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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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Reviews: 679
Hads: 2,295
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 24.69%
Wants: 109
Gots: 319 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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 Zorro
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 wine, I say it's definitively beer. And really good beer at that.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On the label this beer is described as a golden blond ale. It doesn't taste like any golden blond ale I've ever had, and quite frankly tastes as if it's been blended with a considerable amount of lambic/gueuze.

The beer pours a hazy honey orange color, looking almost peach like in coloring. The beer has fairly nice head retention and adequate lacing. On the nose.... sigh.... I get A LOT of tartness. There is a considerable amount of lemon and grapefruit, but also some flower perfume and white pepper. Interesting, complex nose, though I can't say I'm overjoyed by the tartness. Not surprisingly, this beer is quite tart on the palate, way too much so for my lambic/gueuze hating palate. However, there are a medly of other flavors in this beer, including some berries and a bit of butterscotch (from the oak I would assume). The beer actually has a very refreshing mouthfeel, and if it weren't so damn tart, might be quite drinkable. Certainly the abv. is very well disguised in this beer. In the end there is a touch of sweetness as well, but not nearly enough to overcome the overpowering tartness.

Interesting beer; just not my cup of tea I'm afraid.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

slim 11.2 oz bottle was purchased today at the COOP.... Poured into my New Belgium goblet... luv yah Brenda!!

2 finger head is rocky with a ton of lace and a great cap... The brew is a clear honey gold..

I am gonna be honest and say that I had no idea before capping this brew that Petrus is a Flanders.. I am immediately surprised and intimidated.. Oh well.. here we go.

Sweet and sour nose sorta reminds me of of a lite apple cider vinegar.. sour dough..

WOW!! Alot more puckery than expected... and I am immediately liking it.. great lactic sour with a less than expected acetic element.. green apple skin comes to mind.. the woodiness only comes through as it really warms up.. (can balsa wood memories as a child come through in flavors years later?) ... the woodiness is less tannic and honestly more "wood"..

There is no oxidation in this one.. I am pretty sure and damn happy that this is a pretty fresh bottle.. This is an example of a beer that just allows the yeast and bacteria to do their thing.. I am really digging it.

The only complaint may be that it is a bit sour to really get a great drinkability grade.

I want a Berliner Weisse now... grrr!!


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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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?

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Photo of jdhilt
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of aasher
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light bodied slightly cloudy unpolished gold in color with a slight and quickly dissipating half finger bright white head. The nose is both slightly sweet and slightly tart. It's kind of difficult to describe. It's almost slightly lactic and slightly citric. It has a touch of granny smith apple as well as a touch of lemon and moderate funk. It's not too sour or tart for beginners and is very approachable, like most blonde sours. It has a moderate amount of carbonation and leaves a nice acidic tartness behind in the aftertaste. I like it. I'm especially glad that it's both available and affordable. I would recommend trying this if you haven't already.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No vintage or bottling date markings, but this seems to be a new batch. "Best before 28/03/13"

A: Big, cloud-like head over a clear orange with lots of active bubble.

S: Lemon, hay, light barnyard, whisper of mushroom. A hint of tropical fruit. To my nose, a lot more like gueuze than Flanders brown.

T: moderate tartness, good malt structure under it. Still a bit of sweetness to this. Apple, lemon. Tasty, but a bit simple.

M: moderate astringency, good carbonation, good linger.

O: Nice overall, easy drinkability, good price point, lacks the complexity of the top examples of the style.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich copper hue with two fingers of frothy white head and plenty of apparent effervescence. The label says pale, the style says oud bruin, and I think this is somewhere in between. Good stuff.

Smell: sweet and tart malty aroma. There's a bit of a berry-like aroma to it as well; just a hint, but it is quite interesting.

Taste: sweet malt and a big tart flavor. I like the sourness but it lacks complexity thereafter. There's a little woody character which is nice, but I feel like this is lacking something.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: I do like this beer, but I think it could be better. For me, the flavor doesn't quite live up to my expectation.

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Photo of corby112
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very clear, light gold beer with a fluffy little white head that settles down quickly. Patchy, slippery lace.

Fairly light aromatics; a bit of tart sourness, some lemon, hay, light funkiness. Very nice flavor, again with fairly restrained sourness, tart lemon, grass, hay, and funk; green apple, just a touch of sweetness. Very dry. A hint of oak.

Moderately light body with very crisp carbonation; clean and refreshing. A great introductory beer to the world of sours and my favorite offering by this brewery by far.

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

A: Poured a hazy golden orange with a frothy 2 finger white head that left a spotchy trail lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: really spicy, fruity, and tart with some oranges, apples and sour dough.

T: The initial flavor had a nice, subtle tartness, with sour fruit (apples, pears) with a slight yeastiness and sour dough notes. There was a noticeable lemony citrus hopping with some sour oranges and a peppery finish.

M: tingly and lively from the abundant carbonation and was slightly acidic.

D: A nice crisp, dry tart drinking aged pale that was unique with just enough to keep it interesting and one you could easily drink in multiples due to is smooth and eloquent sourness.

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Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in goblet. Poured a clear dark honey color with a very tall, fluffy white head that had great retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly a tart, fruity scent that had notes of leather and horse blanket. The taste mostly the same notes, but was a little subdued compared to the boldness of the aroma.

The body was clean and light, with a nice dry finish. Drinkability was very good, this is a sour beer I'd drink a couple of in a sitting.

Overall, a very nice brew. In th erealm of sours, this isn't the most over powering, and as such might be a good beer woth which to expand your experience. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 41354. Sampled on June 22, 2013.

It looks wonderful with decent pale yellow/golden color and a small head that lingers for a moment but eventually fades away.

The aroma is sour, hoppy, and biscuity. The sour character takes center stage.

The body is light to medium.

The taste is most definitely a sour ale. Alcohol is well integrated, Don't try to sugar-coat it or anything it will come up just the same. So as far as sour ales go this really meets or exceeds to style. It really is not my favorite style so it is difficult to review. Sour ale fans will like this one.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A very clear and bright gold. The foam wasn't excessive but has a lot of retaining power. Lacing? For sure.

Geez, this smells good if you are a sour beer fan and don't mind some horse blanket permeating your nose buds.

I am deliberately trying to pull some of that funk out of my first few sips and I can but make no mistake, this one's all about the sour and quite a bit about the bitter.

On the sour scale shown on the label, 1 to 5, this comes in at a 5. I believe it and I relish in it.

I would call it close to medium bodied with a solid but not outrageous level of carbonation.

Dang this is good. On or at least at the level of your beers from Cantillion, De Cam, Tilquin, Gerard. .

More please!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Slightly hazed dark golden. Small beaded carbonation rises at a moderate pace to the thin ivory white coating on top. The bubbly collar leaves sporadic patches of lace. Strong nose of rich, sweet cherries, oaky tannins, lactic sourness and brown sugar. Boy this baby is bone dry. Don't know if it's from the aging or what, but it reminds me of a lambic that way. It's refreshing in a way. There's just a little "lambic-like" sourness, but not a lot. Slight bits of sweet malt. A little tart cherry aspect. But the lip smacking dryness dominates. Light bodied and an effervescent feel in the mouth. And enjoyable and unique beverage.

A review long overdue, right Darren ;>) Thanks for the brew.

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Photo of pat61
4.81/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Starts with a lemony, citrusy tart nose with traces of vinegar. It pours a rich gold, sour on the nose, 1” head dissipates to a film, leaves fine lace. Big lemony palate supported by traces of light fruit sweetness balancing between plum and cherry and a hint of vanilla. Slight oak astringency and a hop accent on the finish.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, with 39681 stamped on the bottle. Served in a Gulden Draak tulip, the beer pours a hazy pale gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention is good, lacing is decent. It smells tart/sour, like sour apples, funk, and some vinegar. The taste is similar to the aroma, but stronger in the sourness. In this case it's a good thing. I can taste sour apple, vinegar, sour cherries, and a bit of oak and funk. The sourness does die down a little bit after the beer warms up some. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's crisp, dry and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good too, if you like sour style beers, then you would enjoy this one. If you don't like sour beers, then you should probably stay away from this. If in the mood, I'd buy this again. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium golden color with a one-finger head into my Piraat tulip.

Aroma is full of apple, grape and cherry. A bit sour too. That's about all I can detect.

Taste is sour at first with apple and grape most prominent in the middle. Not too funky. The oak is nearly non-existent in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sourness and mainly apple and grape. Easy to drink. Definitely not something to drink in a hurry.

A decent sour beer here. You should give it a shot.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh "AGED" Bottle of this recently put out 750's with cork top for just 9.99

A - Bountiful head on this one 2 inches plus on a goblet fill with a bright pale yellow color.
S - Smell is great plenty of Brett and lemon peels with tart granny smith apple aroma.
T - Hits you quick with a lemon brett combo that fades rather quick to dry yeasts and some bready pale malts.
M - Light bodied and somewhat crip with slight bitter on the palate beneath the sour.

Overall its a very good sour belgium pale ale good sour bite in every sip!

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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
90 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.