Petrus Aged Pale | De Brabandere

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90
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Reviews:
695
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2,370
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
24.69%
 
 
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Petrus Aged PalePetrus Aged Pale
BEER INFO

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 breadwinner
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty taste sour ale that is a nice replacement for harder-to-find, more expensive gueuze. Sure, it may lack some of the latter's complexity, but for $18 a four pack, it'll scratch that sour beer itch pretty darn well without breaking the bank. Think lemons, light vinegar (in a good way), green apple, a bit of funk. Absolutely worth the cost of admission for the sour beer lover, who otherwise can find it hard to find small format sour beer this affordable.

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Photo of Meganomiidae
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip.

A - Quite voracious stream of bubbles from carbonation. Minimal head with little to no lacing. Light honey golden crystal clear body.

S - Tartness of green apples with a hint of cranberry and oak. Very full, acidic scent.

T - Hits the tip of a tongue lightly and almost flavorless, but quickly gives way to strong tart flavors. Tastes almost exactly like the nose, a cacophony of tart, light fruits- very white wine-esque, with a hint of residual sweetness. Light wheat flavors and dryness take over as the sour dissipates, proving that this is, in fact, a beer. Surprised that this lacks the buttery flavor I'm used to from oak aged white wines, though I can't say the taste is lacking for it.

M - Medium leaning on light. Quite smooth.

O - Very reminiscent of well made, acidic white wine. Can't say whether or not the oak aging did much for the flavor, but I would certainly purchase this again regardless. Enjoyable to sip on and appreciate.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for $3.75 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 7deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone in 30sec. Medium gold color and filtered clear

S- Excellent sour citrus scent. Some straw smell

T- Sour. Excellent body and sweet. Has a wheatie taste to it like straw or something like it.

M- Dry and tart like the sour smell.

O- Pretty good. Got an extra for later but don't want to buy too many more so I can save money for different beer. Good but not great. As a sour goes very good.

Food Pairing

This nice little beer went well with...... Ahi tuna with red onions, avocado, lemon mixed with soy sauce topped with roasted sesame seeds

Enjoy

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Photo of hail_seitan
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.4 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Bright, crystal clear pale straw body. No lacing despite a fizzy head.

S - Granny smith apple, oak, wild honey, and a slight funk.

T - The honey-like malt sweetness hits the tongue first, almost fooling you into thinking it is an average beer. Then, apple, old lemon, and musky grape tartness envelope the palate. Then, a remarkable almost champagne - like dryness accompanied by buttery oak and slight horse hair funk. The finish leaves a bit of a pucker on the lips and lingering notes of fruit.

M - Remarkably thin for the ABV. Somewhat buttery feeling like a chardonnay, though.

O - A great beer.for those who like complex white wines. A solid mix of sour, oak barrel, fruit, and funk.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
1.75/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

I have not seen this beer before at the LCBO, so I jumped all over it. Bought two bottles.
What a mistake!
Just an awful tasting beverage. Sour and bitter in an atrocious combination. If this is the best Petrus has to offer (and according to people around here, that is the case), I will stay far, far away from them.
Horrible.
One of only a couple of beers that was poured down the drain.

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Photo of mchegash
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 25.4oz bottle into a 16oz Belgian glass.

Appearance - 5/5
A beautifuli golden-yellow orange, lots of head. Very clear. Lots of carbonation moving up the glass. It looks like a lively and exciting beer.

Smell - 3.75/5
Sour fruit, perhaps apples and berries. Some light hops, light breadiness, and light spice. The aroma is not very strong though, I would like it to be more intense.

Taste - 3.75/5
Very sweet (perhaps too sweet for some), tart, apples and cherries. Some light spiciness. I'm not sure if it's my glassware (it's a new Belgian glass I just got), but the taste seems to have metallic aspects, which I'm not sure quite fit in this beer. More overall assesment of the taste is that it is good, but could definitely be improved on. The tart flavor is not as complex or as prominent as I would like it too be. Perhaps the slightly excessive sweetness masks some of the tart flavors. Also, I would remove the metallic flavor. Also, this was supposed to be a pale (at least according to the name), but I didn't really taste any of those flavors.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, smooth but quite crisp. A medium amount of medium-high intensity carbonation.

Overall - 3.75/5
Overall this was a good beer, but it wasn't everything I was hoping for. The taste was good, but I would tweak it a bit as described above. Also, I would like more of a pale ale aspect to this beer. If you want a sour pale ale, get Jolly Pumpkin's Luciernaga instead of this. If you don't care about the pale ale aspect, this beer will be cheaper than Luciernaga. Also, after looking it up, this beer is classified by BA as a Flanders Oud Bruin, whereas Luciernaga is a Belgian Pale. I guess that explains the differences.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden body. Sticky soapy white head.

Aroma is woody with vanilla, a little musty, and lots of sour fruitiness.

Sour is aplenty and pleasant. Follows the nose delivering oak, fruit, and funk.

Great sour beer that's easy to get.

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Photo of JLSIV
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

Funky and sour, not my type of Belgian beer, but I can see that this is a very complex style….if someone who isn't a beer drinker likes and likes dry white wines, they might go for this as a crossover from wine to beer.

Definitely can taste the barrel aging, some brett and lactobacillus type funk going on.

Again, not my taste, but I wanted to try this style...

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Photo of MickeyTheHead
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Petrus Aged Pale is in a league of it's own. It's a perfect sour ale retaining the quality flavors of a pale ale while still having the great sour flavors. It I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life this one might be it.

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Photo of backdoorbrewbros
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Asked the guy who worked at our local liquor store for his best sour, he stated this was his "go to for sours". Matured in oak barrels for 20 months. Thought we'd give it a try.

Appearance - Clear, sunflower yellow with a white head with a medium rate of dissipation, some lacing small head remains.

Smell: Dank, citrus, acidic, funky hay

Taste - Not overwhelmingly sour, citrusy (lemon, grapefruit), vinegar, oak tannins

Mouth Feel: moderately carbonated, light mouthfeel, crisp

Would be a great summer beer, not too sour. I personally prefer a more berry based sour. Probably not my "go to".

Food Pairings: Dirty grapes and chicken. WhamBam!

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Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev -0.2%

75ml corked bottle. Exceptionally smooth and drinkable for a sour ale. Lightly hazy, medium golden with light airy head. Soft, but full, fruity, cider aroma. Taste is fizzy, light, mildly acidic, malt, cider, wood. This one has me rethinking sour ales, most of which are too tart for my palate.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 21/1/12

Pours bright with an initially fluffy head that dies down very quickly. Clear and crisp looking with few bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. A thin film of head lingers for most of the session, however, this includes pouring the rest of the 750ml which agitates the head every pour.

This beer smells like dry white wine, pear, lemon with a slight tinge of vinegar. Funk is also present, but not predominant. The flavor of this beer is much like the taste; light fruits, funk, along with a huge pucker-factor that the sour characteristics bring. Very refreshing on the palate and quite easy to drink.

Overall, I'd highly recommend whether or not you are just interested in trying new styles of beer, or are already a sour fan.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 330mL bottle into a pint glass, pale golden colored with an enormous white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: sour and oak, balsamic vinegar, acetic acid, tangy

T: quite sour and acidic up front, pickles , vinegar, has a great lasting sour flavor

M: light and refreshing

O: great tasting sour that is light and refreshing

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Photo of bnes09
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Pours a gentle, golden, apple juice color. Highly transparent. Thick, bubbly had with solid lacing.

Mild vinegar aroma with some fruity notes.

Sour flavor is subtle and resembles tart white grapes. Dry, leafy hop snap. Malt less the background with a mild honey sweetness.

Light to medium bodied with a bone dry finish. High carbonation works well for the style.

Very good stuff.

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Photo of ern19
4.25/5  rDev +6%

First dip into the sour world, besides Westbrook Gose. Wasn't really sure what to expect, but I was really impressed! I found myself wanting to smell this thing forever before I tasted it. Sour green apples were prevalent, followed by a wine or maybe white wine vinegar aroma, with a slight mustiness. The complexity of the taste is a totally new experience for me. It follows the aroma to start with, but the sour green apple skins quickly give way to a funky woodsiness, then the hops show through on the finish with a little grapefruit, along with a slight bitterness and vinegary aftertaste that makes me want to keep drinking.

My wallet is going to hate me soon trying more sours.

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Photo of bareju
4.25/5  rDev +6%

On tap at bulldog LA.

Pours a clear gold, with thin white fine head.

Smell is a bit of funk, and some apple notes.

Taste is fairly sour with a good amount of acidity, finishes with some funk and heavy apple and some grapefruit notes and a bit of bite.

Medium body, lots of fine carb like chanpagne, fairly dry.

Overall is tasty, complex, refreshing. Keeps me coming back for more. Wish there were other notes than the apple, kind of dominates the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is interesting, keeps the beer from being too easy drinking. Will have to try more sours.

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Photo of imscotty
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Appearance- Light colored head quickly rises and falls. Noticeable lacing. Small ring of head remains.

Smell: Sour apple smell, some vinegar, some citrus, some hay.

Taste - This is sharply tart and sour. Probably as sour as I would want to get in a beer (my preference). But the taste is so clean and crisp. Taste citrus, lemon, grapefruit, vinegar, some apple wine flavors. They all work well together, the sourness dominates.

Mouth Feel: Nicely carbonated, light, clean, tartness lingers on the tongue.

When I want sour, this would be a great go-to beer. Perfect on a hot summers day. A little too sour for me to drink in large quantities, but so refreshing. I think that this is a great representative of the style.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev -0.2%

12 oz bottle into pint glass - Part of "Sour Power" six pack

A- Clean and clear, pale yellow with thin white head
S- Tart... saliva inducing, like green apples and a bit of wine vinigar
T- Just like the nose advertises, this is tart like green apple with a bit of vinigar. Maybe white grape peels too
M- Thin, but fine

O- Very nice sour. Much better than the rest in the "sour power" sixer.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Poured from a 330 into a standard pint (the tulip was dirty and I was lazy). The light haze in the gold was lovely. The aroma offered a hint of the sour to come with some citrussy character from a hoppy beer. But the taste was just a wonderful level tartness that was like nothing I had encountered. This is the beer that set me off on a long run of sours. It is therefore my benchmark since it was my first sour. I may revise once I have had more from this style, but this will be a repeat purchase.

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Photo of KajII
4/5  rDev -0.2%

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a lightly cloudy golden color with an average (1-2 finger) white sudsy head that reduced slowly, down to a thin film with a large collar and possessed excellent sheets of sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt and a musty Belgian yeast with a note of citrus (lemon), a slight fruity ester (apples and pears), a hint of cask and a mild vinous scent.

The taste was sweetly tart and a tad acetic with some bold fruity overtones from the get go, becoming rather yeasty and a bit sour with a winey cider taste and a light bitter citrus appeal at the end. The flavor lasted and average time after consumption with a slight fruity vinegary taste left behind.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a thin dry texture and a rather prickly carbonation.

Overall this is a fantastic Wild Ale with a ton of sweet-sour flavor along with the perfect influx of fruit, which did a good job of hiding the semi-high ABV...

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Photo of ploetzm
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Bright and tart. Undecided if this is likable and need to consider others in the same style. Certainly drinkable and with the bracing acidity would work well with food.

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Photo of d_kizzle
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful. Tart yet immensely drinkable. Great with all types of food. I keep coming back to this beer time after time and it never disappoints. In fact, as I'm writing this my mouth is water just thinking about this golden brew. Give this classic a try if you haven't already.

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

A - Clear pale yellow, bubbly. Abundant head settled to a thin layer with some lacing.
S - Slightly sweet but tart like a chardonnay. Fresh vegetation. Some definite clean wood and funk present, interesting. Almost a sharp cheeselike aroma.
T - Sour tartness hits hard and fast along with a white grape and apple rind, giving way to a variety of subtle complex sensations. Clean wood plank, Green pepper, lettuce, baguette crust, a sort of meaty earthyness along with a little cheese & dank earthyness too. Light apricot, fresh sourdough, lemon rind, lime leaf. Bubblegum, curry leaf and yeast flavors ramp up as it warms.
M - Dry and a little prickly with the carbonation, not unlike wood on the tongue! Finishes very clean.
O - Very interesting, likely an excellent meal compliment but definitely a conversation piece at least. Best enjoyed slowly and with friends.

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

A - Pours a golden orange with a two-finger foamy white head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of green apples, white vinegar, and a light barnyard funk.

T - Lots of tart green apples throughout the flavor. A touch of acidity and vinegar in the finish.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. A nice drying mouthfeel.

O - A very nice readily available sour. Very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Monk's Cafe in Philly. I tried this head-to-head with the Monk's Flemish Sour Ale. Although this was a very good Oud Bruin, it paled in comparison the the Monk's version. Very session able and may have received a higher rating if I had it on a different session but much weaker in taste and higher in alcohol. Basically the light version of the Monk's Flemish with higher ABV. Personally, I rate based on flavor, not for speed of inebriation.

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