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Petrus Aged Red - De Brabandere

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 690
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 23
Gots: 99 | 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 NODAK
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells a lot like cherries. A lot. Ever had Juicy Juice cherry juice?? Like that. Cherry syrup.

Pours a feel dark ruby red with really no head that I can speak of.

Taste starts out initially quite sweet and is met with a good tart cherry note with some dryness, as if it has been aged (which it is). I won't say that it is extremely complex or even that interesting but it's pretty drinkable. Seems to draw a line between a sweet fruit beer and the beginnings of a Flanders red sour. More on the sweet, probably. (516 characters)

Photo of yankeepride
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

on draught at the yard house in west nyack, ny. Has a great, deep red color with no real head. From the glass, smells like cherry syrup. No real tart at all, very sweet with a sticky feel left on the roof of my mouth. Would pair well with the right foods, buttoo sweet for a pint (279 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- poured (unfortunately) into a pint glass at melt in Lakewood, deep garnet colored with only a thin ring of beige head.

S- aromas is dominated by lovely floral cherries

T- sweet/tart well balanced cherry flavor with just the slightest touch of balsamic vinegar and cherry menthol cough medicine, in a good way. Faint bitterness but no hop flavor.

MF- feels like 8%. Subdued but persistant carbonation fades in the throat. Coating fruit feeling like eating cherries. Not as acidic as suspected.

D- hey you're not a fruit beer are you! I like you. (554 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Petrus glass on 5/20/13

Deep ruby color with a hint of rustic brown and a one finger dirty rose colored head to top it off. The foam thins quickly and leaves some stringy lace.

The aroma is sweet and heavy like cherry concentrate with suggestions of other red fruits along the lines of cranberry and maybe pomegranate. It smells deeply sugary and in doing so essentially makes the aromas of the base beer indistinguishable.

A short-lived tartness takes hold with the first sip but the prominent cherry flavor soon turns to semi-sweetness (thankfully not so sugary as the aroma seems). The cherry is tempered by a fruit cake, nutty and earthy backing that dries out the sugars. A faint hint of alcohol creeps in every so often.

The sugar continues to translate in the feel acting as a thick glue between the medium body and patient carbonation.

The aroma had me nervous but this turned out well enough in the end. I'm glad I opted for the small bottle though. (977 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Very dark red, nearly opaque with a small off-white to light tan head. A few bubbles of carbonation floating up the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet and tart cherries, candied cherries, vanilla oak, and what strikes me as some raspberries as well.

T: Sweet/tart cherries, some oak tannins. It seems too sweet and not tart enough, but I don't think the sweetness becomes cloying. Mild tartness on the exhale, with some alcohol heat.

M: Alcohol presence quite noticeable but not boozy. Sticky mouthfeel, medium body, and a reasonable amount of carbonation.

O: It's not bad, but I had really hoped for more. The sour and tart character I expected was mostly lacking. I'm wondering now if this should have been cellared for a period of time - but I don't expect that I'll be trying it out. (863 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red like color with a skim white head and leaves very little lace. The aroma is of cherries. The taste starts out with a sweet cherry flavor and then gives way to a tart okay cherry flavor. The mouth feel is moderately carbonated and sticky. Overall its a very good tasting beer but not very complex. Its an easy drink and one I will have again. (363 characters)

Photo of 71CrazyOtto
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very easy to drink at 8%. I downed all four bottles I bought.
The cherry was not overwhelmingly strong nor to weak which I appreciate.
I notice from some of the reviews here some folk wished it to be sour but if you read the style of beer it can go from sour to not at all and anywhere in between.
This beer was recommended to me by where I buy my beer sometimes after he saw I bought a 4 pack of Petrus's Goulden Tripel. I shall return there to thank him. (456 characters)

Photo of nbaeteer
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: deep, dark red velvet cake look topped off with a thin but long lasting pinkish head.

Aroma: cherry throat lozenges. surprisingly obvious "cherry" smell

Taste: candy sour cherry but somehow not the kind of sour I wanted.

Mouthfeel: The most enjoyable aspect of this beer. Nice, smooth carbonation.

Overall: Really leaves an impression so points for that but also somewhat dissapointing. Not what I expected from Petrus. An 11oz. bottle seemed like too much. Would drink it again in a smaller portion. Possibly with a dessert/cheeses or by itself after dinner. Could also be interesting mixed with a wheat beer or stout. (635 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany liquid with 1/8" tan head.

S: Cherries, cherries and more cherries.

T: Cherries, toffee, grass, and lactic sourness. Quite sweet.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation for the style.

O: This almost seems more like a Flanders Red than an Oud Bruin. But it is enjoyable. (300 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is deep red with nice clarity and splotchy head. Nose is full of candied cherry with mild tart notes throughout. The fruit definitely tames the sour of the base and adds a great deal of sweetness. Taste is sweet up front and still sweet at the end with a slight tartness. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, the fruit is too artificial and sweet for my liking. It makes an otherwise delicious beer run of the mill. (438 characters)

Photo of shand
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Petrus Aged Red is a really strange beer to add to the Petrus line up. It's a good beer for sure. Not great, but certainly tasty. The problem is that it is not sour at all. Petrus Aged Red is a sweet, cherry forward beer. There's almost no hint of tartness at all in there. I enjoyed it, but couldn't help but think about how much better it would be if it were just a little tart as I drank it. (394 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a deep burgundy. The head sticks around a little. Looks good for the style.

Cherry syrup, red grape, maltiness, light raisin, and a hint of vanilla. Not really picking up much of any barrel, so it may have sat in steel. Overpowering sweet black cherry. Slight strawberry, but artificially so.

Tart cherry, slightly medicinal. Particularly malty and rich for the style. Notes of prune, red grape, and raisin. There are flavors of toffee and vanilla, but it's really driven by the black cherry. Not a hell of a lot of complexity, and it's too sweet to let any sourness come through, but it's tasty and very very cherry.

Drinks with a slurp. Weighted medium body. Lower carbonation. I enjoy sipping it.

A decent kriek. An okay oud bruin. I wanted to judge the cherry character, but it's somewhat legit. A little too sweet, but the maltiness is nice. (861 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (911 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Ridgewood Wine and Beer Co.

A - dark amberish red with a thin pink, white head that has decent retention

S - cherry syrup, sugar, some medicine

T - tart, cherries, faintly lactic, mild malt character, sweet

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This was a really nice beer. The cherries were intense and tart and added a great compliment to this sour ale. I was really impressed. This is definitely worth a try. (431 characters)

Photo of oN3xM
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A nice, dark, deep ruby red with a decent foamy head.

S - Tons of sweet, creamy vanilla, cherry aroma. A little bit of a medicinal cough-drop smell, but definitely in a good way. A really good smell if you're into sweet beers.

T - Very sweet. The creamy cherry flavor is very dominant, but on the backend you get those slight bitter tart notes.

M - Very high carbonation on the tongue. Pretty smooth mouthfeel. Very nice.

O - A great beer for tasting and sharing, but I'm not sure I'd purchase for a casual, laid back beer. Overall, a really sweet, creamy body with delicious tart, cherry notes at the back. (616 characters)

Photo of larryi86
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- A deep clear ruby red with a three finger light red head.

S- Sweet cherry pie with some tart cherries mixed in.

T- Does not follow the nose, medical cherry flavors hurt this beer a lot, but there is enough tart cherries in it to give it some balance and drinkability.

M- Not very smooth, medical flavors make it kind of chalky.

O- A disappointment compared to Petrus Aged Pale, but still a drinkable beer. I was hoping that is was going to be sour and great, but it isn't even that dart. I probable won't get this again since Petrus Aged Pale is a little cheaper. (606 characters)

Photo of Zach136
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep maroon, light tan head, solid lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Red Kool-Aid, and Sweedish fish. Nothing medicinal, but very much cherry candy. Not much acid, not much other malt/oak/fermentation notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ bodied, nice carbonation, too much residual sweetness. (286 characters)

Photo of alphaacid9000
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10 oz in a tulip, ruby red and crystal clear with moderate carbonation

Aroma is all cherry. Was hoping for a hint of funk that was not there. Cherry, strong esters, sourdough and slightly acidic aroma

Mouthfeel is a light to medium body. Once again, was hoping for more tartness similar to the Aged Pale - but i guess that is unfair. Slightly tart - not sour - with a cherry cough syrup like flavor. Very one dimensional.

Overall - nice beer and very good example of the style. I was really looking forward to this beer and had big expectations. (548 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep rich garnet. Nice and clear. Head is a super pale pink, lightly creamy. Drops to a small wispy cap in short order leaving a small collar. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Cherry juice and flesh. Medicinal. Cough drops. Cherry everywhere. Candy and actual cherry flesh. Some light tart edges running through the back. Bright and fruity. Vague notes of tobacco and some light hints of yeast. Sweet.

Taste: Light powdery yeast in the back of a crap load of cherry. Some backing tobacco and sweet malts. Fermented cherry flesh. Medicinal. Cough drops. Some grass and damp basement. Earthy in small amounts on the finish. Oak. Pretty spot on for the style with some sweet and slightly tart cherry skin and flesh.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Carbonation runs on the high side of medium. Nice and clean with a slightly dry finish.

Overall: MMM....vintage ginger.

A nice blend of vaguely tart with oak and earth and a boat load of cherry skin and flesh. Solid with some bonus points for not being a cloyingly sweet cherry mess. (1,027 characters)

Photo of GuzzLah
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear deep burgundy, such a wonderful color when held up to the light. Pinkish beige head. Some lace. Bubbly.

S - straight up fermented cherry. You might associate it with artificial cough drop cherry, but this is the real thing and so are the cough drops. At the end of the beer, I smelled spot on cherry pipe tobacco and it made me smile.

T - cherry dominates the flavor with a small amount of a malt in the back ground. The flavor isn't cloyingly sweet like Kasteel Rouge or New Glarus Belgian Red. It is much dryer than either of them, but not as dry as a Kriek.

M - light-medium body with a soft and pleasant cherry tartness. Not even close to being sour.

O - it's 8.5% and drinks like semi-malty cherry soda with less sugar. I enjoyed it for what it is, a dangerously quaffable cherry beer. (812 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber of this expecting just a sour cherry ale. Paid 10 bucks.

A - Looks more of an amber ale than cherry juice with a 1/4 inch of deep red hue head that seems to stick around for a while.
S - Like other said it has more of a cherry Popsicle or cherry cough drop like smell (herbal) than just tart cherries. After it sits a while I swear I am smelling cherry kool aid.
T - Actually taste better than it smells the flavor is pretty much on par for the style for me. Sour cherry flavors mixed with puckering Flanders ale aspect and finishes with a rather earthy raw cherry flavor.
M - Best part of the beer it drinks like a fruit beer or lambic but hides the ABV like I can't believe. Such an easy sipping beer.

Overall consider me a fanboy but I can't bash any beer with such great cherry flavor. It doesn't taste artificial to boot so I am not sure why the hate. One of the best fruit based beers I had in a while. If it wasn't for the 10 dollar price tag I would have a bottle in my fridge every week. (1,018 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of crusian
1.17/5  rDev -67.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Yeah, this wasn't good.
After reading all the positivity here, I had to toss up a review. So others like me are not misled.
Nose is sweet artificial cherry.
Taste is sweet artificial cherry. Nothing worse than getting a sour that you think is foing to be great and getting that sweetened lindemens taste. The artificial cherry is just way too much. I am getting sick from drinking this.


This is along the lines of an alcapop. Sweetened cherry flavored beer. While technically still an oud bruin... It is not what I consider a typical or traditional bruin. Extremely disappointing considering some of their other things.

Drain poured. (655 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark ruby-brown with two fingers of red-tinted khaki head that fades into a thick ring with good lacing.

S: Tart and sweet cherries dominate here, smelling like a cherry tart or cherry cobbler. There are some Belgian yeast aromas underneath, but mostly it's just cherries.

T: Cherries here as well, though more tart and sour than sweet. Tastes like cherry cobbler as well. The finish has a slight alcohol warmth along with a lingering sweetness.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is nice and crisp feeling at first, but leaves a bit of a sticky sweet coating.

O: A tasty beer overall. Not as good as Petrus Aged Pale and lacking some complexity, but if you want a nice, simple, tart, and fruity beer, this is a good option and reasonably priced. (782 characters)

Petrus Aged Red from De Brabandere
83 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.