Petrus Aged Red - De Brabandere
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3.45/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
05-24-2014 17:45:47 | More by smcolw
4.41/5 rDev +17.9%
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.
05-07-2014 22:09:04 | More by NeroFiddled
Petrus Aged Red from De Brabandere
84 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.