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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: 2,261
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 KajII
4/5  rDev +0.8%

[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 +0.8%

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. (171 characters)

Photo of d_kizzle
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of ChugMan
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of wattoclone
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of Tele
4.21/5  rDev +6%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,006 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of BastardKing24
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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 (834 characters)

Photo of Guden
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of pjbfromkc
4.88/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Petrus Aged Pale poured into a pint glass. A lighter looking sour that could pass for many types of good ales. Smell is fantastic as the tart sour really comes through. A lighter sour, oaky taste that is very quenchable. Great for a summer day. Great beer though I prefer something a bit bolder. But for what it is and what it is trying to be it is very good. (364 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Strong okay flavor with a vanilla/coconut backbone. The brilliant sour/tartness that goes with those flavors is brilliant. This is a great standard sour. With nothing overwhelming, but it's great with a simple flavor profile and aroma.

The great flavors linger in the aftertaste. Great sour.. (293 characters)

Photo of coobstar
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Oh what a beer to come home to on a humid night. Pours with little froth, but whos counting - I need a cold one.

Some of the funky sourness is belied in the pour, but it is not until it hits your lips, and tongue, and gums, and finally the throat with tart crispy acrid delight, that you grasp the wild passion of this ale. As it exudes through the nose after the initial sigh of pleasure, the entire esophageal passageway is filled with a sticky, cherry sweetness, evoking crests of hills in the dappled sunlight beneath the broad limbs of a massive tree. Sitting upon a checkered blanket. Dandelion cordial. Baguettes with rich and nutty cheese and fresh churned butter. Perhaps some charcuterie as well, laid out on a wooden platter with the knife glistening beside. If i've ever had a beer that has antihistamine properties, it would be this bad boy. Clears up hay fever like nobody's business.

Finishes strong, lingering on the palate in a pleasantly funky way until displaced by some well timed pickled carrots and cheese. (1,032 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- 75cl bottle poured to a large snifter with a hazy, golden body. A white head rises to about one finger with decent retention. The cap falls to a medium thick ring leaving spotty lace.

S- Lactic acid fermentation dominates most of the aroma with a sour lemon character. Green tart apples (not acetylaldehyde), white grapes, slight funk and bread comes to mind. Slightly vinous.

T- As with the smell, lactic acid bacteria provide a nice sour feel with lemon juice attributes. It is more of a high tartness but a pleasant level with the flavors present. Fruity notes of green apple skin, cherry pits, vinous white grapes and slight funk. Slight vinegar twang in the end.

MF- Light body that is medium-dry with a creamy and foamy texture with a bit of agitation. Carbonation comes in moderately high but goes down very smoothly. Tart lemons and apple feel lingers on the palate.

I have had this beer several times before and I would consider it a classic at this point. It has a great reputation in the Belgian beer world and it truly deserves it. Kind of like a Belgian Berliner in a way but much more than that at the same time. Lactic acid brilliance. (1,157 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with thin white head; quarter inch sticks around with spotty lacing. Smell: barnyard, apricot, majorly acetic, grainy, vinous. Taste: white grape, white peach, all tart, mild pale malt sweetness, herbal finish with plenty of drying oak character. Body is a little thin, but nice flavors though a bit one-note on the tartness. (345 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 05-21-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged, with foil
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

Appearance: Clear beer with a golden color. The head is white and has a fair amount of retention but little in the way of lace.

Smell: Lemons and limes come to mind as you get a whiff of sourness. Other aromas are of wood and peppery spices.

Taste: Very tart which is expected from the aromas. Woody, and extremely dry with a bit of saltiness. Lots of fruitiness — green apple comes to mind. Flavors and acidity have a white wine-like character.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is very high, like in a champagne. Body is light and refreshing. Finishes with a mouth-puckering sourness; quite dry.

Overall: Very dry and sour beer that may reind you more of a wine than a beer. I think it comes together well and would recommend it. (898 characters)

Photo of travolta
3.21/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Quickly dissipating, eggshell white head, with spotted and crusty lacing. Opaque straw color.

Nose: Baking soda, cherries, and clean wood chips/lumber, and pineapple.

Taste: Sour and perfectly carbonated. A malt backbone that saves your tastebuds. A little bit of vanilla and oak.

Notes: It is very subtle and gentle, especially for a sour. I am not a fan of sour beers, but I found myself more interested in this with every sip.
Perhaps a perfect introduction to sour beers? (491 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light and golden - like a pilsner - into a proper glass at Duckworth's Park Rd location, Charlotte NC. All drafts $3.50 on this lovely Thursday.

Little to no head and slight lacing on this well carbonated brew, smelling a bit of vinegar and wood. Wonderful vinegar tartness. Easily one of the better sour brews I've had - it's well balanced. Great introductory tart brew for newbies. Dangerously drinkable for 7.3%. (422 characters)

Photo of jellikit
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: light orange. Slightly hazy. Thin head that does not persist.
S: sour. Vinegar. Acid.
T: vinegar and oak. Very sour. Cider.
M: highly carbonated. Light body. Acidic. Tart.
O: great sour. Very sour. Acidic. Great representation of style. Will purchase again. (262 characters)

Photo of PhilMiller
3.17/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear medium to dark yellow with a quarter inch head that reduces to half of that and then persists.

Smell is of light citrus and cow barn. Not optimistic at this point.

Taste is acidic up front but it mellows to interesting crisp fruit flavor, apples and citrus.

Mouth feel is light and crisp,with long lasting bubbles.

Overall, I wouldn't need to revisit this offering very often. (394 characters)

Photo of sallustfire
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours a small head, which quickly fades. The color is a dull pale and a bit cloudy.

Smell - Robust tartness

Taste- Fruit flavors, which quickly give way to a clean sourness.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and clean.

Overall- Good sour. Ultimately lacks complexity, but the sourness is pronounced (304 characters)

Photo of bryantd
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good, maybe even good+, but not as good as the yardstick that is Cascade Brewing.

Sufficiently sour but would prefer more so, non-fruity taste. About the best sour beer that I've been able to find out here in the midwest.

I do recommend, and I would buy again. (262 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body had a bright golden color than darker near the edges. The head was effervescent and lively with a fair amount of retention.

The aroma is deeply fruity with more orchard than tropical. I certainly catch the aromas of pear and Apple with a bit of straw, but tones of oak, lemon, peach and earth can definitely be had.

The flavor reminds me of a Golden Ale with a strong pear and Apple flavor. The oak is subdued but trace evidence is found on the palate. Notes of earthy straw and lemon help to stabilize the finish.

The feel is quite lively on the tongue but never harsh and very light.

This is a very good beer, despite it not being what I'd expect from an Oud Bruin. (680 characters)

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
89 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.