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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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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 cnally
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You know when you ahve that relationship with your local liquor store? You know the one where you say, "Man I would love more sours here?" And a week later there are three sours like --BOOM-- right away? I love Stoney's. All ya'll reppin' the Eastside--10th and Emerson iz da spot.

Sorry about that. The beer pours a fantastic golden orange--an agressive fizzy white head remains a little longer than you'd expect.

Aroma is slightly lacking in the fact it's really subtle with the acidic sour notes. It's like a little white wine vinegar. Very grapey aroma and very sweet like honey.

The flavor is fantastic. Again, with the grape/apple flavors. It's the acidic yeasts taking a backseat to the orchard flavors here. Finishes really dry and astringent, in the best possible way.

Dry, fizzy mouthfeel, like a fine champagne. A little sticky and sweet--but very dry.

I really like it. It's dry and unrelenting, but balanced and somehow subtle in the flavor and aroma. Not a single thing bad with this one. Will be buying again, and soon.

cnally, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle at about fridge temp poured into a snifter. BB 28/10/12.

pours out a nice deep golden color, just the slightest amount of sediment visible, mainly clear. a nice big, effervescent white head off the pour, 2-3 fingers worth. nice retention, leaving some nice sticky lace.

big bretty funk attacks the nostrils. barnyard, slightly musty, a hint of a cherry sourness. subtle notes of vinegar and footy funk, these come out more the more it warms.

very tart, full of lactic and barnyard funk. tart cherries, the slightest hint of vinegar. pretty intense sourness.

very effervescent, a nice strong carbonation and tart sourness come together to really attack the palate.

overall, a solid flanders that really showcases the sour, not so much the rich malt. a pale flanders, i like it. not really for the beginer sour drinker, i think most would be turned off. but intense sour and nice levels of funk make this a winner for me.

dogfishandi, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- The head builds quickly to a two-finger, white and bubbly cap. It recedes just as fast, but leaves a very nice sheet of lace on the glass. The body is a gold-amber that is quite cloudy. Fast streams of bubbles shoot in columns to the surface of the ale.

Smell- Definitely sour apple and citrus acidity at play. Belgian yeast is strong with this one. A little bit of woodiness and some pear notes.

Taste- The sourness cuts through immediately, but the more sips that go down help to tame that aspect. After that, there is definite woodiness apparent from the oak, also some earthy quality to this in the finish. It has to be the yeast.

Mid-drink produces that sweet and sour hard candy flavor. The finish is decent with some alcohol bite and estery flavors. This is really complex, and the flavors underneath the sour qualities are quite delicate.

Mouth feel- The body gets better with some warming. It has bulked up a bit and feels slick going over the tongue. There is just enough lift from the bubbles to keep it from being flat. It finishes a little dry from the sour character and the slight alcohol warming.

Overall- Petrus Aged Pale is not for beginners. In fact, I'm not sure my palate was quite ready for this one. The flavors are so unlike anything I have encountered before, but man, were they a blast to experience.

I think the sour quality of this beer will blow a lot of people away if they just buy this cold off the shelf. Give this one some thought and really put yourself to task when drinking this beer. It is very complex and subtle. If you don't sip this one, you're missing out.

Pintofbrown, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful orange tinted amber with awesome clarity and a fluffy four finger head that fades slowly and leaves nice rings of lace.

Very fruity aroma. Straight up green apples with sour cherry notes and hints of woody oak.

Quite tart with loads of green apple. Leafy hops and a sour cherry finish. Apple cider vinegar notes. Slight medicinal notes.

Pretty thin and dry.

Very interesting, not as oaky as expected. A definite sipper.

JayS2629, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark orange in color with 1/2 inch white head and real good retention and some spotty lacing

Smell: Sour cherry, oak, vinegar and bready yeast

Taste: Very tart cherries wow this beer is tart mixed in are some vinegar and oak. Definitely not for me

Mouthfeel: Light body and too much carbonation for me and maybe a touch dry

Overall: Wow the flavor on this monster is insanely overpowering

DarthKostrizer, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of BBF 2011. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into Lost Abbey stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a coarse, 1.5 finger white head with poor retention. Beer is a clear orange. Lacing is non-existant. Very different from other offerings in this style. Much paler and with a less robust head.

Nose is vinegar, soy sauce, and crushed red fruit puree. Slightly tart and moderately aromatic. Well balanced.

Opens tart red fruit. Vinegar sour in the middle with some pear and soy sauce notes. End is more tart red fruit with a sour metallic finish and tart red fruit aftertaste. Again, very balanced compared to many offerings of the style.

Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily and filmy in the mouth and slightly dry and puckering going down. Finish is messy with a lingering aftertaste. Decent.

A solid beer overall. Much more toned down with less vinegar and acidity than a lot of other beers of the same style. Worth a try.

SpeedwayJim, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of LtCracker20
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden/yellow body with 2-fingers of bubbly white head that doesn't last too long. Some slight lace.

S- A nice sourness up front. Pears, green apples, cherries. Pretty tart aroma. My mouth's watering just from the smell.

T- Very tart up front. Cherry-like.

MF- Nice moderate body. A nice dry finish.

LtCracker20, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of shortbus7
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden yellow with a thin, wispy, white 1 finger head.
S: Apples and pear.
T: Just like the smell. The sourness is perfect, present but not overpowering.
M: Highly carbonated and a nice tartness on the tongue.
O: This is a very good beer that I could drink almost everyday.

shortbus7, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Cresant
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 750 mL bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The dull gold body had a white creamy head that left speckles of lace.

The smell was 7-Up like. Lemons. Sour and woody.

The taste was bracingly sour on the first sip but it did sweeten up in the swallow. Pear and tart apples. Peppery in the end. Finished semi-dry and woody. Enjoyable.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium to mild carbonation. Solid overall.

Cresant, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of isitsavage
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip, a copper color, pretty clear, able to see through the other side of the glass. Minimal white head, no lacing while I drank.

Not a super pronounced nose, but there is some nice stuff going on here. Oak, white wine, quite vinous actually. A swirl in the glass reveals a lot more vinegary sourness.

Taste is big on oak and white whine, some light yeastiness, green apples, and balsamic vinegar, very refreshing. Puckering but not really super sour. Coats the mouth nicely, carbonation is prickly and pleasing. Pretty drinkable, I could easily down a couple and like I said it is very refreshing.

I have a bit of a soft spot for this beer as it's the one that first got me into sours. Still very good and I'll pick it up when I see it.

isitsavage, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ithaca tulip.

Pours a cloudy, golden color. Minimal head with soapy lacing down the glass.

Strong funky smell. Reminds me of an earthy, damp smell.

The initial taste is relatively mild, but hits with a mouth puckering sour kick very soon after.

Very effervescent in the mouth. Light and bubbly. but dry.

This beer is an awesome sour fix at a reasonable price, it isn't my favorite, but it is a very solid beer. I try to keep one around at all times.

DaveHack, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Leather & sourness, & a touch of pear

T: Tanic & sour notes, hints of raspberry & cherry up front. Oaky notes mix with puckery cherry as this warms, so much dryness & you can feel your enamel on your teeth being chewed on by the acidity. Finishes tart, puckery & dry

MF: Puckery, medium bodied with subtle carbonation

A good take on the style, not quite a puckery or deep as others of this ilk, but still a recommended Ould Bruin to me...

russpowell, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an awesome gold color w/ an amazing two finger eggshell colored head. Fantastic carbonation and lacing. Slightly cloudy looking beer. Nose is funk, apple, pear, other fruit, vinegar in the background, oak. Not super smooth or balanced, but very nice. Just don't get your nose too close.... Taste is really good... funk, some fruit, vinegar, oak. Nice tart aftertaste that sticks around for a while. Definitely has an acidity to it on the initial taste- quickly disappears in the aftertaste. Light to medium feel with high carbonation and some tartness. Overall, this is a good solid brew- I will definitely have this again.

jayhawk73, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of cdkrenz
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow body with a bright white, moderately quick-lived, loud head. I've seen better, but it's not bad.

S - Slightly sour apple with a hint of grape, pale malts, and unfortunately a tiny hint of soap.

T - Mild sour flavor a sweet accent and a full body of apple, mild oak, and a well matured Belgian bacteria blend. Very nice flavors here.

M - Dry with a moderately coarse middle and evaporating end. The lips are coarse as well.

~ I would really like to get a few more and age the brews 1 or 2 years. This is a great beverage and I look forward to getting my hands on a few more. Thank you Bottle Stop.

cdkrenz, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of mocktm
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

mocktm, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

lonestar4lunch, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of hoptualBrew
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

hoptualBrew, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

harrymel, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of rapidsequence
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

rapidsequence, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

FanofHefe, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of Berrmecca13
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Berrmecca13, Sep 15, 2011
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

GDBEERMAN, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ColForbinBC, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of readbaron
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

readbaron, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

MoreThanWine, Sep 04, 2011
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 1,938 ratings.