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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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1,995 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,995
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 81
Gots: 185 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website

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 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.

malcontent, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

ILikeGoodCider, Nov 27, 2013
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.

saintwarrick, May 21, 2009
Photo of gr8zehaman
4/5  rDev -2%

gr8zehaman, Nov 22, 2013
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.

azorie, Aug 03, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

jordanimal, Aug 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

TypsiYpsi, Dec 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

johnhenryconway, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of jmccullough108
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jmccullough108, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of PaulsBrew
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%

PaulsBrew, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of ThrashMaster
5/5  rDev +22.5%

ThrashMaster, Nov 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

brutalist, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Soonami
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Petrus Aged Pale is a very tasty beer. Recently I've started moving towards dark maltier beers and sours because I've been drinking less and it doesn't make much sense for me to by fresh IPA but take weeks to drink it. Luckily, I've had no trouble finding beers to satisfy my much reduced appetite in SEPA. Petrus Aged Pale is fairly available here and at $4, it's a relative bargain.

Petrus Aged Pale started foam as soon as I opened it from my cellar. It was definitely paler than I thought, a honey colored amber with just off white, quickly falling white foam. The beer has a really inviting aroma, it smells like fresh crushed grapes, sawed wood, sour like apple cider, and a little funky like baled hay that has been sitting out for months.

The beer is at first tart like apple skins, but the malt sweetness attenuates the acidity. The beer tastes as fruity as it smells and the oak flavor clearly resonates and the tannins provide nice balance. The light, lively carbonation helps carry light fruity, vinous flavors and carries the aroma as you drink it. The alcohol remains well hidden, despite the 7.3% heft.

Delicious and highly recommended. I've only had a few beers of the style, but this is tasty no matter what style you call it.

Soonami, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of nollie77
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

nollie77, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of dgallina
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 2003.

Pours clear golden yellow with lots of fizz, but little head or lace. Smells quite oaky and winey, lots of vanilla and nose-tingling alcohol spice. Aggressive sour flanders red-like attack, building a slightly sweet roundness in the middle before finishing super dry, spicy and creamy. Moderately light and slightly over-sparkly body. A tasty and unusual beer. Looks like a pale ale, but tastes like a hybrid strong golden ale and sour red ale.

dgallina, Mar 07, 2006
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

OleDixie, Jun 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

SVD, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of mwa423
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours the color and clarity of a fine scotch. The head wasn't much to write home about as long as it was poured carefully.

S - Funky, sour notes, and some Belgian yeast.

T - All the classic sour flavors of infected homebrew...or an Oud Bruin. Lots of dried fruit along with fantastic sour flavors and some slight notes of yeast and Belgian malt

M/D - Mouthfeel was smooth for a sour and went down well. This is incredibly drinkable and I may have to hit the store and pick up the west.

mwa423, Apr 26, 2010
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Kaydogg, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of sacrelicio
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice, interesting beer. The appearance is a nice straw/gold color, finger thick fizzy off white head. The smell is lemons, vinegar, and a bit tropical. The taste is tart, woody, earthy, sweet and fruity. The mouthfeel is decent, and the drinkability is quite high. Nice sour for someone who is a bit new to the style.

sacrelicio, Jan 22, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

sdaly3, Apr 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

nyrblue2, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Theogre83, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Gyle41386
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a nice gold color with a rich, foamy white head. Head retention is decent. Some nice lacing.

Aroma is of tart fruits, oak, light mustiness, and some vanilla sugary sweetness.

Wow. This beer borders on mouth-puckering sour right off the bat. The sourness (acidity) is the dominant flavor. Tastes like sour apples. I don't really taste any of the musty funk from the nose, but all of the other components are evident. The oak comes in at the drying finish.

Body is on the lighter side of medium, prickly carbonation. There's absolutely no hint of any alcohol. This beer becomes very drinkable after the initial sour shock.

Gyle41386, Aug 10, 2009
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
92 out of 100 based on 1,995 ratings.