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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1570
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.51%


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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SavvyStudent

Texas

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2014 19:47:25 | More by SavvyStudent
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.06/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2014 23:19:00 | More by tastybeer
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BucannonXC5

California

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: Draft
Glass: 0.25L glass
From: Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $7
Purchased: Jan. 3, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 3, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey pale color with three fingers of white head when I got it. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. A healthy amount of layered lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention on the way down.

Smelled Sweet Tarts, Smarties, bourbon, sour cherry, sour grapes, kiwi and faint vomit.

Tasted sour grapes, sour cherry, Sweet Tarts, Smarties, grape and faint bourbon.

Light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Lively-to-average carbonation. Long finish.

A very good sour and I’m glad I finally tried it. Would be interested in trying some other Petrus beers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2014 07:02:21 | More by BucannonXC5
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City out of a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a shiny golden translucent color with blonde highlights and some patches of darker brass. Head is bright white and two fingers thick, consisting of extremely fine bubbles with just a few larger bubbles smattered throughout. Takes a few minutes to dissipate, leaving a opaque curtains of lacing coating the sides of the glass.

Smell - Very enticing, with the dominant aroma of Granny Smith and pineapple along with notes of wet hay, a little bit of barnyard funk, fresh lemon and some acidic vinegary characteristics. Some faint astringency that ends up providing a kick without ruining the smell. Actually, I like the sinus-clearing aspect of it.

Taste - A lot of similar profiles to the smell, with more green apple, now with some Anjou pear and now I get some oak and other elements of fragrant wood on the finish. Reminiscent of chardonnay with some characteristics of tannin.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with aggressive carbonation and a very dry finish that almost leaves you grasping for a glass of water... or another sip of delicious beer.

Overall, a very tasty beer that's lighter in character than most oud bruins that I've had the pleasure to sample. It makes it a little more refreshing, but also a little bit one-note in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2013 03:58:13 | More by LambicPentameter
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wertperch

California

3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

As I am just rediscovering sour beers, and given my love for the pales of this world, it was natural that I try this one.

On draught at the Davis Beer Shoppe, it came with a strong recommendation, one that was more than justified. Crystal-clear pale amber with a thick head and a strong sour nose, it is remarkably smooth, which was quite a surprise. The sour is very much in the forefront, but the slightly hoppy finish is a bit of a surprise.

It turns out that the ten-ounce pour was just right for me. Enough is as good as a feast, as they say.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 02:59:49 | More by wertperch
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Bigby's Pour House.

Finally getting to try this old acquaintance from back east once again. It pours a clear lemon-straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises tart lemon zest, a pinch of coriander, and some rather light and demure cracked wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, with the even tarter lemon dominating all else in a pleasant WarHeads type of way. The body is a rather light medium, with a light carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a tasty sour treat, something you don't necessarily come across every day, but something you wouldn't mind indulging in that often.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 03:09:22 | More by TMoney2591
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tap

Pours light clear golden, white film for a head.

Smells of lemon and apple cider vinegar.

Tastes of very tart citrus and vinegar.

Body is medium to full with light bubbly carbonation.

Very tasty sour ale, great flavor, a must-try for fans of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 23:54:24 | More by Cylinsier
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Frothy chardonnay...that description about sums it up. A bit darker than a white wine.

Smell: Doesn't match up with the rest of the beer. Sourdough...slightly off-putting. It's good, but I would like it a bitter stronger.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pungent bleu cheese and vinegar with a lemon finish. A grapey wine flavor as well. Petrus Aged Ale gets very complex as it warms and improves on its yeasty characteristics. Clean finish that complements the acidic traits perfectly.

Overall Drinkability: Takes some getting used to, but this will wake you up. World. Class.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2013 03:55:28 | More by tjsdomer2
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured one finger of head on a clear, golden colored body. The smell is all sour, but in a nice way. The taste has moderate bitterness followed by a strong sour flavor; good balance. The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation. Quite an interesting ale with some great flavors that you don't see much of. It was cider-like in texture and taste but less sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2013 02:50:52 | More by Fatehunter
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PriorDoubleDark

Maine

4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased on-tap at HotShots Family Entertainment Center in beautiful downtown Pismo Beach CA on a rainy Thursday evening. This selection was a fine nightcap, a palette cleanser after an evening of drinking heavy, syrupy beers (Parobla, Ovila Quad, Black Marlin Porter). This sour was simple and sufficient - a pleasure to be what ended our drinking evening.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2013 05:40:48 | More by PriorDoubleDark
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into tulip at 1702 in Tucson. Pours a straw color with nice fizzy head that lasts. Lots of funk and tart Belgian aromas. Same for taste...nicely tart fruity Belgian yeast and grape like. Super refreshing and nicely drinkable. Nice brew...good amount of sour/tart.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2013 00:48:57 | More by DrinkSlurm
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JoanS

California

1.85/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I ordered this thinking is would be a more like my favorite Allagash Curieaux. I was shockingly disappointed. It was like drinking a tart lemonade. Not at all what I wanted tonight. I see the other reviews and i think maybe i was served the wrong beer at the Original Gravity Pub in San Jose. ??

It was a clear bright yellow, no head, tart beyond my liking. My dinner partner could not even swallow it.

Again, not sure if it was the beer or the pourer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2013 07:28:22 | More by JoanS
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henrysunset

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This I'd an excellent beer. It drinks like a sour cider.

appearance is very well filtered, a golden clean color.

smell Is pear, apple, tart and inviting.

taste is great, sweet, then tart, with a smooth lingering tart and oaky flavor.

mouthfeel is smooth and full, drinkabilitybis very high. A truly great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2013 02:46:22 | More by henrysunset
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wedge

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Busy Bee

Clear golden color with some scant wisps of cream above. Acidic, sour fruity aromas...notes of apple, grape, citrus, and some of that barnyard funk. Flavors of sour, tart fruit met with a gentle sweetness, lactic acid, grape, cherry, and light citrus. Not much character from the wood, from what I can tell. Dry, medium-light bodied. Not sure about the Oud Bruin classification, though I understand this is the "mother beer" used to blend other Petrus beers. Regardless, this is tasty, sour stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2012 12:46:16 | More by wedge
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ehammond1


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, Ca

Golden and orange with a moderately-sized off-white head that leaves messy, irregular, spiderwebs and lines of irregular lace. A gorgeous beer from Belgium--surprise, surprise.

A lot of white fruit and juicy grape elements shine in the aroma, along with good amounts of wood and some basement mustiness. Very interesting and pleasant. This isn't at all what I expected, and it's wonderful.

The flavor follows the aroma with a good wave of acid and sourness complementing the white fruit, grape, and wood notes. Low to moderate bitterness. Somewhat sweet, as well, but the flavors work in harmonious concert.

Thin to medium bodied with high carbonation.

A very enjoyable surprise. I would love to have this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2012 16:15:03 | More by ehammond1
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly on 7/23/12. Served in a Petrus wide mouth tulip.

Pour: Clear golden straw with two fingers of white sticky head. Great lacing

Smell: Tart apples and pears with a slight hay must.

Taste: Wow. Tart apples, grape, and lemon all mix together in a really refreshing beer. Some funk but not much. Little bit of hop bitterness. Really spectacular.

Mouthfeel: So crisp and refreshing. Tartness is puckering but not overpowering. Little bit of acidity that adds to the beautiful tartness.

Overall: The first beer in a while that made me say, "wow." Really spectacular. Utterly drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2012 01:13:45 | More by cfrances33
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

kind of a weird sour ale, because it is quite hoppy as well. thats a combination i havnt seen a lot of. pours a hazy pale color equal parts orange and yellow. average size white head. smells like a mix between a hoppe american pale ale and a flemish sour without any of the cherry or other fruit flavors. flavor is really potent and different. english style bitter hops and a malt vinegar sour finish, some woody notes carrying all the way through. feel is good, light on the body but heavy on the flavor. medium carbonation works well. overall a pretty cool beer, not at all conventional, quite drinkable, and worthy of special occasions. nice one!

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2012 19:02:42 | More by StonedTrippin
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a clear golden with a pillowy finger of white head.

Nice and tart aroma with hints of granny smith apples and lemon grass in the aroma. Oak aroma with a little bit of a vinegar note. The pallet is a little more of a mellow sour flavor with a musty oak flavor. Nice and tart with some notes of sour apples.

The body is nice and light with good carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 19:53:53 | More by Bendurgin
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Holland

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: straw color with light head that is small and minimal lacing.

S: lemon, light malt, and slight grassy flavor

T: sour, but not too sour. Some woody flavor is present. The lemon comes through, but the most pleasant part is the malt finish on this. It lasts a while, just enough to get you ready for the next sip.

M: a bit light on the carbonation for my liking, but it was otherwise very good. Medium body, light carbonation.

O: solid beer, and available in a few places. Not bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2012 03:06:48 | More by Holland
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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...

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 23:28:14 | More by BeerFMAndy
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emmasdad

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap yesterday evening at Uptown Brothers Brewing on Colfax. Poured a medium golden color with a fluffy white head. Funky on the nose, with aromas of vinuous wood, apples and pears. On the palate, this one was light bodied, with flavors of wine, oak, apples and pears.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 05:08:07 | More by emmasdad
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at La Trappe, in San Francisco.

Advertising the stuff as "undiluted old beer" probably isn't going to do much to turn people onto it, but its icy golden body and shimmering highlights probably will; this very unconventional beer actually has a fairly conventional look. Its thin, fizzy head also speaks to quality: while it doesn't tack on a ton of lace, it impressively endures the length of the tasting.

The aroma is definitely funky - not quite 'George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic' funky, but more like 'neon-coloured toe-socks' funky. It has a lot of bacterial sourness and faint fruity esters, the combination loosely resembling a sweet-and-sour candy. Rest assured, however, there's nothing tacky or synthetic about it; it smells like a high-quality vinaigrette.

Vinaigrette? you ask. Yes, sir. It has a woody mustiness, notes of fermented fruits and an acidic quality that is found elsewhere only in vinegars. I liken it to a vinaigrette - not vinegar - because the acidity loosely ties into the profile rather than knots the whole thing up and it's balanced with sweet, sugary notes of apple and a splash of lemon juice.

Ample carbonation, plenty of drying oak-y residuals and a touch of earthy hop bitterness all do well to hide this beer's (formidable) alcohol strength. Indeed, with its spritzy bubbles and fizzy tartness, this is a highly sociable and agreeable ale. I finished mine in a matter of minutes. The 24-30 months left in wood has rounded it out nicely, it was time well spent.

Apparently this is what "pale" ales tasted like centuries ago. While I can only speculate on the validity of that claim I can assure you that's is what more beers made in this century *should* be tasting like. The combination of tart and sweet is delightful and, while others have likened it a Zinfandel or similar, I say it's definitively beer. And really good beer at that.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 16:32:27 | More by biegaman
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ebenezer's and served into a wine glass of sorts.

A - Pours a copper color, cream head, nice cap and sticky lacing, thick collar. Pretty nice looking sour.

S - Nice sour tart, slight funk, fruits, slight hay. Not much like a Flanders, more like a straight up sour, almost American-esque. That said, all very enjoyable.

T - Sour/tart, fruity, slight oak, tart finish. Again, not much Flanders in this Oud Bruin. Lots of great sour notes, but more of an American Sour then anything else.

M - Body is light, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A very enjoyable brew that was personally recommended by Chris Lively. My experience with Petrus isn't so good, so I wouldn't have ordered this otherwise. Much better on-tap then out of the bottle, by a long shot. Enjoyable, thanks Chris!

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 14:18:07 | More by Sean9689
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claytong

Vermont

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - golden color, decent head, lingers a bit

Smell - amazing, raisins, port, cloves, just delicious smelling, had to convince myself to drink it and quit smelling it at the bar and looking like an asshole

Taste - much the same, not as terrific but definitely nice, get a bit of alcohol, not hot more like stingy rubbing alochol, but its not off putting, a bit sour and definitely some vinegar

Mouthfeel - light body, good carbonation, sessionable

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 18:11:01 | More by claytong
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Pours a slightly hazy, golden yellow with a small bubbly white head. Some phenols in the aroma, along with sour apple and citrus. Light toasted malts in the taste, quickly overcome by sour apple, lemonade, orange zest and sour cherries. Finishes with a bitter, funky dryness. Medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable, unless you don't like sour ales.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 18:42:19 | More by Rifugium
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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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