Petrus Blond - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cbl2 on 10-22-2005

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Reviews by JEdmund:
Photo of JEdmund
4.11/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jondeelee
3.7/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden haze blessed with coppery highlights. A sticky khaki head fades to a skimming layer of bubbles that thicken as it nears the glass' edge.

The scent is of fermented pale malts mixed with the distinct Belgian yeastiness of their ales. A light hop zest is there in the distant but not very solid.

Taste is sweet malty goodness. The pale bready malts make their presence known right away and are then followed by some crisp fruity flavors and a yeast/ hop finish. Undertones of lemon compliment a nice bitterness.

A creamy feeling beer that feels good on the tongue but doesn't totally nail it. Quite light in the body and refreshing but the flavor ultimately teeters on the border of tasting like a macro brew. A few days of off storage or slightly poorer ingredients and this one gets lumped into the bud light category.

Photo of azorie
4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
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

Photo of IntriqKen
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely a pretty golden yelllow-orange with a white full finger head that melts to really sticky lacing.
Aromas of soft fruits...oranges and light spices along with subtle belgium yeast.
Taste is also soft...definite belgium in flavors but very soft. Lots of the light oranges and faint yeasts with warm alcohol.
Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

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

330ml bottle. Pleasant-looking Santa-esque monk depicted on the label.

This beer pours a clear, brilliant golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, thickly foamy, and maybe a bit sudsy off-white head, which leaves a few striated layers of painted lace around the glass as it quite slowly melts away. Effervescence continues to rise from the base of the glass.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy pale and caramel malt, spicy yeast, a touch of dried honey, ethereal funk, a hint of metallic alcohol, and an almost-not-there grassy, hay-like hoppiness. The taste is mostly in step - more middling sweet bready malt, understated yeast, sort of honeyed and dried pome fruit, meek earthy and weedy hops, and a soft woody alcohol warming.

The carbonation is plainly active at first, but levels off quickly, the body a fairly decent medium weight, with a bit of diacetyl slickness messing with its otherwise agreeable smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the grain and wood alcohol most prominent.

An enjoyable enough blonde ale, one restrained in the typical Belgian quotient of flavours, i.e. the yeast, and drinkable, I would imagine, until that tag along alcohol starts to outstay its welcome.

Photo of emsroth
2.52/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.2 oz bottle as part of a sampler pack

App: Beautiful, cloudy gold, but has large, chunky suspended solids which is always gross. And it was a rather gentle pour. Thin head, though nice lace.

Smell: Strong notes of honey and slight orange. Otherwise, very similar to cheap euro lagers.

Taste: Matches the smell. Slight honey with a hint of earthiness in the finish. Little bitterness.

Light-medium body with nice, tight carbonation. Leaves a bit of a film behind, though.

As Johhny Fincioen said about this beer style, it was produced to compete with the mass-market pilseners, and that's what this resembles, a fruity, zesty euro pale lager.

Photo of tweeder263
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Super carbonated! I barely poured this brew out and the glass filled quickly with foamy head. Pours a yellow slightly hazy brew. Smell is very faint semisweet scent, not much else. Now the taste is pretty damn good. Not too overbearing and not bland, it is a sweet beer ,no hops to speak of ,with a muted estery flavor. Mouthfeel is good,,doesnt feel overly carbonated. Definitely a brew i could session.

Photo of ordybill
4.94/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 ML bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- Has a very inviting malt and hop aroma that has a sweet smell to it.
Appearance- pours a copper color with a small white head.
Taste- A fantastic malt flavor that has a floral sweet blend to it.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with low carbonation, this is a very smooth beer
Overall- One of my favorite beers of all time (Top 50). It has a great flavor and texture and looks killer.

Photo of russpowell
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
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

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed April 28, 2007. 33 cL Bottle. Cantelope and candied lemon. Faint malt. Clouded gold and pale amber pour, with smooth soapy fringe. Flavor is a rich tawny creamed malt and a bit of raisins and acerbic airy flower of sweet sugars. Satisfying flavors and awesome attenuation create a rising percolation that pushes stellar drinkability to the edge. A bit of phenols and warmth. Surprised by some glowing caramels in a nice crisp Belgian blond. A bit of biological dryness and styrian crispness creates a flavorful finish. Excellent for the style.

Photo of HalfFull
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden yellow with a thick and firm head of foam. Strong retention and moderate lacing.

Light pear and apple nose. Pleasant Belgian aroma, Almost too much foam on the pour yields a creamy and viscous feel. Breaks down a bit too fast and is a bit too effervescent. Quite easy on the palate for the style yet unobtrusive and bland. Boring yet pleasant at the same time.

Alas. a six taster of the Petrus and I'm not impressed as of yet..

Photo of joemcgrath27
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - clear straw golden, two finger of fluffy white head left random stickiness on the glass
S - leafy and bready with a banana and sour fruit aroma
T - sour fruit, leafy dry hops, bready malt, but mostly dominated by an astringent flavour that is not all together pleasant
M - highly carbonated, watery thin, finishes a little dry
D - the flavours are interesting but the astringent was a bit much in my opinion, though still fairly easy drinking

Photo of hdofu
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant tasting. Poured with a thick white head which very quickly dissolved into lacing. The beer itself was a pale gold. Smelll smelled of wheat and citrus. Taste was that of wheat and fruit. Quite light on the tongue. Nothing swaying me one way or the other as far as drinkability goes but it was better then the average beer.

Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aged over 20 months in oak casks.

A: Poured a hazy reddish orange color with a fluffy white head. Pretty dark for a blond. Visible carbonation was fairly strong per style.

S: a little tropical fruitiness (dried pineapple) and some candi-sugar sweetness.

T: The initial flavor was sweet malty oranges and tangerines with a touch of citrus. There was a nice subtle tartness that finishes with some dry floral notes and a sweet fruitiness.

M: creamy with some malty orange lacing on the tongue.

D: Drinkability was really good, enjoyable. Not a lot of complexity, but still provided the simple pleasures associated per style and one that could easily be drunk in multiples.

Photo of theopholis
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Crystal clear apple juice color. Has a huge, frothy head. Nice lacing.

Smell- A fair amount of malt sweetness. A nice Belgian yeast blonde smell with some alcohol and sweetness. Quite grainy also.

Taste- Nice malty sweetness and nice yeasts, grains without a lot of alcohol to the taste. Not as complex as most blonds.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Good carbonation.

Drinkabiltiy- Not bad, but certainly not great.

Photo of smakawhat
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33cL bottle to Petrus stemware. Best by 22/07/12, sampled 1/11/11.

A: The head is fluffy and white, 3 fingers tall and has average retention. The interior of the light golden orange body is clear and very still except for the solitary streamer at the very bottom and center of the conical shaped glass. Randomly flung lacing.

S: Sweet malts are gently toasted and lightly grainy. The grassy/herbal hops play off of the earthy/leafy yeast.

T: Overly sweet, particularly from the midpalate on. Petrus Blond is lacking the bitterness it needs to combat the sweetness. Alcohol pokes through on the palate as well.

M: The carbonation is soft, not flat, but definitely undercarbed. More bubbles are needed to clear the sweetness from the tongue.

D: Not a bad beer by any means but not worth revisiting any time soon.

Photo of peabody
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I met up with cb12 at Roof Brothers here in Paducah and both of us walked out with a Petrus sampler.
This beer pours out a slight yellow/orange with 1/2 inch of foam that leaves lots of nice lacing as it slowly dissapates.
The smell is very subtle but I am getting yeast and a fruity aroma.
The taste is kinda bitter at first but gets sweet and bready. Mild hops I would guess.
Very clean mouthfeel and the alcohol doesn't hit you till the very end and it is slight at best.
I think one could consume a few of these at one sitting.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 330cl into a oversized fishbowl goblet. pours an apple cider-esque hue with a bit of cloudiness. A decent bubbly one-finger white head fades before I can admire it, leaving a thin ring that leaves a bit of light lacing.

some malt sweetness with Belgian yeast, apple cider, pears, and lemon dominate the aroma. a bit of bready, crackery notes as well. fairly mild and understated.

taste, unfortunately, follows aroma pretty closely in it's mildness. neutral malt sweetness with a smidgen of Belgian yeasting. some fruit and honey on the palate, along with some subtle spicing.

mouthfeel is alright, albeit fairly uninspired. medium body with ample carbonation that doesn't really stand out. there's a slightly drying note in the sweetness that allows the flavors to linger.

drinkable, but not sure I'd be compelled to drink any more of this one. it's alright, but doesn't stand out. aroma is weak and flavor profile is a bit muddled. It just has a bit of patina to it that isn't really appealing. definitely other Petrus brews that I would give a shot before this one.

Photo of santoslhalper
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours an attractive, almost-clear copper with a creamy, foamy white head. Nice amount of carbonation.

Smell: The smell is a little harsh and raw, without alot of balance. The yeast and grain aromas are overpower, and the hops are almost non-existent.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Much different than the smell would lead you to believe. Very balanced and clean, with an overall refreshing character. Smooth, and subtle. Fruity malt flavors throughout with a nice amount of hop bitterness following through.

Drinkability and Overall: This is definitly a nice, well balanced, easily drank Belgian Blonde. It's soft and subtle, wonderfully clean and refreshing, and most importantly, tasty. Defintly worth a try.

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Resto, New York, NY

A: The beer poured golden yellow in color with a finger high white fluffy head. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is some malty sweetness in the aroma, which seems unique for this style.
T: The taste is much sweeter than the smell yet there is a good amount of bittersweet flavors from the hop balance.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate. There is a low amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is very drinkable and goes especially well with spicy food.

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

Served from a bottle into a Petrus glass.

A: pours hazy straw/gold/orange, lacks clarity, with a tightly beaded 1 finger head. Looks quite attractive in the Petrus glass.

S: powdery yeast, bread, some restrained spice (clove) on the nose.

T: Orange/apricot mixed with a clovy spice flavor, some sweet caramel in the middle, and quickly finishes with a solid, mouthwatering bitterness that lingers momentarily and then clears. Definitely a bit of resiny, earthy hop flavor in the finish as well, which distinguishes this from other Belgian blondes. Fairly well balanced between bitterness and the other "Belgiany" flavors.

M: a very light and fluffy feel, makes for a nice and easy drinker. Carbonation about average.

D: Overall a nice drinker. The bitterness and hop flavor distinguish this beer, and is well balanced with the other flavors. A great beer for sitting on the deck in the evening during the summer.

Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The second of six beers from my Petrus gift pack an amber colored brew with a personable head that is semi-creamy and light tan in color as it slowly erodes the resultant lace forms a thin but tight skirt around the glass. Nose is sweet malt, as with the speciale, a hint of honey shores up the malt, a pleasant nose, start is lightly sweet with a decent grain profile and the top light to medium in its feel to the palate. Finish sturdy in its acidity, the hops pleasing in their spicy bite, droughty aftertaste melds itself to the palate, must say I prefer it to the aforementioned Speciale.

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Petrus Blond from De Brabandere
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