Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere
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3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
A-Pours a deep honey color. Perfectly clear. Head is big and thick. Creamy consistency. Head likes to stick together and leaves a minimal lacing dowry.
S-Smells tart. Much more tart than the Petrus Flanders. Tart apples, tart pears and just pure tartness. Lighter notes of oak.
T-Tart pale fruits. Actually quite tasty. Like biting into a crab-apple. The sourness is accentuated by fruit. Oak and wood hover over the predominant flavors.
M-Looks softer than it drinks. Tons of bubbles. Dry and puckering. Medium bodied.
O/D-I sat looking at their Petrus Oud Bruin and this beer side by side in the store. I picked the Petrus Oud Bruin before this...bad choice bro! This is a far superior brew. Sour, complex and relatively easy on the wallet. ..wait this is the same style of beer as their Oud Brune? This one is better, guy.
01-09-2013 01:26:13 | More by VelvetExtract
4.88/5 rDev +19.6%
750ml bottle, corked and caged. No freshness or bottling date found.
A- Pours highly carbonated and active with an immediate mid to large head forming. Head retention is good, and it lasts a little while, finishing as a thin layer of lace on top. Pure gold in color. Only slight darker than a macro, but slightly hazy. Continuous stream of bubbles to the top.
S- Tart and strong. My first reaction to this scent was that my mouth immediately watered at the sour taste to come. Pungent fruitiness is prominent with maybe a hint of cherry, but mostly a slightly acidic sour note.
T- Flavors here are dead on what the scent previewed. The sour profile is hard to describe, but of moderate strength. The sour flavor is a cross between tart and slightly funky. Starts with somewhat fruity sour notes, but then right to an acidic sour flavor. Towards the end you can pick up slight hints of the barrel. Barrel flavor is most evident in a drier finish that had a slight spicy note.
M- For the style, this is spot on. I can't think of a better feel and texture for this style of beer. Highly carbonated, light on the palate, yet the body still supports the sourness of the beer. No detectable alcohol, and the level of sour doesn't destroy your palate.
Overall, this is THE champagne of beer. I know High Life claims that, but this looks and feels like a champagne to me, while maintaining a superior beer flavor. This will most likely become a staple of my fridge as an affordable shower. Simply delicious.
01-07-2013 23:44:43 | More by boilermakerbrew
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
*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.
12-28-2012 04:50:12 | More by MaximalC
3.55/5 rDev -13%
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.
12-28-2012 02:57:05 | More by Profchaos20
4/5 rDev -2%
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.
12-27-2012 14:31:56 | More by inlimbo77
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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