Petrus Winter #9 - De Brabandere
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4.15/5 rDev +7%
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.
02-29-2012 19:44:21 | More by phishgator
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
01-31-2012 03:46:52 | More by LiquidAmber
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
01-29-2012 05:15:05 | More by RickS95
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
01-11-2012 23:34:12 | More by Goliath
3.88/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-17-2011 02:43:52 | More by zeff80
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
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
11-26-2011 04:10:12 | More by KansasBeerLover
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
09-30-2011 14:28:22 | More by OWSLEY069
Petrus Winter #9 from De Brabandere
87 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.