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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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91
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1,752 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,752
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 64
Gots: 133 | FT: 5
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Belgium

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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BMoney575

Texas

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

Sampled on 7-11-10

Pours a clear orange/amber color with a foamy white head that slowly settles. A few bubbles rise to the top, leaving a thick layer of foamy lacing.

Smell is super sour and lightly funky, with lots of light fruity aromas and a hit of alcohol. Slightly oaky, slightly aged, sharply sour at the end.

Taste is surprisingly delicate, apple juice fruit flavors at first, followed by a big kick of sour funkiness. The finish is sour and slightly bitter, but it fades quickly, leaving a dry and fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is extremely sticky and very nicely carbonated, doing a very good job of accenting the sour flavors.

Drinkability is very good, no problem downing several if you were in a sour mood.

Overall, very well made and an outstanding example of the style. I will be getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 22:14:41 | More by BMoney575
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a bright gold, faint haze, with one finger of sudsy eggshell head. Lacing is minimal

Smell -- Brett, oak, lemon, dark pitted fruits.

Taste -- Quite tart up front with salted lemons and biscuit. The middle yields some sherry-like flavor along with raisins and prunes. The alcohol becomes noticeable toward the finish, along with more pronounced oak.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body, a bit slick with ample prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability -- This beer is very dynamic with the flavors quickly evolving throughout the taste. Exceptional to say the least. I feel foolish for putting this back on the shelf so many times before.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 18:56:52 | More by yeahnatenelson
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rawthar

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had on tap, this review from a bottle poured into a flute.

A- Immaculately clear and transparent, glowing golden with champagne-like carbonation that produces a bridal white head of fluff.

S- Intensely sour apples dominate, leaving little room for anything else save for some yeasty undertones intermingled. Different.

T- Really really sour, all apples, lemon, and vinegar. Really sharp to the tongue, very tasty and refreshing, albeit straightforward. 7.3% abv is hidden behind the wall of flavor.

M- Very thin and light, balanced by the physical manifestation of tartness.

D- Not for everybody, but if you can hang with it, this is a really great summertime refresher. Like a light Rodenbach Grand Cru.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 19:47:23 | More by rawthar
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle
7.3% ABV
I tried this beer on September 2, 2009 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a hazy golden brown with a thin white head that lasted. The aroma is musty bread and wood chips. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with light carbonation. The taste was SOUR! Moreso than the Petrus Oud Bruin in my opinion. Very yeasty in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 00:21:30 | More by cyrenaica
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ajwillys

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very clear. Light-medium amber. Very little lacing, nearly no head.
S - Sour apple juice. Shockingly low smell.
T - Very tart, vinegar. Slightly sweet notes.
M - Moderate amount of dryness. Ready to go with minimal foreplay.
D - Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 01:44:59 | More by ajwillys
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crossovert

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.

Pours with a massive white head that sticks for s decent while then recedes leaving some really nice lacing. The body is a brilliant clear gold, almost pilsener like, but without the carbonation bubbles.

There is quite a bit of vinegar in the scent. There is also some mellow vanilla and oak scents that are nice. There is also a perfume-like fruitiness bringing to mind peach or apricot.

This one was more sour than expected. It has vinegar notes but also a boatload of fruitiness. The oak isn't as pronounced in the flavor but it provides a smooth balance. It is pretty acidic but not too over the top.

This brewery and brand have been known to produce some clunkers, not this fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 00:41:18 | More by crossovert
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Xul

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent and effervescent golden, capped by a half finger of white foam. The head dissipates quickly, leaving some scant bubbles and lacing across the top of the beer.

S: Sweet, pale malts arrive at the nose first, followed by distinct notes of oak, vanilla, citrus, and funk. A light acidity follows but never overtakes the malty base. The sweetness and vanilla are a bit out of character, but damn...it smells REALLY inviting.

T: More tart than the nose lets on, the acidity becomes apparent as soon as it hits my mouth but never surpasses a moderate level. Lots of lemon zest and citrus notes up front, it moves into a slightly funked malt base with some oak notes on the edges, moving back intro citrusy tartness for the finish. The vanilla from the nose is strangle absent...the taste is closer to style, but I'm really curious how some sweet vanilla would have mingled with the flavors.

M: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation.

D: Goes down very smooth and with the tartness being kept to a restrained level, it would be easy to put down quite a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 02:57:16 | More by Xul
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Mora2000

Texas

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

The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very tart with vanilla and oak notes. The flavor is tart lemons with some oak. The beer is extremely dry and makes you keep drinking it. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An excellent, budget sour.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 04:32:26 | More by Mora2000
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Petrus Aged Pale-Grande Reserve

Speaking of aging, this bottle has been in my fridge over 6 months, I think. Bought it on someone's recommendation. Had on at Grumpy's NE on tap, again on recommendation, and yet I let this bottle sit there until today. Enough of my yakkin, let's drink up.

Clear, pale yellow, highly carbonated, slim slab of fizzy foam.

Aroma: citrus-y notes, peppery spice, and farmhouse funk.

Taste: tart, sour, crisp, and then dry. Much like a cider, but very mellow. Light bodied, with a dry, even finish. Very elegant. I can feel the pale ale underneath, and it's amazing what dramatic turns it took while resting in the oak barrel.
(Though I am wondering if I waited too long, is that possible?)

That said, and despite the many likable qualities of this ale, it just doesn't float my boat. Seems lacking in character, or at least the kind of character I'd like to send past my gums. I probably won't buy one again any time soon, but you probably should.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 05:58:15 | More by feloniousmonk
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my .3L Stiegl Tulip

A - Golden-Orange with a nice bubbly white head

S - Pale malts with a hint of the funk. A hint of sourness at the end that already begins to make my mouth pucker.

T - Not incredibly sour but does provide a little bit of bite. Sour grape taste with a hint of scuppernong flavor. Hints of belgian malt are in there.

M - Good carbonation with a medium body.

D - Pretty easy drinking Oud Bruin. I prefer sour beers that really make my mouth pucker but this one is pretty good. It is real nice to find a beer that gives you a nice sour taste in a smaller bottle. While not an amazing beer this one is pretty good and really good considering the difficulty to find beers of this style at this price point. I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 00:23:54 | More by jpmclaug
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champ103

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A pillowing two finger white head forms with good retention. Sticky lace is left behind.
S: Tart fruits of lemon and orange. Vinegar and sweet malt. Musky and dank.
T: Mouth puckering tart, sour lemon flavor. Sweet malt and vinegar.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp and refreshing. The alcohol and tartness makes the bottle a little harder to drink than I would like. A one and done.

I love me some sour beers. Though this is a little one dimensional. Basically just tart and sour lemons. Not much is going on. Not something I am going to get again.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 02:09:46 | More by champ103
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Gmann

New York

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden light brown color with a tight white head that dissipates into a solid ring. The aroma is of the oak cask, tart and sour. There is also a sugary aroma that pops through. Clearly oaked aged. A big lemony tart/sour flavor. Perhaps too lemony as you don't really pick up any actual oak flavors. There is a seltzer water type flavor as well. I guess what is disappointing is that the rest of the beer doesn't show up. I would like to see hints of malt and yeast but all I really pick up is the sour. There is a very very very light cider like flavor. There is a bitter aspect towards the finish, kind of woody. The feel is light, fizzy and puckering which is what I would expect from a sour. Again some bitterness in the finish. I'm not an expert on this style so not too much to base this beer on. The sour flavors are nice but, to me, needs to have a touch of other flavors as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 02:14:46 | More by Gmann
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

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

Pours a very clear hay yellow straw color with a decent white head that quickly settles to just the edges.

Taste of oak, lemon, pale malts, nice sour flavor profile that is well rounded and complex. There is a nice lemony puckering sour that is very well done, and more pronounced than some of the other sours I have had recently.

Overall, a great beer for the price. A six pack of these would be entirely worth the $30 in addition to the fact that you don't have to drink 750 mls in one sitting if having by yourself.

Medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. A great sour in a standard 12 oz bottle. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 01:41:41 | More by alpinebryant
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armock

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose of tart fruit

T - Follows the nose with a tart fruit flavor

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - As a person that likes tart and sour beer this was a pleasnt surprise after the first sniff and beyond if sour beers are your thing it's worth picking some of this up to try

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 18:58:44 | More by armock
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ThaBobfather

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pretty golden color with a very nice ring of whitish head.
Smell is a tart with a wild yeast smell on the nose.
Taste starts with an acrid spice- wild dark fruit with a great yeasty end.
Finish is straight dry with a great acrid finish.
Drinks very well- wild taste is well managed and close to being able to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 03:01:31 | More by ThaBobfather
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degerbah

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown with about a finger of head. The aroma is a slightly acrid vinegar-like smell. The taste is an amazing sour funky goodness. It's not the best sour I'v ever had, but its very close. Tomorrow I'm going to go back to my local beer shop and buy them out of this. I've wanted to taste Petrus for a really long time. Apparently I've been missing out. This stuff is great.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 02:48:29 | More by degerbah
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mwa423

Ohio

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

A - Pours the color and clarity of a fine scotch. The head wasn't much to write home about as long as it was poured carefully.

S - Funky, sour notes, and some Belgian yeast.

T - All the classic sour flavors of infected homebrew...or an Oud Bruin. Lots of dried fruit along with fantastic sour flavors and some slight notes of yeast and Belgian malt

M/D - Mouthfeel was smooth for a sour and went down well. This is incredibly drinkable and I may have to hit the store and pick up the west.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 02:44:29 | More by mwa423
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bdawe

California

2.58/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours Golden yellow into a tuplip glass

Good head, though rather quickly dissipating

tastes overwhelmingly sour to the exclusion of all else

i let it warm up some more for about 15 minutes,
the malt came out a little, but still far too unbalanced towards the sour with the kind of taste I would expect in fizzy lemon juice

this is not a beer I would buy again

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 01:21:08 | More by bdawe
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hoplover82

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head that has ok retention and little to no lacing.

Smells of cloves and cinnamin and sweet caramelized pears and peaches and sour grapes. So complex.

Taste is very sour with a sour/sweet grape pie filling with a tangy bitterness that linger forever. Apples and strong grapes dominate for sure.

sweet silky mouthfeel with a slighty dry but not too dry finish.

It has an ok drinkability, but I couldn't possibly session this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 00:13:50 | More by hoplover82
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jasonjlewis

Texas

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

pours a nice orange color with decent head and retention.

smell is dry and funky like a barnyard with a touch of raisin and apple with sour grapes.

taste is very sour with a touch of apple tartness. very dry body as well. very appropriate levels of sourness with some interesting fruit complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 00:07:34 | More by jasonjlewis
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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

11.2oz bottle picked up in NY a few weeks ago. The last time I've had this was about two years ago and then that was a 5 year old bottle at the time.

A glowing powerful golden beer with some yellowish streaks on the outlay of the glass, this looks very close to heaven in a bottle, the liquid is inviting. A rush of Ivory colored foam sits on top about an inch in height with some sticking ability, sheets down the glass. Belgian indeed.

This fresh bottle really showcases what this beer is about, which is the funky tartness that your about to inbide in. A heaping of acididy mixed in with some grapefruit, lemon and orange slices. The nose is really powerful on this. Some barnyard aroma with a dousing of oak, that may or may not have come from a wine barrel. Of course there is sweet scents as well with slight vanilla and even less sugar vibes.

I gotta say, this stuff is excellent, I really can't find a fault with it. The aged bottles I've had, while good, did not open my eyes like this young bottle. The fruit is more pronounced while in the past i've gotten alot of oak bombs from this beer. The yeast in this beer at this young stage is alive and dancing up a jig with tartness/ slight funk and overall deliciousness. Oak/vanilla tannins. This is what Belgian beer is all about.

There is just enough tartness to make me pucker (in a good way) for a bit after I sip, that's great, that's what I look for. But the tartness is not at a level to make your tounge cringe, it's pretty much perfect. The flavors in this just dance on my tounge so expertly that I want to stop writing and just enjoy this ride. A lighter than medium feel with a lively and spritzy carbonation.

This beer is alive, and it's damn tasty, and a pleasure to drink. Im a sour head, so this is right up my alley, but I can see why some people would throw up even attempting to drink a beer this good. It's not for everybody, but it's for me. This is one sour that I would drink three bottles of in a night and have thoughts to do it again the next night. Top notch!

Edit (2009-2010)- Damn, Bavik, I know Philly is mad lucrative for breweries, but you guys must of sent at least 150 kegs of this stuff over here. It's on at at least 25 bars that I know of right now. Im bombared by this goodness and im becoming broke because of it, please stop!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 16:44:13 | More by BARFLYB
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden, slight haze, thin white head, sticky lace

S - tartness, light wood, cider, white wine, some funky barnyard

T - funk is more pronounced in the flavour, sharp sourness, not a lot of fruit character, definitely lemon, possibly some peach, aftertaste is almost woody/cedar-like,

M - medium carbonation, very fluffy and light mouthfeel, bone dry finish

D - not my absolute favourite sour ale, but there ain't a damn thing wrong with it either, a very dependable standby.

Quite a nice sour, sweetness is low, but still has a hint. Very unbeer-like, which to me is an indication of a good sour, if that makes sense. I'd love to pair this with some stinky cheeses (unfortunately, I'm all out at the moment). Very solid, I would never turn down the chance to have some.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 23:36:10 | More by markaberrant
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metter98

New York

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

A: Poured golden orange with a little head. There's a low to moderate level of carbonation.
S: The aroma is rather sour with some hints of fruit and oak.
T: There's a very sour taste with oak undertones and a somewhat dry, tart finish. The flavor is rather interesting.
M: It feels crisp and light- to medium-bodied on the palate.
D: It's relatively easy to drink (particularly if you like sourness) but I can't see myself having more than one of these in a single sitting.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 21:47:42 | More by metter98
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chaz01

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a champagne flute at a local beer tasting event.

A: Clear golden. Nice thick head with lots of bubbly effervescence.

S: Sour lemony aroma with a little woody oak tones.

T: Very, very tart, almost like a sour candy with vinegar. I'm not an expert in this category, and I realize it's intended to have this tartness, but it was a bit much for my taste. I wasn't picking up any of the woody notes from aging in barrel -- I just get sourness.

M: Medium bodied, maybe even a bit thin on the palate.

D: I would think it's best served perhaps as an apertif before a meal. I wouldn't think it would go well with most foods. Not my favorite, but it's interesting to try.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 04:04:42 | More by chaz01
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Spineypanda

Texas

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

Pours a golden color with a nice large head that laces like no other beer I have seen before.
Smells WiLd and zAnY! Strong strong green apple esters. Potent and overwhelming almost in smell.
Tastes strongly of green apple, with a little bit of tanginess. This is one of the more extreme tasting beers I have ever had. The oak cask aging imparts so much that I would not have expected and am very happy to have tasted.

Edit: Lots of sour yeast.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 02:02:36 | More by Spineypanda
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 1,752 ratings.