Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...
Dismiss Notice
Join The Buzz! Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest BeerAdvocate updates delivered to your inbox.

Petrus Aged Red - De Brabandere

Not Rated.
Petrus Aged RedPetrus Aged Red

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

103 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 103
Hads: 697
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 22
Gots: 101 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sludgeman on 03-01-2013

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (33) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 103 | Hads: 697
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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. (1,204 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
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... (1,176 characters)

Photo of jooler
2.82/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell is good but it also does smell like NyQuil. Taste is sort of like NyQuil. But there is noticeable tart. I don't know how I feel about this. This definitely ruined my taste buds for the night. (197 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opens with a loud pop. Pours an effervescent crimson/chestnut with a pinky of sand colored head. Stays effervescent through out, average head retention, slightly better lacing

S: Dark fruittyness, some cherry. Cherry picks up as it warms

T: Faint tartness, plenty of sweet cherry up front, dryness too. More cherry as this warms, restrained sourness, some oakyness & vanilla too. Finishes with cherry, a little dryness & sourness

MF: Medium body, delicate carbonation, a slight enamel sucking quality comes through as this warms

This is a very gentle introduction to the style, drinks easy (604 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.16/5  rDev +14%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-06-22 in Reno, NV from a 350 ml bottle.

A remarkable amount of cherry aroma. Lightly sour. Oak. Rich. A dessert beer without being overly sweet. . (165 characters)

Photo of -Rick
3.32/5  rDev -9%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of dd43
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very cloudy, burgundy in color with a nice finger of head. It receded quickly but can be reinvigorated with a few robust swirls of the glass.

An aroma strongly reminiscent of cherry cola, with not quite that level of sweetness in the flavor (thankfully). Tart notes are subdued, present but certainly not overwhelming. Very easy to drink, this is something to offer to people who say they don't drink beer because it's too "beery". It is mild by sour beer standards, which is another reason for people to give it a shot. (527 characters)

Photo of Mlzocco
5/5  rDev +37%
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. (232 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The pour is a deeply dark garnet red. Smallish head of foam over achieves with the lacing.

The aromas of mostly sweet but some sour cherries is all I get smell wise but that's what this beer is all aboot.

The taste is closer to a 60-40 mix of sweet and sour. Hints of some oaky notes in the finish.

Nice mouthfeel and very drinkable for the one bottle.
I'm very happy that I bought the Petrus sour pack. (410 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (2,519 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
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. (179 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark red, short lasting one finger head, spotty lace.
S - plums, molasses
T - cherries, plums, molasses, tart, hint vinegar, lots of malt
M - light, fizzy, warming from alcohol
O - well priced sour, easy drinking for a palate used to intense sours. Nice. (258 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (934 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of bushbeer75
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of Tilly
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of RDAdams
1.56/5  rDev -57.3%
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 (568 characters)

Photo of MickeyTheHead
5/5  rDev +37%

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. (167 characters)

Photo of stevoj
3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Cherries at the forefront, a cross between a kriek and a sour. Pours out a deep ruby brown with minimal tightly beaded head. Aroma of cough medicine, taste a bit smoother with some elements of chocolate. Cherry tootsie pop, as mentioned by an earlier rater. Pure sour finish. (275 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Nice cherry flavor and aroma which is not overpowering. Mostly sweet character with a mild tartness. Robitussin-like flavor in the finish is slightly off set. Harsh carbonation when first opened. I recorked the bottle and drank the rest the next day and the carbonation was perfect. (282 characters)

Photo of travolta
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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. (370 characters)

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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. (310 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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. (337 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: Pours with a finger of light red head. Bright active carbonation continued to regenerate the head. The color is dark maroon. Very pretty beer.

Smell: Cherries and purple grapes bring mild tartness and massive sweetness. The front reminds me of Juicy Fruit juice I used to drink as a kid. Mild oak and cedar chips move their head through the sweetness. Some mossy and vegetal notes are very subtle on the finish.

Taste: The sweetness leads on the aroma and follows suit here, except it is not as well received. Cherries lead on the front and the oak gives the fruit profile a shade of darkness. Jam sweetness follows and continues to come in waves onto the finish. Tartness feels like it is going to come on then fades. Finish is lingering oaked cherries.

Mouthfeel: For how sweet it is the palate doesn't get overwhelmed. Oak textures help on that front and also providing some welcome dryness long after drinking.

Overall: Not really what I was expecting, but still very solid. I think I changed my mind on this beer with every waft and sip. Certainly only an every once in a while beer, but something that keeps the palate on its toes. (1,172 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Petrus Aged Red from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.