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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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2,137 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,137
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 93
Gots: 253 | FT: 3
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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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Ratings: 2,137 | Reviews: 667
Photo of UTCengOwl
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gotta get my sour fix! Thankfully, my roomies brought back some Cantillon from Mardi Gras... so I thought I'd warm up with one of these. Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

The beer pours a clear gold with a huge pillowy white head. Like a saison, but not quite as cloudy. Good lookin beer.

The nose is mainly sour. Not quite sharp... so lactic? There's some citrus back in there, too... but not quite sour citrus. Interesting.

The taste is a smooth, sour that isn't overwhelming and is quite refreshing. There's some citrus there and maybe some hay. Not the most complex, but it is refreshing and inviting. I'll definitely have another and these are quite affordable for decent sours!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce goblet - $8.00 at Trappeze in Athens, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a very lightly hazed, deep yellow body with a thin, fine, white head.

Smell: Nostril cauterizing acidity with a pass of soured citrus fruits and green apple peelings.

Taste: Touch of possibly imagined ultra pale maltiness. A bite into a predictably tart Granny Smith apple but without any accompanying fruity sweetness. A fairly puckering swallow of Matt Simpson's Gas Line Lemonade. Very minor lactic tongue-coating tang. Sharply acidic right up until the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Beyond the crackling acidity running its course, there's really not too terribly much to this one. It's fine, but not a favorite.

Photo of cpmichael
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stone snifter.

A: Pours a super translucent yellow. There is a ton of head on this beer that takes a few minutes to dissipate.

S: Citrus, specifically lemon are noticeable at first, and this beer brings the funk smell. The nose is seriously the best part about this beer. Smells like it's going to be great.

T: Starts off with sourness and tartness, feels like this is going to be a great beer, and then a second later the let down happens quick. The beer has no back end at all, a watery sour apple juice flavor at best.

M/D: It poured with a lot of carbonation, but the beer lost it pretty quickly and made for a pretty bland beer on my tongue. The tartness and sourness didn't last long enough to save this beer. On a positive note, this beer is worth a try simply for its nose. That is the shinning aspect of this beer.

Photo of fastsrt
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured 11.2 ounce bottle in a wine glass

A: clear, golden with a stiff white head

S: tart, grapes,

T: tart, crisp refreshing fruity,

M: leaves you wanting to take another sip.

D: love it one bottle and done type of beer, but have had this more than once, and is a go to sour ale. that I enjoy.

Photo of Fernans
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting beer. Pale color, with you golden haze. Smelled of citris and apples. Taste, sour, but not vinegary. Reminded me of Granny Smith apples, without the sweetness. Not my preference. Drinkability, unlike some "sour" beers, I actually was able to drink it down. For some this will be a hit. Wasn't for me.

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

Pours a mildly translucent golden color with a very thick white head that recedes after about 5 minutes leaving a great creamy foam cap on the surface. Lacing is good and web-like.

Aroma is strong and tart, with grapes, cherries and funk. Slight oak character but definitely less intense than the tartness. Great smelling beer.

Taste starts very tart and lactic with crisp flavors of lemon, sour cherries and green grapes ending with a funky/barnyard character.

Mouthfeel is extremely dry and crisp, with lots of carbonation. Body is medium and alcohol non-existent. Aftertaste is sour and astringent, leaving your mouth watering. Drinkability is average for a sour.

I really like the nose on this one. The taste is not bad but IMO it could be a little less tart and more oaky/complex.

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

Growler obtained via the fine folks at Green's on Piney Grove Road. Kudos for continuing to bring great offerings to the Columbia area.

Appearance - Crisp and clear yellow in color. Very inviting. Mild carbonation continues as the beer rests next to me during this review. Little head formed at the initial pour and little remains as this offering teases me to draw near...

Smell - An "awaken your nose" crisp and funky aroma. Some grassy and sweet notes as well.

Taste - A lip-puckering opening expands to a sweet/sour middle and a crisp clean finish. Amazing all that is going on in this offering. "Sweet-tarts" can describe this, along with a nice woody/grassy presence as well. The finish doesn't stick to your tongue, rather it leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is light while the overall body is medium. The crisp tart presence does take you by surprise.

Drinkability - I'm always amazed by the diversity present in the differing style offerings. To enjoy an Oud Bruin or a lambic is to very much appreciate the many facets of both beer-making and the enjoyment of variety. This offering is indeed in the upper strata of find offerings in the style.

Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a sour binge purchase at Chuck's a few days ago and cracking it after a long day on the job...

Poured into my GI stemmed glass...

Pours a rather pale golden with a thin wispy head that fades quickly but leaves spots of lacing here and there... Seems a touch lighter than others of the style... I guess hence the name "Pale".

Lots of the oak present in the aroma along with a tartness reminiscent of grapes and apples... There's an underlying funk here as well that doesn't dominate but rather compliments the beer... Sort of like an old funky leather saddle that's been hanging around in an even older barn for a while and gotten rained on and weathered really good... Its this earthy oaky funk that's turning me on to this...

Tart vinegar sourness right at first but its not overwhelming and quickly lends itself to the oak earthiness and grape skins I got in the aroma... Its not bracingly sour at all but pleasantly so... I'm really liking the earthiness of this beer...

Very drinkable for the style.. Doesn't fatigue the palate like some do with overwhelming tartness... This would be a good brew to introduce someone to sours... Very quality beer...

Photo of Soonami
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Petrus Aged Pale is a very tasty beer. Recently I've started moving towards dark maltier beers and sours because I've been drinking less and it doesn't make much sense for me to by fresh IPA but take weeks to drink it. Luckily, I've had no trouble finding beers to satisfy my much reduced appetite in SEPA. Petrus Aged Pale is fairly available here and at $4, it's a relative bargain.

Petrus Aged Pale started foam as soon as I opened it from my cellar. It was definitely paler than I thought, a honey colored amber with just off white, quickly falling white foam. The beer has a really inviting aroma, it smells like fresh crushed grapes, sawed wood, sour like apple cider, and a little funky like baled hay that has been sitting out for months.

The beer is at first tart like apple skins, but the malt sweetness attenuates the acidity. The beer tastes as fruity as it smells and the oak flavor clearly resonates and the tannins provide nice balance. The light, lively carbonation helps carry light fruity, vinous flavors and carries the aroma as you drink it. The alcohol remains well hidden, despite the 7.3% heft.

Delicious and highly recommended. I've only had a few beers of the style, but this is tasty no matter what style you call it.

Photo of Phelps
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Tops during a Belgian tasting and poured into a small snifter.

Pours a very slightly hazy rosy apricot, topped with a short-lived head of fizzy white bubbles. After the head escapes, a thin ring remains, leaving nothing in the way of lace.

Very aromatic. Tons of acetic vinegar, green apples, substantial mint, some honey, and a bit of barnyard funk and vinous oak. Very funky but nicely balanced.

The tart character has been subdued nicely and paired with an interesting floral sweetness. I get roses, orange blossoms, oak, honey, vanilla, orange peel and balsamic vinegar.

Light, massaging carbonation causes the beer to fizz up a bit as it moves about. The finish is nicely crisp and the tartness is bracing but not overpowering. Medium body, nicely smooth. No noticeable alcohol.

Flavorful and intense, but not so crazy that it turns me off.

Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in goblet. Poured a clear dark honey color with a very tall, fluffy white head that had great retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly a tart, fruity scent that had notes of leather and horse blanket. The taste mostly the same notes, but was a little subdued compared to the boldness of the aroma.

The body was clean and light, with a nice dry finish. Drinkability was very good, this is a sour beer I'd drink a couple of in a sitting.

Overall, a very nice brew. In th erealm of sours, this isn't the most over powering, and as such might be a good beer woth which to expand your experience. Worth trying if you see it.

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

I find this concept pretty interesting and if i really think about it i havnt had too many beers like this before anyway it pours a golden pale hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head that slowly recedes to a rim,the smells are mustiness,white grapes,a abit of oak and some fruit punch aswell,it has a rather sour puckering mouthfeel which is quite light bodied and feels like a nice wine with tastes of sour white grapes,fruit punch,goosberries,herbal hops and finishes with a ever so smooth tart champagne finish and overall this brew is quite unique and even though this one would do me nicely for tonight i will buy it again without doubt as there aint too many brews that taste like this cheers.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip for a lively, white 1-finger head.

Color a translucent gold straw, head dissipates into respectable lacing.

Smell is light and citrusy with hints of pineapple and maybe orange.

All the roundness and sweetness of a Belgian in taste, with a trace of hops for a drier finish. Not an especially flavorful beer (like a watery dubbel or tripel?). The carbonation taste is evident here.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, if a tiny bit coarse.

The subdued flavor makes this quite drinkable, but I'm not personally in love with the taste (or lack thereof) enough to want to drink a bunch of it. In fairness, it's a departure from my personal favorite styles, but for what it is, it's not exceptional compared to similar brews.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep golden copper color with an average sized, foamy, light, whispy, white head. Disappears pretty fast leaving a nice patchy lace.

S - Mouth watering aroma. Sour and tart fruit with green apple, cherry, grapefruit, lemon and others. Touch of oaky aroma and maybe hints of vanilla as well. Some Belgian yeast and malty sweetness. Definitely has a funk to it. Very promising nose.

T - Has tart, sour, and funky flavors but not a kick you in the face sour beer. Good balance between the tart fruits mentioned above and the nice oaky/woody flavors. The more I drink and as it warms, the more oaky flavors come out which is very nice. A subtle sweetness shows up as well. Tart apple is the strongest flavor, but the others have a good showing.

M - Lighter body with average/slightly below carbonation. Somewhat crisp and slightly zesty. Good but mouthfeel is probably the weakest point of this beer.

D - Pretty drinkable sour with a great balance between sour/tart fruit and oaky woodiness. A sipper due to the style but I would gladly drink another again. No problem finishing a 750 mL bottle.

Notes: I'm pleasantly surprised by this beer as I hadn't been overly impressed by other Petrus offerings and this is very cheap for a sour imported from Belgium. I ended up enjoying this quite a bit though. Great balance between the tart/sour fruit and woodiness. Really pretty enjoyable and given the price I could definitely see myself getting this again. Not the best sour, but for the cost it is definitely worth a look.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't really see how this is categorized an oude brun, oh well I'm gonna review it as one. Poured into a tulip, hazy amber with some deep honey color sits under a two finger rocky head. This beer leaves behind some nice lacing. Vinegar and lemon up front, following underneath there is some horsey brett charecter and damp old wood. Aside from the apperance the taste is where I find the greatest departure from the said style. Fairly zingy beer with a real basement quality, citrus, earthy hay, and a plan round malt body. The beer feels well balanced on my tongue, and surprisingly has a long finish for a beer of the type. I believe this beer is delicious, I truly enjoyed it, but an oude brun, no.

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

from an 11.2 oz bottle..code lower left back 40084

A-pours a clear light yellow color with a 1/2 finger white head that recedes to just a white collar..some lacing on glasss

S- smell is tart with notes of lemon ,sour fruit,vinegar,and a leather barnyard funk

T- is very tart..starts with sour fruit and vinegar notes..that meld with an oak and malt taste..its followed with some hops and leather sourness..it has a wet musty oak taste in background

M- its a light -medium mouthfeel with some nice puckering b4 mentioned flavors

D- is very good i found it just right with it sourness and just right with malt/hops and wood flavors...11.2 oz was just the right serving

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

I was talking to Frank one of the beer guys at Jungle Jims. He handed me a bottle of Petrus and told me if you like sours you got to try this beer. Frank is usually correct in his assessment of beers and was this time also. The beer was chilled and served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer has a bright golden coloration. Active almost champane like bubbling dancing to the surface. The head of the beer is white about a finger and half high. Nice lacing marks the side of my glass.

Smell: This beer is very pungently aromatic. The beer has a definite belgian yeast lactic aroma plenty of funk. The whole funky lactic aroma was something that used to be a gonad drawing up the the body cavity experience has become one of my favorite aromas. Enough about nads, the beer has some tart cherry tones and plenty of oak character peaking out. In all honesty this kind of reminds me of a Chardanay. A very complex aroma that sadly I am limited in how to describe it.

Taste: The taste has a nice lip puckering lemony / vinegar tone I expected. The oak gives it a hint of vanilla sweetness that gets smacked down into the lactic tartness. Very complex layered flavors very well done. To think this was a base beer for several other Brouwerj Bavik beers. I am going to have to check them out closer.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is light but never thin. The carbonation is active and really works well with the beers overall character. As far as drinkability you have got to be kidding me. This has beer pure beer drinking pleasure.

Photo of rrski198
3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Done from brief notes at a beer festival

A: Decent white head. Translucent fizzy yellow beer.

S: Sour, Sour, Sour moldy brad. Lite maltyness but overwhelmed by the scent.

T: Sour again is up front. Tastes like liquid sweet tarts. Very interesting.

M: Can't get past the mouth puckering sour flavors. It's all I'm getting. Big time carbonation.

D: Pretty interesting. Not familiar with this type of beer but it's interesting.

Photo of Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Pours a translucent, straw gold with no head and minimal lacing. Nose expresses citrus, french oak, and some toasty notes - perhaps a trace of caramel. Taste is salty, citrusy and mellow wood notes with a slightly tart finish. Mouthfeel is light and lively with an astringency that keeps the salivary glands stimulated. A solid example of the style - very pleasant and easy drinking with a well-hidden abv. Especially nice in that it is fairly easy to obtain.

Photo of fear025
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma:This one smells like a sour beer, with hints of wine.

Appearance:Pale with lots of bubbles. Lots of thick white head with OK retention.

Taste:There is a sharp tart apple sourness on the foretaste. The tartness fades quickly into a clean slightly sweet taste on the back end.

Mouthfeel:The acidic wild yeast astringency builds as the tartness fades. Good carbonation.

Drinkability:This is a quite refreshing sour beer. It's not the most sour beer in the world, but it's got some great flavors.

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.

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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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