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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

Petrus Aged PalePetrus Aged Pale

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1,572 Ratings

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Ratings: 1572
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.51%

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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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Photo of PacNWDad


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

Poured from an 11.2oz glass into a goblet. The pour is lively, with plenty of carbonation, almost champagne-like. Aroma is of unripe fruits, cherry, apple, some grape. Not much in the aroma in terms of the oak casks, although I did get some vanilla in there. Taste is quite sour, particularly on the front end. Some more balanced sweetness comes out in the finish. Light mouthfeel, really like a sparkling wine almost. Overall, I really enjoyed it!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 23:30:48 | More by PacNWDad
Photo of TheBigLebrewski


4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My highest rated beer yet.

The color is the sunshine glinting off the wedding ring the girl you grew up next to gave you, as the sunrise peaks through the open windows facing out from your castle tower honeymoon suite onto a secluded cove on an unnamed island. The head is the exact color of that beautiful godly frosting that comes with toaster strudels and somehow looks even more enticing.

The smell is confusing in the way the first time a girl grabbed your junk but didn't do anything else with it sort of way. Kinda like... I feel like we could think of something better to do with this, and do it now.

I don't want to talk about how it tasted. My goddamn earlobes are exuberant, and my toenails are tingling.

Imagine a naked, blonde masseuse covered in olive oil and carrying a golden harp is alternating between singing and rubbing herself all over you. Now imagine tiny ones are chilling on each of your taste buds. Such is the mouthfeel.

It's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 07:13:19 | More by TheBigLebrewski
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Busy Bee

Clear golden color with some scant wisps of cream above. Acidic, sour fruity aromas...notes of apple, grape, citrus, and some of that barnyard funk. Flavors of sour, tart fruit met with a gentle sweetness, lactic acid, grape, cherry, and light citrus. Not much character from the wood, from what I can tell. Dry, medium-light bodied. Not sure about the Oud Bruin classification, though I understand this is the "mother beer" used to blend other Petrus beers. Regardless, this is tasty, sour stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2012 12:46:16 | More by wedge
Photo of shand


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poor Petrus Aged Pale. This beer resides in a sad equilibrium - not extreme enough for the hardcore sour lovers, but far too sour for the casual beer fan looking for something new. Those of us looking for a great, expertly crafted sour will find plenty of to love here. Petrus Aged Pale pours out a golden color with a small head. The aroma is tart and vinous, with some oak and cherry rounding everything out. The taste is excellent. It's tart and sharp at first, with a great apple and cherry bite. It's very acidic for sure, but doesn't come off as being too far down that line. I'd like to credit that to the oak-aging, taking a bit of the bite off with just a small contribution to flavor. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is excellent. Overall, a superb sour beer that's readily available and accessible.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 03:38:52 | More by shand
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – clear gold with a shirt-lived, white, bubbly head

S – oak, woody, tart, lemon, apple, white wine

T – white wine, oak, buttery, lemon, tart, sour, alcohol

M – viscous, crisp, light to medium bodied, dry, some warming alcohol

This is a decent beer, but comes across more as a tart white wine than a beer. I enjoyed it, but in the end the flavor left me wanting something more. It’s definitely worth a try nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 22:52:03 | More by tdm168
Photo of kirs10jones


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly one of the best sour beers I've tried. Beautiful color and carbination. For such an easy to drink sour excited it's about 7.5%. For being labeled oak aged I didn't pick up that note..perhaps because of the sourness being so powerful. I do wish this beer was more accessible to get.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 20:00:09 | More by kirs10jones
Photo of SHODriver


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

A: pours a light brown to deep orange with a finger and a half of bone colored head that fades to a small mat and a collar around the glass and solid lacing
S: smells slightly fruity with a whisper of cherry, huge note of vinegar with a little bit of funk and some tannins
T: starts slightly sour with a bit of a woody note then gets a bit sharper in sourness with a bit of sour cherry flavor, a bit of residual sugary sweetness but it's very light. aftertaste is more vinegar acidity with a slight cherry flavor and a bit of oakiness
M: light to medium with soft carbonation and a nice pucker. finish is a little slippery
O: nice sourness, good flavor, and not as overly sweet as some examples. Excellent balance of sourness in place of bitterness with the residual sweetness. An excellent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 04:39:01 | More by SHODriver
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up this little number up for 6 bucks (yes, I live in PA). Pours with a minimal head which is fine for this style I think..looks great overall: golden, very effervescent.

Smell is sour apple, some cherry, and vinegary funk. I find this desirable in a beer; my girlfriend insists it tastes/smells like fizzy vinegar

Taste is sour cherries and light fruit and a bit of oak on the finish. The oak is pretty much hidden by tartness and not as noticeable as it could be. Would def benefit from more oaky flavors.

Mouthfeel is perhaps it's greatest asset. It's very fizzy and will suck every drop of moisture from your mouth. This is a good thing in a sour beer.

Overall, I like it and would get it again possibly, although I prefer Rodenbach Grand Cru and there are a ton of other sours I want to try before I will feel a need to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 15:12:28 | More by HossMcGraw
Photo of ManforallSaisons


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a day after its best-by date (sorry, but it does purport to be aged) into a tulip glass, which turned into a gorgeous amber globe unsedimented, translucent liquid under just a scrim of ivory lace. The smell reached me immediately, well before lifting glass to nose: sawdust, as if from sandalwood or some other aromatic specimen, (and on further study) spice aromas, orange blossom, vegetal-chocolate notes, some toast. (It would be top score if only if it were a bit stronger.) Dryness and astringency rush in with the taste, giving much more feel before flavors emerge. Those are of a subtle sweetness of citrus and yellow fruits, a bit of cinnamon toast. I'd love to try this with some spicy food, a soft cheese -- lots of different possibilities.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 20:32:43 | More by ManforallSaisons
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A light golden beer with excellent clarity and enthusiastic effervescent bubble streaming to the surface. The rocky white head fades after a minute leaving a ring of foam on the surface.

S: The Calvados oak barrel, a lactic sourness and a spicy dry hopped aroma blend together making for an inviting bouquet. There is a moderately-light vanilla and a very soft malt aroma in the background along with a mild apricot ester. No alcohol nor diacetyl noticeable.

T: Ummagumma that is tart! Intense sour tartness, crisp and dry. There isn't any hops flavor and little malt flavor to speak of in this beer. For as dry as it is there is still that sweet tart quality even though it's almost all tart. There doesn't seem to be that much hops bitterness either but the acidity make it seem like there is some. So the balance is almost completely sour and tart with a dry finish having a quick juicy somewhat fruity aftertaste. There are a light and bright fruit flavors and a little bit of spicy phenols.

M: A light bodied beer that is highly carbonated giving a bit of that carbonic dryness. No creaminess, no astringency nor warmth.

O: Sour fan Nirvana, this is a clean and intense sour beer with an awesome aroma. I haven't had a more sour beer that this and I'm loving it.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 23:49:43 | More by MadScientist
Photo of spoony


4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From an 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

A-Pours a golden color with some copper highlights. Really clear with a decent amount of fine carbonation visible. I got one finger of off-white head that disappeared pretty quickly. Nice lacing on the glass.

S-Oak, and lots of it. I also got some cider notes and there was also some funky, earthy character. I picked up a little alcohol heat, too.

T-Sour and oaky, like you would expect for an oud bruin. The sour flavor was more apple sour than cherry sour, however, and there was a pretty substantial earthy under-tone. To me, the finish was the most interesting part. I got an almost buttery, nutty flavor, like cashews and brazil nuts.

M-It was pretty carbonated with a fine champagne feel...not meant for chugging.

O-I enjoyed this quite a bit. This was a unique, complex, and drinkable sour beer that didn't just pucker up with the usual cherry flavors. Ask me after I have another bottle if I still enjoy the strange, buttery finish, but for now, bravo.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 03:43:17 | More by spoony
Photo of Durge


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

Happy to bring one of these home from DeCicco's in Brewster, NY, this sour brew is a pale golden yellow color with a decent white film on top and nice, random lacing. The aroma brings granny apple sweet and sour with slight fermentation and juniper evident. The flavor pretty much zeros out with sour apple and lemon lime bite over a struggling biscuit. There’s some doughy yeast of course, over thin sharp carbonation in this light bodied, tingly brew. Beautiful.

Serving type: growler

09-17-2012 16:50:03 | More by Durge
Photo of jjanega08


4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating but it has 41010 stamped on back of bottle.

A= Pours a light yellow color with a thin head that falls fast to a thin cap on the top of the head. Holds little to no retention.

S= Smells of deep sour oak cask. Tons of oak covered by tons of tartness and a bit of funk. It smells like a dank cave or something filled with barrels. Dank is actually a good way to describe the aroma. Dank sourness. Not weed dank but dank dank. The dankiest.

T= The taste is a nice tartnss to it that actually doesn't oer bear the tongue. A good mix of acetic acid and a lactic acid. An oak flavor to it and a little funk but not as much as the nose.

M= Well carbonated.

O= This is actually a nice brew. I usually don't care for Oud Bruins because they are to acetic for me. This is an exception. A nice mix of Acetic and Lactic to make a balanced tasty sour.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 03:56:36 | More by jjanega08
Photo of Lawl3ss


3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lightly chilled 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Look- Glass-clear pale gold with three fingers of crackly white head that falls quickly. No lacing.

Smell- Assertive sourness up front, somewhat fruity, very champagne-like. A vague nutty background that reminds me of walnuts.

Taste- Explosive green apple cider dominates from the get-go, turning more raspberry-like with a hint of still-juicy peach pit/semi-sweet tannic quality. Fades into a woody cherry vanilla with a bit of dry toast and soft dried fir needles. There's quite a bit going on here, but it took me a few sips to get past the almost overwhelming sourness. Finishes clean with a gelatin-like nonflavor and lingering lemon vinegar.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, crisp carb accentuates the sourness. Bracingly puckery, extreme coating and dry/astringent towards the end. Perhaps I served it too warm, but it's not nearly as clean as I had hoped. Did I mention coating? I feel like I need to brush my teeth. Well, it sort of makes me want another sip, but I wanted something a bit more light and refreshing. One is a good serving.

Overall- I'm not sorry I tried it (well, maybe sausage for dinner a few hours ago was a bad pairing, I deserve the heartburn), but I probably won't be picking it up again. It's certainly complex, and I enjoy the bold flavor, but it's simply too acidic and (somehow) cloying at the same time for me to want to spend over $.25/oz. On the other hand, it kind of reminds me of warhead sour candy, which is... something?

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 02:54:42 | More by Lawl3ss
Photo of jtd1969

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden pour. Crisp carbonation. Not thick or lacing... Dissolves rather quickly.

S - wine like in smell. Apple vinegar with a fruity sweetness. Not a heavy vinegar smell, only slight.

T - Lots of sour cherry, with an acidic burn on the swallow Some oak along with the cherry taste. A really refreshing sour.

M - Medium body with lots of acidity. Light crisp carbonation.

O - A pretty good sour. It was a tad too acidic for me. But the flavor of the cherries and woody ale like finish were a delight to drink. Not for everyone, but a must for those that like sours or like to try various types.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 21:50:57 | More by jtd1969
Photo of socon67

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden pour with nice clarity. Visible carbonation comes to the surface. White foam sits high and then settles quickly. No lacing.

S - Scents of sour cherries, and apple cider stores in a wooden barrel. Has an acidic smell, and an aged refined scent you'd find with a reserve wine.

T - Sour cherry flavor is dominant. Acidic bite at the end is almost vinegary. Wood notes are present.

M - The balance on this seems a bit intense even for a sour. Clearly something you sip and enjoy.

O - Good example of the style and farily easy to get.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 17:16:36 | More by socon67
Photo of srandycarter


3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale golden ale. Fairly clear. Nice thin white head. Some cling.

S - Nice skank. Funky, not much malt there.

T - Rich tart goodness. Malt complements but lets the tart sour aspects ride.

M - Light to medium body, good carb, great balance.

D - Extremely drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 01:11:29 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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! 

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 19:48:11 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of ehammond1

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, Ca

Golden and orange with a moderately-sized off-white head that leaves messy, irregular, spiderwebs and lines of irregular lace. A gorgeous beer from Belgium--surprise, surprise.

A lot of white fruit and juicy grape elements shine in the aroma, along with good amounts of wood and some basement mustiness. Very interesting and pleasant. This isn't at all what I expected, and it's wonderful.

The flavor follows the aroma with a good wave of acid and sourness complementing the white fruit, grape, and wood notes. Low to moderate bitterness. Somewhat sweet, as well, but the flavors work in harmonious concert.

Thin to medium bodied with high carbonation.

A very enjoyable surprise. I would love to have this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2012 16:15:03 | More by ehammond1
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow, fizzy, not much of a head and minimal lacing.

Smell - Very funky, sour tart fruits, Some yeasty fruits like cherry and apple.

Taste - Much like the smell, very sour/bitter vinegar flavor. The oak is noticable with each sip. Very tarp fruits, espically apple, plum and white grapes.

Mouthfeel - Tounge and palate gets soured to hell. Fruits bitter and sting til the finish. Aftertaste is dry, sour, bitter and dry.

Overall - Really overboard sour, to the point to were only sour fans should try. The oak flavor sneaks in at the finish but relaly, this is striaght up vinegar sour. No balance, no spices or sweet fruits. Only for sour fans.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 23:47:00 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of pkalix


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i like the taste of vinegar, but never expected so much in a beer. after some research and realizing it's supposed to be this way, and once i got comfortable that i didnt get another spoiled petrus product (as i did in the sampler pack a couple weeks ago), i really gave it an honest try and realized i like it. a lot.

finger of white head, leaving quite quickly, it looks like an apple cider, or an apple juice. not an impressive looking liquid although a beautiful golden color.

the smell is of some over-ripe (expired?) apple juice. can tartness be 'smelled'?

the taste is the same as the smell, but slightly dry, very vinegar-y and leaves the taste buds without the expected bitterness after it's down. there is NO semblance of alcohol in the taste.

you can 'feel' the tartness on your tongue and the carbonation is pleasant.

overall? the above sounds like a negative description but i really like this brew. it's not so rich, not so tart, and not so tasteless that i couldnt enjoy a few more of these in succession. i tend to grow weary of the same beer after three or so but i believe i can easily do three of these @ 750ml. it does have some wine-y characteristics. it does have some 'green apple' as someone else mentioned earlier. and i almost wanted to expose it for a 'flavored' offering as belgium is so noted for. but it's a different type of brew and i really like the simplicity of it and the sourness. even a babboon and a monkey gave it decent ratings recently... try it.
added later: drinking this again, a 'special' thought came to my mind- Summers's Eve. yes, it does, but i still love this brew. vaginal connotations not withstanding....

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 23:05:55 | More by pkalix
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4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure how this is considered an Oud Bruin? No matter...

Very pale indeed - pours a pale yellow gold with a finger and a half of starch white head that sinks out to a stubborn collar. Excellent lacing.

I get a number of chardonnay qualities on the nose initially. With a bit more warmth comes some Christmas spice, sour fruit, and a slight suggestion of alcohol on the tail end of things.

Very smooth to the taste. Doesn't pop quite like I thought it might. There's a tart character right at the front that begins to swell into a sour finish but instead mellows out and dries up quickly. Overripe fruits and fresh oak. Amazingly well balanced for the style.

Certainly a unique drink - give it a go if you see it on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 21:08:54 | More by yamar68
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 00:40:46 | More by angrybabboon
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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy gold. Head is minimal, bright-white and drops away almost immediately.

Smell: Pale malts and tons of oak. Sour funk. Hay, raw honey and lactic sour. Sweet spiciness. Cinnamon. Earth. Odd caramel sweetness. Lemon flesh and straight citric bite.

Taste: Odd citric sweetness coupled with loads of oak and caramel sweetness lactic sourness builds as the beer warms. Hits that weird almost vomit level of straight sour. Lemon zest. Earthy hay with some grass. Malty sweetness I would expect from the style. Faint spiciness in the back. Pale malts.

Mouthfeel: Dry, very dry. Strong carbonation over a medium body. So dry.

Overall: Odd. Incredibly odd. Drink it.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 00:37:19 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a small bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tall snifter. The pour is fairly clear, gold in color, and has a small white head. Nose is musty like an old book and has notes of apple and lemon.

Medium body, firm mouthfeel, and lots of flavor. You get a soft, fruity sweetness up front which is very quickly overtaken by a big, strong, sour apple acidity. The tartness intensifies through the finish, leaving the mouth very dry and salivating. Lingering flavors include sour apple, lime, and white wine.

This is an awesome beer. It's complex, flavorful, and refreshing. It's like a cross between a geuze and a triple. A must try for fans of sour beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 00:49:18 | More by deadonhisfeet
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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