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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

Petrus Aged PalePetrus Aged Pale

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1,572 Ratings

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Ratings: 1572
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.51%

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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Photo of oglmcdgl


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at bluedog chalfont.

A- comes my way with almost no head just a thin ring around the glass. Light copper orange in color.

S- tart green apple and a bit of funky oak. Hints of sweet pale wheat.

T- tart and sour with a nice interplay of oak and semi sweet malts. Sour green apple and lemon juice. Wet wood and candy sugar.

M- less then medium in body and a light yet aggressive carb. Good long pucker that make you salivate.

D- this is one really good sour pale, up there with the best, yet its super accessible and really easy to drink. Not to mention its fucking everywhere in philly right now and has been for awhile.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2010 00:27:18 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of homebrew311


4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Durty Nellies. Served in Pertrus glass.

A: appears gold and clear, no head, little lacing.

S: huge tart and lactic acid quality up front with subtle notes of vanilla and oak intertwining. Smells like it is going to create quite the pucker...

T: just as the nose suggested, this beer hits the tip of the tongue and sends a sour shock throughout the palate. Some notes of cherries and oak in there. Very nice Oud Bruin. Reminiscent of La Folie, just a bit toned down in the sour department.

MF: light body, high carbonation

D: this is an Oud Bruin worth checking out. I wasn't expecting big things after being disappointed by their Winter Ale, but this one is a winner.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2010 23:42:20 | More by homebrew311
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Trappeze in Athens. Poured into a Dupont tulip. White head, golden body, aroma of intense sour apple and grapes. Extreme tartness, mouth puckering intensity, champagne notes. Wild yeasty funk and sour apples dominate the taste. I usually don't seek out the funk but this is a rare draft treat.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 03:20:15 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of mondegreen


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Trappeze Pub in Athens.

Pours a very nice golden color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is lightly tart, reminiscent of sour apples. Taste is lightly sour, not overpowering at all. That's not to say this is a wimpy beer. It has plenty of complex flavor to offer. Nice mouthfeel, very crisp. This is a sour style beer that does its thing elegantly. I love all manner of sour beers, and I think those who enjoy the style will be satisfied by this one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 00:51:10 | More by mondegreen
Photo of CBlack85

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte. 8 oz pour served in a small chalice.

Nearly crystal clear and light golden/pale yellow in color. The head is a light & foamy and bright white in color. The head is quickly reduced to a small ring and leaves behind some very nice lacing.

The nose is tart fruit with some bubblegum and woody notes. There is also a slight funky aroma lurking in the background.

Acidic and tart, the first taste is like a punch in the mouth. Once you are past the initial sour shock, and your palate is coated, the complex flavors start to emerge. Lots of tart (and slightly sweet) citrus fruits, maybe a hint of tart apple. As the beer warms the woody flavors start to emerge, maybe a hint of vanilla. Light bodied and very dry. Once you get past the initial sour/tart shock, the beer becomes quite drinkable. I could see myself drinking a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 15:25:32 | More by CBlack85
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District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

A: This beer appears a very clear, light golden color. The head is very minimal, yet the retention is very good.

S:The beer smells really funky and tannic, always a good sign.

T: The taste is reminiscent of sour white wine, with a really puckering finish. I also get some nice notes of wood with prominent acetic properties.

M: The feel is decent, with a growing vinegar burn in the back.

D: It's pretty tasty, but not the smoothest ride.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 17:37:26 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of stakem


3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 6/13/10.

On tap at Monk's Cafe, i've seen this in bottles before but not on tap so figured why not give it a try.

Served in a sort of stubby champagne glass, it appears a clear golden orange color with less than a finger of creamy head. Lace clings all about the glass. The aroma of this brew has all the indications of this being a funky brew. Slight fruity tones with an indication of sourness. The flavor of this brew has a tartness upfront with fruity hints and vinegar character. Quite a bit of puckering power with it's sourness level. Light bodied with a modest level of carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. Lingering flavor of funk and an oaky woodsiness left in the mouth that exaggerates the dryness of this beer along with an ever increasing amount of alcohol. As it warms there is a mild amount of orange rind flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 18:12:12 | More by stakem
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed dulled gold color, quickly diminishing cap of wwhite froth leaving small touches of lacing. Scent is of tart and acidic wine grapes backed by hints of apple, soapy lemon, musty straw and vinegar. Taste is a little smoother than the muddled and bold scent dictates but brings the qualitites of tart and acidic wine grapes and musty hay to the front, apple and vinegar in the middle and finishes with the soapy lemon. Very little oak charachter. Lighter side of medium bodied, slightly below average level of carbonation, tingly and prickly on the palate though, slight lingering tartness. A good beer that could perhaps use a touch of mellowing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2010 13:15:05 | More by rfgetz
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean, pale yellow-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, well, like sticking your head in a package of sweet tarts. In the taste, sugary and liquid sweet tarts, yet more tart than sweet. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry sourness in the aftertaste. Super sour, a bit sweet, but delicious all day long!

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2010 13:34:29 | More by OWSLEY069


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a 12 oz Petrus glass. 7.3 % ABV for $7.50. Said to be the first time the aged Petrus is available on draft in the US. Aged between 24 and 30 months.

A: Pours with a bright white head with short retention. There is very little carbonation visible. In fact, my beer menu actually states that this brew was intentionally undercarbonated.

S: Only pale malts were used. Hop aromas of lemon and lime.

T: Semi fruity with just a hint of sherry. A subtle woody character is imparted by the oak aging. I ordered this one again to make sure the salty, briny, vinegar, olive flavor from my first experience was correct. It literally tasted like a dirty martini, which intrigued the hell out of me, but wasn't consistent with any of the reviews that I read afterward. My first experience was the anomaly. Even so, both were delicious. Call me crazy but there is definitely room in the craft beer world for a briny sour.

M: Even if this brew is undercarbonated, it's a moot point. There is more than enough stimulation with the tartness. Medium body leaning slightly towards the thin side. Intense mouthfeel with substantial sourness, tartness and acidity. Mouth coating and tongue scraping cleanser. Long flavor with biting carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D: An awesome brew with great flavor and an intense mouthfeel. Could go back to back with this sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2010 12:17:17 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of drabmuh


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasn't sure if I had had this before but it was on draft so what's there to lose? Beer is yellow and clear. Forms a broken white head of small bubbles. Almost no lacing (like it should be) and the carbonation level is low.

Aroma is really good. Mildly acetic, almost sweet, mild funky basement.

Beer is thin and has a slightly metallic tinge to it. Strong acetic acid note, almost cherry like at times. Pretty bright flavors, good drinkability and nice mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2010 21:22:32 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Tucquan


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-07-10 at Capone's

A - Medium amber. Short, white head with little lacing.

S - Plum, raisin, roasted grain, sour yeast with no vinegar smell.

T - Like a very tart apple. This isn't malty; it's crisp and sour, which is great for this style.

M - Champagne-like

D - If this is a style you really enjoy, then more than one makes sense. For me, one is enough as a real, taste treat like a Rodenbach Grand Cru.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2010 10:02:16 | More by Tucquan
Photo of UncleFlip


4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey-orange with a loose white head that's gone fairly quickly.

The smell is fruity with notes of mango, berries, and spice throughout.

On first taste, there's some spice and some lemon hints. There's a tangy orange in the finish along with some sneaky little maltiness in there.

The mouthfeel is slightly watery- but just for an instant...then it turns rather fizzy, then grainy & thin, yet not watery.

It'd be a bit more drinkable if not for the really stange body on it....

Be well

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2005 23:52:29 | More by UncleFlip
Photo of Ian_B


4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice pale yellow-gold colour.

Mostly sweet cherry-like notes on the nose with slight oakiness. Only a hint of tang. Once you taste it some more there are some funky notes as well.

Quite sharply sour taste up front but notes of fruit and wine-like sweetness balance this nicely. The oak flavour comes in shortly afterwards and lasts through the finish. Funky flavours develop through the oak to the dry finish, balancing everything out with a slight of earthiness.

The carbonation starts with a numbing tingle that accompanies the entire experience from numblingly fizzy and sour to funky and dry.

New to sours and this one seems pretty complex but has some great flavours going on.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 01:45:45 | More by Ian_B
Photo of artoolemomo


4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which seems to have decent retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber which shows golden hues when held up to the light. Considerable lacing with large areas of sheeting.

Nose- Definite tartness, some acetic acid. Lots of fruit- mostly stone fruits with peach and apricot being at the forefront. Maybe some lemon. Some bit of woodiness around the edges but nothing specifically oak. It has a slight astringency to it as well. Some cherries and a small hint of strawberries.

Taste- Fairly reflective of the nose with strong fruit esters that range from peach to apricot to lemon to cherries. The acetic acid and tartness definitely have more presence on the nose than on the palate. Ends with many of the fruit esters blending together in a muted SweetTarts finish. Slight hints of oak around the edges, maybe even a little bit of vanilla on the linger. This is definitely a very accessible sour with very little pucker at the moment. I'm sure it will increase as I drink more of it though. The slight touch of oak definitely distinguishes from the many sours out there. Slight hints of straw and funk. Solid, good beer to really good beer- I think the slight vanilla of the linger tips it closer to really good beer. A bit of a vinous quality, some white grapes.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with light carbonation that has a slight tingle. Somewhat of a dry finish.

Drinkability- Pretty accessible for a sour and keeps it interesting with the barrel aging. I think this is around 5 bucks for a bottle which seems fair enough. Probably wouldn't buy again as I'm usually one and done with sours but I like it.

Overall- Good to really good, but mostly really good. Isn't the most complex sour I've ever had but I do enjoy that this is rather smooth for a sour. This worth a try and I could see myself drinking this in the future. I probably won't buy it anytime soon but I would drink this again in the right setting.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 01:45:58 | More by artoolemomo
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4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into FW taster glasses.

A: pale yellow pour, hints of hazyness and a little cream head that fades quickly.

S: SOUR! Very simple, but it lets you know what's coming.

T: More sour! Great, no frills added sour. Nothing wrong with adding fruit or other creative endeavors, but this is a straight up crisp sour. Very refreshing.

M: crisp and clean, does not linger.

O: an excellent no frills sour That is readily available.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 05:18:47 | More by Sumdeus


4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Wide Flute glass. Gold color, crystal clear appearance. White froth creates a close crown & leaves a wide ring on sides. Well balanced aroma profile displays sour citric & wood notes, spices & sugary hues on the backside. Gentle malty upfront is blowed up by sharp & intense tartar flavor. Light body. Soft carbonation. Spiced, dense & sour palate. Fruity touches in the middle resolve in a kind astringency from lemon & grapefruit rounded by memories of grape tannins. Long sour finish yields to a fruity & spiced aftertaste. ABV is just felt as a gentle heat through the throat. Refreshing & flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 17:56:36 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of ISmith87


4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.5 - Beautiful golden super clear color with nice fluffy white head that leaves great lacing.
S - 4.25 - Super tart/acetic berries, bready malt in the background, you an almost get a little bit of the oak in there too.
T - 4.25 - Sour, like sour berries, blueberries, some bready/grainy/corn malt notes and oak characteristics there too.
M - 4.0 - light mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is sour berries.
O - 4.25 - It's good. Nice and sour. The cool thing about this beer is it's a basic, sour beer, without added fruit and without being a darker beer, so you really get the sour characteristics by themselves. The downside is basically the same thing - it's just sour, and perfectly sour, but not that complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 20:31:39 | More by ISmith87
Photo of Tony_D


4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 01:06:06 | More by Tony_D
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Alberta (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Belgian goblet. My first crack at this style, which is rather difficult to find in these parts. Hoping that more examples turn up. This sour is a golden orange amber hue with ample beige foam; features larger bubbles than the Flanders reds from Rodenbach I have sampled. Smells very carbolic, like white wine vinegar, along with zesty lemon juice and a tannic woodiness. Taste is a fascinating blend of aggressive sour and caramel sweetness ... There's a gentle sweet backbone of vanilla nougat, dairy-based confectionery, carob, and raisins with a hint of dried banana chip, with all this lurking beneath another tart factor that recalls sour gummy candies, unripe cherry, pomegranate molasses, green apple, tangerine peel, and grainy vinegar. To my palate the sourness is about on par with Rodenbach Grand Cru, maybe even a hair more, with a thin body and rather prickly carbonation. Finishes dry, acidic, and woody. A tasty introduction to the style and to sours more generally.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 00:28:41 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of Badger6


4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Clear golden body. Head builds fast, then recess . Lots of lace on the glass.

S: Sour. Cherries and white wine. A woody character mixed with the malts. Aromatic scent, very distinct.

T: Pucker up, this is a sour beer. Takes a few minutes to adjust to the acidic sour of this beer. Once adjusted, there are hints of fruits, specifically cherries, and a slightly vinous character. Has some earthiness to it as well, suspect that comes from the oak barrels it rests in during the aging process. No bitterness at all.

M: Light body, mildly carbonated, tries to be dry but then the sweetness of the malt kicks in then it goes dry again. Finishes neatly.

N: You couldn't session this beer, but why would you? Its something you bring out to change things up. It is so tart to start, but then it mellows. Would go well with a tangy cheese and some classical music. This is a beer to be sipped and savored.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 02:04:20 | More by Badger6
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A – Golden yellow. Reminds me of Thatcher’s Gold cider. Resolute and champagne-like in its clarity.

S – Citrus scent is of lime. Sour green apple. Alsace Riesling.

T – Crisply tangy and vinous following the nose. You know, this may not be the finest sour in the world, but it stills amazes me that the brewer can achieve such fruitiness and tartness without the contribution of actual fruit. Tastes like unripe white grapes in a good way.
M – I’ve always said that this beer reminds me a lot of champagne and I’ll stand by that. The fizziness is perhaps not as pronounced and it probably has a sturdier body, but nonetheless there is a similarity.

O – Complexity may not be the central characteristic of this beer, but the tanginess, tartness and white wine flavours imparted to this beer from its oak aging are clean, crisp and neatly done. This is a beer elegant and assured in its simplicity, and one which I hope will serve as an excellent launch point for exploring sour and wild ales moving forward.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 01:51:53 | More by abeeronthebeach
Photo of BWED


4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into tulip. Best by 25/02/15.

A- Clear light gold body. Dense fluffy white head, one finger thick retention. Decent lacing.

S- Tangy green apple. Fruity wild funk. Faint grain, pale malt. A little citrus.

T- Tangy fruit, apple again. A little woody in the finish. Some bite.

M- Tart/tangy. Pucker bite of a finish. Rather light in body. There's an apparent woody dryness in the finish as well.

O- Really tasty. Tart and refreshing. Good wood aged character.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 00:24:02 | More by BWED
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4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Petrus Aged Pale has a thin, white head, a clear, yellow-gold appearance, some bubble streams, and a good bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of extremely strong, lemony sourness and a touch of sugary sweetness. Taste is an explosion of sour lemon with an underlying sweetness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Petrus Aged Pale finishes dry, refreshing, and very drinkable. If you enjoy Lemonheads or Sweet-Tarts, you might enjoy this.


Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 15:24:44 | More by RonaldTheriot
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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled dated 2011. Pours golden blonde with a decent amount of bubbly head that's there and gone in a heartbeat. Sour citrus burns a hole through my mucus membranes; not particularly what I'd expect from an oud bruin. Deep whiffs draw out barrel-tinged malts and grapefruit. On the tongue it's sharp, sour and acidic with a wonderful finish. A fine brew for heartburn enthusiasts. Sour grapefruit, juicy apples, lemon peel and a hint of cherry. It's heavily carbonated and goes down easy, though "smooth" is the last adjective I'd attach to this one. I think this beverage is doing serious damage to my stomach lining. Otherwise, sure, it's a good sour. Nothing out of this world, but a very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 23:50:36 | More by xabyss
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
91 out of 100 based on 1,572 ratings.