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Petrus Aged Red - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
85
very good

586 Ratings
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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 13
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sludgeman on 03-01-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark red with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is very cherry forward with cherry cola, cherry syrup, and dark cherry aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and medicinal cherry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice cherry smell but the flavors are just a bit too much like cough medicine in my opinion.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Incredibly complex, highly distinct and full of flavor, Petrus Aged Red borrows what's best about the sour cherry ales of the Flemish regions.

Looking like Bruin, the ale pours a tawny brown color with crimson low lights. Its diffused haze speaks to its unfiltered character to prefer full flavor. A zesty but short statured head settles on the ale with a smooth sheet across the glass before finally succumbing to its acidity midway through the session.

Sharp aromas strike the olfactory with sharp acidic notes of sour cherries, dry cider, sour cherries and light balsamic. But the scent is complemented with stern malt contributions that start toasty and with a hint of burnt sugar and tobacco. Its a moderately musty tone of aged wood and light alcohol that bring all the aromas together.

And to taste, its fruity sweetness attaches to the tongue much like hard candies and tart apple cider. Its acidic sweetness is buffered with the toast, light chocolate and candied malt taste. Somewhat of chocolate covered cherries, its savory notes bridge into balsamic vinaigrette, zinfindale and dried limes. Certainly tart and earthy- even a hint of wine-soaked oak remain on the tongue post-finish.

Medium bodied for sour, the balance of the beer comes from residual sweetness to complement the sourness. But its that left-over malt that causes the beer to feel candyish on the mouth and a little less refreshing, dry or drinkable than more tart versions. Finishing dry, tart and modestly astringent- there's a puckering bite that supplants hops and makes this ale finish more wine-like than beer-like.

Its the dark maltiness and earthen qualities that makes the beer an similar to Oude Bruin. But its sour cherry character speaks Flanders Red Ale. The culmination causes it to become either a well balanced Red or a more sour Brown.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
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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3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Ricky for sharing this monstrosity.

Nice creamy almost 1 finger head fades slowly, clear cranberry mahogany color.

Nose tons if cherry, candied maraschino cherry, cherry cough syrup, lots of sweet candy aromas, light acetic acid vinegar, brown sugar.

Taste same, candy galore, cherry cough syrup, maraschino cherry, syrupy candy, Brown sugar, light candy sugar, toffee, etc. Quite sweet light acetic acid. Finish is long sweet candy sugar and cherry galore. Booze is hidden well behind the mound of sugar.

Mouth is med bod, sticky and syrupy, lighter but decent carb.

Overall interesting, cherry is good but way too sweet.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with a garnet hue. Light does pass. Small head that settles to rim bubbles but it does leave some beige lace streaks.

Strong cherry nose, almost as if it were blended with a kriek.

Dark malt start (without any toasted or chocolate note) and an overpowering fruit punch flavor--a bit artificial. Leans to the rich side with light carbonation. In a word. Sweet. Probably good with cheese.

Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

"Petrus Aged Red" title confirmed. 8.5% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with attractive artful red label and foiled-over hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork served into a slender Belgian multibrewery-branded tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and style.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger wide head of health khaki-red colour. Good thickness and creaminess. Excellent (8+ minute) retention. Light even lacing as the head slowly recedes; it's not a sticky head by any means. No "legs" here.

Body colour is a dark rich amber-red with ruby and sanguine hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nontransparent. Quasi-translucent in that it's glowing.

Overall, it's looking good for the style.

Sm: Lovely tart cherry fruit and accompanying light esters. Dark cherry. Biscuit malt. Clean sourness; I suspect only lactobacillus yeast (no brettanomyces or lambic yeast per se). Lightly acetic, with some cherry pie crust notes - though not as prominently featured as in a beer like Rodenbach. A biteen bready. A biteen toasty, with some very subtle oak. The label on the bottle calls it "strikingly intricate"; so far that seems to be the case. A very inviting, pleasant aroma of moderate strength. Definitely evokes a refined subtlety I haven't experienced in awhile. Really hoping the flavour delivers on the promises of the aroma.

No alcohol is noticeable and I don't detect much in terms of a hop profile.

T: Acetic dark pie crust. Dark tart cherries. Some bready and toasty character. A bit leathery (as much as I try to avoid usage of that descriptor). Constructively, the sweetness/bitterness balance is awkward, featuring both unwelcome syrupy character and a strange bitterness on the climax. Hmph. The tart fruit is nice. Finishes with a medicinal character lightly redolent of cough syrup. Not as complex as I'd hoped for, but adequate. Imbalanced and strangely built. I could definitely see where the medicinal quality would ruin this for other drinkers, but I'm able to tolerate it. Sourness is fairly timid, and I suspect mainly lacto - certainly no lambic or brett yeast. I really want more oak from it; that's a missed opportunity. Feels candied; as it warms the sweetness becomes fairly bothersome.

No alcohol or hop character comes through. Average depth, intensity, and duration of flavour for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Leathery (...). Good carbonation; bottle conditioning did this one well. Good thickness and body. Decent presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile pretty well, but doesn't quite feel custom-tailored to it. Unrefreshing.

Dr: A drinkable enjoyable beer in the style, but its flaws (medicinal cough-syrup character, lack of balance, and wanting complexity) do bring it down. I like the price point; I just wish the beer were better. I won't get this again, but I'm not regretting the purchase. This will be a divisive sour largely due to the medicinal character. Worth a try to see if you mind it or not. It straddles the line between Flanders Red and Oud Bruin, but its failure to commit to one of the two is ultimately to its detriment. I wouldn't recommend this to friends. An interesting experiment from Bavik.

C+

Age (3-5 years) might really help this one. I'd like to find out, but I'm not willing to pick one up and hold it to find out.

Best served cold; it actually gets worse as it warms.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours red with a medium white head, light lace, solid head retention.

S: Heavy cherry syrup, almost like a Luden's cough drop or a Life Saver. Artificial smelling, but not too off-putting.

T: Gets more traditional in the flavour, but still fairly sweet. Dominated by sweet cherry, with light hints of oak and sweet and sour sauce.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, flabby at times, round in the mouth. Very light acid.

O: An OK Flanders Red, but at this price point, I'd much rather go with Rodenbach Red. The Aged Pale is much better and traditional.

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

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, 41347 bottle code. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tart cherry, black cherry, cherry skin, brown sugar, oak, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with big authentic cherry presence; and good strength. Taste of big tart cherry, black cherry, cherry skin, oak, clove, pepper, brown sugar, toast, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart/black cherry, cherry skin, oak, pepper, clove, brown sugar, toast, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of cherry flavors with moderate malt/oak/yeast flavor balance; with a good tartness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and moderately syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian fruit beer. Plenty of great authentic cherry flavor with moderate malt/oak/yeast balance; and extremely smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of afsdan
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Petrus Aged Red

LOOK: Pours a dark cherry red, light pinkish head.

SMELL: Cherry juice. Cherry pie filling.

TASTE: Cherry juice, sweet malt flavor, cranberry, and an ever so slight tartness. This is almost like fruit juice. The cherries and malt prove to be a 1-2 punch of cloying sweetness. Could use some more sourness from the blend to set things off here.

FEEL: Smooth and lightly carbonated. Medium bodied feel, a touch of warming booze. Drinks easily given the strength. This is more of a fruit beer or malternative than a Flanders red.

OVERALL: A very mainstream, middle of the road offering in the Petrus line here. Its OK fruit beer, nothing special or something I'd look for again.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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Petrus Aged Red from De Brabandere
85 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.