Petrus Winter #9 - De Brabandere
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3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
11-25-2013 23:10:50 | More by ryan1788a5
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
4.09/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
04-08-2013 19:43:06 | More by silverking
3.74/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
03-21-2013 01:13:36 | More by Pegasus
3.73/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
03-20-2013 02:12:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.76/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
03-10-2013 00:27:14 | More by bluejacket74
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
03-02-2013 16:46:27 | More by Pencible
3.91/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
02-14-2013 21:01:50 | More by Radome
Petrus Winter #9 from De Brabandere
87 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.