the nose come through midway mixed with a soft wood quality. the crisp acidity is a bit funky but restrained and massively interesting. some green apple and pear(?). mouthfeel is light and crisp as already stated, with a touch of creaminess. as the beer warms a tiny touch of sugar on the finish. long.

D: awesome on a warm day, with soft cheeses, roasted veggies, rich sauces, on and on...

i could go on and on about this very cool and unique beer but im gonna drink instead. (759 characters)

Photo of mike24
2.72/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer tasted essentially like an extremely tart white wine. I don't know if my bottle was improperly stored or what but I could barely finish this. All I could taste was sour acid, all traces of 'pale ale' i guess were overtaken by the ageing process. (255 characters)

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
89 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.