Petrus Winter #9 - De Brabandere
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Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
2.78/5 rDev -28.4%
A: Very light head. Not much lasing. Bottle is very festive.
S: Burnt Carmel, not much else there
T: caramel star anise, sweet, A bit metallic.
M: Light mouth feel, heavily carbonated.
O: Not as good as most Petrus. But not bad.
Serving type: bottle
12-18-2013 01:03:01 | More by spense727
3.05/5 rDev -21.4%
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.
12-15-2012 21:19:42 | More by lordofthewiens
3.18/5 rDev -18%
A- Pours a reddish brown color with a very thin off white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves a bit of layered lacing.
S- Smells a lot like GLBC Christmas Ale with a much stronger in your face type smell. Quite a bit of spice, cinnamon, gingerbread and nutmeg leading the way. A fair amount of yeast here too.
T- Very sweet almost too sweet. Taste has a strong brown sugar taste to it. All the spice is here too along with quite a bit of malts. Finishes with a good amount of yeast too.
M- Medium in body and carbonation.
O- An interesting twist here, but just a bit too sweet for my liking.
12-12-2011 03:23:19 | More by nrbw23
3.43/5 rDev -11.6%
750mL bottle, with the date 10/08/13 on the bottom...best buy? Into a Duvel tulip. Bought on a whim, no idea it was even a BSDA.
A: Opens with a satisfying pop. A clear, almost ruby body with some carbonation sports an off-white, creamy head that settles down fairly quickly. Almost on the order of a doppelbock in appearance.
S: Bready and sweet, with Christmas spices. Cinnamon and clove, a bit of anise and orange. A nice malt body supports the whole thing. Pretty enticing, wintry indeed.
T: Just so-so in the taste. The malt on the nose doesn't quite follow through in the taste. The spices fare a little better--I can pick out the notes I smelled quite clearly. In fact, the spicing is pretty balanced and good, rather than cloying like some winter-themed beers can be. Just wish it had a bit more malt oomph--starts off alright, but peters out quickly.
M: The body is a bit thin, but otherwise it's alright. Coulda fooled me that this was 9%--doesn't feel that way in the least.
O: Not a bad pick up. It was 8 bucks or so, which puts it more or less in line with a number of Christmas-y releases, and frankly it's not bad compared to others I've had. Petrus continues to be a great value Belgian brewer, and this is no exception. If you're looking for potpourri in your mouth, look elsewhere, but for an easy drinking but boozy beer, not bad at all.
11-30-2011 04:52:55 | More by wschmit
3.58/5 rDev -7.7%
Crazy big red-wrapped bottle. Big flavor of gingerbread. Cloves and cinnamon, like a bolder Anchor Christmas beer, but with the distinct Belgian touch. A touch of butter and hot fruitcake in the nose.
The carbonation and mouthfeel are just velvety. Sweet, foamy, creamy, and delicious. Yeasty and dry in the finish, but fruity and sweet for the main event. Honey and graham crackers. Lots of caramel and a whiff of taffy.
This is a little sweeter than I really like, but it's a tasty sipping beer for dessert. From the 500 ml champagne bottle bought at Liticker's Liquor in San Diego.
06-16-2013 05:30:14 | More by mactrail
3.59/5 rDev -7.5%
Poured a dark red with white head that quickly faded into thin lacing. Smells of alcohol and plumbs, slight chocolate and date. Tastes the same with more sugars and heaviness. The poor drinkability is distracting enough to greatly lower its score. Alcohol and malt are not as balanced as they could be; sweet is balanced with only a little less sweet.
12-20-2013 06:15:53 | More by Eisen
3.66/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
01-02-2014 03:08:40 | More by Beerswag
Petrus Winter #9 from De Brabandere
87 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.