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Petrus Winterbier - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-23-2002)
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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a brownish orange color with some amber hues around the edges. Provides a small off white foam head with moderate retention. Not much in the way of lacing.

S: A decent amount of caramel malt, ginger snaps, nutmeg and cinnamon. It gives off a christmas vibe.

T: Starts off with some malt character, mostly caramel, ginger snaps and brown sugar. In the middle the spices come to the forefront and give it a x-mas feel. On the back end the malt characeter comes thru more.

M: A little thin but leaves a mostly creamy feel on the palate.

O: Not my favorite of Belgians, but still a beer that is good in the winter. Slightly warming feel. Worthy of a try.

Photo of KTCamm
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a champagne bottle into a Duvel glass.

Pours reddish brown with huge amounts of white foam. Long lasting, and leaves a big island in the middle. Cherries, plums, raisins in the nose. Cinamon/nutmeg too. Taste is full of fruit with a bold malt taste. Spices in the mix and hints of a sour finish. Just a hint of hop at the end. Really tasty, love the sour finish.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a deep golden yellow, settling into a much darker, caramel brown with a hazy purplish tint.  Head is abundant and dense with creme colored foam.  

S: Aroma is spot on like a Fruit Roll-Up.  I can't make it any more definitive.  

T/M: Flavor is surprisingly light for a beer so dark.  A medium to high amount of carbonation leads way to light plum, blackberry and sugar sweetness (including that Fruit Roll-Up trait) and is slightly bitter throughout leaving a bit in the aftertaste.  

It's not exactly a winter warmer, but it's nice.


Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, deep copper hue. It had a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of dried fruits and some spicy notes.

T - Good spicy flavor with a nice dried fruit flavor - raisin and plum. Nice bready malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very good Belgian beer. Another very good offering from Petrus.

Photo of kenzak
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, orange-tinted amber with a fizzy khaki head. Neither the head retention nor the lacing are all that great, but this beer has a unique appearance.

S: Very spicy and yeasty on the nose with fruitcake, gingerbread, and Christmas spice scents.

T: Opens tart and malty with notes of raisins, figs, citrus, gingerbread, Christmas spices, and pungent yeast. The finish is pungent and heavy with robust spice and yeast notes.

M: Medium-bodied and spritzy. The carbonation is very active. Honestly, it makes this beer rather difficult to drink.

O: This is an interesting ale, but could display better balance. I like it, but would not go out of my way to buy it again.

Photo of Rifugium
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Pour House, Westmont, NJ

Pours a light bronzed orange with noticeable carbonation and a frothy white head that dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles. Malty aroma, fruitcake. Sweet malts in the taste, light sugar, fruitcake, and sour fruits and citrus zest. A little loss of flavor due to the carbonation level. Light-medium mouthfeel, a bit soda-ish; nice but I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it again.

Photo of biggred1
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a fancy Belgian glass that came with it. Hazy amber with blonde highlights around the edges when backlit and a big fizzy khaki head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Sugar cookie and dark fruit with some mild Belgian yeast funkiness. Delicious holiday spice and raisin with tart green apple and rye breadiness. After several minutes of warming and adding the last of the bottle to the glass I've bumped the flavor score a little higher. A little more flavor concentration would really make this one special. Medium bodied and highly carbonated. A fine ale but not one of the truly great examples of the style.

Photo of bmwats
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, into my Petrus oversized flute.

A: Dark golden / light amber cloudy hue. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Leaves a little blanket of bubbly foam on the surface when it's all said and done. No lacing to speak of.

S: Woody malt tone. Nutshells, maybe a little bay leaf in there, too. Seems like a little caramel and some oak.

T: Woody, malty. Strong, peaty alcohol flavor. Has a touch of some sweet and spice in there.

M: Grainy... almost coarse, for lack of a better adjective. Has almost a washed-out texture. Pungent, dry finish.

D: Sip and enjoy. Despite a feel that's not my favorite, an enjoyable drink.

Atmosphere is good. Appearance is pretty decent. Nice color and a good, solid foamy head. Nose is a nice woody grain with a hint of sweet. Nice balance. Has a very woody flavor profile, and strong alcohol. Overall, This is a pretty good quaff.

Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear brownish amber in color and has a high amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties.
S: There are metallic aromas of cherries and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is also metallic and has flavors of caramel and dark fruits along with some hints of spices.
M: It feels light-bodied and watery on the palate with a very high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't difficult to drink but would be a little more palatable if it had a bigger body and lacked the metallic smell and taste.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Glowing apricot color with a large, rocky, foamy, frothy white head. Decent retention but only sparse patchy lace left.

S - Strong tart fruit and spice (clove, cinnamon, all spice, etc.) aroma with a faint alcohol and maybe phenol aroma. Hints of caramel and bready malt.

T - Like the nose, there is plenty of tart fruit. Green apple and sour/tart cherry are strongest. Some lemon zest as well. Spice also quite strong throughout with christmasy cooking spices. A little bit of sweet maltiness in the background. Alcohol is much more present than the 6.5% would suggest.

M - Lighter side of medium body with a bit above average carbonation. A touch too thin. Zesty feel.

D - A little too much spice and tartness compared to the maltiness for me given the style. Enjoyable in small doses.

Notes: Decent winter brew, but I wasn't getting as much BSDA flavors as I hoped. Tart fruit and cooking spice dominates with a good amount of alcohol heat. Nice in small doses for a winter night, but not something I necessarily crave.

Photo of isualum12
2.4/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I found this beer at Boise co-op down in the northend on Eighth street sitting on the endcap of the beer sectioin with the other individual larger bottles. It came 750mL champagne style bottle, corked &caged wrapped in gold foil label inside a large box. I thought it was just an extra large bottle of beer which sold for about $13. I was intrigued with the box and the write up on the beer bud yet never heard of it before. I snagged the bottle and brought it home when. I open the box I was quite surprised to find a glass inside as well. The glass is classic gobbler shape from the Belgian style glass that you would expect to come from a Belgium brewery.

I thought at first it would have a large head but it had almost no header. I'll would say maybe one & 1/2 cm head. It is white head. The beer looked brown-color rolling into a copper color at the bottom of the glass. I poured it directly from the bottle into the Petrue glass which came in the box.

Smells orangey and pruney. My first impression was very sweet and smelled very nice. I enjoyed the smell. My first taste I thought was crazy, I've have never taste anything quite like this before. Very sweet. Lots of carbon. Really citrus labor on the back of your throught. I enjoyed the first taste but I'm not sure of it. I can taste the raisin or prune flavor in there. It's actually burns my nostril on the after taste.

In the end I couldn't handle to much of this beer. I gave it a low drinkablity with a high flavor. Something about it twisted up my stomach within seconds of my first drink. I would really enjoy using this beer to cook with along with pairing it with some different meats.

All in all I wouldn't buy this beer again.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL champagne style bottle, corked &caged wrapped in gold label.

poured into pint glass, dark brown with ruby highlights. 2 inch fluffy white head. decent lacing, head stays as a covering until the end.

smells of belgian yeast, a little booze, and fermented fruit. the taste is a sweet malty flavor with some hints of black cherry and plum. slightly tart aftertaste. I was expecting winter spices, but no, basically a standard belgian dark ale.

higher carbonation, but still fairly smooth mouthfeel. good drinkability.

Photo of Brabander
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer at the Essen Christmas beer festival, last sunday. I enjoyed this festival because of the wide variety of Christmas beers.

This one came out of the bottle into a tasting glass.

A very dark beer. A nice little head with a top on the beer which disappears fast. Sweet and sour battle with each other. Tasty beer for Christmas!

Photo of axelroderic
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle

A: Light in color, cloudy appearance. Large white head.

S: Very fruity... similar to apple cider.

T: Fruity, slightly malty; sweet and tart, but not nearly as tart as a good sour.

M: Overly carbonated; awfully light for a dark ale.

D: You could easily drink several of these.

Quite good, certainly not what I expected from a winter ale.

Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a five-finger+ off-white pillowy head that takes forever to fade leaving a good lace. Clear amber color despite a ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Apple and malt nose. Flavor is sour apple and yeast, not what I was expecting for a winter ale but not bad. Pricey at $18.00 for a 750ml bottle from a Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

Photo of LevitatedEep
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared with a friend from 750 ml bottle from my Chimay glass. Towards the end of the bottle I paired it with some Montalban Drunken Goat cheese.

A - Very large head and brown in color...looks very thin like apple cider.

S -Smells very fruity like apple cider...delicious.

T - Very tart...was not expecting this from a winter beer but I am pleasantly surprised. Has a very boozy taste.

M - Very thin and fizzy...does not feel like I am drinking beer...keep thinking it is cider but I am still enjoying this.

D - Goes down pretty easy considering how boozy it tastes.

All in all not my fav but I would try again forsher.

Photo of Trueant1
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On the dark side for this style with a "root beer brown color" . Huge billowing off white head. Smells wonderful. Apple cider, dark fruits, pepper, and alcohol smells. Tastes of sour apple cider. Too fizzy for my liking. A sour/tart beer. worth trying . A good session winter beer!

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into Petrus stemware at 45 degrees.

Pours with a HUGE beige head over a very deep amber colored body, with a ton of carbonation flowing up.

Aromas of candy sugar, allspice, rich fruits (dates and cherry), and plenty of sweetness - caramel malts and molasses-like quality as it warms. Smells thick.

Comes across a bit 'cloudy' on the palate... flavors are considerably different than the aromas - root beer, red grapes, and a slight citric tang. Slight floral/herbal twang. Final finish is actually pretty bitter.

Incredibly tight & dry - almost biting, if that's possible for the style. Carbonation was a bit over the top, though, which brings it just under a 4 in my book.

I have to score this one pretty high on drinkability, although I don't have a lot of experience in this Belgian Dark Ale style (BSDA yes... BDA, no).

Photo of megahurts4
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Petrus Winter Ale

Appearance: Cloudy dark orange, little lacing, and a large head.

Smell: Malts, alcohol, and slight yeast.

Taste: Yeast, malts, slight dark fruit, and very subtle Belgian sweetness (honey).

Mouthfeel: Medium and slightly watery.

This is ok. I didn't expect much out of a $5 beer including glass. It is brewed by Bavik and isn't all that bad. It is definitely a Belgian ale. It is slightly watery, but decent flavored.

Photo of crossovert
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Labeled as Petrus Winter Ale. 750 ml corked, caged, and gold foiled brown bottle. I don't know what vintage it is.

Pours a pretty clear brownish read with an active white head that recedes quickly to some okay lacing.

The smell is estery, fruity, and alcoholic, but it smells great, definitely a winter beer, though im enjoying it in the summer.

The taste is fruit to the max. There is hints of grape and toffee as well, but overall it is smooth and decadent. The mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated and watery though, it happens in Petrus beers.

This is a great beer that paired well with Jamaican beef brisket, fontina/garganzola cheese veggie pizza, and spicy rum black beans.

Photo of shadow1961
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love those beer gift sets at the liquor store, especially now that the holidays are over and it becomes possible to score some sweet stuff at a bargain price. Case in point, the Petrus Winter Ale set consisting of a 750ML corked and caged bottle of beer and a gorgeous goblet (it's got an amazing sound when you flick it with a fingernail).

Petrus Winter Ale pours a stiff couple fingers of loose foam over a cloudy brown brew. Carbonation is steady and moderate, and the nose is grain hulls, a little yeast funk and a tang of alcohol. Flavor is mild wheat cracker up front with notes of dried fruit giving over to a likewise restrained herbal hop.Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly light, finishing semi dry. Very light and crisp for a holiday offering, it makes a nice change from the heavier fare that often characterizes the winter warmer/holiday ale style. Well worth a try and the goblet is just fabulous!

Photo of spointon
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this one from a 750ml corked/caged brown bottle into my tall stemmed Petrus flute glass.

A= This ale poured an amber/red color with good clarity and a 1.5", loose, off-white head. The head dropped slowly to a 1/4" cap and left some sticky lace behind.

S= Unquestionable Belgian yeast aroma. Slightly musty yeast & fruity esters coupled with a light dose of malt. Faint unidentifiable spices.

T= Everything detected in the nose plus a few other things. Some light phenolic rolling around the yeasty funk and the estery fruit. The spiciness was sort of disjointed and served as a distraction really. Finished fairly dry.

MF= Medium bodied with a crisp high carbonation. This is just what a Belgian ale of this sort shoud be like.

D= This was an OK beer. There seemed to be too many flavors that just didn;t meld together properly. Sort of a disappointment from Petrus, especially considering that its meant to be a winter/holiday ale.

Petrus Winterbier from De Brabandere
81 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.