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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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89
very good

676 Reviews
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Reviews: 676
Hads: 2,260
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 106
Gots: 303 | FT: 2
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Belgium

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 wl0307
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 06. BB 19/04/08, served lightly chilled in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: dark golden hue with great clarity, coming with a slowly-growing white foamy head that settles to a thin cap; very gentle carbonation.
S: a very intense, sour note of oak barrels and white wine vinegar prevails upfront, underlining a mild flow of dryish lemon peels, savoury-tart star fruits and prunes, semi-funky farmhouse yeasts and a pretty soft and subtly sweet malty bed... sort of reminiscent of Flemish Red Ale and even Lambiek but rid of the wild yeasty edge... if not knowing this is an oak-aged Begian beer the vinegary nose might be slightly intrusive to the nostrils and taking one by big surprise!!
T: bitter-zesty and sharply sour lemon juice and dry cider dominates the palate, but dissipates rather too fast and gives way to a neutral palate of residual doughy malts, bits of salt, dryish-sweet cinnamon+woodchips, and zesty-tang undertone like oxidised lemon rind... feeling pretty rusty b/w the teeth as well, plus short finish.
M&D: the whole structure falls a bit thin for the overall short palate, but the mouthfeel retains a refreshing state, albeit slightly sharp at first--definitely having room for improvement as this old beer is still pretty young in the bottle~~ The well hidden alc. plus a dryish finish ensure pretty good "quaffability", though. All in all, an interesting beer in need of time to bring more depth and complexity--is it possible for a filtered bottled beer like this? (1,532 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

cloudy grapefruit colour with noticeable white crown, generous lace left in glass. Sour flemish aroma, sour apple, somewhat like a wild ale. Numbing sour mouthfeel,with significant carbonation, refreshing. Not for a newbie. Sour apple cider in taste. (250 characters)

Photo of beersabound
4.64/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is not for a newbie! Also, I fully agree that this is a sour ale and should be labeled as such. However, it is a Belgian and it is strong. Also, I found this beer to be very tasty. The appearance was clear, gold with high carbonation and a nice but short lived head. The aroma and flavor are very acidic and sour from the lactobacillus (I think) with low malt sweetness and some citrus flavors. The hops are subdued. The mouthfeel is light and crisp and finishes very dry. After some thinking, my wife and I think this would go nicely with a lemon cheesecake or something like that. The sourness and acidity would cut through the fat of the dessert but not overpower the sugary goodness. I want 57 more. If you like sour ales, run, I tell ya, run to get some of this. (776 characters)

Photo of peabody
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out light amber with a thick foamy head that dissapates very slowly leaving nice lacing.
Smell is cherry and orange and mabey some cinnamon?
There is also a slight metallic aroma but it is hidden way in the back.
Damn, the first taste is mediciney sour like biting into a lemon. This is very sour and I have tasted this flavor but can't put my finger on it. It is like having a mouthfull of Sweetarts where all of the sugar is missing.
Mouthfeel is gritty at first but ends up pretty clean.
Too sour for me right now. (528 characters)

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how this classifies as a belgian pale, but whatever...

Pours a hazy orange with a medium white head. Nose and palate are very strong on sour cherries, apples, wood. Amazingly tart - at least as tart as a flanders red. Very dry, which emphasizes the tartness in the residue. really sticks with you afterwards.

I think i needed another bottle of this for my review to do it justice. not sure if i liked it or not, to be honest. it was a unique taste and style, and i wouldnt mind having another to think about it further. (534 characters)

Photo of cbl2
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8/23/2006 $4.00 at Roof Brothers Wine & Spirits, Paducah KY. 11.2 oz 5.80% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a slightly hazy orange peach color with a very thin coarse white head on top.

Aroma:

Sour tart apples and macerated cherries with hints of honeyed raisins and a whiff of alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Puckeringly tart beyond anything I've experienced. Tarter than a flanders red, and bone dry to boot. All moisture is instantly sucked back into whatever pore it emerged from when this hits your palate. After the taste buds get a chance to recuperate and realize they are not being attacked, notes of pear and cherry appear with mild notes of rotten wood. I wouldn't classify this as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, or pay $4 again for a small bottle, but worth experiencing once. (801 characters)

Photo of stephendr
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange – stark white head – nose cinnamon bread, salt, sour cherries – taste sour bread, acid, red fruit, orange peel, and apricot – dry body- short fresh aftertaste Hazy orange – stark white head – nose cinnamon bread, salt, sour cherries – taste sour bread, acid, red fruit, orange peel, and apricot – dry body- short fresh aftertaste (349 characters)

Photo of phisig137
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy gold color, with a one finger head that quickly falls. A ring around the brim of the glass remains, as well as a bit of lacing.

This beer smells interesting. Sour apple, dirty leather, raspberries, and vinegar come to mind. Very different nose, and not one that I was expecting at all.

The flavor of this beer again, is totally unexpected. I was prepared for a oak aged belgian pale.... not a flemish sour. Positively sour, althoughmore rounded than others. Good green apple flavor, backed by a hint of malt. Clean finish that dissapates completely, aside from the little bit of "tang" left over from the acidity. Nice flavor, although I find the tartness to be a little much. The oak and vanilla flavors pop out in the finish, but I don't taste them before that. I personally think this would be a little better if this were partially blended with a fresh batch to tame the tartness just a little bit.

Mouthfeel is light and thin, while drinkability is a bit slow, due to the high acidity.

Good overall, but I would not consider this a belgian pale. Way too sour for that category, and I really think it tastes more like a flemish red... reminds me a lot of Rodenbach Grand Cru. A good beer, but should be labeled for what it is.... (1,269 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A dull, carmely golden color on the light brown side of things. Seems to have decent carbonation but a miminal head, only a small ring and a few wispy clouds on top.

S: Wow. Apple cider on the sour side, lots of oak, honey and some cherries.

T: Immediate sourness. Fermented red apples, very woody and a light muscat sweetness. Finishes some what dry with just a bit of toffee.

M: Light to medium bodied with a sharp carbonation.

D: Decent sour. Fairly common as far as sours go, but that still means its pretty good. Not as complex as it could be but very refreshing. (584 characters)

Photo of supercolter
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
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 (491 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a - bright golden color, clear, big white head that completely disappears after awhile, not much lacing

s - strong green apple and vinegar, very sour smelling

t - green apple sourness and vinegar are the dominant flavors, alcohol is not evident, the sourness lingers for awhile, very dry finish

m - very dry, light-bodied

d - I really liked the beer, but one was enough for me, the sourness and dryness does a number on the palate

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It certainly is no pale ale. I've never had a flanders red, but from what I can gather, this is what they taste like. I really enjoyed the distinctness of the flavor. Recommended, but beware, this is not a pale ale. (702 characters)

Photo of audiojon
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow! I was at my local shop (vendome) looking for a flanders red or something similar when the buyer there recommended I try this. He described it as a lemony sour, similar to a flanders style but a little bit different. He was pretty much spot on, altho there is something else in there besides the lemon. I can't put my finger on it, but this is sure tasty! The sourness def makes you pucker a little bit, and takes away from the mouthfeel slightly, as it makes for a especially dry finish. I realize this is part of the appeal, but it does keep the drinkability down a bit as well. As delicious as sour beers are, I've never been able to drink more than one or two at a sitting. (a never ending supply of la folie would likely change that)

All things aside, this is a great beer, and a very refreshing change of pace from my usual flanders red. Highly recommended for sour beer lovers, perhaps a bit much for those just crossing over. (940 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of aged "pale ale" at AJ's in February for $4.39. I did not realized i was getting a sour beer out of this deal. The only other one i have casually sampled is La Folie from New Belgium.

Beer poured a golden color with a well sustaining head. Nose is of sour apples. Taste is of sour apples and a dry very light hop finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Kind of reminds me of some white wines i have had. Drinkability is OK. This is a beer that is worth a try for the Flanders Red fans! (514 characters)

Photo of Citadel82
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ancient, tarnished, gold lace with a crest of powdered wig. Lace in the withdrawal. Aroma is nasal scorching vinegar and wet saddle leather, perhaps from a French dragoon or the Scots Greys in Flanders. Taste is sour tincture of lime or a similar anti-scorbutic with sharp acidic notes cresting like a wave in the throat and sinuses. A rare blonde sour treat...awesome. A must try for fans of all things sour and funky... or should I say a musty try... (458 characters)

Photo of WetCoaster
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of dogfooddog
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My favorite product from this brewery. My bottles of this date from when it was a MJ beer of the month club offering, but they remain excellent to this day. Served 50f. 15% head in glass.

First thing in the nose is the lambic-like odor, more bite here than anything else bavik makes. There is a hint of some more stuff behind it but I cannot single it out.

Taste reminds me more of a flemish red than a lambic - similar sourness, more pronounced than many of the actual flemish red style, but more subtle than any full-blown lambic or gueuze. There is a mild malty character to the aftertaste as well as some wood notes.

This is a very refreshing beer, and the 7.3% is invisible. I think it is finally beginning to turn (possibly 3 years old now) but has been excellent up until now. (793 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 Erdinger2003
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a small head that goes away and leaves a lacing that's kinda weak. The color is golden like champagne. Smell is sour, so is the taste. It's very fruity and sour at the same time. Mouthfeel is very good and I wouldn't mind having another one of these. (260 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a small head that fades fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is very sour with some apples and cherry notes on top of some band-aid. The flavor is puckeringly sour. Lots of sour apples and cherries. Seems very thin and one-sided. The sourness sticks to the palate. The drinkability is a little rough due to the extreme sourness. (392 characters)

Photo of dgallina
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 2003.

Pours clear golden yellow with lots of fizz, but little head or lace. Smells quite oaky and winey, lots of vanilla and nose-tingling alcohol spice. Aggressive sour flanders red-like attack, building a slightly sweet roundness in the middle before finishing super dry, spicy and creamy. Moderately light and slightly over-sparkly body. A tasty and unusual beer. Looks like a pale ale, but tastes like a hybrid strong golden ale and sour red ale. (471 characters)

Photo of asabreed
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle into a Delirium Tremens glass. 2003 stamped onto the back label.

Appearance: Golden hazy yellow. Lots of bubbles. Nice lacing though the head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Sour cherries and apples dominate the nose, balanced perfectly with phenolic qualities (leather, band aids, medicinal, inside of a pill bottle). Some hops in there too a bit. Nicely complex and singular.

Taste: The sour cherries dominate the tartness and sourness, as there's tons in the taste. A lot of phenols upon the finish, which isn't as lingering as I want. A bit of hops in there too. Almost like a Flanders Red, as I'm sure some folks have said. But maybe it's the richness it lacks, or something here. Either way, a pretty singular brew. Tasty, refreshing, and pretty complex.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation to give the brew a spritzy feel. With the sourness though it works very well, and by the end it serves its purpose very well.

Drinkability: At around $4 a bottle, this is a good treat, especially if you're sick of the same old beer styles. I've become a huge fan recently of the sour side of brewing, and this is no exception. And the alcohol is hidden extremely well and is hardly discernible. (1,213 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.79/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear golden body with a frothy head that drops precipitously but leaves a fair amount of lacing

Smell: A whole range of tart fruit - pineapples, green apples, sour cherries, lemons and a bit of puckerish funk

Taste: An amazing blend of sweet and tart flavors that ping pong back and forth through to the finish, where they are joined with a balsa wood character

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, sour and puckering; low carbonation

Drinkability: Lovely to sip on and spread across the tongue as it plays upon the different taste receptors (566 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz with "2003" stamped on the back poured into a tulip.

Apple juice with a touch of haze under half an inch of white foam that has decent retention and leaves a delicate veil of lace.

The nose is funky fruit with an acidic character. Cherries, grapes, sugar, earthy wood and bubblegum. Fantastic! I can't remember salivating this much from a beer's aromas. Five!

The first sip is a jolt of tartness with some sugars and wood. The fruits are there but not as strong as the nose. As my taste buds re-calibrate with further sips I get the impression of white grape juice, and it starts to get its balance back. Juicy finish. Complex for sure.

The mouth is medium with good carbonation and lots of pucker. I really enjoy this beer and could have several more before the abv gets me. (794 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 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)

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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