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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,723 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,723
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 63
Gots: 129 | FT: 5
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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.

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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 04:33:00 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
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!!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 23:29:59 | More by NeroFiddled
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

08-30-2013 05:25:28 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -14%

08-08-2012 01:02:53 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 21:28:42 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 08:21:34 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 03:48:19 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Petrus Aged Pale-Grande Reserve

Speaking of aging, this bottle has been in my fridge over 6 months, I think. Bought it on someone's recommendation. Had on at Grumpy's NE on tap, again on recommendation, and yet I let this bottle sit there until today. Enough of my yakkin, let's drink up.

Clear, pale yellow, highly carbonated, slim slab of fizzy foam.

Aroma: citrus-y notes, peppery spice, and farmhouse funk.

Taste: tart, sour, crisp, and then dry. Much like a cider, but very mellow. Light bodied, with a dry, even finish. Very elegant. I can feel the pale ale underneath, and it's amazing what dramatic turns it took while resting in the oak barrel.
(Though I am wondering if I waited too long, is that possible?)

That said, and despite the many likable qualities of this ale, it just doesn't float my boat. Seems lacking in character, or at least the kind of character I'd like to send past my gums. I probably won't buy one again any time soon, but you probably should.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 05:58:15 | More by feloniousmonk
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasn't sure if I had had this before but it was on draft so what's there to lose? Beer is yellow and clear. Forms a broken white head of small bubbles. Almost no lacing (like it should be) and the carbonation level is low.

Aroma is really good. Mildly acetic, almost sweet, mild funky basement.

Beer is thin and has a slightly metallic tinge to it. Strong acetic acid note, almost cherry like at times. Pretty bright flavors, good drinkability and nice mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2010 21:22:32 | More by drabmuh
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 13:55:54 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden amber with a nice sized frothy white head leaves more than abundant lacing, I'm happy so let's move on. Aroma: Very tart to the nose with a cidery dry finish to the nose here not much hop profile apparent but the tartness sure sticks out like a sore thumb. Taste: Coats the palate with a balanced tart sensation letting out a meaty malt profile with sweet flavor that came with the aging and the oak barrel definitely shines it's light through in the flavor of this aged ale. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied ale with a puckering effect on the palate that gives my taste buds a craving for more of the same. Drinkability: In closing all hail the flemish style pale ale from Petrus it brings joy to I this fine evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2004 10:26:22 | More by WVbeergeek
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Mora2000

Texas

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

The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very tart with vanilla and oak notes. The flavor is tart lemons with some oak. The beer is extremely dry and makes you keep drinking it. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An excellent, budget sour.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 04:32:26 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 18:42:19 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-23-2013 03:37:12 | More by SocalKicks
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mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap tonight at Rustico in Ballston, VA.

a - Pours a nice golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour apples, sour fruits, oak, very tart fruit. Also some grass/hay earthy tones. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of oak, sour apples, sour and tart fruit, fruity malts, hay/earthy malts.

m - Light body and low to moderate carbonation, tart and dry at the end.

d - A very enjoyable sour. Lots of tart apples in the nose and taste. Would like to have again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 03:47:17 | More by mdfb79
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-16-2011 00:45:42 | More by oline73
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2012 19:02:42 | More by StonedTrippin
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This has a nice tart nose to it as I pour, reminds me a bit of lemons and / or grapefruit even, though more of the acidic character of these fruits than the citrus notes. The beer is a brilliantly clear copper color and is topped by a pale, frothy, though somewhat thin off-white colored head. The aroma is dominated by the acidity, though upon this closer inspection the acidity is a mix between acetic and lactic acid components. There seems to be a bit of tannic woody type aromatic notes here, as well as some subtle fruity notes that remind me of green apples and tart plums. The aroma is really quite nice; I really enjoy the nose on tart beers.

The beer is quite dry and of course is nicely tart as well. The tartness reminds me of sour apples with perhaps a hint of lime or maybe even lemon added, and a splash of apple cider vinegar as well. The sourness is not nearly as strong as in a traditional Lambic, but it is nicely assertive. Going back to the sour apple note, this has a fruitiness to it that reminds me of them as well as a note that makes me think of raisins that have had all sugar removed (I don't even really know what that means, but I swear I taste it here). The actual funk level here is fairly restrained; there is perhaps a hint of funky mushroom in the finish.

This is quite a nice beer to drink, but in the end it is not nearly as complex as I would like it to be. Without the malt character of a sour brown or red, it really needs some more funkiness to it to strike a balance with the dominant acidity.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 23:44:11 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a glass chalice:

Pours hazed orange with a thin head that slowly becomes a swirl and bubbly patch. Vanishing trailing lace sticks to glass.

The smell is vinegary sour with vinuous notes. Orange and oak with some funk mix in.

The taste is vinuous and oaky - Funky sourness with lemon/orange. As it progresses, a candy sweetness, the tart/sour and a complex, champagne-like yeastiness work together to make a nice combination. Finishes long, oaky, very dry.

A spritzy tang mellows mid-way, leaving a nice texture.

Sweet and sour combo that that area is known for works well, with a nice oakiness as well. A sipper to be savored.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 23:11:53 | More by jwc215
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mactrail

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 04:43:25 | More by mactrail
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-25-2011 23:26:33 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle, into a Petrus glass,

A: Pours a pale goldenrod, mild white head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Great acetic acid nose, with a hint of lactic and sugary malt.

T: Definitely has an almost sweet mix of acetic acid and malt clearly putting it in the Flanders style. Oak, some green apple, very tasty.

M: Moderately high acid, it does attack the palate, but is very smooth, very easy drinking, no hint of the 7.3%.

D: This is an intriguing beer, pretty much a pale Oud Bruin, I expected more lactic acid but instead got CH3COOH which is fine, I like them both in their own ways, what they can bring to a beer. Really good like the regular Oud Bruin.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 06:10:03 | More by Halcyondays
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold color and nearly clear. Mild head that leaves nearly no spots on the glass. Steady stream of minute bubbles continuously work upward.

Highly soured, smells very similar to a hard cider. Light alcohol in the background.

Mild start to the beer, but the swallow is explosive with a lot of sour apple and lemon flavors. The aftertaste is surprisingly short. The flavor is solidly like a soured apple cider. Good body and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 21:54:46 | More by smcolw
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GClarkage

California

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/16/05- Purchased at Plumpjack Wines in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Stone Levitation glass.

Appearance- Champagne colored pour, maybe a bit on the darker golden side. Tons of light bubbles rising to the surface. 1/2 inch head in which part of it stays around during the entire glass. Excellent chunky lacing abounds.

Smell- Definite dulled fruity scent. Almost like a sweet style wine. Picked up sour notes as well. Definite light alcohol and oak scents too.

Taste- Sweet and sour at the same time. But, the sourness rules here. Very tart like the kind of candy you would but at the drug store when you were a kid. Fun Dip? Nice oaky background. Kind of funky aftertaste. Guess that is the barnyard quality coming through.

Mouthfeel- Not as carbonated as I thought after seeing the bubbles. But still above average carbonation level.

Drinkability- Reminds me of a red flanders more than anything. Kind of like a Duchesse. Just as good also if not better. This is no session beer. A sipper to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 18:51:50 | More by GClarkage
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kojevergas

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -12%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 03:48:41 | More by kojevergas
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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