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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

Petrus Aged PalePetrus Aged Pale

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BA SCORE
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1,572 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1572
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.51%


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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CowsandBeer

Kansas

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Fleming Place in Topeka, KS. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a half finger's worth of head which quickly fizzed away. Thin bubbles stayed at the edges and with a good swirl turned into a thin cap which left some nice lacing on the sides. Looks like a cider. Golden in color. Doesn't look like too much.

Aroma: Apple vinegar, acidic cider, white wine and a lactic tang. Earthy, humid basement. Faint oak. Rotting pineapple and dirty hay.

Taste: Wave of acidic and tangy vinegar. Sour grapes and tart rotting apples. Stomach acid and finishes with a bit of barrel and a hint of vanilla. The lactic tangyness actually keeps the sourness from being offensive. No hint of booze.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy. High carbonation. Drying. Slight warmth in the throat.

Overall: Fairly new to the style but I like this as an introduction. I don't know if I'm getting acid reflux or if it's just the beer in my throat. Excellent on the first day of summer. Not overly complex but being fairly new I'm still getting used to the sour. You know you always seem them on the shelf, pick one up already.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 05:17:32 | More by CowsandBeer
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matthiasbrau

New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 11.2 ounce bottle into a Petrus chalice. Cider-like aroma; one finger of foam, quickly dissipates; golden color; super dry and definitely more tart than the Oud Bruin? I swear this reminds me of my homemade cider (which I wish were this good); bet this would be grand with brunch; i definitely like it; what other treasures does this brewery have?

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 00:10:39 | More by matthiasbrau
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Petrus Aged Pale pours a golden, amber-ish and orange kind of color, a bit muddled in hue, although it has reasonably good clarity, save for a bit of chill haze at the start. The gray-tinted head doesn't stick around for a very long time, as it quickly descends into a skin that has trouble even spanning the top of the brew. No lacing, although it isn't exactly expected for this style of beer.

One sniff and you're hit with a good "one-two" combo of sour and funk; musky cellar and corky funk, complimented by a mirage of tart fruits, like apple skins, lemon zest, and a bit of white grape. Barrel character is highly integrated, too, with plenty of tannin and wet oak. The yeast provides a touch of clove-like spice and maybe even a bit of bubblegum - very characteristic of certain Belgian yeast strains. So far, I'm liking how things are going.

The brew carries a nice, even tartness throughout the entirety of each sip; the profile expands even more on the palate, opening up and bouncing around with a plethora fruits. Green apples, grapes, cherries, strawberry, and a touch of lemon zest in the end. Tart, but not quite puckering or sour, and very calm and mellow; no acidic burn, which is a good thing for my stomach lining. Vinegar as well as vinous notes are low, except for a heavy bit of oak that hangs around in the background, adding a nice level of complex dryness to the beer.

For a "sour" ale, this beer is balanced very well and has plenty of malt and even a touch of grassy hops to keep the tart-inducing yeast in check. I wouldn't call it "boozy" at 7.3% ABV, but the barrel aging does integrate a mild sherry and phenol-like alcoholic tone that beefs up an otherwise light-tasting Belgian sour. Medium bodied, even borderline creamy, although the high carbonation keeps it from being so. Finish is somewhat dry and a touch sticky.

Awesome beer here, and what's even better is that you can easily pick this stuff off of most shelves around town. Definitely a brew that's sour and funky enough to please long-time fans of the style, while remaining mild and tame enough to not scare newcomers away. Reasonably priced for the quality and amount as well; one of the better examples of blonde Belgian sours that are easy to obtain.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 03:33:03 | More by tectactoe
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: A nice hazy, almost cloudy blonde color with a tiny bubble.

S: Tart and yeasty yet again. Smells like pears and apples.

T: Wow, that surprised me. It is the most sour and tart beer I have had as of yet. You could say it is similar to a kind of vinegar, like a cheap apple cider one. Not what I was expecting.

M: Slight bit of carbonation but you can't really pay attention to it because you are preoccupied with the tartness, which completely preoccupies your tastebuds and mind.

O: If this is what I can expect from a strong/good "sour" then they might not be my favorite. I prefer kind of a sweet tartness or a very carbonated one like a kombucha. I like stuff closer to Rodenbach Classic. Not for me and I love apple cider.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 23:40:25 | More by gillagorilla
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flip387

Texas

3.29/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 4.0

Transparent golden, almost cider colored. Slightly fizzy head.

Smell: 3.25

Sour and tart with light fruity hints.

Taste: 3.25

Strong sour taste that jumps out, due to the sour taste the other flavors are difficult to identify.

Mouthfeel: 3.25

Sour and almost juice like with hints of fruits. The fruit notes resemble a green apple. Light beer with light carbonation.

Overall: 3.25

First sour beer I've drank, not the type of beer I would normally drink, and not quite sure I'm a fan of sour beers. This is a light and very sour, slightly fruity beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 22:03:51 | More by flip387
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tap

Pours light clear golden, white film for a head.

Smells of lemon and apple cider vinegar.

Tastes of very tart citrus and vinegar.

Body is medium to full with light bubbly carbonation.

Very tasty sour ale, great flavor, a must-try for fans of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 23:54:24 | More by Cylinsier
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Pours clear straw yellow with a medium frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is acidic sourness with some tart green apples and a little sweethearts.

The flavor is lots of acidic tart mouth-puckering sourness with some sweethearts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice acidic sour. It's very sour and a little sweet and candy-like Duchesse, but not too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 03:24:47 | More by Beaver13
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NODAK

Tennessee

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is certainly plenty tart with vinegar and perhaps grapes playing a role here.

Taste is an interesting one. It comes across as plenty sour with a good vinegar taste to it, but there's a tropical fruit aspect to it that others have said they liken to pineapple. Seems about right. Towards the finish I think I even detect a tart grape note. It's tasty and a departure from the red sours.

Sour enough to make it tasty but not overbearing. Different from many sours I've had since most have been red. My favorite?? Probably not. A good option??? Certainly.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 02:09:49 | More by NODAK
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in flared sample glass @davewhite4, the third of a Petrus trilogy.

A: pilsener-like; little head; very good carbonation; not much lacing
S: very sour aroma; quite prominent for a sour ale (the best nose of the three we tried)
T: lemon, honey, much like a cold hot toddy; very sour, Pimms-like; I don't detect the aging; flavorful throughout, with fruit flavors matched nicely against the sourness
M: decent

Best of the three Petrus beers

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 22:19:51 | More by Arithmeticus
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Frothy chardonnay...that description about sums it up. A bit darker than a white wine.

Smell: Doesn't match up with the rest of the beer. Sourdough...slightly off-putting. It's good, but I would like it a bitter stronger.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pungent bleu cheese and vinegar with a lemon finish. A grapey wine flavor as well. Petrus Aged Ale gets very complex as it warms and improves on its yeasty characteristics. Clean finish that complements the acidic traits perfectly.

Overall Drinkability: Takes some getting used to, but this will wake you up. World. Class.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2013 03:55:28 | More by tjsdomer2
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LordChesterfield

Oregon

4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably one of the most unique beers I've had. It's a pale yellow, not unlike Hoegaarden. The taste comes on strong and kicks you in the tongue with sourness, but it's not unpleasant. As you drink more the sourness subsides and flavors of orange and tang are left. Is a beer that appeals to different areas of the tongue. It also displays flavors of oak due to the aging. So we have flavors of oak, orange, sour, green wood, and hops to bring it all together. And it's tame enough to drink non-stop. Fantastic

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 01:52:36 | More by LordChesterfield
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: very hazy, quite light yellow. Huge fluffy head. Different and nice.
Smell: full disclosure, I'm a newbie for this style. Interesting for sure. Some sweet years tines, and sour funk.
Taste: yow. Certainly fits the description of the style. Tastes like green apple cider at first. Over the initial shock...very interesting. Not sure I'll be seeking this out but who knows.
Overall: will revisit this after I gain a bit more experience with the style. Very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 22:29:40 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into wine glass.

A - Beautiful pale brown color, with lots of head (2 fingers).

S - A nice dry, oak smell, lots of mild, sour smells.

T - Superb. Very bold in sour flavors, yet smooth. If this were your first sour beer, you couldn't help but want more. Not at all overpowering in sour, tart tastes. This is just so delicious.

M - Just right for the beer. Medium bodied.

O - Much better than the regular Petrus flanders beer. More bold sour flavors that go so well with the other complext tastes. I'll definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 23:43:08 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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flayedandskinned

California

3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No bottle date
Poured into a standard tulip.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy blond with a loose, 2 finger white head that dissipate almost as soon as it forms, leaving zero lacing behind in it's wake.

Aroma: Big acidic waves of lemon, white wine vinegar, tangy pineapple and overripe pear flesh. There is a little bit of funk that manifests itself as musty, wet hay on the edges of the acidity. There some light undertones of vanilla imbued by the oak aging. Very assertive nose, although definitely not the most complex i've smelled on a sour ale.

Taste: Wow, this is one mouth puckering ale; huge and in your face lemon juice with some vinegar and funky pineapple from the brettanomyces yeast strains. A big rush of prickly carbonation brings some needed reprieve to your shocked palate by drying out the juicy sourness. The dry, somewhat bitter finish leaves you left with lingering notes of vanilla and more tangy pineapple.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with high carbonation which is consistent with the style.

Overall: A very puckering, sour ale that certainly scratches that sour itch, if you're having a craving. Unfortunately the sourness is a bit one note and doesn't have a big funky brett presence to embellish it. It is a solid, somewhat easily attainable sour that doesn't necessarily "wow" a seasoned sour drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 05:29:38 | More by flayedandskinned
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured one finger of head on a clear, golden colored body. The smell is all sour, but in a nice way. The taste has moderate bitterness followed by a strong sour flavor; good balance. The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation. Quite an interesting ale with some great flavors that you don't see much of. It was cider-like in texture and taste but less sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2013 02:50:52 | More by Fatehunter
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to Fantome tulip

A: Light golden honey colored with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a medium lacing around the top of the glass. It is totally translucent and about as clean as you can get which is impressive considering its been in barrels.

S:It smells almost like aged hops, I can tell that they smell like hops but they are about as far away from fresh as you can get as they definitely have an earthy funk characteristic to the smell. There is also oak in there as well it is not powerful but does weill to balance the other scents

T: Wow so I am really impressed here it has a dry sour taste that is very similar to what I would expect from a quality lambic but the funk is there (especially in a farmhouse aspect) but it adds to the flavor instead of overpowering it (probably the making the ale part of the beer much more noticeable). It is crisp and very clean in the finish.

M: This beer is very light considering its abv and goes down very easily considering the same. It has a light puckering sour feel upfront but not over powering. It is thin and somewhat watery but that makes it very drinkable. The crispness and clean nature of the finsh are really helped by the carbonation which makes this feel light and refreshing (more so then any sour I have tasted).

O:The appearance and smell for this beer are good but not great the taste and feel however do achieve greatness. It is very drinkable for its higherish abv and maintains a great sour flavor I could drink these for days and normally I reach a limit with sour beers this I wish came by the six pack. I highly recommend you try this especially if you like sours.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 22:55:24 | More by Pinknuggets
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not an especially attractive color: dirty blond. Head settles out fast.

Smells awesome! Very tart and fruity. Was not expecting this given the name of the beer.

First sip wows me with its mouth-puckering flavor. Again, not expecting this. But I love it, and it’s probably the most sour beer I’ve had to date. There really aren’t a lot of nuances to this beer, but that doesn’t bother me; I'm really enjoy the sour flavor and find it very drinkable. Despite its oak aging, I’m not detecting it. Carbonation and mouthfeel are spot-on.

I will be buying this one again the next time I’m in the mood for a sour. Very good and highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 14:12:51 | More by JEdmund
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Aaron_Ramson

California

3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As much as I appreciate the artistry and craft involved in making this beer, it was hard to drink. A sour beer of this caliber is no easier to drink than a fine scotch; sipping is the best way to approach. The color is a dull without being hazy, the nose a tart lactic, acidic burn. The taste followed the nose with a sour, acidic bile flavor masking the taste of malts and hops. Hints of vanilla, "greenness" and wood are undetectable under the acid burn. Sweet caramel and grain show up in the aftertaste and comes on after the sour acid fades away. The mouthfeel is as thin as would be expected, with a carbonated bite that helps the flavor along. All in all, this is a beer that I highly appreciate, and have no desire to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 03:04:29 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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jfvarela

California

4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 Pint - 9.4 oz bottle

Appearance: It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: sour, funky, sweet pale malts, chardonnay grapes, apples, vinegery

Taste: Tart, sour, bitter. pucker of a beer. Some oak and chardonnay grapes in there too.

Mouthfeel: A little smooth, pucker, a bit dry, low to medium carbonation, and light to medium bodied.

Overall: Its a pretty good beer... Luckily i got the last 2

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 18:41:46 | More by jfvarela
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

2.79/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into my DHF chalice.

A - Pours a honey/copper color. Poured rather cloudy and I was careful not to empty the dregs into the glass. Minimal white rocky head. Quickly disapates to a thin white layer. Some minimal white lacing. Average carbonation.

A - Sour, spice, faint sour milk, musty.

T - Sour, stomach acid pukey taste - quite a shock to the system, faint sweetness up front with strong sour in the finish.

MF - Fizzy and sharp on the palate.

O - Too sour for me. I like my flanders with a bit more sweetness for balance. A sipping beer. No swiling this brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 01:23:12 | More by Sludgeman
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that for the most part is still there. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Oakey, sour, funky, sweet pale malts, chardonnay grapes, apples,

Taste: Tart, sour, bready, and bitter. Super pucker of a beer. Some oak and chardonnay grapes in there too.

Mouthfeel: A little smooth, pucker, chewy, a bit dry, low to medium carbonation, and light to medium bodied.

Overall: Wow, I might have to get more of these soon. Pretty solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 04:31:18 | More by Flounder57
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow color with a small soapy white head. Champagne like carbonation streaming through the glass.

Smell: Smell is very tart with notes of white grape, green apple, lemon.

Taste: Sour apple, vinegar, white wine, lemon. There's a hint of sweetness that helps cut the sourness/tartness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: Really tasty beer and a bit of a pleasant surprise considering I wasn't that impressed with the Petrus Oud Bruin. Worth picking up a bottle if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 05:37:15 | More by Jonada
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PriorDoubleDark

Maine

4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased on-tap at HotShots Family Entertainment Center in beautiful downtown Pismo Beach CA on a rainy Thursday evening. This selection was a fine nightcap, a palette cleanser after an evening of drinking heavy, syrupy beers (Parobla, Ovila Quad, Black Marlin Porter). This sour was simple and sufficient - a pleasure to be what ended our drinking evening.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2013 05:40:48 | More by PriorDoubleDark
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a light golden amber color. The head is a one finger white shade. It's more substantial looking than others in the style, but still fades quickly. Thin splotches of lacing are left on the glass.

S: There's good tartness on the nose - better than I expected really, given how low the Petrus Oud Bruin was in sour qualities. The fruit esters here are pretty light; apple, pear, grapes, and maybe some vague citrus. Even touches of honey and pale malts are found.

T: Oh yeah. This one has some good mouth-puckering sourness. It's definitely acetic/vinegary in nature; however, it's not perfectly integrated within the other (meager) qualities the flavor profile provides. It is balanced well, however. Just like the aroma, there aren't really any cherry fruit qualities, it's pretty much apple/pears/grapes alongside the acetic sourness. It becomes less tart near the finish as some light maltiness and the faintest 'ping' of grassy hops come through.

M: Pretty damn light in texture, which is just what I look for in the style. Oak tannins help to dry out some of the acidic zing on the finish and aftertaste, and never come across too harshly. It isn't particularly easy to drink, but it IS easy to sip, and that's what counts.

O: This one definitely delivers the sour, puckering bite to it - and at a decent price, to boot! I really wish it was fruitier, but that's just nitpicking. I'd definitely consider making this one a go-to sour for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 23:21:58 | More by ThisWangsChung
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good beer had a nice funky, sour and vinagar aroma. Not catching much of the oak aroma.
The color is amber leaning towards brown with a small white head.
Taste is nice and complex with it tasting funky and sour and vinagary. Taste is also tart and fruity but light.
Drinks smooth but a bit thin not watery for there is an abundance of flavor. Sitting in oak barrels for twenty months leaves the beer with a puckering dry tannin feel that bitter on the way down.
A good easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 12:36:19 | More by micromaniac129
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