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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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1,887 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,887
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 69
Gots: 160 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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2.68/5  rDev -34.3%

Tasted at 2003 Kempisch Bierfestival in Geel, Belgium...

Appearance: light amber, sudsy white foam (a thin layer), OK retention

Aroma: berry-like tartness, slightly yoghurty, a bit woody, worcestershire sauce

Flavor: citricly sour, slightly gueuze-like, some hints of that horsey Brett character, a bit harsh in the dry finish

Mouthfeel: light body, champagne-like carbonation, acidic

Overall Impression: A neutral beer Petrus makes to blend with their regional offerings. It is also intended for export to the US, though it is not for sale here commercially. That's OK because I'd rather spend my time with a good gueuze instead of this stuff. I ordered this one based on my server's recommendation, but I wished that I had disregarded him instead.

GreenCard, Sep 21, 2003
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

coz, Nov 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

PaBeerLover, Aug 19, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

A: beautiful crystal-clear, yellowish-orange color, nice thick, shaving cream type head
S: earthy with malt and hints of sour, some vanilla
T: very drinkable, sour is noticeable up front but nice balance with malt
M: very good, quenching, no major pucker factor, refreshing
D: very, very drinkable

wisrarebeer, Nov 28, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

sammyg832, Jun 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

TheBishopco, Dec 19, 2011
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Draft pour into a 12 oz Petrus glass. 7.3 % ABV for $7.50. Said to be the first time the aged Petrus is available on draft in the US. Aged between 24 and 30 months.

A: Pours with a bright white head with short retention. There is very little carbonation visible. In fact, my beer menu actually states that this brew was intentionally undercarbonated.

S: Only pale malts were used. Hop aromas of lemon and lime.

T: Semi fruity with just a hint of sherry. A subtle woody character is imparted by the oak aging. I ordered this one again to make sure the salty, briny, vinegar, olive flavor from my first experience was correct. It literally tasted like a dirty martini, which intrigued the hell out of me, but wasn't consistent with any of the reviews that I read afterward. My first experience was the anomaly. Even so, both were delicious. Call me crazy but there is definitely room in the craft beer world for a briny sour.

M: Even if this brew is undercarbonated, it's a moot point. There is more than enough stimulation with the tartness. Medium body leaning slightly towards the thin side. Intense mouthfeel with substantial sourness, tartness and acidity. Mouth coating and tongue scraping cleanser. Long flavor with biting carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D: An awesome brew with great flavor and an intense mouthfeel. Could go back to back with this sipper.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jul 23, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2%

scotv, May 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Magery, Jul 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

carteravebrew, Jun 19, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -14.7%

Done from brief notes at a beer festival

A: Decent white head. Translucent fizzy yellow beer.

S: Sour, Sour, Sour moldy brad. Lite maltyness but overwhelmed by the scent.

T: Sour again is up front. Tastes like liquid sweet tarts. Very interesting.

M: Can't get past the mouth puckering sour flavors. It's all I'm getting. Big time carbonation.

D: Pretty interesting. Not familiar with this type of beer but it's interesting.

rrski198, Jan 30, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a very clear hay yellow straw color with a decent white head that quickly settles to just the edges.

Taste of oak, lemon, pale malts, nice sour flavor profile that is well rounded and complex. There is a nice lemony puckering sour that is very well done, and more pronounced than some of the other sours I have had recently.

Overall, a great beer for the price. A six pack of these would be entirely worth the $30 in addition to the fact that you don't have to drink 750 mls in one sitting if having by yourself.

Medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. A great sour in a standard 12 oz bottle. Recommended

alpinebryant, May 09, 2010
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2.23/5  rDev -45.3%

I was very highly disappointed with this beer. There is not really anything good that I can say about it. It poured to a clear strawberry blonde color with very little head that faded to absolutely nothing. The smell and taste were horrid, like drinking vinegar straight. I ended up pouring this out less than half way through. I never thought I would see the day where I wasn't even able to finish a beer. As bad as they are, I've always been able to finish a cheap macro lager, but not this, which was unfortunately rather costly as it is a belgian import. I would definitely not recommend it.

neonbrown82, Feb 14, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Sampled on 7-11-10

Pours a clear orange/amber color with a foamy white head that slowly settles. A few bubbles rise to the top, leaving a thick layer of foamy lacing.

Smell is super sour and lightly funky, with lots of light fruity aromas and a hit of alcohol. Slightly oaky, slightly aged, sharply sour at the end.

Taste is surprisingly delicate, apple juice fruit flavors at first, followed by a big kick of sour funkiness. The finish is sour and slightly bitter, but it fades quickly, leaving a dry and fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is extremely sticky and very nicely carbonated, doing a very good job of accenting the sour flavors.

Drinkability is very good, no problem downing several if you were in a sour mood.

Overall, very well made and an outstanding example of the style. I will be getting this again.

BMoney575, Jul 11, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

a: hazy gold body with a thin white head.

s: Funky, skunky, sweet and tart. Reminiscent of sour green apple.

t: Damn I love sour beers. Great tart/sour mix, very balanced. Sweetness lingers on the tongue. Notes of honey and green apples. A mild sour beer overall, would be great for beginners.

m: Lively texture. Tartness effects the feel, but I wouldn't say the sourness approaches puckering levels. Mouthfeel is just right.

d: Good stuff. Strikes an excellent balances. Most of the sour offerings tend to lean either sour or sweet, but this walks the line right down the middle. I would love to age one of these.

BradLikesBrew, Jun 29, 2008
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4/5  rDev -2%

zrab11, Mar 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Zuidman, Jun 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

thampel09, May 07, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

11.2oz bottle, served at 40-45F.

Pours cloudy golden amber with a one finger white head that leaves a few spots of lacing and recedes to a foamy ring and wispy cap.

Aroma is apple cider vinegar, funk, oak, sour. Interesting and inviting. Gueuze-like qualities. Very good strength.

Flavor is tart cider vinegar, funky, oak, a hint of some almost caramel like sweetness lies underneath, finishes with acidic sourness. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, a bit sticky, sharp carbonation.

Really nice Sour, especially for the price. Great intro to the style for those on a budget.

elgiacomo, Aug 02, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

11.2oz bottle received as part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program for June. This one was allowed to warm some from the fridge before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Petrus Aged Pale pours a mildly hazy tangerine. Nearly two fingers of cream colored head sprout up initially, but soon fizz away without putting up much of a fight. The smell is fairly tart, but with a sweet, pale fruit component to it as well. The flavor adds more layers to that base, giving the beer more of a refined edge. A sharp tartness is definitely what jumps out right from the first sip. Once my palate was acclimated to the acidity though, the rest of the beer began to really shine through. Green apple skin and peaches provide a sweetness that helps counteract the beer's dominant sour characteristic. The back end of each sip highlights a delicate oak/cherry pit note that really elevates the beer. The body is appropriately light for a relatively small sour beer, and the carbonation serves its purpose of preventing the beer from turning into a syrup, and nothing more. I haven't had Petrus Oude Bruin, but if the final beer is as good as this thread that goes into it is, I'll be in for a hell of a brew.

axeman9182, Jun 24, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev 0%

Classic honey color with moderate carbonation. Head is very very thin. Very slight cloudiness.

Mellow sour citrus/horse blanket funk with a nice tinge of ginger and a little bit of vinegar tones. Sweet, spicy oak-ish backbone. Quite complex and interesting - wow.

The sweetness on the scent is a bit of a head-fake; it's all about deep, acetic sourness muted by the yeast and oak strength. Alcohol is in the background...the faint, distant background...to horse-blanket bluntness and the sour tanginess. Warmth mellows the acid to reveal more of the yeast, malt and oak-aged backbone as well as a little pine from the hop presence.

After the initial sour vinegar shock this warms to yield complexity of oak barrel aging with solid yeast presence and a little hoppiness. Definitely a sour pucker with some horse blanket in there but it even gives a beefy tone.

This one isn't for everyone but it's very well-made and, to me, enjoyable. I have limited exposure to this style but appreciate the great complexity of the offering. With the sour pucker tamed by all other elements, with a little warmth this is quite enjoyable.

IBUnit63, Sep 08, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

vrbulldog22, May 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Eighty, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

cjgiant, Oct 10, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

A - Pale yellow body with a bright white, moderately quick-lived, loud head. I've seen better, but it's not bad.

S - Slightly sour apple with a hint of grape, pale malts, and unfortunately a tiny hint of soap.

T - Mild sour flavor a sweet accent and a full body of apple, mild oak, and a well matured Belgian bacteria blend. Very nice flavors here.

M - Dry with a moderately coarse middle and evaporating end. The lips are coarse as well.

~ I would really like to get a few more and age the brews 1 or 2 years. This is a great beverage and I look forward to getting my hands on a few more. Thank you Bottle Stop.

cdkrenz, Oct 01, 2011
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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