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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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2,051 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,051
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 89
Gots: 212 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-27-2001

Developed from Petrus Oud Bruin; a paler version of a traditional local style.
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Photo of aerozeppl
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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.

Photo of musicforairports
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of
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.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of adman08
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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.

Photo of bonkers
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The nose is very tart, vinegar and green apple notes. The first sip is almost puckering, then there are sweet citrus, and apple notes. The oak lends an interesting note also. The finish is lingering tart. The beer is light and very acidic, good carbonation. An enjoyable sour.

Photo of xylophonica
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale amber colour, light head.

S - Intriguing smell, quite unusual. Honey, bread, licorice, bubblegum (heaps), sweet liqueur, strawberry and various flower aromas. Crazy!

T - Massive citrus hit. Big orange/lemon flavour (very sour) with a splash of honey.

M - Light on the palate. Again very sour and quite spicy. Carbonation is epic at first.

O - Just a wacky beer all over. Aroma is simply amazing. Overall though probably a little bit hardcore given the exceptionally high levels of carbonation and peculiar combination of tastes.

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-blonde with nice, foamy white cap. Some sticky lacing.

Smell: Major apple cider going on here - both sweet and tart. Some light pepper as well. Oak becomes noticeable as it warms.

Taste: Very tart and peppery. Somewhat sweet apple, oak and clove provide an additional layer of complexity, but it is the tart, peppery profile that carries from start to finish. Some hoppy bitter notes at the end as well.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, fairly light body, nice dry finish.

Overall: I was surprised by how peppery this is, but that seems to make it more refreshing and appealing. Also, despite the onslaught on the taste buds, there is still a nice, soft character beneath that really makes this a fantastic sipper.

Photo of lionchow
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost clear, golden orange, with a medium white head. Carbonation bubbles can be seen rising from the glass.

Aroma of fruit, apples, peaches, pears, a slight caramel note too. A slight tartness in the aroma as well.

Flavor is of tart sweet apples, almost like a cider. There is a slight funkiness to the sourness. A mild candi sugar sweetness is under the fruit.

The dry, tart mouthfeel, with a medium high carbonation level makes for an enjoyable experience.

Overall a very enjoyable beer. Not super complex, but the flavors that are there are clean, clear and well balanced.

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gotta get my sour fix! Thankfully, my roomies brought back some Cantillon from Mardi Gras... so I thought I'd warm up with one of these. Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

The beer pours a clear gold with a huge pillowy white head. Like a saison, but not quite as cloudy. Good lookin beer.

The nose is mainly sour. Not quite sharp... so lactic? There's some citrus back in there, too... but not quite sour citrus. Interesting.

The taste is a smooth, sour that isn't overwhelming and is quite refreshing. There's some citrus there and maybe some hay. Not the most complex, but it is refreshing and inviting. I'll definitely have another and these are quite affordable for decent sours!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce goblet - $8.00 at Trappeze in Athens, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a very lightly hazed, deep yellow body with a thin, fine, white head.

Smell: Nostril cauterizing acidity with a pass of soured citrus fruits and green apple peelings.

Taste: Touch of possibly imagined ultra pale maltiness. A bite into a predictably tart Granny Smith apple but without any accompanying fruity sweetness. A fairly puckering swallow of Matt Simpson's Gas Line Lemonade. Very minor lactic tongue-coating tang. Sharply acidic right up until the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Beyond the crackling acidity running its course, there's really not too terribly much to this one. It's fine, but not a favorite.

Photo of cpmichael
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stone snifter.

A: Pours a super translucent yellow. There is a ton of head on this beer that takes a few minutes to dissipate.

S: Citrus, specifically lemon are noticeable at first, and this beer brings the funk smell. The nose is seriously the best part about this beer. Smells like it's going to be great.

T: Starts off with sourness and tartness, feels like this is going to be a great beer, and then a second later the let down happens quick. The beer has no back end at all, a watery sour apple juice flavor at best.

M/D: It poured with a lot of carbonation, but the beer lost it pretty quickly and made for a pretty bland beer on my tongue. The tartness and sourness didn't last long enough to save this beer. On a positive note, this beer is worth a try simply for its nose. That is the shinning aspect of this beer.

Photo of fastsrt
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured 11.2 ounce bottle in a wine glass

A: clear, golden with a stiff white head

S: tart, grapes,

T: tart, crisp refreshing fruity,

M: leaves you wanting to take another sip.

D: love it one bottle and done type of beer, but have had this more than once, and is a go to sour ale. that I enjoy.

Photo of Fernans
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting beer. Pale color, with you golden haze. Smelled of citris and apples. Taste, sour, but not vinegary. Reminded me of Granny Smith apples, without the sweetness. Not my preference. Drinkability, unlike some "sour" beers, I actually was able to drink it down. For some this will be a hit. Wasn't for me.

Photo of paulozanello
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mildly translucent golden color with a very thick white head that recedes after about 5 minutes leaving a great creamy foam cap on the surface. Lacing is good and web-like.

Aroma is strong and tart, with grapes, cherries and funk. Slight oak character but definitely less intense than the tartness. Great smelling beer.

Taste starts very tart and lactic with crisp flavors of lemon, sour cherries and green grapes ending with a funky/barnyard character.

Mouthfeel is extremely dry and crisp, with lots of carbonation. Body is medium and alcohol non-existent. Aftertaste is sour and astringent, leaving your mouth watering. Drinkability is average for a sour.

I really like the nose on this one. The taste is not bad but IMO it could be a little less tart and more oaky/complex.

Photo of Nesued
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler obtained via the fine folks at Green's on Piney Grove Road. Kudos for continuing to bring great offerings to the Columbia area.

Appearance - Crisp and clear yellow in color. Very inviting. Mild carbonation continues as the beer rests next to me during this review. Little head formed at the initial pour and little remains as this offering teases me to draw near...

Smell - An "awaken your nose" crisp and funky aroma. Some grassy and sweet notes as well.

Taste - A lip-puckering opening expands to a sweet/sour middle and a crisp clean finish. Amazing all that is going on in this offering. "Sweet-tarts" can describe this, along with a nice woody/grassy presence as well. The finish doesn't stick to your tongue, rather it leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is light while the overall body is medium. The crisp tart presence does take you by surprise.

Drinkability - I'm always amazed by the diversity present in the differing style offerings. To enjoy an Oud Bruin or a lambic is to very much appreciate the many facets of both beer-making and the enjoyment of variety. This offering is indeed in the upper strata of find offerings in the style.

Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a sour binge purchase at Chuck's a few days ago and cracking it after a long day on the job...

Poured into my GI stemmed glass...

Pours a rather pale golden with a thin wispy head that fades quickly but leaves spots of lacing here and there... Seems a touch lighter than others of the style... I guess hence the name "Pale".

Lots of the oak present in the aroma along with a tartness reminiscent of grapes and apples... There's an underlying funk here as well that doesn't dominate but rather compliments the beer... Sort of like an old funky leather saddle that's been hanging around in an even older barn for a while and gotten rained on and weathered really good... Its this earthy oaky funk that's turning me on to this...

Tart vinegar sourness right at first but its not overwhelming and quickly lends itself to the oak earthiness and grape skins I got in the aroma... Its not bracingly sour at all but pleasantly so... I'm really liking the earthiness of this beer...

Very drinkable for the style.. Doesn't fatigue the palate like some do with overwhelming tartness... This would be a good brew to introduce someone to sours... Very quality beer...

Photo of Soonami
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Phelps
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 2,051 ratings.