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Petrus Winterbier - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
81
good

186 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured it's only slightly hazy; although it's difficult to keep from disturbing the sediment and allowing flakes of particulate to come into play (how old are these bottles?). Its thin white head drops readily but it maintains a creamy collar throughout the goblet. Lacing is limited. The aroma is malty and cake-like with a sugary note of vanilla and a touch of mild spice. It's alcohol becomes apparent as it warms. It's creamy and smooth in the mouth due to its medium body and very fine, natural carbonation. There's more fruit (cherry, raisin) in the flavor than the nose indicates; and the vanilla remains, along with some light caramel and rum. It's exceptionally well-balanced by a restrained bitterness, and the finish is simply a long dissolving of the flavor already present in the mouth as a drying bitterness slowly rises. Rich, malty, fruity, exciting. Quite a remarkable beer!

NeroFiddled, May 13, 2003
Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

8.4 oz slender brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Turbid reddish beige appearance from a loose flaky yeast at the bottom of the bottle, head retention is just fin and dandy with some stickage here and there.

Smell: The aroma suggests lemon icing, faint cookie like malt and a weathered yeast.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Ample crispness within the sturdy medium body, dry palate with fruitiness abound. Hints of bubble gum and a dry herbal phenol with a lax hop by the waist side.

Drinkability & Notes: Nothing special but still tasty, at least the six pack came with a cool wooden bottle opener. I was expecting a more flamboyant brew ...

Jason, Mar 01, 2003
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The wife picked this up for me. I was none to impressed by anything but the bottle. Something about a fat man on a sled. Some earthiness and hops, but overall, not a very exciting ale. It did have a little "tart" sting to t, but just non-eventful.

bewareOFpenguin, Feb 18, 2003
Photo of 49degrees
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

49degrees, Feb 01, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up 3 Bavik beers from the Petrus range tonight.
The last of these is the Petrus Winterbeer, listed as 6.5% ABV and comes in a small 8.4 fl.oz. bottle with a Christmas red foil cap and a label that has a picture of a very jovial Santa on it. Is everyone jovial on Petrus Labels?
The body of the beer looked awful, poured with an intense amount of floaties, almost looked “past it”. Huge flakes of “dandruffian” yeast particles cascaded as the beer was poured carefully. Left to settle the huge tuna fish chunks of residual particulate matter formed an impressive carpet at the base of the glass but the buggers were damned persistent and floated easily at the merest movement. Some time later I decanted the settled beer and rescued an appreciable volume of beer free of the trespassing solids from the “floater” tribe.

“Hmm, I do not think I am going to enjoy this beer”, I thought to myself. I can predict the future it seems.

Reasonable carbonation and a not too offensive nose revealed that this beer was probably still drinkable – well technically speaking anyway. Nose was sour, like a Flemish Red Ale, if it was an English beer it would have been binned at this point - but it is acceptable in a Belgium beer – so I persisted.
Wish I had not. A very average beer, tastes are rather mixed, thin, bland and somewhat muddled. A “dirgy” malt start, a “spatty” middle and a “gangy” end. Is this supposed to be spiced?? Not Sure. A Xmas Beer – Nahhh! Surely Not. A rather confusing weak tasting beer that leaves a spattered beery residue of nothingness.

At the risk of sounding like a complete “know-it-all”, which I am not – this is a quite poor Belgium WinterBeer IMVHO. It lacks complexity, depth, character and SPICE!!!. Those little annoying floating yeasty bastards do not help either. Yeast chunks only do one thing for me, and I am not talking about making my hair shiny.
Very Average – and not worth the money to be brutally honest.

Instead; get one from Dubuisson (Scaldis), De Dolle, Achouffe…..

TheLongBeachBum, Jan 21, 2003
Photo of ChicoraBoy
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is tart and a little fruity, like cider about to turn. Some earthiness. Bit of sour cherry or vinegar, but some sweetness. Off-white thin foamy head atop a slightly hazy amber-brown liquid. Low soft carbonation and medium watery body. In general the taste is pretty watery. Mild tart/sweet start with a bit of apple cider vinegar. Very subdued flavors. Finishes mildly with a bit of astringency but no bitterness. Mild choke cherry after and leaves taste buds dry. Overall, kind of weak in taste.

ChicoraBoy, Jan 13, 2003
Photo of Jdiddy
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the better Belgians I have tasted in awhile. The iced tea comparisons are true because of the Amber/Copper color. Definite sediment floating about. Nice head that lasts for a bit. Crisp apple/malt flavor. Very drinkable.

Jdiddy, Dec 14, 2002
Photo of Viking
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly clear coppery-amber brew. Small head, but solid retention. I wasn't paying enough attention, and poured this quite vigorously, dumping in huge, chunky yeast-floaties. No big deal, though. Smell of tart apples and cherries with raisin in a rich and sweet caramel malt base. Taste not nearly as tart as I expected, based on the smell. Flavor dominated by smooth, creamy caramel with subdued hints of fruit. Very smooth, almost velvety mouthfeel. Excellent brew, but the 8.4 oz bottle is entirely too small.

Viking, Dec 09, 2002
Photo of MaineBeerMan
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a light brown color a bit cloudy, with a lot of chuncky yeast floaties. A smaller than expected off white head faded to a collar arond the inside of teh glass very quickly.
The smell was quite nice, fairly sweet with a caramel aroma and hints of dark fruit.
Flavor was okay but seemed a bit watered down, caramel with some vanilla hints and a touch of dark fruit.Rather dry finish, considering the sweet flavor.
An okay beer, but a bit underwhelming for a Winter/Christmas beer, especially a Belgian one. Considering the price tag, I won't be having this again.

MaineBeerMan, Dec 06, 2002
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky ice-tea brown. Aroma was a crisp white wine. Fairly light in flavor - grape-like white wine up front, quickly fading into a mildly bitter and dry finish. Not much middle to this beer - it zips from start to finish and is gone. It is deceptively easy to drink. Stacked up against other Belgian beers, it does not have much depth and falls short, but, for some darn reason, I like it anyway. Is there such a thing as a Belgian "lawnmower beer?"

Brent, Nov 24, 2002
Photo of purplehops
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a golden yellow-orange with a light tan head. The aroma was sweet and warm with hints of orange peel, coriander, and mace in the back ground. I was however disappointed with the taste and body of this beer. It started out with a nice balance of malt, spice, and carbonation. There was even a hint of hop spiciness heading into the finish. But then there was nothing. No after taste or lingering alcohol or spicy warmth. For such a great start it had a disappointing finish. There is plenty of sediment in the bottle, perhaps it needs a little more aging. For a Petrus product I was very disappointed.

purplehops, Nov 23, 2002
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Petrus Winterbier from De Brabandere
81 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.