Petit Rouge Hibiscus Belgian Pale Ale
Heretic Brewing Company

Petit Rouge Hibiscus Belgian Pale AlePetit Rouge Hibiscus Belgian Pale Ale
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Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #304
Ranked #38,204
3.62 | pDev: 13.26%
Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States
Petit Rouge Hibiscus Belgian Pale AlePetit Rouge Hibiscus Belgian Pale Ale
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Photo of puboflyons
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 650 ml. bottle dated 07-08-16. Sampled on Dec 28, 2019.

The appearance is pink-amber with a quickly fading fizzy white head. It looks like a Rose wine with carbonation.

The aroma seems bright and grape-like along with a floral sensation, which can probably be attributed to the Hibiscus they used. Some lower profile breadiness.

Light and effervescent body.

Sweet and white grape characters are what I pick up in the taste and generally clean to the end. It would be nicer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - nothing much to add beyond the name here, other than that I barely remember the brews that I had from this outfit that made their way up here a whole 2 years ago.

This beer pours a clear, bright salmon-tinged medium reddish amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly creamy pale pink head, which leaves some decent hanging archipelago lace around the glass as things quickly subside.

It smells of cranberry-forward herbal tea, some musty Belgian yeastiness, stale lemon rind, granular black peppercorn, muddled pale and wheaten malt, and some musty red floral astringencies. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser cereal-forward wheatiness, some middling red tart fruity and floral sweetness, a more understated generic yeasty essence, and some plain leafy, weedy, and dead grassy hop bitters.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-supportive frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a sense of airy creaminess that don't care a whit about any sassy fruity interlopers, no way, no how! It finishes off-dry, the Low Countries yeast, grainy mixed malt, and fancy purple florals holding court.

Overall, yeah, this is an agreeable enough stab at re-imagining the typical bland (IMHO) BPA style. The edgy and estery floral esters do well to aid and abet this flight of fancy, and, as such, there is nothing less, nor nothing more, going on here.

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Photo of stevoj
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from HomeBrewStuff. Very fruity for a Belgian, pink tinged brew, thin wispy head. Aroma equal parts malt, yeast and hibiscus. Half fruit beer, half Belgian. Rather enjoyed by two non-beer drinkers, a bit too far on the fruit side for my liking to be rated as a Belgian.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer quickly. It is an amber copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Herbal tea, cranberry, bready, and pale malts.

Taste: Hibiscus flavors compliment the bready and pale malts. Slight tart and chewy notes too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, a little chewy, slightly tart, and medium carbonation.

Overall: The hibiscus compliments this Belgian blond ale well. Adds nice herbsl and cranberry like flavors to this beer.

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Photo of HankSingle
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A totally lovely, elegant beer. Enchanting, bright garnet red - like a garnacha rose. Just a feather of sweetness on the nose - a little crisp, Belgiany yeast pervades. Clean, almost pilsner-y bite..the hibiscus slips in and around each sip, adding a very delicate, exceedingly floral sweetness. Such an expression of restraint, this beer, and so very Spring-like. Highly recommend.

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Photo of ThatNorCalGuy
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste was a bit lacking.
Suggest additions of rose hips and lemon verbena.

Color; More hibiscus. Make it a deep ros'e.

Feel; A bit lighter and more crisp, would be more pleasurable.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours two fingers of pink head on a clear red body.
The aroma is flowers, lemon zest and a bit of grains.
The taste is a mild tart and grains.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
The taste is a bit of a let down.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Surf 'N' Suds Beer Festival held at Carpenteria State Beach in Carpenteria, CA.

Pours a hazy red with a foamy reddish-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, fruit, floral, and hibiscus aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, fruit, and floral flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a hibiscus presence that comes through much better in the smell to me.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light pink in color. Dry, delicate, with a wisp of hibiscus esters on the nose and a light kiss of the floral notes as sipped.

I wish I could have more of this somehow.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Big teku fill tonight at Bittercreek (have seen it a couple other places, but haven't bit until tonight)... Paid a pretty pricey $8.. but it is cool to try a new Heretic brew.

Pours a pretty amazing red with a stark white head... Decent lacing and retention... Beautiful brew.

Traditional pale maltiness with a hint of dry toast or biscuits... light peppery phenolic element... hibiscus strikes me as tart cranberry.. don't really know what hibiscus tastes or smells like.

Flavor mirrors the aroma... well integrated ... the pale malt blends seamlessly with the yeasty notes and is rounded out nicely with the tartness from the hibiscus... finishes pretty dry.

Light body... good carbonation... very drinkable.

Happy to try this one and would buy it again without hesitation.


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Petit Rouge Hibiscus Belgian Pale Ale from Heretic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 37 ratings