Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere
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4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
Petrus Aged Pale is a very tasty beer. Recently I've started moving towards dark maltier beers and sours because I've been drinking less and it doesn't make much sense for me to by fresh IPA but take weeks to drink it. Luckily, I've had no trouble finding beers to satisfy my much reduced appetite in SEPA. Petrus Aged Pale is fairly available here and at $4, it's a relative bargain.
Petrus Aged Pale started foam as soon as I opened it from my cellar. It was definitely paler than I thought, a honey colored amber with just off white, quickly falling white foam. The beer has a really inviting aroma, it smells like fresh crushed grapes, sawed wood, sour like apple cider, and a little funky like baled hay that has been sitting out for months.
The beer is at first tart like apple skins, but the malt sweetness attenuates the acidity. The beer tastes as fruity as it smells and the oak flavor clearly resonates and the tannins provide nice balance. The light, lively carbonation helps carry light fruity, vinous flavors and carries the aroma as you drink it. The alcohol remains well hidden, despite the 7.3% heft.
Delicious and highly recommended. I've only had a few beers of the style, but this is tasty no matter what style you call it.
02-23-2011 06:48:29 | More by Soonami
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
Enjoyed on tap at Tops during a Belgian tasting and poured into a small snifter.
Pours a very slightly hazy rosy apricot, topped with a short-lived head of fizzy white bubbles. After the head escapes, a thin ring remains, leaving nothing in the way of lace.
Very aromatic. Tons of acetic vinegar, green apples, substantial mint, some honey, and a bit of barnyard funk and vinous oak. Very funky but nicely balanced.
The tart character has been subdued nicely and paired with an interesting floral sweetness. I get roses, orange blossoms, oak, honey, vanilla, orange peel and balsamic vinegar.
Light, massaging carbonation causes the beer to fizz up a bit as it moves about. The finish is nicely crisp and the tartness is bracing but not overpowering. Medium body, nicely smooth. No noticeable alcohol.
Flavorful and intense, but not so crazy that it turns me off.
02-21-2011 07:38:34 | More by Phelps
3.63/5 rDev -11%
Served in goblet. Poured a clear dark honey color with a very tall, fluffy white head that had great retention and lacing.
The aroma was mostly a tart, fruity scent that had notes of leather and horse blanket. The taste mostly the same notes, but was a little subdued compared to the boldness of the aroma.
The body was clean and light, with a nice dry finish. Drinkability was very good, this is a sour beer I'd drink a couple of in a sitting.
Overall, a very nice brew. In th erealm of sours, this isn't the most over powering, and as such might be a good beer woth which to expand your experience. Worth trying if you see it.
02-18-2011 22:00:43 | More by beertunes
4/5 rDev -2%
I find this concept pretty interesting and if i really think about it i havnt had too many beers like this before anyway it pours a golden pale hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head that slowly recedes to a rim,the smells are mustiness,white grapes,a abit of oak and some fruit punch aswell,it has a rather sour puckering mouthfeel which is quite light bodied and feels like a nice wine with tastes of sour white grapes,fruit punch,goosberries,herbal hops and finishes with a ever so smooth tart champagne finish and overall this brew is quite unique and even though this one would do me nicely for tonight i will buy it again without doubt as there aint too many brews that taste like this cheers.
02-18-2011 11:12:07 | More by ADZA
3.53/5 rDev -13.5%
Poured into a tulip for a lively, white 1-finger head.
Color a translucent gold straw, head dissipates into respectable lacing.
Smell is light and citrusy with hints of pineapple and maybe orange.
All the roundness and sweetness of a Belgian in taste, with a trace of hops for a drier finish. Not an especially flavorful beer (like a watery dubbel or tripel?). The carbonation taste is evident here.
Mouthfeel is quite nice, if a tiny bit coarse.
The subdued flavor makes this quite drinkable, but I'm not personally in love with the taste (or lack thereof) enough to want to drink a bunch of it. In fairness, it's a departure from my personal favorite styles, but for what it is, it's not exceptional compared to similar brews.
02-18-2011 02:24:23 | More by zaphodchak
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
A - Deep golden copper color with an average sized, foamy, light, whispy, white head. Disappears pretty fast leaving a nice patchy lace.
S - Mouth watering aroma. Sour and tart fruit with green apple, cherry, grapefruit, lemon and others. Touch of oaky aroma and maybe hints of vanilla as well. Some Belgian yeast and malty sweetness. Definitely has a funk to it. Very promising nose.
T - Has tart, sour, and funky flavors but not a kick you in the face sour beer. Good balance between the tart fruits mentioned above and the nice oaky/woody flavors. The more I drink and as it warms, the more oaky flavors come out which is very nice. A subtle sweetness shows up as well. Tart apple is the strongest flavor, but the others have a good showing.
M - Lighter body with average/slightly below carbonation. Somewhat crisp and slightly zesty. Good but mouthfeel is probably the weakest point of this beer.
D - Pretty drinkable sour with a great balance between sour/tart fruit and oaky woodiness. A sipper due to the style but I would gladly drink another again. No problem finishing a 750 mL bottle.
Notes: I'm pleasantly surprised by this beer as I hadn't been overly impressed by other Petrus offerings and this is very cheap for a sour imported from Belgium. I ended up enjoying this quite a bit though. Great balance between the tart/sour fruit and woodiness. Really pretty enjoyable and given the price I could definitely see myself getting this again. Not the best sour, but for the cost it is definitely worth a look.
02-10-2011 23:00:29 | More by FreshHawk
3.75/5 rDev -8.1%
I don't really see how this is categorized an oude brun, oh well I'm gonna review it as one. Poured into a tulip, hazy amber with some deep honey color sits under a two finger rocky head. This beer leaves behind some nice lacing. Vinegar and lemon up front, following underneath there is some horsey brett charecter and damp old wood. Aside from the apperance the taste is where I find the greatest departure from the said style. Fairly zingy beer with a real basement quality, citrus, earthy hay, and a plan round malt body. The beer feels well balanced on my tongue, and surprisingly has a long finish for a beer of the type. I believe this beer is delicious, I truly enjoyed it, but an oude brun, no.
02-09-2011 01:19:06 | More by pmlondrigan
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
from an 11.2 oz bottle..code lower left back 40084
A-pours a clear light yellow color with a 1/2 finger white head that recedes to just a white collar..some lacing on glasss
S- smell is tart with notes of lemon ,sour fruit,vinegar,and a leather barnyard funk
T- is very tart..starts with sour fruit and vinegar notes..that meld with an oak and malt taste..its followed with some hops and leather sourness..it has a wet musty oak taste in background
M- its a light -medium mouthfeel with some nice puckering b4 mentioned flavors
D- is very good i found it just right with it sourness and just right with malt/hops and wood flavors...11.2 oz was just the right serving
02-05-2011 20:01:56 | More by gatornation
4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
I was talking to Frank one of the beer guys at Jungle Jims. He handed me a bottle of Petrus and told me if you like sours you got to try this beer. Frank is usually correct in his assessment of beers and was this time also. The beer was chilled and served in a tulip glass.
Appearance: The body of the beer has a bright golden coloration. Active almost champane like bubbling dancing to the surface. The head of the beer is white about a finger and half high. Nice lacing marks the side of my glass.
Smell: This beer is very pungently aromatic. The beer has a definite belgian yeast lactic aroma plenty of funk. The whole funky lactic aroma was something that used to be a gonad drawing up the the body cavity experience has become one of my favorite aromas. Enough about nads, the beer has some tart cherry tones and plenty of oak character peaking out. In all honesty this kind of reminds me of a Chardanay. A very complex aroma that sadly I am limited in how to describe it.
Taste: The taste has a nice lip puckering lemony / vinegar tone I expected. The oak gives it a hint of vanilla sweetness that gets smacked down into the lactic tartness. Very complex layered flavors very well done. To think this was a base beer for several other Brouwerj Bavik beers. I am going to have to check them out closer.
Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is light but never thin. The carbonation is active and really works well with the beers overall character. As far as drinkability you have got to be kidding me. This has beer pure beer drinking pleasure.
01-31-2011 11:24:44 | More by nlmartin
3.48/5 rDev -14.7%
Done from brief notes at a beer festival
A: Decent white head. Translucent fizzy yellow beer.
S: Sour, Sour, Sour moldy brad. Lite maltyness but overwhelmed by the scent.
T: Sour again is up front. Tastes like liquid sweet tarts. Very interesting.
M: Can't get past the mouth puckering sour flavors. It's all I'm getting. Big time carbonation.
D: Pretty interesting. Not familiar with this type of beer but it's interesting.
01-30-2011 15:44:29 | More by rrski198
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
Served in a tulip. Pours a translucent, straw gold with no head and minimal lacing. Nose expresses citrus, french oak, and some toasty notes - perhaps a trace of caramel. Taste is salty, citrusy and mellow wood notes with a slightly tart finish. Mouthfeel is light and lively with an astringency that keeps the salivary glands stimulated. A solid example of the style - very pleasant and easy drinking with a well-hidden abv. Especially nice in that it is fairly easy to obtain.
01-29-2011 23:28:57 | More by Jwale73
3.83/5 rDev -6.1%
Aroma:This one smells like a sour beer, with hints of wine.
Appearance:Pale with lots of bubbles. Lots of thick white head with OK retention.
Taste:There is a sharp tart apple sourness on the foretaste. The tartness fades quickly into a clean slightly sweet taste on the back end.
Mouthfeel:The acidic wild yeast astringency builds as the tartness fades. Good carbonation.
Drinkability:This is a quite refreshing sour beer. It's not the most sour beer in the world, but it's got some great flavors.
01-29-2011 04:10:49 | More by fear025
4.83/5 rDev +18.4%
Over at the LP.
Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, good sized head, fades at a decent rate, some patchy bits of lacing on the Petrus glass.
Smell has a lightly sour/vinegar aroma with touches of light fruit and citrus, not picking up any hop balance though.
Taste is not overwhelmingly sour but has just the right balance between the light fruit tartness and sweet malt with some added citrus, good carbonation levels, strength is not evident at all, touch of oak woodiness to add a hint of complexity, honestly this can be a sipper or a downer because it's just so easy drinking and enjoyable.
I can't believe it's taken this long to try this beer, I'll certainly need to get this more often now.
01-23-2011 04:19:21 | More by deltatauhobbit
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
A very nice, interesting beer. The appearance is a nice straw/gold color, finger thick fizzy off white head. The smell is lemons, vinegar, and a bit tropical. The taste is tart, woody, earthy, sweet and fruity. The mouthfeel is decent, and the drinkability is quite high. Nice sour for someone who is a bit new to the style.
01-22-2011 04:29:04 | More by sacrelicio
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
Pours out a slightly hazy golden color with three fingers of thin white head into a snifter. Dissipates quickly, nice lacing.
Smell is pronounced but not overbearing vinegar lemon sour. hint of breadiness.
taste is strong tasty lemon sour bite up front mellows into a light adjunct (corn, rice) slightly oaked pale flavor to finish. lacking a bit on the end but nice flavor profile.
Described as a pale Flanders, but even so seems very thin. Lacking some malt balance substance here for my liking. Moderate/high carbonation. Very dry which I like!
Nicely drinkable overall. I want another, but lack of balance and body detract.
01-21-2011 19:56:17 | More by pdoran10
4/5 rDev -2%
A: Pours pale and slightly cloudy straw color.
The head is small, whispy and dissipates quickly
S: Light vinegar (like apple vinegar), orchard fruits, and an underlying sweetness. Pretty complex, and I am not familiar with the style enough to pick this apart
T: Good sourness, touch of vinegar, lots of fruit. Pretty refreshing actually. But again, not familiar enough with the style
MF/D: Solid carbonation, sour throughout, finish of vinegar and over-ripe fruit
Notes: thanks to the guys at Greenville Beer Exchange for the advice
01-19-2011 21:37:40 | More by scottyshades
4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
A: rich clear gold. big fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. large carbonation bubbles streak to the surface. a beautiful looking beer, but not your typical shade for an oud bruin.
S: sour alcohol. makes my nose want to pucker. definitely has an oak-y aspect in the finish.
T: sweet and sour jolly rancher. this aspect loses some of its intensity with each following sip. crisp, dry, little bit of hop bitterness in the finish that reminds me that it is a pale. at times almost feels like im drinking wine.
M: soft carbonation with that signature tang of a oud bruin. spot on.
D: tart with a little bit of funk. one sip reminds you its a pale and the next reminds you that it was aged in oak.
definitely the appearance of a pale, but the aroma and flavors of a flanders oud bruin. overall, really fun beer.
01-14-2011 02:36:16 | More by Jimmys
4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
I had this on tap at the Hulmeville Inn. Poured into a chalice.Poured a cloudy yellow maybe a touch darker.Left little lacing throughout the tasting.
Smell is soft on all fronts. A little tart to begin foloowed with a nice oak and apple aroma.
Taste is tart from the get go. Sour apple at first with a quick interupption of that Belgian yeast funk. A sweet sugary finish.
Mouth is light bodied. Nice bubbley action that tingles the palate along with the mouth.Nice mouth puckering linger.
An awesome beer. Though easily available I just never seemed to find it anywhere even in a bottle. Good stuff.
01-08-2011 22:38:52 | More by TheFightfan1
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
Had on tap tonight at Rustico in Ballston, VA.
a - Pours a nice golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of sour apples, sour fruits, oak, very tart fruit. Also some grass/hay earthy tones. Very enjoyable.
t - Tastes of oak, sour apples, sour and tart fruit, fruity malts, hay/earthy malts.
m - Light body and low to moderate carbonation, tart and dry at the end.
d - A very enjoyable sour. Lots of tart apples in the nose and taste. Would like to have again.
12-31-2010 03:47:17 | More by mdfb79
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Had this on tap at Monk's Cafe and wow it was a pleasant surprise. The beer was described as an aged slightly sour Belgian and I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about that. I love Belgian beers and the sours but for some reason I was skeptical about this one. the aroma was nice and pleasant almost inviting me to drink it and then when I did I was rewarded with a really great beer. The sourness comes in slightly which is perfect for this beer. Apparently this beer rarely seen on tap so I was especially eager to try it on tap. Bought a bottle of this at The Foodery later in the week because its just so damn good.
12-30-2010 21:48:00 | More by Cmack15
4.7/5 rDev +15.2%
Picked up a 12oz bottle on a whim
A: pours an effervescent golden color with half inch white head. Appearance reminds me of other sours including temptation and sanctification.
S: a crisp, musty funk characteristic of sour ales. Citrusy, with a hint of oak.
T: wow, was I impressed with the first sip! This is a real sleeper sitting on the shelf. Effervescent, sour and citrusy at first, after the swallow you can taste the hints of oak and pale ale birth. While some sours begin to taste better only as they warm, this beer is great right of the fridge and stays great throughout the warming process. As you near the bottom of the glass, the kamikaze and barrel aging become more apparent, and then basically smack you in the face on the final gulp.
M: tart, slightly puckering, effervescent and crisp
D: one of the most drinkable beers I've had. Refreshing and delicious. I will always have at least 3 bottles in my house at all times.
12-25-2010 18:57:21 | More by CarbonIS
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a clear straw color with a very small head that recedes quickly.
The aroma is very tart/sour (on par with N.B. La Folie) with lots of oak coming through with woodiness and some vanilla. There are some bright fruits and hints of lemon as well as a mild earthy character.
Flavor is quite tart but also pleasantly fruity and mildly sweet midway through. It begins with dry peaches and apples and transitions to sourness with a burst of lemon. The finish has some sweet malt elements to it along with noticeable hop bitterness and a lingering tartness accompanied by a faint earthiness.
Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, though I was in the mood for something very tart and this beer is just that.
12-15-2010 02:47:15 | More by trevorjn06
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
12 oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip:
A: Amazing clarity, soft pillow of a white head that hangs around for a long time. Great lacing and white capped mountains of foam. So far I am very impressed by the look of this beer.
S: The nose hits back with a splash of sour apple/white grape and lemon. Some hay is also present followed by a bit of barnyard funk. Smells invitingly sour and delicious.
T: Strong sour bite at first followed by some white grapes and a touch of oak. It finishes really dry and light. Great puckering sensation that just demands another sip.
M: Light and bubbly with good carbonation.
D: This might be my new go to sour beer. It is not to hard on the wallet and it is a sensational drink.
12-14-2010 00:11:09 | More by Neffbeer
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
12-13-2010 23:50:05 | More by laituegonflable
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
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!
12-09-2010 21:43:18 | More by beeragent
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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