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Petrus Winter #9 - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
87
very good

133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011)
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twas the night before Xmas, and all through my bar,
Not a bottle was stirring, not even beer fermenting in a jar.
A beer is what I needed, I had no doubt,
Maybe a porter, a barleywine, or even a stout.
Suddenly a creature appeared, a gnome or an elf,
A Belgian you need, is what came out of his mouth.
I reached for special winter beer so divine,
And in my hand came Petrus Winter #9.

I worked out the cork, a stubborn old fellow,
and the beer strewed into my goblet with a bellow.
A creamy small head foams up to a finger,
Fades semi quickly with small lacing to linger.
A chestnut mahogany cranberry color,
Clear as can be for a dark feller.

Nose is big and rustic with plenty of dark malts,
Typical winter spices come out but without salts.
Bready chewy doughy malt aromas come to mind,
cardamom and other light spices I can barely find.
Caramel molasses and candy add sweet,
to the fig, date, nuts that make the nose complete.

Taste starts with more malts, sweet reddish and browned,
Caramel, molasses, maybe Belgian candi but rounded.
Maybe some toffee brings out the fig and date,
With nutty malts and candy flavors that don't arrive too late.
Light spices in the background grace the beer,
Again a hint of cardamom and winter spices a bit drear.
Mild sweetness and mild bitterness come through in a pinch,
To balance the beer so it can be drunk in a cinch.
A mild warming booze tickles my tongue so bold,
And warms my body to help get my through the cold.
Finish stays sweet with more warming booze,
A bit more spices and sweet malts in twos.

Mouth is heavier, thicker, a bit syrupy and rich,
Decent carbonation, with warming booze tickling an itch.

Overall it's not bad, a nice winter taste,
Thick rich and syrupy, but not quite a paste.
A nice chewy malty beer, with sweeteners galore,
Light spices coming through with the malts before.
A bit of dark fruits, to bring it back to a Belgian style,
A nice winter beer, well rounded flavors, sweeteners they didn't have to dial.
Santa came early with a big red bottle of tasty beer,
Let's raise our glass, "Merry Christmas", I'll say with a cheer!

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a clear garnet color with a very small head.

A muted aroma. I think there was some spice and sweet fruit.

Same thing with the taste. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Some raisin. Nothing really stood out.

This was a nice-enough, albeit ordinary, beer. It was not a great winter beer.

Photo of Beerswag
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

PETRUS W ALE #9
Poured into St. Bernardus Watou chalice
Appearance is Dark Amber/ Mahogany, clear.crisp look, almost transparent yet can't quite penetrate the darkness of the beer. Head is not active or sticky looking. rich looking minimal head, great looking beer for the style. Lacing is spotty and present just like the snow falling on the bottle suggests.
Smell is quite pleasant of candied over-ripe banana, dates. plums, spices of nutmeg and cinnamon, with persimmon, and buiscuits.
Taste is sweet dark fruit, followed by banana which quickly overtaken by nutmeg and warming spices. I get hints of Oak, straw, dark chocolate in the finish. Quite crisp and balanced. Easy sipper/sessionable winter ale. medium-bodied winter ale. Done right.
Overall this one doesn't disappoint. should pair well with gorgonzola/cured meats/winter foods such as browned butter pastas, and winter squash/risotto.

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of BeerDrinkingDiver
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of marchnlv
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautifully packaged in a large red bottle (2013? BB date stamp of July 2015) with gold-colored wire retaining the cork. Served at a starting temperature of about 45F in a Belgian snifter. Modest improvemnt with further aging.

Pours clear and dark; a lovely red-brown color with a small head that displays good retention and coats the glass upon tipping.

Aroma: appealing and faintly sweet and fruity over dark bread.

Flavor: little if any spicing in the winter ale, but some hints of spicing from, I believe, the yeast. Starts lightly sweet and finished mildly bitter. Hints of dark fruits including dried plums and raisins, as well as toffee.

Feel: smooth but a touch too much astringency. Appropriately soft carbonation.

Photo of valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of StephRai
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of RickS95
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red, rusty dark brown. The head is only a finger thick, but slightly off-white, foamy and leaves a creamy lace around the edges.

Finally a winter beer that smells like a winter beer. Malt and spice fill the nose. Resembles a pumpkin ale in bouquest. Nutmeg, cloves, coriander dominate, even some brown sugar.

Taste follows the nose with each spice. Each spice mentioned above is accounted for, with some candied sugar for balance.

It's spicy and ever so sweet, but there's almost no bitterness. Medium bodied, with just a bite in the throat from the spices. The high alcohol content is well masked.

I haven't had a lot of success this year with holiday beers from Belgium or the States. This was a welcome addition.

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of GabeBoise
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice reddish color with not much aroma. Nice flavor and mouthfeel. Good balance of sweet with the characteristic Petrus tartness.

Photo of hiphopj5
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Tibi81
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Bunuelian
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. 2013 batch. Sampled on December 1, 2013.

It pours chestnut-mahogany brown with reddish hues and a modest tan head that eventually fades but it does so slowly.

The aroma has all kinds of things going on to make this an inviting beer. Toasted malts, dark malts, dark fruits, fig, date, plum, with spices like clove, nutmeg, and allspice. No alcohol note to speak of.

Medium and smooth body.

The taste is much like the aroma with plenty of dark fruit, malts, and spicy characters. The alcohol is well integrated. As it warms to room temperature it also warms the insides. This is a fine beer and try it slowly.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a clear reddish/orange color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is sweet and spicy, it smells like cinnamon, candied fruit, nutmeg, brown sugar, bready malt and cloves. The brew tastes like cinnamon, nutmeg, dark fruit, nuts, cloves and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit coating and is also well carbonated. I think this is more of a winter warmer than a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but it's still a good brew. $8.99 a bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Petrus Winter #9 from De Brabandere
87 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.