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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,722 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,722
Reviews: 618
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 63
Gots: 129 | FT: 5
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 02:57:33 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 04:42:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-13-2013 00:45:56 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 22:09:01 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 15:14:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 21:47:42 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 02:44:19 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 01:43:36 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

03-20-2014 01:43:35 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 03:56:57 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

An extremely complex and earthy brew- starting with a briney-horsey aroma, and finishing with a lactic tart snappiness.

Robust aromas of woody, nutty, dusty, and musty notes transition into vine-ripened cherries, berries, apples, and over-rippened tropical fruits (ok, moldy perhapse). Even a fugai of mushrooms lurks in the backfield.

Flavors however, forgo the earthy notes and favor the tartness of sour cherries, lemons, crabapples, cider, and with a backing of vinous-winey-tanic notes. Complex fruitiness and woodiness, but also with the backing of caramel and chocolatey-crusty malts.

Where the body starts moderately rounded and full, the sourness takes the mouthfeel into a crisp, tart, and refreshing finish that makes the transision complete. For such richness in aroma the beer finishes remarkably clean and dry.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 18:44:50 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

09-16-2013 15:10:39 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2011 15:17:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-19-2011 21:22:17 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-03-2013 15:10:11 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

03-11-2013 04:58:42 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-30-2012 05:36:24 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-28-2013 19:45:06 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 04:40:46 | More by Knapp85
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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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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -14%

03-06-2014 14:52:57 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 01:53:38 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-16-2012 18:01:17 | More by JAHMUR
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zeff80

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 16:52:55 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-19-2014 08:03:24 | More by largadeer
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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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