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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

Petrus Aged PalePetrus Aged Pale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,578 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1578
Reviews: 603
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.51%


Brewed by:
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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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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 3" white head. Has a clear and bright straw yellow body. Smells sweet and sour and fruity. Taste is pickle juice sour and strong enough I think it overides whatever fruit you pick up in the taste. Decent finish but again it's pickle juice to me. I was surprised the barrel aging didn't bring out some vanillan or darken the color from straw yellow as it does with almost any other barrel aged alcohol.

It's difficult to review a beer when the style itself is unappealing to you but you still recognize fine attributes in the beer. To me I'm believing the look and smell beat average for a sour beer but the taste primarily just brought sour and also the barrel aging didn't contribute much.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 11:55:55 | More by MoreThanWine
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Tobe


3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a bright golden hue with some haziness. A nice white head that was two fingers width.

The aroma showed some oak and a faint fruitiness.

The taste is clean and tart. The finish was refreshing, but it took me some time to make my way through the bottle. Started to loss some appeal while drinking.

The aftertaste offered some fruit with a heavier leaning to the tart.

Overall opinion is that this was a great example of a sour and does offer some complexity, however there are better sours for your investment and enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 18:43:11 | More by Tobe
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip-style glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark, orange-ish amber with a 3/4 inch head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Thick ring of lacing.

S- Big whiff of lactic acid and vinegar with some pungent cherry beneath.

T- Very tart, more than it is sweet for sure, with a sturdy malt backbone that's biscuity with a hint of . The sour character overpowers what bit of fruit notes are present but I pick up cherry, strawberry and sour red grapes. Hint of oxidation.

M- Lots of pucker and very drying. Medium-low carbonation.

O- A bit too sour for my blood.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 02:25:49 | More by Immortale25
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supercolter

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is average. Golden, without looking like there is much too it. Not a lot of head or lacing.
Smell is very alcoholly up front and some lemony zest and a bit of orange to finish.
Taste is very different. All the flavors seem to swirl together, i do taste some alcohol and orange and a strong lemon juice flavor all kinda mixed together, but not necessarily appropriatly.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are slightly above average. Overall this beer is far too expensive for its return

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 23:41:00 | More by supercolter
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Pencible

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a clear light gold with some white head. It smelled like white wine and vinegar, with sour yeast and green apples and a bit of grassy hops and oak. It tasted like champagne grapes and sour yeast and some green apple, with a bit of grassy hops and oak. It was watery with a lot of carbonation, and had a lasting dry sour aftertaste. Overall this seemed more like champagne than beer, but it had an interesting and decent flavor. The sour and bubbly character made this a definite sipping beer, but the alcohol was pretty well hidden. I don't have a lot of experience with sour beers, so this was challenging for me to drink. But it seemed generally enjoyable, even though it's not necessarily refined or delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 14:45:47 | More by Pencible
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illidurit

California

3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange gold with a fluffy white head that leaves some scattered lace. Aroma is tart but perfumey once you're acclimated to the sour aspect. Lemons and bruised apples come through in the aroma as well as the flavor. The oak is subtle, as is the alcohol, but they're apparent if you look hard enough. Fleeting licorice accents, also some pepperiness. Interesting and fairly complex, but a little thin in body.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 07:08:47 | More by illidurit
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a light golden color with a slight haze and a substantial white head. The head leaves a pretty lace. The aroma is interesting and somewhat complex…there’s a little fruit and a vinous character, brettanomyces is notable, there’s some grain and grass smells as well. Yeast and just a touch of alcohol round out the smell. The taste is a dry and a little tart, but backed with a lot of ripe fruit and yeast. The brew is quite carbonated, and leaves a spicy, prickly sensation on the tongue. This is an interesting brew, but not one that I’d have all the time.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 01:44:45 | More by Suds
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just in at the Sherbrooke Liquor Store. Pours out a bright chill-hazed honey hue, quick splash of frothy, bubbley white head that rapidly settles.

Tart cidery, slightly sour aroma, malt is nearly hidden, but what is present is crisp amongst the acidity.

Pucker up, as this is what you showed up for. Tart, green apple sourness in the flavour, along with a surprisingly dry finish, like a brut champagne.

Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel, light but with a lot of zing.

This style isn`t particularily my regular bag, but it`s done well for the style, that tart and sour flavour follows you long into the aftertaste and well after the glass is emptied.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 01:44:25 | More by IronDjinn
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wertperch

California

3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

As I am just rediscovering sour beers, and given my love for the pales of this world, it was natural that I try this one.

On draught at the Davis Beer Shoppe, it came with a strong recommendation, one that was more than justified. Crystal-clear pale amber with a thick head and a strong sour nose, it is remarkably smooth, which was quite a surprise. The sour is very much in the forefront, but the slightly hoppy finish is a bit of a surprise.

It turns out that the ten-ounce pour was just right for me. Enough is as good as a feast, as they say.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 02:59:49 | More by wertperch
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froghop

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had this compaired with petrus oud bruin.

smell of wild yeast, some citrus, and a touch of malt.

taste is tart, sour malt, wild yeast, and some woodiness, ends acidic, tart, and a tad bitter.

overall too tart for my liking, the petrus oud bruin is better.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 23:51:34 | More by froghop
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harrymel

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On label: 40583, uncertain what this means for age...
This is actually a re review on 25SEP11...3/3.5/3.5/3/3.5
A: Pours a nice golden cideresque ale with a transient finger of white foam which dies out to a central cap of the same. No lace. Excellent clarity.
S: wood, sweet apricot, vitamins and more fruit smells.
T: Sweet and sour. Grains and hints of bitterness. The sour in this is reserved and crisp. Has, again, some grape flavor - almost like a savignon blanc. Of all things, I get a slight roasted peanut on the finish.
M: Thin with low fine carbonation and a wet finish.
O: I like this beer much more than the first time, and second time, I tried this beer. It's a nice oud bruin and seems like it would be an easy one to introduce folks to.

Original review on 21MAR11; 4/3.5/3/3/3.5 Bb: 5/09/11
A: copper ale with brilliant clarity with four finger peanut head which dissipates within a couple minutes to leave a medium sheet of the same. Lacing is near sheet like and strong.
S: Wood, lots of wood. Don't normally smell this much of the oak coming thru. I can say it does have an evident sour scent, but also has some sweetness to it. I will say this, it has a slight vomit nose to it; not grotesque, but definitely noticeable. Farm funk on there for sure.
T: Tart. Nicely soured. Not as tart as some of the renowned sours and american wilds, but not memorable. This beer is very standard on all accounts. Malt is simple. Hops nonexistant. Alcohol covered. Sour out there. Nothing special.
M: Medium body and high carb. Average.
O: Very, very well crafted, but to meet the middle of the road. this is my second time reviewing this beer and I held off inscribing this because it wasn't up to the standard indicated by previous reviews. Now I can say I gave some extra time to this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 08:20:51 | More by harrymel
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organicbrewer

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-light gold and brilliantly clear. tight eggshell head.

S-Sweet Saccarine. Light caramel. No hop aroma. Lactic acid.

T-Sweet tart. Fake sugar and lemon juice. No hop aroma. Almost like a sweet blond with lactic acid added. Slight oakiness in the finish.

M-medium dry. Medium carbonation. No alcohol heat. Very tart.

D-Nice tart beer. A little bit much of the fake sugar sweetness. Would be good for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 00:25:18 | More by organicbrewer
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a chalice, dated 21 08 10.

Poured a golden brown, with a hint of orange. Bubbly head, falling to a thin layer. Nose is vinous, vingear, green apple and some pear. Taste is quite sour, less vinegar than the nose and the green apple is more evident here. Very drying mouthfeel, with a definite 'pucker.' High carbonation. An introduction to the style for me, and I can definitely say that one was enough. Interesting to say the least, although I don't know how often I'll pursue this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 14:47:49 | More by liamt07
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rrski198

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Done from brief notes at a beer festival

A: Decent white head. Translucent fizzy yellow beer.

S: Sour, Sour, Sour moldy brad. Lite maltyness but overwhelmed by the scent.

T: Sour again is up front. Tastes like liquid sweet tarts. Very interesting.

M: Can't get past the mouth puckering sour flavors. It's all I'm getting. Big time carbonation.

D: Pretty interesting. Not familiar with this type of beer but it's interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 15:44:29 | More by rrski198
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of BBF 2011. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into Lost Abbey stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a coarse, 1.5 finger white head with poor retention. Beer is a clear orange. Lacing is non-existant. Very different from other offerings in this style. Much paler and with a less robust head.

Nose is vinegar, soy sauce, and crushed red fruit puree. Slightly tart and moderately aromatic. Well balanced.

Opens tart red fruit. Vinegar sour in the middle with some pear and soy sauce notes. End is more tart red fruit with a sour metallic finish and tart red fruit aftertaste. Again, very balanced compared to many offerings of the style.

Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily and filmy in the mouth and slightly dry and puckering going down. Finish is messy with a lingering aftertaste. Decent.

A solid beer overall. Much more toned down with less vinegar and acidity than a lot of other beers of the same style. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 00:39:39 | More by SpeedwayJim
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow, fizzy, not much of a head and minimal lacing.

Smell - Very funky, sour tart fruits, Some yeasty fruits like cherry and apple.

Taste - Much like the smell, very sour/bitter vinegar flavor. The oak is noticable with each sip. Very tarp fruits, espically apple, plum and white grapes.

Mouthfeel - Tounge and palate gets soured to hell. Fruits bitter and sting til the finish. Aftertaste is dry, sour, bitter and dry.

Overall - Really overboard sour, to the point to were only sour fans should try. The oak flavor sneaks in at the finish but relaly, this is striaght up vinegar sour. No balance, no spices or sweet fruits. Only for sour fans.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 23:47:00 | More by wvsabbath
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Lawl3ss

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lightly chilled 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Look- Glass-clear pale gold with three fingers of crackly white head that falls quickly. No lacing.

Smell- Assertive sourness up front, somewhat fruity, very champagne-like. A vague nutty background that reminds me of walnuts.

Taste- Explosive green apple cider dominates from the get-go, turning more raspberry-like with a hint of still-juicy peach pit/semi-sweet tannic quality. Fades into a woody cherry vanilla with a bit of dry toast and soft dried fir needles. There's quite a bit going on here, but it took me a few sips to get past the almost overwhelming sourness. Finishes clean with a gelatin-like nonflavor and lingering lemon vinegar.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, crisp carb accentuates the sourness. Bracingly puckery, extreme coating and dry/astringent towards the end. Perhaps I served it too warm, but it's not nearly as clean as I had hoped. Did I mention coating? I feel like I need to brush my teeth. Well, it sort of makes me want another sip, but I wanted something a bit more light and refreshing. One is a good serving.

Overall- I'm not sorry I tried it (well, maybe sausage for dinner a few hours ago was a bad pairing, I deserve the heartburn), but I probably won't be picking it up again. It's certainly complex, and I enjoy the bold flavor, but it's simply too acidic and (somehow) cloying at the same time for me to want to spend over $.25/oz. On the other hand, it kind of reminds me of warhead sour candy, which is... something?

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 02:54:42 | More by Lawl3ss
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WetCoaster

California

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, this is certainly a BSPA like no other. It... sort of looks like a standard version of the style, a gold, slightly Dijon-tinged clear body. The head, though, is a very atypical thin layer of short-lived fizz, no mammoth berg of foam here.

That's where the similarities end. The scent is pure musty vinegar. The taste is definitely from left field, far more similar to a Flanders red ale, crushingly sour and acidic, very little fruit balance or oaked vanilla, just full on SweetTart candy. Mouthfeel is light and lively with very assertive carbonation.

I don't exactly know what to make of this one. It almost needs its own category: Flanders white ale. Bizarre and radically wrong for the style, but actually pretty tasty and refreshing -- were it not for the high ABV, it'd be a great hot weather/beach brew.

Worth a try -- you'll love it or hate it.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 06:10:09 | More by WetCoaster
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Wasatch

Utah

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, small head quickly disapates, some lacing afterwards. Scents of yeast, grapefruit, citrus, and spices. The taste is tangy and slightly bitter, very citrusy, and slightly spicy, the finish is pretty dry. Medium body, very carbonated mouth feel. Alcohol hidden very well. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but most likely will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 00:55:51 | More by Wasatch
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Pours a slightly hazy, golden yellow with a small bubbly white head. Some phenols in the aroma, along with sour apple and citrus. Light toasted malts in the taste, quickly overcome by sour apple, lemonade, orange zest and sour cherries. Finishes with a bitter, funky dryness. Medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable, unless you don't like sour ales.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 18:42:19 | More by Rifugium
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alenonbeeradv

California

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - tan and gold with a slight red/pink tint. bubbly finger thick head that diminishes to a decent collar. medium - high carbonation meets the eye.

s - fruity, peachy, funky.. it has some of that red flanders sweet but sour cherry/fruit to it but more tame and malty. you can definitely smell the barrels.

t - sour peach and barnyard/funky earthy notes. only slightly sour, but a good amount. no tease. kinda hard to put my finger on this one.

m - light - medium body and very drinkable. sometimes sours can be a kick in the pallet (haha..) and can be slightly off putting (although i never really have that problem) but this is definitely something to drink a few of. light enough to put a couple down, but still something to savor and enjoy.

o - not too bad. i only say that cause it takes a little more character and definition for a sour to really wow me. it would be a great start to someone who has never ventured into this type of brew, at least to get an idea of what a sour be is like.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 05:36:14 | More by alenonbeeradv
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful orange tinted amber with awesome clarity and a fluffy four finger head that fades slowly and leaves nice rings of lace.

Very fruity aroma. Straight up green apples with sour cherry notes and hints of woody oak.

Quite tart with loads of green apple. Leafy hops and a sour cherry finish. Apple cider vinegar notes. Slight medicinal notes.

Pretty thin and dry.

Very interesting, not as oaky as expected. A definite sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 22:29:40 | More by JayS2629
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a fairly clear golden color with light white head. Nice and bubbly, bread and esters on the nose and a pretty tart taste. It's still overall a very light beer. I can dig it from time to time, but that tart flavor would limit me to rare occasions.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 21:14:36 | More by TheRealBigC
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle code of: 41025

A - Pours a clear golden honey color with small fleeting white head.

S - Sharp vinegar, apples, grapes, hints of old wood, mild basement funk.

T - Green grape and apple skins, sour grain, very mild wood, salty lemons, vinous, finishes tart and dry.

M - Light to medium body, low carbonation.

Sharp on the nose. Not as complex as I'd hoped. Nice for a sour fix but not one to explore and stew over.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 00:21:57 | More by StaveHooks
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33 cL Belgian bottle with 2003 on the back label and it looks like there might be some oxidation where the cap met the bottle. It pours a mildly-hazed deep gold, almost amber, with fairly active carbonation and a 1 finger, bone-white, almost frothy head that leaves some nice Belgian lacing. It vinous, musty, and tart with some lactic acidity, dung/barnyard notes, grapes?, wild/funky yeast aromas, and hints of wood. The first sip is unexpectedly tart, with lemony acidic flavors that pinch my salivary glands. In addition, there are vinous malts, very faint hops, a low bitterness, dung, and a lactic acidity. The body is light with medium carbonation and a tannin-like dryness in its medium finish. The beer isn't as tart as the first sip indicated - it's actually pretty mild compared to the Rene Cuvee I had the other day - but there isn't too much going on besides the sour flavors. This is definitely an interesting beer, bordering on gueuze, but I have a hard time drinking sour/acidic beers if there aren't more flavors there to back them up.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 19:32:26 | More by mmmbeer
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 1,578 ratings.