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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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92
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2,021 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,021
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 83
Gots: 194 | FT: 4
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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 alcstradamus
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden yellow with a finger of head and webby lacing.

Aroma is an odd wax/lip gloss up front, a bit of light oak, pear, fake fruit, and booze.

The flavor a rush of pear and banana peel and some light sourness. There is still that odd lip gloss flavor. A shame really, because everything else underneath is top notch.

The body is medium light and carbonation is a bit stinging. Overall I enjoyed this beer but there was that one off flavor that brought the whole package down from stellar to meehhhh

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/11/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains tart fruit, light malts, Belgian yeast and notes of vinegar.

T: The taste is very sour up front with flavors of grapes, cherries and citrus. There's a thin malt character but it's where it should be for the style. In the background there's some Belgian yeast and a very faint hops presence. The after-taste is also sour.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, nice sour beer worth sipping on for a while.

Photo of bruachan
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

good froth to start, for a sour brew. attractive gold color

lactic sourness off the bat. lemon. strong sourness! mmm. a slight hop aromatic:

very strong sourness in the flavor, as well. some sweetness to balance, as well as a touch of bitterness but, really, it's super funky. lemon and minimal bitterness. almond

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

Pours an surprisingly clear golden colour with a thick and good looking head that dies down in time.

Smells really funky, with some green apple peel and green grapes, some chemical soapy notes as well.

Taste is pretty tart, quite sour with lots of funky horse blankets and manure, finishes heavy on the oak, but there's not too much else.

Pretty crisp mouthfeel with a stingy carbonation that well fits the tartness of the beer.

Photo of liamt07
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a chalice, dated 21 08 10.

Poured a golden brown, with a hint of orange. Bubbly head, falling to a thin layer. Nose is vinous, vingear, green apple and some pear. Taste is quite sour, less vinegar than the nose and the green apple is more evident here. Very drying mouthfeel, with a definite 'pucker.' High carbonation. An introduction to the style for me, and I can definitely say that one was enough. Interesting to say the least, although I don't know how often I'll pursue this style.

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this down at the Falling Rock Taphouse in Downtown Denver last weekend and I have been wanting more ever since. Served in a wine glass, this beer poured a light golden color with a small fizzy white head. Aromas of wheat, sweet malts, light citrus and subtrle hops. Taste wise this might be one of the best sours I have had. NOt overly sour but definitely noticable, and not as sweet and fruity as most. Instead I found it very well balanced between the sour and the bitterness of the hops.

Photo of CaptainIPA
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap @ Cafe Hollander in 'Tosa and presented in a Petrus flute. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale brass color with a pencil-width head with good retention and fine lacing. Aromas of sour apples and freshly cut grass.

Crisp and dry with a thin-bodied mouthfeel. Opens with an initial hit of copper penny and moves into flavors of green apples and sour cherries. Super dry with puckering citrus notes and suggestions of cider. More lemon sours. Progresses into a champagne-like middle. A very subtle note of vanilla surfaces before flowing into a powder-dry finish.

Very nice balance of sour, tart and citrus fruits. If you're looking for a pucker-worthy sour that's actually sessionable, Petrus Aged Pale is for you. Highly recommended.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber with a large lasting head.
Nose shows some soft acidic character with a little horseblanket, but is more focussed on fruit, wtih green apples, rhubarb and floral notes quite prominent.
The sourness is also restrained in the taste, with more green apples and light sweet malt taking centre stage. Possibly the most approachable sour ale I've had so far.
Great moderately high carbonation and light body. Spot on.

Photo of scott451
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 19/05/11. Poured into a Duvel tulip. An effervescent clear gold with a thin head that soon diminished to a ring.

Estery fruit smells with some winey notes. Thge fruit up front gives way to some oaky vinous flavours. The fairly high carbonation melds nicely with the sweet tart middle. Sparkling. Wonderfully light, well balanced and complex. The sourness draws you in. An incredably drinkable sour. Top shelf.

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

Poured into a goblet.

Initially pours with a half finger of white head; this soon melts into a thin layer leaving an impressive ring around the glass. Body is a slightly hazy yellow.

The nose is wonderful. I get white wine type sour grapes, sour apples, a citric acid malt and a bit of stinging sourness that smells as though it will pucker the mouth a bit. I can't think of more words to describe this excellent smelling beer.

Instantly drying on the tongue, sour washes the palate first as this beer enters the mouth. Imagine sour cherries without the cherry, and you have this beer's initial flavor. Some subtle green apple notes are present, but without the accompanying sweetness. Near the end of the flavor some interesting malts show up and provide a distinctly sourdough grainy flavor, which is quite nice and isn't as prominent in the cousin of this beer, Petrus Oud Bruin.

Medium body, some tannins present, and palate-invigorating carbonation make the mouthfeel of this aged ale quite pleasing. I suppose some crystal malts were used in the brewing of this beer, and that probably accounts for the nice malt flavors at the end and the nicely rich body. The drinkability is very good for the style.

Conclusion: This style intrigues me greatly, and I feel that there is no way that I can really understand the intricacies of the style from my limited exposure to it. This (as far as I can tell) is a very good example, as it is complex and pleasing.

Photo of xrdsci
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sunset Grill & Tap

A: Clear golden yellow with a quickly fading, white head.

S: Mostly sour with faint hints of fruit.

T: The taste reminds me of the tiny green sour grapes growing in a friend's backyard when I was a kid. Hopefully I'm not the only one whose had that experience. Also sour apple and pear. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Medium body with a nice active carbonation.

D: Very smooth and refreshing.

Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a crystal-clear golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of funk and lighter amounts of tart pears.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by not-quite-ripe pear flavors. The pear flavors quickly turn tart and are joined by funky flavors midway through the sip. The tart fruit and funk carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this was just as good as I remembered. A solid beer that doesn't fit well into any category but is well worth a shot.

Photo of RoyAlan
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Misconduct Tavern in Philadelphia. Served on tap in a tulip glass.
Nice orange/copper color with small quickly disappearing head.
Smell is strong alcohol and tart...very tart
Taste is "Sweet Tart" sour on the start, but becomes more drinkable as the beer warms.
Not my favorite style but a very interesting brew.
Big complaint....$9.00 a draft!!!!

Photo of Halcyondays
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle, into a Petrus glass,

A: Pours a pale goldenrod, mild white head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Great acetic acid nose, with a hint of lactic and sugary malt.

T: Definitely has an almost sweet mix of acetic acid and malt clearly putting it in the Flanders style. Oak, some green apple, very tasty.

M: Moderately high acid, it does attack the palate, but is very smooth, very easy drinking, no hint of the 7.3%.

D: This is an intriguing beer, pretty much a pale Oud Bruin, I expected more lactic acid but instead got CH3COOH which is fine, I like them both in their own ways, what they can bring to a beer. Really good like the regular Oud Bruin.

Photo of drxandy
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz to tulip glass, pours a pale golden shade, foamy white head dies quickly to lacing ring

smells of sweet tart sourness, not much else

taste is of ethyl alcohol off the bat, green tart apple sourness thrashes the tastebuds, good carbonation to pair with the sourness, oak flavor is dry and nice - alc is hidden very well

mouthfeel is dry and puckering, sweet dry and bubbly, finish leaves your mouth like you've been sucking on pennies - wouldn't drink often but still nice

Photo of ToasterChef
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. The beer came to me with a thin egg shell colored head of small bubbles. The liquid was clear and copper colored. A small amount of rising carbonation was visible within.

It has a sharp sour aroma. There is a bit of vinegar, but without any harshness.

The taste has a slightly sour yeast presence and a good pale malt base. A bit of the white wine barrel flavor comes out in the finish, after the sour subsides. I can feel a slight burn of the whiskey as I swallow, but much, much less than other Calavados barrel aged beers I've had. The aftertaste is sweet. Overall, it is very complex and tasty. Sour, wine, oak, pale malt and alcohol make for a great beer.

The beer has a medium body. A lot of carbonation can be felt as I move the liquid around my mouth. The long lasting coat and syrupy consistency is interesting to find in a beer advertised as a pale. I can taste more sour and sweet flavors form the left behind coat, if I try. Is it the yeast or the aging that gives this beer this interesting body? Either way, it's great.

I don't think I'd have too many glasses of this beer in a row--but I feel that way about a lot of sours. In this single glass, I find it to be very drinkable. I won't tire of it before I finish.

Photo of jpro
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass...

A: Golden peach with a one finger, ultra-white head that fizzes down to a thin layer of bubbles pretty quickly. Virtually no lacing, but the foam that makes contact with the sides of the glass leaves nice sparkling swaths of effervescence.

S: Green apples, sour white grapes, pepper and a touch of funk.

T: Again, lots of green apple, some pear, very light notes of vanilla / cinnamon / wet oak; after the sour fades, it finishes so clean, leaving a note of nice apple skin on the palate. 7.3% abv is completely unnoticeable.

M: Light and zingy. Pretty high carbonation, with a great puckering sourness. Refreshing.

D: Very drinkable - hard to believe the abv is 7.3%. Really good stuff - definitely worth trying and probably something I'll come back to for a sour fix.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at bluedog chalfont.

A- comes my way with almost no head just a thin ring around the glass. Light copper orange in color.

S- tart green apple and a bit of funky oak. Hints of sweet pale wheat.

T- tart and sour with a nice interplay of oak and semi sweet malts. Sour green apple and lemon juice. Wet wood and candy sugar.

M- less then medium in body and a light yet aggressive carb. Good long pucker that make you salivate.

D- this is one really good sour pale, up there with the best, yet its super accessible and really easy to drink. Not to mention its fucking everywhere in philly right now and has been for awhile.

Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Durty Nellies. Served in Pertrus glass.

A: appears gold and clear, no head, little lacing.

S: huge tart and lactic acid quality up front with subtle notes of vanilla and oak intertwining. Smells like it is going to create quite the pucker...

T: just as the nose suggested, this beer hits the tip of the tongue and sends a sour shock throughout the palate. Some notes of cherries and oak in there. Very nice Oud Bruin. Reminiscent of La Folie, just a bit toned down in the sour department.

MF: light body, high carbonation

D: this is an Oud Bruin worth checking out. I wasn't expecting big things after being disappointed by their Winter Ale, but this one is a winner.

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

On tap at Trappeze in Athens. Poured into a Dupont tulip. White head, golden body, aroma of intense sour apple and grapes. Extreme tartness, mouth puckering intensity, champagne notes. Wild yeasty funk and sour apples dominate the taste. I usually don't seek out the funk but this is a rare draft treat.

Photo of CHickman
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange brown with a foamy 1 finger off white head that faded quickly, leaving good lacing sliding down the glass.

Smells of yeast, sweet malt, sour apple, coriander, light orange peel, spices like pepper, red wine like merlot, and the classic skunky metallic finish from the yeast. Nose was both sweet and sour at the same time with whiffs of citrus throughout.

Tastes of sweet grains, caramel, red wine, hay, orange peel, heavy yeast, sweet liquor, sugar and a sour finish that resembles a rotten pear which leaves a pucker in a good way. Very complex and fruity with faint spices which kick in just before the sourness takes over. This brew resembles a wine or cider more than it does a beer, and this is a style that I am not familiar with at all.

Light and creamy, it has very little to no carbonation and a medium body that goes down silky smooth.

This beer was very tasty and complex, but way too tart/sour to drink all night. Interesting, but low drinkability and certainly not a pale ale. Great beer for a cider fan, but this is not a typical beer yet still worth trying because of the nice fruit taste combination.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 3 finger head. Lots of carbonation. Good retention. Decent lacing. Color is a golden yellow.

S. Smell is sour, oak, yeast, A little funkiness to it. Some light fruit.

T. Taste is pretty sour. Quite a bit of sourness up front. Some sweet malt flavors come out at the end, after some of the sourness has faded. Maybe a little oakiness woodiness.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly dry finish.

D. I believe this is the first beer of this style that I have had. Easy drinking enough if you are into sours. Im not sure how many I would want to have in a sitting, but this is good.

Photo of mondegreen
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Trappeze Pub in Athens.

Pours a very nice golden color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is lightly tart, reminiscent of sour apples. Taste is lightly sour, not overpowering at all. That's not to say this is a wimpy beer. It has plenty of complex flavor to offer. Nice mouthfeel, very crisp. This is a sour style beer that does its thing elegantly. I love all manner of sour beers, and I think those who enjoy the style will be satisfied by this one.

Photo of nectar14
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 375 mL bottle provided by Greff's of Arbor Brewing Co.

A: Gold color with a fizzy white head that fades to a thin film. Looks good.

S: Nice vanilla-tinged sour apple with faint funkiness and bready malts.

T: Lovely sourness. Not excessive or off-putting; quite accessible for those who've not tried this style. Balanced very well with vanilla and malt flavors.

M: Medium bodied. A bit puckery, but very well proportioned.

D: Great for imbibing with food. Cleansing acidity makes you want more. Great stuff!

Photo of MCDuhamel
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a caged and corked 750 ml bottle at cellar temperature into a tulip glass. Pours a crystal clear medium amber with moderately heavy carbonation. The head forms as a dense two inch white cream-like foam that falls to about half an inch but follows the beer down the glass. Moderate lacing. The nose is of sour cherry and green apple. More sour cheery and apple on the tongue, with some funkiness and a very tart underpinning. A little oak is detectable in the finish, but it is nicely balanced. The beer is fairly light for its strength.

Overall, this is an excellent Belgian pale. The tartness is quite forward, but not out of balance.

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
92 out of 100 based on 2,021 ratings.