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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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Petrus Aged PalePetrus Aged Pale

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1,938 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,938
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 75
Gots: 175 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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 barczar
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden peach color with a half inch dense white head that dissipates slowly into a pool of foam, leaving thick lacing on half the glass.

Aroma is honey sweet background with tart fruit, green apple, grapefruit, sweettarts and oak dominating. A hint of phenol is evident. Wild yeast and barnyard funk surface later.

Flavor is sour throughout, somewhat lactic, with hints of vanilla and a fairly oaky backbone. The high alcohol content is well hidden. A vegetal flavor creeps in mid palate.

Body is medium to light with fairly high carbonation accentuated by the sourness of the beer as it lingers on the palate. Alcohol makes its presence felt in the warming finish. The dryness of the finish increases as the beer warms.

A decent brew, overall, but I was hoping for a bit more complexity. Definitely not a starter sour, but far from the most interesting.

Edit: had years later, and the aroma nowhere near matches the flavor, but it's a pretty potent sour character!

barczar, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of T1969C
4/5  rDev -2%

T1969C, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of kaips1
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 750ml bottle with no visible dating. Poured into a brandy snifter.

Popped this lively corked and caged bottle with a bit of an expectation, that was met. On those its all funky, making me think it wouldn't be as sour as it is. The nose did not prepapre for the lock jaw sour from the beginning of the sip to well past the finish. I don't pick up any vanilla or even that much sweetness. This almost perfect the way it is. Its a very light gold in appearance with very minimal head, the clarity on this beer is amazing. The mouthfeel is full of vibrant acidity and carbonantion, it has a very dry finish and strong pucker. Overall this is a very well done beer and a very affordable price( $9 for 750ml). I can see this becoming a regular beer in my lineup.

kaips1, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev -2%

Stoffel, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of emdawg
1.5/5  rDev -63.2%

emdawg, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Telestic
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Telestic, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev -2%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of geneb
4/5  rDev -2%

geneb, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of mariposafan
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear and golden but with a minimal head that fades very quickly.

The aroma is very much tart fruit. It may look like honey but the aroma reminds me of tart cherries mixed with that honey along with some vanilla notes that I associate with oak.

Some of that same tart cherry flavor but there's more honey flavor than cherry and something that almost reminds me of green apples. Seriously tart! The vanilla notes from the oak are also strong here.

Medium to light body with very prickly carbonation.

This is my first 'sour' and I'm not sure it's really for me. It's not bad and it's certainly drinkable but it's maybe just a little bit too much on the sour side for my taste buds. It would probably be exceptional to me with just a touch more balancing sweetness.

mariposafan, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of mrebeka
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

mrebeka, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light honey orange with a large 3 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Random chunks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is tart, sour, and funky with a slight metallic aroma. Taste is of sour/tart fruit up front with a malt aftertaste. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and slightly acidic mouthfeel. Very bubbly but it works with the flavors. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice tart flavors but it's a bit pricey at $4.50 for less than 12 ounces.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of marct
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

marct, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of lanbewardin
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

lanbewardin, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of eclipse54
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An 11.2 oz. bottle purchased at the Boise Co-op. Poured into a Deschutes tulip.

Pours a translucent gold with about an inch of foamy, pure white head. The bubbles dissipate quickly, leaving small patches of lacing. The aroma is of tart fruits, specifically apple, lending a cider-like scent. A bit of funky yeast is mixed in with light grains (straw, hay, some wheat), and it finishes with a vague hint of wood. It tastes of tart apple, some pear, the muddled grains, some lemon citrus, and a dry oaken finish. The barrel makes is presence known towards the end. Mouthfeel is crisp, but finishes rather dry from the acidity and seemingly the barrel treatment. Overall, an enjoyable offering, but not one I'm too likely to pick up again at $4/11.2 oz.

eclipse54, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Golden colored with a touch of haze & foamy white lacing.

S: Citric acid and some lactose tartness, light funk and herbal fruitiness. Light vanilla and oak underneath that.

T: Lemon juice at the front, unfolding into decent citric tartness and juiciness. Light pale malt character, astringent, with a mild oak presence to accompany the tart apple and lemon notes.

MF: Astringent, light carbonation, light to medium carbonation, dry tartness from start to finish.

O: Though not overwhelming in its tartness, this is definitely a sipper. Overall its not bad, begs (in my opinion) to be paired with a creamy Brie cheese. Not my favorite style.

Scotchboy, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of TheBishopco
3/5  rDev -26.5%

TheBishopco, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of getlonely
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

getlonely, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of kscaldef
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No vintage or bottling date markings, but this seems to be a new batch. "Best before 28/03/13"

A: Big, cloud-like head over a clear orange with lots of active bubble.

S: Lemon, hay, light barnyard, whisper of mushroom. A hint of tropical fruit. To my nose, a lot more like gueuze than Flanders brown.

T: moderate tartness, good malt structure under it. Still a bit of sweetness to this. Apple, lemon. Tasty, but a bit simple.

M: moderate astringency, good carbonation, good linger.

O: Nice overall, easy drinkability, good price point, lacks the complexity of the top examples of the style.

kscaldef, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

CB2maltygoodness, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good till July 18th 2013.

Off the pour, a very shampoo and foamy like head that slowly falls with a simple white color. Body color is quite crystal clear but also really brassy colored and shining. The body looks practicaly polished. Some rising carbonation from the middle, with some minor large sticking cola sized bubbles.

Sweet and tart Welch's white grape on the nose. Really not much else. The sweet sense seems to be primary and dominant.

Taste is a big sharp, almost hot, but mostly large quick sour, then moves to a refreshing lemon tartness. Hot bitter comes to the finish with an interesting almost crisp quenching quality. Apple tastes and tart tang come after a few sips, and particularly on the finish.

Overall an interesting beer, not much of a malt action on this though, high abv is well masked and hidden.

smakawhat, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of rudy0908
5/5  rDev +22.5%

rudy0908, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle into a Goblet

A- Pours a crystal clear copper orange with 1 finger off fluffy white head that isn't going anywhere. Leaves some decent lacing on the sides of the glass and tons and tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom.

S- Pale malts with slight hints of belgian yeast notes, citrus, slight tart funk, hay, oak, vinegar, green apple, and slight hops.

T- Nice and tart up front with lots of green apple and pear with subtle notes of musty oak. Definitely some citrus flavors in there like orange peel or lemon zest and a tropical hop fruitiness that's faded. Not bad

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a nice tart dry finish. Great session sour


Arenbeer, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev -2%

jaidenjb, Dec 14, 2011
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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