Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,028 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,028
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 83
Gots: 196 | FT: 3
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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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of brentk56
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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