Petrus Aged Red - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 21
Gots: 94 | FT: 2
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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 Radome
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of mynie
4.74/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

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 gr0g
3.91/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Mitchster
4.56/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of draheim
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of utfiero
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of MrBoz21
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of PaulyB83
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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 OtherShoe2
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
2.64/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Beer pours a wonderful ruby red brown color. Red highlights around the bottom make the beer really nice to behold. Off white and sticky head.

Aroma is of tart cherries, but it comes across as medicinal, sort of like cough syrup. Some malt aromas.

The taste is of cherries, but it is also very medicinal with a very nasty aftertaste. Almost too much to take.

Mouthfeel is okay.

Overall - not great. The aroma and taste are just unbearable. The medicinal taste and aroma really ruin the beautiful looking beer.

Photo of itsscience
2.84/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Served from tap in a beer flute

Maybe it was the way my bartender poured the beer, but it was presented to me with no head, no lacing. The color was a hazy amber brown with ruby red shining through in the light. The nose did not have much to it: a faint vinous quality and the smell of cherry Kool-Aid, but I could smell the alcohol, so it was all too reminiscent of a Four Loko. It tasted like a red wine with Kool-Aid overtones along with a faint wood characteristic. The finish brought a moderate sour yeast taste. Mouthfeel was watery with medium carbonation. I didn't enjoy this one very much and I definitely won't seek it out again.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small Belgian tulip glass. This is one I've always been curious about, but could never bring myself to pull the trigger on a bottle, so I'm glad they tapped it.

Appearance - A wholly unique looking beer, with a deep ruby or garnet red body that is translucent. However, it's such a dark red that you have to hold it up to light to see through, even though there is no murk or haze to it. Atop the body sits a foamy off-pink head about a finger and a half thick. Starts to dissipate pretty quickly, leaving sheets of microbubble lacing on the sides as it does. Eventually comes to rest with a thick film (as thick as films go) across the surface, with some "drifting" of bubbles around the edge of the glass, like snow against a fence.

Smell - All cherry all the time--maraschino, cough syrup, bing, and even hints of sour cherries, but the nose is predominantly the sweeter side of the fruit. There is, thankfully, some acidic counterpoint, but the sweet is definitely the dominant characteristic. Some musty funk, like tree bark that has been slathered in cherry syrup.

Taste - Man, those cherries just don't quit. More cherry on cherry action, with the initial impressions of cough syrup and maraschino cherries being again emphasized. Here, the must and acidity are a little more pronounced, but then again, so is the sweetness. The entire taste is like the smell turned up to 11. Easy drinking, especially for an 8.5% beer, but it makes me think too much of those flavored malt liquors like Smirnoff Ice, even though it is definitely less sweet and more acidic than those, by far. There is a faint tart/sour component, but it's overwhelmed by the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Prickly (in a pleasant way) mouthfeel, with medium body and light-to-moderate carbonation, but there is also a viscosity to it, like the beer had syrup added to give it some body. A little strange, but not necessarily bad.

Overall, a beer I'm not likely to order again, and while one might be tempted to recommend it as an entry-level sour beer, I don't think you get enough tartness to really acclimate a new drinker to the sour flavor profiles. I would certainly recommend it for someone who was trying to transition from mixed drinks to beer, but I think there are much better takes on the Flanders Oud Bruin style. It's times like this that I love being able to try a beer on tap instead of shelling out the full bottle price.

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 1sophrosyne1
2.43/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Consumed on draft over 10 minutes.

Pours a dense ruby red with a thin head of bubbles that linger only in a ring on the glass. The color is its greatest asset

Smells of the cherry that defines it, along with mild leathery notes and bright tart acids.

The taste is unfortunate, despite the tempting preview. It's much too sweet, and coupled with the texture, truly calls up a memory of Robitussin DM. There's some spice in the aftertaste, but it won't cut the medicine.

There's a bit of bright carbonation, but not sufficient to cut the cough syrup.

This creature is one-dimensional, and very short on the qualities that balance out a beer.

Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft, served in a small snifter glass.
Poured a clear, dark mahogany red with a foamy tan head. Foam settles to a thin film, but does leave a nice lace coating on the glass.
Smell has lots of cherry, almost like a dark, sour cherry.
Taste has more of the same sour cherry flavor. There is a small amount of bitterness at the end. Slightly mettalic, medicinal finish.
This beer has a low level of carbonation, smooth.

Photo of KevinA107
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of pkalix
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
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!

Photo of MCImes
2.6/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I like Petrus in general. I really like their pale ale. I was hoping for a good Kriek like beer, but I was very disappointed by this one. The cherry flavor is just bad IMO. Its overly sweet with little sourness to balance it out. I tried to drink the bottle as I hate wasting beer, but I ended up drain pouring half the bottle. Its like Henry Weinhards cherry soda except worse. The cherry flavor in HW's soda is better IMO. It looks nice and smells good though.

Anyways if you like sweet, not sour fruit beers this is the one for you.

Photo of charlzm
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed September 10th, 2013 at Blue Dog Beer Tavern, Sherman Oaks, CA.

Beer is presented in a Chimay chalice. Beer is a clear, deep amber, bordering on brown. Very smooth, dense, nitro-looking head that provides excellent lace to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is cherries. Tart cherries.

Flavor follows nose, with the addition of bitterness and a wood character. Cherry is full, rich and rounded, balanced between sweet and tart. Not very bitter on the finish, oddly. There must be some sort of nice malt base to prevent the beer form just tasting like nothing but fruit, but I couldn't isolate anything.

Refreshing, despite its ABV.

Medium-bodied with low but acceptable levels of carbonation.

In the face of the potential for making a cough syrup beer, the brewers in this case have pulled off a successful blending of a fruit beer and an oud bruin. The cherry flavor could probably stand to be a little more restrained, but I'm not complaining.

Photo of Scrapss
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Petrus Red in the bomber, poured into a Stella Artois chalice.

A: Deep ruby red. Thin bubbly disk that hangs thru whole glass. nice looking and it will make you want to drink it.

S: slight sour milk funk, some tart cherries, black cherries, light scent of musky dark chocolate. old leather books.

T: acidic lactose, tart cherries, a little hint of boozieness, buried in the background I taste cinnamon spicy candies. slight yeast/bread hints.

M: Thin. nice carbonation. a bit of an lingering coated feeling. Ultimate finish is slight booze heat/warming. Slightly sour outbreath with cough syrup vapors.

O: I like it, even if it's not a Flanders Red and/or Oude outright. Really reminds me of what Adult Cherry Coke would be. I wouldn't recommend it as a first venture into new styles, but a nice segue into these styles from an intermediate saison drinker.

Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  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.

Petrus Aged Red from De Brabandere
85 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.