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Petrus Winter #9 - De Brabandere

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40 Reviews
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Reviews: 40
Hads: 156
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 21.79%
Wants: 4
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011

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Photo of AdamBear
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-dark chestnut. reddish tint. nice uneven thin cream colored head

S-dark belgian grains and spices with a lot of cinnamon. maybe some nutmeg. smells pretty christmasy. not a strong scent.

T-comes in with an awesome taste of dark belgian grains, cinnamon, black peppercorn, and nutmeg. there's a small sense of rawness. the flavors are of high quality, and it all meshes quite well! The flavors come in with an okay strength but they last very long. The after-taste is matching and seems to continue on until your next sip! it has a small roasted flavored to it as well.

M-high carbonation with a creamy finish

O-this is actually one of the better christmas beers i've ever had. the christmas flavors and belgian flavors are meshed almost perfectly. i really like it. i did not expect this from this brewery...i was actually worried about this when i bought it! i think every time i take a sip, i get a different flavor. i love it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Petrus Winter #9
Bavik Brewery

LOOK: Deep amber/brown, excellent clarity. Large foam consisting of fine bubbles. Active carbonation rising to the top of the glass.

SMELL: Dark fruits are heavy in the aroma, along with some spice. Fig, date, plum are very pronounced, as well as orange citrus, berry, nutmeg, cinnamon and coriander.

TASTE: Superbly balanced; dark fruits, dry spice, low to mild bitterness, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisin bread. There is a berry flavor, as well as a mild tartness. Very little alcohol noticed. Really great Belgian brew here.

FEEL: The standout part of this beer is the feel. Medium bodied, very effervescent, dry, well carbonated, perfect.

OVERALL: A rare treat from Belgium, this rivals some of the best Christmas and holiday beers on the market. Spending some time in the bottle did this beer some justice. Amazing.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big fruitcake nose with vanilla, raisins, spice and a hint of tartness. It pours brilliant garnet under a quickly dissipating 1’ off-white foam collar. It enters the palate with creamy vanilla, light chocolate, dark dried fruits, and spice that meld together into a a big foamy fruitcake flavor by the finish. The texture is very creamy and finely bubbled giving the carbonation a softness. Medium to medium full body with above average carbonation.

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Photo of udouche
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Chalice

A - Pours a rich mahogany. A thick head with crisp bubbling that feeds up the sides of the glass. Follows with medium lacing.

S - A holiday spice mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, & orange are the torch bearers. A hint of some of the darker fruits with some malty brown sugar.

T - Spiced fruits come in strong with a little malt hiding behind them. Cinnamon & nutmeg are the most prevalent of the spices.As it settle the brown sugar and bread mix in and it all comes together feeling full and perfectly balanced. It washes clean with a mild woody sweetness and no alcohol.

M - Very crisp from the higher carbonation level. A dry medium body. Not too sticky, and leaves your mouth clean.

O - Very drinkable. I could of killed another bomber if I had bought two. More spiced beer than Belgian strong ale, but that that is kind of what I was looking for in a winter ale. One of the finer Christmas beers you'll find. It looks and tastes refined, but in a way that is accessible. I may have to buy another one for Christmas and let it sit til next Christmas as a present to myself.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a tulip a deep ruby-copper color with a thin and quickly-falling head of slightly off-white bubbles. Crystal clarity upon the first two glasses, with a vigorous carbonation release from the bottom of the glass.

There are vinous wine-like aromas, as well as some sharp green apple and grapes. The beer has notes of grainy cereals, and a bit of pepper.

First I taste the bite of carbonic acid, as well as a bright apple and pear flavor. Quite sweet. Just a hint of yeast earthiness. The beer has a rather light and airy texture, nothing too heavy about this brew.

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Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this brew out of a growler in a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with a thin wispy white lace that leaves no trail.

S: A almost cider like aroma - lots of fruits like plum in the nose.

T: Very sweet and tart dark fruit flavor. Ends in a sweet dry flavor.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

Delicious brew - great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of RickS95
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: Draft
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
Misc.: N/A

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.

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Photo of phishgator
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip chalice. nice foamy white head and steady carbonation. The color is a amber/brown hue with a distinct cloudiness. the nose has some familiar fruit and sour apples. The body is filling. The taste is a sweet fruity malty backbone and then the there is this slight sourness that comes through in the end. A tartness that comes from the oak aging; common to their aged pale. The alcohol is present and it will warm you by teh end of the session.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  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.

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Photo of silverking
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- It pours an ever-so-slightly hazy crimson with a fluffy khaki head. Head retention is Alright, though it fades to a thin sheet of foam. Lacing is also not the greatest, it is inconsistent and is only truly great once the head has receded to the aforementioned thin layer of foam.

S- Clove, cherry, bread, Yeast, and a distinct nuttiness. There is a sherry like sweetness in there as well. It smells like a sweet spice cake.

T- Yeasty and bready, brown sugar, Fading into some tart cherry and banana. The finish shows some bread, clove spice, and a mild, and I mean mild, hop presence.

M- It's medium bodied. Almost chewy up front, with an unbelievably low level of gentle carbonation, which lends to it's velvety mouthfeel. It is a bit sticky as well.

O- Not bad, It was complex and seemed to be very well thought out. All of the flavors and aromas were abundant and in harmony.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany brew with a great head of foam and lacing.

Smells very malt forward with caramel and fruity with raisins and plums. Some spice that I notice. ..nutmeg.

Tastes exactly like it smells. Super smooth, no intrusion by the alcohol. Kinda reminds me of an aged English Old Ale or Barleywine.

Nice mouthfeel.


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Photo of JLBeaugh
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

Purchased @ H.E.B. 1 Pint 9.4 Fl oz. Bottle. Red Bottle with standard cork with gold color cage. Price: $10.95

Color: Pours brown-red similar to sun brewed tea. Small khaki colored head. Some retention.

Smell: Banana,Molasses,Nutmeg,Cinnamon,and Gingerbread.

Taste: Molasses,Raisin,Caramel,Cinnamon,Bourbon.

Feel: Light feel, medium carbonation, long warm finish.

Very good overall. Will pickup another bottle.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

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Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear mahogany with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like copper hops and nutty malt, with some sour Belgian yeast and a little dark fruit and toffee.
T: It tasted like sweet toffee and nutty malt, with some copper hops and dark fruit and sour Belgian yeast. It had a clean and earthy sweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick and oily with moderate smooth natural carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was a very nice BSDA with nicely balanced scent and taste, and great body. The finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was very easy to drink. It would probably last a while in the cellar, but was also very nice fresh. Recommended.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a small tan head. In the aroma, cinnamon and a bit sweet. In the taste, cinnamon, nutmeg, a small caramel like roast. A spice bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry spice in the aftertaste. Nice spice and hides the 9% very well.

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Photo of Goliath
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear ruby color with a two inch light tan head. It receeds at an average pace leaving nothing behind.

The aroma is decent. There is a nice malt presence providing very sweet notes of caramel. Yeast provides a bit of spice as well as a nice fruit factor.

The taste is quite nice. There is a great fruit flavor up front followed by some holiday spices. It's lightly sweet with a touch of bitter at the very end to balance it out. It reminds me a bit of Schlafly Christmas.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, and lightly carbonated. Very nice.

Overall it's a solid beer. There's a nice flavor profile and all the accompanying elements are pleasing. I'm into it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL cork-and-cage bottle procured from the local LCBO. With the first snowfall of the season now well underway, tonight seemed like as good an opportunity as any to crack this one open. Best before July 31 2016 and served slightly chilled.

An aggressive pour reveals this winter ale's deep, ruby-red chestnut colour, while simultaneously highlighting its unfortunate inability to produce much of a head at all. I wasn't gentle, but still wound up with only about a half-cm of beige-coloured foam, which quickly faded over the next sixty seconds or so. Minimal lace; a bubbly collar is the only real remnant. Not a looker by this style's standards, but I'm loving the aroma - overripe, bruised banana, toffee and bread pudding come to mind immediately, with added nuances of fig, prune and black cherry. Mild accents of cinnamon, vanilla, and clove provide even more depth, as do toasted malts and a touch of ethanol. This one just smells lovely.

A nice winter ale, which features restrained spices and a rich, malt-forward flavour profile. Toffee, bready malts and brown sugar sweetness meld beautifully with the big notes of overripe banana, suggesting a sort of banana bread vibe initially. Once the dark fruit flavours of raisin, fig and cherry start to come through, it takes on more of a Christmas/plum pudding feel. The fruits are soon joined by hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove at the finish, featured alongside some nice herbal notes and light boozy sweetness that hangs on into the aftertaste. Medium-bodied - feels a little thinner than it should, honestly - but that's not a deal breaker. The carbonation levels are moderately intense; softer and less prickly than some examples of this style, with a smooth, somewhat syrupy quality to the feel. The alcohol is noticeable, but integrates well.

Final Grade: 3.97, a worthy B+. Petrus Winter #9 is a solid holiday selection. The potent dark fruit flavours and subtle spice additions combine together well, giving this strong Belgian-style winter ale a good, approachable character that I expect many BAs to find highly agreeable. Not a perfect beer by any means - the mouthfeel and appearance are not what I prefer in this style - but it's still a yummy chest-warmer of a beer that is highly suitable for the colder months. Recommended; probably not worth cellaring given the expiry date, but I may pick up a second bottle to enjoy in Jan/Feb.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Certainly bigger than "dubbel" but not quite "quad", the flavors of the dark abbey-style beers are well represented and are a little more liberally spiced than the brewery would admit.

Petrus' Winter ale pours with a beautiful garnet and crimson swirl. With highlights catching its haze, a mysterious appearance reels in the nose. Enticed with hard candy and steely caramel sweetness, the senses come to life with toasted malt and candied pecan.

As the fruits of apple, raisin, date, fig, plum and grape swirls into the bready-sweet malt taste, a spicy balance emerges in the forms of peppercorn, cinnamon and slight clove. Together the fruit, spice and malt portrays fruitcake dessert-like properties.

As the medium-full ale dries beautifully, turning from creamy to zesty, its carbonation is propelled by vinous red wine alcohol and a peppery bite to close. Softly simmering warmth and light tangy acidity play out wonderfully in waves of lingering fruit.

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Photo of Radome
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle bought in Germany.

A - An amber to light brown color, some orange, very clear. Head is 2-3 cm thick, then fades to a few millimeters but fluffy with complete coverage across the beer. Sticky, very solid Belgian lace.

S - Very interesting aroma. There is a background of bready malt and rummy alcohol, but in the forefront there is a strong spice note (cinnamon, clove?) along with a hint of barnyard-type aged notes and then a finish of a nutty, pecan note.

T - The taste is not as complex as the aroma, although it is nice. Again the malt takes a back seat to spices. The type of spice is indistinct, but there is definitely a mix of something vaguely Christmas-y. The spices are not over-the-top, but they dominate everything else. No hops show through. Some butterscotch and the pecan note again in the finish. The yeast does not add any particular character.

M - Medium body. Fluffy carbonation. Some hops bitterness and a hint of alcohol burn. The finish is balanced between sweet/cloying and dry.

O - Overall, a solid, enjoyable winter warmer/Christmas ale. The aroma gave a hint of an interesting aged yeast note, but it is not detectable in the taste, being washed out by the strong spices. Well executed, but a little predictable. I would not necessarily pick out the Belgian origins of this beer in a blind tasting.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear but very dark brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with some small yeast particles, which rise up and fall down like a lava lamp. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet, clumpy yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste is somewhat sweet and has lots of flavors of yeast chunks along with notes of dark fruits.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has just under a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather drinkable for its strength because it does a good job at hiding most of its alcohol. The only thing that is a little detracting is the amount of sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but I believe this was from Winter 2011. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apple skin, clove, pear, caramel, cinnamon, allspice, toast, gingerbread, nutmeg, and light earth. Pretty nice aromas with decent balance; the apple skins overpower most of the aromas. Taste of caramel, apple, toast, gingerbread, pear, cinnamon, clove, allspice, toast, nutmeg, brown sugar, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruit, toast, caramel, gingerbread, cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg, brown sugar, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance with good complexity; nice malt/spice balance; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly slick, creamy, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice seasonal Belgian ale! Nice flavor balance and complexity; very smooth and crisp to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark burgundy color with a two-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left some thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity and malty. Nothing too strong here. Not bad but not awesome.

T - It tasted spicy with some fruity notes - some cherry and apple flavors with a touch of plum. It had a sweet malty backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a clean, dry finish.

O - This is a very nice Belgian seasonal ale. Another good Petrus label.

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Petrus Winter #9 from De Brabandere
87 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.