Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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91
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2,026 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,026
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 83
Gots: 195 | 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 mickeymac
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the typical 11.2 oz brown bottle, it pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a frothy white head. The smell is tart with some citrus notes, but the smell doesn't really prepare you for the taste. This stuff is t-a-r-t, tart: almost gueuze-like in its ability to pucker every orifice in the body. Although it's a bit of a shock at first-even for the normally tart style-it seems to mellow after a few sips and a bit of warming. It's certainly not an all-day beer, but it's another nice example of one of my favorite styles.

Photo of Hopswagger
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P:  Crystal clear golden body with festive carbonation and a thin white head that fades quick. 

S:  Super tart vinegar, lemon zest and pickles with a nice powdery yeast with citrus fruits surrounding the collective aromas. Spices and a timid aroma of pet urine,  white grapes and a subtle musty basement aroma. Slight medicinal notes as well. 

T/M:  A burst of tart vinegar and lemon oil. Almost like biting into a lemon wedge.  The tartness is overpowering all other flavors. Pale malts and aged wood notes followed by powdery yeast and white grapes. Taste is very close to the nose. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is stingy. Alcohol is more noticeable once warmed but hidden nicely. Finish is dry and lingers white grapes, apple peels and lemon oil. 

O:  Tart and crisp. One beer that I prefer to have cold to reduce the puckering tartness. A enjoyable sipper that I wouldn't wan to have too many of.  Due to the price and availability I probably will not have this too often. A nice change of pace from the normal beer that I drink. Cheers! 

Photo of wesley14
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Andrew041180
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Citadel82
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ancient, tarnished, gold lace with a crest of powdered wig. Lace in the withdrawal. Aroma is nasal scorching vinegar and wet saddle leather, perhaps from a French dragoon or the Scots Greys in Flanders. Taste is sour tincture of lime or a similar anti-scorbutic with sharp acidic notes cresting like a wave in the throat and sinuses. A rare blonde sour treat...awesome. A must try for fans of all things sour and funky... or should I say a musty try...

Photo of MichiganderHB
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of aflies
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of SeaAle
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jordanimal
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of CypherEnigma
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of kidzord
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of shbobdb
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahhh, now this is a refreshing beer! On a superficial level it resembles a Gueuze -- it is a pale beer that really lacks anything substantial in terms of malt flavor (as opposed to styles like Flanders Brown and Red which generally seek to balance the sour with some sweet). But the microbial content of the beer is different from a lambic, so the more one drinks this beer the more apparent the differences become.

The taste is certainly sour like a Gueuze and it has a nice clean finish because of that tartness. But whereas with a Gueuze the front of the beer is balanced by the crazy tastes that we associate that Brett and no doubt a plethora of other organisms, the front of this beer is surprisingly barren. Some buttered popcorn comes through and that is about it. Then the nice quenching sourness comes and it is all good. It also seems to me that the aftertaste has something strange and vegital going on. So the tasting order is pretty much: Nothing (maybe some buttered popcorn) to sour (and a delicious sour at that!) to strangely vegital. As long as you keep drinking the final taste doesn't make an appearance and the first taste doesn't either. So, this is basically an awesome session beer. Keep it going, keep it going, keep it going!

Overall, I think that Oud Bruin has a lot more going on than this one does, but I appreciate the sourness of this one precisely because it is so sour. That said, I think that a Berliner Weiss accomplishes much the same as what this beer is trying to, but better. Granted, if I sessioned this beer I could get wrecked in a way I couldn't with Berliner Weisses, so there is that going for it.

Photo of MenardMa
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of mattboyer182
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jadler16
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of malcontent
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Little to no head although a thick ring of bubbles forms on the surface perimeter. The body is a hazy, pale gold. Not the most appealing beer I’ve seen but it has its nice points.

Yikes! A strong vinegar scent, balsamic in nature, attacks the nose with a definite sour cherry presence tagging along.

That’s what I was expecting; absolutely a sour ale, not a Belgian Pale, as the bottle seems to indicate. Strong vinegar flavor with a surprising malt taste on the finish. For a sour, it actually finishes fairly clean, with only a moderate lingering taste.

Only moderately carbonated with a rather thin texture. This isn’t all that great a drinking experience, probably would stop at one.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark gold or peach amber, head is bubbly like champagne and quickly disappears. Aroma is strong and sour, some bready malts further down with a light vinegar smell. A tad sweeter than most lambics, taste is lip-smackingly sour but very palatable with some champagne-like alcohol characteristics. No bitterness to speak of as this beer stays firmly in the sour department.

An interesting brew, sours still are a mystery to me, but this is a brew an lovers of sour beers should grab.

Photo of azorie
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer in the wrong style category. While this is an aged beer, it really is not a pale, or even a strong pale, it would really be better served in the sour gueuze category but hey I just drink them.
Yes I know its not a true gueuze, but Belgians tend to be hard fits into distinct styles sometimes and this beer is one of those times.

If you hate sours stay away from this great beer.

A: Pale of course, poured hard into a mug, some lacing, short lived its aged beer to be expected.

S: ahh, tart tart apples, pears, vinegar nose. some oaked mellow malt, no hops.

T: fruiting tartness, its sour apples, and cherries and malt, some yeast backend that smooths it out. Not for the faint of heart.

m: dry, champagne like, light body

D: ahh refreshing stuff, easy to drink a few, watch that ANV it sneakes up on you at 3 or 4 of these.

notes: this is a beer you hate or love, and its a acquired taste, but to us sour lovers its heaven, enjoy.

Photo of johnhenryconway
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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