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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
90
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689 Reviews
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Reviews: 689
Hads: 2,330
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 24.69%
Wants: 114
Gots: 336 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale | 7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

Petrus Aged Pale is a 100% beer from our foeders. Michael Jackson, the beer hunter, chose the name in the late 1990s – and he was the first to sell this beer in his beer clubs. Today, it is still the reference for sour beers in the US. Petrus Aged Pale has won multiple gold medals in beer competitions worldwide. Moreover, ever since the start of the brewery, the beer has been used as a blending-beer with other beers to give them fresh, slightly sour flavors and aromas.
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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden body. Sticky soapy white head.

Aroma is woody with vanilla, a little musty, and lots of sour fruitiness.

Sour is aplenty and pleasant. Follows the nose delivering oak, fruit, and funk.

Great sour beer that's easy to get.

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Photo of JLSIV
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

Funky and sour, not my type of Belgian beer, but I can see that this is a very complex style….if someone who isn't a beer drinker likes and likes dry white wines, they might go for this as a crossover from wine to beer.

Definitely can taste the barrel aging, some brett and lactobacillus type funk going on.

Again, not my taste, but I wanted to try this style...

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Photo of MickeyTheHead
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Petrus Aged Pale is in a league of it's own. It's a perfect sour ale retaining the quality flavors of a pale ale while still having the great sour flavors. It I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life this one might be it.

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Photo of backdoorbrewbros
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Asked the guy who worked at our local liquor store for his best sour, he stated this was his "go to for sours". Matured in oak barrels for 20 months. Thought we'd give it a try.

Appearance - Clear, sunflower yellow with a white head with a medium rate of dissipation, some lacing small head remains.

Smell: Dank, citrus, acidic, funky hay

Taste - Not overwhelmingly sour, citrusy (lemon, grapefruit), vinegar, oak tannins

Mouth Feel: moderately carbonated, light mouthfeel, crisp

Would be a great summer beer, not too sour. I personally prefer a more berry based sour. Probably not my "go to".

Food Pairings: Dirty grapes and chicken. WhamBam!

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Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev -0.2%

75ml corked bottle. Exceptionally smooth and drinkable for a sour ale. Lightly hazy, medium golden with light airy head. Soft, but full, fruity, cider aroma. Taste is fizzy, light, mildly acidic, malt, cider, wood. This one has me rethinking sour ales, most of which are too tart for my palate.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 21/1/12

Pours bright with an initially fluffy head that dies down very quickly. Clear and crisp looking with few bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. A thin film of head lingers for most of the session, however, this includes pouring the rest of the 750ml which agitates the head every pour.

This beer smells like dry white wine, pear, lemon with a slight tinge of vinegar. Funk is also present, but not predominant. The flavor of this beer is much like the taste; light fruits, funk, along with a huge pucker-factor that the sour characteristics bring. Very refreshing on the palate and quite easy to drink.

Overall, I'd highly recommend whether or not you are just interested in trying new styles of beer, or are already a sour fan.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 330mL bottle into a pint glass, pale golden colored with an enormous white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: sour and oak, balsamic vinegar, acetic acid, tangy

T: quite sour and acidic up front, pickles , vinegar, has a great lasting sour flavor

M: light and refreshing

O: great tasting sour that is light and refreshing

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Photo of bnes09
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

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Photo of ern19
4.25/5  rDev +6%

First dip into the sour world, besides Westbrook Gose. Wasn't really sure what to expect, but I was really impressed! I found myself wanting to smell this thing forever before I tasted it. Sour green apples were prevalent, followed by a wine or maybe white wine vinegar aroma, with a slight mustiness. The complexity of the taste is a totally new experience for me. It follows the aroma to start with, but the sour green apple skins quickly give way to a funky woodsiness, then the hops show through on the finish with a little grapefruit, along with a slight bitterness and vinegary aftertaste that makes me want to keep drinking.

My wallet is going to hate me soon trying more sours.

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Photo of bareju
4.25/5  rDev +6%

On tap at bulldog LA.

Pours a clear gold, with thin white fine head.

Smell is a bit of funk, and some apple notes.

Taste is fairly sour with a good amount of acidity, finishes with some funk and heavy apple and some grapefruit notes and a bit of bite.

Medium body, lots of fine carb like chanpagne, fairly dry.

Overall is tasty, complex, refreshing. Keeps me coming back for more. Wish there were other notes than the apple, kind of dominates the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is interesting, keeps the beer from being too easy drinking. Will have to try more sours.

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Photo of imscotty
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Appearance- Light colored head quickly rises and falls. Noticeable lacing. Small ring of head remains.

Smell: Sour apple smell, some vinegar, some citrus, some hay.

Taste - This is sharply tart and sour. Probably as sour as I would want to get in a beer (my preference). But the taste is so clean and crisp. Taste citrus, lemon, grapefruit, vinegar, some apple wine flavors. They all work well together, the sourness dominates.

Mouth Feel: Nicely carbonated, light, clean, tartness lingers on the tongue.

When I want sour, this would be a great go-to beer. Perfect on a hot summers day. A little too sour for me to drink in large quantities, but so refreshing. I think that this is a great representative of the style.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev -0.2%

12 oz bottle into pint glass - Part of "Sour Power" six pack

A- Clean and clear, pale yellow with thin white head
S- Tart... saliva inducing, like green apples and a bit of wine vinigar
T- Just like the nose advertises, this is tart like green apple with a bit of vinigar. Maybe white grape peels too
M- Thin, but fine

O- Very nice sour. Much better than the rest in the "sour power" sixer.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Poured from a 330 into a standard pint (the tulip was dirty and I was lazy). The light haze in the gold was lovely. The aroma offered a hint of the sour to come with some citrussy character from a hoppy beer. But the taste was just a wonderful level tartness that was like nothing I had encountered. This is the beer that set me off on a long run of sours. It is therefore my benchmark since it was my first sour. I may revise once I have had more from this style, but this will be a repeat purchase.

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Photo of KajII
4/5  rDev -0.2%

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a lightly cloudy golden color with an average (1-2 finger) white sudsy head that reduced slowly, down to a thin film with a large collar and possessed excellent sheets of sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt and a musty Belgian yeast with a note of citrus (lemon), a slight fruity ester (apples and pears), a hint of cask and a mild vinous scent.

The taste was sweetly tart and a tad acetic with some bold fruity overtones from the get go, becoming rather yeasty and a bit sour with a winey cider taste and a light bitter citrus appeal at the end. The flavor lasted and average time after consumption with a slight fruity vinegary taste left behind.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a thin dry texture and a rather prickly carbonation.

Overall this is a fantastic Wild Ale with a ton of sweet-sour flavor along with the perfect influx of fruit, which did a good job of hiding the semi-high ABV...

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Photo of ploetzm
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Bright and tart. Undecided if this is likable and need to consider others in the same style. Certainly drinkable and with the bracing acidity would work well with food.

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Photo of d_kizzle
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful. Tart yet immensely drinkable. Great with all types of food. I keep coming back to this beer time after time and it never disappoints. In fact, as I'm writing this my mouth is water just thinking about this golden brew. Give this classic a try if you haven't already.

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Photo of ChugMan
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Clear pale yellow, bubbly. Abundant head settled to a thin layer with some lacing.
S - Slightly sweet but tart like a chardonnay. Fresh vegetation. Some definite clean wood and funk present, interesting. Almost a sharp cheeselike aroma.
T - Sour tartness hits hard and fast along with a white grape and apple rind, giving way to a variety of subtle complex sensations. Clean wood plank, Green pepper, lettuce, baguette crust, a sort of meaty earthyness along with a little cheese & dank earthyness too. Light apricot, fresh sourdough, lemon rind, lime leaf. Bubblegum, curry leaf and yeast flavors ramp up as it warms.
M - Dry and a little prickly with the carbonation, not unlike wood on the tongue! Finishes very clean.
O - Very interesting, likely an excellent meal compliment but definitely a conversation piece at least. Best enjoyed slowly and with friends.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden orange with a two-finger foamy white head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of green apples, white vinegar, and a light barnyard funk.

T - Lots of tart green apples throughout the flavor. A touch of acidity and vinegar in the finish.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. A nice drying mouthfeel.

O - A very nice readily available sour. Very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Monk's Cafe in Philly. I tried this head-to-head with the Monk's Flemish Sour Ale. Although this was a very good Oud Bruin, it paled in comparison the the Monk's version. Very session able and may have received a higher rating if I had it on a different session but much weaker in taste and higher in alcohol. Basically the light version of the Monk's Flemish with higher ABV. Personally, I rate based on flavor, not for speed of inebriation.

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Photo of Tele
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.5 Crystal clear, pale gold. One-inch off-white head that lasts about a minute.

S: 4 Pretty mild. There’s a good amount of funk at first with some pepper, bread, lemon, and oak.

T: 4.25 Quite tart at first with slightly sweet bready malt closely behind. Lots of white pepper and lemon that go very well with the tart/funk flavors. Very light bitterness on the aftertaste.

M: 4.25 Farily light but not too thin. There’s enough there that makes the beer feel substantial but also leaves you wanting more. The dry finish is very nice, but there could be a bit more carbonation.

O: 4.25 This beer is easy to get and very pleasing if you’re looking to satisfy a sour craving. There are a lot of really nice flavors and a good tartness level. Not quite up there with some of the popular gueuze offerings, but a solid alternative.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the utmost clean and lactic character possible, the sour pale ale of De Branandere launches with citrus, cellar and cork playing major roles.

Its bright golden austere seems harmless enough, perhaps anticipating pilsner flavor to the eye. But once the nose draws near, its tart acidity takes hold. Dry cider at first, then the waves of vinous white wine, corklike must, attic wood and the piquant tart bitterness of dried lime.

Across the middle, the short-lived bready sweetness loosens and seems to dissolve mid stream. What's left is tangy lemon, lime, crabapple and under-ripened berry. Glimmers of white wine vinegar come to mind as the beer dives into a quick finish.

And that's where the ale fleets the palate with abrupt dryness- clean, crisp and sudden. Far sooner than the palate would prefer, the taste evaporates in a whimsical cloud that overs above the tongue. Much of its wonderment is better appreciated in a wheaty, vinous aftertaste, full of oak tanning than it is in actual time.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a teku glass

A - It is golden in color and topped with a couple inches of off-white head.

S - The smell is tart and funky. It smells like I am cutting up a green apple in an old cellar.

T - The taste is immediately tart reiterating that green apple connection. Then there is the dank basement aspect that comes into play. I can taste a little light fruit notes.

M - Moderate with tingling carbonation.

O - This is an affordable and remarkable sour beer. It is a great example of the style. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a yellow golden with a slight white head that leaves some lacing.

Smell is of tart, sour white grapes, apricot, pineapple, pear, and peach. Not much malt in the nose, its mostly a pleasant acidic note.

Taste is much of the same with a nice lingering vinegar note, although lighter than some other sours. Lots of unripe fruit notes, reminds me of tasting fruit from my orchard prematurely. Sour grapes, a little honey on the backend, Pretty nice if you ask me.

Feel is on par with many great beers, I can't see how it can be improved really. Light on the tongue, and medium carb.

Overall this is much better than the Oude Bruin. I would say get this over the aformentioned.
Very nice sour with lots of puckering notes.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

25oz bomber to a snifter

Pours a pale gold with two fingers of white foam. Moderate carbonation lacing from the sides, not bad retention or lacing

Smells...sour. Strong tart white grapes and apple, some lemon, heavy oak, a strong blast of Belgian funk, some pale malt, and a touch of alcohol

Taste follows the nose pretty well. Strong upfront sour fruits- apple, grape, lemon, and a bit of cherry. Yeast and malts follow, a blast of funk along with a pale bready malt. Finishes with hints of oak and a touch of alcohol

Feel is face twisting sour, definitely 'high' on the scale. Dry finish, alcohol hidden well, not very bitter. Easy to sip

Overall my go to sour. Always delivers and always available at a decent price. A little skunkiness with this bottle I haven't had on the others. Been sitting on the shelf a little too long

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Photo of Guden
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- bright gold with a thin layer of bubbles. Brilliantly clear despite sediment in bottle.

S- bright lactic sourness, light oak and a touch of grass.

T- tar and tangy, with a slightly funky sourness. No signs of bitterness or hops but some barnyard funk that blends nicely with the clean lactic sourness.

M- light and moderately carbonated, this one is refreshing.

O- a refreshing beer with some nice clean sourness and just a touch of funk. Not overly complex but an enjoyable summer sour.

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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
90 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.