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Petrus Aged Red - De Brabandere

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 707
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 40.33%
Wants: 23
Gots: 106 | 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 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 MisterGone
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%

The chaliced beer arrived a dark mahogany color with a thin layer of bubbles exuding fumes of soured fruits. Difficult to identify any particulars. Strong sour notes on the palate, however it was void of complexity and balance. Drinkable, OK I suppose, but could use a little TLC.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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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 Treyliff
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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

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Photo of sagefool
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Looks nice, poured a clear but deep ruby red with big, dense pink-tinged head, lots of lace on the glass. Smell: tons of cherry, mildly tart, brown sugar sweetness. Taste: cherry, peaches in brown sugar, mild herbal and oak notes. Seems like a Kriek to me, not much else going on.

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Photo of KarlosT
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cherry flavored beer, with a complex chocolate after taste. NOt really my cup of tea.

My wife really likes this beer, and would have rated it a 4.5. She liked it so much that we want the the liquor store and bought both the beer and the "glass" ware that went with this beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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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 Radome
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - Medium brown with a serious red tint to the color. Beer is fairly opaque, but very clear when held up to light. Head is off-white; initially thick and fades to faint wisps with a ring around the glass. Good lacing.

S - Strong, sweet candied cherry or cough syrup aroma drowns out everything else, yet somehow it still smells tempting.

T - Flavors hit with a big burst of candied cherry. Light nutty malt in the background. No hops or obvious yeast notes. Sweet throughout. Very clean, but not a lot of depth of flavors.

M - Medium body. Smooth, creamy carbonation. Light bitterness. A little alcohol burn helps keep it from being cloyingly sweet. Excellent.

O - Based on the overpowering aroma and flavor from the cherries, I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did. The parts come together very well. Worth trying, for sure.

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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 JulioH
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


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.

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Photo of gr0g
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color with red highlights, capped with a good amount of sand-colored foam. Retention are lacing are quite good. Cherry is prevalent on the nose but not overpowering. More of a sweet cherry-soda aroma. Otherwise, there's not much else going on, save for some musty, earthy notes and some bread crust. It's by no means offensive, but the aroma isn't anything special.

Things are more interesting on the palate. Cherry flavor is present but fairly well restrained. Rich, earthy maltiness is apparent initially, classic brown ale in character but no roast flavors. Then there's some light underlying tartness that livens things up a bit. More sweet than tart overall. The finish is dry and musty, a bit bland and uneventful. Mouthfeel earns this beer extra credit as the texture is exceedingly soft and smooth while being nicely carbonated.

While the nose hinted at an overly sweet fruit-forward beer, the flavor proved to be quite interesting. A good cherry Flemish ale that's enjoyable, if not earth-shattering.

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

750mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy mahogany w/ a 1-finger head that settles to a layer of khaki foam and a soft collar.

Aroma is sweet and oaky, mildly tart.

Taste is almost candy sweet, tempered by a mild oaky sour quality. Really has a "red" taste, like a cherry lollipop or tropical fruit punch. But that first impression gives way through the sip to the drier, more oaky quality on the finish.

Mouthfeel is balanced and crisp, light to medium body. Lively carbonation.

Overall a surprisingly different take on a Flanders oud bruin. Not my favorite, but I enjoyed trying it.

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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 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 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 PaulyB83
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in a tulip glass at Ashley's in Ann Arbor.

A- A deep ruby red/brown with a very light pink head what had good retention. Looks to of a medium body.

S- Mostly cherry cough syrup and some funky sourness with a slight vinegar quality.

T- Again mostly cherry but of a artificial taste. Also the light sourness and vinegar from the nose is there.

M- Good carbonation, medium to heavy body, brought on by the thick cherry syrup like sweetness.

O- This beer was okay but the fruit quality is too sweet and too artificial for me to want it again.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours reddish brown with a red-tinged splashy head with some light lace.

Big bruised fruit aroma. Brown, seen better days cherries, damp wood.

Moderately tart fruit. Cherry cherry cherry. Vanilla and wood, some husk and bread crust, and a little yeast. Some alcohol at the end, but well-hidden. A bit too sweet for me.

Mouth coating, and ok carbonation.

A miss here. Not enough balance, and the complexities clash. Fruit overkill. Drinkable, but hard to return to.

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Petrus Aged Red from De Brabandere
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