Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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89
very good

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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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Belgium

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 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)

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

Aroma is very sour with hints of wood, sour cherries and faint floral notes. Slightly cloudy yellow/gold color with a fast fading pale white head. Fore is woody and sour..slighty thin. Hints of rosehips, herbs and other floral flavors. There are also crisp sour apple notes with a bit of acidic citrus tang in the finish. Pretty nice and lighter and crisper than most I have had of this style. (393 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle. Golden color with a sourish smell.

The taste is really sour. It's good in its own way, I just wasn't expecting it. Tasted like a Flanders red, but didn't have the hue.

Kind of addictive taste once you get over the shock. Like sour candy. (270 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This has a nice tart nose to it as I pour, reminds me a bit of lemons and / or grapefruit even, though more of the acidic character of these fruits than the citrus notes. The beer is a brilliantly clear copper color and is topped by a pale, frothy, though somewhat thin off-white colored head. The aroma is dominated by the acidity, though upon this closer inspection the acidity is a mix between acetic and lactic acid components. There seems to be a bit of tannic woody type aromatic notes here, as well as some subtle fruity notes that remind me of green apples and tart plums. The aroma is really quite nice; I really enjoy the nose on tart beers.

The beer is quite dry and of course is nicely tart as well. The tartness reminds me of sour apples with perhaps a hint of lime or maybe even lemon added, and a splash of apple cider vinegar as well. The sourness is not nearly as strong as in a traditional Lambic, but it is nicely assertive. Going back to the sour apple note, this has a fruitiness to it that reminds me of them as well as a note that makes me think of raisins that have had all sugar removed (I don't even really know what that means, but I swear I taste it here). The actual funk level here is fairly restrained; there is perhaps a hint of funky mushroom in the finish.

This is quite a nice beer to drink, but in the end it is not nearly as complex as I would like it to be. Without the malt character of a sour brown or red, it really needs some more funkiness to it to strike a balance with the dominant acidity. (1,541 characters)

Photo of UncleFlip
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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
-UF (513 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shimmering gold with waxed lemon trim. The prodigious crown of rich ivory displays legions of delicate, gently popping bubbles on its surface. As the foam continues its slow descent, the glass is covered with a fantastic display of Belgian lace. The beer itself is no slouch, but the head-lace combination is truly wonderful.

My first thought upon catching a whiff of the nose was bubblegum. It's much less apparent now, but was an interesting initial impression. The aroma falls under the 'funky' umbrella. It's obvious that Belgian yeast is having a heyday in this beer. I can't begin to sort out the various aromas, or even put names to most of them, but I will say that I like this funkiness much more than I did the first few times I smelled and tasted it.

Wow. I don't know that I've had a more complex beer in a good, long while. A pungent, sour acidity is clearly dominant, but isn't allowed to steamroll everything in its path. Thankfully, it's countered by an underlying sweetness that takes the rough edges off what could have been a borderline unpleasant experience. There's an amazingly colorful cacophony of flavors and flavor sensations (sour, sweet, bitter). I'm stunned that they're all present, much less that they fit into such a seamless whole.

I don't appreciate any spiciness whatsoever, but the sweet and (especially) sour fruitiness doesn't need it. I'm enjoying the woody character imparted by the oak barrels. Comparisons to an especially oaky Chardonnay wouldn't be out of line. The finish is even more spectacular in terms of interdigitating flavors and flavor sensations. I would need at least a half dozen bottles to plumb the depths of Aged Pale's soul. And, after six bottles, my own.

The mouthfeel is pretty close to pale ale perfect. It's medium in heft with a slick, microthin mouthcoating that is a perfect complement to the dry, puckery finish. A fair amount of fine-gauged carbonation keeps the mouthfeel hopping without making a nuisance of itself.

This is an infinitely complex beer that oozes Old World quality and charm. It's obvious that great care has been taken in its creation. So too should great care be taken in its consumption. Petrus Aged Pale is, quite simply, beautiful beer. (2,243 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Petrus Aged Pale pours a clear, brass-gold body beneath a creamy head of white froth that holds well, slowly dropping to a wide collar and thin surface covering while leaving short splashes of lace about the glass.

The nose offers sour fruit (grapefruit, cherries, grapes), sugar (a touch of candy sugar, some mild bubblegum - possibly due to a note of vanilla from the wood), oak, and basement mustiness. It's intriguing (especially the sugary side) and inviting.

In the mouth it's delicately crisp and light bodied with an acidity that's almost puckering.

The flavor offers everything the nose promises except that it's not quite as fruity. Initially the tartness over-rides it, but then the candyish side fights back. Dry oak comes into play at the swallow, and it finishes remarkably clean and dry considering the brief intensity that it just offered. Some woodiness (with a drop of vanilla) lingers in the aftertaste along with a touch of mustiness; leaving the palate primed and waiting for another quick sip of exhilarating charm!

The alcohol is never noticeable; and for those that enjoy/accept/can get past the brazen acidity this is a superbly refreshing and remarkably palate-cleansing and invigorating beer! Magnificent!!!! (1,252 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle. Not available here in Wichita. Thanks, Rob!

Appearance: This beer was a dull, brassy orange color. It was lightly hazy with a heavy bead. The white head rose up to about one finger and settled quickly. Small patches of foam remained on top due to all the rising bubbles. The lacing was minimal.

Smell: Oddly enough, this Belgian pale had a lot of imperial stout aromas to it. Thickly sweet raisins and plums dominated the smell. There was a small bite of green apple underneath those, and the obvious presence of oak. That was about it. Odd.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, crisp, and dry in the mouth. It bit at the tongue, but in a pleasant way.

Taste: Holy crap, I was not expecting that on the first sip! A strong, puckering sourness attacked those spots on the sides of my neck, making me actually curse out loud. That was awesome. Very acidic and sour, with a light sweetness underneath to somewhat keep things under control. Dry, musty wood was present throughout. The aftertaste contained a little honey, though it was dry overall.

A great beer that completely caught me off guard. (1,114 characters)

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
89 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.