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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 1569
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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Durge

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to bring one of these home from DeCicco's in Brewster, NY, this sour brew is a pale golden yellow color with a decent white film on top and nice, random lacing. The aroma brings granny apple sweet and sour with slight fermentation and juniper evident. The flavor pretty much zeros out with sour apple and lemon lime bite over a struggling biscuit. There’s some doughy yeast of course, over thin sharp carbonation in this light bodied, tingly brew. Beautiful.

Serving type: growler

09-17-2012 16:50:03 | More by Durge
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a swing-top Deccico's half-growler into a DFH pint glass at Durge's.

A: Poured a hazy, golden yellow color with plenty of protein chain haze and yeast buildup in the glass. The thin head of bone white foam dissipated quickly but left a slight ring around the glass.

S: Very sweet, tart and fruity, like yeast, acidic hops and Granny Smith apples. There is a candied, gummy and funky essence emanating from the brew.

T: Wholly tart and acidic, the sour flavors take over almost immediately after the initial hit of sweetened, flowery malts. Dry and lactic almost, the brew takes sharp, sour and fruity jabs at the palate that are almost puckering in their attempts. The finish is dry, with a cloying, sour sweetness that slowly fades with some peppery citrus flavors.

M: Light, crisp and tart, this brew does form a slight buildup and is almost puckeringly sour at times.

O: A very unique beer and one that couldn't be had in a session environment. Palate and tartness aside, the ABV is rather high, but well-masked at 7.3% ABV, and the yeast would likely wreak havoc with your gut flora after a while. I'm not racing to have it again, but it was a different nightcap that usual.

Serving type: growler

07-01-2012 19:56:34 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Nesued

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler obtained via the fine folks at Green's on Piney Grove Road. Kudos for continuing to bring great offerings to the Columbia area.

Appearance - Crisp and clear yellow in color. Very inviting. Mild carbonation continues as the beer rests next to me during this review. Little head formed at the initial pour and little remains as this offering teases me to draw near...

Smell - An "awaken your nose" crisp and funky aroma. Some grassy and sweet notes as well.

Taste - A lip-puckering opening expands to a sweet/sour middle and a crisp clean finish. Amazing all that is going on in this offering. "Sweet-tarts" can describe this, along with a nice woody/grassy presence as well. The finish doesn't stick to your tongue, rather it leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is light while the overall body is medium. The crisp tart presence does take you by surprise.

Drinkability - I'm always amazed by the diversity present in the differing style offerings. To enjoy an Oud Bruin or a lambic is to very much appreciate the many facets of both beer-making and the enjoyment of variety. This offering is indeed in the upper strata of find offerings in the style.

Serving type: growler

02-25-2011 00:19:16 | More by Nesued
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip for a lively, white 1-finger head.

Color a translucent gold straw, head dissipates into respectable lacing.

Smell is light and citrusy with hints of pineapple and maybe orange.

All the roundness and sweetness of a Belgian in taste, with a trace of hops for a drier finish. Not an especially flavorful beer (like a watery dubbel or tripel?). The carbonation taste is evident here.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, if a tiny bit coarse.

The subdued flavor makes this quite drinkable, but I'm not personally in love with the taste (or lack thereof) enough to want to drink a bunch of it. In fairness, it's a departure from my personal favorite styles, but for what it is, it's not exceptional compared to similar brews.

Serving type: growler

02-18-2011 02:24:23 | More by zaphodchak
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Ian_B

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 01:45:45 | More by Ian_B
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artoolemomo

Oregon

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

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which seems to have decent retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber which shows golden hues when held up to the light. Considerable lacing with large areas of sheeting.

Nose- Definite tartness, some acetic acid. Lots of fruit- mostly stone fruits with peach and apricot being at the forefront. Maybe some lemon. Some bit of woodiness around the edges but nothing specifically oak. It has a slight astringency to it as well. Some cherries and a small hint of strawberries.

Taste- Fairly reflective of the nose with strong fruit esters that range from peach to apricot to lemon to cherries. The acetic acid and tartness definitely have more presence on the nose than on the palate. Ends with many of the fruit esters blending together in a muted SweetTarts finish. Slight hints of oak around the edges, maybe even a little bit of vanilla on the linger. This is definitely a very accessible sour with very little pucker at the moment. I'm sure it will increase as I drink more of it though. The slight touch of oak definitely distinguishes from the many sours out there. Slight hints of straw and funk. Solid, good beer to really good beer- I think the slight vanilla of the linger tips it closer to really good beer. A bit of a vinous quality, some white grapes.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with light carbonation that has a slight tingle. Somewhat of a dry finish.

Drinkability- Pretty accessible for a sour and keeps it interesting with the barrel aging. I think this is around 5 bucks for a bottle which seems fair enough. Probably wouldn't buy again as I'm usually one and done with sours but I like it.

Overall- Good to really good, but mostly really good. Isn't the most complex sour I've ever had but I do enjoy that this is rather smooth for a sour. This worth a try and I could see myself drinking this in the future. I probably won't buy it anytime soon but I would drink this again in the right setting.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 01:45:58 | More by artoolemomo
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Sumdeus

California

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into FW taster glasses.

A: pale yellow pour, hints of hazyness and a little cream head that fades quickly.

S: SOUR! Very simple, but it lets you know what's coming.

T: More sour! Great, no frills added sour. Nothing wrong with adding fruit or other creative endeavors, but this is a straight up crisp sour. Very refreshing.

M: crisp and clean, does not linger.

O: an excellent no frills sour That is readily available.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 05:18:47 | More by Sumdeus
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Wide Flute glass. Gold color, crystal clear appearance. White froth creates a close crown & leaves a wide ring on sides. Well balanced aroma profile displays sour citric & wood notes, spices & sugary hues on the backside. Gentle malty upfront is blowed up by sharp & intense tartar flavor. Light body. Soft carbonation. Spiced, dense & sour palate. Fruity touches in the middle resolve in a kind astringency from lemon & grapefruit rounded by memories of grape tannins. Long sour finish yields to a fruity & spiced aftertaste. ABV is just felt as a gentle heat through the throat. Refreshing & flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 17:56:36 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.5 - Beautiful golden super clear color with nice fluffy white head that leaves great lacing.
S - 4.25 - Super tart/acetic berries, bready malt in the background, you an almost get a little bit of the oak in there too.
T - 4.25 - Sour, like sour berries, blueberries, some bready/grainy/corn malt notes and oak characteristics there too.
M - 4.0 - light mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is sour berries.
O - 4.25 - It's good. Nice and sour. The cool thing about this beer is it's a basic, sour beer, without added fruit and without being a darker beer, so you really get the sour characteristics by themselves. The downside is basically the same thing - it's just sour, and perfectly sour, but not that complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 20:31:39 | More by ISmith87
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Tony_D

Georgia

4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw colored ale with a white head that quickly faded and left very little lacing.

S: Smells extremely sour and tart. I'm not able to detect much else in the nose but the smell is delicious.

T: I get a little bit of a vinegar, astringency note on the taste. Starts and ends with a mouth puckering taste. Quite delicious.

M: Good balance. Very hard for me to detect much hop presence over the sour taste but the sour and malt compliment each other well.

O: A very good sour pale ale. This is one that I will regularly reach for when I'm looking for a cheap and relatively available sour beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 01:06:06 | More by Tony_D
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Belgian goblet. My first crack at this style, which is rather difficult to find in these parts. Hoping that more examples turn up. This sour is a golden orange amber hue with ample beige foam; features larger bubbles than the Flanders reds from Rodenbach I have sampled. Smells very carbolic, like white wine vinegar, along with zesty lemon juice and a tannic woodiness. Taste is a fascinating blend of aggressive sour and caramel sweetness ... There's a gentle sweet backbone of vanilla nougat, dairy-based confectionery, carob, and raisins with a hint of dried banana chip, with all this lurking beneath another tart factor that recalls sour gummy candies, unripe cherry, pomegranate molasses, green apple, tangerine peel, and grainy vinegar. To my palate the sourness is about on par with Rodenbach Grand Cru, maybe even a hair more, with a thin body and rather prickly carbonation. Finishes dry, acidic, and woody. A tasty introduction to the style and to sours more generally.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 00:28:41 | More by CalgaryFMC
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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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Badger6

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Clear golden body. Head builds fast, then recess . Lots of lace on the glass.

S: Sour. Cherries and white wine. A woody character mixed with the malts. Aromatic scent, very distinct.

T: Pucker up, this is a sour beer. Takes a few minutes to adjust to the acidic sour of this beer. Once adjusted, there are hints of fruits, specifically cherries, and a slightly vinous character. Has some earthiness to it as well, suspect that comes from the oak barrels it rests in during the aging process. No bitterness at all.

M: Light body, mildly carbonated, tries to be dry but then the sweetness of the malt kicks in then it goes dry again. Finishes neatly.

N: You couldn't session this beer, but why would you? Its something you bring out to change things up. It is so tart to start, but then it mellows. Would go well with a tangy cheese and some classical music. This is a beer to be sipped and savored.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 02:04:20 | More by Badger6
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A – Golden yellow. Reminds me of Thatcher’s Gold cider. Resolute and champagne-like in its clarity.

S – Citrus scent is of lime. Sour green apple. Alsace Riesling.

T – Crisply tangy and vinous following the nose. You know, this may not be the finest sour in the world, but it stills amazes me that the brewer can achieve such fruitiness and tartness without the contribution of actual fruit. Tastes like unripe white grapes in a good way.
M – I’ve always said that this beer reminds me a lot of champagne and I’ll stand by that. The fizziness is perhaps not as pronounced and it probably has a sturdier body, but nonetheless there is a similarity.

O – Complexity may not be the central characteristic of this beer, but the tanginess, tartness and white wine flavours imparted to this beer from its oak aging are clean, crisp and neatly done. This is a beer elegant and assured in its simplicity, and one which I hope will serve as an excellent launch point for exploring sour and wild ales moving forward.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 01:51:53 | More by abeeronthebeach
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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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BWED

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 00:24:02 | More by BWED
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Petrus Aged Pale has a thin, white head, a clear, yellow-gold appearance, some bubble streams, and a good bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of extremely strong, lemony sourness and a touch of sugary sweetness. Taste is an explosion of sour lemon with an underlying sweetness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Petrus Aged Pale finishes dry, refreshing, and very drinkable. If you enjoy Lemonheads or Sweet-Tarts, you might enjoy this.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 15:24:44 | More by RonaldTheriot
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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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xabyss

Ohio

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

Bottled dated 2011. Pours golden blonde with a decent amount of bubbly head that's there and gone in a heartbeat. Sour citrus burns a hole through my mucus membranes; not particularly what I'd expect from an oud bruin. Deep whiffs draw out barrel-tinged malts and grapefruit. On the tongue it's sharp, sour and acidic with a wonderful finish. A fine brew for heartburn enthusiasts. Sour grapefruit, juicy apples, lemon peel and a hint of cherry. It's heavily carbonated and goes down easy, though "smooth" is the last adjective I'd attach to this one. I think this beverage is doing serious damage to my stomach lining. Otherwise, sure, it's a good sour. Nothing out of this world, but a very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 23:50:36 | More by xabyss
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip

A- pours like champagne; crystal clear golden in color with lovely bubbles shooting up the glass, small sudsy white head that retains long after the pour and sticks to the sides

S- tart fruity notes of apple peel, pear and white grape skin, maybe even some cherry. Sour vinegar and grainy, oaky barrel notes

T- puckering tartness up front gives way to some light and fruity flavors of apple and pear that continues into a juicy middle, highlighted by the oak barrel, which adds some woodsy and earthy flavors, the finish is bone dry and tart, with lingers of grape skin that becomes more apparent as it warms

M- Medium body with spritzy champagne-like carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a dry and puckering finish

O- a puckering sipper that has some nice fruity flavors, complimented by some nice barrel notes. My favorite from Petrus

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 20:42:26 | More by Treyliff
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a large finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a very thick film and a very thick ring. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of oak and light fruits (white grape, apple, and pear) with moderate to strong amounts of tartness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of oak and pale malts which quickly becomes quite tart. There are moderate notes of light fruits (white grape, apple, and pear) along with some notes of vinegar.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness. Dry finish.

O: Very enjoyable but probably too sour to enjoy more than one of these in a session. Nice flavors and acidic prickliness.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 03:00:40 | More by dbrauneis
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dar482

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden color.

The aroma has tartness, lemons some funkiness and barnyard, oak.

The flavor follows with a refreshing lemony tartness, green apples, grapes, with an oak flavor. Quite a lot of tartness going, a light body.

A surprisingly incredible beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 04:51:07 | More by dar482
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MetalMountainMastiff

California

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle to snifter

A. watered down orange, no head. mild fizzing on the top in the middle that stays.

S. Tart/Sour , sour apple. lemon.

T. Tart, to sour green apple, almost grassy at times, finishes bitter and dry.

M. Highly carbonated , yet smooth in the mouth and goes down even smoother with a dry finish, Great.

O. A great sour. Easy to come by, the apple taste overall not as great as the wine barrel aged sours but good. Price, availability makes it a winner.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 03:21:26 | More by MetalMountainMastiff
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My first encounter with this style of beer, a Flanders Oud Bruin, and my first beer from Brouwerij Bavik. Very excited to finally have this; expectations are high based on the beer's current ratings.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours with the appearance of a crystal white wine, but settles to a nice pale golden apple juice color when collected in the glass. Bright and clean with just a trace of sediment. Two fingers of white head settles to a foam. Looks pretty nice.

S - Ah yes, a mouthwatering aroma. Funky yeast starts things off, indistinct crisp fruitiness, apples, some sour vinegar presence, dark fruits, honey, earthy wood / barrel character, some caramel, vanilla, faint alcohol, & some soft leather. Lovingly layered and full of complexity.

T - Just the right amount of tart / sour, before the smooth creaminess of the barrel aging takes effect. Definitely dirty, earthy, and woody from the barrel. Crisp white wine, apples, caramel, and some indistinct yeast-derived fruitiness drive this thing home.

M - Feel is soft and delicate. Smooth and creamy, with just the right amount of sour / tart pucker. Finishes with a dryness similar to a white wine.

Overall, I'd say this was a wonderful introduction to both this style of beer, and this brewery. Delicious and dangerously drinkable at 7.30% abv; this is a very nice sipper of a beer. Looking forward to trying more from Brouwerij Bavik.

Petrus Aged Pale ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 23:45:08 | More by mfnmbvp
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

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

A nice offering for a 12 ounce tart brew. Pours a crystal clear straw with little head. Smells of tart apples. Dominant flavors are tart apple with some lemon zest. Crisp dry mouthfeel keeps me coming back for more. A bit expensive, but worthy of trying and fairly accessible to the masses.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 22:46:34 | More by taylor714914
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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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