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Petrus Winterbier - De Brabandere

Petrus WinterbierPetrus Winterbier

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BA SCORE
81
good

179 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 179
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%


Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-23-2002)
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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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Petrus Winter Ale. 6.5% ABV.

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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!

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Petrus Winterbier from De Brabandere
81 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.