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Petrus Winter #9 - De Brabandere

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 156
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 21.79%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011

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Photo of spense727
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hints of cloves and raisin, framed in light sourness, this Belgian ale tries but fails to play with the big boys. Despite the strength, it tastes watery and surprisingly underwhelming.
Try once, just to say you have.

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Photo of wschmit
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Eisen
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, dark fruits, and a distinct cherry aroma. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but as the beer warms up the fruity aromas I am getting start smelling a bit artificial.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Massive off-white head atop a slightly hazy, deep amber body. Appropriate Belgian lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is slight and slow-rising.

Aroma: Deep aroma of cloves, bananas, dark fruit, cherries, and sweet alcohol.

Taste: Opens with slightly sweet, mild fruit notes. As the taste progresses, there are slight bitter apple notes. Underlying the taste are moderate flavors of dark malt. The hight ABV (9%) is noticeable only in the slight vinous sweetness, which offers only a moderate warmth. Finishes with a lingering, mild herbal hop noe, and a faint malt sweetness reminiscent of dark bread.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, fairly full, with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and drinkable. A good value at less than $10.00 for a 25.4 ounce bottle.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-five point four ounce Belgian-style bomber with a cork and cage, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Texas for $6.99.

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Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Nice tangy, sour aroma and taste to this winter beer. Not much of a head to speak of, caramel/copper color with faint carbonation. Sour palate, taste of caramel and toffee. No alcohol burn apparent. A real winter warmer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a medium to dark red-orange amber. Very thin off-white head dissipated quickly leaving a micro ring around the glass. Kind of boring presentation. Very nice aroma of sweet malt, dark and light fruit and spices, notably cinnamon and ginger. Flavor is very malty with assertive christmas spicing, almost like a taste of raw gingerbread dough. Finishes sweet with a slight molasses flavor and a slight bite from the spices or subtle hops. Flavors are somewhat subdued, but pleasant and well integrated. The alcohol is well covered. Interesting take on a Winter beer, somewhat reminiscent of a Scotch ale.

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a tulip glass. Color is a dark orange, similar to a dark shellac. No cloud or haze, but dark enough not to be seen through.

Head is about 1/2 finger, which quickly disappears with no lacing.

Aroma is a little weak, but smells like gingerbread.

Flavor is similar to aroma, gingerbread. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering.

Finish has a touch of spices, but doesn't linger as much as I prefer.

A good dark Belgian, that could be better. I might buy another, but am not for certain.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Deep red-orange color. Off-white head settles shortly. Lacing is spotty and minimal.

S: Caramel and bread malt base. Fruitcake. Sweet ripe cherries, red berries, currant, and fig. Big waft of cinnamon. Distinct gingersnap cookies. Nutty and earthy yeast.

T: Gingersnap cookies and lots of cinnamon- almost to the point of Dentyne gum. Fruitcake, bread pudding, cocoa, brown molasses. Currant, red berry, and fig esters are a little cleaner than the nose suggested. Long finish of bready desserts and warming cinnamon.

M: Thick in body. Full and silky. Sharp, cutting carbonation, along with the ample spicing, make for a very crisp feel, creating an interesting textural juxtaposition. Warming alcohol.

O: There is a lot of spicing to this one, but it works. The bold cinnamon flavor has a nice warming effect. It isn't the most complex Belgian Noel-type beer out there, but it hits the mark.

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