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Petrus Speciale - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.1%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2002

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3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a medium orange with some amber hues topped off by an off-white heads that lacked both retention and lacing.

S: slightly fruity and yeasty with some light floral scents.

T: The initial flavor was malty with some citrus and fruit (pears). There was a nice dry hoppiness and malting in the beginning which soon gave way to a fade and finish of sweet oranges. Overall the taste was very clean and smooth from start to finish.

M: a tad thin with strong carbonation.

D: Take it or leave it. Ok drinkability but really nothing speciale.

Photo of fisherman34
2.8/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled sample via trade. Dark gold in colour, mith moderate (yet spritzy) carbonation. Aromas are of stale malts, sour fruit, and damp earth. Flavors are of both stewed and sour fruits, light caramel, chalk, and black pepper. Very light bodied... as if it's hardly even there. Overall, it's average at best. This bottle might be a little old,

Photo of corby112
2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a lot of visible carbonation and a thick white foamy head. The aroma consists of a mix of pilsner malts, delicate floral hops and crisp light fruit. Easy to drink with decently balanced crisp hoppiness, light fruit(grape, apple, etc.) and pilsner malt flavors.

Photo of allengarvin
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured the bottle into a Val Dieu chalice glass. It has a medium amber color with a small white head. It smells mostly of malt, with a light caramel touch. Pretty uninteresting flavor: malt, a tad grainy, with some noble hop flavor and medium bitterness. Could easily be a generic amber at any generic brewpub in the US.

Photo of jwc215
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into glass chalice:

Pours hazed amber with a foamy, off-white head that thins and stays around for the duration. Trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is earthy, with grainy, slightly carmelized, notes. A hint of coriander and lemon peel is there, albeit very subtly.

The taste is of carmelized grain with earthy notes. Malt-accented with earthy hop bitterness. "Belgian" does not really come to mind, though there is a faint touch of coriander and lemon zest. Some metallic notes come through in a bitterish finish.

Something acidic/slightly metallic in the aftertaste with a body that borders weak, but has a touch of creaminess. It does go down pretty easily and is not as bad as my description may sound, but it lacks the flair of a Belgian Dark Ale - English Ale (Bitter?) comes to mind - though it doesn't really fit there either, as there is some touch of coriander...Regardless of style, it's nothing "special".

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Almost clear amber with minimal head. Hop presence on the nose with a bitter tone. Smells like an IPA to me. Flavor is almost washed out, bordering on watery...perhaps not bordering. Two toes might have already crossed the line. Feel is thin. Not very drinkable at all due to the fact that it has no punch or anything unique or interesting about it. This is the 4th I have tried from the Petrus 6-pack, and it is by far my least favorite. Why exactly is it labeled "Speciale" again? I am hoping the last two from the six pack are in a different league.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière de fermentation haute, robe ambrée
Smell : arômes fruités
Taste and mouthfeel : bien maltée, notes de coriandre, finale houblonnée
Drinkability : une bière correcte dans le style Belgian ale (pas dark!)

Photo of brentk56
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a decent head that does deposit splashes of lace

Smell: Very little to speak of other than a vague bready aroma

Taste: Starts out with a bready flavor that is joined by a hint of sweet and sour lemon by mid-palate; after the swallow, the lemon flavor hangs around but the finish is dry, although there is a lingering sweetness that shows up very late

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad brew but so totally lacking compared to other Belgians it gets marked down in comparison

Photo of jettjon
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From an 11.2 oz bottle from a 6-bottle multipack, no freshness date. Into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), it’s a hazy light reddish brown color with a small amount of carbonation being coaxed up by the laser etching. Big creamy tan-white head fades slowly to a thick cap and lots of lace. Nose of subdued semi-sweet malt and slight citrus hops. Earthy malts on the palate and again some faint citrus hops. Very underwhelming. Mouth is perhaps a touch overcarbonated, kind of like a pointless fizzbomb that doesn’t really complement the flavor. Surprisingly thin and muddled on the tonge, it quickly fades from the palate and memory. Drinkability? Forget it; I’m not wasting my time on another, much less at $6-plus per bottle from the multipack sampler.

Overall: A very mediocre “Belgian Dark.” Don’t waste your time or money! Special Ale? Give me a *** break.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy brown color with a thick white head – tight bubbles and nice lacing. The aroma is initially spicy with the smell of malt noticeable after a moment. The taste is spicy and sour at first sip followed by some slight malt and hop flavors. The mouthfeel is thin to medium. I’d consider this a drinkable beer – would be a nice change on occasion.

Photo of PlaywrightSam
2.8/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into tulip glass. A: Very hazy amber-brown, decent amount of head that whittles down to a thin caked on layer. S: Some earthy malt up front, the hops are a bit of an afterthought. T: A little thin at the start, then the malt makes an entrance with some vaguely citrusy hops...I'm having a hard time quanitifying it because it's pretty passive all around. Very average character. M: Coarse, tiny little bubbles, a tad sticky. D: I'm not really completely over the moon about this one, but then again it's by no means abhorrent. With it's overall subdued character I could definitely drink a few of them, but nothing in particular is compelling me to do so.

Photo of RBorsato
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden bronze color with a nice full light tan head and light carbonation that leaves nice lace sheets. Light malt, light spice, and light plastic (?) aromas. Similar flavors with a balance that's just a bit off ... plasticized. Medium bodied with a dry malty finish.

Not sure I'd have again.

Per Label and BB website: 5.5% ABV

Tasted: 04/30/07

($21.99 / 11.2 oz. mixed 6-pack Petrus Sampler)

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Petrus Speciale from De Brabandere
76 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.