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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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2,095 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,095
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 93
Gots: 236 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Best before19/05/11. Matured in oak barrels for 20 months. Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy 1 1/2 finger white head. Slight sour fruit aroma in the nose along with a touch of oak . Sour tart taste that transitions to sweet and then a slight bitter end. Subtle aftertaste of alcohol. Slight acidity to this one. Light/medium mouthfeel. A little pricey at $4.39/33cl bottle but pretty satisfied with this one.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

A: This beer appears a very clear, light golden color. The head is very minimal, yet the retention is very good.

S:The beer smells really funky and tannic, always a good sign.

T: The taste is reminiscent of sour white wine, with a really puckering finish. I also get some nice notes of wood with prominent acetic properties.

M: The feel is decent, with a growing vinegar burn in the back.

D: It's pretty tasty, but not the smoothest ride.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass...

Truly golden in color, highlighted by even brighter gold hues. Pours a 1-cm head that moves to wispy bubbles very quickly. A slight delicate lace emerges. Much lighter than I expected for an old brown ale.

This is a very complex beer. There is a slight funk on top of caramel. And the more you smell, the funkier it is. I can't really pinpoint the rest of the aromas, but there are sweet and sour characteristics that trade off, as well as a medley of great aromas. On the palate, I find out that the nose of Petrus Aged Pale deceives its true nature. There is a big acetic sourness in front of a a nice funky Belgian yeast. There are some light fruity esters, and vinous Chardonnay notes.

Really smooth, with a perfectly carbonated light to medium textured body, yielding a great texture. I will definitely be heading back for more bottles of this. This is a great sour, and to be able to buy it at $4/bottle is a great treat.

Photo of blackc5
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a gorgeously clear golden copper with a large white foam head that faded rapidly, leaving just a bit of lace.

S - Noticeably tart on the nose, with hints of oak tannins and white wine.

T - Quite tart and acidic. Vinegar-like, but without astringency. After a few sips, it actually seems quite reasonable, and overall is quite tasty. Some oak in the flavor, but not as much as expected, and hints of fruity sweetness that bob and weave, but quickly fade, making you wonder if they were there at all... Not much in the way of malt in the traditional sense, and no hops at all. Some funk in the aftertaste after the sourness subsides a bit.

M - Dry finish and light bodied, with just moderate carbonation.

D - Suprisingly high given it's pucker-factor. I do think the Pale Ale name on the bottle is a bit of a misnomer and may do it a disservice.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle with a best by date of 05/02/11. Pours an astonishingly clear gold color with a voluminous white foam that fades pretty slow for a sour and leaves some nice lacing.

Mouth-wateringly acidic with a little bit of vinegar and pickled eggs on the nose. Maybe a little bit of rotting wood, but the sourness is pretty strong.

Lightly malted, gripping sourness on the flavor with some tannic wood and tart fruit coming out. I wish the malts were a bit more assertive and maybe some darker fruit would be nice. It does have a nice level of sourness, especially for the price (about $3.50), it can fix a sour craving at the very least. Pretty tasty, but lacks the depth behind the sourness to really keep things moving. That said, I will most definitely buy a few more of these for the cellar, it's a great value.

Photo of azorie
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer in the wrong style category. While this is an aged beer, it really is not a pale, or even a strong pale, it would really be better served in the sour gueuze category but hey I just drink them.
Yes I know its not a true gueuze, but Belgians tend to be hard fits into distinct styles sometimes and this beer is one of those times.

If you hate sours stay away from this great beer.

A: Pale of course, poured hard into a mug, some lacing, short lived its aged beer to be expected.

S: ahh, tart tart apples, pears, vinegar nose. some oaked mellow malt, no hops.

T: fruiting tartness, its sour apples, and cherries and malt, some yeast backend that smooths it out. Not for the faint of heart.

m: dry, champagne like, light body

D: ahh refreshing stuff, easy to drink a few, watch that ANV it sneakes up on you at 3 or 4 of these.

notes: this is a beer you hate or love, and its a acquired taste, but to us sour lovers its heaven, enjoy.

Photo of stakem
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 6/13/10.

On tap at Monk's Cafe, i've seen this in bottles before but not on tap so figured why not give it a try.

Served in a sort of stubby champagne glass, it appears a clear golden orange color with less than a finger of creamy head. Lace clings all about the glass. The aroma of this brew has all the indications of this being a funky brew. Slight fruity tones with an indication of sourness. The flavor of this brew has a tartness upfront with fruity hints and vinegar character. Quite a bit of puckering power with it's sourness level. Light bodied with a modest level of carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. Lingering flavor of funk and an oaky woodsiness left in the mouth that exaggerates the dryness of this beer along with an ever increasing amount of alcohol. As it warms there is a mild amount of orange rind flavor.

Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed dulled gold color, quickly diminishing cap of wwhite froth leaving small touches of lacing. Scent is of tart and acidic wine grapes backed by hints of apple, soapy lemon, musty straw and vinegar. Taste is a little smoother than the muddled and bold scent dictates but brings the qualitites of tart and acidic wine grapes and musty hay to the front, apple and vinegar in the middle and finishes with the soapy lemon. Very little oak charachter. Lighter side of medium bodied, slightly below average level of carbonation, tingly and prickly on the palate though, slight lingering tartness. A good beer that could perhaps use a touch of mellowing.

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Bossanova in Alton,Illinois on 7/31/10.

A-Pours out a clear,golden hue with a slightly brownish tint.A small,loosely-formed white head quickly disappeared leaving thin,filmy lace for the duration of the pint.The lack of any notable carbonation created somewhat of a mental block considering the use of champagne yeast.

S-Smelled of apple cider vinegar,California chardonnay,key lime and sourdough toast.Small hint of oak rounded the nose out with a subtle earthiness.

T-Tart,Granny Smith apples,lime,toasted oak,young Sauvignon blanc grapes and the champagne yeast really shined through for this beer.Deliciously sour!

M-Crisp,clean,light and puckering.The champagne yeast tricked my mouth into experiencing carbonation that wasn't there.Light to medium bodied with a nice,dry finish.

D-This was my first sour beer and by all accounts
I would consider it a successful introduction from an enjoyability standpoint but it being my first,I can't comment on it's trueness to the Oud Bruin style.I was actually kind of discouraged from trying this by my bartender but I found it delightful and my wife(who isn't really a fan of micro's much less strange "sour" beers)enjoyed it also.I could definitely drink a few of these.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light gold into my pint glass with very little head that dissipates quickly and shows very little carbonation.

S - Smells sour and citrus, like lemon and lime, bright and sharp.

T - I was not expecting this oak aged pale to be so sour. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It is very sour and citrusy with a nice woodiness from the oak aging. Almost a balsamic vinegar sharpness to it as well. Unique and delicious.

M - This brew is very tart, yet crisp and clean. Medium body that coats the mouth nicely.

D - I could enjoy another one of these for sure. Glad I stumbled upon it. Just completely not what I was expecting, in a good way!

Photo of thepeter
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright clear golden color with a smaller than average head that lasts as a film for most of the beer. The lacing is very nice and sticky as it clings to the glass. Great funky, tart, sour fruit aroma. First sip hits you with that same sour funk, and then mellows out quite a bit. I got a lot of sour apple/grapes mixed in with a musty funk and acidity. There is a slight sweetness to balance it all through the beer and a very pleasant dryness at the end. There is a medium to light body which is a bit thin for an Oud Bruin, however this one is a "Pale" ale. . . either way I would have preferred more body. Very refreshing and so easy to drink, could drink it all day.

Photo of sketchpunx
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark gold with a two finger white head and a swirl of bubbles. The smell is all sour. Apples, lemons and funk. The taste is again, all sour. Not sure this really qualifies as a pale ale, but I'm not complaining. This really reminds me of Rodenbach Grand Cru with less fruit and more dry in the taste. Yum! This is going to leave you puckering but if you like sour beer then this is one to try.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into an Ommegang tulip.

Pours a deep dark brown with a small clingy light brown head. Nose is light, malty and sweet with some tart funk.

Taste is very tart and sour. It's rich and malty, for being funky but quite smooth and drinkable for what it is, light malt and light carb is nice.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean, pale yellow-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, well, like sticking your head in a package of sweet tarts. In the taste, sugary and liquid sweet tarts, yet more tart than sweet. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry sourness in the aftertaste. Super sour, a bit sweet, but delicious all day long!

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

Draft pour into a 12 oz Petrus glass. 7.3 % ABV for $7.50. Said to be the first time the aged Petrus is available on draft in the US. Aged between 24 and 30 months.

A: Pours with a bright white head with short retention. There is very little carbonation visible. In fact, my beer menu actually states that this brew was intentionally undercarbonated.

S: Only pale malts were used. Hop aromas of lemon and lime.

T: Semi fruity with just a hint of sherry. A subtle woody character is imparted by the oak aging. I ordered this one again to make sure the salty, briny, vinegar, olive flavor from my first experience was correct. It literally tasted like a dirty martini, which intrigued the hell out of me, but wasn't consistent with any of the reviews that I read afterward. My first experience was the anomaly. Even so, both were delicious. Call me crazy but there is definitely room in the craft beer world for a briny sour.

M: Even if this brew is undercarbonated, it's a moot point. There is more than enough stimulation with the tartness. Medium body leaning slightly towards the thin side. Intense mouthfeel with substantial sourness, tartness and acidity. Mouth coating and tongue scraping cleanser. Long flavor with biting carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D: An awesome brew with great flavor and an intense mouthfeel. Could go back to back with this sipper.

Photo of boss302
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Petrus Aged Ale, 333ml bottle, batch #40084 on the back label.

A Golden/deep yellow color, crystal clear, good head to start, though it faded quickly and didn't cover to the end.

S Tart sweet aroma, buttery winey aroma. Grassy, reminds me of Sauvignon Blanc.

T Tart, green apple taste, similar to a Geuze. There is a nice sweet sharp tang at the back of the tongue like a sweet tart candy. More wine like than I expected. Complex flavors and a beer that is more of a sipper than a quaffer.

M Carbonation seems low, medium body.

D Definitely a beer worth trying, perhaps not for the novice, but certainly the more adventurous BA. There is some interesting flavors in this beer, and not quite like any other beer I've tried. I will have another. I wish I knew more about wine so that I could more easily distinguish the characteristic flavors that come as a result of the oak barrel aging.

Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasn't sure if I had had this before but it was on draft so what's there to lose? Beer is yellow and clear. Forms a broken white head of small bubbles. Almost no lacing (like it should be) and the carbonation level is low.

Aroma is really good. Mildly acetic, almost sweet, mild funky basement.

Beer is thin and has a slightly metallic tinge to it. Strong acetic acid note, almost cherry like at times. Pretty bright flavors, good drinkability and nice mouthfeel.

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

Had this on 2010-07-10 at Capone's

A - Medium amber. Short, white head with little lacing.

S - Plum, raisin, roasted grain, sour yeast with no vinegar smell.

T - Like a very tart apple. This isn't malty; it's crisp and sour, which is great for this style.

M - Champagne-like

D - If this is a style you really enjoy, then more than one makes sense. For me, one is enough as a real, taste treat like a Rodenbach Grand Cru.

Photo of BMoney575
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7-11-10

Pours a clear orange/amber color with a foamy white head that slowly settles. A few bubbles rise to the top, leaving a thick layer of foamy lacing.

Smell is super sour and lightly funky, with lots of light fruity aromas and a hit of alcohol. Slightly oaky, slightly aged, sharply sour at the end.

Taste is surprisingly delicate, apple juice fruit flavors at first, followed by a big kick of sour funkiness. The finish is sour and slightly bitter, but it fades quickly, leaving a dry and fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is extremely sticky and very nicely carbonated, doing a very good job of accenting the sour flavors.

Drinkability is very good, no problem downing several if you were in a sour mood.

Overall, very well made and an outstanding example of the style. I will be getting this again.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a bright gold, faint haze, with one finger of sudsy eggshell head. Lacing is minimal

Smell -- Brett, oak, lemon, dark pitted fruits.

Taste -- Quite tart up front with salted lemons and biscuit. The middle yields some sherry-like flavor along with raisins and prunes. The alcohol becomes noticeable toward the finish, along with more pronounced oak.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body, a bit slick with ample prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability -- This beer is very dynamic with the flavors quickly evolving throughout the taste. Exceptional to say the least. I feel foolish for putting this back on the shelf so many times before.

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

Have had on tap, this review from a bottle poured into a flute.

A- Immaculately clear and transparent, glowing golden with champagne-like carbonation that produces a bridal white head of fluff.

S- Intensely sour apples dominate, leaving little room for anything else save for some yeasty undertones intermingled. Different.

T- Really really sour, all apples, lemon, and vinegar. Really sharp to the tongue, very tasty and refreshing, albeit straightforward. 7.3% abv is hidden behind the wall of flavor.

M- Very thin and light, balanced by the physical manifestation of tartness.

D- Not for everybody, but if you can hang with it, this is a really great summertime refresher. Like a light Rodenbach Grand Cru.

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

330ml bottle
7.3% ABV
I tried this beer on September 2, 2009 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a hazy golden brown with a thin white head that lasted. The aroma is musty bread and wood chips. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with light carbonation. The taste was SOUR! Moreso than the Petrus Oud Bruin in my opinion. Very yeasty in the taste.

Photo of ajwillys
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very clear. Light-medium amber. Very little lacing, nearly no head.
S - Sour apple juice. Shockingly low smell.
T - Very tart, vinegar. Slightly sweet notes.
M - Moderate amount of dryness. Ready to go with minimal foreplay.
D - Quite drinkable.

Photo of crossovert
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.

Pours with a massive white head that sticks for s decent while then recedes leaving some really nice lacing. The body is a brilliant clear gold, almost pilsener like, but without the carbonation bubbles.

There is quite a bit of vinegar in the scent. There is also some mellow vanilla and oak scents that are nice. There is also a perfume-like fruitiness bringing to mind peach or apricot.

This one was more sour than expected. It has vinegar notes but also a boatload of fruitiness. The oak isn't as pronounced in the flavor but it provides a smooth balance. It is pretty acidic but not too over the top.

This brewery and brand have been known to produce some clunkers, not this fine brew.

Photo of Xul
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent and effervescent golden, capped by a half finger of white foam. The head dissipates quickly, leaving some scant bubbles and lacing across the top of the beer.

S: Sweet, pale malts arrive at the nose first, followed by distinct notes of oak, vanilla, citrus, and funk. A light acidity follows but never overtakes the malty base. The sweetness and vanilla are a bit out of character, but damn...it smells REALLY inviting.

T: More tart than the nose lets on, the acidity becomes apparent as soon as it hits my mouth but never surpasses a moderate level. Lots of lemon zest and citrus notes up front, it moves into a slightly funked malt base with some oak notes on the edges, moving back intro citrusy tartness for the finish. The vanilla from the nose is strangle absent...the taste is closer to style, but I'm really curious how some sweet vanilla would have mingled with the flavors.

M: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation.

D: Goes down very smooth and with the tartness being kept to a restrained level, it would be easy to put down quite a few of these.

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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