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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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1,824 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,824
Reviews: 626
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 66
Gots: 153 | FT: 4
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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.

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Photo of mocktm


3.88/5  rDev -4.9%

Beer #3 at World of Beer in Fort Myers, FL - 9/28/2011

From bottle into a tulip, appears translucent and golden; the bartender poured it a bit too frantically in a rush and I got a huge three finger head as a result which was fizzy as anything. This reduced down to practically nothing in time however, producing some faint lacing as it did.

I could smell this from a mile away; I don't care if some guy in there hadn't showered in a week, this is still completely distinguishable. This wreaks of vinegar, with scents of white wine (Pinot Grigio?), light fruit, and woodiness from the aging process as well. Kinda funky, but the vinegar like character brings this down a few notches for me.

Musty funkiness, sweet from the fruit with a pronounced sourness. Leans more sour then sweet, with the oak flavors coming through strong to calm down the vinegar a bit. Complex and enjoyable for the most part.

Highly carbonated, lip puckering and medium bodied with a dry finish, this is a beer to be enjoyed at a slow pace in order to dwell in its nuances.

I definitely enjoyed this beer, but its not the best sour I've ever had as the balance just felt a bit off for me. Then again, I don't have a lot of experience with this style of beer, so be sure to go grab one to try for yourself, Cheers!

09-30-2011 21:01:57 | More by mocktm
Photo of lonestar4lunch


4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a golden orange with bright carbonation that slowly settles. The aroma is very funky of sour fruit, yeast and a light vinegar at the end. Ah the taste. The sour apple is very forward in the beginning then just a touch of sweetness but mostly sour. There is a bit of that aged flavor in there that gives a bit of that musty flavor and the carbonation really opens this up. This is way to drinkable and very, very enjoyable. Not sure why it took me so long to pick one of these up. Very good, love the sour and the overall balance of this one.

09-29-2011 20:05:31 | More by lonestar4lunch
Photo of hoptualBrew


3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

Classic looking cool ass bottle poured into a stackable snifter. Its a deeper dark & murky straw yellowish/honey color still somewhat transluscent. Off white head fizzly as hell! Mellows down to a thin layer with descent legs. Can smell it from a foot away, gonna be a sour one!

Oh yeah! Smells like pinot grigio, oak, sour apples and funky belgian champagne yeast. Damn, this is bringing me back to the Supplication I had from Russian River - just that souring tang smell.

Champagne like character, present with a high dose of carbonation, mild hops & huge oaked pinot grigio. After 20 months in oak barrels, that is what I expect though - fucking smooth! Prickly on the tongue & sour in the jaws. Light body, refreshing, different & i really like it. This is my first Flanders Oud Bruin, so I dont know how it stacks up to the style - but it works on my palate. $3.99 for a 11.2 oz bottle from Total Wine & More. Was it worth the money? Yeah - to try once & have every now and then.

09-27-2011 01:21:52 | More by hoptualBrew
Photo of harrymel


3.43/5  rDev -15.9%

On label: 40583, uncertain what this means for age...
This is actually a re review on 25SEP11...3/3.5/3.5/3/3.5
A: Pours a nice golden cideresque ale with a transient finger of white foam which dies out to a central cap of the same. No lace. Excellent clarity.
S: wood, sweet apricot, vitamins and more fruit smells.
T: Sweet and sour. Grains and hints of bitterness. The sour in this is reserved and crisp. Has, again, some grape flavor - almost like a savignon blanc. Of all things, I get a slight roasted peanut on the finish.
M: Thin with low fine carbonation and a wet finish.
O: I like this beer much more than the first time, and second time, I tried this beer. It's a nice oud bruin and seems like it would be an easy one to introduce folks to.

Original review on 21MAR11; 4/3.5/3/3/3.5 Bb: 5/09/11
A: copper ale with brilliant clarity with four finger peanut head which dissipates within a couple minutes to leave a medium sheet of the same. Lacing is near sheet like and strong.
S: Wood, lots of wood. Don't normally smell this much of the oak coming thru. I can say it does have an evident sour scent, but also has some sweetness to it. I will say this, it has a slight vomit nose to it; not grotesque, but definitely noticeable. Farm funk on there for sure.
T: Tart. Nicely soured. Not as tart as some of the renowned sours and american wilds, but not memorable. This beer is very standard on all accounts. Malt is simple. Hops nonexistant. Alcohol covered. Sour out there. Nothing special.
M: Medium body and high carb. Average.
O: Very, very well crafted, but to meet the middle of the road. this is my second time reviewing this beer and I held off inscribing this because it wasn't up to the standard indicated by previous reviews. Now I can say I gave some extra time to this one.

09-25-2011 08:20:51 | More by harrymel
Photo of rapidsequence


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

11.2 oz bottle. I got this from Pints O'Plenty, no price tag, but I'm sure it was reasonable.

Appearance: A very clear golden yellow. Thick soft looking head fades to a small whitish puddle within a couple of minutes. Some lacing, but not what I expect.

Smell: Prominent tart aromas, but only slightly acetic. There's lemon, sour apple, and some sweeter fruit too, like maybe pear. Tannic smelling oak is a little sharp, and some wet musty funk is in there too. Very interesting.

Taste: Sweet and sour fruity flavors blend together, with sour coming out a little on top. There's some bitterness in the finish too. The oak flavor is pronounced. Again, some mustiness in the funk.

Mouthfeel: Clean feeling. Crisp carbonation, sticky oaky tannins. Dry, snappy finish.

Overall: Close to really excellent. The flavor is just too much of sourness and tannins, without enough else happening. Tasty and refreshing though-- I quite like it.

09-21-2011 00:38:20 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of FanofHefe


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

Bottle poured into a tulip; code 40266 on the back label but not sure about dating. Light yellow body, slightly hazy. Initial two finger eggshell colored head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving scattered bits of lacing.

Then aroma begins with tart green apple. I get a bit of grain and hint that vinegar is in there.

The taste is excellent. Sour, but not mouth puckering. The sour flavors are fruity and blend well with a bit of sweetness. The vinegar taste is present, but does not detract at all from the flavor mix.

Enjoy every sip. This is one superb beer. Will be going back for more of this one.

09-21-2011 00:24:59 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of Berrmecca13


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured into a nucleated tulip/snifter from an 11.2 oz btl.
Crystal clear, golden amber appearance with pure white head that quickly settles into a delicate/thin/uneven cap.
Nice persistent lacing.
Nose is slightly sour, dried apricot most apparent on the nose.
Taste is nice with green apple and apricot flavors on the front with a crisp sour note that remains on the finish lasting around 20-30 seconds.
--Overall a very nice surprise. Did not expect the complexity on the finish and the substantial sour notes are quite appealing.

09-15-2011 00:57:32 | More by Berrmecca13


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

11.2oz into Bruges tulip. From notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange hue, with a light head formation and lacing. Good levels of carbonation.

S: Aroma is rich and funky, low to no level of hop aroma. Lactic acid influence, with a layer of Brett as well.

Tm: The taste is very wild and sour, with good body and great layers of acidic and funky characters. Linger is strong and prolonged.

O: overall this was a very enjoyable brew, with a great sourness level, but a bit more non sour characters to balance would have made it better.

09-12-2011 13:27:35 | More by GDBEERMAN
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Weyerbacher chalice

Pours a burnt orange with a good amount of opacity. A thin yellow infused cap rose and fell quickly and settled to a thin collar.

The aroma of apple cider vinegar is detectable from arms length. Strong layers of oak, granny smith apples and cider vinegar. Not a whole lot of breadth but extremely pungent.

The sourness is apparent the moment it hits the lips. Mimicing the nose with a moderate dryness through the finish. As this warms, a white grape flavor rears its head. The oak leaves a nice layer of wood mixed with the sour lingering for days.

The body is medium with strong acidic tones. Overall, this is an extremely solid beer that deserves a chance in everyone's glass.

09-10-2011 18:50:08 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of readbaron


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

pours out lightly golden with a bit of white foam. Looks a lot like apple juice - a bit darker than apple juice, but similar.

Smells tart - vinegar, with some sweet apple underneath. Also some funk - the oak is apparent.

Taste is more tart than the nose - acetic vinegar with sour apples underneath. Occassional hints of oak.

Mouthfeel is good. Crisp, relatively light. Well carbed.

Overall - fantastic value. Tasty sour beer at a great price.

09-09-2011 03:42:30 | More by readbaron
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.35/5  rDev -17.9%

Poured a 3" white head. Has a clear and bright straw yellow body. Smells sweet and sour and fruity. Taste is pickle juice sour and strong enough I think it overides whatever fruit you pick up in the taste. Decent finish but again it's pickle juice to me. I was surprised the barrel aging didn't bring out some vanillan or darken the color from straw yellow as it does with almost any other barrel aged alcohol.

It's difficult to review a beer when the style itself is unappealing to you but you still recognize fine attributes in the beer. To me I'm believing the look and smell beat average for a sour beer but the taste primarily just brought sour and also the barrel aging didn't contribute much.

09-04-2011 11:55:55 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of auroracrisis


3.6/5  rDev -11.8%

750ml into a Duvel tulip, no visible dating on the bottle or cork.

Rich orange with yellow highlights with spotty carbonation and plenty of clarity. Decadent head that dissipates away into some nice lacing and a collar.

Tart lemon rind and moldy oranges. A small touch of funky goat cheese. Some taffy like candy qualities to this as well as a touch of wood.

Some citrus on the tongue. Lemon and orange rind, with some moldy lime qualities. A little bit of cheesey funk with oak and that taffy sweetness comes through in the end and remains dominant.

Thin-medium with spotty carbonation and a little bit of stickyness yet crisp at the same time.

Moderate citrus and funk with some sticky sweetness. An okay mass produced sour ale that is a good table beer for a meal. Cheap and readily available but not too authentic or sophisticated.

09-04-2011 06:48:26 | More by auroracrisis
Photo of eric5bellies


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - This beer pours a pale Golden colour with a one fingered head that reduces to a costant film.

S - This beer literally stinks of wood aging and tartness. Smells similar to a decent wooded chardonnay.

T - The initial flavours are a little sweet but the balance of tartness kicks in to give it a great balance, the finish is a little dry and very reminiscent of a white wine.

M - Light to medium body with fullish carbonation.

O - Loved this beer and will definitely have again. The tartness is great and the sugars are not too present, which really gives this brew something special.

08-31-2011 16:23:15 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

Petrus aged pale

Pours a bright golden color with a small white head. Aroma of sour musty funk and horse blanket. In the taste, a sharp sour bite like a more characterful lemon rind. Wild yeasts doing their job well. Bitter, sour, and funky. Small touch of oak but mainly a dry sour. Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated and dry. Overall, this is an intense brew that I quite enjoyed.

08-27-2011 21:23:59 | More by Stinkypuss
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4.08/5  rDev 0%

A- Bright oragey-yellow color, almost like a very light copper color. No retention, goes down to thin white ring around the edges very quickly.

S- Smells like some lactic acid with a little hint of malt sweetness. Smell the sour tart pretty easily, its up front.

T- Nice sour tartness right away, gives a good pucker. Drys out nicely leaving a nice finish with no real residual flavor.

M- light-med body with a small amount of carbonation.

O- Really nice beer, good price for a sour fix.

08-21-2011 23:23:01 | More by Kshock
Photo of JMad


4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

The beer is bright golden yellow with a a big foamy white head. The smell is mostly white grape and green apple skin and it has just a slight funk. When you take a sip you first experience a mouth puckering tartness similar to a sour white wine, you can also taste fresh apple and vinegar. The beer is medium bodied with soft carbonation and a very dry finish. I really enjoyed this sour beer, it kind of reminded me of New Belgium's Le Terroir.

08-20-2011 01:57:58 | More by JMad
Photo of benfons


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

A: orange colour, a stream of carbonation rising up to a decent and stable head, neither clear nor hazy

S: granny smith, forest fruits, a bit like Rodenbach might actually be the best description.

T: At first the granny smith together with citrus elements. There is also something less pleasant there which i can't really name although it's less annoying when you're a bit further in your drink.

M: quite thin, not a lot of carbonation but that's fine for this kind of beer

O: Good beer, complex, very refreshing, enough alcohol, but not too much. I'll have this one again

08-15-2011 14:49:17 | More by benfons
Photo of applestash


4.6/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours butterscotch with a lasting tight white head. Great sticky lacing.

The aroma is so compelling! Funky and bright, with a honeyed-oak sweetness. I'm giddy just smelling this stuff.

Taste fulfills the promise of the aroma, opening with cheek-puckering acid, green apple skin that pauses at chardonnay before coasting out semi-dry with great clarity and a raw honey background. It's a great experience of the brighter complexities of a gueze, not the deep, cheesy note, but apples, grapes, tart cherries. Just a touch of vanilla rounds this out.

Mouthfeel is more lively than a geuze, some carb to keep the brew refreshing without sinking into your tongue.

This is one my favorite underrated beers out there. It satisfies my craving for a complex, funky beer without being prohibitively expensive.

08-15-2011 01:33:02 | More by applestash
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4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured it into a goblet from a bottle. I'd swirled the bottle a bit, but the beer was completely clear.

Looks: Big, fluffy white head, leaving behind fluffy lacing. The beer is yellow/straw colored, and well carbonated.

Smell: A little bit of funk, but also malty

Taste: It starts out tart; not super-sour, but a nice, mellow sourness. The finish is fairly oaky. It's somewhat fruity and sweet.

Feel: Feels pretty smooth and mellow.

Overall: I really liked it; it wasn't bang-you-over-the-head sour, but well balanced. I'd definitely drink it again if I see it. It tastes quite a bit like Duchesse de Bourgone, but looks nothing like it. It has more oak to it, and is a little less sweet.

08-09-2011 02:16:03 | More by FarmerTed
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3.78/5  rDev -7.4%

Bears a sweet, sparkling nose, with strong hints of apple, pear, and white grape, and comes across not unlike a sugary apple cider. A faint aroma of toasted grains lies just beneath, mixed in with just a hint of oak.

On the tongue, the beer takes an immediate and surprising turn and comes across so sour that my eyes closed in reflex--much like expecting apple cider but getting apple cider vinegar instead. Strong vinegary notes dominate here, bursting with the apple and white grape notes from the nose, but it's as if those flavors were concentrated several times over. This sour proliferation is moderately balanced by a sugary backbone, with nice hints of light fruit esters and toasted grains, as well as oaky notes from the cask aging, but really it's the sourness that dominates the mouthful from one end to the other, and actually grows in strength the longer it's held on the tongue.

Unless you've had sour ales and have gotten used to their taste, I don't recommend this one; it would prove unpalatable to the novice. Enthusiasts, however, will no doubt find this a stellar example of the style.

08-08-2011 03:07:30 | More by jondeelee
Photo of nhusbands


3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

clear golden amber hue with foamy white head. Light bodied with good upfront sour taste but quick dissipation into a faintly sweet aftertaste. A good beginning beer for those not too immersed in the world of sour beers. It has good mouth-pucker but nothing too offensive.

08-07-2011 20:23:44 | More by nhusbands
Photo of flagmantho


3.78/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich copper hue with two fingers of frothy white head and plenty of apparent effervescence. The label says pale, the style says oud bruin, and I think this is somewhere in between. Good stuff.

Smell: sweet and tart malty aroma. There's a bit of a berry-like aroma to it as well; just a hint, but it is quite interesting.

Taste: sweet malt and a big tart flavor. I like the sourness but it lacks complexity thereafter. There's a little woody character which is nice, but I feel like this is lacking something.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: I do like this beer, but I think it could be better. For me, the flavor doesn't quite live up to my expectation.

08-04-2011 23:04:38 | More by flagmantho
Photo of ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

A- Pours a golden apple cider color that is crystal clear. I didn't find that there was much of a creamy foam head, but more of a thick layer about 1 finger thick, that settles to a patchy, fizzy layer over the brew. Modest lacing clings to the glass but nothing really special. Overall, I think this isn't much better than average looking....

S- The aroma is kind of funky initially, with sour cherry, sour granny smith apple, and assorted sour berry aromas. There is some mellow oakiness hiding in the background as well but it's not very dominant. On the finish, I smell sweet malt that resembles caramel apples, and it really helps balance out the tartness that the front is carrying.

T- This is the second beer of the style that I've tried, and to be honest, I was scared to after my first go with another brand. Fortunately, I find this to be very nicely balanced on the palate, with lots of sour fruity funk going on, but it doesn't make me pucker. After getting through this at first, the mellowness of the oak aging becomes noticeable, along with some malt sweetness right at the end. It kind of reminds me of a funked up version of a great English Scrumpy Cider....the apple quality is what I notice the most here.

M- There's plenty of quenching carbonation going on here, which I like, as it really helps my palate adjust to the tartness. Not a heavy beer by any means, I'd put this as a light to medium bodied brew, yet well rounded from the oak aging I'm guessing.

O- I surprised myself in the fact that I really enjoyed having this! It really hits the spot when sitting on the patio during a very warm afternoon! I also find that as it warms up a couple degrees from when first taken out of the fridge, it mellows out further....add to this the fact that the funk really hides the alcohol well, I'd never know that this was 7.5%!! Still not a beer for just anyone to try, if this is what a true Oud Bruin is supposed to be, I'm sold. I'll buy this again for sure!

08-02-2011 00:06:39 | More by ChrisCage
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

I had this one on tap yesterday evening at Uptown Brothers Brewing on Colfax. Poured a medium golden color with a fluffy white head. Funky on the nose, with aromas of vinuous wood, apples and pears. On the palate, this one was light bodied, with flavors of wine, oak, apples and pears.

07-30-2011 05:08:07 | More by emmasdad
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

Clear and light amber-tan in color, head is nice and lacing is ok.

Smell is kinda sour apples and funky earth, woody with vinegar aspects.

Taste is very Flanders Oud Bruin, a seemingly excellent example of the style. Fruity but funky, dry but fruity, tart and sour, a great multi-dimensional brew.

Body is medium and less carbonated than I expected, but still really nice.

This is an excellent beer. If this is your style, it's a must-try for sure.

07-23-2011 01:38:49 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 1,824 ratings.