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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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1,757 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,757
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 64
Gots: 133 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-03-2013 20:48:15 | More by DangerDawg
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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

01-01-2013 03:34:33 | More by salthemonster
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-31-2012 11:22:00 | More by Theniz
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12-30-2012 16:32:10 | More by I-Beir-the-Bel
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-30-2012 04:34:01 | More by mateuszekxxpl
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12-30-2012 01:19:03 | More by davewlfpckfan29
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2/5  rDev -50.9%

12-29-2012 20:40:45 | More by yankhawk
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

12-29-2012 01:54:36 | More by MichialTanner1
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-28-2012 22:13:57 | More by bubseymour
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-28-2012 18:01:58 | More by Oboogie
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12-28-2012 13:31:12 | More by pwsoldier
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*It should be noted that this bottle is being consumed a good 16 months after the best-by date as marked on the bottle (and I only bought it a couple months ago; that's what I get for not checking the label before buying).

Pours a translucent, golden amber color with a modest white head that soon recedes. The aroma is pungently sour, reminiscent of apple cider vinegar. You can almost taste the nose...

The flavor is something of an enigma--a sour ale that is not only sour, but smooth and mellow as well. The acetic essence that was so prominent in the nose is tempered by the barrel aging to great effect. The sourness is far from the bile-like sourness found in many Flanders reds; rather, it is just sour enough tantalize the taste buds without offending. The oaky character is not as bold as one commonly finds in barrel-aged beers, but it's just strong enough to lend some balance and complexity. There's also some of that quintessential Belgian yeast character, which affords the brew some texture and dynamism on the tongue. A hint of apple may be found as well, lurking beneath the more obvious elements.

The balance here is absolutely outstanding, as two rather bold and disparate elements meld almost seamlessly. I had a difficult time dissecting this beer because the flavor is so cohesive. The fact that an oak-aged sour ale can be so eminently drinkable is impressive. This Aged Pale is flavorful, balanced, and has an admirable staying power, all of which have earned this beer a place among my all time favorites. It's also the first great beer I can remember trying, long before I knew anything about what great beer really is.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 04:50:12 | More by MaximalC
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3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Straw colored with a slight haze. Big fluffy white head that dissipates quickly into a thin cap. Leaves a bit of lacing down the glass.

S - Fruity and yeasty aromas with a little funk. Notes of green apple, not noticing any wood/oak.

T - Sugary upfront like sour candy, a little white wine maybe Pinot Grigio, finishes up very sour/tart, acidic and dry. Warming alcohol feeling on the way down.

M - Light bodied and highly carbonated. Dry, pretty drinkable but not smooth.

O - Decent Flanders Brown, not overly impressed, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 02:57:05 | More by Profchaos20
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2012
White wine glass

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color. Lots of carbonation. Initially two full fingers of bright white head. Leaves lots of sticking lacing.

S: Surprised at how funky and sour it smells. It's a little muted. There is some lightness underneath the barnyard and sour.

T: On the tip of the tongue, interesting tartness. I pulled a good amount of fruity character: both cherry and a grape like flavor. I guess that is that sherry character they talk about. I get some softness and rounding from the wood aging. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. Lots of carbonation. Lightness from wood aging.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 14:31:56 | More by inlimbo77
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12-19-2012 19:51:40 | More by Espy30
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12-18-2012 04:06:12 | More by tswater
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-16-2012 23:44:11 | More by cliff1066
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3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my first time trying a beer of this style. It was recommended as a good gateway to Flemish sours.

A: Poured into a snifter. Faint head. Bright golden color.

S: Very acidic wine-like smell. The aroma is unlike any beer I've ever drank. This will be interesting...

T: This tastes like a very sour candy like a Warhead or biting directly into a lemon. Very very tart.

M: Moderate carbonation. The sourness hangs around a while. It's overwhelming at first but then becomes tolerable.

O: This tastes like how the style is described but it just isn't for me. I'll give another one a try at some point but I won't be seeking one of these out again soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 19:03:09 | More by brewsadedotcom
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750 ml bottle bought in Brussels.

A - Beer is a clear copper color. Head is initially thick, creamy and white, then fades to almost nothing. Very good lacing.

S - Aroma is dominated by zesty lemon with a slight barnyard funk in the background. It is very gueuze-like. There was a metallic note upon initial pour that faded away after breathing/warming. No malt or alcohol in the nose.

T - The lemon zest hits initially with an acidic sharpness. Then in mid-palate the barnyard funk takes over. This fades out to a very dry, clean finish. Again, no malt or alcohol is evident.

M - Very light body. Carbonation very low (almost no sound when the bottle was uncorked either). There seems to be some hops bitterness, although it is difficult to break out from the acidic bite. No alcohol burn.

O - A nice beer, but not what I was expecting. From the description, I thought this would be a hoppy pale ale with some "aged beer" characteristics. In reality I got no hint of wood aging, and no malt to balance the wild yeast fermentation flavors. It is much more sour than I was expecting, but now that I know, I can appreciate its oud gueuze-like character.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 23:35:58 | More by Radome
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4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a clear light golden body with a thin white head that quickly fades to nothing.

S: I am getting a decent amount of sour tartness and a little bit of sweet malt mixed in there as well.

T: I am picking up a little bit of sourness that instantly hits my palate, but then chances to a sweet pale malt flavor.

M: There is a lot of carbonation that goes really well with the sour feel. The body is pretty thin even though it's highly carbonated.

O: This is a pretty good sour, but its for sure not overwhelming like I was hoping. I prefer my sours to be pretty intense, but this is nice for just sitting around and not getting that intenseness.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 04:27:21 | More by gtermi
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-14-2012 04:37:18 | More by 6demonbag
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12-14-2012 02:25:58 | More by Ozurr
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-12-2012 23:40:01 | More by william_longshaft
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1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

12-12-2012 07:18:59 | More by flyingace
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-10-2012 22:31:33 | More by Aschap
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