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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,887 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,887
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 69
Gots: 160 | 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 beerphilosopher
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours a very clean medium amber color with virtually no head. What there is is slightly off-white and leaves a couple of random spots of Belgian lace in the tulip glass. The nose is of fermented fruit, vinegar, some earthy hay-like notes, and possibly sour apple. Smells slightly sweet as well. The palate is really very tart up front and hardly yields to a nice woody character. This ale is very tart and leaves the mouth watering. Mouth feel is on the light side, but very crisp and clean like sucking on a sour apple. The woody, earthy mustiness comes through too, lingering in the mouth. Tart and sharply acidic. Oddly, my bottle reads that this ale is only 5.8% alcohol by volume, although it's listed at 7.3% here. I tend to believe my bottle, and my palate, on this one - unless the alcohol is just that well hidden. A true treat and a great example of the oud bruin style, albeit a bit lighter in color. Beers like these are a wonder - I can't stop sniffing and sipping. The tart character of this beer literally makes the mouth water for more. If only I had more ... Superb!

beerphilosopher, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%

Aroma is strong, very malty with a considerable fruity overtone, like apple or pear. Color is a clear golden. Flavor is crisp, strongly fruity - very much like a cider rather than an ale - with a good bitter bite and a hint of sour apple taste. It is fairly smooth but does have an edge to it, and leaves a sour but not unpleasant aftertaste.

Cyberkedi, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of BDTyre
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%

Pale gold colour with a rather smallish head -compared to most Belgian's I've seen- that dissipates rather quickly.

Sour, vinegar scent. No oak at all. Faint malt, hardly any hops, as is expected. Lacks and fruity hints to it though.

Decent mouthfeel, but the sour, uncharacteristic flavour hamper the drinkability of this a bit.

BDTyre, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured a pale golden liquid with a slight haze and tons of tiny bubbles that created a two finger head which seems to last and last.

Aromas are subdued...light vinegar...no noticable oak to me....light hops, lots of earthy smells.

Taste is immediately sour in a very good way. Tiny bubbles tingling the tongue blend with sour cherry and fruit flavors creating a biting "beer face" puckering. Very enjoyable. Refreshing...drying on the tongue...aftertastes of lemons, sour cherries, and a mysterious hidden sweetness that somehow balances this brew.

Went great with dinner.

IntriqKen, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of jettjon
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%

After trying Petrus’ Oud Bruin brown-that’s-really-a-Flemish-sour ale, I figured, hey, Aged Pale, I could use some hops. Lo and behold, Petrus’ idea of a Pale really means Belgian Strong Pale, and by that, they mean another foray into wild yeast, a la Flemish sour ale. Anyhoo.

From a 11.2 oz bottle from a 6-bottle multipack, no freshness date. Into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), it’s a slightly hazed, orange-gold color with lots of carbonation. Thick eggshell head fades slowly leaving lots of craggy lace and outstanding retention. Fine looking beer! On the nose, definite firm sour wild yeast presence. Digging deep, I can sense hints of “oak cask,” but the sour smell is so overpowering that it carries across the room, where others actually comment on the sourness. No hops, no real malt presence, just sour. On the mouth, it’s incredibly sour, like sour candy, again no trace of hops. Tangy, warm alcohol presence. Puckeringly dry finish. Mouth is full and bubbly as one might expect from the towering head and carbonation streams. Consistency is wet and thinnish, rather reminiscent of lemonade. Drinkability is good for a sour ale; it’s astringent, aromatic, and dry, and like other Petrus offerings, overpriced. I don’t see me drinking more than one of these.

Overall: Beer Advocate lists this as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but I (and other beer sites) beg to differ. To me, it’s more of a Flanders Pale Ale, in that it tastes a heckuvalot like a Flanders red or brown, only it’s pale, get it? But, potato, potahto, still and all it’s a tasty brew if you can handle the tartness. However, whatever characters this beer possesses cannot possibly justify the price. This is one and done for me; I’m glad I purchased it as part of a sampler.

jettjon, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of John_M
3.55/5  rDev -13%

On the label this beer is described as a golden blond ale. It doesn't taste like any golden blond ale I've ever had, and quite frankly tastes as if it's been blended with a considerable amount of lambic/gueuze.

The beer pours a hazy honey orange color, looking almost peach like in coloring. The beer has fairly nice head retention and adequate lacing. On the nose.... sigh.... I get A LOT of tartness. There is a considerable amount of lemon and grapefruit, but also some flower perfume and white pepper. Interesting, complex nose, though I can't say I'm overjoyed by the tartness. Not surprisingly, this beer is quite tart on the palate, way too much so for my lambic/gueuze hating palate. However, there are a medly of other flavors in this beer, including some berries and a bit of butterscotch (from the oak I would assume). The beer actually has a very refreshing mouthfeel, and if it weren't so damn tart, might be quite drinkable. Certainly the abv. is very well disguised in this beer. In the end there is a touch of sweetness as well, but not nearly enough to overcome the overpowering tartness.

Interesting beer; just not my cup of tea I'm afraid.

John_M, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of Zorro
2.7/5  rDev -33.8%

A clear apricot colored ale with a notable amount of chill haze. A medium sized white head forms and then disappears.

The smell is sweet and sour with a little boozy edge much like a diluted Jack Daniel’s whiskey. There is the clear and sharp scent of acetic acid to this and this makes it a little Lambic like. I should mention that in general I am not a fan of sour beers. Once past the vinegar smell there is vanilla, oak, and a little cinnamon in the scent.

The taste starts as sweet and sour and fairly similar to a sweeter and less harsh version of a lambic ale. The sourness however isn't nausea inducing and I do not get the sensation of drinking a glass of vinegar like many Lambics do. This is a definite bug beer for those who like the funk. Not harshly sour this is like a Berliner Weiss without syrup. In the end all I can taste is sweet and sour and oak.

The mouthfeel is OK.

If you do not like sour beers then you will not like this. If I had known that this was a sour beer I would not have bought it so buyer beware. This is basically a training lambic for those that wish to develop a taste for them. I will not be buying this beer again I did not like it.

Zorro, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of oelergud
2.38/5  rDev -41.7%

Clear sun golden body with good carbonation. The white head with a yellow tint doesn't stay long but does leave some decent lace.
Very sour grainy scent, just enough malt and bread to be noticed.
Vinegar comes to mind with the first sip of this beer, then sharp citrus which lasts into the aftertaste.
Medium body and somewhat dry and puckering.
Not what I understand a Belgian strong pale ale is supposed to be and not a repeat for me.

-Oelergud

oelergud, May 06, 2007
Photo of Onibubba
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours a bright fizzy gold, with a quickly dissappearing short white head. Aroma is kind of a sweet and sour vinegar - not a balsamic sweetness like you find in the Duchesse. Taste is intensely sour. Not offputting like a certain geuze I could not choke down, but defiantely tart enough to make you take notice. Some sweetnes in there too. Maybe like a granny smith apple. Nothing cloying, but enough to give your taste buds a bit of a repreive. Smooth body, mild carbonation, no trace of alcohol. Drinkability is lower for me becouse of the extreme sourness. This is a dry sipper for sure. Will buy this again.

Onibubba, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of LvilleIPA
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from an 11oz bottle into a glass.

A - Golden, maybe a hazy/light orange. Looks good.

S - Fruity, malty, musty/dirty? Can definitely pick up some wood in there too. I'm not sure what to call it, but I'm liking it.

T - Whoa. Holy shit - wasn't expecting that at all. Tart at first, loaded with sour apples. That taste fades into a smooth, oaky/wood finish. It's actually unbelievable. I've never, ever had a beer that could be so extreme in both directions - unbelievable tartness quickly followed by the oak. Crazy.

M - Crisp and light bodied. The tartness into the oakiness is the amazing part. I can't really describe it.

D - For a beer that's over 7%, I never noticed it. If you can stand the initial tartness this beer should be quite drinkable for you.

LvilleIPA, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of BeerDonkey
1.27/5  rDev -68.9%

another beer from the Christmas 6-pack. Overall the pack has been a pretty big disappointment. This one, hopefully the worst, will be poured out after a few sips.

A: 2 fingers of head soon dissipates into just a ring around the goblet. Cloudy, yellow amber liquid

S: apple cider vinegar, no hint of wood

T: Tart! Lemons, sour, but not in the way the brewer intended (even it were a Lambic or Sour Ale, which it is not), more the way you would feel if you drank some apple cider vinegar, yeah, it’s that good.

M: leaves your mouth feeling like you had sour apple dishwasher detergent in it.

Judging from the ratings others have given other people got some decent bottles. I didn’t. My guess is that air came into the barrel (although there is no hint that this has touched any wood) and turned the beer to vinegar.

BeerDonkey, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of dogger6253
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%

This beer poured out a thin, golden-yellow color. There wasn't much head, nor was there much lacing left behind. Attractive to look at, but not exceptionally inviting.

Lots of sour fruits going on in the aroma; oranges and lemons are what hit me first. I was able to pull out grapes and grapefruit shortly after, and hints of cherries and vinegar as the beer settled.

I think the oranges I smelled turned out to be tangerines, big difference huh? However, the tangerine taste was very tart and subdued; hidden behind the other flavors. Lemon takes the foreground alongside lime. There are also notes of grapefruit, wood, and a penetrating white grape taste near the finish.

Highly carbonated and light-bodied, sort of like a champagne in a way. I liked the taste of this beer a lot, but due to the high acidity and sourness, I wouldn't be able to drink another in succession. I would try it again sometime.

dogger6253, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

2001 Vintage served up for just a couple bucks at Delilah’s in Chicago in March of 2007.

I love Delilah’s. Every time I go there I find new beers to try that have been aged at least 5 years. Always fun.

This one was exceptional.

Poured into my chalice a bright clear gold with small amounts of yeast present in the body and a thin white head on top.

Nose is loaded with oak tannins. Underneath them is a zest of lemon and grapefruit. These light fruit aromas are rotten and inviting, hinting at a geuze like sensation that is to follow. Vanilla, cherry, and earth play roles too.

Taste is highly acidic and funky. The yeast play a prominent role providing sour and tart fruit flavors while the oak rounds everything out. Feel is light, crisp, and very tart, mouth puckering tart. Semi candied and woody.

Very drinkable. Highly interesting mouthfeel does the trick. Lambic/geuze lovers should find this very appealing. I have to imagine that the age played a large roll in the development of this deeply crafted and almost intimidating level of character.

DaPeculierDane, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

Petrus aged Pale Ale pours out a creamy white head
over a cloudy deep yellow brew. A steady stream of
bubbles rise from the middle of my glass and the nose
is malt, yeast, and a vinous sourness. Pretty much what
you might expect from something that lived in an oak
barrel for 20 months. The flavor is tannic, with light malts,
citrus sourness, and salt. This is the most unusual thing
I have drank so far. The mouthfeel is very crisp, and there's
something really appetizing about this that I just cannot pin
down. All this complexity really does a good job balancing
out the 7.3% alcohol by volume, which only makes itself felt
by a warming effect. Very strange and interesting- a beer you
really need to try at least once or for very special occasions.

shadow1961, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of potownbill
1.83/5  rDev -55.1%

This is my first review and I have sampled dozens of beers trying to develope a consistant feel for the taste, appearance, smell, and mouthfeel. Not having a sufficient number of tastes under my belt, I have not written any reviews, but I am compelled to review this beer.
Appearance: Nice golden yellow, slightly cloudy with a good off white head. Great first impression
Smell: Nail polish remover. Strong acidic smell.
Taste: Very tart. Is this lemonaid or beer?
Mouthfeel. Who cares. The taste killed the moment.
Summary: First beer I've dumped down the drain. This is the first of a 6 beer Petrus sampler box. I hope the rest are better, aka drinkable.

potownbill, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.4/5  rDev -41.2%

A - this belgian pale ale is most definitely pale. it pours a BMC golden color, that kegstand pale yellow color, with a thin white head with rather good retention and plenty of carbonation

S - this beer smells very champagnesque, liek white muscat grapes, a bit like Midas Touch's grapes, then again, a deeper whiffs reveal lemon and ... vinegar

T - yup vinegar... way to sour, sure slightly champagnesque with some white grape hints, but it tastes more like apple cider vinegar, again, too sour for me, but i didnt pour it

M&D - lively and light on the tongue, but again, too sour to be even moderately drinkable, not a fan

sinstaineddemon, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

A rare find at Delilah's...2003 is printed on the back label.

Pours a honey orange, some foam and large bubbles form in the tulip glass. A sticky ring of lace is left behind. Smell is of sharp citrusy lemon juice, clover honey, and white grape. Mild stable funk swirls around, with a wet stone quality. Very unique and Gueuze-like.

Taste follows the aroma, minus the funkiness. It's got a focused sharpness, sour lemon, apricot, and mellow honey all appear in the profile. White wine comes to mind. Aftertaste is slightly earthy with a vegetal hint. Sour/acidity level is moderate, almost puckering at first. It has a clean, bright sourness and is a little thin, crisp but not as and dry as Gueuze. It's a little like a Belgian Pale/Gueuze hybrid...refrfeshing in small doses. Returning to it a few times, it feels like it lacks a bit of depth that other Flanders ales have.

I've got another '03 bottle cellared indefinitely, i'm curious to try one that has more of age on it. Edit: it doesn't seem to change much over time, wondering if it's pasteurized.

emerge077, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%

Pours a three finger white head that fades to a ring leaving a good lace. Pale, cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Sour apple nose. Flavor is sour apples from start to finish, hops and malts stay hidden. True to Flemish sour ale style, drinkable but not my favorite. $4.90 for a 330ml bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

jdhilt, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
4/5  rDev -2%

2003 Edition (year is lasered on the back label) served at just over fridge temperature in an oversize snifter. 330ml bottle.

Appearance- Pours a clear, medium gold with a barely centimeter-thick white head. After just a moment in the glass, the bubbles disperse and line the outside edge.

Smell- Wild, fermenting fruit is featured here, with a pungent sourness that brings Belgium's raw, natural farmhouse aromas to mind. There's a nice depth here, and the malts are actually noticable within the funky nose.

Taste- As sour and tart as this beer is, there's great balance as well. Almost like lemonade, the initial citric blast defers to a sweetness that finishes very smoothly and leaves behind a lip-smacking tartness on the lips and teeth. Towards the end of this tasting, a bready, yeasty finish becomes more noticable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The constantly responsive effervescence in the mouth is very nice here... it keeps the flavors alive and moving, with perfect weight and rolling quality. More drinkable than many of the better gueuzes and BSPAs that fit this profile, and certainly more approachable for the beginner. A great aperitif that could easily substatute for champagne before the first course is served.

yelterdow, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%

Appearance - pours a slightly clouded apricot, a spritzy soda-like head hangs around briefly before settling to an incomplete cover. Some residual bubbles but no real lace.

Aroma - sour, musty, and a touch of cantaloup style fruitiness. The Brett rules the nose here, but there's some goodies in there I like.

Taste - a very tart and wild thing. Classic Belgian Brett influence. It takes a while but I eventually get to some of the veiled florals waiting behind all the tartness. I'm more in tune with this beer than with prior sour Belgians I've had. Still a challenging style for me to fully appreciate, but this one earns some marks.

Mouthfeel - very bubbly, lighter but not necessarily thin. A citric, dry and tart residue.

Drinkability - a great example of the style I bet, but not to my tastes.

brewdlyhooked13, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

"2003"

Slightly hazed dark golden. Small beaded carbonation rises at a moderate pace to the thin ivory white coating on top. The bubbly collar leaves sporadic patches of lace. Strong nose of rich, sweet cherries, oaky tannins, lactic sourness and brown sugar. Boy this baby is bone dry. Don't know if it's from the aging or what, but it reminds me of a lambic that way. It's refreshing in a way. There's just a little "lambic-like" sourness, but not a lot. Slight bits of sweet malt. A little tart cherry aspect. But the lip smacking dryness dominates. Light bodied and an effervescent feel in the mouth. And enjoyable and unique beverage.

A review long overdue, right Darren ;>) Thanks for the brew.

Bighuge, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of Shovelbum
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%

Pours a one finger frothy white head over a golden-copper body. Decent head retention. Aromas of tart citrus fruit, Belgian yeast, and a tinge of malt in the background. The flavor is quite tart and sour up front, but quickly gives way to a strong oaky, almost tequila like character. Crisp bitterness. Fairly low carbonation for a Belgian ale. Low sweetness too—quite dry.

This is a crazy fellow with some serious funk. I found the oak character to be a bit overpowering out of the starting gate, but things tend to meld a bit better as it warmed. I don't usually mind a tart and funky brew, but I guess I just couldn’t get over the lingering tequila character (I’m not a fan of the spirit). Definitely worth a try--- at least once.

Shovelbum, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

Many thanks to generous trader melbatoast93 on this one!

"2003" stamped on the back, so I guess this is about 3 years old, give or take.

Small head dissolves to a skim and then just about nothing in less than two minutes, but the color is a beautiful shimmering gold with lots of bubble action.

Aroma is like sticking your head in a yeast-soaked barrel of sour cherries, sour apples and lemons. I like how the pungent yeastiness carries all that sourness...clearly a love or hate type thing.

As with the aroma, the flavor is largely sour. A tart, puckery mutha. Not for everybody, but definitely one for lambic/gueuze conoisseurs. Further nuance is given via the woody, earthy elements riding along with the more dominant tartness, likely due to the barrel-aging this beer goes through. Makes the insides of the mouth pucker and wrinkle like really powerful lemonade.

Most definitely drinkable, but if your tastes don't usually sit on the sour end of things, this will be more of an occasional indulgence. But there's no doubting its quality and depth. Good stuff.

Metalmonk, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of techdiver
2.63/5  rDev -35.5%

Pours a light gold color with a head that builds and dissipates quickly. Has a sour smell that is a surprise upon tasting. I wasn't prepared for this, taste is almost wine-like. Has nice carbonation and it sort of grows on you. Yet I don't think this will be the one beer to have when I'm having more than one.

techdiver, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
1.65/5  rDev -59.6%

Poured into a tulip. My last offering in the gift style package from petrus. It has really aggressive carbonation and so you have to be gentle with this one. Golden body that is somewhat hazed up.

This is one tart son of a bitch. Pucker up for this one. First drink is a shock to the palate. After some thought trying to piece this together the predominant theme is green cherries. Very young cherries mixed with an ever fading kendling just slightly in the backdrop. Alot of similarities to a dry white wine. A fairly one dimensional beer from my vantage point.

Notes: I enjoy a tart brew. This is just overbearing and one dimensional.

DogFood11, Nov 09, 2006
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 1,887 ratings.