Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
89
very good

669 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 669
Hads: 2,238
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 102
Gots: 299 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-27-2001

Developed from Petrus Oud Bruin; a paler version of a traditional local style.
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Photo of MadScientist
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A light golden beer with excellent clarity and enthusiastic effervescent bubble streaming to the surface. The rocky white head fades after a minute leaving a ring of foam on the surface.

S: The Calvados oak barrel, a lactic sourness and a spicy dry hopped aroma blend together making for an inviting bouquet. There is a moderately-light vanilla and a very soft malt aroma in the background along with a mild apricot ester. No alcohol nor diacetyl noticeable.

T: Ummagumma that is tart! Intense sour tartness, crisp and dry. There isn't any hops flavor and little malt flavor to speak of in this beer. For as dry as it is there is still that sweet tart quality even though it's almost all tart. There doesn't seem to be that much hops bitterness either but the acidity make it seem like there is some. So the balance is almost completely sour and tart with a dry finish having a quick juicy somewhat fruity aftertaste. There are a light and bright fruit flavors and a little bit of spicy phenols.

M: A light bodied beer that is highly carbonated giving a bit of that carbonic dryness. No creaminess, no astringency nor warmth.

O: Sour fan Nirvana, this is a clean and intense sour beer with an awesome aroma. I haven't had a more sour beer that this and I'm loving it. (1,275 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 330 mL bottle of Petrus Aged Pale from Craft Beer Cellar. Enjoyed this bottle in my Dogfish Head snifter, the perfect glass for such an aromatic sour ale. This is my first Oud Bruin, so I'm excited to see how it compares to other sour styles I've tasted, like Berliner Weiss and Flanders Sour Red Ale.

Appearance (4.5/5): The beer pours an off-white head of about one and a half inches. It has a slightly cloudy amber color. Lots of bubbles can be seen rising to the surface, which is now covered only by a thin layer of foam.

Smell (4.5/5): Great tart aroma on this beer. The best approximation I can make is sour black cherries and green apple. You can also smell some woody notes in the nose from the barrel-aging. Excellent complexity.

Taste (4.5/5): The taste is of apricots, tart plums, green apples, and cherries with some woody tones and a little grain in the finish. The sourness is not exactly puckering; there's a subdued sweetness that nicely balances up against that sourness. Really exceptional balance and complexity in the flavor, as in the aroma. Has a refreshing quality.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Vigorous carbonation combined with the tart flavor gives Petrus Aged Pale a slightly prickly mouthfeel. It's moderate astringence and prickliness makes this a relatively interesting beer to sip on. Drinkability is high, but don't slam this beer! Savor every last nuance.

Overall (4.5/5): Petrus Aged Pale is simply an excellent sour ale. I was not sure how it would distinguish itself from a Flanders Red like Rodenbach Grand Cru. Most notably, Aged Pale has a lot less of the red wine-like character Rodenbach possesses. It separates itself with its evident wood notes and tart fruit flavors, matched with an excellent effervescence. Go out and buy this beer. (1,791 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly aggressively poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy shimmering gold with a one and half finger clean white head. The mildly pungent nose is dominated by oak. Mildly tart and slightly sour throughout, oaky up front, mildly fruity and juicy with a touch of balancing sweetness midpalate, and finishes dry with more oak. This brew is incredibly refreshing and extremely well balanced. A true classic! (429 characters)

Photo of cnally
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You know when you ahve that relationship with your local liquor store? You know the one where you say, "Man I would love more sours here?" And a week later there are three sours like --BOOM-- right away? I love Stoney's. All ya'll reppin' the Eastside--10th and Emerson iz da spot.

Sorry about that. The beer pours a fantastic golden orange--an agressive fizzy white head remains a little longer than you'd expect.

Aroma is slightly lacking in the fact it's really subtle with the acidic sour notes. It's like a little white wine vinegar. Very grapey aroma and very sweet like honey.

The flavor is fantastic. Again, with the grape/apple flavors. It's the acidic yeasts taking a backseat to the orchard flavors here. Finishes really dry and astringent, in the best possible way.

Dry, fizzy mouthfeel, like a fine champagne. A little sticky and sweet--but very dry.

I really like it. It's dry and unrelenting, but balanced and somehow subtle in the flavor and aroma. Not a single thing bad with this one. Will be buying again, and soon. (1,039 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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. (385 characters)

Photo of jfvarela
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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 (524 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shimmering gold with waxed lemon trim. The prodigious crown of rich ivory displays legions of delicate, gently popping bubbles on its surface. As the foam continues its slow descent, the glass is covered with a fantastic display of Belgian lace. The beer itself is no slouch, but the head-lace combination is truly wonderful.

My first thought upon catching a whiff of the nose was bubblegum. It's much less apparent now, but was an interesting initial impression. The aroma falls under the 'funky' umbrella. It's obvious that Belgian yeast is having a heyday in this beer. I can't begin to sort out the various aromas, or even put names to most of them, but I will say that I like this funkiness much more than I did the first few times I smelled and tasted it.

Wow. I don't know that I've had a more complex beer in a good, long while. A pungent, sour acidity is clearly dominant, but isn't allowed to steamroll everything in its path. Thankfully, it's countered by an underlying sweetness that takes the rough edges off what could have been a borderline unpleasant experience. There's an amazingly colorful cacophony of flavors and flavor sensations (sour, sweet, bitter). I'm stunned that they're all present, much less that they fit into such a seamless whole.

I don't appreciate any spiciness whatsoever, but the sweet and (especially) sour fruitiness doesn't need it. I'm enjoying the woody character imparted by the oak barrels. Comparisons to an especially oaky Chardonnay wouldn't be out of line. The finish is even more spectacular in terms of interdigitating flavors and flavor sensations. I would need at least a half dozen bottles to plumb the depths of Aged Pale's soul. And, after six bottles, my own.

The mouthfeel is pretty close to pale ale perfect. It's medium in heft with a slick, microthin mouthcoating that is a perfect complement to the dry, puckery finish. A fair amount of fine-gauged carbonation keeps the mouthfeel hopping without making a nuisance of itself.

This is an infinitely complex beer that oozes Old World quality and charm. It's obvious that great care has been taken in its creation. So too should great care be taken in its consumption. Petrus Aged Pale is, quite simply, beautiful beer. (2,243 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Strong okay flavor with a vanilla/coconut backbone. The brilliant sour/tartness that goes with those flavors is brilliant. This is a great standard sour. With nothing overwhelming, but it's great with a simple flavor profile and aroma.

The great flavors linger in the aftertaste. Great sour.. (293 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with great clarity and a thick, white head.

Something sweet underneath earthy barnyard and strawberry fruitiness. Very interesting.

Sweet and malty like cotton candy up front turns lemony and sour, wild yeast notes left and right. Thirst quenching and fruity.

I would never guess this is 7.3%, not because that's high, because the beer is so light and refreshing. It's like a summer sour that's good anytime.

This is a great beer that deserves alot more attention. A pleasant suprise for any sour lover. Think RR Temptation with a little less dryness. (567 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- 75cl bottle poured to a large snifter with a hazy, golden body. A white head rises to about one finger with decent retention. The cap falls to a medium thick ring leaving spotty lace.

S- Lactic acid fermentation dominates most of the aroma with a sour lemon character. Green tart apples (not acetylaldehyde), white grapes, slight funk and bread comes to mind. Slightly vinous.

T- As with the smell, lactic acid bacteria provide a nice sour feel with lemon juice attributes. It is more of a high tartness but a pleasant level with the flavors present. Fruity notes of green apple skin, cherry pits, vinous white grapes and slight funk. Slight vinegar twang in the end.

MF- Light body that is medium-dry with a creamy and foamy texture with a bit of agitation. Carbonation comes in moderately high but goes down very smoothly. Tart lemons and apple feel lingers on the palate.

I have had this beer several times before and I would consider it a classic at this point. It has a great reputation in the Belgian beer world and it truly deserves it. Kind of like a Belgian Berliner in a way but much more than that at the same time. Lactic acid brilliance. (1,157 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was talking to Frank one of the beer guys at Jungle Jims. He handed me a bottle of Petrus and told me if you like sours you got to try this beer. Frank is usually correct in his assessment of beers and was this time also. The beer was chilled and served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer has a bright golden coloration. Active almost champane like bubbling dancing to the surface. The head of the beer is white about a finger and half high. Nice lacing marks the side of my glass.

Smell: This beer is very pungently aromatic. The beer has a definite belgian yeast lactic aroma plenty of funk. The whole funky lactic aroma was something that used to be a gonad drawing up the the body cavity experience has become one of my favorite aromas. Enough about nads, the beer has some tart cherry tones and plenty of oak character peaking out. In all honesty this kind of reminds me of a Chardanay. A very complex aroma that sadly I am limited in how to describe it.

Taste: The taste has a nice lip puckering lemony / vinegar tone I expected. The oak gives it a hint of vanilla sweetness that gets smacked down into the lactic tartness. Very complex layered flavors very well done. To think this was a base beer for several other Brouwerj Bavik beers. I am going to have to check them out closer.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is light but never thin. The carbonation is active and really works well with the beers overall character. As far as drinkability you have got to be kidding me. This has beer pure beer drinking pleasure. (1,565 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle picked up in NY a few weeks ago. The last time I've had this was about two years ago and then that was a 5 year old bottle at the time.

A glowing powerful golden beer with some yellowish streaks on the outlay of the glass, this looks very close to heaven in a bottle, the liquid is inviting. A rush of Ivory colored foam sits on top about an inch in height with some sticking ability, sheets down the glass. Belgian indeed.

This fresh bottle really showcases what this beer is about, which is the funky tartness that your about to inbide in. A heaping of acididy mixed in with some grapefruit, lemon and orange slices. The nose is really powerful on this. Some barnyard aroma with a dousing of oak, that may or may not have come from a wine barrel. Of course there is sweet scents as well with slight vanilla and even less sugar vibes.

I gotta say, this stuff is excellent, I really can't find a fault with it. The aged bottles I've had, while good, did not open my eyes like this young bottle. The fruit is more pronounced while in the past i've gotten alot of oak bombs from this beer. The yeast in this beer at this young stage is alive and dancing up a jig with tartness/ slight funk and overall deliciousness. Oak/vanilla tannins. This is what Belgian beer is all about.

There is just enough tartness to make me pucker (in a good way) for a bit after I sip, that's great, that's what I look for. But the tartness is not at a level to make your tounge cringe, it's pretty much perfect. The flavors in this just dance on my tounge so expertly that I want to stop writing and just enjoy this ride. A lighter than medium feel with a lively and spritzy carbonation.

This beer is alive, and it's damn tasty, and a pleasure to drink. Im a sour head, so this is right up my alley, but I can see why some people would throw up even attempting to drink a beer this good. It's not for everybody, but it's for me. This is one sour that I would drink three bottles of in a night and have thoughts to do it again the next night. Top notch!

Edit (2009-2010)- Damn, Bavik, I know Philly is mad lucrative for breweries, but you guys must of sent at least 150 kegs of this stuff over here. It's on at at least 25 bars that I know of right now. Im bombared by this goodness and im becoming broke because of it, please stop! (2,329 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden body with a fluffy white head that leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smells of some fruits, sour, nice.

This is a great tasting beer; one that exceeded my expectations. Sweetness and fruits up front, apples and pears. Next I notice just a little bit of a woody, oaky flavor. Next is a great sourness followed with a dry finish. Really nice brew.

This is something I could drink a ton of if the price tag would allow me. (431 characters)

Photo of claytong
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - golden color, decent head, lingers a bit

Smell - amazing, raisins, port, cloves, just delicious smelling, had to convince myself to drink it and quit smelling it at the bar and looking like an asshole

Taste - much the same, not as terrific but definitely nice, get a bit of alcohol, not hot more like stingy rubbing alochol, but its not off putting, a bit sour and definitely some vinegar

Mouthfeel - light body, good carbonation, sessionable (458 characters)

Photo of Dan8181
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at FFF, followed by a scotch egg, and a brisket sandwich. First scent was full of sourness and lemon. Upon the first sip, it simply exploded in my mouth with a sour lemon peel flavor. Continued taste of lemon lingers throughout the taste. Could drink this for days. Really enjoyed this one. and would suggest trying it. FIRST REVIEW...Need to do more work. (372 characters)

Photo of Ego
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

music: mindfunk - dropped

eyes...
hard not to get a huge whiff of this on the pour, but I'll get to that... pale ginger ale color in look and feel, barely any head, there is some stickiness due to the alc content, subdued stream of bubbles rising from the bottom, slight pale orange tone with just a hint of haze

nose...
fermented honey and lemon, sour apples, sour cinnamon apples, almost has a kosher wine smell to it (the kiddush kind), dry sherry, light whiskey...can I smell a touch of oak ? the more I sniff the more I think of something like pinot grigio... or wine in general as this decants a bit

taste etc...
thin and again wine like, subtle carbonation creates a crackling underpinning of sensation on the tongue, the alcohol makes this one practically evaporate on your pallete leaving a wonderfull dry sensation, with a salty cheese this rules, it really brings out the sourness of the beer which is delightful (especially if you love geuze and the like), the aging has made this remarkably drinkable, for me most of the others in this category aren't this easy to sip and tuck. you might be able to get away with serving this as some sort of wine to unsuspecting folks! the ABV is barely noticed save for the warming sensation.

verdict?
I was snacking on some terra chips with this (spiced taro ones) and the saltiness of the chips are amplified about 1000 times beyond by the drying effect of this one. this is an amazing beer just for how different it is from most anything people have on a regular basis. every day? not for me. a go to ? perhaps not. but looking for something interesting to spice up the cheese plate after dinner? or brunch ? you bet. This is nice to have around in the cellar just for those special occassions.

addendum:
this beer is meant for pairing with food imo, in all seriousness I just ran around the homestead tasting this with all sorts of stuff, it really brings out salinity in things.. even no salt added pretzels. I would bet this would kick ass with some chowdah! damn ! (2,040 characters)

Photo of
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright golden straw with a thinnish head.
Aroma is apple cider tart with integrated oak and a raw earthy funk with the slightest suggestion of sulphur.
Amazingly complex and wild.
The taste is brightly tart upfront followed by oak; earthy, but less funky than the aroma and still quite vinous.
For such a sour, complex beer it is amazingly drinkable. (360 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Have no idea how this is considered an Oud Bruin. Wild Pale Ale more like it.

Pours a very nice hazed gold, 1/2 inch head, no lace.

Cherry, sour pear, oak, pale malts and apple cider vinagar make up this wonderful smell.

Pale malts, oak and sour apple/pear start this off. Slight earthy and grassy hops follow. The finish is a sour grape mellowed by more oak. Moderate body, perfect carbonation!

Nectar of the gods. Amazingly balanced sour beer! Will grab many more for aging and drinking! (493 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: rich clear gold. big fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. large carbonation bubbles streak to the surface. a beautiful looking beer, but not your typical shade for an oud bruin.

S: sour alcohol. makes my nose want to pucker. definitely has an oak-y aspect in the finish.

T: sweet and sour jolly rancher. this aspect loses some of its intensity with each following sip. crisp, dry, little bit of hop bitterness in the finish that reminds me that it is a pale. at times almost feels like im drinking wine.

M: soft carbonation with that signature tang of a oud bruin. spot on.

D: tart with a little bit of funk. one sip reminds you its a pale and the next reminds you that it was aged in oak.

definitely the appearance of a pale, but the aroma and flavors of a flanders oud bruin. overall, really fun beer. (825 characters)

Photo of Moneypenny
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sour dough bread and vinegar on the nose, hazy amber color, small amout of fine lace, minimal head, effervescent, sour on the palate, thin mouth feel. But it's mostly like a sledgehammer soaked in turpentine. So bready, doughy, vinegary, fizzy, resinous, and shockingly understated when you think about everything that's going on here. If I didn't want to drink this, I could probably use it to remove my nail polish. Possible cure for malaria. (448 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle (no date, bottle code 39167) poured into Petrus goblet, the Aged Pale is clear, dull gold, with a small, very tight and creamy white head that leaves heavy foam and lace, in-spite of the beer's official goblet probably not able to hold more then an extra .1 oz!

Smell is sweet, chardonnay, with green apples, cherries, a little oak. Very nice. Served around 65F, caramel and sweet ass comes out as it opens up. This is one of the 3 feces chemical aromas, the least offensive, I forget the actual name, but it's really not as gross as it sounds!

Taste is nice, acidic with the fruity brett, sour and just a slight back current of funk, more pineapple and oak, perhaps a touch of vanilla and sour lemon, with an acidic, very vinous finish. Forget Berliner Weiss, this is the champagne of beers!

Mouthfeel is a bit oily, but with a nice, softer carbonation and light body, although you can sense the alcohol mostly here.

Drinkabiltiy is very good, tasty and highly digestible, sessionable sour. Wow. I forgot how much I love this beer! I used to drink it fairly regularly before I really got into BA, and now with the never ending rotation of near beers, I don't revisit old favorites often enough. I hadn't reviewed this one, and glad I came back to it. This would be an excellent transition beer for white wine lovers. It's also one of the best values in sour beers, about $4.50 for this bottle. (1,414 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark and hazy orange. Small head fades away quickly with decent lacing.

Sour and sweet smell. A lot like spiced apple cider. Lots of pungent fruit, slightly decaded. Autumny.

Zippity zip zip zippy! Goodness! Sweet like a Shock Tart, sour like a Vitamin C tablet. Big apples up front: ones that are so bright and green you think they're poisonous. That moves into a more candy-sweet and sour and ends on a kick of warmer spices. Strange, to say the least. Very tasty. And it keeps getting more and more complex as it warms. Incredible.

This is a unique beer that just clicks with me. Quite tasty. It kicks the shit out of you and leaves you wanting more--zaps you in the chest. (691 characters)

Photo of Tony_D
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw colored ale with a white head that quickly faded and left very little lacing.

S: Smells extremely sour and tart. I'm not able to detect much else in the nose but the smell is delicious.

T: I get a little bit of a vinegar, astringency note on the taste. Starts and ends with a mouth puckering taste. Quite delicious.

M: Good balance. Very hard for me to detect much hop presence over the sour taste but the sour and malt compliment each other well.

O: A very good sour pale ale. This is one that I will regularly reach for when I'm looking for a cheap and relatively available sour beer. (599 characters)

Photo of Jrguru
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great sour front, clean and tangy. Finish is smooth, not overly malted and stays on the pallets several minutes growing slightly more sour as it sits on the tongue. Great sour, would recommend. (195 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a wide mouthed chalice, this beer pours a pale gold, a little hazy. Head retention is poor, as it quickly fades to a mere bit of film across the top. Nice aroma though, fruity, with a sour musty overlay. Swirled around in the glass, there are some woody notes as well. The flavor is wonderful, with a lot of tangy fruitiness, dry notes of oak, light phenols... it finishes faintly tannic with lingering sourness. Not funky the way lambics are--think Rodenbach. This is just as good. (487 characters)

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
89 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.