Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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Reviews: 676
Hads: 2,275
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 24.69%
Wants: 108
Gots: 306 | FT: 2
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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 Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

cloudy grapefruit colour with noticeable white crown, generous lace left in glass. Sour flemish aroma, sour apple, somewhat like a wild ale. Numbing sour mouthfeel,with significant carbonation, refreshing. Not for a newbie. Sour apple cider in taste.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light honey orange with a large 3 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Random chunks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is tart, sour, and funky with a slight metallic aroma. Taste is of sour/tart fruit up front with a malt aftertaste. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and slightly acidic mouthfeel. Very bubbly but it works with the flavors. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice tart flavors but it's a bit pricey at $4.50 for less than 12 ounces.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured golden orange with a little head. There's a low to moderate level of carbonation.
S: The aroma is rather sour with some hints of fruit and oak.
T: There's a very sour taste with oak undertones and a somewhat dry, tart finish. The flavor is rather interesting.
M: It feels crisp and light- to medium-bodied on the palate.
D: It's relatively easy to drink (particularly if you like sourness) but I can't see myself having more than one of these in a single sitting.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev -1%
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!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this at Pizzeria Paradiso in Alexandria the other day. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear golden-apricot color with a short white head and some nice spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a bit of green apple and hay, along with a good amount of funk. Light funk, but good in terms of how forward the beer was with it. The flavor brought some acidity and apple skin. Golden color was the first hint that this isn't really an Oud Bruin, and the flavor is another. Bright acidity and some light stone fruits. This was a really interesting beer and I'd certainly have it again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Only had a 2 or 3oz. sample of this one but that was plenty for me to get the point. This beer pours out as a pleasing looking pale ale with a nice looking head on it. The beer smells so strong with sour aromas rising. I was pretty surprised. This beers flavor could make just about anyone pucker I think. I was still trying to figure out how this was still considered a Pale Ale and not something else. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth but also dry and tart. An interesting ride for someone who wants to try it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.79/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear golden body with a frothy head that drops precipitously but leaves a fair amount of lacing

Smell: A whole range of tart fruit - pineapples, green apples, sour cherries, lemons and a bit of puckerish funk

Taste: An amazing blend of sweet and tart flavors that ping pong back and forth through to the finish, where they are joined with a balsa wood character

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, sour and puckering; low carbonation

Drinkability: Lovely to sip on and spread across the tongue as it plays upon the different taste receptors

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the utmost clean and lactic character possible, the sour pale ale of De Branandere launches with citrus, cellar and cork playing major roles.

Its bright golden austere seems harmless enough, perhaps anticipating pilsner flavor to the eye. But once the nose draws near, its tart acidity takes hold. Dry cider at first, then the waves of vinous white wine, corklike must, attic wood and the piquant tart bitterness of dried lime.

Across the middle, the short-lived bready sweetness loosens and seems to dissolve mid stream. What's left is tangy lemon, lime, crabapple and under-ripened berry. Glimmers of white wine vinegar come to mind as the beer dives into a quick finish.

And that's where the ale fleets the palate with abrupt dryness- clean, crisp and sudden. Far sooner than the palate would prefer, the taste evaporates in a whimsical cloud that overs above the tongue. Much of its wonderment is better appreciated in a wheaty, vinous aftertaste, full of oak tanning than it is in actual time.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. "The Key to Heaven." We'll see about that.

This beer pours a mostly clear, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some jagged raised relief lace around the glass as it lazily fades away.

It smells of a mixed sourness - vinegar, funky yeast, and muddled tart fruit, offset by wet wood, a pale grainy malt, and some vegetation-heavy hops. The taste is more grainy pale malt and semi-sweet orchard fruit, consequently subsumed by a varied and tart sourness - my mom (hey, it's Mother's Day - and she wanted to try it) says it tastes like pickle juice. I can't really dispute that - acetic acid is as acetic acid does, no? There are also some mild wood and green hop characteristics, none strong enough to be overly worthy of further mention.

The carbonation is average, just a low-fi tic here and there, the body a fairly light medium weight, and moderately astringent in its overall smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the latent caramel malt making a sheepish appearance against the still prevalent sour, tangy je ne sais quoi (is it yeast? wood? thetans?) of this offering.

While a bit of a palate gobsmack up front, this settles nicely into a pleasantly sour, fruity, and proper wood-aged Belgian ale, the elevated booze playing nicely in the corner, and most memories of sidelong vinegar references cast away. Sorry mom...welcome to the new world of old world brewing techniques.

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Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rare find at Delilah's...2003 is printed on the back label.

Pours a honey orange, some foam and large bubbles form in the tulip glass. A sticky ring of lace is left behind. Smell is of sharp citrusy lemon juice, clover honey, and white grape. Mild stable funk swirls around, with a wet stone quality. Very unique and Gueuze-like.

Taste follows the aroma, minus the funkiness. It's got a focused sharpness, sour lemon, apricot, and mellow honey all appear in the profile. White wine comes to mind. Aftertaste is slightly earthy with a vegetal hint. Sour/acidity level is moderate, almost puckering at first. It has a clean, bright sourness and is a little thin, crisp but not as and dry as Gueuze. It's a little like a Belgian Pale/Gueuze hybrid...refrfeshing in small doses. Returning to it a few times, it feels like it lacks a bit of depth that other Flanders ales have.

I've got another '03 bottle cellared indefinitely, i'm curious to try one that has more of age on it. Edit: it doesn't seem to change much over time, wondering if it's pasteurized.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shimmering gold with waxed lemon trim. The prodigious crown of rich ivory displays legions of delicate, gently popping bubbles on its surface. As the foam continues its slow descent, the glass is covered with a fantastic display of Belgian lace. The beer itself is no slouch, but the head-lace combination is truly wonderful.

My first thought upon catching a whiff of the nose was bubblegum. It's much less apparent now, but was an interesting initial impression. The aroma falls under the 'funky' umbrella. It's obvious that Belgian yeast is having a heyday in this beer. I can't begin to sort out the various aromas, or even put names to most of them, but I will say that I like this funkiness much more than I did the first few times I smelled and tasted it.

Wow. I don't know that I've had a more complex beer in a good, long while. A pungent, sour acidity is clearly dominant, but isn't allowed to steamroll everything in its path. Thankfully, it's countered by an underlying sweetness that takes the rough edges off what could have been a borderline unpleasant experience. There's an amazingly colorful cacophony of flavors and flavor sensations (sour, sweet, bitter). I'm stunned that they're all present, much less that they fit into such a seamless whole.

I don't appreciate any spiciness whatsoever, but the sweet and (especially) sour fruitiness doesn't need it. I'm enjoying the woody character imparted by the oak barrels. Comparisons to an especially oaky Chardonnay wouldn't be out of line. The finish is even more spectacular in terms of interdigitating flavors and flavor sensations. I would need at least a half dozen bottles to plumb the depths of Aged Pale's soul. And, after six bottles, my own.

The mouthfeel is pretty close to pale ale perfect. It's medium in heft with a slick, microthin mouthcoating that is a perfect complement to the dry, puckery finish. A fair amount of fine-gauged carbonation keeps the mouthfeel hopping without making a nuisance of itself.

This is an infinitely complex beer that oozes Old World quality and charm. It's obvious that great care has been taken in its creation. So too should great care be taken in its consumption. Petrus Aged Pale is, quite simply, beautiful beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/burgundy color with an off-white, two-finger head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of oak and wood with some funky/spicy notes.

T - Whoa! There is a strong sour apple flavor. It is very tart and acidic with touches of fruity sweetness.

M - It was very sharp and popped on the tongue. A crisp, medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good sour beer. I can't imagine having more than one in a session, though.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A rather unassuming bottle that I passed on the shelf countless times. I decided to go for it and bring it home a few weeks ago. Grabbed from the fridge this evening and served chilled. Consumed on 03/26/2010.

Nice pour leads to a golden orange color that is very hazy and clouded over. Nice head, an inch at highest settled down but left a good bit of lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma is tart, pears, sour apples, hints of fruit everywhere. Warming brings up grape skins and a touch of earthy grains. Nice clean flavor. Warming as the first sips wash across the tongue the pear and apple dominates and a light vinegar touch starts to come through. Light body with a smooth, even finish. Super drinkable and perfect for this warm night.

Overall very solid. Was not expecting it to be as light and drinkable as it was. Would have no issue with this one again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce goblet - $8.00 at Trappeze in Athens, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a very lightly hazed, deep yellow body with a thin, fine, white head.

Smell: Nostril cauterizing acidity with a pass of soured citrus fruits and green apple peelings.

Taste: Touch of possibly imagined ultra pale maltiness. A bite into a predictably tart Granny Smith apple but without any accompanying fruity sweetness. A fairly puckering swallow of Matt Simpson's Gas Line Lemonade. Very minor lactic tongue-coating tang. Sharply acidic right up until the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Beyond the crackling acidity running its course, there's really not too terribly much to this one. It's fine, but not a favorite.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Petrus Aged Pale pours a clear, brass-gold body beneath a creamy head of white froth that holds well, slowly dropping to a wide collar and thin surface covering while leaving short splashes of lace about the glass.

The nose offers sour fruit (grapefruit, cherries, grapes), sugar (a touch of candy sugar, some mild bubblegum - possibly due to a note of vanilla from the wood), oak, and basement mustiness. It's intriguing (especially the sugary side) and inviting.

In the mouth it's delicately crisp and light bodied with an acidity that's almost puckering.

The flavor offers everything the nose promises except that it's not quite as fruity. Initially the tartness over-rides it, but then the candyish side fights back. Dry oak comes into play at the swallow, and it finishes remarkably clean and dry considering the brief intensity that it just offered. Some woodiness (with a drop of vanilla) lingers in the aftertaste along with a touch of mustiness; leaving the palate primed and waiting for another quick sip of exhilarating charm!

The alcohol is never noticeable; and for those that enjoy/accept/can get past the brazen acidity this is a superbly refreshing and remarkably palate-cleansing and invigorating beer! Magnificent!!!!

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Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale golden in my very tall Petrus tulip. Looks just like a lager. Some sudsy head and moderately prickly on the tongue. A whiff of vinegrette dressing in the nose.

A distinct sourness surprises the palate-- mine at least-- wich gradually mellows to part of the complexity. Thin and sharp. Some sweet and sour flavors. Funky fruitiness, but no yeast flavor as in some other Belgian styles. Quite bitter aftertaste and rather woody. I would have to taste a few more beers in this category to see what possibilities there are. It seems like a curiosity rather than something I'd want to try again.

From the big Belgian-style bottle.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/11/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains tart fruit, light malts, Belgian yeast and notes of vinegar.

T: The taste is very sour up front with flavors of grapes, cherries and citrus. There's a thin malt character but it's where it should be for the style. In the background there's some Belgian yeast and a very faint hops presence. The after-taste is also sour.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, nice sour beer worth sipping on for a while.

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Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown bottle with the year 2003 on the back label.

Appearance: Medium foaming off of a hard pour, wonderful rimming of Brussels Lace over the slightly weathered golden hue.

Smell: A bit tart with suggestions of cherries and a bit vinous as well. Faint oaky woodiness mingles with the grain, very aromatic in a mildly pungent way.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Lip smacking tartness upfront subsides as soon as the palate becomes accustom to the level of acidity. Oak flavours draw the mouth towards dry yet there is just enough sweetness from the grain to meld with the tartness for a sweet-tart juicy middle. Hints of earthiness show a complex yeast. Faint sherry character as the warmth of the alcohol becomes more apparent with its slightly ester profile. Finishes with more wood on a dry note.

Notes: A beautiful beer, as the beer caresses the mouth the tartness awakens the taste buds. Very refreshing and a perfect pair to a simple goat cheese. This beer is not for quaffing, sip and savour every drop.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up this classic for $3.99 USD at my local bottle shop. "Aged Pale. Ale aged in oak casks." Self-identifies as a "golden blond ale." 7.30% ABV confirmed. 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art and branded pry-off cap served into a flared stem-snifer/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its reputation as a staple sour.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5-2 finger wide head of white colour. Nice thickness. Slight creaminess. Fairly soft complexion. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty decent - about 4-5 minutes.

Body colour is a semitransparent translucent yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Rather pale for the style. Appealing. No flaws are overt.

Sm: Heavy lactobacillus yeast/bacteria. Great tartness. Redolent of peach, apricot, and maybe tart green apples. Clean malts and barley. Some graininess. Light oak. Really appealing; the tartness is a definite highlight. Any hopping is subtle and floral in character. Sourness is at the forefront here, as it should be. Acidity is obvious. Ripe, young, and appealing. A fairly strong aroma.

I don't detect any alcohol.

T: Nice tartness throughout. Crystal malt, clean malts, and barley comprise the unobtrusive foundation. Nice fruity notes of crabapple, light lemon esters, peach, and white cherry. Somewhat cidery. Sourness is prounounced but not overbearing; lactobacillus yeast is obvious. The oak is quite restrained but helps guide the beer. It's not quite gestalt, the balance is quite good - though admittedly, it's a pretty simple build for the style. Complementary floral hop character. Apple skin/fruit skin. Maybe even white cherry skin. Lightly tanic. Some subtlety is present here. Well executed for a simple basic sour. Well layered and put together. I quite like it.

Flavour duration is above average. Flavour intensity is somewhat high. Depth of flavour is average at best.

No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Acidic, smooth, wet, crisp, and refreshing. Slight overcarbonation, but it's forgivable. Good presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile nicely. Spritzy and effervescent.

Dr: A very drinkable sour for a rather fair price as an import. A great introductory beer for newcomers to sours, but it can't hold its own with more complex, refined beers in the style. I'll definitely be returning to this one regularly, and it earns its reputation as a staple sour. Quality stuff for the price; I'd probably recommend it to friends. Hard to find much wrong with it, but there's definite room for improvement. I do want more complexity and more of an oak presence, for example. A solid brew from Bavik, if one that uses lacto as something of a crutch. But if you're going to use a crutch, it may as well be lacto. I'm having this stuff.

Lowish B

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw with a decent white head. The nose...oh man...smelling this reminds me of my trips to Napa. The wooden barrels permeating the air and sending me to a place that puts me in a different world. The one I need to be in for this experience. Strong oak, though not overpowering. For an oaked beer, I don't see how it could be any better; hence the 5. The flavor. Of course there is a serious influence from the oak here. But is also hits you with a slight tang that gets your taste buds to really pay attention. The oak does not last a long time, but while it is there it is making itself known. Strong apple presence as well. Borders on cider-esqe. I am revising my review and giving the taste a 5. Feel is slightly carbonated, but not thick at all. Very drinkable as far as being such a unique and interesting brew. But it's not a session beer. Too distinct, too pungent, and way too elegant to be slamming these all night, though I would love to have this one another time. Awesome. I am ecstatic to be able to try this one, but pissed that I have no (local) way to get more in New Mexico. Seek and find.

Edit: After tasting everything from the six pack, this one is by far the best. In a class of it's own.

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Leather & sourness, & a touch of pear

T: Tanic & sour notes, hints of raspberry & cherry up front. Oaky notes mix with puckery cherry as this warms, so much dryness & you can feel your enamel on your teeth being chewed on by the acidity. Finishes tart, puckery & dry

MF: Puckery, medium bodied with subtle carbonation

A good take on the style, not quite a puckery or deep as others of this ilk, but still a recommended Ould Bruin to me...

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Olde City during their sour week.

Poured into a Petrus glass, a light yellow/golden straw like color with about one finger of head with some nice lacing throughtout.

Aroma of sour apples, perhaps pears, wheat, some malt.

Taste is crisp and dry, very funky, tart.

Mouthfeel is very smooth medium bodied, some carbonation.

Very drinkable with a crisp sour finish.

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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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