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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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1,891 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,891
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 70
Gots: 162 | FT: 4
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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 alenonbeeradv
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - tan and gold with a slight red/pink tint. bubbly finger thick head that diminishes to a decent collar. medium - high carbonation meets the eye.

s - fruity, peachy, funky.. it has some of that red flanders sweet but sour cherry/fruit to it but more tame and malty. you can definitely smell the barrels.

t - sour peach and barnyard/funky earthy notes. only slightly sour, but a good amount. no tease. kinda hard to put my finger on this one.

m - light - medium body and very drinkable. sometimes sours can be a kick in the pallet (haha..) and can be slightly off putting (although i never really have that problem) but this is definitely something to drink a few of. light enough to put a couple down, but still something to savor and enjoy.

o - not too bad. i only say that cause it takes a little more character and definition for a sour to really wow me. it would be a great start to someone who has never ventured into this type of brew, at least to get an idea of what a sour be is like.

alenonbeeradv, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this at Pizzeria Paradiso in Alexandria the other day. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear golden-apricot color with a short white head and some nice spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a bit of green apple and hay, along with a good amount of funk. Light funk, but good in terms of how forward the beer was with it. The flavor brought some acidity and apple skin. Golden color was the first hint that this isn't really an Oud Bruin, and the flavor is another. Bright acidity and some light stone fruits. This was a really interesting beer and I'd certainly have it again.

Thorpe429, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of claytong
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - golden color, decent head, lingers a bit

Smell - amazing, raisins, port, cloves, just delicious smelling, had to convince myself to drink it and quit smelling it at the bar and looking like an asshole

Taste - much the same, not as terrific but definitely nice, get a bit of alcohol, not hot more like stingy rubbing alochol, but its not off putting, a bit sour and definitely some vinegar

Mouthfeel - light body, good carbonation, sessionable

claytong, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of grannun
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very light gold, with little head.

S - Wow, I have never smelled a beer like this before. I can actually smell the tartness. Sour apples and various citrus are the most dominant, with a little of the oak barrel in the back.

T - Exactly like it smells. All of the aromas come out in flavor, with a good amount of sourness. Relatively fruity, with very little malt or hop flavor. In the back, I can definitely taste the oak, but it's subtle.

M - Good carbonation, very light in body, and very drinkable. Alcohol is so well hidden, you would never know this is beer.

O - Excellent beer. This is my first sour beer, but I loved it, and I will be back for more.

grannun, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Between copper and golden colored body. Very pale for an Oud Bruin. Small head that doesn't last long. Some lacing on the surface, but not a lot of action, really.

Smell - Sour apples and lemon tartness. A bit of yeastiness lingers, but the tart smells are dominant.

Taste - Much like the smell. Sour apples and citrus tartness. I don't get the oak that other reviews have said, which I kind of like. Very crisp flavor, even if it's not just tart. The aftertaste has just a hint of sweetness, or maybe it's just the sourness dying off.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation that makes it feel light. It's light in itself, but there is an oily feeling that is left on the tongue after the swallow. Interesting, but not bad.

Overall - I don't think this is an Oud Bruin at all. I'm no expert, but this is too light and has a different sort of sour to it. I really like it, but I don't know about the category.

Alieniloquium, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a tight soapy head and a little bit of lacing. The aroma is of sour cherries oak notes and some green apples. The taste has a big sour apple flavor with hints of sour cherries and a hint of citrus. The oakiness of the barrels is presebt throughout. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall very good beer, a light very easy drink. The flavor is nice and smooth and makes you want more.

goblue3509, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Pours a slightly hazy, golden yellow with a small bubbly white head. Some phenols in the aroma, along with sour apple and citrus. Light toasted malts in the taste, quickly overcome by sour apple, lemonade, orange zest and sour cherries. Finishes with a bitter, funky dryness. Medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable, unless you don't like sour ales.

Rifugium, May 27, 2011
Photo of LittleDon
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An 8 oz. pour in a highball glass at the Whip In, Austin.

Golden with a slight haze, little head, but OK lace. Aroma is sour cherries with a hint of oakiness, as is the predominant flavor. Nice acidity and sourness up front with a noticeable bitter finish. Light body and lively mouth feel with plenty of carbonation.

10 oz pour at Malt and Vine, Redmond, WA on 5/9/13. No haziness with a bit of alcohol at the finish. Band-Aid and bubblegum flavor characteristics.

LittleDon, May 20, 2011
Photo of Axic10
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to pmlondrigan, thanks Paul. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly dark golden color with a decent layer of head that quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Sour right off the bat, hints of wine, funk, oak lemon and faint cherries.

Taste: Tart cherries, sour lemon, hints of oak, sour green apples. Very tasty and complex.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly mouth puckering. Light bodied and carbonated perfectly.

Overall: I think this is a very enjoyable beer that flies under the radar since it is readily available, but it is really damn good. Definitely going to have to pick up some more.

Axic10, May 20, 2011
Photo of hannydawg
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From an 11.2 oz bottle in an Ithaca Exclesior! tulip.

A - Gold in color with a slight orange tint. A two and a half finger head quickly falls leaving lacing reminiscent of a BSPA.

S- A bit of lacto-funkiness, not too overpowering with heavy fruitiness for the style . Tart apple, pineapple, and mango predominate. A bit of pit fruit as well.

T- Quite tart, oak flavor balance well with the tartness and sweetness provided by the fruit. Not as complex as many of the style, more of a very balanced nature.

M- Low carbonation after the initial pour, quite puckering, but overall a medium body.

O- At the pricepoint, it is hard to beat. Nice everyday Oud Bruin.

hannydawg, May 15, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at FFF brewpub

Nice golden color. Very bright and clear. Fluffy white head of 2 fingers.
Smells of sour lemons, light oak, little vinegar?-- very nice.
Taste has awesome tartness and sour citrus notes. This tastes fantastic.

The body is light, almost like a white wine. Low carbonation. Very nice.

Overall-- this IS the poor man's Beatification. Is it as good? No. Is it similar enough to satisfy my craving without killing myself trading for Beatification? Yeah, absolutely. Dry and sour, mostly citrus notes. The only thing missing is the funk and oak-- but, as stated, this is merely an acceptable substitute.

I'm a bit surprised this beer only gets a B+.
it is delicious... And cheap. That's win/win!

AleWatcher, May 10, 2011
Photo of gc4hokies
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden color that is very clear. Has a nice head that is off white with good retention.
Aroma has notes of Chardonnay wine with hints of cider.
Again the taste make me think of white wine initially, then transitions to a cider taste. Very tart.

Overall, this is the firt of this style of beer for me. Definitely a change of pace from the usual IPA or stout.

I think this would be a really good beer for friends that are really into wine.

gc4hokies, May 10, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. "The Key to Heaven." We'll see about that.

This beer pours a mostly clear, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some jagged raised relief lace around the glass as it lazily fades away.

It smells of a mixed sourness - vinegar, funky yeast, and muddled tart fruit, offset by wet wood, a pale grainy malt, and some vegetation-heavy hops. The taste is more grainy pale malt and semi-sweet orchard fruit, consequently subsumed by a varied and tart sourness - my mom (hey, it's Mother's Day - and she wanted to try it) says it tastes like pickle juice. I can't really dispute that - acetic acid is as acetic acid does, no? There are also some mild wood and green hop characteristics, none strong enough to be overly worthy of further mention.

The carbonation is average, just a low-fi tic here and there, the body a fairly light medium weight, and moderately astringent in its overall smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the latent caramel malt making a sheepish appearance against the still prevalent sour, tangy je ne sais quoi (is it yeast? wood? thetans?) of this offering.

While a bit of a palate gobsmack up front, this settles nicely into a pleasantly sour, fruity, and proper wood-aged Belgian ale, the elevated booze playing nicely in the corner, and most memories of sidelong vinegar references cast away. Sorry mom...welcome to the new world of old world brewing techniques.

biboergosum, May 08, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear light golden color, like apple juice, with a one-finger fluffy white head that recedes slowly and leaves good lacing.

Smell is interesting. A mix of light sweet fruit and white wine vinegar, with a bit of oak, and some sour and funk in the background. The fruit reminds me again of apple juice (apparently I have it on the mind, but this beer looks and smells like it). These smells actually combine quite well, yielding an odd but intriguing combination.

Starts out mildly lemony sour, then the fruitiness kicks in (though here it's more like peaches), then a slightly different, more vinegary funky sour kicks in for the finish. These transitions happen smoothly, but they provide a rich palette of flavors.

Light-bodied and well-carbonated, which I think fits well with the rest of the beer. Could do with a bit less carbonation. It slides off the tongue rather quickly, leaving the flavors there but not the texture.

A nice, refreshing, mildly sour beer. Everything about it is good; no real downsides in my opinion. But nothing really amazing about it either. A tasty, enjoyable beer.

zeledonia, May 04, 2011
Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Decent retention leaving some splattered lace. Color is a pale golden yellow.

Aroma: Sour cherries, a lot of grapes, oak, spice, sourness, grape candy. I like it.

Taste: A lot of sour grapes and cherries. Oak, spices, a decent sourness to it, some lemon and acidity, and green apples.

Mouthfeel: Sour and clean. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean as well.

Overall, I was impressed with this one, especially at the cost. Really easy to drink and quite tasty. Definitely worth a try.

mothman, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of aerozeppl
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Split the 750. Into my ithaca tulip.Clear golden color with some copper highlights. Impressive head for a barrel aged bee. Good sticky lacing. A quarter finger of white head.

S: Not a punch in the face for the style but it has a pleasant nose. A little bit of oak in the nose. Some funk as well. A touch of fruit but not much. Some lacto in there as well. More in this bottle than any other I have ever had.

T: Starts off with a very sharp tartness. The glands know what it happening and ask for no mercy. This is one of those beers that is both refreshing and complex at the same time. The barrel aging is right up front. The sourness is there and as I said this is more sour than the other bottles of this I have had. There is a sharpness to the sourness at points that almost reminds me of a really sharp cheddar.

M: Light and refreshing. Well carbonated.

D: Really loving this beer right now. Great easy drinking sour. I could see myself going through a case of this during the summer. Well done.

aerozeppl, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Only had a 2 or 3oz. sample of this one but that was plenty for me to get the point. This beer pours out as a pleasing looking pale ale with a nice looking head on it. The beer smells so strong with sour aromas rising. I was pretty surprised. This beers flavor could make just about anyone pucker I think. I was still trying to figure out how this was still considered a Pale Ale and not something else. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth but also dry and tart. An interesting ride for someone who wants to try it.

Knapp85, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden and fizzy, 1.5-finger head leaves a ring and lacing.

Smell is surprisingly quite sour--lactic aromas, a bit of funk, tart apple.

Taste is crisp, with tart green apple flavors and other sourness dominating. Reminiscent of a gueuze, but not as sour or complex, though there's still a lot going on here. I don't taste the ABV at all.

Thin and carbonated mouthfeel, leaves a creamy tart texture on the mouth.

A great sour beer for the price.

musicforairports, Apr 24, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright golden straw with a thinnish head.
Aroma is apple cider tart with integrated oak and a raw earthy funk with the slightest suggestion of sulphur.
Amazingly complex and wild.
The taste is brightly tart upfront followed by oak; earthy, but less funky than the aroma and still quite vinous.
For such a sour, complex beer it is amazingly drinkable.

, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of MarcatGSB
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into oversized wine glass. Purchased from The Fitz in Eagle River, MI.

Appearance: pours a hazy golden color with a one finger white head. Lacing is apparent but not lasting.

Smell: tart green apples. Vinegar. Berry sweetness.

Taste: very tart. Once again fresh green apples with a puckering effect. Great creamy texture, countered with the tart bite.

Mouth: Dry, crisp mouth. Really enjoyable, salivating effect.

Drink and overall: Really tasty. Not my favorite of the style, but very enjoyable. The ABV is well hidden.

MarcatGSB, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale golden color served with a small white head of medium sized bubbling. These bubbles gently hold up the thin head throughout. Chill hazed. Decent look.

Quite phenolic, with a firm acidity and sweetness in the nose. Very pale sweetness from the malt. Apple cider fruitiness.

The flavor here is pretty complex, moving from bubblegum to white pepper to barnyard/horse blanket to muscat grapes and back around to a dry prosecco. Really interesting.

Medium body, a little slick with a dry cidery finish. Shades of a prosecco, nice and easy to drink. Loved it.

BretSikkink, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of adman08
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Light, clear straw color witha fluffy white head that leaves nice lace. This beer was advertised as being intentionally low carbonation but I found it very nicely carbonated.
S-Nice, sweet fruit aroma with the obvious sour smell as well.
T-Great sour taste with very noticable sweetness in the aftertaste. Quite tart but balanced with the sweetness.
M-The tartness sort of drys the mouth out but thats to be expected. The sweetness is excellent.
Overall, outstanding beer. Very drinkable, the sourness is not at all overpowering and you get a very nice fruit flavor.

adman08, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap and in the bottle and this is one beer that really doesn't taste any different on tap. I think probably because of the aging nothing really changes within the beer after bottling or kegging.

About the beer. Very interesting sour beer.the smell is almost funky lemon. The look is rather plain and you wouldn't know it is different from a glass of pilsner except for some soapy head that dissipates. Seems to be right for the aged style. The taste is funky vinegar lemonade with overtones of grain and sweetness. If you like sour beers this is a nice subtle one.

OttoPeeWee, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Platinum Liquor in Bellevue Hill, after mistakenly purchasing the apparently inferior Oud Bruin on my last jaunt.

Pours quite a pale golden colour, but with some depth to it. Body is heavy, and forms a tight if filmy head of white. Lacing is sudsy and sporadic. Carbonation is quite consistent. Looks decent enough.

Nose is redolent with oak and Belgian wildness. Big acidic characters and rank organic funk, give it a vinous complexity along with an unsophisticated, unapologetic rawness. The balance is wonderfully done, giving meaty, organic barnyard characters to a refined and delicate note. Phew, what a nose!

Taste is lighter, but also nicely done. The funk disappears here, leaving the vinous acidity as the only sign of the wildness. But even this is very delicately handled. We don't get the long drawn out splice of sourness throughout, merely a dollop on the front, which is cleansed and leavened by a dry and clean finish. When the acidity drops, we get some more complex esters of green hay, light and slightly smooth sulphur characters and a peppery Belgian spice.

Feel is very light, aided by the acidity, and helps to tame what is genuinely a big beer.

Amazingly drinkable for its size and heft, and really nicely balanced. This showcases some of the magnificent things that the Belgians do, and that the rest of the world only dabbles with.

lacqueredmouse, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of daledeee
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice cloudy gold with nice head and lacing. The head never went away.

Nose is very tart and yeasty.

Taste is tangy, vinegar, yeast, tart apples and little yeast in back ground

Mouth feel is about right. Not dry but plenty of carbonation.

Very drinkable. This isn't my favorite style but this one is done right.

daledeee, Mar 31, 2011
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 1,891 ratings.