Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere
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3.78/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
09-01-2006 02:57:33 | More by Sammy
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
12-26-2011 04:42:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.78/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
06-13-2011 22:09:01 | More by Thorpe429
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
04-10-2010 21:47:42 | More by metter98
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
09-16-2005 15:14:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.8/5 rDev +17.6%
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
02-04-2006 02:44:19 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev -2%
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.
01-11-2009 03:56:57 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev -2%
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.
07-14-2014 05:05:57 | More by BEERchitect
4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
03-27-2010 01:43:36 | More by mikesgroove
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
03-11-2011 15:17:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.53/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
04-25-2011 04:40:46 | More by Knapp85
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
07-09-2013 03:09:22 | More by TMoney2591
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
01-15-2007 01:53:38 | More by emerge077
3.68/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
10-17-2009 16:52:55 | More by zeff80
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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