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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,933 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,933
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 75
Gots: 172 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

jasonjlewis, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

BARFLYB, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of markaberrant
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

markaberrant, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

metter98, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of chaz01
2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

chaz01, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
4.65/5  rDev +14%
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.

Spineypanda, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had this compaired with petrus oud bruin.

smell of wild yeast, some citrus, and a touch of malt.

taste is tart, sour malt, wild yeast, and some woodiness, ends acidic, tart, and a tad bitter.

overall too tart for my liking, the petrus oud bruin is better.

froghop, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of northaustin
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy gold with a finger or so of quickly disappearing white head. no lacing.

very dry and tart, seems like a belgian gold was once there but has now been overthrown by a heavy sour oaky taste. a slight hint of alchohol heat which i am enjoying.

mouthfeel: expect dry cheeks constantly being washed by a salivating throat. exactly what i was looking for. although it is somewhat sour it is still refereshing, crisp and easy to drink.

northaustin, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of emsroth
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle as part of a sampler pack

App: Dark gold/light amber. Seriously cloudy. Hardly any head, but sticky lace.

Smell: Tons of fruit--sour cherries, granny smith apples, plum skin, grapes. Thick, honey-like malt backbone with a hint of grain.

Taste: Strong sour flavor upfront. Lemon seems like too obvious of a flavor comparison, but it's an accurate description. Ends sweet and grainy on the flanks of the palate. Slight herbal bitterness. Let's see how it warms--the tartness mellows, the grainy malt and herbal hops become more prevalent.

Disappointing body--too light and thin.

emsroth, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of david131
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A clear golden color with some streams of carbonation keeping the 1 finger-thick white head alive. Not much meat on its bones.

S- Very aromatic. The strong funk and floral aspects hit at first. Extremely complex and intriguing. I am seriously digging this.

T- Oh man... this is unbelievably tart and sour. It is hard to pick out specific flavors, but there is a lot of funk and sourness that gets rounded out nicely by some sweetness on the tail end.

M- Very acidic and dry, in a good way. Leaves my mouth feeling like i gargles with vinegar. Awesome.

D- For the ABV and strong flavors, I notice my glass emptying faster than expected. Very tasty. Worth seeking out if you need to get your sour fix.

david131, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As far as sours go I have yet to fully explore them. Given that caveat, I will proceed to give you my take on this brew.

The appearance is fairly standard as far as I am concerned. However, there may be a bias present given the fact that I usually only review beers that tend to be rater higher. The color is a cloudy amber and the foam is both white and frothy.

The aroma is interesting as there has a definite tart/vinegary quality to it. There is some subtle fruity undertones as well.

The taste has a lot going on. Now I was unable to pick out a rather interesting taste I was getting, but after further cross referencing I believe it was a mix of oak and sour apple along with a helpful malty backbone. There is some light alcohol heat at the swallow and the lingering sourness covers up the bitter aspect, which does a nice job of balancing out the beer. Like I said, there is a lot of complexity with the sweet, sour, and bitter interaction.

The beer is on the more acidic side and has a tongue drying quality to it. As far as feel goes it certainly does a good job of blanketing mouth. Throughout the experience the beer maintains its character and the mouth drying aspect I believe adds to its drinkability.

TheJollyHop, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A rather unassuming bottle that I passed on the shelf countless times. I decided to go for it and bring it home a few weeks ago. Grabbed from the fridge this evening and served chilled. Consumed on 03/26/2010.

Nice pour leads to a golden orange color that is very hazy and clouded over. Nice head, an inch at highest settled down but left a good bit of lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma is tart, pears, sour apples, hints of fruit everywhere. Warming brings up grape skins and a touch of earthy grains. Nice clean flavor. Warming as the first sips wash across the tongue the pear and apple dominates and a light vinegar touch starts to come through. Light body with a smooth, even finish. Super drinkable and perfect for this warm night.

Overall very solid. Was not expecting it to be as light and drinkable as it was. Would have no issue with this one again.

mikesgroove, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of WOTO97
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: vigorous pour leads to dense cream head that dissolves in thin sudsy film, delicate lacing surrounds a crystal clear bright bronze

S: yeasty floral notes, green apple and pear, light spice in the background, faint straw

T: crisp pear, light white win vinegar notes, citrus-like tartness with faint sweetness

M: nice modest puckering, lingering stickiness in the back of the throat, very refreshing bubbles

D: very refreshing and drinkable, definitely a sip and savor brew but great flavors and mouthfeel

WOTO97, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A moderately hazy straw colored body capped by a finger and a half of white lacing that fades slowly and leave good lacing.

Aroma: Lots of tart, musty, and vinegary notes over a sweet body. Literally mouthwatering.

Flavor: Up front, it's all about the acidic and vinegary sour character. There's decent sweetness underneath to counter the sour notes, though it's ultimately tipped towards the sour side of the spectrum. No sign of the moderately-high alcohol content. Musty notes reminiscent of their Oud Bruin in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A smooth medium body with medium carbonation. Tart and dry in the finish.

Drinkability: As long as you like sour flavors, this is pretty easy to knock back.

Verdict: Nicely complex and tasty throughout Aged Pale is a friendly and solid little brew. If you've only tried a few sweet sours and are looking to branch out into the more vinegary side, this would be a perfect place to start.

BeanBone, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the recommendation of friend when I was looking for sours. Thanks, Ben!

Poured into a snifter: transparent, slightly hazy gold, thin collar of head, a few stray bubbles rising quickly.

Smells citric & tart, just a little vinegary, very dry, champagne-like aroma. A good sniff yields sweet white grapes.

Taste marked by green apple, lemon juice, subtle oak. Finishes very dry with just a tiny bit of white grape in the late aftertaste.

Mouth-watering, but pretty smooth & easy-drinking for a sour. A swish in the mouth brings on the foam.

Not the complex sour I've had but still very interesting. More of a fruity sour than vinegary, while still not really being a "fruity" beer, helps the drinkability. Still, this is meant to be savored & not drunk serially.

OneDropSoup, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of organicbrewer
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-light gold and brilliantly clear. tight eggshell head.

S-Sweet Saccarine. Light caramel. No hop aroma. Lactic acid.

T-Sweet tart. Fake sugar and lemon juice. No hop aroma. Almost like a sweet blond with lactic acid added. Slight oakiness in the finish.

M-medium dry. Medium carbonation. No alcohol heat. Very tart.

D-Nice tart beer. A little bit much of the fake sugar sweetness. Would be good for a hot day.

organicbrewer, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml. bottle into a wine glass. The Aged Pale from Petrus pours a lovely clear blond with a sticky white head of foam. Artsy lacing continues through the glass.

Slightly tart on the nose with a bit of cherry and a hint of vinegar. Some oak is evident as well as a touch of red wine. Nice subtle oak nose that doesn't tackle the senses. A bit funky with some air.

Taste is effervescent with a spritzy champagne like carbonation. Bit of orange citrus conveys to a textured malty finish. Quite enjoyable.

HalfFull, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of SuperSpy
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden with a little haze. A nice half inch of head.

S - Apple cider vinegar. Acidic, sour and sweet all at once. A very interesting aroma.

T - Deliciously sour and astringent. A wonderful hint of sour apple. Just a really great flavor.

M - light with a sharp carbonation. The perfect mouthfeel for the crisp sourness.

D - This is an incredibly delicious beer. I cannot believe I have passed this thing up at the beer store so many times.

SuperSpy, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have loved this beer for almost 15 years, since it was called 'Petrus Oak Aged Ale', and I spent the past 10 years without it. I had trepidations when I finally got my hands on it, as it had been so long since I had it. It may be slightly different now than it was then; it doesn't have the oak floaties and it is slightly lighter in hue, but that could be attributed to a more thorough filtering. It still is the among the best out. It has all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

A - Hazy iced tea hue with a mm or so of persistent foam abstractly clinging to the glass, eventually appearing as if it were lacing as seen by Pollock. It has almost all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

S - Smells like Calabrese young olives, acidic, astringent, sour, pickled peppers, and apple cider vinegar; it is awesome, and not at all how it sounds. It has all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

T - Funky, sour, astringent-briny without being the slightest bit saline, it has all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

M - Puckeringly sour, with moderately sharp carbonation, on the lighter side of medium-bodied. It has all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

D - My favorite beer ever. No question about it. Not hyped; I don't care. It is the deal. It has all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

ktrillionaire, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of flannelman808
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a pale golden color and is topped by frothy white head. Very good head retention and good lacing tops off this beer. Carbonation bubbles keep rising and giving the froth life.

S: Tart granny smith apple. I feel like I also get a dried lemon peel quality out of this as well. Behind all the sour notes I can smell a little bit of spice and herb.

T: God I love this beer. Tart apple follows through in the palate as well as a lemony goodness. There is a very nice herbaceous note as well... lemongrass and aloe? Clove comes through as well for me. There is a bitter note in the finish which begs the palate for another sip or two or three.

M: Prickly and mouth filling.

D: this is very drinkable for me I freaking love this beer.... sour and complex without the sweet... long finishing but not long enough to keep me from having another sip.

flannelman808, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of THORN
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Petrus Flute. Served 45-50 F. Best before 19/05/11.
A: Clean golden brown. Pours half inch head that slowly reduces to a very thin layer. The head is vanilla colored and bubbly.
S: Sour apples, faint cherries, and sweet oak.
T: Pale malt, fruity esters, and cherry-apple. Bitterness sweep across palette and lingers into nothing. Oak is faint.
M: Medium on tongue. Sweeping bitterness is accompanied with a slight warming.
D: Crisp, refreshing, and flavorful.

THORN, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of HeyItsChili
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a clear golden honey color with a thin membrane of foam.

S - Tart citrus, sharp light fruit, sugars.

T - Tart, moderately mouth puckering, super fresh green apple sweet/bitterness, slight copper flavor. Dry, potent finish.

M - Pretty decent, a bit oily.

HeyItsChili, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of Richardberg
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into a pint glass. Small head for a light ale, but it's a sticky foam with decent retention that clings to the edges of the glass. Very clear yellow color -- not straw or subtlely orange -- just golden yellow. Only the tiny bubbles obscure it.

S - fresh grassy grains, sour cherries, and round/mellow/aged sweetness all at the same time. Very interesting, not sure I've smelled a pale ale quite like it.

T - sourness comes to the forefront when it hits the tongue. By now it's definitely Flemish in character, not any sort of pale ale as labeled. But it's not the cherry we smelled; more like apple cider vinegar with a little bit of white grape. The malts are only present as a kind of background reminder of earthy/grassy brightness. No bitterness to speak of, nor are the woody aged notes detectable anymore. Still quite appealing overall, but I wish the more complex/rounded smells lasted longer than the first whiff; had the potential to be very special.

M - nicely smooth, some decent body for such a pale brew, moderately oily (thanks to ample ABV), just the right amount of carbonation

D - exceedingly drinkable if sourness is not a turn-off. Almost too drinkable; as mentioned, this would be a near perfect venture into new (to me) territory if the flavors had been a little more daring.

Richardberg, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of PartyBear
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lovely golden honey colour, with a big fluffy white head and a copious amount of fine carbonation. The aroma has a sour edge to it with apples, grapes and a hint of cherries. There are slightly sweeter tone under this with a light toffee and some vanilla. The taste starts off very sharp and sour, with lots of apples, vinegar, and a very piercing sherbet. The finish is dry and tangy but I was left with a slightly buttery aftertaste. Very active in the palete, lots of carbonation, and a very sharp, dry feel. This isn't my style but it is a very crafted flanders, definitely worth a try if you are into them.

PartyBear, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden red body with lively carbonation for a frothy one finger head and a lace ring. A funky yeast smell with some sour grape/dark fruit tart smell along hints of some oakiness. Light bodied and smooth, this beer flows easily over the tongue and is real sharp thanks to lively carbonation. The beer gives off sour fruitness like grape and cherry along with something like figs and berries. Has a good amount of sweetness as well and then finishes dry thanks to some woodiness. A little livelier than expected but a great beer to sip on.

clayrock81, Jan 19, 2010
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 1,933 ratings.