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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,137 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,137
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 93
Gots: 253 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-27-2001

Developed from Petrus Oud Bruin; a paler version of a traditional local style.
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Ratings: 2,137 | Reviews: 667
Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden body. Sticky soapy white head.

Aroma is woody with vanilla, a little musty, and lots of sour fruitiness.

Sour is aplenty and pleasant. Follows the nose delivering oak, fruit, and funk.

Great sour beer that's easy to get.

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a sour binge purchase at Chuck's a few days ago and cracking it after a long day on the job...

Poured into my GI stemmed glass...

Pours a rather pale golden with a thin wispy head that fades quickly but leaves spots of lacing here and there... Seems a touch lighter than others of the style... I guess hence the name "Pale".

Lots of the oak present in the aroma along with a tartness reminiscent of grapes and apples... There's an underlying funk here as well that doesn't dominate but rather compliments the beer... Sort of like an old funky leather saddle that's been hanging around in an even older barn for a while and gotten rained on and weathered really good... Its this earthy oaky funk that's turning me on to this...

Tart vinegar sourness right at first but its not overwhelming and quickly lends itself to the oak earthiness and grape skins I got in the aroma... Its not bracingly sour at all but pleasantly so... I'm really liking the earthiness of this beer...

Very drinkable for the style.. Doesn't fatigue the palate like some do with overwhelming tartness... This would be a good brew to introduce someone to sours... Very quality beer...

Photo of Mikecap
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of dunix
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of jbertsch
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Etan
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a cervoise.

A: Pours a murky gold with a soft white head.

S: White wine vinegar acetic notes, lemony, floral, mildly sweet pale malt, coconut.

T: Mineral, moderate acetic acid, vague vanilla, pineapple, somewhat vinous, apple skin, slight oak, a bit funky.

M: Light-bodied with active carbonation.

O: A nice acetic-focused pale ale. Hits the spot when I'm in the mood.

Photo of Fargrow
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of thehyperduck
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Dec 11 2016. Sour beer is a relatively new territory for me, with this being the first oud bruin I've had the chance to try. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a clear golden-yellow colour, generating one finger of fizzy, bone-white head that quickly dissipates. After a minute or so, only a thin collar remains at the surface. It's certainly not much to look at. Fortunately, the aroma is somewhat more interesting - fruity and a little floral. Green apple, sour lemon and white wine are noticeable, with mild hints of oaky tannin. There's also some funky acetic notes, which give the nose a tangy twang that is vaguely reminiscent of balsamic vinegar.

Now this is a sour that I can get behind - the flavour profile is tart, with a nice, approachable acidity. Green apple is probably the strongest vibe I am getting, followed closely by white wine and citrusy lemon zest. The tart flavours weaken in the tail end of the profile, allowing the wheaty pale malt backbone to shine through, along with hints of oak and some light funk. An acetic/vinegar acidity lingers on into the aftertaste, along with some woody tannin astringency. Light-medium in body, with restrained carbonation levels that result in a crisp, satisfying mouthfeel. While the alcohol content is nowhere to be seen, this is definitely a sipper at heart.

Final Grade: 4.34, a very solid A grade. I do not have any previous experience with this specific style of beer, nor would I consider myself a big fan of sours in general - but Petrus Aged Pale is quite possibly my favourite sour so far. The funky acidity and the tannins from the barrel result in an eminently quaffable, unique little brew that has gone a long way towards changing my opinion of sours. A good 'gateway sour', due to the affordable price point and approachable flavour profile - I will definitely make sure to procure a few more bottles of this for the cellar, since I don't expect this to remain available in Ontario indefinitely.

Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Zonian1
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of callmemickey
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale, clear golden colored body. Large fizzy white head. Streaky suds left behind.

S: Huge acetic component. Vinegar, apples, a bit of lemon, and white grapes. Not much in the way of funk, must, or oak.

T: Lemon and vinegar provide the initial burst of flavor. This is followed by a green apple flavor that is reminiscent of some of the tarter batches of Fantome Saison. I would have liked a bit more "funk" and oak presence here.

M: Moderate sourness. Ultimately, however, the finish is a little thin as the sourness overpowers the beer. It's not that the beer is overwhelmingly sour, it's just more sour than the flavor and body of this beer can properly support.

O: A pleasant, enjoyable sour beer that is available at an accessible price.

Photo of Maillard
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of claytong
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - golden color, decent head, lingers a bit

Smell - amazing, raisins, port, cloves, just delicious smelling, had to convince myself to drink it and quit smelling it at the bar and looking like an asshole

Taste - much the same, not as terrific but definitely nice, get a bit of alcohol, not hot more like stingy rubbing alochol, but its not off putting, a bit sour and definitely some vinegar

Mouthfeel - light body, good carbonation, sessionable

Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Consumed 8/19/12

Appearance: Pale, golden yellow - fizzy white head, keeps a fizzy white head, mostly clear, leaves a few spics of lacing

Smell: Waves of sour and tart, with some straight-up acidity and Belgian yeast - some light fruits (apples, berries, some citrus), and some light sweetness - sour and interesting

Taste: Prickling acidity and sour, with some light sweetness and lots of fruits - like tart apples, white grapes, oranges, lemons, and pineapples - some wood - some pale malts at the base - lightly bitter, but this is really about the sour

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, lingering puckering sourness

Overall: Way more interesting than expected

This is more sour than some beers that are explicitly advertized as "sour." Seriously, this is intensely tart and sour. Not for anyone afraid of sour.

Photo of JayS2629
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful orange tinted amber with awesome clarity and a fluffy four finger head that fades slowly and leaves nice rings of lace.

Very fruity aroma. Straight up green apples with sour cherry notes and hints of woody oak.

Quite tart with loads of green apple. Leafy hops and a sour cherry finish. Apple cider vinegar notes. Slight medicinal notes.

Pretty thin and dry.

Very interesting, not as oaky as expected. A definite sipper.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.49/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - this belgian pale ale is most definitely pale. it pours a BMC golden color, that kegstand pale yellow color, with a thin white head with rather good retention and plenty of carbonation

S - this beer smells very champagnesque, liek white muscat grapes, a bit like Midas Touch's grapes, then again, a deeper whiffs reveal lemon and ... vinegar

T - yup vinegar... way to sour, sure slightly champagnesque with some white grape hints, but it tastes more like apple cider vinegar, again, too sour for me, but i didnt pour it

M&D - lively and light on the tongue, but again, too sour to be even moderately drinkable, not a fan

Photo of Jimmys
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: rich clear gold. big fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. large carbonation bubbles streak to the surface. a beautiful looking beer, but not your typical shade for an oud bruin.

S: sour alcohol. makes my nose want to pucker. definitely has an oak-y aspect in the finish.

T: sweet and sour jolly rancher. this aspect loses some of its intensity with each following sip. crisp, dry, little bit of hop bitterness in the finish that reminds me that it is a pale. at times almost feels like im drinking wine.

M: soft carbonation with that signature tang of a oud bruin. spot on.

D: tart with a little bit of funk. one sip reminds you its a pale and the next reminds you that it was aged in oak.

definitely the appearance of a pale, but the aroma and flavors of a flanders oud bruin. overall, really fun beer.

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of vinny21bal
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PopnLoads
4/5  rDev -2%

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