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Petrus Aged Red - De Brabandere

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Reviews: 108
Hads: 719
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 40.05%
Wants: 24
Gots: 113 | FT: 3
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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 Mlzocco
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a sweet treat. It reminded me of a berry version of Grand Marnier. I think this is better in a size smaller than a pint simply because I wanted to sip and enjoy it for all its flavor. It was a hit for everyone at the table.

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Photo of MickeyTheHead
5/5  rDev +36.2%

This is one of my favorite beers. Very strong sour flavor will give you a taste bud orgasm. A bit on the pricey side, but it's worth it for a occasional celebration.

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Photo of mynie
4.74/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Bier Abbey in Schenectady, NY.

Pours limp and red. Even before the glass is raised I can already smell a very tart, wonderfully smooth cherry aroma that's darn near New Glarus Belgian Red-level of crisp juiciness. Only the cherries here play up against nodes that are much more beerish than the Fruit Roll-Up flavors of NG's brew. The effect is sublime.

Tastes not *quite* as cherryish as it smells, but more varied. Dry up front, moving into gushing, moist cherry nodes and ending in a more traditional oud bruin bitter-tart brownness. Cherries linger far behind. Wonderful.

I got no idea why this isn't more revered.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.56/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

$5.19 for an 11.2oz bottle @ Sicilianos. 8.5% ABV. Pours out to a brilliantly clear deep garnet, forming a large expanding light tan head with superior retention and solid sheets of lacing owing in part to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.5 carbs or so. The nose is immediately vinous, popping with tart red cherries. No real funk to speak of, just some faint dusty basement. The mouthfeel explodes on the tongue, almost like champagne, with a bright cherry acidity that is quite pleasant and a medium body. The taste is exceptional...loads of unadulterated fresh cherry juice, a little dark fruit in the middle, lightly sweet, with a very mild bitterness that is only perceptible in the aftertaste. Slightly earthy finish. This stuff goes down like candy. No perceptible off flavors or aromas. If you're a Brett lover, there is none here. The 8.5% is expertly hidden.

This is a great beer. I can see why it's so expensive because it requires a ton of fruit to make. Goes down way to easy. Liquid candy. I could easily throw 3 of these back no problem. Highly recommended.

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Photo of 71CrazyOtto
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very easy to drink at 8%. I downed all four bottles I bought.
The cherry was not overwhelmingly strong nor to weak which I appreciate.
I notice from some of the reviews here some folk wished it to be sour but if you read the style of beer it can go from sour to not at all and anywhere in between.
This beer was recommended to me by where I buy my beer sometimes after he saw I bought a 4 pack of Petrus's Goulden Tripel. I shall return there to thank him.

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Photo of utfiero
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color- deep cloudy ruby brown. Medium head.

Aroma- sweet floral cherry. Aroma reminds me slightly of old fashioned cherry cough drops my grandfather used to buy.

Taste- Starts with cherries and moves slightly floral then finishes with a complex cherry vanilla note. An excellent sour. Would make a good "transitional" brew for people that don't love sours yet.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

very nice.
dark brown pour, little carbonation, but very nice sweet red cherries aroma.
sweet red cherries flavor, a little tart, with some funky, alkaline after-taste, but very decent overall. a very similar taste to dr. pepper cherry flavored cola.
overall, I like this a lot. drink these all night!

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Photo of KevinA107
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Pour in a 12 oz Goblet

A - Poured very rich dark burnt red color with a 1/4" thick head. Appearance was closer to a Quad than a Red as it is really dark.

S - Bing Cherry, Italian Plum, Allspice, Sour and a little Hop

T - First sample really brings about the sour fruit as well as sweet along with a little spice backed up by those rich Red Ale flavors you expect. More towards a Quad than a true Red Ale.

M - Medium body with a richness you are looking for in a dark beer. The feel is similar to a cough syrup and plays to the richness of the taste.

O - I was wildly surprised by this beer, pleased with the complexity of the layering in flavors and will definitely enjoy this again.

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Photo of barnabasdog
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Draft poured into snifter

A- dark red brown color, single finger head, little retention, no lacing, no visibility

S- sweet brown sugar, cherries, citrus

T- tart cherries, fruit punch, chocolate, coffee, malt

M- refreshing, light body, higher carbonation almost Champaign like, smooth velvet finish

O- very enjoyable cherry ale would definitely drink again.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany liquid with 1/8" tan head.

S: Cherries, cherries and more cherries.

T: Cherries, toffee, grass, and lactic sourness. Quite sweet.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation for the style.

O: This almost seems more like a Flanders Red than an Oud Bruin. But it is enjoyable.

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Photo of tdm168
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark red with tan head. Looks good.

S: Cherries and whipped cream.

T: Cherries, cream brule, big vanilla notes, bit of chocolate, oak wood, vinegar, red wine.

M: Heavier than expected, which is quite pleasing! In fact, the mouth on this one is one of the best parts.

O: A very nice brew. I love sours and this one is on the top of the list for me so far.

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Photo of Mavigo
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this at crunchys at east lansing. Served in a snifter.

A: pours a rich cranberry, cherry color, with a short off white head, with little lacing

S: rich, fruity aroma, cherry, raspberries, lemons, barley, wheat, yeast, whiskey

T: sweet, tart, sour, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, wheat, yeast, malts, barley, very sweet

M: rich body with lower carbonation, excellent balace of sweetness and tartness.

O: man this was great, sweet, tart, not too pricey. i really liked it. try it.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- poured (unfortunately) into a pint glass at melt in Lakewood, deep garnet colored with only a thin ring of beige head.

S- aromas is dominated by lovely floral cherries

T- sweet/tart well balanced cherry flavor with just the slightest touch of balsamic vinegar and cherry menthol cough medicine, in a good way. Faint bitterness but no hop flavor.

MF- feels like 8%. Subdued but persistant carbonation fades in the throat. Coating fruit feeling like eating cherries. Not as acidic as suspected.

D- hey you're not a fruit beer are you! I like you.

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Photo of chinchill
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Yardhouse in Atlanta.
Superb appearance with a large, pinkish, creamy head over a clear ruby. The feel is also excellent, with lively carbonation and a dry finish.
The aroma is dominated by cherries, as is the flavor. Mild wood flavor and a hint of raisins also appear.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red like color with a skim white head and leaves very little lace. The aroma is of cherries. The taste starts out with a sweet cherry flavor and then gives way to a tart okay cherry flavor. The mouth feel is moderately carbonated and sticky. Overall its a very good tasting beer but not very complex. Its an easy drink and one I will have again.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Belgian goblet.

Smells like tart cherries and some herbal notes that remind me of late summer weeds after a rainstorm. Slightly "synthetic" smelling- this could just be acidic notes.

The flavor starts with a smack of sweet cherry, but immediately swaps the singular cherry flavor for a very interesting and unique herbal (almost bitter) quality, which then gives way to more cherry. The label says this is "strikingly intricate", which I don't fully agree with. However, it is more complex and unusual. I figured a brewery with this type of presence in the US would attempt something more mainstream, but this is classically Belgian in that it doesn't quite a category.

Conclusion: I am both surprised and impressed. Not a cherry lambic by any means, but not like any other cherry beer I have had. The Dissident by Deschutes is supposed to be a Flanders Oud Bruin (which I disagree with) but it is nothing like this, as it includes a whole array of barrel and funky notes which this does not have. Overall I like it quite a bit, and wonder if anything else would show up in a good way with some age. Probably the cherry would just fade...

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at busy bee in raleigh. into a tulip.

pours a very dark red with a half inch head. smell is big on tart cherries. very inviting. taste is very cherry dominated as well, though the tart flavor isn't so apparent. good dry finish. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall a good flemish red. can't complain here.

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Photo of Catracho5
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev +9%

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.

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Photo of travolta
4/5  rDev +9%

Appearance: Beautiful deep ruby color. A pink head with foamy form with tiny bubbles. Very good retention, thick slices of lacing. Beautiful to look at.

Nose: Raspberry lambic, cherry fruit.

Taste: Raspberry cranberry mix perfectly with the mildly syrupy texture and sweetness. Cherry in the middle which opens to nice carbonation and a faint lingering mouthfeel.

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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 MrBoz21
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby red. Thin pink-khaki head. Slightly murky.

Cherry pie filling. Raison, oak and plum notes. As it warms, the bouquet really opens up and reveals itself as pretty complex.

Sour Cherry tang with oaky finish.

Mouth is medium, tingly with malty slickness.

Overall: Favorite of the Petrus bunch. Would like a bit more tart, but more substantive than some of the soda-like sours I've had. Will order whenever I see it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

no clue why it took me so long to try this one. i see it around in bottles quite a bit, but finally saw it on tap at asbury provisions on university last night. cool beer, maybe a little sweet for what i like in the style, but a well made product and plenty drinkable for its strength. its deep ruby colored, almost brown in the glass, with a nice inch of just off white lacy head on it. the nose is black cherry and mild vinegar lacto. the cherry is really strong in the flavor, i guess there are some cherries in this, but also a sweet specialty malt and a unique belgian yeast are at work, adding to this fruity complexion. there is a cool softness in the feel before the acidity turns on, and even when it does, there is plenty of cherry sweetness to balance it out. it makes the beer real easy down, and despite the sweet, there is a lightness to this for sure. quite a bit of depth with the fruit and the grain and the yeasts going on, but the fact that its aged means little in terms of flavor here. the beer tastes fresh to me, no wood or musk or oxidization here at all, not sure what they do with it then. overall a tasty beer, too sweet to have more than one, but a beer that i really enjoyed.

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Petrus Aged Red from De Brabandere
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