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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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1,756 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,756
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 64
Gots: 133 | FT: 5
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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 laituegonflable


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold colour, flat really with no bead. Modest crown of white head with nice chunks of sticky lace. Would like more head, but otherwise, is nice.

Smell is oaky to the X-Treme, and that gives me a vinous sense. Quite sour and woody with berry and currant notes, lots of white grape skin as well. Very appealing, just a tad simple though with the wood perhaps being too dominant.

Taste is quite funky, with lots of wood. Citric notes, young and underripe grape with white wine vinegar edge. Oak comes through strong on the finish, but then peters out with a dry and slightly spicy finish. Robust belgian yeast barges in to save the day and finishes off with a slight mild malt underlying to the back. Very nice beer, with great sour notes, good complexity. Just a bit underwhelming at times, where I want more malt or even more wood, but otherwize very good.

Quite a sizzly texture, champagney edge to it but a nice viscosity to the body.

Well aged, infected and brewed. The balance is struck well to make a tasty funky beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 23:50:05 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of beeragent


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

Poured into a snifter from a bottle.

A - Pours a light gold, forming a 1/2 inch white head of thin bubbles. Medium lace on the glass as the head fades.

S - Very tart aroma with a noticeable, but not overpowering, vinegar presence. Hard to seperate other aromas from the funk.

T - Very tart taste up front coats the palate, with fruit flavors, mainly sour cherries, coming though in the finish. Has almost a cider-like finish. Not much oak presence as expected. Nice and sour!

M - Lighter than medium mouthfeel. Very smooth with the tartness staying on the palate after the swallow. Good amout of carbonation.

D - This is one of the more "sour" Flanders, being more sour that vinegar IMO. Great flavor, drinkable body, and inviting aroma. One of the better sours available in my area. Will definitely buy again!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 21:43:18 | More by beeragent
Photo of mrand01

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Medium head upon pour, but quickly settles. Leaves some lacing on the side of the glass. Very transparent beer, no cloudiness whatsoever. Kind of a light golden color.

S: Sour, funk, vinous.

T: Pretty much how it smells, but it does have a slightly bitter back-end. Very enjoyable.

M: Pretty well carbonated, finish is sort of dry.

D: This tastes wonderful, I wish I had another in the fridge! It's not too strong, so it'd be easy to knock back a few. I don't think the dryness would get to me at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 00:57:51 | More by mrand01
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

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

Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and slight funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, sour, and slight wood. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this is quite an excellent brew for the style. I have had this more times than I care to remember, and will be having again in the future I'm sure. Just an all-around great representation of the style. Has a nice flavor and aroma here and is a must try for any sour fan out there or a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 16:28:03 | More by thagr81us
Photo of weatherdog


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

750mL bottle poured into two snifters

It pours a transparent marigold with a surprisingly lingering fluffy white head. After the head dies down a tight layer of bubbles crown the beer.

The nose is immediately has some lactic tartness and some white wine grape acidity. It's not over the top with the acidity but does have a little vinegar in there.

Taste has a strong lactic bite in the front that lasts throughout the taste. The pale color seems to translate to a more mellow malt character than other Flanders style beers. It also doesn't finish as sweet as other examples and has a fairly dry finish. While I like the dry finish I usually like a little more body in my Flanders style beers. Thats not to say this isn't a great tasting beer. I think it's really well done and I'm enjoying the hell out of it. Right out of the bottle the carbonation was a too high for my liking and gave an unneeded added acidity which corrected itself as it sat a while and became a little flatter.

The acidity level of this beer is on the higher side which is the only thing hampering it's drinkability. Overall I really love this beer and for $6.99 a 750mL it's a better bargain than Rodenbach Grand Cru, my benchmark beer in price/availability/taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 00:28:11 | More by weatherdog
Photo of InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Olde City during their sour week.

Poured into a Petrus glass, a light yellow/golden straw like color with about one finger of head with some nice lacing throughtout.

Aroma of sour apples, perhaps pears, wheat, some malt.

Taste is crisp and dry, very funky, tart.

Mouthfeel is very smooth medium bodied, some carbonation.

Very drinkable with a crisp sour finish.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 14:37:47 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden brown in color with patches of white or off-white head. No head retention or lacing. Smells of apple cider vinegar, fresh granny smith apple, and a touch of earthy malt. The taste comes on quite tart with more apple flavor. Lots of sweetness comes through as well; very fruity and mostly clean tasting. Earthy, funky flavors are there but are definitely in the background, mostly covered up by the sweetness and tartness.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 14:31:46 | More by goldbot
Photo of JAXSON


3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a clear medium gold with a large head. Nose is acidic, light fruits, sour, oaky, and sharp. Really reminds me of Cable Car 09 in the nose. Quite acidic from start to finish. Good lemon and oak notes to this, but I find the acidity distracting. Straight and sharp without a ton of complexity but the flavor is pretty nice. Sweaty sock brett rounds it out. Acidity is really quite high, I think even the 12oz bottle might be tough to finish. Although I'm actually impressed with how fully sour and acidic this is, I was expecting something much more mellow.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 02:20:26 | More by JAXSON
Photo of Dan8181


4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at FFF, followed by a scotch egg, and a brisket sandwich. First scent was full of sourness and lemon. Upon the first sip, it simply exploded in my mouth with a sour lemon peel flavor. Continued taste of lemon lingers throughout the taste. Could drink this for days. Really enjoyed this one. and would suggest trying it. FIRST REVIEW...Need to do more work.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2010 19:50:31 | More by Dan8181
Photo of Trueant1


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very straw colored in the glass. white head. Smells of spices and alcohol. Smells of champagne or some nice wines.
Tastes of champagne, salt, sourness, and grapes. Outstanding sour taste.
Mouthfeel is nice. Medium texture, and lightly carbonated. Sticky sweets coat the palette. Do not expect to drink this fast, rather, sip and enjoy the sour fruity flavors!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 01:02:46 | More by Trueant1
Photo of alcstradamus


3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden yellow with a finger of head and webby lacing.

Aroma is an odd wax/lip gloss up front, a bit of light oak, pear, fake fruit, and booze.

The flavor a rush of pear and banana peel and some light sourness. There is still that odd lip gloss flavor. A shame really, because everything else underneath is top notch.

The body is medium light and carbonation is a bit stinging. Overall I enjoyed this beer but there was that one off flavor that brought the whole package down from stellar to meehhhh

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 06:33:24 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/11/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains tart fruit, light malts, Belgian yeast and notes of vinegar.

T: The taste is very sour up front with flavors of grapes, cherries and citrus. There's a thin malt character but it's where it should be for the style. In the background there's some Belgian yeast and a very faint hops presence. The after-taste is also sour.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, nice sour beer worth sipping on for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 21:28:42 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

good froth to start, for a sour brew. attractive gold color

lactic sourness off the bat. lemon. strong sourness! mmm. a slight hop aromatic:

very strong sourness in the flavor, as well. some sweetness to balance, as well as a touch of bitterness but, really, it's super funky. lemon and minimal bitterness. almond

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 02:53:59 | More by bruachan
Photo of dqrull


3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an surprisingly clear golden colour with a thick and good looking head that dies down in time.

Smells really funky, with some green apple peel and green grapes, some chemical soapy notes as well.

Taste is pretty tart, quite sour with lots of funky horse blankets and manure, finishes heavy on the oak, but there's not too much else.

Pretty crisp mouthfeel with a stingy carbonation that well fits the tartness of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 10:35:11 | More by dqrull
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

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

Bottle poured into a chalice, dated 21 08 10.

Poured a golden brown, with a hint of orange. Bubbly head, falling to a thin layer. Nose is vinous, vingear, green apple and some pear. Taste is quite sour, less vinegar than the nose and the green apple is more evident here. Very drying mouthfeel, with a definite 'pucker.' High carbonation. An introduction to the style for me, and I can definitely say that one was enough. Interesting to say the least, although I don't know how often I'll pursue this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 14:47:49 | More by liamt07
Photo of WhatsNewinBooze


4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this down at the Falling Rock Taphouse in Downtown Denver last weekend and I have been wanting more ever since. Served in a wine glass, this beer poured a light golden color with a small fizzy white head. Aromas of wheat, sweet malts, light citrus and subtrle hops. Taste wise this might be one of the best sours I have had. NOt overly sour but definitely noticable, and not as sweet and fruity as most. Instead I found it very well balanced between the sour and the bitterness of the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2010 16:05:50 | More by WhatsNewinBooze
Photo of CaptainIPA


4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap @ Cafe Hollander in 'Tosa and presented in a Petrus flute. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale brass color with a pencil-width head with good retention and fine lacing. Aromas of sour apples and freshly cut grass.

Crisp and dry with a thin-bodied mouthfeel. Opens with an initial hit of copper penny and moves into flavors of green apples and sour cherries. Super dry with puckering citrus notes and suggestions of cider. More lemon sours. Progresses into a champagne-like middle. A very subtle note of vanilla surfaces before flowing into a powder-dry finish.

Very nice balance of sour, tart and citrus fruits. If you're looking for a pucker-worthy sour that's actually sessionable, Petrus Aged Pale is for you. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2010 16:15:44 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber with a large lasting head.
Nose shows some soft acidic character with a little horseblanket, but is more focussed on fruit, wtih green apples, rhubarb and floral notes quite prominent.
The sourness is also restrained in the taste, with more green apples and light sweet malt taking centre stage. Possibly the most approachable sour ale I've had so far.
Great moderately high carbonation and light body. Spot on.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 09:15:07 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of scott451

Ontario (Canada)

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

Best before 19/05/11. Poured into a Duvel tulip. An effervescent clear gold with a thin head that soon diminished to a ring.

Estery fruit smells with some winey notes. Thge fruit up front gives way to some oaky vinous flavours. The fairly high carbonation melds nicely with the sweet tart middle. Sparkling. Wonderfully light, well balanced and complex. The sourness draws you in. An incredably drinkable sour. Top shelf.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 12:32:24 | More by scott451
Photo of allforbetterbeer


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

Poured into a goblet.

Initially pours with a half finger of white head; this soon melts into a thin layer leaving an impressive ring around the glass. Body is a slightly hazy yellow.

The nose is wonderful. I get white wine type sour grapes, sour apples, a citric acid malt and a bit of stinging sourness that smells as though it will pucker the mouth a bit. I can't think of more words to describe this excellent smelling beer.

Instantly drying on the tongue, sour washes the palate first as this beer enters the mouth. Imagine sour cherries without the cherry, and you have this beer's initial flavor. Some subtle green apple notes are present, but without the accompanying sweetness. Near the end of the flavor some interesting malts show up and provide a distinctly sourdough grainy flavor, which is quite nice and isn't as prominent in the cousin of this beer, Petrus Oud Bruin.

Medium body, some tannins present, and palate-invigorating carbonation make the mouthfeel of this aged ale quite pleasing. I suppose some crystal malts were used in the brewing of this beer, and that probably accounts for the nice malt flavors at the end and the nicely rich body. The drinkability is very good for the style.

Conclusion: This style intrigues me greatly, and I feel that there is no way that I can really understand the intricacies of the style from my limited exposure to it. This (as far as I can tell) is a very good example, as it is complex and pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 00:59:15 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of xrdsci


3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sunset Grill & Tap

A: Clear golden yellow with a quickly fading, white head.

S: Mostly sour with faint hints of fruit.

T: The taste reminds me of the tiny green sour grapes growing in a friend's backyard when I was a kid. Hopefully I'm not the only one whose had that experience. Also sour apple and pear. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Medium body with a nice active carbonation.

D: Very smooth and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2010 20:27:49 | More by xrdsci
Photo of glid02


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

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a crystal-clear golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of funk and lighter amounts of tart pears.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by not-quite-ripe pear flavors. The pear flavors quickly turn tart and are joined by funky flavors midway through the sip. The tart fruit and funk carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this was just as good as I remembered. A solid beer that doesn't fit well into any category but is well worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2010 01:02:12 | More by glid02
Photo of RoyAlan


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Misconduct Tavern in Philadelphia. Served on tap in a tulip glass.
Nice orange/copper color with small quickly disappearing head.
Smell is strong alcohol and tart...very tart
Taste is "Sweet Tart" sour on the start, but becomes more drinkable as the beer warms.
Not my favorite style but a very interesting brew.
Big complaint....$9.00 a draft!!!!

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 13:37:02 | More by RoyAlan
Photo of Halcyondays


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle, into a Petrus glass,

A: Pours a pale goldenrod, mild white head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Great acetic acid nose, with a hint of lactic and sugary malt.

T: Definitely has an almost sweet mix of acetic acid and malt clearly putting it in the Flanders style. Oak, some green apple, very tasty.

M: Moderately high acid, it does attack the palate, but is very smooth, very easy drinking, no hint of the 7.3%.

D: This is an intriguing beer, pretty much a pale Oud Bruin, I expected more lactic acid but instead got CH3COOH which is fine, I like them both in their own ways, what they can bring to a beer. Really good like the regular Oud Bruin.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 06:10:03 | More by Halcyondays
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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz to tulip glass, pours a pale golden shade, foamy white head dies quickly to lacing ring

smells of sweet tart sourness, not much else

taste is of ethyl alcohol off the bat, green tart apple sourness thrashes the tastebuds, good carbonation to pair with the sourness, oak flavor is dry and nice - alc is hidden very well

mouthfeel is dry and puckering, sweet dry and bubbly, finish leaves your mouth like you've been sucking on pennies - wouldn't drink often but still nice

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 02:00:40 | More by drxandy
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