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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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1,772 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 66
Gots: 138 | FT: 5
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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 BuckeyeNation


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shimmering gold with waxed lemon trim. The prodigious crown of rich ivory displays legions of delicate, gently popping bubbles on its surface. As the foam continues its slow descent, the glass is covered with a fantastic display of Belgian lace. The beer itself is no slouch, but the head-lace combination is truly wonderful.

My first thought upon catching a whiff of the nose was bubblegum. It's much less apparent now, but was an interesting initial impression. The aroma falls under the 'funky' umbrella. It's obvious that Belgian yeast is having a heyday in this beer. I can't begin to sort out the various aromas, or even put names to most of them, but I will say that I like this funkiness much more than I did the first few times I smelled and tasted it.

Wow. I don't know that I've had a more complex beer in a good, long while. A pungent, sour acidity is clearly dominant, but isn't allowed to steamroll everything in its path. Thankfully, it's countered by an underlying sweetness that takes the rough edges off what could have been a borderline unpleasant experience. There's an amazingly colorful cacophony of flavors and flavor sensations (sour, sweet, bitter). I'm stunned that they're all present, much less that they fit into such a seamless whole.

I don't appreciate any spiciness whatsoever, but the sweet and (especially) sour fruitiness doesn't need it. I'm enjoying the woody character imparted by the oak barrels. Comparisons to an especially oaky Chardonnay wouldn't be out of line. The finish is even more spectacular in terms of interdigitating flavors and flavor sensations. I would need at least a half dozen bottles to plumb the depths of Aged Pale's soul. And, after six bottles, my own.

The mouthfeel is pretty close to pale ale perfect. It's medium in heft with a slick, microthin mouthcoating that is a perfect complement to the dry, puckery finish. A fair amount of fine-gauged carbonation keeps the mouthfeel hopping without making a nuisance of itself.

This is an infinitely complex beer that oozes Old World quality and charm. It's obvious that great care has been taken in its creation. So too should great care be taken in its consumption. Petrus Aged Pale is, quite simply, beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 15:14:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Petrus Aged Pale pours a clear, brass-gold body beneath a creamy head of white froth that holds well, slowly dropping to a wide collar and thin surface covering while leaving short splashes of lace about the glass.

The nose offers sour fruit (grapefruit, cherries, grapes), sugar (a touch of candy sugar, some mild bubblegum - possibly due to a note of vanilla from the wood), oak, and basement mustiness. It's intriguing (especially the sugary side) and inviting.

In the mouth it's delicately crisp and light bodied with an acidity that's almost puckering.

The flavor offers everything the nose promises except that it's not quite as fruity. Initially the tartness over-rides it, but then the candyish side fights back. Dry oak comes into play at the swallow, and it finishes remarkably clean and dry considering the brief intensity that it just offered. Some woodiness (with a drop of vanilla) lingers in the aftertaste along with a touch of mustiness; leaving the palate primed and waiting for another quick sip of exhilarating charm!

The alcohol is never noticeable; and for those that enjoy/accept/can get past the brazen acidity this is a superbly refreshing and remarkably palate-cleansing and invigorating beer! Magnificent!!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 23:29:59 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Quaffer


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

11.2 oz. bottle. Not available here in Wichita. Thanks, Rob!

Appearance: This beer was a dull, brassy orange color. It was lightly hazy with a heavy bead. The white head rose up to about one finger and settled quickly. Small patches of foam remained on top due to all the rising bubbles. The lacing was minimal.

Smell: Oddly enough, this Belgian pale had a lot of imperial stout aromas to it. Thickly sweet raisins and plums dominated the smell. There was a small bite of green apple underneath those, and the obvious presence of oak. That was about it. Odd.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, crisp, and dry in the mouth. It bit at the tongue, but in a pleasant way.

Taste: Holy crap, I was not expecting that on the first sip! A strong, puckering sourness attacked those spots on the sides of my neck, making me actually curse out loud. That was awesome. Very acidic and sour, with a light sweetness underneath to somewhat keep things under control. Dry, musty wood was present throughout. The aftertaste contained a little honey, though it was dry overall.

A great beer that completely caught me off guard.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 22:50:54 | More by Quaffer
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North Carolina

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

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale golden with an orange cast. The head was very low, white, but lapped at the glass as the beer was consumed.

The aroma was alcoholic and slightly acidic with a sour aroma. The aroma was fruity and contained a definite funk to it melded with some malty caramel. The aroma became decidedly earthy as the beer warmed.

The flavor was acidic and decidedly sour. The flavor was vinegar immediately upon contacting the palate but quickly released sweetness and eventually some corn flavors and some fruitiness, with cherries most notable in the background.

The finish was dry with lasting earthiness and slight corn flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium and carbonation was low. More of a high alcohol lambic than anything else. With some cherries added and a darker grist it would have made a nice flanders beer.

11.2 ounce bottle, no freshness dating.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2005 21:34:17 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of GClarkage


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/16/05- Purchased at Plumpjack Wines in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Stone Levitation glass.

Appearance- Champagne colored pour, maybe a bit on the darker golden side. Tons of light bubbles rising to the surface. 1/2 inch head in which part of it stays around during the entire glass. Excellent chunky lacing abounds.

Smell- Definite dulled fruity scent. Almost like a sweet style wine. Picked up sour notes as well. Definite light alcohol and oak scents too.

Taste- Sweet and sour at the same time. But, the sourness rules here. Very tart like the kind of candy you would but at the drug store when you were a kid. Fun Dip? Nice oaky background. Kind of funky aftertaste. Guess that is the barnyard quality coming through.

Mouthfeel- Not as carbonated as I thought after seeing the bubbles. But still above average carbonation level.

Drinkability- Reminds me of a red flanders more than anything. Kind of like a Duchesse. Just as good also if not better. This is no session beer. A sipper to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 18:51:50 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Buildscharacter


3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light golden color. Head is large, but quickly diminshes. Head is pure white tiny little bubbles. The beer is gold in color but quite hazy.

Smell: You can smell the sour on this beer. Smells of apples and other sweet fruits. Slight floral aroma.

Taste: Sour. I'm not much a of Belgian ale drinker, so this didn't sit too well with me. Sweet after flavors of apple.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, but in a good way. Feels like champagne in your mouth. It's not thick but obviously thicker than water.

Drinkability: For someone that doesn't drink many Belgian ale's I don't recoment this beer. It's not a good start into the belgian world, just a little rough, unless you like the sour. I feel that I failed this beer. It's much too good for my non-sophisticated pallet. :( I'll work on it.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2005 23:49:56 | More by Buildscharacter
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a Chalice)
A-pale golden body with decent clarity and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. No head except for the thin ring of off-white bubble around the rim.

S- sour fruitiness with some earthiness and a faint hint of horsiness.

T- relatively soft tartness with some fruitiness possibly lemons. Just a hint of hop spiciness. It finishes with a dry tartness.

M- medium light body with no fizziness and a slight astringency

D- Very interesting pale ale. It has some sour notes and hints of lemon but its not a bad lemon, very crisp and clean.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2005 01:46:21 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5


pours a clear light yellow with orange highlights an a wispy, bubbly head. sparse carbonation. smells good, like a gueuze. sour and sweet combine with fruitiness for a beautiful nose. very bitter from yeasty fermentation but sweet in the finish. what kind of beer is this? is it a gueuze? a lambic? a strong pale? an interesting anomaly for sure. drinkable as all hell, just a tad confuckled on this one. dry and spicy with a tangy zing. conflicted. affected. awesome. wish i had aged this some more, wish dithyramb had aged his some more.

now we'll never know.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 02:18:19 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of Dithyramb


1.33/5  rDev -67.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

My second offering from BIF18. I hadn't heard of Petrus before, so I thought I'd tear into this one.

Poured a strawberry blonde color with lots of carbonation. The head died quickly and there was no lacing.

Sorry, but that is where the good times ended. The smell and flavor were sour, earthy, and animal in nature. It was painful to drink and I didn't finish it. I was making faces and gutteral noises like the losers on Fear Factor. Without a few grand sitting in the wings, I won't be tackling this brew again.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2005 20:21:00 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of inebrius


4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On the nose are layers of soda, including, but not limited to: vanilla, lime, cola, peach and cherry, the whole Towne Club line it seems. Remarkable flavors ride a wave of fat fizz starting with something similar to licking sap directly off the bark of a sugar maple then rapidly narrowing into an acidic flume of limeade. I'll drink more.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 02:49:35 | More by inebrius
Photo of shapudding


3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No dating. Was gifted this one, so who knows the age. A few yeasty chunks floating around up to the white frothy head that sat in a ring and dusting. Lemon juice scented, cellard, bit vineous, slightly musty. The carbonation is so mellow, but the gentle bubbles just slightly bite your lips when the glass comes to your lips. The carb is nice and tight. Bitey and shap, pungent flavors, almost hars, but sooo good. Very aged tasting, cellared and lovely. Bit bitter, sharp at the edges and back of your tongue, and then the top of your mouth. Not too sharp that it locks you up like a guezuze, nice. Good as a sipper, the flavors are there to be experienced and thought about.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2005 22:40:24 | More by shapudding
Photo of putnam


4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tea gold colored. A white top perforated with energetic bubbles.
Aromas of mountain honey and whole grain biscuits are carried on a wave of briny, barrel-aged applesauce. The flavors are very sour. Acidity interlaces with melting fruit, nuts and buttery crust flavors. Notes of vanilla are beaten down by crabapple and lime sourness. The gas is lively. Extremely refreshing. Finishing aromatics of lemon flesh, fino sherry, wild grasses and blooms make it hard to stop drinking this beer. The texture is not without seams though. A little more extract and this would be a perfect beer. It's an albino Rodenbach Grand Cru of old. Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 00:16:42 | More by putnam
Photo of neonbrown82


2.23/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I was very highly disappointed with this beer. There is not really anything good that I can say about it. It poured to a clear strawberry blonde color with very little head that faded to absolutely nothing. The smell and taste were horrid, like drinking vinegar straight. I ended up pouring this out less than half way through. I never thought I would see the day where I wasn't even able to finish a beer. As bad as they are, I've always been able to finish a cheap macro lager, but not this, which was unfortunately rather costly as it is a belgian import. I would definitely not recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2005 04:54:15 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of Tballz420


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

This brew is a lighter-orange, hazy body, fairly small white head on the top. Great scent, mixture of bubbly gum sweetness, fruity tones, and malts. Intense rush of flavors for generous carbonation. Smooth malt, somewhat sour, lemon zest, bread, some bitter hop, and a slight hint of alcohol. This is a pretty solid beer id say

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2005 20:07:37 | More by Tballz420
Photo of Mitchster


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy light copper, forming a rocky and soapy white head with very good retention and nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is wonderfully intense, with lots of rotting apples and sharp sour fruit funk, candi sugar, pineapple and green apples...wow! This makes my mouth water. Mouthfeel is tangy with a medium-light body. Taste begins with sharp citric acid sourness with a mild acetic touch, followed by rotting green apples, sour pucker schnapps, musty and dusty Belgian basement funkiness, mild pale malt with low residual sugars or sweetness followed by a very tart, near bile-like sourness with a distant touch of copper pennies and peppery zing of alcohol. Finish is mouth-puckering, but not astringent. Lingering citric acid sourness of Willy Wonka sweet-tarts in the finish. Alcohol is imperceptable.

This is a wonderful beer, but candi sugar and more malt sweetness would make it absolutely delicious. If only it tasted as good as it smelled. Still, this is great stuff and I would gladly drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 01:40:39 | More by Mitchster
Photo of freed


2.1/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This was a bargain belgian ale, which I've learned is not a good way to choose.

It pour a rather ravishing golden - almost a Sparkling Cider golden, with a rather curious amount of carbonation. It was pretty, but odd.

The aroma was purely apple. Beyond the point that it should.

The taste was a horridly strong apple. I'm sure there were supposed to be other flavors, it was an ale, after all. But I never found them. All I got was apple. Not the slight-windfall cidery apple you normally get in a Belgian, but a predominantly apple cider mix with a little bit of peary.

Poured the bulk of this one out.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2004 00:33:45 | More by freed
Photo of crookedhalo


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

33 cl bottle. Pours a clear straw pale gold colored with a fizzy white head. Streaming carbonation after head settles. Honey and sour, flowery nose, earthy and oaky. Tastes like honey at first and then gets gripping sour and dry notes in the finish. Oak aging is present throughout. Healthy carbonation keeps it crisp on the palate. This is a very nice beer for many reasons. It drinks like a Flemish red or brown except it has pale characteristics. Like a Chardonnay versus a Cabernet in the sense that they're both dry, but are essentially different. I don't even drink wine.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 07:13:28 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled, thanks to mat. This was so good, just amazingly sour and tart, really wild oaky character, so well balanced, juicy and refreshing, lemony and some funky earthy barnyard stuff going on, i justed wanted to drink more and more and more. great beer. yum.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2004 11:12:50 | More by rastaman
Photo of Crosling


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Heavily aromatic, dry, mostly sour, with notes of lemon, green apple, red apple skins and oak.

Complex, refined and great for the style but beyond the sourness, there isn't much flavor here, nor body. Lemon, grapefruit and green apple are present in the back of the palate. Totally different from red ales and oud bruins I have had in the past.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 20:02:55 | More by Crosling
Photo of bditty187


3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, peachy-gold in hue with just a tickle of amber interwoven. There is no animation yet a bubbly white head of one finger in height formed. Not surprisingly the head retention was fair, at best. Before long the head fizzled to a loose cap, soapy with naked pockets. Subsequent lacing was spotty. The appearance is pleasant but dull. The nose is vibrantly acidic, awesome! Sharp lemony notes dominant, hints of wood at the back. There is some distant spice and alcohol. Peppery. Minty. Light yeasty funk. Everything aside from the acidity is light to faint in potency. While I can’t call the nose complex, I can’t call it simplistic either. It is very inviting with enough layers to damn near force me to drink. Well, the nose didn’t lie. The palate is very acidic. My first sip shocked me a bit. I got over it, needless to say. Lemony flavors developed, dry in the middle, woody too with faint hints of pepper and mint. Right before the finish there is a juicy burst but the finish is dry and quick to end. Overall the palate is lackluster as there isn’t much going on. Sure I like what I taste but I want more of it and more complementary flavors as well. I must complement the fact that I can’t taste the alcohol. The very light carbonation is noticeable and more is needed. Medium in body but it feels a bit too light. Empty. Also the aftertaste is too clean, did I just sip a Belgium ale? My mouth says no. Overall, this beer doesn’t impress me at all. I don’t think I’ll bother with this one again as there are many better beers akin to this one. For some unknown reason I put off sampling this beer since February. I bought my bottle in Iowa City. Disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2004 20:11:16 | More by bditty187
Photo of rkhaze


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

Pours a hazy dark gold color with a smallish white head.
Smells of citrus and mild tropical fruit, lots of earthy wood and a wierd smell that reminded me of green olives? It had a vinuous nuance to it.
Clean tart/sweet taste. Citrus, mainly lemon and tangerine, honey sweetness and a vinuous oak woodiness. Finished bone dry with a musty yeast aftertaste. Almost like a less tart gueze?
Light bodied with a full carbonated mouthfeel.
Once I got past that weird smell this was rather enjoyable. Light, crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 02:21:03 | More by rkhaze
Photo of Wildman


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

This beer poured a golden color and formed a small, bubbly white head that left circular lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of cherry, vinous quality with some wood aspects. A flavor of cherry vinous with some lemon present with a touch of grain. A sourness/tartness one would expect in this type with a slight astrigent aspect.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 01:10:48 | More by Wildman
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Rodolito for a rare and marvellous example Appearance is first a surprise, but you get to love it like a child who's the smallest of his class by a head. This can't be clearer, I see my finger prints through it, but the head my friends is the perfect white, sticky as if it weren't enough. The body is pure liquid gold, very shining, spectacular one may say. Very effervescent from the outside look. Aroma of wet hay, apple cider, grass (saison anyone?), a bit of funk, a definite sour touch, dry, not unlike a good champaign, grassy. Isn't this well structured and beautiful? In mouth, this is also reminiscent of champaign, very white wine alike in the dryness. Lightly bitter finish which adds a new complexity. Moderately malty with peaches and pears flavors. It's mostly about the delicate dryness though, puckering and hayish. Mouthfeel is quite biting, thin-medium and a nice fit. I feel I don't have the words to do it justice though, there'd be a lot more to say, but it's hard to be put in words. Very complex for sure and rather tart with gueuze character. Lovely dry aftertaste. I think this would be hard to drink in any kind of large quantities though, just like champaign once again. Truly in a class of its own and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 04:51:29 | More by Rastacouere
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4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a dark gold with a slight haze and a thin white head. It is musty smelling and I can tell it is going to be sour. I like it already. The body is lean with some wood barrel notes. The sourness hits up front, but it is malty enough to keep it from being too puckering. There are some honey and floral flavors. It finishes with some oak and warming alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 14:04:12 | More by ark57
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the typical 11.2 oz brown bottle, it pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a frothy white head. The smell is tart with some citrus notes, but the smell doesn't really prepare you for the taste. This stuff is t-a-r-t, tart: almost gueuze-like in its ability to pucker every orifice in the body. Although it's a bit of a shock at first-even for the normally tart style-it seems to mellow after a few sips and a bit of warming. It's certainly not an all-day beer, but it's another nice example of one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 06:35:56 | More by mickeymac
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.