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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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2,092 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,092
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 93
Gots: 232 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 deltatauhobbit
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Over at the LP.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, good sized head, fades at a decent rate, some patchy bits of lacing on the Petrus glass.

Smell has a lightly sour/vinegar aroma with touches of light fruit and citrus, not picking up any hop balance though.

Taste is not overwhelmingly sour but has just the right balance between the light fruit tartness and sweet malt with some added citrus, good carbonation levels, strength is not evident at all, touch of oak woodiness to add a hint of complexity, honestly this can be a sipper or a downer because it's just so easy drinking and enjoyable.

I can't believe it's taken this long to try this beer, I'll certainly need to get this more often now.

Photo of sacrelicio
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice, interesting beer. The appearance is a nice straw/gold color, finger thick fizzy off white head. The smell is lemons, vinegar, and a bit tropical. The taste is tart, woody, earthy, sweet and fruity. The mouthfeel is decent, and the drinkability is quite high. Nice sour for someone who is a bit new to the style.

Photo of pdoran10
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly hazy golden color with three fingers of thin white head into a snifter. Dissipates quickly, nice lacing.

Smell is pronounced but not overbearing vinegar lemon sour. hint of breadiness.

taste is strong tasty lemon sour bite up front mellows into a light adjunct (corn, rice) slightly oaked pale flavor to finish. lacking a bit on the end but nice flavor profile.

Described as a pale Flanders, but even so seems very thin. Lacking some malt balance substance here for my liking. Moderate/high carbonation. Very dry which I like!

Nicely drinkable overall. I want another, but lack of balance and body detract.

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

A: Pours pale and slightly cloudy straw color.
The head is small, whispy and dissipates quickly

S: Light vinegar (like apple vinegar), orchard fruits, and an underlying sweetness. Pretty complex, and I am not familiar with the style enough to pick this apart

T: Good sourness, touch of vinegar, lots of fruit. Pretty refreshing actually. But again, not familiar enough with the style

MF/D: Solid carbonation, sour throughout, finish of vinegar and over-ripe fruit

Notes: thanks to the guys at Greenville Beer Exchange for the advice

Photo of Jimmys
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: rich clear gold. big fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. large carbonation bubbles streak to the surface. a beautiful looking beer, but not your typical shade for an oud bruin.

S: sour alcohol. makes my nose want to pucker. definitely has an oak-y aspect in the finish.

T: sweet and sour jolly rancher. this aspect loses some of its intensity with each following sip. crisp, dry, little bit of hop bitterness in the finish that reminds me that it is a pale. at times almost feels like im drinking wine.

M: soft carbonation with that signature tang of a oud bruin. spot on.

D: tart with a little bit of funk. one sip reminds you its a pale and the next reminds you that it was aged in oak.

definitely the appearance of a pale, but the aroma and flavors of a flanders oud bruin. overall, really fun beer.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Hulmeville Inn. Poured into a chalice.Poured a cloudy yellow maybe a touch darker.Left little lacing throughout the tasting.

Smell is soft on all fronts. A little tart to begin foloowed with a nice oak and apple aroma.

Taste is tart from the get go. Sour apple at first with a quick interupption of that Belgian yeast funk. A sweet sugary finish.

Mouth is light bodied. Nice bubbley action that tingles the palate along with the mouth.Nice mouth puckering linger.

An awesome beer. Though easily available I just never seemed to find it anywhere even in a bottle. Good stuff.

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap tonight at Rustico in Ballston, VA.

a - Pours a nice golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour apples, sour fruits, oak, very tart fruit. Also some grass/hay earthy tones. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of oak, sour apples, sour and tart fruit, fruity malts, hay/earthy malts.

m - Light body and low to moderate carbonation, tart and dry at the end.

d - A very enjoyable sour. Lots of tart apples in the nose and taste. Would like to have again.

Photo of Cmack15
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Monk's Cafe and wow it was a pleasant surprise. The beer was described as an aged slightly sour Belgian and I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about that. I love Belgian beers and the sours but for some reason I was skeptical about this one. the aroma was nice and pleasant almost inviting me to drink it and then when I did I was rewarded with a really great beer. The sourness comes in slightly which is perfect for this beer. Apparently this beer rarely seen on tap so I was especially eager to try it on tap. Bought a bottle of this at The Foodery later in the week because its just so damn good.

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

Picked up a 12oz bottle on a whim

A: pours an effervescent golden color with half inch white head. Appearance reminds me of other sours including temptation and sanctification.

S: a crisp, musty funk characteristic of sour ales. Citrusy, with a hint of oak.

T: wow, was I impressed with the first sip! This is a real sleeper sitting on the shelf. Effervescent, sour and citrusy at first, after the swallow you can taste the hints of oak and pale ale birth. While some sours begin to taste better only as they warm, this beer is great right of the fridge and stays great throughout the warming process. As you near the bottom of the glass, the kamikaze and barrel aging become more apparent, and then basically smack you in the face on the final gulp.

M: tart, slightly puckering, effervescent and crisp

D: one of the most drinkable beers I've had. Refreshing and delicious. I will always have at least 3 bottles in my house at all times.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with a very small head that recedes quickly.

The aroma is very tart/sour (on par with N.B. La Folie) with lots of oak coming through with woodiness and some vanilla. There are some bright fruits and hints of lemon as well as a mild earthy character.

Flavor is quite tart but also pleasantly fruity and mildly sweet midway through. It begins with dry peaches and apples and transitions to sourness with a burst of lemon. The finish has some sweet malt elements to it along with noticeable hop bitterness and a lingering tartness accompanied by a faint earthiness.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, though I was in the mood for something very tart and this beer is just that.

Photo of Neffbeer
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip:

A: Amazing clarity, soft pillow of a white head that hangs around for a long time. Great lacing and white capped mountains of foam. So far I am very impressed by the look of this beer.

S: The nose hits back with a splash of sour apple/white grape and lemon. Some hay is also present followed by a bit of barnyard funk. Smells invitingly sour and delicious.

T: Strong sour bite at first followed by some white grapes and a touch of oak. It finishes really dry and light. Great puckering sensation that just demands another sip.

M: Light and bubbly with good carbonation.

D: This might be my new go to sour beer. It is not to hard on the wallet and it is a sensational drink.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold colour, flat really with no bead. Modest crown of white head with nice chunks of sticky lace. Would like more head, but otherwise, is nice.

Smell is oaky to the X-Treme, and that gives me a vinous sense. Quite sour and woody with berry and currant notes, lots of white grape skin as well. Very appealing, just a tad simple though with the wood perhaps being too dominant.

Taste is quite funky, with lots of wood. Citric notes, young and underripe grape with white wine vinegar edge. Oak comes through strong on the finish, but then peters out with a dry and slightly spicy finish. Robust belgian yeast barges in to save the day and finishes off with a slight mild malt underlying to the back. Very nice beer, with great sour notes, good complexity. Just a bit underwhelming at times, where I want more malt or even more wood, but otherwize very good.

Quite a sizzly texture, champagney edge to it but a nice viscosity to the body.

Well aged, infected and brewed. The balance is struck well to make a tasty funky beer.

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

Poured into a snifter from a bottle.

A - Pours a light gold, forming a 1/2 inch white head of thin bubbles. Medium lace on the glass as the head fades.

S - Very tart aroma with a noticeable, but not overpowering, vinegar presence. Hard to seperate other aromas from the funk.

T - Very tart taste up front coats the palate, with fruit flavors, mainly sour cherries, coming though in the finish. Has almost a cider-like finish. Not much oak presence as expected. Nice and sour!

M - Lighter than medium mouthfeel. Very smooth with the tartness staying on the palate after the swallow. Good amout of carbonation.

D - This is one of the more "sour" Flanders, being more sour that vinegar IMO. Great flavor, drinkable body, and inviting aroma. One of the better sours available in my area. Will definitely buy again!

Photo of mrand01
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Medium head upon pour, but quickly settles. Leaves some lacing on the side of the glass. Very transparent beer, no cloudiness whatsoever. Kind of a light golden color.

S: Sour, funk, vinous.

T: Pretty much how it smells, but it does have a slightly bitter back-end. Very enjoyable.

M: Pretty well carbonated, finish is sort of dry.

D: This tastes wonderful, I wish I had another in the fridge! It's not too strong, so it'd be easy to knock back a few. I don't think the dryness would get to me at all.

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and slight funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, sour, and slight wood. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this is quite an excellent brew for the style. I have had this more times than I care to remember, and will be having again in the future I'm sure. Just an all-around great representation of the style. Has a nice flavor and aroma here and is a must try for any sour fan out there or a fan of the style.

Photo of weatherdog
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into two snifters

It pours a transparent marigold with a surprisingly lingering fluffy white head. After the head dies down a tight layer of bubbles crown the beer.

The nose is immediately has some lactic tartness and some white wine grape acidity. It's not over the top with the acidity but does have a little vinegar in there.

Taste has a strong lactic bite in the front that lasts throughout the taste. The pale color seems to translate to a more mellow malt character than other Flanders style beers. It also doesn't finish as sweet as other examples and has a fairly dry finish. While I like the dry finish I usually like a little more body in my Flanders style beers. Thats not to say this isn't a great tasting beer. I think it's really well done and I'm enjoying the hell out of it. Right out of the bottle the carbonation was a too high for my liking and gave an unneeded added acidity which corrected itself as it sat a while and became a little flatter.

The acidity level of this beer is on the higher side which is the only thing hampering it's drinkability. Overall I really love this beer and for $6.99 a 750mL it's a better bargain than Rodenbach Grand Cru, my benchmark beer in price/availability/taste.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Olde City during their sour week.

Poured into a Petrus glass, a light yellow/golden straw like color with about one finger of head with some nice lacing throughtout.

Aroma of sour apples, perhaps pears, wheat, some malt.

Taste is crisp and dry, very funky, tart.

Mouthfeel is very smooth medium bodied, some carbonation.

Very drinkable with a crisp sour finish.

Photo of goldbot
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden brown in color with patches of white or off-white head. No head retention or lacing. Smells of apple cider vinegar, fresh granny smith apple, and a touch of earthy malt. The taste comes on quite tart with more apple flavor. Lots of sweetness comes through as well; very fruity and mostly clean tasting. Earthy, funky flavors are there but are definitely in the background, mostly covered up by the sweetness and tartness.

Photo of JAXSON
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a clear medium gold with a large head. Nose is acidic, light fruits, sour, oaky, and sharp. Really reminds me of Cable Car 09 in the nose. Quite acidic from start to finish. Good lemon and oak notes to this, but I find the acidity distracting. Straight and sharp without a ton of complexity but the flavor is pretty nice. Sweaty sock brett rounds it out. Acidity is really quite high, I think even the 12oz bottle might be tough to finish. Although I'm actually impressed with how fully sour and acidic this is, I was expecting something much more mellow.

Photo of Dan8181
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at FFF, followed by a scotch egg, and a brisket sandwich. First scent was full of sourness and lemon. Upon the first sip, it simply exploded in my mouth with a sour lemon peel flavor. Continued taste of lemon lingers throughout the taste. Could drink this for days. Really enjoyed this one. and would suggest trying it. FIRST REVIEW...Need to do more work.

Photo of Trueant1
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very straw colored in the glass. white head. Smells of spices and alcohol. Smells of champagne or some nice wines.
Tastes of champagne, salt, sourness, and grapes. Outstanding sour taste.
Mouthfeel is nice. Medium texture, and lightly carbonated. Sticky sweets coat the palette. Do not expect to drink this fast, rather, sip and enjoy the sour fruity flavors!

Photo of alcstradamus
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
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
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 2,092 ratings.