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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,775 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,775
Reviews: 621
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 66
Gots: 138 | FT: 5
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Belgium

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.

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GClarkage

California

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/16/05- Purchased at Plumpjack Wines in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Stone Levitation glass.

Appearance- Champagne colored pour, maybe a bit on the darker golden side. Tons of light bubbles rising to the surface. 1/2 inch head in which part of it stays around during the entire glass. Excellent chunky lacing abounds.

Smell- Definite dulled fruity scent. Almost like a sweet style wine. Picked up sour notes as well. Definite light alcohol and oak scents too.

Taste- Sweet and sour at the same time. But, the sourness rules here. Very tart like the kind of candy you would but at the drug store when you were a kid. Fun Dip? Nice oaky background. Kind of funky aftertaste. Guess that is the barnyard quality coming through.

Mouthfeel- Not as carbonated as I thought after seeing the bubbles. But still above average carbonation level.

Drinkability- Reminds me of a red flanders more than anything. Kind of like a Duchesse. Just as good also if not better. This is no session beer. A sipper to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 18:51:50 | More by GClarkage
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

01-09-2012 03:32:06 | More by imperialking
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a clear golden color with thin white head that dissolves quickly, leaving little if no lacing. Funky aroma of sour/ tart light fruit, sugar, oak and champagne. Tart earthy oak taste with hints of light crisp fruit. Very carbonated with nice dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 08:52:09 | More by corby112
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2%

12-04-2013 23:55:51 | More by MarkyMOD
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, pale gold with a lush, 2 finger, fluffy white head. Lots of scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is sugary, oaky, tart apples, aged with lactobacillus, brett, sweet tarts, mild cherries, cakey yeast, aged funk, and perhaps some over-ripened banana peel.
Taste is of the aromas...sweet tart, funky, bacteria laden, infected oak aged, Belgian brew. I think you'll either love it, or not. Personally, I really enjoyed it.
Mouthfeel is sweet up front, tart along the tongue, light bodied, mildly acidic, spritzy, and dry.
A nice experience of a tart, Oak barrel brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 02:27:03 | More by weeare138
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Platinum Liquor in Bellevue Hill, after mistakenly purchasing the apparently inferior Oud Bruin on my last jaunt.

Pours quite a pale golden colour, but with some depth to it. Body is heavy, and forms a tight if filmy head of white. Lacing is sudsy and sporadic. Carbonation is quite consistent. Looks decent enough.

Nose is redolent with oak and Belgian wildness. Big acidic characters and rank organic funk, give it a vinous complexity along with an unsophisticated, unapologetic rawness. The balance is wonderfully done, giving meaty, organic barnyard characters to a refined and delicate note. Phew, what a nose!

Taste is lighter, but also nicely done. The funk disappears here, leaving the vinous acidity as the only sign of the wildness. But even this is very delicately handled. We don't get the long drawn out splice of sourness throughout, merely a dollop on the front, which is cleansed and leavened by a dry and clean finish. When the acidity drops, we get some more complex esters of green hay, light and slightly smooth sulphur characters and a peppery Belgian spice.

Feel is very light, aided by the acidity, and helps to tame what is genuinely a big beer.

Amazingly drinkable for its size and heft, and really nicely balanced. This showcases some of the magnificent things that the Belgians do, and that the rest of the world only dabbles with.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 07:03:08 | More by lacqueredmouse
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear golden color with thin white head that dissolves quickly. Nose has a funky aroma of sour, tart light fruit, sugar, oak and champagne. Taste has sour earthy oak taste with hints of light crisp fruit. Very carbonated with nice dry finish. It was ok but not something I would seek out again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 02:17:32 | More by barleywinefiend
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
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?

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 02:22:01 | More by wl0307
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2%

04-02-2014 02:58:18 | More by oriolesfan4
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I kind of blew it this past winter - The Fridge was selling Petrus gift packs that included five different beers and I dragged my feet until it was too late. Since then, I have managed to find four different ones, of which this will be my fourth.

From the bottle: "The Key to Heaven"; "Petrus Aged Pale is a golden blonde ale brewed using the purest spring water, selected malt varieties and the finest hops. The unique aroma and taste is created by maturing in oak barrels for over 20 months. Serve cool, between 8 to 12 C (45 and 54 F)."

Having learned my lesson with their Blonde, I used a VERY gentle pour so as not to disturb any lees that may have settled to the bottom. As a result, I got no head, but I ended up with a very clear, deep-golden beer, much like filtered apple juice. The nose had a tartness like sour cherries and my mouth puckered and my tongue began to water. I am not a fan of sour beers, but I can appreciate them and this seemed like it was going to be good. My first sip gave off a vinegar tartness initially, then kicked in with green apples, wood and finally sour cherries. Wow! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a good bit of effervescence present. I can promise you that I would not enjoy a steady diet of this, but as an occasional foray into something other than AIPAs, this was nice. Finish was gaspingly dry, vinous, really. My my my.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 22:45:15 | More by woodychandler
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

03-06-2014 06:38:33 | More by orangesol
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Olde City during their sour week.

Poured into a Petrus glass, a light yellow/golden straw like color with about one finger of head with some nice lacing throughtout.

Aroma of sour apples, perhaps pears, wheat, some malt.

Taste is crisp and dry, very funky, tart.

Mouthfeel is very smooth medium bodied, some carbonation.

Very drinkable with a crisp sour finish.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 14:37:47 | More by InspectorBob
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a Chalice)
A-pale golden body with decent clarity and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. No head except for the thin ring of off-white bubble around the rim.

S- sour fruitiness with some earthiness and a faint hint of horsiness.

T- relatively soft tartness with some fruitiness possibly lemons. Just a hint of hop spiciness. It finishes with a dry tartness.

M- medium light body with no fizziness and a slight astringency

D- Very interesting pale ale. It has some sour notes and hints of lemon but its not a bad lemon, very crisp and clean.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2005 01:46:21 | More by rhoadsrage
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a large finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a very thick film and a very thick ring. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of oak and light fruits (white grape, apple, and pear) with moderate to strong amounts of tartness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of oak and pale malts which quickly becomes quite tart. There are moderate notes of light fruits (white grape, apple, and pear) along with some notes of vinegar.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness. Dry finish.

O: Very enjoyable but probably too sour to enjoy more than one of these in a session. Nice flavors and acidic prickliness.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 03:00:40 | More by dbrauneis
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2%

03-10-2013 01:49:59 | More by DrunkinYogi
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades to a ring leaving a good lace. Pale, cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Sour apple nose. Flavor is sour apples from start to finish, hops and malts stay hidden. True to Flemish sour ale style, drinkable but not my favorite. $4.90 for a 330ml bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 23:24:44 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

2.7/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A clear apricot colored ale with a notable amount of chill haze. A medium sized white head forms and then disappears.

The smell is sweet and sour with a little boozy edge much like a diluted Jack Daniel’s whiskey. There is the clear and sharp scent of acetic acid to this and this makes it a little Lambic like. I should mention that in general I am not a fan of sour beers. Once past the vinegar smell there is vanilla, oak, and a little cinnamon in the scent.

The taste starts as sweet and sour and fairly similar to a sweeter and less harsh version of a lambic ale. The sourness however isn't nausea inducing and I do not get the sensation of drinking a glass of vinegar like many Lambics do. This is a definite bug beer for those who like the funk. Not harshly sour this is like a Berliner Weiss without syrup. In the end all I can taste is sweet and sour and oak.

The mouthfeel is OK.

If you do not like sour beers then you will not like this. If I had known that this was a sour beer I would not have bought it so buyer beware. This is basically a training lambic for those that wish to develop a taste for them. I will not be buying this beer again I did not like it.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 04:56:48 | More by Zorro
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DoubleJ

California

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The price seemed too good for the style, $2.99 for a 330 ml bottle at a local store. But I see "2003" engraved on the back of the label. I hope this isn't too old, so time to find out. On to the beer:

Poured into a snifter, this beer is a hazy goldenrod color, maybe a bit darker than that. Classic sour aroma escapes from the beer...vinegar, tart fruit, fermenting grapes. This is something to get excited about. The taste is very tame. Burnt toffee touch in the finish. Very light on the palate and you don't taste anything upon impact. The flavor seems to be "floating on air", it seems like its own distinct layer of texture. Tart and sour for sure, some white grapes. Light maltiness creeps in now and then, but the distinct yeast of this style continues to dominate.

Well, this bottle held up well. A distinct treat for sure, and the most affordable sour I have come across.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 05:29:28 | More by DoubleJ
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Wasatch

Utah

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, small head quickly disapates, some lacing afterwards. Scents of yeast, grapefruit, citrus, and spices. The taste is tangy and slightly bitter, very citrusy, and slightly spicy, the finish is pretty dry. Medium body, very carbonated mouth feel. Alcohol hidden very well. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but most likely will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 00:55:51 | More by Wasatch
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Decent retention leaving some splattered lace. Color is a pale golden yellow.

Aroma: Sour cherries, a lot of grapes, oak, spice, sourness, grape candy. I like it.

Taste: A lot of sour grapes and cherries. Oak, spices, a decent sourness to it, some lemon and acidity, and green apples.

Mouthfeel: Sour and clean. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean as well.

Overall, I was impressed with this one, especially at the cost. Really easy to drink and quite tasty. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 15:57:23 | More by mothman
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle picked up in NY a few weeks ago. The last time I've had this was about two years ago and then that was a 5 year old bottle at the time.

A glowing powerful golden beer with some yellowish streaks on the outlay of the glass, this looks very close to heaven in a bottle, the liquid is inviting. A rush of Ivory colored foam sits on top about an inch in height with some sticking ability, sheets down the glass. Belgian indeed.

This fresh bottle really showcases what this beer is about, which is the funky tartness that your about to inbide in. A heaping of acididy mixed in with some grapefruit, lemon and orange slices. The nose is really powerful on this. Some barnyard aroma with a dousing of oak, that may or may not have come from a wine barrel. Of course there is sweet scents as well with slight vanilla and even less sugar vibes.

I gotta say, this stuff is excellent, I really can't find a fault with it. The aged bottles I've had, while good, did not open my eyes like this young bottle. The fruit is more pronounced while in the past i've gotten alot of oak bombs from this beer. The yeast in this beer at this young stage is alive and dancing up a jig with tartness/ slight funk and overall deliciousness. Oak/vanilla tannins. This is what Belgian beer is all about.

There is just enough tartness to make me pucker (in a good way) for a bit after I sip, that's great, that's what I look for. But the tartness is not at a level to make your tounge cringe, it's pretty much perfect. The flavors in this just dance on my tounge so expertly that I want to stop writing and just enjoy this ride. A lighter than medium feel with a lively and spritzy carbonation.

This beer is alive, and it's damn tasty, and a pleasure to drink. Im a sour head, so this is right up my alley, but I can see why some people would throw up even attempting to drink a beer this good. It's not for everybody, but it's for me. This is one sour that I would drink three bottles of in a night and have thoughts to do it again the next night. Top notch!

Edit (2009-2010)- Damn, Bavik, I know Philly is mad lucrative for breweries, but you guys must of sent at least 150 kegs of this stuff over here. It's on at at least 25 bars that I know of right now. Im bombared by this goodness and im becoming broke because of it, please stop!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 16:44:13 | More by BARFLYB
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Petrus aged pale

Pours a bright golden color with a small white head. Aroma of sour musty funk and horse blanket. In the taste, a sharp sour bite like a more characterful lemon rind. Wild yeasts doing their job well. Bitter, sour, and funky. Small touch of oak but mainly a dry sour. Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated and dry. Overall, this is an intense brew that I quite enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 21:23:59 | More by Stinkypuss
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at La Trappe, in San Francisco.

Advertising the stuff as "undiluted old beer" probably isn't going to do much to turn people onto it, but its icy golden body and shimmering highlights probably will; this very unconventional beer actually has a fairly conventional look. Its thin, fizzy head also speaks to quality: while it doesn't tack on a ton of lace, it impressively endures the length of the tasting.

The aroma is definitely funky - not quite 'George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic' funky, but more like 'neon-coloured toe-socks' funky. It has a lot of bacterial sourness and faint fruity esters, the combination loosely resembling a sweet-and-sour candy. Rest assured, however, there's nothing tacky or synthetic about it; it smells like a high-quality vinaigrette.

Vinaigrette? you ask. Yes, sir. It has a woody mustiness, notes of fermented fruits and an acidic quality that is found elsewhere only in vinegars. I liken it to a vinaigrette - not vinegar - because the acidity loosely ties into the profile rather than knots the whole thing up and it's balanced with sweet, sugary notes of apple and a splash of lemon juice.

Ample carbonation, plenty of drying oak-y residuals and a touch of earthy hop bitterness all do well to hide this beer's (formidable) alcohol strength. Indeed, with its spritzy bubbles and fizzy tartness, this is a highly sociable and agreeable ale. I finished mine in a matter of minutes. The 24-30 months left in wood has rounded it out nicely, it was time well spent.

Apparently this is what "pale" ales tasted like centuries ago. While I can only speculate on the validity of that claim I can assure you that's is what more beers made in this century *should* be tasting like. The combination of tart and sweet is delightful and, while others have likened it a Zinfandel or similar, I say it's definitively beer. And really good beer at that.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 16:32:27 | More by biegaman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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