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Petrus Blond - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cbl2 on 10-22-2005)
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Ratings: 185 | Reviews: 109 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by spoony:
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3.3/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

03-09-2014 01:47:00 | More by spoony
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

01-16-2012 15:59:35 | More by dcurrin
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

08-16-2014 20:47:53 | More by petewheeler
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

06-03-2012 21:30:02 | More by ant1
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3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

08-08-2011 03:36:31 | More by jondeelee
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

10-15-2013 23:49:05 | More by tallfellapgh
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3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

10-08-2008 23:07:00 | More by jbphoto88
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4.35/5  rDev +24.6%

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

09-29-2011 20:05:00 | More by azorie
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3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

02-17-2007 23:58:29 | More by IntriqKen
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Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

07-03-2009 23:47:52 | More by biboergosum
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United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

09-01-2014 17:49:14 | More by mattfancett
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New York

2.45/5  rDev -29.8%

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.

03-22-2010 16:03:10 | More by emsroth
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4.05/5  rDev +16%

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.

03-14-2009 00:15:19 | More by tweeder263
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-07-2013 17:25:32 | More by Ciocanelu
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

12-16-2012 23:43:36 | More by cliff1066
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2.7/5  rDev -22.6%

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

11-13-2011 06:04:23 | More by russpowell
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Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

07-21-2007 22:07:48 | More by CharlesDarwin
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3.05/5  rDev -12.6%

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..

02-24-2010 05:36:46 | More by HalfFull
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Alberta (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -16%

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

03-19-2011 02:43:28 | More by joemcgrath27
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3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

07-09-2009 02:03:41 | More by hdofu
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New York

4/5  rDev +14.6%

12-12-2011 00:16:30 | More by beerman999999
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New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

05-05-2012 12:10:42 | More by KTCamm
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

05-13-2008 23:35:41 | More by beerthulhu
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3/5  rDev -14%

04-05-2014 16:57:38 | More by VeganUndead
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

02-12-2013 03:04:20 | More by LJWalker
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Petrus Blond from De Brabandere
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