Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere
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4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
33 cl bottle poured into a chalice.
Color is a dark and slightly cloudy orange, promising a good, sturdy body and mouthfeel. Head is almost non-existent, yeast colony instantly appears on the top. Despite being a live beer, it looks very clean.
Smell is surprisingly sour, but with sensual undertones of soft caramel. Wood notes from the barrel aging clearly present, extremely inviting.
First hit of taste is strong lactic acid hitting the back of the tongue and throat, but mellows out into beautiful fruity sweetness. Carbonation is soft and natural and allows for a smooth slide down the throat.
All in all, beautiful beer and a priviledge to be able to get this quite handily in supermarkets. By far the top dog in the Petrus range.
05-25-2012 10:19:04 | More by Dennoman
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
11.2 oz bottle poured into a Rodenbach glass
A- Clear pale golden color with a two finger white head that fades quickly.
S- Sour/tart light fruits, oak, cherries, screams drink me!
T- Sour lemons, oak, cherries, a touch of vinegar, slightly lactic in the finish.
M- Smooth, crisp, light.
O- A great sour worth every penny. I can't believe that I have walked by this beer so many times, I will pick this up more often.
05-15-2012 03:30:26 | More by larryi86
3.36/5 rDev -17.6%
Poured into a Southern Tier tulip-style glass. No readable freshness date.
A- Pours a dark, orange-ish amber with a 3/4 inch head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Thick ring of lacing.
S- Big whiff of lactic acid and vinegar with some pungent cherry beneath.
T- Very tart, more than it is sweet for sure, with a sturdy malt backbone that's biscuity with a hint of . The sour character overpowers what bit of fruit notes are present but I pick up cherry, strawberry and sour red grapes. Hint of oxidation.
M- Lots of pucker and very drying. Medium-low carbonation.
O- A bit too sour for my blood.
05-05-2012 02:25:49 | More by Immortale25
2.33/5 rDev -42.9%
Was given a bottle of this as a present. I knew nothing at all about it beyond what was on the bottle.
S: Starting with smell because I sniffed it after opening it. Overpoweringly vinegary - so much so I thought there was something wrong with it, so of course I came here to check. Turns out it is, of course, a sour style. Nonetheless, it was very strong and not in a particularly pleasing way for me.
A: Looks can be deceiving - it could have been any anonymous pale ale but for the tiny yet persistent pieces of sediment dancing around the bubbles. Not unattractive at all.
T: I just couldn't get myself to enjoy it. I tried and tried, but where I looked for apple I found vinegar, and where I looked for sweetness I found just... sweet vinegar. Since it seems to be almost universally praised I can't say it tasted *bad*, just that it didn't taste good to me personally. If you like the style, chances are you'll like this one. But if (like me) you consider yourself a fan of sour foods and drinks it doesn't automatically mean you'll appreciate this.
M: Honestly, I barely remember, and I only tried it fifteen minutes ago. Not memorable in a good or bad way, but that's because I was so overpowered by the taste.
It may be felt that I'm being harsh with my rating but it needs to be taken into account that even fans of the style are calling this one amazingly sour, and that if it's sent to mass market with that level of acidity it's not going to appeal to everyone. I consider myself adventurous but this wasn't for me at all.
05-04-2012 01:26:53 | More by nach0king
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
kind of a weird sour ale, because it is quite hoppy as well. thats a combination i havnt seen a lot of. pours a hazy pale color equal parts orange and yellow. average size white head. smells like a mix between a hoppe american pale ale and a flemish sour without any of the cherry or other fruit flavors. flavor is really potent and different. english style bitter hops and a malt vinegar sour finish, some woody notes carrying all the way through. feel is good, light on the body but heavy on the flavor. medium carbonation works well. overall a pretty cool beer, not at all conventional, quite drinkable, and worthy of special occasions. nice one!
04-30-2012 19:02:42 | More by StonedTrippin
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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