Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,023 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,023
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 83
Gots: 195 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website
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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Photo of matthiasbrau
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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?

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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1/5  rDev -75.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tectactoe
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of flip387
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 2,023 ratings.