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Petrus Aged Red - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 17
Gots: 83 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Sludgeman on 03-01-2013

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Photo of tectactoe
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of MadScientist
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Photo of Tilly
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass, burgundy red colour, dark pink frothy head.
Delicious cherry aroma
Taste falls short. It has a very cherry flavours. Not much else. Almost a cough syrup taste.
Mouth feel is good. Thick and leaves a bit of bitterness at the back of the tongue.

Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It really is red, but it's very dark and needs to be held up to light for its deep burgundy body to really show it. The head it forms is sparsely bubbled and gets to a finger's height before fading. What's left is a good cling to the edges with a few wispy islands. It manages some surprisingly sticky and prevalent lace considering.
I get cherry syrup on the nose with a lightly sour edge. Going deeper does reveal some cherry cnady, though. It's fortunate that the tartness is there or there would definitely be too much artificiality, but itdoesn't delve too far. There's a touch of earth and wood as well.
While both sweet and tart, the flavor does bring some cough syrup into the finish. There's also some unexpected spiciness. The spicy and tart elements are what carry through.
The body is very much on the light edge of medium but reaching. Carbonation is light and crispness adds bite. It does go a touch flat, though, at which point it relies too heavily on carbonation.

Photo of tdm168
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Ridgewood Wine and Beer Co.

A - dark amberish red with a thin pink, white head that has decent retention

S - cherry syrup, sugar, some medicine

T - tart, cherries, faintly lactic, mild malt character, sweet

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This was a really nice beer. The cherries were intense and tart and added a great compliment to this sour ale. I was really impressed. This is definitely worth a try.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Petrus Aged Red
25.4 oz. brown bottle, corked & caged. No apparent freshness dating.

Poured into a large tulip glass the Petrus Aged Red displays a clear, deep ruby and mahogany brown body beneath a two finger thick cap of pinkish tan froth. The head settles in half quickly, but then holds for quite some time until forming a quarter-inch, and then eight-inch thick cap. Eventually it drops even lower, suggesting a wide collar but never letting the surface completely clear. Rings and sheets of lace are left behind during the first initial quick sips where the glass doesn't tilt that much - subsequent tastings leave some broken sheets of lace amidst wide splashes and streaks.

In the nose it expresses black cherry, brown sugar, and some wood - possibly very light oak.

The mouthfeel is gently bristling with very fine, seemingly natural bubbles that fade quickly to give more of just a 'caress'. It's surprisingly full bodied, clocking in somewhere at the top of the medium range, headed towards the medium-full range.

Black cherry returns in the flavor, and it's not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests it might be. I also find fig, date, and plum/prune, as well as a bit of dark, sticky raisin. There is a bit of a 'syrup' quality to it though, which is probably just coming from the combination of condensed fruitiness and alcohol. There's some tartness to it, but it doesn't stand out boldly. It's initially wrapped in fruity maltiness upfront, quickly throwing off that cloak for one split second only to puts it back on, and then again let it slide to the floor in the finish where some brown sugar appears, along with a touch of oaky dryness and delicately pepperish alcohol, as well as some muddled leafiness and earth. As might be expected, it's only moderately bitter, showcasing the fruit and malt, and allowing the tartness, oak, and alcohol to do the drying.

I find it hard to fault this beer, but if one might I'd imagine that they's say it needs more complexity, or more 'real' fruitiness. I, however, would beg to differ. It's rich and just complex enough. I find it malty, fruity, and well-rounded with 'spiky' accents of character just as an Oud Bruin should be.

Photo of weirdohappy
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Beautiful deep red pour. Very cherry. Amazing beer!! Do want!

Photo of MisterGone
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Pour from a 330 into a tulip. I have nothing to add to other reviews regarding appearance of color, head, retention. I will say that the cherry, sour, and any malty sweetness are more subtle compared to other red flemmish. The sweet seems to have more of a fruit genesis than malt. I prefer a sharper, more sour beer from this category.

Photo of alphaacid9000
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10 oz in a tulip, ruby red and crystal clear with moderate carbonation

Aroma is all cherry. Was hoping for a hint of funk that was not there. Cherry, strong esters, sourdough and slightly acidic aroma

Mouthfeel is a light to medium body. Once again, was hoping for more tartness similar to the Aged Pale - but i guess that is unfair. Slightly tart - not sour - with a cherry cough syrup like flavor. Very one dimensional.

Overall - nice beer and very good example of the style. I was really looking forward to this beer and had big expectations.

Photo of Treyliff
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass

A- pours a murky dark ruby brown color with a small off-white creamy head that leaves some lacing behind

S- tart and fruity cherry aroma up front with some medicinal notes, underlying musty Belgian yeast with some earthy aromas

T- tart cherries are showcased up front with a big fruity sweetness that kicks in med-palate. There's an underlying Belgian yeast character that is earthy and musty, leading to an herbal finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth, slightly tart finish

O- very refreshing brew that hides the alcohol brilliantly, big cherry notes take center stage

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was expecting a sour but still pretty impressed

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.53/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

Photo of Catracho5
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip glass

A: Dark red with a reddish head that dissipated fairly quick, some lacing, carbonation streaming off the bottom, ruby edges, looks great.

A: Big cherry aroma right up front, not picking up much else.

T: Big cherry flavors, mild tart, sour in the middle, not picking up any of the oak, very dry finish, slight alcohol on the finish.

M: Lots of carbonation, dry finish.

O: Not as impressed as with the aged Pale ale, this is still a good beer with lots of cherry, would like to get some more sour tart flavors and maybe some oak, but if you're looking for a cherry bomb, this is your beer. At 8.5% ABV the alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of n2185
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark ruby-brown with two fingers of red-tinted khaki head that fades into a thick ring with good lacing.

S: Tart and sweet cherries dominate here, smelling like a cherry tart or cherry cobbler. There are some Belgian yeast aromas underneath, but mostly it's just cherries.

T: Cherries here as well, though more tart and sour than sweet. Tastes like cherry cobbler as well. The finish has a slight alcohol warmth along with a lingering sweetness.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is nice and crisp feeling at first, but leaves a bit of a sticky sweet coating.

O: A tasty beer overall. Not as good as Petrus Aged Pale and lacking some complexity, but if you want a nice, simple, tart, and fruity beer, this is a good option and reasonably priced.

Photo of offby1
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little too much cherry for me.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%

Bottle purchased and drank at Joe Bean Coffee Roasters in Rochester, NY.

Pours out a deep dark, almost blood red, but fairly clear. There's a small fizzy head, with no lacing.

Smells like tart but sweet cherries, and not much else. Smells quite strong and fruity.

The taste is slightly more complex, but it's still mostly a cherry bomb. Mostly sweet, with a late tartness, some red wine flavors, and a bit of oak. Every but the cherry flavor is mild here. I wish it was a little bit more sour.

This one is fairly light bodied, with a fruity, juicy mouthfeel, and a low amount of carbonation.

Interesting but not really complex enough as a Belgian red.

Photo of jivex5k
1.7/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

My god....
How can the same brewery who makes their Pale sour so good make this travesty of a beer?
I had one last night...I was expecting nothing but a good beer, man was I surprised.
It looked great, a nice rosy hue to it, good head, all in all a fine looking brew...but the joy stops there.
The aroma of cough syrup wafted up in to my nostrils. Alarmed, I quickly set the glass down, had some water, and tried again....Robotussin 100%...Ah...crap...
So I tried it anyways, but the nose did not lie. This was like drinking carbonated Robotussin...my god..simply one of the worst beers I've had.
It's funny though, because their aged pale is so good.
Do yourself a favor and get a Lindemens Goudenband (spelling?) instead of this mediciney beer.

Photo of sagefool
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet cherries...everywhere.

This beer tastes almost liqueur-like to me.

Nose is cherries with a hint of prune juice...seriously. Taste is cherries, with a slight bit of sour on the end.

Very little hint of boozy flavor, considering the ABV on this one.

Good, but I prefer Three Philosophers if I want a hint of cherry. Definitely would stand up/pair well with a rich cheese or Black Forest Cake.

Don't drink it without some assertive tastes to oppose it.

Photo of JulioH
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

MEDIUM SOUR.

Very sweet beer, almost like a hard cherry root beer. It has a nice deep ruby red color, a nice carbonation that creates small bubbles and leaves some foam. It will do as a great dessert beer due to the sweetness. I was not able to finish the bottle myself. If I had thought of it as a soda, I may have finished it, but under the stigma of a sweet beer, I had a hard time emptying the bottle.

Photo of yankeepride
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

on draught at the yard house in west nyack, ny. Has a great, deep red color with no real head. From the glass, smells like cherry syrup. No real tart at all, very sweet with a sticky feel left on the roof of my mouth. Would pair well with the right foods, buttoo sweet for a pint

Photo of patre_tim
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Cherry red and filtered on first pour, tons of fine bubbled carbonation and a 4 finger head of raspberry latte or beige with a pinkish tinge.

S: Cherries off the bat, some sour acidic qualities, sour cherry Jolly Ranchers candies. Some dark brown malty qualities.

T: Sweet and cherries, a sort of aspartame bitterness. A burn of alcohol in the throat.

M: Medium thick and syrupy with medium low carbonation. A sort of tart and sweet coating stays on the tongue.

O: Certainly not the best example of this style, it should be known that it is full of cherry in the smell and taste. Goudenband, La Folie, and Monk’s Café’s versions for example are neither cherry nor sweet forward as this is. Still its nice to try the style, and it makes me realize the boundaries of the style extends further than I’d realized. Bought at Bruisin Ales in Asheville.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber of this expecting just a sour cherry ale. Paid 10 bucks.

A - Looks more of an amber ale than cherry juice with a 1/4 inch of deep red hue head that seems to stick around for a while.
S - Like other said it has more of a cherry Popsicle or cherry cough drop like smell (herbal) than just tart cherries. After it sits a while I swear I am smelling cherry kool aid.
T - Actually taste better than it smells the flavor is pretty much on par for the style for me. Sour cherry flavors mixed with puckering Flanders ale aspect and finishes with a rather earthy raw cherry flavor.
M - Best part of the beer it drinks like a fruit beer or lambic but hides the ABV like I can't believe. Such an easy sipping beer.

Overall consider me a fanboy but I can't bash any beer with such great cherry flavor. It doesn't taste artificial to boot so I am not sure why the hate. One of the best fruit based beers I had in a while. If it wasn't for the 10 dollar price tag I would have a bottle in my fridge every week.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev +6.4%

A dark chocolate praline filled with cherry liquor. Bing cherries and caramel. A touch of bitterness in the finish, perhaps from alcohol. Lightly sweet, medium acidity for a sour. Candy like yet not too artificial. Not as authentic as Rodenbach, but has some soul to it and succeeds as a balanced fruity treat.

Photo of Boomer3791
2.31/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

A - I loved the deep red, ruby color of this beer. It is definitely unusual.

S- The aroma is a nose full of cherries, but even that doesn't prepare you for the taste.

T - The first sip is overwhelmingly sweet to the point of almost being overpowering. I did manage to get through an entire glass after sipping it for quite some time, but this beer is just way too sweet to be enjoyable, at least for me. I'd hoped it would mellow but the sweetness lasted until the last drop. Definitely almost a Luden's cough drop flavor to it.

M- It coats the tongue and leaves a slippery, sweet residue. Not pleasant at all.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown bottle - code on label 41347

Petrus Aged Red filled my tulip glass with a deep ruby red color forming a 3/4-finger tan and bubbly head that held extremely well. The nose was dominated by tart and fruity cherry aroma. The taste was a rich tart cherry upfront, then followed by a sweet and slight sour/tart finish that lingered. Low bitterness was evident. Mouth feel was creamy with a zesty carbonation and a light alcohol warming.

If you like the taste of cherries you should enjoy this ale.

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