Petrus Winterbier - De Brabandere
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Reviews by 49degrees:
British Columbia (Canada)
2.7/5 rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
I picked up a number of Petrus beers recently during a visit to the US and sadly, haven't been impressed by anything I've tackled yet. My first drink, their Winterbier was served in their standard 8.4oz bottles and is labelled with a 6.5%abv rating.
On the pour, it was a thick, murky brown color with extensive yeast sediment throughout the glass. Even after leaving the glass sit for more than 10 minutes, the yeast still remained suspended throughout the glass. Needless to say I wasn't impressed. It did have a 1/2" white head that quickly flattened out to a thin foamy coverage of the surface with a moderate off white collar. As I drank it, there was a moderate amount of lacing surrounding the glass.
Aroma wise, this one failed to live up to past experiences with dark Belgian brews. Very sweet with hard hits of roasted, toasted scents. Sadly it also delivers a somewhat funky hint that threw me off guard for a Belgian beer. Hmmmm.
Taste wise, it failed to do anything and all that yeast sedminent throughout the glass further killed any possible enjoyment that could have been gathered from this. A very roasted malty flavor, slight fruity hints but overwhelming amounts of yeast.
For a winter styled ale, this brew really lacks a lot of hearty characteristics to give it the enjoyable palette one would hope to have in its presentation. Disappointing all the way around.
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2003 18:59:10 | More by 49degrees
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3.73/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Alright, time to christen the new beer chalice!
Petrus Winter Ale. 6.5% ABV.
Appearance: Nice, heavy pop, followed by a good amount of haze. Certainly no skimping on the head. About 2 and a half fingers. Only a slight lacing, and doesn't really hold. Orange amber with hints of yellow.
Smell: Lighter malty smell, with decent amount of sour, cherry funk.
Taste/Moutfeel: More dry funk on the palate. Bit of leather. Maybe some barnyard. Some dry plum notes. Apricot skin dryness. Only a mild acidity.
Certainly the weakest offering I've had from Petrus, so far, but still fairly good. Doesn't have any overwhelming flavors, so probably a pretty decent session beer (if a tiny bit strong for such a purpose). When you factor in the free chalice, a fantastic deal at $9!
Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Petrus chalice.
Serving type: bottle
11-12-2013 07:57:22 | More by TruePerception
3.95/5 rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy khkai head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, fruit, and cider. Taste is much the same with a honey flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a lot of honey qualities going on.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2013 22:55:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.03/5 rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
33cl pour in a chalice at La Trappe, San Francisco.
Appearance: Brown/copper/amber clear beer, with an initial rocky light tan head upon pouring that died down to a thin 1/8" foam across the top with plenty of lacing in strands and sheets all over the glass. Great looking beer.
Smell: Malty, molasses, burnt sugar, with something spicy at the end. Hard to pick it out - maybe nutmeg, maybe cinnamon. I could not tell.
Taste: Rich and malty, but smooth. Nice roasted malts, burn sugar, molasses, winter cookie spice at the end. Again, I could not tell if it was cinnamon, nutmeg, or both. Not really strong spice, more like a complimentary one.
Mouthfeel: Nice thickness. A bit chewy and sticky on the teeth.
Overall / Drinkability: Oh wow - an amazing good winter beer. Like a combination of a Belgian dark ale and an American spiced winter warmer. Dangerously drinkable - this one tempted me into another one rather than trying yet another beer from the wider La Trappe menu. A great winter beer.
Serving type: on-tap
01-27-2013 03:34:40 | More by damndirtyape
Petrus Winterbier from De Brabandere
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