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Petrus Aged Pale | De Brabandere

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Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Petrus Aged Pale is a 100% beer from our foeders. Michael Jackson, the beer hunter, chose the name in the late 1990s – and he was the first to sell this beer in his beer clubs. Today, it is still the reference for sour beers in the US. Petrus Aged Pale has won multiple gold medals in beer competitions worldwide. Moreover, ever since the start of the brewery, the beer has been used as a blending-beer with other beers to give them fresh, slightly sour flavors and aromas.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-27-2001

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Photo of Premo88
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into flute

L: clear gold, just a hint of amber in it to give it a peach look, small head of white foam just 3/4-inch tall but very sticky, leaving a thick coat of foam on the glass, keeps a super thick collar and almost full skin; not nearly as much lacing as sticking, and about 1/3 into the glass, that thick collar and full skin has turned into a tiny little collar (still noticeable) and maybe a 10-20% skin ... still plenty of bubbles rising in the column, just not much foam on top

S: sour ... dry white wine, vinegar, sour grapes, kumquats -- tends mostly to sour vinegar; as it warms, lets off a very sweet note, almost a bready malt aroma trying to squeeze through the sourness

T: super sour and a pinch salty, the sour punches you in the face and gets the mouth watering, then a subtle yet very present sweetness comes in to tame that first punch of sour; oak wood; while it's got a super dry white wine flavor, don't taste alcohol yet can feel the warmth of the strongish ABV; lemons

F: light and very crisp ... works perfectly with the flavor profile

O: this is pretty dang good ... for sour purists, it's loaded with big lemony taste notes and some white wine/vinegar in the nose, and for us sour novices, it's got just enough oak flavor and sweetness to tame the tartness and make it easier to drink. I love it. Not as sweet or fruity as Monk's Cafe, but with a pinch more sweetness than the Berliner weiss.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a nice thick white head of two finger height. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is quite strong of a sour apple cider vinegar smell which is mixed with a tart green apple like sourness. Along with these sour smells comes some aromas of an oaked smell and a little bit of a white wine vinegar and a little bit of lighter cracker aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a little bit of a cracker taste mixed with a good showing of a sour apple cider vinegar taste. Other fruit tastes of sweet apple, peach, and pear are present upfront. These are light overall and fade over time as the taste advances. All the while, the sour flavors get stronger and stronger with the apple cider vinegar getting stronger and being joined by a tart green apple flavor and some other vinegar flavors of a white wine vinegar nature. The oak while not very present upfront makes it’s showing at the end of the taste, with it growing to a rather decent potency and actually complimenting the sour flavors rather well. With the loss of the sweet fruit and the advancement of the sour vinegar and green apple flavors, one is left with a rather drier and moderately puckering sour flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thin with a carbonation that is rather moderate. For the sour and tart flavors of the brew, with the lighter flavors and nature of the beer, the lighter style of the carbonation and feel are quite nice overall and help make a more approachable beer, all the while still being a very slow drinker in light of the sour nature and abv.

Overall – A fairly nice sour overall with a drier and moderate sourness being complemented by a lighter fruit and decent showing of oak. While not the best sour out there it certainly one to try if you find it, especially if you like a little oak flavor.

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Photo of Mtn
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oak, Sour apple, green grape, white wine, lactic sour, subtle barnyard funk but it's there, mouthfeel and effervescence that you'd expect. Very very nice.

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Photo of Moose90
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from 750ml bottle

A — Pours a light yellow color into the glass. There is a light white colored head on it, though there is minimal lacing left behind.

S — Smells of tart lemon, fresh grass, bit of lime, green apple, sour, fresh and bright.

T — Tastes like a great champagne, very bright, lightly tart, refreshing.

M — Medium bodied, high carbonation, very easy drinking.

O — Great overall, really not sure how I slept on this one for so long. This is a total benchmark sour.

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Photo of Myotus
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikasa tulip. Pours with a half finger's worth of white foam that dissipates to a quarter's worth within 30 seconds. Dull gold in color. Bubbles are scarce. Has strong sour yeast, mild green apple and oak, and subtle cherry, coriander, and peach aromas. Initial taste is full on simultaneous ambush of all the flavors there were sensed as smells with a differing magnitude in taste: strong green apple and sour yeast; mild oak, cherry, peach, coriander, and smoke flavors (not sure where that smoke came from (magic?)). Medium bodied, mild carbonation, with a crisp finish. A great oud bruin! Definitely will buy this again, but try it in a snifter next time when I do.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a disturbingly clear yellow, gold with a one finger white head that doesn't stuck around long enough to enjoy the party. The nose is my favorite aspect of this beer.its sour up front with a 7up sweetness it the background. It also has a wooden, unripe apricot smell that I look for in sour beers. The flavor is nice and enjoyable, but it lacks the extreme sour that I have grown to long for. Overall, this is quite a nice beer. I just wish it were a little more aggressive.

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Photo of Jrguru
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great sour front, clean and tangy. Finish is smooth, not overly malted and stays on the pallets several minutes growing slightly more sour as it sits on the tongue. Great sour, would recommend.

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Photo of ajchocholousek
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 11.2oz bottle into Surly Teku:

Pours a brilliant golden straw with just a tinge of orange. Big fluffy 1+ finger white head that sits...and sits....and sits...and it's just not going away! Billowy and chunky. Beautiful.

Nose hits with a nice sourness that shows notes of apple, cherry, a touch of wood, and faint hit of smokiness. A little bit of lemon and coriander as well. Complex. Nice.

Mouth feel is more viscous than anticipated, but the good bit of prickly effervescence really carries it along to prevent it from weighing anything down. Taste is big and sour. A nice acidity leads the way to gentle, rindy lemon and grapefruit notes that play with a bit of apple and a, perhaps expected, firm bit of woody bitterness and slightly barnyardy funk.

A really nice, effortless drinker of a sour. Really hides its 7.3%. The light-enough body sends this right down the hatch while the acidity keeps you refreshed and the fruity/woody complexity keeps you interested. Great beer. Will keep buying from time to time.

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Photo of Nels_BA
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tart citrus lemon lime flavor start to finish. As I drank, I kept thinking this lemonade could use some sugar...
If you like to squeeze lemon/lime into your beer you should love this! No fresh lemon/lime slice needed.

A nice kick to it though.

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Photo of ufellc
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells slightly tart, and has an apple, citrus tart flavor. New to the style and wasn't expecting the flavor. Good overall. Good light mouthfeel that lingers the tart Apple notws

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Photo of peensteen
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very pale golden blonde colour, one finger of white head with some lace. Smell is sharp and acidic, fruity, lemon and green apple, whit wine oak and some funk. Taste is fruity and acidic, lemon, green apple and vinous wine, quite sour with a puckering tartness, dry finish and a mineral aftertaste. Medium high carbonation, spritzy and dry, medium body. Solid stuff here, I had mixed expectations going into this but it was quite good and very well priced, a hard combination to beat.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisited. Hazy pale brass color. Smells of sour lactic wood malt. Tastes incredibly earthy and oaky. Tart and dry with an almost sweet finish. Carbonation attached to the tongue as it washed across. Overall very good. Much more earthy and woody than recalled.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like and tastes like a fresh batch of wort. Very grainy. I like the beer, but mostly like how it reminds me of brew day when making homebrew. It’s fairly sweet.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A very clear and bright gold. The foam wasn't excessive but has a lot of retaining power. Lacing? For sure.

Geez, this smells good if you are a sour beer fan and don't mind some horse blanket permeating your nose buds.

I am deliberately trying to pull some of that funk out of my first few sips and I can but make no mistake, this one's all about the sour and quite a bit about the bitter.

On the sour scale shown on the label, 1 to 5, this comes in at a 5. I believe it and I relish in it.

I would call it close to medium bodied with a solid but not outrageous level of carbonation.

Dang this is good. On or at least at the level of your beers from Cantillion, De Cam, Tilquin, Gerard. .

More please!

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Photo of LoveMyBeer1991
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bought this beer as it peaked my interest.

A: Looks like a wheat beer. Golden amber gold which you can't see through. Minimal head.

S: Vinegar, sour lemon, grape.

T: Same as nose; lemon, sour, vinegar, grapes, white wine, minimal hop finish.

M: Great carbonation!

O: Great beer! Never had this style before and I really enjoy it! Something I will go back to and get again.

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Photo of Moneypenny
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sour dough bread and vinegar on the nose, hazy amber color, small amout of fine lace, minimal head, effervescent, sour on the palate, thin mouth feel. But it's mostly like a sledgehammer soaked in turpentine. So bready, doughy, vinegary, fizzy, resinous, and shockingly understated when you think about everything that's going on here. If I didn't want to drink this, I could probably use it to remove my nail polish. Possible cure for malaria.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into small snifter. best before "11/12/16", enjoyed on april 1, 2015

a: a very clear pale yellow against the light with minimal white head. very lager-like, but without the copious amounts of bubbles floating upward

s: oak barrel! wood, tartness, mild funk, white wine, lemon, somewhat malty. this is a very inviting nose as none of the characteristics are too aggressive

t: sour lemon up front, quickly followed by pale/lager malt flavours. vinous white grapes come in the mid-palate, but in general, there aren't many fruity characteristics here. a lingering finish consisting of a moderate hoppy bitterness, earthy wood notes, and funky tartness

m: moderate carbonation in a light-to-medium body, very fitting

o: not as fruity as i would like, but still an excellent sour beer

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Photo of topfloor
4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My, oh my! Just when I thought I was an obedient beer minion....

I wandered into a tap house in Oceanside, Ca around noon looking for something new to try. After scanning the rather extensive menu of tap options, I noticed the category of aged ales/sours and picked the only one listed. I had no idea of what to expect as I have never tried an aged ale. The word "sour" intrigued me and I was feeling good on vacation and adventurous.

The ale was placed on my table in a thin wine glass with a wide mouth and poured half full. I stared down at about 4 oz of a very pale yellow mystery that subtly scared me. I don't exactly know why it seemed intimidating. Perhaps it was because it was not what I had expected it to look like or maybe I was afraid that I was being watched in part of a gruesome experiment upon unsuspecting patrons that were brave enough to order such a calamity.

There was no head other than a thin ring clinging to the sides. I put my nose into the glass and took a timid sniff. What kind of beast was this?

The smell was funky. Funky as in unrecognizable. Sure the sour note was readily present but there was a strange feeling of being dragged back about 400 years (I'm not kidding). I could tell there had been a war between the physics of nature and time. The quiet battlefield and it's casualties now lay in my glass.

There was no going back. I quickly glanced around to make sure there wasn't a team of medics waiting in case something went wrong and wiped my sweaty palms on my lap.

The first sip revealed the anticipated sourness; a sour with an acidic feel. The intensity very quickly gave way to another realm of complexity; notes of old wood and earth were crisp through the nose after swallowing. My palate danced back and forth between the acidic feel and sour, aged funkiness. The finish was mostly dry akin to a brut champagne. In fact, this brew reminds me of an expensive champagne. The carbonation bites in a rough way but also a little flirty.

This concoction is a "sipper" though it has a very light mouth feel but it is ample in flavor. It can be enjoyed like a blind date with promise. It was served cold but even as the contents warmed a little it remained sassy.

I later found this brew at a local store and it beckons me from time to time. A mistress in a bottle.

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Photo of BlazinPhoenixLeopardLexy
2.49/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I wanted to like it due to all the great reviews it has, however i personally found it rather unpalatable. Slightly sweet, mostly bitter, odd fizz, tart smell (similar to Prosecco or Champagne)

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Photo of Batheinfire
1.52/5  rDev -62.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Pours clear yellow with half a finger of head.
Vinegar and lemon hints in the smell.
Pungent sour vinegar Taste to start, followed by a more subtle lemon flavour, quite sour but smooths out.
Taste caught me off guard, it's definitely an acquired one. Personally not for me but glad I tried it.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Very pale and clear.
Muted aromas, but the taste as wonderfully balanced, sour and restrained. Lemons to the fore, and oak.
Mouthfeel somewhat light, but really nice drinking al in all.

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Photo of pat61
4.81/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Starts with a lemony, citrusy tart nose with traces of vinegar. It pours a rich gold, sour on the nose, 1” head dissipates to a film, leaves fine lace. Big lemony palate supported by traces of light fruit sweetness balancing between plum and cherry and a hint of vanilla. Slight oak astringency and a hop accent on the finish.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle served cool into a glass. Purchased from LBCO for $2.00 CDN. Excited to try this style for only the second time (Liefmans Goudenband).

Appearance - Clear, pale golden color capped by a half finger of quickly disappearing white head. Very few bubbles are visible as the beer looks quite flat overall. Some lacing left behind.

Smell - Wow, extremely rich vinous like quality, reminiscent of good champagne. There's also a sweet floral and raspberry undercurrent upon repeated whiffs. A slight earthy dankness to the whole beer as well I'm guessing from the oak barrels. I can't wait to try this.

Taste - The grapey vinousness to this beer shows up, some mild salt and tartness to the beer as well. Earthy sourness throughout, but in a refined and delicate way. Alcohol is imperceptible. Nice acidity, but not overkill.

Mouthfeel - Lacking in carbonation, but that's to be expected with the style. Moderately bodied although light for a higher ABV beer, it finishes lip puckeringly dry and the relatively mild acidity makes this very drinkable.

Overall - A great little beer, that probably serves as a nice gateway to sours, the smell and taste profile on this are awesome, and I'm wishing I had picked up a couple more. In fact this is good enough to warrant a beer run all on its own.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Dec 11 2016. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a clear golden-yellow colour, generating one finger of fizzy, bone-white head that quickly dissipates. After a minute or so, only a thin collar remains at the surface. It's certainly not much to look at. Fortunately, the aroma is somewhat more interesting - fruity and a little floral. Green apple, sour lemon and white wine are noticeable, with mild hints of oaky tannin. There's also some funky acetic notes, which give the nose a tangy twang that is vaguely reminiscent of balsamic vinegar.

Now this is a sour that I can get behind - the flavour profile is tart, with a nice, approachable acidity. Green apple is probably the strongest vibe I am getting, followed closely by white wine and citrusy lemon zest. The tart flavours weaken in the tail end of the profile, allowing the wheaty pale malt backbone to shine through, along with hints of oak and some light funk. An acetic/vinegar acidity lingers on into the aftertaste, along with some woody tannin astringency. Light-medium in body, with restrained carbonation levels that result in a crisp, satisfying mouthfeel. While the alcohol content is nowhere to be seen, this is definitely a sipper at heart.

Final Grade: 4.39, a very solid A grade. I do not have any previous experience with this specific style of beer, nor would I consider myself a big fan of sours in general - but Petrus Aged Pale is quite possibly my favourite sour so far. The funky acidity and the tannins from the barrel result in an eminently quaffable, unique little brew that has gone a long way towards changing my opinion of sours. A good 'gateway sour', due to the affordable price point and approachable flavour profile - I will definitely make sure to procure a few more bottles of this for the cellar, since I don't expect this to remain available in Ontario indefinitely.

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Photo of cujocon
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

7.3 ABV
11.2 oz Brown Bottle $4.50 State Street Northampton MA
Appearance: Forms a head on pouring
Hazy golden color
Head disappears almost immediately leaving bubbles around the rim

Smell: Tangy and a little funky - not like fruit

Flavor: very tart at first a little acidy, finishes dry with a little aftertaste in the back of my throat
Maybe a little woody - a little like an unripe green grape

Overall: 3/5 I like the price and the ease of acquiring, it is fun to drink one bottle.
I would not ask for a second bottle in one sitting as it is too sour for more than one.
I'm burping acid a little bit.

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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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