Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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Reviews: 669
Hads: 2,237
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 102
Gots: 299 | FT: 2
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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 FanofHefe
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip; code 40266 on the back label but not sure about dating. Light yellow body, slightly hazy. Initial two finger eggshell colored head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving scattered bits of lacing.

Then aroma begins with tart green apple. I get a bit of grain and hint that vinegar is in there.

The taste is excellent. Sour, but not mouth puckering. The sour flavors are fruity and blend well with a bit of sweetness. The vinegar taste is present, but does not detract at all from the flavor mix.

Enjoy every sip. This is one superb beer. Will be going back for more of this one. (610 characters)

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I always wondered what beer took to get a 5 in appearance and this is it. A smooth amber orange sunset color which a whispy head. Few bubbles make it an elegant looking beverage.

S: I gotta give it a 5 here as well. Sour orange lemon. sweet. Some cinnamon to it, a little spice. Blends very well.

T: Truely a strange one. Super sour then fades to some fruit then some oaky bitterness. The alcohol hits at the end and it really takes away from the beer. The other flavors really are more fruity and light and the alcohol cuts through in a way that makes it rather overwhelming.

M: Sits a little sour but certainly bareable. Not bad.

Overall very nice. The high alcohol really takes away from a otherwise near perfect beer. The oak is a little odd. It has some complimentary notes but is also a little off. Overall a rather nice beer. (842 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden color.

The aroma has tartness, lemons some funkiness and barnyard, oak.

The flavor follows with a refreshing lemony tartness, green apples, grapes, with an oak flavor. Quite a lot of tartness going, a light body.

A surprisingly incredible beer. (274 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.25 straw yellow, minimal head and lacing like most sour ales

S - 4.5 Bottle top sour candies and a light grass and funk in the back

T - 4.25 , refreshing light tartness with hints of oak and vanilla

M - 4.25 Drying and crisp

O - 4.25 One of my favorite sours and an awesome example of creativity in traditional styles (328 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very tart with vanilla and oak notes. The flavor is tart lemons with some oak. The beer is extremely dry and makes you keep drinking it. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An excellent, budget sour. (272 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a crystal-clear golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of funk and lighter amounts of tart pears.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by not-quite-ripe pear flavors. The pear flavors quickly turn tart and are joined by funky flavors midway through the sip. The tart fruit and funk carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this was just as good as I remembered. A solid beer that doesn't fit well into any category but is well worth a shot. (804 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Frothy chardonnay...that description about sums it up. A bit darker than a white wine.

Smell: Doesn't match up with the rest of the beer. Sourdough...slightly off-putting. It's good, but I would like it a bitter stronger.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pungent bleu cheese and vinegar with a lemon finish. A grapey wine flavor as well. Petrus Aged Ale gets very complex as it warms and improves on its yeasty characteristics. Clean finish that complements the acidic traits perfectly.

Overall Drinkability: Takes some getting used to, but this will wake you up. World. Class. (576 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 41354. Sampled on June 22, 2013.

It looks wonderful with decent pale yellow/golden color and a small head that lingers for a moment but eventually fades away.

The aroma is sour, hoppy, and biscuity. The sour character takes center stage.

The body is light to medium.

The taste is most definitely a sour ale. Alcohol is well integrated, Don't try to sugar-coat it or anything it will come up just the same. So as far as sour ales go this really meets or exceeds to style. It really is not my favorite style so it is difficult to review. Sour ale fans will like this one. (609 characters)

Photo of Traquairlover
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Slightly murky pale golden color very little head but good lacing on swilling, medium carbonation both in terms of bubble size and frequency.

S = Sour scent is strong, like raw sourdough bread (not as strong as in a Flanders Red, but along the same lines). On a send deep sniff I get some sense of the malt behind this brew. Good fresh grain smells.

T = Wow, bitters is the first thing, before any taste profile, then tart lime, grapefruit with some raw grain: wheat, oats; slowly fades into a tart finish that sits on the front of the tongue.

M = Light/medium body, frizzy carbonation feel (would be unpleasant in another beer but with the sour/tart flavors fits perfectly).

D = Definitely would drink this if offered. Very occasional beer though, not for everyday drinking. Might go well with spicy foods because of an affinity or may complement staple fares because it adds spice. In any event an excellent choice for food (973 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a light brown to deep orange with a finger and a half of bone colored head that fades to a small mat and a collar around the glass and solid lacing
S: smells slightly fruity with a whisper of cherry, huge note of vinegar with a little bit of funk and some tannins
T: starts slightly sour with a bit of a woody note then gets a bit sharper in sourness with a bit of sour cherry flavor, a bit of residual sugary sweetness but it's very light. aftertaste is more vinegar acidity with a slight cherry flavor and a bit of oakiness
M: light to medium with soft carbonation and a nice pucker. finish is a little slippery
O: nice sourness, good flavor, and not as overly sweet as some examples. Excellent balance of sourness in place of bitterness with the residual sweetness. An excellent example of the style. (812 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, pale gold with a lush, 2 finger, fluffy white head. Lots of scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is sugary, oaky, tart apples, aged with lactobacillus, brett, sweet tarts, mild cherries, cakey yeast, aged funk, and perhaps some over-ripened banana peel.
Taste is of the aromas...sweet tart, funky, bacteria laden, infected oak aged, Belgian brew. I think you'll either love it, or not. Personally, I really enjoyed it.
Mouthfeel is sweet up front, tart along the tongue, light bodied, mildly acidic, spritzy, and dry.
A nice experience of a tart, Oak barrel brew. (607 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle into a tulip
no bottling date

A: Pours a crystal clear, very light straw yellow, with 1.5 fingers width of egg shell white colored head, which dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves a small amount of squiggly lacing.  A steady stream of fine carbonation bubbles can be seen racing to the surface throughout the entire drink.  

S: Sour apple, heavier funk than I anticipated, fairly spicy and slightly smokey, some wheat aromas and mild sour berry notes.  Very much saison-esque, with the high degree of funk and earthy components and only mild sour characters.  

T: Much more sour than the nose implies, thankfully.  Its really bordering on puckering sourness, in a good way.  Tart notes of sour apple, lemon lime, and sour white grapes.  Vinous, the slightest hint of peppery spice, and a touch of sweetness in the aftertaste, with hints of beligum yeast banana, which fade quickly after each sip.  Just great.  

M/D: On the lighter side of medium bodied, effervescent carbonation with a sharp, quick drying finish give this one a delightful mouthfeel.  No hint of the relatively high ABV.  Drinkability is great from a flavor prospective, but the heavy carbonation makes a 750mL bomber a bit much as it sits in my stomach and makes me feel quite full.  Still, a treat on the tongue.  

O: Admittedly this is my first experience with the Flanders Oud Bruin style, and I am relatively new to the sours genre, but wow was I impressed by this.  I'm very glad this was recommended to me.  I would certainly buy this again and I look forward to trying more of the style. (1,602 characters)

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Bossanova in Alton,Illinois on 7/31/10.

A-Pours out a clear,golden hue with a slightly brownish tint.A small,loosely-formed white head quickly disappeared leaving thin,filmy lace for the duration of the pint.The lack of any notable carbonation created somewhat of a mental block considering the use of champagne yeast.

S-Smelled of apple cider vinegar,California chardonnay,key lime and sourdough toast.Small hint of oak rounded the nose out with a subtle earthiness.

T-Tart,Granny Smith apples,lime,toasted oak,young Sauvignon blanc grapes and the champagne yeast really shined through for this beer.Deliciously sour!

M-Crisp,clean,light and puckering.The champagne yeast tricked my mouth into experiencing carbonation that wasn't there.Light to medium bodied with a nice,dry finish.

D-This was my first sour beer and by all accounts
I would consider it a successful introduction from an enjoyability standpoint but it being my first,I can't comment on it's trueness to the Oud Bruin style.I was actually kind of discouraged from trying this by my bartender but I found it delightful and my wife(who isn't really a fan of micro's much less strange "sour" beers)enjoyed it also.I could definitely drink a few of these. (1,238 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Petrus aged pale

Pours a bright golden color with a small white head. Aroma of sour musty funk and horse blanket. In the taste, a sharp sour bite like a more characterful lemon rind. Wild yeasts doing their job well. Bitter, sour, and funky. Small touch of oak but mainly a dry sour. Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated and dry. Overall, this is an intense brew that I quite enjoyed. (384 characters)

Photo of PriorDoubleDark
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased on-tap at HotShots Family Entertainment Center in beautiful downtown Pismo Beach CA on a rainy Thursday evening. This selection was a fine nightcap, a palette cleanser after an evening of drinking heavy, syrupy beers (Parobla, Ovila Quad, Black Marlin Porter). This sour was simple and sufficient - a pleasure to be what ended our drinking evening. (358 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle. Pours a clear straw pale gold colored with a fizzy white head. Streaming carbonation after head settles. Honey and sour, flowery nose, earthy and oaky. Tastes like honey at first and then gets gripping sour and dry notes in the finish. Oak aging is present throughout. Healthy carbonation keeps it crisp on the palate. This is a very nice beer for many reasons. It drinks like a Flemish red or brown except it has pale characteristics. Like a Chardonnay versus a Cabernet in the sense that they're both dry, but are essentially different. I don't even drink wine. (577 characters)

Photo of ufellc
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells slightly tart, and has an apple, citrus tart flavor. New to the style and wasn't expecting the flavor. Good overall. Good light mouthfeel that lingers the tart Apple notws (178 characters)

Photo of nectar14
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 375 mL bottle provided by Greff's of Arbor Brewing Co.

A: Gold color with a fizzy white head that fades to a thin film. Looks good.

S: Nice vanilla-tinged sour apple with faint funkiness and bready malts.

T: Lovely sourness. Not excessive or off-putting; quite accessible for those who've not tried this style. Balanced very well with vanilla and malt flavors.

M: Medium bodied. A bit puckery, but very well proportioned.

D: Great for imbibing with food. Cleansing acidity makes you want more. Great stuff! (518 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my first trip to Hope Valley Bottleshop!

Pours translucent gold. initial soda pop head fades. This thing looks like a gueuze.

sour apples on the nose. Almost a candy sour apple. Smells slightly sweet, but still has backgrounds hints of gueuze flavors. What i perceive as Brett flavors want to come out, but they cant break through the back-sweetened flavors. Smells like a sweet white wine (Im thinking Italian Moscato). My immature Oud Bruin taste buds love this thing.

Uh oh. Tart apples, hints of sour cherries come in second. I can feel Granny Smith apples. It kind of reminds me of Oude Beersel, with the tart apple flavors (very similar taste). Light body. Theres this underlying sweetness that reminds me of a cheap gueuze. The lactic tart feeling flashes across your tongue, then fades, but only to re-emerge to coat your mouth during the aftertaste. Its not overly complex (maybe less than Ive made it sound). Apples, sweetness, and a nice dose of oak to balance it all out.

As I posted on Untappd, Gueuze flavors, minus the lactic harshness. (1,060 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - This beer pours a pale Golden colour with a one fingered head that reduces to a costant film.

S - This beer literally stinks of wood aging and tartness. Smells similar to a decent wooded chardonnay.

T - The initial flavours are a little sweet but the balance of tartness kicks in to give it a great balance, the finish is a little dry and very reminiscent of a white wine.

M - Light to medium body with fullish carbonation.

O - Loved this beer and will definitely have again. The tartness is great and the sugars are not too present, which really gives this brew something special. (617 characters)

Photo of FarmerTed
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured it into a goblet from a bottle. I'd swirled the bottle a bit, but the beer was completely clear.

Looks: Big, fluffy white head, leaving behind fluffy lacing. The beer is yellow/straw colored, and well carbonated.

Smell: A little bit of funk, but also malty

Taste: It starts out tart; not super-sour, but a nice, mellow sourness. The finish is fairly oaky. It's somewhat fruity and sweet.

Feel: Feels pretty smooth and mellow.

Overall: I really liked it; it wasn't bang-you-over-the-head sour, but well balanced. I'd definitely drink it again if I see it. It tastes quite a bit like Duchesse de Bourgone, but looks nothing like it. It has more oak to it, and is a little less sweet. (693 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From an 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

A-Pours a golden color with some copper highlights. Really clear with a decent amount of fine carbonation visible. I got one finger of off-white head that disappeared pretty quickly. Nice lacing on the glass.

S-Oak, and lots of it. I also got some cider notes and there was also some funky, earthy character. I picked up a little alcohol heat, too.

T-Sour and oaky, like you would expect for an oud bruin. The sour flavor was more apple sour than cherry sour, however, and there was a pretty substantial earthy under-tone. To me, the finish was the most interesting part. I got an almost buttery, nutty flavor, like cashews and brazil nuts.

M-It was pretty carbonated with a fine champagne feel...not meant for chugging.

O-I enjoyed this quite a bit. This was a unique, complex, and drinkable sour beer that didn't just pucker up with the usual cherry flavors. Ask me after I have another bottle if I still enjoy the strange, buttery finish, but for now, bravo. (1,008 characters)

Photo of beerphilosopher
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clean medium amber color with virtually no head. What there is is slightly off-white and leaves a couple of random spots of Belgian lace in the tulip glass. The nose is of fermented fruit, vinegar, some earthy hay-like notes, and possibly sour apple. Smells slightly sweet as well. The palate is really very tart up front and hardly yields to a nice woody character. This ale is very tart and leaves the mouth watering. Mouth feel is on the light side, but very crisp and clean like sucking on a sour apple. The woody, earthy mustiness comes through too, lingering in the mouth. Tart and sharply acidic. Oddly, my bottle reads that this ale is only 5.8% alcohol by volume, although it's listed at 7.3% here. I tend to believe my bottle, and my palate, on this one - unless the alcohol is just that well hidden. A true treat and a great example of the oud bruin style, albeit a bit lighter in color. Beers like these are a wonder - I can't stop sniffing and sipping. The tart character of this beer literally makes the mouth water for more. If only I had more ... Superb! (1,083 characters)

Photo of RoBotGod
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is interesting and might not sit well with everyone. From just the looks you might misconceive what it taste like. After the smell you’ll have a better idea what’s coming. The light smell of green apples and citrus lets you know this wont be an easy drink.

After a few gulps, the deep sweet and sour really sinks in. This thing is tart! The best description I can give is a liquid green Sweet tart candy that I used to eat in middle school. Not being familiar with the style might throw you off. Still the balance of the mouth feel makes it a great beer. They’ve been doing this for some time now, I think they know what there doing.

Not one that I would drink a 6pack of in a night. If your turned off by the sourness then your just a wimp. (763 characters)

Photo of millionsuns
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In the land of sours, there are kings and queens and jesters and serfs. This one would be the hardworking blacksmith's apprentice who's actually the bastard son of the king.

In other words, it's not going to get all of the attention. It's going to keep working hard making horseshoes for the commoners. In sour terms, it's (relatively) cheap, (relatively) ubiquitous, and damn delicious.

And when you don't care to drain an entire 750ml sour, you can grab one of these and pour it throughout an evening from a 12oz bottle for four or five bucks.

A: Pale, as the label says. When poured into a five ounce glass, carbonation is minimal, lacing is also minimal after a half inch head dissipates. It sits there like a bale of hay waiting for the nearest cow. Sheds an appropriate scent for that metaphor. When the glass is placed next to the bottle, it shares the same gradation of yellowish-orange as the darker sections of the label. Does not resemble any Flanders oud bruin you've had previously.

S: Bale of hay in late summer with a tart tinge of fermentation deep within the bale. Also a bit of leather from an old baseball lost in the bale since May. Let's dive in.

T: What you're looking for in a sour: barnyard, tiny bit of balsamic vinegar, even a bit of reduced butter. The five ounce glass will disappear sooner than you think. Overtones of apples and pears a week after having fallen into dry grass.

M: Similar to the appearance of the carbonation in the glass, it's minimal on the tongue. But it coats your palate with the aforementioned butter reduction and reveals layers of carbonated action beneath. Complex and invigorating.

I keep a four pack of these on hand for every occasion. Usually the occasion is that it's after six o'clock and I'm celebrating the existence of beer in general, and this wondrous beer specifically. (1,845 characters)

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