Petrus Winter #9 - De Brabandere
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Reviews by jlindros:
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
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!
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2012 20:47:30 | More by jlindros
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Glass: 0.25L (8.5 oz.) glass
From: Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.00 (with progressive Friday)
Purchased: Feb. 21, 2014
Consumed: Feb. 21, 2014
Poured a brownish red, almost mahogany color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki tan head. Sporadic spots of lacing all around the sides. Average-to-above average retention on the top.
Smelled dark fruits, dark sour cherry, plum, dark raspberry and black cherry first, then got wintery spices - nutmeg, molasses, caramel, gingerbread and cinnamon. What a mix.
Tasted more what I was expecting with the wintry mix. Got nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread and molasses. Sour notes were still there with dark grape, bourbon, black cherry and sour cherry.
Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long warming finish.
A very good and unusual winter beer. Would love to try it again.
Serving type: on-tap
02-23-2014 07:29:20 | More by BucannonXC5
4.09/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
These were originally marked at $9.99 but giant eagle was clearing them out for $6.99. Belgium Bomber score!
A - Ah nice carbonation a 2+ inch deep mocha head sits atop of a clear cherry brown very dark hue. Slow fizz out rate and decent lacing.
S - Smell is sweet with rum soaked breads, fruity yeasts, and some hard candies. Smell is not very heavy despite the high ABV.
T - Up front I get an oaky cinnamon stick nutmeg flavor that reminds us so of winter. Body is mostly candied sugars and some overripe banana.
M - Not that heavy in fact I would have guessed not over 7%. I really like how the yeast is not very heavy making for easy drinking.
Overall 7 bucks well spent this beer is pretty tasty. Wish I would have gotten to it sooner when the spices were more pronounced but its fine the way it is now.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2014 01:46:51 | More by DrDemento456
Petrus Winter #9 from De Brabandere
87 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.