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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
91
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1,931 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,931
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 adamks
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours slightly hazy yellow with one-finger head that fades quickly with minimal lacing.

s: vinegar/sour funk with flowery hints and some light malt.

t: like the smell, sour fruity funk up front, but that fades quickly to some flowery hops balanced well with light malt.

m: medium body, heavy on the carbonation.

d: great balance on a tasty funked-up belgian pale. 7.3% ABV is hidden very well.

adamks, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of Tmappin
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into tulip glass.

A- Pours hazy golden straw with about a finger of head that dissipates quickly leaving lace. Very pleasant.

S- Sweet malt and Sour green apple with hints of barnyard, oak and a not unpleasant in the least vomit smell... I'm not sure what this says about me...

T- Sour apple, with a hint of funk melting away to oak with a hint of vanilla. Immensely interesting and satisfying.

M- Complex. At once Puckering and sweet, while still refreshingly crisp.

D- Not really a session beer, but upon finishing my glass I'm wanting another... ABV could be dangerous.

Tmappin, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the best beer I've had in a while. I'm just getting into the sour beers so I know I cant pick out all the nuances but this is a great beer. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a nice two finger head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is of some fruit (green apple, pear, and even some grape) with some dry malt and yeast. Overall I'd say the smell is "funky earthy," whatever the hell that is. Taste is pure tart. The instant it hit my tounge I was immediatly reminded of Sweet Tarts (the candy). I hate to compare beer to a candy, but there was a sweet and funky sour taste to it. I really didnt notice any "wood" or "oak" taste intially, but there was a distinct flavor on the back of the tounge that had that feeling to it. Mouthfeel was fine, lighter and somewhat crisp, slightly dry and definitely tart after taste. Overall a great beer and an easy drinker. The slightly higher ABV is very well hidden.

bunnyhustle, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a beautifully rich golden straw color with a good bit of glowing haze. a thin one-finger head of fervent bubbles dances tumultuously across the surface before fizzling down the a thin ring that leaves some impressive Brussels lace.

aroma is sour, fruity, woody and vinous all at once. woody vanilla mixes with caramel sugar and a rich oakiness... a sweet fruit bouquet of passion fruit, guava and starfruit adds an interesting aromatic twist. A drying sour almost vinegar-like aroma is hiding in the mix as well, and just a hint of wet hay and barn funkiness.

Taste follows the aroma fairly closely, with more of the sour funkiness and a bit less of the fruit sweet. I still get a ton of starfruit/carambola and a bit of guava. Woody and vinous, with a sour astringency of unripe banana. candy and oak through the middle with a finish tart and oaky with a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is unbelievably textural and multifaceted. Sweet, dry and tart. A bit of puckering sour on the tongue and astringency in the mouth. Ample carbonation makes it interesting clean and crisp.

Impressive. This isn't a session brew, but the qualities blend together to create an incredibly enjoyable brew that doesn't show its alcohol at all. I could drink one or two more... and am still craving more. definitely worth trying if sours and funky stuff is up your alley. I'll definitely have to track down a few more.

djeucalyptus, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of adamette
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY for $5.59 last october into my tall Petrus Chalice which came with a Winter Ale gift pack purchased at Beverage Warehouse in Cleveland.

A Not much head even though I poured vigorously. It dissapeared within 30 seconds. Body is a basic looking yellowish translucent body with little to no visible carbonation.

S An oak aged smell that was not immediately pleasing but I am warming to it. I write these reviews "live" when possible and that is the case here. I have smelled this beer several times and it is getting better with each smell.

T A dry sourness that I did not expect. The aftertaste is interesting in that in about 60 seconds it is virtually gone with just a hint of malty sweetness lingering. Totally gone is the sourness. So in the front is a unique sourness which quickly dissipates into a light and distant sweetness. I have not had this style before now so it is hard for me to say how true to the style it is but interesting it was. I would say that the alcohol is hidden very well.

M Moderate with those sour tastes.

D Better than average but this beer demands one's attention. I do not see it as a session beer.

adamette, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a yellow color ale with an average pure white foamy head with some retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of Brett and oak notes with some barnyard funky notes. Taste is also dominated by some Brett notes with distinctive notes of barnyard and funk. Oak is also present but no vinous notes could be detected. Full body with good carbonation. Very well done and easily drinkable.

Phyl21ca, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of tweeder263
2.33/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a hazy gold beer with a one finger head. Moderately carbonated.Sweet /yeasty smell,, different cant quite pinpoint it. WHOA,,the taste. Nothing like ive ever had before. Ive never had this style and i dont really like this taste. Very tart,,nothing i recognize. Dont rely on my opinion,,this could be a style you like,,but its not for me.

tweeder263, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew puurs a clear dark golden color with a medium and fizzy white head that burns away steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of sour fruit and Brut champagne. Medium-bodied and dry with a tart fruit character that is mouth-puckering on the first drink. Flavors of sour apple, grapefruit and light yeast in the background. The finish is fruity and leaves a long tart apple aftertaste with a hint of earthy malt. Pretty good overall.

Dogbrick, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of wheat, yeast, and citrus. Flavor of slight sweetness and tartness with a touch of hops but still somewhat nondescript. Almost Berliner Weisse like with the tart wheaty notes. Pretty decent beer.
7/3/8/4/14 (3.6/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a clear golden color with thin white head that dissolves quickly, leaving little if no lacing. Funky aroma of sour/ tart light fruit, sugar, oak and champagne. Tart earthy oak taste with hints of light crisp fruit. Very carbonated with nice dry finish.

corby112, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of beckje01
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

A yellow color with nice activity and a good white head. The nose is a great sour smell. Very nice. The flavors are sour with some grain in the background. It's a nice sourness not really fruity. The thickness and activity go well with the flavors. This is a rather nice sour beer. Probably one of the best of the Petrus line up.

beckje01, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of elricorico
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear gold and bubbley. One finger of white head that leaves a fair sheet of lacing and has reasonable retention.

Aroma is loaded with citrus zest and a bit of pepper. Belgian yeast and a bit of tartness. Mouthwatering to smell.

Lots of lime in the flavour, from front to back. Slightly pepperry through the back half of the mouth. Not as lively as the aroma had me expecting. Slightly dry and tart to finish.

The body is almost champagne-like in its lightness and carbonation. Different, but it works.

Not a bad beer overall. Won't be a favorite of mine, but it is well worth trying.

elricorico, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The price seemed too good for the style, $2.99 for a 330 ml bottle at a local store. But I see "2003" engraved on the back of the label. I hope this isn't too old, so time to find out. On to the beer:

Poured into a snifter, this beer is a hazy goldenrod color, maybe a bit darker than that. Classic sour aroma escapes from the beer...vinegar, tart fruit, fermenting grapes. This is something to get excited about. The taste is very tame. Burnt toffee touch in the finish. Very light on the palate and you don't taste anything upon impact. The flavor seems to be "floating on air", it seems like its own distinct layer of texture. Tart and sour for sure, some white grapes. Light maltiness creeps in now and then, but the distinct yeast of this style continues to dominate.

Well, this bottle held up well. A distinct treat for sure, and the most affordable sour I have come across.

DoubleJ, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of gdfan47
4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i dig this beer.
straight up

Brenden at Memphis tap room hit this one on the head
"80% of Cantillion(sp?) for half the price"

very unique, pours a light hazy yellow
good amount of head, very spicy sour smell at first sniff

very tart of the first sniff
sour but smooth

apparently this beer is what Bavik used to mix their Old Bruin with (which is muuucccch better on draft then in the bottle)

this is a great beer to go with some food or on a hot day

7.3 makes it a tough session beer, but hey if i wanted to just kick it back with no real worries... there is not much else i would rather drink

absolutley one of my favorites , so refreshing and also so complex

this is a great gateway beer for those wanting to dig into the realms of sours, guezes,and other funky and off the radar beers

gdfan47, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of IronDjinn
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just in at the Sherbrooke Liquor Store. Pours out a bright chill-hazed honey hue, quick splash of frothy, bubbley white head that rapidly settles.

Tart cidery, slightly sour aroma, malt is nearly hidden, but what is present is crisp amongst the acidity.

Pucker up, as this is what you showed up for. Tart, green apple sourness in the flavour, along with a surprisingly dry finish, like a brut champagne.

Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel, light but with a lot of zing.

This style isn`t particularily my regular bag, but it`s done well for the style, that tart and sour flavour follows you long into the aftertaste and well after the glass is emptied.

IronDjinn, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of sinistermadman
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leaving sediment in bottle, this brew pours a chilled light amber with a negligible head. Sour, acetic aroma with fruit notes. Taste is quite tart with some residual sourness. Not so sour as to hamper drinkability. Overall flavor is not bad. The most obvious comparison is sour green apples, but some other nuances are perceived (oak). Light body and minimal carbonation. Not well versed in the style, but I did enjoy it. An interesting brew that is a good change of pace from my fresh hop binge I'm currently on. Cheers.

sinistermadman, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of howdiz
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is Excellent. It is Crisp and refreshing. It has Nice tartness without too much funk. Aroma has hints of green apple and citrus with that classic Flanders back bone. The Aroma does not completely prepare you for the amazing taste and mouthfeel which is reminiscent of champagne but with an additional slightly bitter aftertaste. Would probably pair nicely with green apple and brie like semisoft cheese.

howdiz, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of Tdizzle
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Vendome Fullerton.

A- Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass, this beer pours a clear gold color with a white, one-finger head that settles to a thin layer, leaving a few streaks of lacing after each sip.

S- Lots of stuff goin' on here. A very tart and acidic aroma with a musty undercurrent of barnyard funk. An enticing mixture of green apple sourness and fresh-cut hay. There's only a slight indication that this beer was aged in oak barrels for 20 months. Everything is in perfect balance here.

T- The sourness is fairly intense, but it's quickly overtaken by some bready malts and a nice subtle flavor of oak towards the dry and lemony finish. The sourness lingers on the palate long after each sip.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, which is very even feeling and well-integrated.

D- The sourness of the flavor never becomes cloying, and the 7.3% ABV makes this a beer that I could easily have two of in one sitting.

A really well-crafted beer all around. Highly recommended.

Tdizzle, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of paytoplay
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oak aged adds a lot to this brew. Maybe too much. Vanilla and oak tannin dominate along with a woody flavor. Some malt and light complexity fill out the mid. Enjoyable brew. Almost refreshing when served cold on a hot day. Very drinkable. Tough to pick out what type of beer it actually is as it just seems like the oak dominates. Not sure I'd buy again, maybe try it from keg or even better an aged version. I just don't see much upside.

paytoplay, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of ccrida
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle (no date, bottle code 39167) poured into Petrus goblet, the Aged Pale is clear, dull gold, with a small, very tight and creamy white head that leaves heavy foam and lace, in-spite of the beer's official goblet probably not able to hold more then an extra .1 oz!

Smell is sweet, chardonnay, with green apples, cherries, a little oak. Very nice. Served around 65F, caramel and sweet ass comes out as it opens up. This is one of the 3 feces chemical aromas, the least offensive, I forget the actual name, but it's really not as gross as it sounds!

Taste is nice, acidic with the fruity brett, sour and just a slight back current of funk, more pineapple and oak, perhaps a touch of vanilla and sour lemon, with an acidic, very vinous finish. Forget Berliner Weiss, this is the champagne of beers!

Mouthfeel is a bit oily, but with a nice, softer carbonation and light body, although you can sense the alcohol mostly here.

Drinkabiltiy is very good, tasty and highly digestible, sessionable sour. Wow. I forgot how much I love this beer! I used to drink it fairly regularly before I really got into BA, and now with the never ending rotation of near beers, I don't revisit old favorites often enough. I hadn't reviewed this one, and glad I came back to it. This would be an excellent transition beer for white wine lovers. It's also one of the best values in sour beers, about $4.50 for this bottle.

ccrida, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden body with a fluffy white head that leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smells of some fruits, sour, nice.

This is a great tasting beer; one that exceeded my expectations. Sweetness and fruits up front, apples and pears. Next I notice just a little bit of a woody, oaky flavor. Next is a great sourness followed with a dry finish. Really nice brew.

This is something I could drink a ton of if the price tag would allow me.

Hojaminbag, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful golden wheat color that is slightly cloudy with a fluffy white head. The head is bubbly and thick that dissipates to a haze and thick collar.

The scent is initially of fresh cut green apples. Secondary scents are slightly malty mixed with a little grapefruit and other sour, yet crisp fruits. There is a slight earthy, wood-ish scent that must be do to the aging process but its not fully apparent.

Taste is crisp clean and sharp. There is a nice astringency combined with tart apple and citrus flavors. Not like an IPA/ hoppy citrus but a clean somewhat yeasty taste like most other Belgian's. Again there isn't much of a woody oak aged taste but it is in apparent deep in the finish.

A fine brew, that tickles and revives the taste buds. I love the crisp tartness that comes from the flavor and mouthfeel. There is a nice carbonation and a slight alcohol twinge that all build on the other flavor and scents to yield one helluva beer.

jbphoto88, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic honey color with moderate carbonation. Head is very very thin. Very slight cloudiness.

Mellow sour citrus/horse blanket funk with a nice tinge of ginger and a little bit of vinegar tones. Sweet, spicy oak-ish backbone. Quite complex and interesting - wow.

The sweetness on the scent is a bit of a head-fake; it's all about deep, acetic sourness muted by the yeast and oak strength. Alcohol is in the background...the faint, distant background...to horse-blanket bluntness and the sour tanginess. Warmth mellows the acid to reveal more of the yeast, malt and oak-aged backbone as well as a little pine from the hop presence.

After the initial sour vinegar shock this warms to yield complexity of oak barrel aging with solid yeast presence and a little hoppiness. Definitely a sour pucker with some horse blanket in there but it even gives a beefy tone.

This one isn't for everyone but it's very well-made and, to me, enjoyable. I have limited exposure to this style but appreciate the great complexity of the offering. With the sour pucker tamed by all other elements, with a little warmth this is quite enjoyable.

IBUnit63, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of mltobin
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden, deep, with a two finger head, that sits there for a bit.
Smell is tangy.
Petrus Aged Pale tastes sharp, with tart and spice accents.
The mouthfeel is complex and acidic, but is a nice tingle.
Drinkability is good, a nice beer to enjoy slowly and appreciate all of its character as it opens up.

mltobin, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear tan and has a creamy beige head. The nose really opens up as this reaches cellar temp. There is a base of mild malts and grains followed by tart fruits, musky oak and light funk. The taste has a strong sour/bitter aspect up front followed by musky wood and barnyard funk. Firly light body was a crisp dry finish. Great brew from Bavik. Much better than their Oud Bruin.

rye726, Sep 03, 2008
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 1,931 ratings.