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Petrus Aged Pale - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

689 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 689
Hads: 2,330
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 24.69%
Wants: 114
Gots: 337 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium | website

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 paulozanello
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mildly translucent golden color with a very thick white head that recedes after about 5 minutes leaving a great creamy foam cap on the surface. Lacing is good and web-like.

Aroma is strong and tart, with grapes, cherries and funk. Slight oak character but definitely less intense than the tartness. Great smelling beer.

Taste starts very tart and lactic with crisp flavors of lemon, sour cherries and green grapes ending with a funky/barnyard character.

Mouthfeel is extremely dry and crisp, with lots of carbonation. Body is medium and alcohol non-existent. Aftertaste is sour and astringent, leaving your mouth watering. Drinkability is average for a sour.

I really like the nose on this one. The taste is not bad but IMO it could be a little less tart and more oaky/complex.

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Photo of emsroth
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle as part of a sampler pack

App: Dark gold/light amber. Seriously cloudy. Hardly any head, but sticky lace.

Smell: Tons of fruit--sour cherries, granny smith apples, plum skin, grapes. Thick, honey-like malt backbone with a hint of grain.

Taste: Strong sour flavor upfront. Lemon seems like too obvious of a flavor comparison, but it's an accurate description. Ends sweet and grainy on the flanks of the palate. Slight herbal bitterness. Let's see how it warms--the tartness mellows, the grainy malt and herbal hops become more prevalent.

Disappointing body--too light and thin.

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Photo of Aenema
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear light gold/bronze with a fluffy white head. leaves splotchy lacing.
Smell - Tart apple, some lemon, slight funk.
Taste - Puckering sourness, but not very intense. lots of tart apple, funk and some sourness.
Mouthfeel - Light body, nice carb, very dry finish.
Drinkability - Drinks very nicely, but I think one or two would be enough.

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Photo of Tele
4.21/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- Pours a golden yellow, slightly hazy, with a cm of foam.

- Smells of lemon and sour grapes.

- Taste is tart lemon up front with sour grapes and oak. Sourness doesn't linger and the finish is very mild, slightly dry. The finish is refreshing, however, this beer is not complex or multilayered.

-Overall a very decent sour. It is able to satisfy a sour craving, but does lack complexity. This is a great introductory sour as there is nothing too offense or bold or funky. Also, it is readily available and affordable at $4/bottle, I like to keep a few of these around for a refreshing weeknight delight.

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Photo of sinistermadman
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leaving sediment in bottle, this brew pours a chilled light amber with a negligible head. Sour, acetic aroma with fruit notes. Taste is quite tart with some residual sourness. Not so sour as to hamper drinkability. Overall flavor is not bad. The most obvious comparison is sour green apples, but some other nuances are perceived (oak). Light body and minimal carbonation. Not well versed in the style, but I did enjoy it. An interesting brew that is a good change of pace from my fresh hop binge I'm currently on. Cheers.

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Photo of degerbah
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown with about a finger of head. The aroma is a slightly acrid vinegar-like smell. The taste is an amazing sour funky goodness. It's not the best sour I'v ever had, but its very close. Tomorrow I'm going to go back to my local beer shop and buy them out of this. I've wanted to taste Petrus for a really long time. Apparently I've been missing out. This stuff is great.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very straw colored in the glass. white head. Smells of spices and alcohol. Smells of champagne or some nice wines.
Tastes of champagne, salt, sourness, and grapes. Outstanding sour taste.
Mouthfeel is nice. Medium texture, and lightly carbonated. Sticky sweets coat the palette. Do not expect to drink this fast, rather, sip and enjoy the sour fruity flavors!

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with a very small head that recedes quickly.

The aroma is very tart/sour (on par with N.B. La Folie) with lots of oak coming through with woodiness and some vanilla. There are some bright fruits and hints of lemon as well as a mild earthy character.

Flavor is quite tart but also pleasantly fruity and mildly sweet midway through. It begins with dry peaches and apples and transitions to sourness with a burst of lemon. The finish has some sweet malt elements to it along with noticeable hop bitterness and a lingering tartness accompanied by a faint earthiness.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, though I was in the mood for something very tart and this beer is just that.

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Photo of dogger6253
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured out a thin, golden-yellow color. There wasn't much head, nor was there much lacing left behind. Attractive to look at, but not exceptionally inviting.

Lots of sour fruits going on in the aroma; oranges and lemons are what hit me first. I was able to pull out grapes and grapefruit shortly after, and hints of cherries and vinegar as the beer settled.

I think the oranges I smelled turned out to be tangerines, big difference huh? However, the tangerine taste was very tart and subdued; hidden behind the other flavors. Lemon takes the foreground alongside lime. There are also notes of grapefruit, wood, and a penetrating white grape taste near the finish.

Highly carbonated and light-bodied, sort of like a champagne in a way. I liked the taste of this beer a lot, but due to the high acidity and sourness, I wouldn't be able to drink another in succession. I would try it again sometime.

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Photo of pdoran10
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly hazy golden color with three fingers of thin white head into a snifter. Dissipates quickly, nice lacing.

Smell is pronounced but not overbearing vinegar lemon sour. hint of breadiness.

taste is strong tasty lemon sour bite up front mellows into a light adjunct (corn, rice) slightly oaked pale flavor to finish. lacking a bit on the end but nice flavor profile.

Described as a pale Flanders, but even so seems very thin. Lacking some malt balance substance here for my liking. Moderate/high carbonation. Very dry which I like!

Nicely drinkable overall. I want another, but lack of balance and body detract.

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden/yellow body with 2-fingers of bubbly white head that doesn't last too long. Some slight lace.

S- A nice sourness up front. Pears, green apples, cherries. Pretty tart aroma. My mouth's watering just from the smell.

T- Very tart up front. Cherry-like.

MF- Nice moderate body. A nice dry finish.

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Photo of henrysunset
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This I'd an excellent beer. It drinks like a sour cider.

appearance is very well filtered, a golden clean color.

smell Is pear, apple, tart and inviting.

taste is great, sweet, then tart, with a smooth lingering tart and oaky flavor.

mouthfeel is smooth and full, drinkabilitybis very high. A truly great beer.

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Photo of Kshock
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright oragey-yellow color, almost like a very light copper color. No retention, goes down to thin white ring around the edges very quickly.

S- Smells like some lactic acid with a little hint of malt sweetness. Smell the sour tart pretty easily, its up front.

T- Nice sour tartness right away, gives a good pucker. Drys out nicely leaving a nice finish with no real residual flavor.

M- light-med body with a small amount of carbonation.

O- Really nice beer, good price for a sour fix.

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Photo of boss302
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Petrus Aged Ale, 333ml bottle, batch #40084 on the back label.

A Golden/deep yellow color, crystal clear, good head to start, though it faded quickly and didn't cover to the end.

S Tart sweet aroma, buttery winey aroma. Grassy, reminds me of Sauvignon Blanc.

T Tart, green apple taste, similar to a Geuze. There is a nice sweet sharp tang at the back of the tongue like a sweet tart candy. More wine like than I expected. Complex flavors and a beer that is more of a sipper than a quaffer.

M Carbonation seems low, medium body.

D Definitely a beer worth trying, perhaps not for the novice, but certainly the more adventurous BA. There is some interesting flavors in this beer, and not quite like any other beer I've tried. I will have another. I wish I knew more about wine so that I could more easily distinguish the characteristic flavors that come as a result of the oak barrel aging.

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Photo of xylophonica
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale amber colour, light head.

S - Intriguing smell, quite unusual. Honey, bread, licorice, bubblegum (heaps), sweet liqueur, strawberry and various flower aromas. Crazy!

T - Massive citrus hit. Big orange/lemon flavour (very sour) with a splash of honey.

M - Light on the palate. Again very sour and quite spicy. Carbonation is epic at first.

O - Just a wacky beer all over. Aroma is simply amazing. Overall though probably a little bit hardcore given the exceptionally high levels of carbonation and peculiar combination of tastes.

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Photo of Badger6
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Clear golden body. Head builds fast, then recess . Lots of lace on the glass.

S: Sour. Cherries and white wine. A woody character mixed with the malts. Aromatic scent, very distinct.

T: Pucker up, this is a sour beer. Takes a few minutes to adjust to the acidic sour of this beer. Once adjusted, there are hints of fruits, specifically cherries, and a slightly vinous character. Has some earthiness to it as well, suspect that comes from the oak barrels it rests in during the aging process. No bitterness at all.

M: Light body, mildly carbonated, tries to be dry but then the sweetness of the malt kicks in then it goes dry again. Finishes neatly.

N: You couldn't session this beer, but why would you? Its something you bring out to change things up. It is so tart to start, but then it mellows. Would go well with a tangy cheese and some classical music. This is a beer to be sipped and savored.

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Photo of blackc5
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a gorgeously clear golden copper with a large white foam head that faded rapidly, leaving just a bit of lace.

S - Noticeably tart on the nose, with hints of oak tannins and white wine.

T - Quite tart and acidic. Vinegar-like, but without astringency. After a few sips, it actually seems quite reasonable, and overall is quite tasty. Some oak in the flavor, but not as much as expected, and hints of fruity sweetness that bob and weave, but quickly fade, making you wonder if they were there at all... Not much in the way of malt in the traditional sense, and no hops at all. Some funk in the aftertaste after the sourness subsides a bit.

M - Dry finish and light bodied, with just moderate carbonation.

D - Suprisingly high given it's pucker-factor. I do think the Pale Ale name on the bottle is a bit of a misnomer and may do it a disservice.

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Photo of bareju
4.25/5  rDev +6%

On tap at bulldog LA.

Pours a clear gold, with thin white fine head.

Smell is a bit of funk, and some apple notes.

Taste is fairly sour with a good amount of acidity, finishes with some funk and heavy apple and some grapefruit notes and a bit of bite.

Medium body, lots of fine carb like chanpagne, fairly dry.

Overall is tasty, complex, refreshing. Keeps me coming back for more. Wish there were other notes than the apple, kind of dominates the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is interesting, keeps the beer from being too easy drinking. Will have to try more sours.

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Photo of adman08
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Light, clear straw color witha fluffy white head that leaves nice lace. This beer was advertised as being intentionally low carbonation but I found it very nicely carbonated.
S-Nice, sweet fruit aroma with the obvious sour smell as well.
T-Great sour taste with very noticable sweetness in the aftertaste. Quite tart but balanced with the sweetness.
M-The tartness sort of drys the mouth out but thats to be expected. The sweetness is excellent.
Overall, outstanding beer. Very drinkable, the sourness is not at all overpowering and you get a very nice fruit flavor.

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Photo of tweeder263
2.45/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a hazy gold beer with a one finger head. Moderately carbonated.Sweet /yeasty smell,, different cant quite pinpoint it. WHOA,,the taste. Nothing like ive ever had before. Ive never had this style and i dont really like this taste. Very tart,,nothing i recognize. Dont rely on my opinion,,this could be a style you like,,but its not for me.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.97/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i dig this beer.
straight up

Brenden at Memphis tap room hit this one on the head
"80% of Cantillion(sp?) for half the price"

very unique, pours a light hazy yellow
good amount of head, very spicy sour smell at first sniff

very tart of the first sniff
sour but smooth

apparently this beer is what Bavik used to mix their Old Bruin with (which is muuucccch better on draft then in the bottle)

this is a great beer to go with some food or on a hot day

7.3 makes it a tough session beer, but hey if i wanted to just kick it back with no real worries... there is not much else i would rather drink

absolutley one of my favorites , so refreshing and also so complex

this is a great gateway beer for those wanting to dig into the realms of sours, guezes,and other funky and off the radar beers

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Photo of potownbill
1.8/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This is my first review and I have sampled dozens of beers trying to develope a consistant feel for the taste, appearance, smell, and mouthfeel. Not having a sufficient number of tastes under my belt, I have not written any reviews, but I am compelled to review this beer.
Appearance: Nice golden yellow, slightly cloudy with a good off white head. Great first impression
Smell: Nail polish remover. Strong acidic smell.
Taste: Very tart. Is this lemonaid or beer?
Mouthfeel. Who cares. The taste killed the moment.
Summary: First beer I've dumped down the drain. This is the first of a 6 beer Petrus sampler box. I hope the rest are better, aka drinkable.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear and golden but with a minimal head that fades very quickly.

The aroma is very much tart fruit. It may look like honey but the aroma reminds me of tart cherries mixed with that honey along with some vanilla notes that I associate with oak.

Some of that same tart cherry flavor but there's more honey flavor than cherry and something that almost reminds me of green apples. Seriously tart! The vanilla notes from the oak are also strong here.

Medium to light body with very prickly carbonation.

This is my first 'sour' and I'm not sure it's really for me. It's not bad and it's certainly drinkable but it's maybe just a little bit too much on the sour side for my taste buds. It would probably be exceptional to me with just a touch more balancing sweetness.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with bright carbonation that slowly settles. The aroma is very funky of sour fruit, yeast and a light vinegar at the end. Ah the taste. The sour apple is very forward in the beginning then just a touch of sweetness but mostly sour. There is a bit of that aged flavor in there that gives a bit of that musty flavor and the carbonation really opens this up. This is way to drinkable and very, very enjoyable. Not sure why it took me so long to pick one of these up. Very good, love the sour and the overall balance of this one.

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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
90 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.