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Petrus Blond - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.89%

Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cbl2 on 10-22-2005)
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Photo of spoony


3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 330 ml bottle (label says 41463) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about one and one-half fingers of off-white head. The head drops quickly to a cap, but cap stays around for two minutes (maybe more) and leaves some decent lacing on the glass. The beer is light-golden/orange and nearly clear. There is some visible carbonation in there.

S-The aroma is moderately strong, but the Euro hops have a bit of skunkiness to them and the result is Euro lager-like. There is some also slightly sweet fruit like apple, but main flavor is pale malt and toasted grain. I get just a hint of Belgian yeast, but very little banana or clove or other typical "Belgian" flavors. l

T-The taste is pretty similar to the smell. There is just a bit of sweet, lightly tart fruit (apples mostly) to balance the dull, almost metallic pale malts and vague hops. The finish has a bit of bitterness with dry-straw hop flavors. There is just a slight hit of Belgian yeast on the mid-palate, but very little else going on.

M-The feel is light to medium in heft with a good amount of carbonation. This is quite crisp for a Belgian beer.

O-Aside from Aged Pale, I have really struggled to enjoy the Bavik beers. This one strays dangerously close to looking, smelling, tasting, and feeling like a Jupiler. The flavor is assertive, but the individual flavors do not mesh well and the result feels a bit like a cheap lager. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 01:47:00 | More by spoony
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

Into a chalice:

A: hazy golden colored body with a slim half finger white foamy head that dies within about thirty seconds, light lacing tries to cling but slides at a nice pace

S: sweet through some wheat and bready malts, also getting some banana as it warms

T: sweet again basically through the same aromas making their presence; sweet malty aftertaste; malty finish

M: medium, slightly sessionable; carbonation is kinda smooth but leaves a light tingle here and there

O: this is just ok to me, nothing special, unsure if I'd actually have it again

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 05:14:02 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of MrBoz21


3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours golden straw with foamy white head that quickly settles. Effervescent.
Aroma is wheat-like and slightly bready.
Leather and wood notes in the taste. Slight banana in the middle.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with carbonation tingle.
Overall: Okay. It balances out as it warms … but woodsy bitterness dominates.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 05:09:25 | More by MrBoz21
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and honey flavors on the finish. There is a very 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 pretty good beer but the aromas are fairly subdued on this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 03:06:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of JEdmund


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Darker than blond, more copper/orange, and hazy; small head forms

Pleasant Euro hop aroma that’s a bit floral, as well as creamy-sweet malt component

Flavor and body are super smooth. I’m initially struck by how perfectly full and soft the texture is. And the flavor is really well balanced with its not overly sweet malt and floral hops playing nicely together. It’s seemingly simple in flavor but certainly not simplistic. Leaves a fruity and toffee aftertaste.

This is a really good beer! Of all the Petrus beers in my variety pack, this one’s my favorite (with Aged Pale a close second). I look forward to finding this on tap somewhere and enjoying it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 14:30:08 | More by JEdmund
Photo of Douberd


3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: brown bottle of 330 ml. Bottle 2 of 6 of a six different Petrus beers box.Orange label. orange crown cap. ABV 6.6%. Poured itno a tulip glass at home.
One finger of white soapy head, average retention. No lacing left behind. Colour of the beer is pale orange golden.
Aroma of malts, lots of yeast, bread, but pleasant nonetheless.
Lots of malts and a stale bread flavour on the taste, but not strong, not as in an imperial pils, for example. Much tastier, that means. Thankfully it becomes bitter on the aftertaste. Light bitterness and you can actuall taste some hops.
Thin to medium on the body, quite carbonated and as dry on the palate as someobe would expect.
Overall it didn't impressme at first, neither appearance and aroma/taste but during the drinking process it grew on me. At the end of the day, it's an honest belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 23:13:17 | More by Douberd
Photo of TheBigLebrewski


2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Head ran away real quick, and not much showed up to start with. That which did consisted of non-uniform, more-clear-than-normal bubbles.

Aroma is pretty hard to find, and when found does little to impress. Nothing unappealing about it, just not much there.

Shockingly mellow flavor in an (even more) surprisingly light body. The blond aspects are certainly present, but this beer is lacking in hops, and accordingly, in crispness.

Mouthfeel is more characteristic of Petrus, and while working with such little flavor is a tease, the way this beer feels does improve the overall experience. That beautiful expanding yeast bouquet...

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 03:59:48 | More by TheBigLebrewski
Photo of pkalix


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i just dont know about this as i believe i got a spoiled sampler pack. the trippel tastes the same as the dubble, as does this blond. super intense honey taste, smell. completely unlike any belgium i have ever had in my life, including the petrus pale aged ale which i consider superb. again, it's got a cartoon character on the label, so is this just a total joke, or what? i noticed on their website that they sell other brews and water, too(?).
also, as a footnote to the above accusation of it being a bad batch- there was a thick sediment at the bottom of this bottle, like the others. anybody have any input on this?

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 02:09:35 | More by pkalix
Photo of superspak


3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice, bottle code 40098. Pours hazy golden orange color with small 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a decent amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon, apple, pear, grape, herbal, earth, biscuit, toast, and tangy yeast esters. Pretty nice aromas with decent balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of apple, pear, grape, lemon, earth, herbal, toast, biscuit, and light yeast spices. Some lightly tangy fruitiness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, herbal, earth, biscuit, and light yeast spiciness on the finish for a bit. Some pretty good balance in the taste. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good Belgian blond ale. The yeast esters throw it off a bit; but it still has some pretty good balance and is certainly drinkable. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 04:03:42 | More by superspak
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel glass.

Pours hazy light to dark orange with full inch of white foam. Huge flecks of sediment float throughout, suspended in place. A bit offputting, but maybe just my bottle.

Light malty nose, esthers, faint.

Taste is lightly sweet which evolves into a lactic sour. Loads of citrus. Bright and sunny. Tang at the close. Minimal hop, if any. Light & refreshing.

On the lower end of the Petus family. Just good.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 12:10:42 | More by KTCamm
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun


4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Petrus out of a thistle glass.

Nice brilliant golden yellow color with a fluffy two finger white head. The head did not last however and soon turned into a ring around the glass.

The aroma was of lactic acid and funk. It would have been nice to have some fruit smells mixed in but I did not get any.

The beer started off sweet and finished with a nice tart sourness. All lactic acid and smooth, no harsh acetic acid was present.

The mouthfeel of the beer was full and smooth.

Overall this was a very tasty treat and I am very glad that I got to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2012 14:14:16 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Petrus Blonde

Pours a light golden color, with a short livid bubbly foam that quickly died down. Aroma of musty belgian yeast and some noble hops. In the flavor, a light belgian yeast twang with notes of apricot and grannysmith apple are the dominant flavor. There was a surprising amount of hop bitterness, with a noble, leafy bitterness and decent presence in the brew. Finishes with a little yeast funk, but more or less clean. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, semi dry and crisp. Overall, a nice simple Belgian ale, would pair nicely with seafood.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 16:58:14 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of woodychandler


3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I kind of blew it this past winter - The Fridge was selling Petrus gift packs that included five different beers and I dragged my feet until it was too late. Since then, I have managed to find four different ones, of which this will be my second.

From the bottle: "The Key to Heaven"; "Petrus Blond Ale Special is a top fermented ale. Brewed with pure spring water and carefully selected hops and malts. This blond ale with its soft and full flavor is preferably served cool."

I got a massive two-plus fingers of eggshell-white head with very good retention from my pour. I was disheartened by the presence of so many floaties in my glass, rendering what might have been a pretty blonde into a cloudy mess. If it was to be bottle-aged, then they might have said something to that effect on the label. Some nice, sticky lacing began to appear as the head slowly fell. Nose had an odd perfume-y characteristic, like flowers in the spring. Mouthfeel was soft, better than watery, but not dense, either and I got a very pleasant honey-like flavor on the tongue. Finish had a mild, soft grassy bitterness. I have to admit, it tasted better than it initially looked. I may revisit this if I can find another bottle to slowly decant.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 15:11:01 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Tschnab

New York

3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a crystal clear body with a golden hue and bright white head that dissipates very quickly.

S- clean and crisp grains, almost like a lager, honey sweetness, phenol spice.

t- again there are alot of flavors of a pale lager like cereal and sweet malt, but there is also a touch of honey and a decent amount of booze.

o- pretty good, not great considering the price, I only get a little bit of that typical belgian flavor, but for the most part it tastes like a pale lager (looks like one too)

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 20:05:47 | More by Tschnab
Photo of brewdenver


3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with strong fingers and good lacing. Poured into a Duvel Tulip. Medium head that dissipated quickly. leaving a light foam and some fingers around glass. Aroma was pleasant. Taste is very easy on the palette. Nothing offensive about it. Gives me a feeling of drinking a more full bodied blonde. Mouthfeel is good with a strong amount of carbonation allowing the grain and hops to settle in quite nicely. A good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 09:26:32 | More by brewdenver
Photo of smakawhat


3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A shocking white foamy head, with not too much staying power and little retention. Body is clear and golden yellow, kind of urine color looking, with some large fast rising bubbles.

Nose is sweet. Sweet malts, feels a little spicy phenolic as well. Not much else, honey like sweet.

Taste is a sugar and alcohol sharp rush. Spicy notes of sweet quick bitter hop that disappear very fast. Lots of sense of white sugar, heat, alcohol and booze. Finish on this is almost non existent since the front palate hits so quickly. Mild sticky honey on the lips as well. Body seems to hint at sugar syrup and very carbonated.

This is far too much a sugar instant rush and boozy sweet. Not really enjoyable for me. I think I'll pass on this one, don't see myself having this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 18:23:22 | More by smakawhat
Photo of russpowell


2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours an effervescent & semi-hazed amber with a thumb of ivory colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Apple peels & white grapes, grainy bread once warm

T: Grainy bready sweetness with a touch of hay & floral hops up front. Dryness& a touch of aspirin bitterness as this warms, some boozey bite as well. Finishes with apple peels & a sweet grainy twang with just a bit of pineapple

MF: A bit thin, prickly carbonation

Not the worst shot at this style I've tried, but not very good. Thia brewery didn't really do much for me overall based on this gift pack I purchased

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 06:04:23 | More by russpowell
Photo of karait95


3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A yellow straw color beer with a light body, not a very impressive head required by the style and not too rich carbonation therefore there is no permanent layer on top of the beer.

S: Rich aroma as expected based basically yeast and malts kind of fruity aromas, intense with some alcohol present also.

T: Yeast, malt and hops are presents, the hops are not the main ingredient but they are present mostly at the end contributing for a complex flavor.

M: Very pleasant beginning that change drastically to a harsh to try bitter flavor the change is fast and the ending is very long leaving a bitter sensation a long time all over the back.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 02:26:46 | More by karait95
Photo of flagmantho


3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a touch of haze. Head poured a good, thick two fingers of frothy white foam.

Smell: somewhat tangy apple and pear notes sit atop a relatively rich, malty base. It's a bit biting and sweet, but not too bad.

Taste: decent enough malt flavor with some more of that tart apple and pear, although thankfully not as tart as the aroma. The flavors seem muddled and not very well put-together, but overall this is not a bad-tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation. Nothing crazy going on here.

Overall: this is a pretty middle-of-the-road beer. I could see how it might not appeal to everyone, but I tend to like my Belgians a little bit fruity like this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 20:37:02 | More by flagmantho
Photo of mrfrancis


3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thin white mousse. Shimmers nicely when held up to the light. It looks like a Belgian pale ale. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

S: Aromas of caramel, honey, and earthy, herbal hops are present on the nose. Initial impressions suggest a tendency toward malt sweetness like many other beers of this style.

T: A sweet, yet moderately hoppy entry gives way to notes of caramel, honey, biscuits, herbs, and mandaring orange. Finish is sweet with a relatively long interplay of sweet citrus and earthy hop flavors. Both malt sweetness and hop bitterness are here in balance. A very pleasant surprise.

F: Petrus Blond is medium-to-full bodied, feeling a little heavier and more solid than many lower strength Belgian pale ales. This is obviously a solidly constructed beer.

O: I liked this ale more than I expected I would. Generally, Belgian pale ales tend to lean more toward malt sweetness, but the balance of Petrus Blond is commendable.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 14:05:29 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of azorie


4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: first off this is a strong blonde or golden ale not a BPA. Big 2 inch head, lots of nice lacing all the way down to the end.
clear golden ale in color. not cloudy.

s: dry yeast fruit hit the nosy with of sweet esters. banana like with some hints of hops. great smell very complex. as it warms your thinking triple. great stuff

t: wow yummo, hehe. Very nice balance of malt and hops, its a dry sweet fruit flavors of a good golden ale, reminds me of a weaker hopped duval and a good tripel. complex golden ale.
malty banana like flavors, too complex for me to figure out but I love it.

m: nice refreshing, med body, med carbonation

o: outstanding ale, if you like Belgians this is a great beer not as strong as a tripel but drinks like one. costs about as much as one does also, haha

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 20:05:00 | More by azorie
Photo of Knapp85


3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a golden color, the head was fizzy and white in color. It has some minimal retention and no lacing. The smell of the beer has a light sourness on the nose, the malts are a little sweet and not much hop aroma. The taste of the beer is a little strange at first, the second sip was better. The malts was nice, it went well with my pork dinner. The other flavors were decent, some light hops and just a touch of tartness. The mouthfeel was light, had an active carbonation to it. Overall this brew wasn't too bad, but I don't think it'd be one that I'd buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 22:55:51 | More by Knapp85
Photo of codfeast


3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle to chalice.

A: a hazy gold, small head disolved quickly, sticky lacing

S: malt, clove, fruit, some dairy(butter or cream)

T: Kind of malty, with a bit a muted spice.

M: Creamy with a medium carbination. laeves a surapy finish.

O: It is all right but for $3.69 a 12oz. bottle there are many better options. Hope my next Petrus is a bordeaux.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 02:13:11 | More by codfeast
Photo of jondeelee


3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a fruity, yeasty nose full of citrusy orange aromas, with hints of berries, and more-than-passing resembles a fruity champagne in this respect. The rest of the nose is rounded out by a toasted grain/biscuit base, and a slight alcohol smell.

On the tongue, the fruits present in the nose come across far more lightly than would be expected, and in fact are only marginally more noticeable than the toasted grains. Still present are citrus notes, with just a hint of Belgian-like spice, but these are quite light. They do blend in well with the strong grain taste, and the malts bring a nice current of fruit esters and sugars as well. Hops are light, and add very little bitterness to the brew, though they do contribute a nice rosewater background, and help to balance the malty sweetness. Around the edges of the brew sits a bubbly, tonic-like flavor ring. The aftertaste is mainly a continuation of the sugary malts, with just a hint of hops.

Overall, while I am slightly disappointed at how light and meek the flavors are, I do concede that those flavors are, relatively, quite wonderful and well-balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 03:36:31 | More by jondeelee
Photo of benfons


3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Blonde colour lots of carbonation, heads seems pretty unstable and sets fast

S: some citrus, malts, a hint of grains and somewhere in the back there are hops

T: a lot of malts, with the grains again and a hint of hops

M: slightly thin, abv feels fine, carbonation are okay

O: not bad not great either, no complexity

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 20:12:13 | More by benfons
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Petrus Blond from De Brabandere
80 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.