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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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Petrus Aged PalePetrus Aged Pale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,770 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,770
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 66
Gots: 138 | FT: 5
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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redliner8

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-22-2012 00:48:22 | More by redliner8
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Slikpitt

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

11-20-2012 23:32:07 | More by Slikpitt
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THANAT0PSIS

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brouwerij Bavik Petrus Aged Pale

Appearance: This gateway beer (as it was described by another BA) pours a pale golden color not unlike the macros of the US. Unlike the macros it was crowned with a perfectly white, three-finger, soapsuds-esque head that dissipated rather quickly, but did leave some lacing on the glass. The carbonation is moderately active, and sediment is visible in the glass. The paleness is a bit of a turnoff due to its adjunct lager connotations in the American mindset, but it is true to style so it cannot be knocked too much for that. There are some alcohol legs as well, somewhat of a surprise at only 7.3% ABV.

Aroma: The drinker can smell this one immediately after opening the bottle. Vinegar is huge, followed by tart fruits and just a hint of the wood from the barrels that this was aged in. There is also a bit of cherry in the finish, along with some grapey qualities that remind one of white wine. There is some pretty good stuff here.

Taste: Tart as Hell up front, this beer wastes no time. It is like forgoing sucking on a Warhead and just biting right in to the center. There are lemon notes, cherry notes, and white wine notes that dominate and punish the tongue, but a very slight sweetness comes in at the tail end of the taste along with a hint of tropical fruits (banana or mango?). This beer could use a bit of malt backbone, as it is sort of one-dimensional minus the sweet relief and the vinegar. This is definitely living up to its name as a gateway from pale ales, however.

Mouthfeel: Wine comparisons continue here with a medium-thick viscosity meshed with a very champagne like carbonation that has some real staying power, lasting nearly the entire duration of the glass (depending on personal drink time). The sourness puckers the mouth and destroys the tongue, but in a good way, leaving in its wake copious amounts of saliva. The carbonation may be a bit overwhelming, but it keeps you drinking and keeps the flavor lively.

Overall: As an introductory sour beer, this is one of the best, and I should know, I am a beginner to the style. It is not so sour as to render it undrinkable or to shock the taster, but it is sour enough to recall what is so appealing about sourness in the first place. As the beer warms, the oak comes out a lot more and adds some much needed complexity that I noted as lacking. I would not say I am hooked on sours yet, but this definitely intrigued me further. A word of warning (probably regarding all sours): though the ABV is relatively low and the drinkability is high, this is probably still a sipper, as the sour flavors can be overpowering both to the palate and the stomach if ingested too quickly. 15.5/20

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 00:29:00 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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hopley

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%

11-19-2012 02:39:52 | More by hopley
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vfgccp

New York

4/5  rDev -2%

11-18-2012 21:35:48 | More by vfgccp
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DaleMcMutt

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

11-17-2012 15:22:21 | More by DaleMcMutt
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MattGeleske


4/5  rDev -2%

11-16-2012 19:40:09 | More by MattGeleske
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sapper1252


4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Champagne mouthfeel everyone keeps mentioning is VERY evident. Lacked a real malt character though. Quite sour, but in a pleasant way. Lots of sour fruit: apples, cherries, bananas. Some clove also evident. Great Brett/pedio nose. Can't beat the price either. If you're just starting out with sour beers, this is a great one to check out.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 01:10:44 | More by sapper1252
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gshak

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

11-14-2012 22:36:32 | More by gshak
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottle code 40266. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fluffy white head with nice retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass; good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge sour cherry, apple, lemon zest, hay, grass, earth, pepper, clove, light vinegar, leather, funk, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance. Taste of tart green apple, lemon zest, cherry, earth, hay, grass, funk, pepper, oak, light vinegar, and yeast spiciness. Good amount of tartness present on the finish; with lingering notes of tart light fruits, hay, grass, earth, pepper, funk, vinegar, oak, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Excellent balance and complexity of flavors; nice tartness/sweetness balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a crisp and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent sour ale! Great balance and complexity of flavors; very smooth and crisp to drink. Highly enjoyable offering I will definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 04:57:53 | More by superspak
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-11-2012 01:23:46 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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skholbrook1982

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-10-2012 16:52:25 | More by skholbrook1982
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bmur112

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

11-08-2012 18:11:45 | More by bmur112
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Zach136

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.25 straw yellow, minimal head and lacing like most sour ales

S - 4.5 Bottle top sour candies and a light grass and funk in the back

T - 4.25 , refreshing light tartness with hints of oak and vanilla

M - 4.25 Drying and crisp

O - 4.25 One of my favorite sours and an awesome example of creativity in traditional styles

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 00:19:59 | More by Zach136
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TheNakedStiletto

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

11-06-2012 20:26:16 | More by TheNakedStiletto
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dwhitey517


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

11-06-2012 05:11:51 | More by dwhitey517
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2%

11-06-2012 04:21:27 | More by tripledbrew
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rowyn

New York

4/5  rDev -2%

11-05-2012 00:18:45 | More by rowyn
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

11-04-2012 03:38:34 | More by KVNBGRY
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bkrbdan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

11-03-2012 05:51:38 | More by bkrbdan
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dking1525

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

10-31-2012 23:40:08 | More by dking1525
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dunix

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

10-29-2012 14:54:32 | More by dunix
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PacNWDad

Washington

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

Poured from an 11.2oz glass into a goblet. The pour is lively, with plenty of carbonation, almost champagne-like. Aroma is of unripe fruits, cherry, apple, some grape. Not much in the aroma in terms of the oak casks, although I did get some vanilla in there. Taste is quite sour, particularly on the front end. Some more balanced sweetness comes out in the finish. Light mouthfeel, really like a sparkling wine almost. Overall, I really enjoyed it!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 23:30:48 | More by PacNWDad
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cfrobrew

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

10-26-2012 15:51:04 | More by cfrobrew
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TheBigLebrewski

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My highest rated beer yet.

The color is the sunshine glinting off the wedding ring the girl you grew up next to gave you, as the sunrise peaks through the open windows facing out from your castle tower honeymoon suite onto a secluded cove on an unnamed island. The head is the exact color of that beautiful godly frosting that comes with toaster strudels and somehow looks even more enticing.

The smell is confusing in the way the first time a girl grabbed your junk but didn't do anything else with it sort of way. Kinda like... I feel like we could think of something better to do with this, and do it now.

I don't want to talk about how it tasted. My goddamn earlobes are exuberant, and my toenails are tingling.

Imagine a naked, blonde masseuse covered in olive oil and carrying a golden harp is alternating between singing and rubbing herself all over you. Now imagine tiny ones are chilling on each of your taste buds. Such is the mouthfeel.

It's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 07:13:19 | More by TheBigLebrewski
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 1,770 ratings.