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Petrus Aged Red - De Brabandere

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 706
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 15.53%
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 LeeryLeprechaun
2.64/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

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Photo of itsscience
2.84/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Boomer3791
2.31/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
2.43/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

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Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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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 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 MCImes
2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

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Photo of charlzm
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Scrapss
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
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.


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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
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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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 jivex5k
1.7/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

My god....
How can the same brewery who makes their Pale sour so good make this travesty of a beer?
I had one last night...I was expecting nothing but a good beer, man was I surprised.
It looked great, a nice rosy hue to it, good head, all in all a fine looking brew...but the joy stops there.
The aroma of cough syrup wafted up in to my nostrils. Alarmed, I quickly set the glass down, had some water, and tried again....Robotussin 100%...Ah...crap...
So I tried it anyways, but the nose did not lie. This was like drinking carbonated Robotussin...my god..simply one of the worst beers I've had.
It's funny though, because their aged pale is so good.
Do yourself a favor and get a Lindemens Goudenband (spelling?) instead of this mediciney beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of tectactoe
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the Petrus Oud Bruin that's been aged on cherries - what could go wrong? The pour is a deep crimson color - blood red and ruby with a cherry cola tinted head that fizzes quick and rests easily as a few millimeter thick film on top of the dusk brew. Good translucency considering the relatively dark hue, as the edges beam like a ruby ring.

Sweet and candied cherries overload the aroma, very sugary and bright, almost in a sweet, fruit juice kind of way. Tartness can only be perceived with the deepest of inhales, and even then, it's barely enough to even tickle your saliva glands. Those hoping for a super sour beer can turn around right now - the aroma is already telling me that this is gonna be primarily sweet, with tartness as a mere afterthought.

The aroma does have a nice dry oak character that's persistent throughout the profile. Overall, this beer reminds me of the Lindeman's Kriek lambic, only with slightly less funk and perhaps a little more oak. Believable, since the Lindeman's Kriek has barely any oak, and this beer has barely any funk. The residual sweetness is common to both of the cherry brews.

As expected, the flavor is popping with sweet cherries (a little inuendo for you pervs out there), although I'm surprised to find that there's also a nice vinous meter that I wasn't picking up on in the aroma. Some heavy oak, musky dryness, and a touch of astringent grape skins. I still don't get any real tartness, also some may confuse the lightly astringent tannin as a pseudo-tartness.

Sweet it is, though, full of syrupy cherry and overly sweet cherry juice - think something along the lines of the cherry-flavored syrupy used for snow-cones and Slurpees. There's a finishing touch of dying cherries and very faint oaky vanilla. I would have liked some more sustainability from the oak, but nothing can stand up to the intensity of those cherries. Thin-medium bodied, almost creamy with middle of the road carbonation.

Not a bad brew, per se, but really not what most people will be looking for. You probably expect a highly oaky, dry, and tart beer with sour cherries and tons of vinous grape. Not exactly the case here. This is more of a sweet, cherry fruit beer. In that regard, it can be enjoyed more thoroughly. Looking at it that way, I much prefer this to, say, Founder's Cerise. As far as Oud Bruins go, though, it's not as hot. Still a decent thing to try for the cherry lovers out there.

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

It really is red, but it's very dark and needs to be held up to light for its deep burgundy body to really show it. The head it forms is sparsely bubbled and gets to a finger's height before fading. What's left is a good cling to the edges with a few wispy islands. It manages some surprisingly sticky and prevalent lace considering.
I get cherry syrup on the nose with a lightly sour edge. Going deeper does reveal some cherry cnady, though. It's fortunate that the tartness is there or there would definitely be too much artificiality, but itdoesn't delve too far. There's a touch of earth and wood as well.
While both sweet and tart, the flavor does bring some cough syrup into the finish. There's also some unexpected spiciness. The spicy and tart elements are what carry through.
The body is very much on the light edge of medium but reaching. Carbonation is light and crispness adds bite. It does go a touch flat, though, at which point it relies too heavily on carbonation.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

deep red, hint of pink. maintains a ring of foam, a smidge of lacing along the top. smell reminds me of my mom's cherry pie, not really mediciny as i'd read - only reason i took the time to write a review - taste is tart sweet cherries, not much else. a minor booziness highlights the cough syrup qualities, would be nice to taste some malt in there. interesting. glad i tried it, but prob won't check it out any more.

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Photo of Jonada
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep dark ruby red color with 2 fingers of a light tan head. Body is clear with moderate visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: Sweet cherries, slightly medicinal, some very light hints of oak and vanilla.

Taste: As in the aroma the cherries dominate the palate, but other than that there's not a whole lot else going on. It's tart and sweet at the front of the tongue and carries through to the finish. Booze is noticeable and when combined with the cherries produces a somewhat unpleasant medicinal taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slight. Carbonation is medium.

Overall: It's a great looking beer, but other than that I wasn't much of a fan. The cherry flavors are pleasant, but there's also some medicinal notes that accompany it and make it feel a little bit like drinking a cherry cough drop.

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Photo of MarioM
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark mohogani red with a light tan almost slightly redish head made of small to medium bubbles.

S: Very sweet and fruity aroma, very cherry jelly rancher like but also slightly cough syrup medicinal in a way. Very artificial and clearly sweetened smell that should me belong in a beer. Not bad just doesn't seem right.

T: A lot of dark cherry fruitiness with lost of residual sweetness. The typical pasteurized and sweetened flavor attributed to sweetened sours.

M: Sweetness lingers along with the fruitiness. A thin film is left behind letting you know ugly our beer was sweetened with unfermentable sugars.

O: Not a bad beer but for the price I would have gotten something more true to style, or in other words, I would not have bought this if I knew it was sweetened. Doesn't say it on the bottle but its obvious while drinking.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a reddish brown color with a very thin head of carbonation. The aroma is sweet with cherries and hints of oak. The taste is rather interest as it’s not quite a sour ale and not quite a lambic either. Taste fairly good with a touch of carbonation. Still kind of a desert beer though. Not bad, I would recommend trying it.

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Photo of spoony
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-An aggressive pour produces about one finger of short-lived brown head. The brew is deep red, almost purple, with brown overtones. I cannot see any carbonation through the dark liquid.

S-This is a sweet mutha...lots of sweet, black, cherry flavor, as well as a medicinal/herbal/leafy note that is reminiscent of cough syrup.

T-The taste tracks the smell with cherry cough syrup sweetness and a touch of leafy, green, vegetal flavors being most prominent. I also get a hint of cola. The alcohol is buried beneath the syrupy sweetness and I did not notice it on my palate. Interestingly, the acidity is mild on the palate, but I notice it in my stomach.

M-The feel is syrupy and slightly heavy for the style with lower amounts of carbonation.

O-I have a hard time calling this brew an oud bruin because it drinks more like a high-powered kriek. The flavors are quite sweet and cherry-forward and once you get over the massive sweetness, there is a little bit of enjoyment to be had. This beer might work for dessert, but unless you want sweetness, be wary. Side note, I feel like this brew is very comparable to Delirium Red.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: A fine looking beer that pours a deep red with highlights of copper. The head is tan and pink with rocky bubbles and average retention.

S: A strong fruity aroma of tart red cherries and red currents. There is a light oak aroma bringing a little vanilla.

T: Fruit also dominates the flavor with strong tart cherry and red current flavors blending with a medium sweetness. Between the fruit and the light sourness there is a decent tartness with balance being moderately sweet despite all the sugar. There are some moderate spicy phenols and a little bit of oak coming through. There is a slight hops bitterness but it's the fruit and the fermentation doing the bulk of the work to keep it from being cloying. The finish is medium sweet with a cherry aftertaste.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation. A light alcohol warmth noticeable.

O: This beer focus on fruit, sweet-tart and light spice. If you don't like sweet beer you might want to avoid this one, I think it has a decent sweet-tart balance but the sugar is winning here

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Petrus Aged Red from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.