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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
91
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1,892 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,892
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 70
Gots: 163 | 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 Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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
Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, small head quickly disapates, some lacing afterwards. Scents of yeast, grapefruit, citrus, and spices. The taste is tangy and slightly bitter, very citrusy, and slightly spicy, the finish is pretty dry. Medium body, very carbonated mouth feel. Alcohol hidden very well. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but most likely will not buy again.

Wasatch, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of Suds
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a light golden color with a slight haze and a substantial white head. The head leaves a pretty lace. The aroma is interesting and somewhat complex…there’s a little fruit and a vinous character, brettanomyces is notable, there’s some grain and grass smells as well. Yeast and just a touch of alcohol round out the smell. The taste is a dry and a little tart, but backed with a lot of ripe fruit and yeast. The brew is quite carbonated, and leaves a spicy, prickly sensation on the tongue. This is an interesting brew, but not one that I’d have all the time.

Suds, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of Iguana
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a recent fan of sour beers I decided to pick this up for tonight. As soon as I opened it I could smell the brett funk which had me salivating. Pour was a pale golden color with a 1 inch head that laced up nicely. Smell is almost entirely brett funk with a hint of yeast and spice on the end. Taste is once again, fairly sour due to the Brett and a bit peppery, really nice once it warmed up a bit. Mouthfeel is tart and acidic. Drinkability is pretty good, i love sour beers so it was a real treat to get again for me.

Iguana, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of nriech
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with about 2 inches of head. Nice light amber color, lots of carbonation. Heavy on the lacing.

Smells just like a hard cider, nothing too complex about it.

Taste however is alot more complex, and I think I have found another favorite being a flemish sour fan. Very tart at first. Almost makes your lips burn for some reason. This was very easy to drink as the alcohol didnt seem present at all. The aftertaste was mild and pleasant.

nriech, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, pale gold with a lush, 2 finger, fluffy white head. Lots of scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is sugary, oaky, tart apples, aged with lactobacillus, brett, sweet tarts, mild cherries, cakey yeast, aged funk, and perhaps some over-ripened banana peel.
Taste is of the aromas...sweet tart, funky, bacteria laden, infected oak aged, Belgian brew. I think you'll either love it, or not. Personally, I really enjoyed it.
Mouthfeel is sweet up front, tart along the tongue, light bodied, mildly acidic, spritzy, and dry.
A nice experience of a tart, Oak barrel brew.

weeare138, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of OStrungT
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light golden yellow color with a small white head. The head fades slow, leaving many laces.

This beer has a sour aroma. It also smells slightly citrusy. It also has a slight fruity aroma. Some cherrys are present. Not much else as far as aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Sour up front. Behind that, some cherry flavor, and a slight citrus tint to it.

This beer leaves a tart, sour aftertaste. It is highly carbonated.

I doubt this beer would make a great session beer. It is very aggressive. I think after one or two, it would become hard to drink.

Overall: This beer is pretty good. I think I like most sour beers. I will buy it again sometime.

OStrungT, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of malcontent
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Little to no head although a thick ring of bubbles forms on the surface perimeter. The body is a hazy, pale gold. Not the most appealing beer I’ve seen but it has its nice points.

Yikes! A strong vinegar scent, balsamic in nature, attacks the nose with a definite sour cherry presence tagging along.

That’s what I was expecting; absolutely a sour ale, not a Belgian Pale, as the bottle seems to indicate. Strong vinegar flavor with a surprising malt taste on the finish. For a sour, it actually finishes fairly clean, with only a moderate lingering taste.

Only moderately carbonated with a rather thin texture. This isn’t all that great a drinking experience, probably would stop at one.

malcontent, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33 cL Belgian bottle with 2003 on the back label and it looks like there might be some oxidation where the cap met the bottle. It pours a mildly-hazed deep gold, almost amber, with fairly active carbonation and a 1 finger, bone-white, almost frothy head that leaves some nice Belgian lacing. It vinous, musty, and tart with some lactic acidity, dung/barnyard notes, grapes?, wild/funky yeast aromas, and hints of wood. The first sip is unexpectedly tart, with lemony acidic flavors that pinch my salivary glands. In addition, there are vinous malts, very faint hops, a low bitterness, dung, and a lactic acidity. The body is light with medium carbonation and a tannin-like dryness in its medium finish. The beer isn't as tart as the first sip indicated - it's actually pretty mild compared to the Rene Cuvee I had the other day - but there isn't too much going on besides the sour flavors. This is definitely an interesting beer, bordering on gueuze, but I have a hard time drinking sour/acidic beers if there aren't more flavors there to back them up.

mmmbeer, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of amoebalink
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle served at cellar to room temperature. Used wine glasses for tasting.

Appearance: medium yellow color with a large head consisting of small bubbles. slowly goes away

Smell: lemony smell with fizzle that reminds me or champaine. sour candy smell to it.

Taste: very acidic with sourness that melds into sweetness with some time. aftertaste still of sourbet.

interesting beer to taste. was not really expecting the tartness to be there, so was a surprise to everyone. I can appreciate the beer, but a lot of people in the tasting felt the beer is too sour and don't like the style at all.

amoebalink, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright spot light yellow with a smoothly foamed top of white froth sitting about a finger high. Keeps an immense amount hanging around and the lace is in inky strings.

Aroma is fairly funky with a semi charming, paled down thwapp of soured grapeyness and oaky tangyness. Acidic funk to say the least.

Taste is a leveled sour tang of old lemon, oak, sour apple, grapefruit, and acidic yeastyness. Floating dryness of tarting parchness is interactive within a woody tone mixed with some white grape and grapefruit sourness. I like the finish more then anything as it tends to mellow off nicely. The front and the swallow is quite grabbing to the palate. It realy smacks it around some and lets you know you're drinkin' something.

Feel is active and full with alot of souring tartness. Drying and oaky with a long lasting effect of white grape and oak.

A bit slow to get through. A sipper of a sour Belgain Pale if there ever was one. Hold on to your taste buds with this one is Lambic-like.

tavernjef, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was only my second Flemish sour, and I was not nearly as impressed with this as my first--Verhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne. Poured to a golden pale vcolor wityh medium fluffy, head, decent lacing and lots of carbonation. But whereas the Duchesse was a nice mix of sour early, and sweet later on, this was strictly sour, from start to finish. Aroma of sour green apples and vinegar, carried over into the taste and finally the finish. I actually like Flemish Sours, but this one is not my favorite.

kimcgolf, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of wl0307
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 06. BB 19/04/08, served lightly chilled in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: dark golden hue with great clarity, coming with a slowly-growing white foamy head that settles to a thin cap; very gentle carbonation.
S: a very intense, sour note of oak barrels and white wine vinegar prevails upfront, underlining a mild flow of dryish lemon peels, savoury-tart star fruits and prunes, semi-funky farmhouse yeasts and a pretty soft and subtly sweet malty bed... sort of reminiscent of Flemish Red Ale and even Lambiek but rid of the wild yeasty edge... if not knowing this is an oak-aged Begian beer the vinegary nose might be slightly intrusive to the nostrils and taking one by big surprise!!
T: bitter-zesty and sharply sour lemon juice and dry cider dominates the palate, but dissipates rather too fast and gives way to a neutral palate of residual doughy malts, bits of salt, dryish-sweet cinnamon+woodchips, and zesty-tang undertone like oxidised lemon rind... feeling pretty rusty b/w the teeth as well, plus short finish.
M&D: the whole structure falls a bit thin for the overall short palate, but the mouthfeel retains a refreshing state, albeit slightly sharp at first--definitely having room for improvement as this old beer is still pretty young in the bottle~~ The well hidden alc. plus a dryish finish ensure pretty good "quaffability", though. All in all, an interesting beer in need of time to bring more depth and complexity--is it possible for a filtered bottled beer like this?

wl0307, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

cloudy grapefruit colour with noticeable white crown, generous lace left in glass. Sour flemish aroma, sour apple, somewhat like a wild ale. Numbing sour mouthfeel,with significant carbonation, refreshing. Not for a newbie. Sour apple cider in taste.

Sammy, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of beersabound
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is not for a newbie! Also, I fully agree that this is a sour ale and should be labeled as such. However, it is a Belgian and it is strong. Also, I found this beer to be very tasty. The appearance was clear, gold with high carbonation and a nice but short lived head. The aroma and flavor are very acidic and sour from the lactobacillus (I think) with low malt sweetness and some citrus flavors. The hops are subdued. The mouthfeel is light and crisp and finishes very dry. After some thinking, my wife and I think this would go nicely with a lemon cheesecake or something like that. The sourness and acidity would cut through the fat of the dessert but not overpower the sugary goodness. I want 57 more. If you like sour ales, run, I tell ya, run to get some of this.

beersabound, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of peabody
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out light amber with a thick foamy head that dissapates very slowly leaving nice lacing.
Smell is cherry and orange and mabey some cinnamon?
There is also a slight metallic aroma but it is hidden way in the back.
Damn, the first taste is mediciney sour like biting into a lemon. This is very sour and I have tasted this flavor but can't put my finger on it. It is like having a mouthfull of Sweetarts where all of the sugar is missing.
Mouthfeel is gritty at first but ends up pretty clean.
Too sour for me right now.

peabody, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of Lnedrive14
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how this classifies as a belgian pale, but whatever...

Pours a hazy orange with a medium white head. Nose and palate are very strong on sour cherries, apples, wood. Amazingly tart - at least as tart as a flanders red. Very dry, which emphasizes the tartness in the residue. really sticks with you afterwards.

I think i needed another bottle of this for my review to do it justice. not sure if i liked it or not, to be honest. it was a unique taste and style, and i wouldnt mind having another to think about it further.

Lnedrive14, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of cbl2
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8/23/2006 $4.00 at Roof Brothers Wine & Spirits, Paducah KY. 11.2 oz 5.80% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a slightly hazy orange peach color with a very thin coarse white head on top.

Aroma:

Sour tart apples and macerated cherries with hints of honeyed raisins and a whiff of alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Puckeringly tart beyond anything I've experienced. Tarter than a flanders red, and bone dry to boot. All moisture is instantly sucked back into whatever pore it emerged from when this hits your palate. After the taste buds get a chance to recuperate and realize they are not being attacked, notes of pear and cherry appear with mild notes of rotten wood. I wouldn't classify this as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, or pay $4 again for a small bottle, but worth experiencing once.

cbl2, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of stephendr
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange – stark white head – nose cinnamon bread, salt, sour cherries – taste sour bread, acid, red fruit, orange peel, and apricot – dry body- short fresh aftertaste Hazy orange – stark white head – nose cinnamon bread, salt, sour cherries – taste sour bread, acid, red fruit, orange peel, and apricot – dry body- short fresh aftertaste

stephendr, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of phisig137
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy gold color, with a one finger head that quickly falls. A ring around the brim of the glass remains, as well as a bit of lacing.

This beer smells interesting. Sour apple, dirty leather, raspberries, and vinegar come to mind. Very different nose, and not one that I was expecting at all.

The flavor of this beer again, is totally unexpected. I was prepared for a oak aged belgian pale.... not a flemish sour. Positively sour, althoughmore rounded than others. Good green apple flavor, backed by a hint of malt. Clean finish that dissapates completely, aside from the little bit of "tang" left over from the acidity. Nice flavor, although I find the tartness to be a little much. The oak and vanilla flavors pop out in the finish, but I don't taste them before that. I personally think this would be a little better if this were partially blended with a fresh batch to tame the tartness just a little bit.

Mouthfeel is light and thin, while drinkability is a bit slow, due to the high acidity.

Good overall, but I would not consider this a belgian pale. Way too sour for that category, and I really think it tastes more like a flemish red... reminds me a lot of Rodenbach Grand Cru. A good beer, but should be labeled for what it is....

phisig137, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A dull, carmely golden color on the light brown side of things. Seems to have decent carbonation but a miminal head, only a small ring and a few wispy clouds on top.

S: Wow. Apple cider on the sour side, lots of oak, honey and some cherries.

T: Immediate sourness. Fermented red apples, very woody and a light muscat sweetness. Finishes some what dry with just a bit of toffee.

M: Light to medium bodied with a sharp carbonation.

D: Decent sour. Fairly common as far as sours go, but that still means its pretty good. Not as complex as it could be but very refreshing.

Westsidethreat, Jul 22, 2006
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 1,892 ratings.