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Petrus Aged Red | De Brabandere

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Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium | website

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Sludgeman on 03-01-2013

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Reviews by Rifugium:
Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

This one seems to be getting a bad rap, but I quite liked it as a finishing/dessert beer.

Dark reddish-brown pour, with a moderate off-white head that receded to a thick ringlet, and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Not sure why this is classified as an oud bruin when it's more of a Flanders red, but oh well. Aroma thick with cherry candy, and not a whole lot else. Taste of cherry pie and cherry candy, caramel malts, moderately medicinal, but nothing really different than you might get from a Rodenbach Grand Cru or Kasteel Rouge. Some tartness, but I really wouldn't call it a defining characteristic. Medium body, and pretty easily drinkable...for a dessert beer; I wouldn't start a session with it, or drink it at any other time really, unless I was really in the mood.

I mixed a little bit in a separate glass with some Voodoo Cowbell, and it was quite dandy.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the Petrus Oud Bruin that's been aged on cherries - what could go wrong? The pour is a deep crimson color - blood red and ruby with a cherry cola tinted head that fizzes quick and rests easily as a few millimeter thick film on top of the dusk brew. Good translucency considering the relatively dark hue, as the edges beam like a ruby ring.

Sweet and candied cherries overload the aroma, very sugary and bright, almost in a sweet, fruit juice kind of way. Tartness can only be perceived with the deepest of inhales, and even then, it's barely enough to even tickle your saliva glands. Those hoping for a super sour beer can turn around right now - the aroma is already telling me that this is gonna be primarily sweet, with tartness as a mere afterthought.

The aroma does have a nice dry oak character that's persistent throughout the profile. Overall, this beer reminds me of the Lindeman's Kriek lambic, only with slightly less funk and perhaps a little more oak. Believable, since the Lindeman's Kriek has barely any oak, and this beer has barely any funk. The residual sweetness is common to both of the cherry brews.

As expected, the flavor is popping with sweet cherries (a little inuendo for you pervs out there), although I'm surprised to find that there's also a nice vinous meter that I wasn't picking up on in the aroma. Some heavy oak, musky dryness, and a touch of astringent grape skins. I still don't get any real tartness, also some may confuse the lightly astringent tannin as a pseudo-tartness.

Sweet it is, though, full of syrupy cherry and overly sweet cherry juice - think something along the lines of the cherry-flavored syrupy used for snow-cones and Slurpees. There's a finishing touch of dying cherries and very faint oaky vanilla. I would have liked some more sustainability from the oak, but nothing can stand up to the intensity of those cherries. Thin-medium bodied, almost creamy with middle of the road carbonation.

Not a bad brew, per se, but really not what most people will be looking for. You probably expect a highly oaky, dry, and tart beer with sour cherries and tons of vinous grape. Not exactly the case here. This is more of a sweet, cherry fruit beer. In that regard, it can be enjoyed more thoroughly. Looking at it that way, I much prefer this to, say, Founder's Cerise. As far as Oud Bruins go, though, it's not as hot. Still a decent thing to try for the cherry lovers out there.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: A fine looking beer that pours a deep red with highlights of copper. The head is tan and pink with rocky bubbles and average retention.

S: A strong fruity aroma of tart red cherries and red currents. There is a light oak aroma bringing a little vanilla.

T: Fruit also dominates the flavor with strong tart cherry and red current flavors blending with a medium sweetness. Between the fruit and the light sourness there is a decent tartness with balance being moderately sweet despite all the sugar. There are some moderate spicy phenols and a little bit of oak coming through. There is a slight hops bitterness but it's the fruit and the fermentation doing the bulk of the work to keep it from being cloying. The finish is medium sweet with a cherry aftertaste.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation. A light alcohol warmth noticeable.

O: This beer focus on fruit, sweet-tart and light spice. If you don't like sweet beer you might want to avoid this one, I think it has a decent sweet-tart balance but the sugar is winning here

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours dark red with a large head.
Aromas of cherry and marzipan. Smells like cherry wine.
Flavours include more cherry, marzipan and a very slight acidity. Pretty cloyingly sweet.

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Photo of RDAdams
1.56/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Received a 25.4 fl oz (750 ml) bottle via the gift exchange at my Homebrewers Club Holiday party.

P - The pour is a beautiful ruby red. There was no head.

A - The aroma was over-the-top Cherry. It was so strong that it was initially difficult to pickup the sourness.

T - Two words: Cloyingly sweet. I suspect artificial cherry flavoring was used because cherry flavor dissipates over time and the sourness becomes the major flavor.

F - Medium to hi-medium body. Could use more carbonation. Syrupy coating on inside of mouth.

O - I would not purchase a bottle

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany red with a mere collar of head. Strong aroma of cherry... Very sweet cherry taste almost cloyingly cough medicine-ish finish. Medium bodied. Definitely a beer to enjoy with a meal.

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Photo of doktorhops
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here we go, unexplored territory: Doc’s first Flanders Oud Bruin (or in the parlance of English: Flanders Old Brown). Having fast become a fan of Flanders Red Ales, specifically Rodenbach Grand Cru, I’m looking forward to this Petrus Aged Red (or Foudre Rouge en Français) as I’m still crossing beer styles to try off my list [I think there’s only another 10-13 styles left that I haven’t had including obscure stuff such as: Faro, Braggot, Roggenbier, Gose and Kvass... W(here)TF do I get Kvass from in Canberra???]. Anyway that’s enough waffle, bring on the Petrus!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A: An interesting deep hazy brown/ruby body, no doubt the ruby is a result of 10% of this brew comprising of cherries, there is also a pink-tinged tan coloured head that quickly dies down to a thin lace. One of the most interesting brews I’ve ever seen, quite outside the box, Doc likes outside the box. 9/10.

S: Cherries, real sour cherries dominate this damn fine aroma. This is one cherrystravaganza! Combined with this are notes of oak (woody/vanilla French oak), sourdough yeast and honey. Here’s hoping the taste is as good as the aroma. 9/10.

T: Woah! *Keanu Reeves voice* This is a big cherry slap in the face which starts out (almost) sickly sweet, then hits with slight tart character and finishes with a medicinal note that morphs into cherry cough syrup (not a fan of that part). Everything else takes a back seat as the cherry demands your attention, with those hints of oak, sourdough and honey lingering in the background. The question with Petrus Aged Red is: Too much? And the answer for me is ‘yes’ and ‘no’. I sorta really like it... then I don’t... my tongue is so confused right now. 8/10.

M: Medium bodied, a bit of cloying from the sugar content, with a light but dense carbonation. However I am wishing this would go down a bit easier. 7/10.

D: This is one beer that could benefit from less flavour intensity, especially in the finish with the cough syrup notes, and believe me - if you’ve been following my reviews you’ll know this - I very rarely say that a beer can “benefit from less flavour intensity”. You have been warned. Question now is: Did I end up deciding if I actually like Petrus Aged Red? Yes, I think I do... hmmm, I’ll try it ice cold next time. Some good cherry characters at play here though. 7/10.

Food match: Roast beef with a cherry jus, sautéed leeks and chard, and a cherry tart with whipped cream for dessert.

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Photo of -Rick
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a huge fan of this beer. Looks the part, nice red color. Smells like cherries. Pleasant. The taste is quite sub par to me. Almost like straight cherry juice. There is minimal sourness to this, and it has little carbonation. Sorry, but just not my thing.

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Photo of mchegash
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 25.4oz bottle into a 16oz Belgian glass.

Appearance - 4/5
Very dark red-brown, with two fingers of brown-pink foamy head. Very hazy. When held up to bright light can see a bunch of carbonation rising up the beer.

Smell - 4.25/5
Dark-chocolate covered cherries. Very intense cherry smell, slightly alcoholic.

Taste - 3.75/5
Deep cherry, with hints of chocolate. Overall, the flavor is cherry, cherry and more cherry. It's not a bad taste, just not super complex.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium body, smooth, slightly crisp.. Little to no bitterness. Medium level of light-intensity carbonation.

Overall - 3.75/5
If you love cherries, you will LOVE this beer. If you are a normal person and think cherries are decently tasty, you will like this beer, but perhaps get tired of it quick. It tastes like cherries, but not much else. A tasty beer, just not super complex, and one that I wouldn't want much more than one glass of.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Petrus Aged Red from De Brabandere
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