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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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Petrus Aged PalePetrus Aged Pale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,887 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,887
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 69
Gots: 160 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website
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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4/5  rDev -2%

jbaker67, Sep 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

ReeseMax3, Sep 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

BrokenStones, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

funkel81, Sep 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

WynnO, Sep 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

mixed_master7, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of heddar33
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

heddar33, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Lawl3ss
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%

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?

Lawl3ss, Sep 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

Brad7132, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of jtd1969
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

jtd1969, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

socon67, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of srandycarter
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%

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!

srandycarter, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Hopswagger
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%

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! 

Hopswagger, Sep 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

JasonSiedman, Aug 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

fehrminator, Aug 30, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

ehammond1, Aug 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

JonathanSuarez, Aug 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

sproston33, Aug 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

DioS, Aug 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

IsaacHolmstrom, Aug 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

wvsabbath, Aug 26, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

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....

pkalix, Aug 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

scottiethebody, Aug 24, 2012
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 1,887 ratings.