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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

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

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