Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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Reviews: 669
Hads: 2,239
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 102
Gots: 299 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

Developed from Petrus Oud Bruin; a paler version of a traditional local style.
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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 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)

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

Pours a bright golden color with close to two inches of foam, good retention and some lacing.

Aroma is very fruity, a bit vinous, and tart. There are fruits such as grapes, sour green apples, sour orange, peach, nectarine, and some candy-like sweetness from the malt. Tones of wood, oak, and hints of vanilla are present. Slightly spicy on the nose as well. As it opens up there is more cherry aroma that is typical in oud bruins, a very sweet and tart mixture of berries.

Toasted and caramel flavors mix with sour fruits, slight vinegar, and wood on the first sip. Some sweet and sour cherry flavors and lemon.

Good carbonation, not too aggressive but enough effervescence on the tongue to push they sweetness and give you a crisp finish. Slightly dry finsh. This beer would work as an introductory sour. (808 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (618 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I reviewed this beer tonight while listening to Debussy's piano preludes. The music is actually quite fitting for this beer, considering that most people need some slow introduction into the music of Debussy as well as the music of this Oud Bruin. If "bruin" means brown, which is what I thought it meant, than I might call this beer mislabeled. This is more of an "aged sour blonde ale", or something like that. I poured the 11.2oz (unfortunately) bottle into a tulip glass for some midnight drinking. There is no freshness date on the bottle.

A: The beer pours a beautiful clear amber/gold color with orange highlights. The clarity vanished after a second pour, however, since there is some residual stuff at the bottom of the bottle. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The medium-sized white head dissipated to a thin lace at the edge of the glass. Overall, this beer is quite attractive.

S: The predominant smell is a sour, green apple tartness aroma. The sourness could be coming from the Bret... The background sweet malt smell is sugary. There is virtually no hop aroma. The smell in general is not strong, but tender.

T: The taste is tart, but surprisingly mild. Maybe I am getting used to it by now?? It is not mouth-puckering at all, I swear! The tartness comes at the swallow, touching the edge of my tongue everywhere. As I let the beer sit in my mouth, I can't help but admire the oakiness of it all, accompanied by tart green apple flavor. SO mouth watering! The aftertaste is absolutely amazing. It is a combination of oak, cherries, (really a mix of berry flavors) and a spicy quality that reminds me of cloves.

M: Yes, this beer is light-bodied, zesty and fully carbonated. A close-to-perfect body for this beer. I am not actually sure why I am not giving a 5 for this, but I am not.

D: Oh man, this is entirely too drinkable! The 7.3% alcohol doesn't do a thing to me. I can honestly say that this is one of the top 20 summer beers out there for me. It was gone way too quick...damn those 11.2 oz bottles! (2,033 characters)

Photo of brantadid
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a murky yellow brownish color with little head. A thin white head formed and diminished quickly. Some lacing.

A fair amount of oak in the nose. A nice sweet aroma. Some earthy notes as well.

Acidic front palate. Lots of sour apple flavors mid palate with nice oaky notes on the far palate.

Mouthfeel is light with higher carbonation. A very drinkable beer. (367 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Petrus Aged Ale

Gorgeous dark brown pour with a fluffy cream-colored head and lively carbonation.

Very sweet oak scent with dark fruits perhaps grass, and maybe even some vanilla spice. This is the most prominent aspect of the beer.

Sweet apples, perhaps some other light citrus fruit and some spice in the aftertaste.

Moderate carbonation, but a bit more watery than I expected and relatively light overall.

This was a good beer, and perhaps my expectations were a bit high, but the flavor was just a little too obvious and left something to be desired. Given the opportunity, I would definitely enjoy this again, but rarely more than one at a time. (655 characters)

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

A: Poured a hazy golden orange with a frothy 2 finger white head that left a spotchy trail lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: really spicy, fruity, and tart with some oranges, apples and sour dough.

T: The initial flavor had a nice, subtle tartness, with sour fruit (apples, pears) with a slight yeastiness and sour dough notes. There was a noticeable lemony citrus hopping with some sour oranges and a peppery finish.

M: tingly and lively from the abundant carbonation and was slightly acidic.

D: A nice crisp, dry tart drinking aged pale that was unique with just enough to keep it interesting and one you could easily drink in multiples due to is smooth and eloquent sourness. (691 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale, clear yellow... a moderate creamy/fizzy head.

S: Sour fruits, apple + cherry, and perhaps a little floral.

T: Moderately tart, sour fruits. Maybe not as much to my liking as some of the Flanders Reds, but reasonable.

M + D: Easy to drink, has a little expressiveness, and ultimately rather mild. Maybe a little boring, but not a bad beer by any means. (366 characters)

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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