Petrus 50/50 Sour
De Brabandere

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Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #50
Ranked #9,620
4.02 | pDev: 9.45%
De Brabandere
Very Good
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Sampling of Aged Petrus Beers coutersy of JPK. Go Hawks.
Bottle to sample glass.

Reddish brown color, medium beige head, good retention.

Flavors are a solid mix of the component beers. I would like it better with a touch of the oud bruin and less of the aged pale. Maybe 20% AP, 40% OB, 40% AR would be my mix.

Documentation is a good history lesson and some good beer education on sours/wilds/belgians.


Oct 14, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington, VT. This was poured into a flared tulip. The appearance was a dark amber to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds. Foamy lacing follows. The smell had a spectacular balance between vanilla sweetness to tart green apple. Sweet and sour cherries make a fine presence as well as a light oakiness. The taste leaned towards the sweeter side of the style with "sour" presence even lighter here than in the smell. Vanilla sweetness hits nicely here. Silky sweet gentle sour apple aftertaste. Smooth sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light. Overall, damn nice "European" smooth sweet sour ale, exceptionally well balanced. Would love to have again.

Jun 10, 2017
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3/6....pours reddish brown, lighter tint than the aged red. Foamy top, mostly white. Citrus fruit nose and slight woodiness. Slightly sour, woods and oaks. Buried fruit. Oaky bitter, slight tang. Clever blend.

Apr 16, 2017
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A good beer overall with a nice, solid sourness, and wood flavor, but the cherry is a little too sweet and too strong for me. It really reminds me of a cough syrup a little too much. For what it's worth, I am not a fan of cherry though.

Mar 16, 2017
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archyquaffer from Montana

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A blend of Petrus Aged Pale and Aged Red. Poured from the 11.2 ounce bottle into a clear glass chalice for a short but creamy head while it lasts. A ruby brown color of moderate depth.

Obvious tartness in the aroma and very much like the aged red. The combination of the two seems to bring out the chocolate flavor a little more and mellows out the cidery flavor, so that it really begins to taste like a chocolate-cherry dessert. Light in body.

The brochure in the variety pack states that this is their favorite blend, and I can see why. You end up with something unique and more than the sum of its parts. Excellent-plus all around.

Oct 02, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is cherry dominant, with a significant amount of acetic acid and rich barrel tones. Light sweetness, but the sour rules.

Flavor is short of puckering, with the cherry sweetness countering an acetic and lactic bite. There's quite a bit of cardboard oxidation, which is disappointing.

Apr 09, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I didn't like the Oud Bruin as much as the Red and I think that dominated for the most part in this blend. It's still decent but not my favorite of them.

Dec 24, 2015
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No No NO......this beer is not for me. Wow. I am not a sour fan so for those that enjoy sours.....please disregard. The bartender was kind enough to allow me to try a sample....and that was more than enough for me. This is a very flavorful beer. Very sour. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its probably a great sour....don't know.

Dec 03, 2015
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of the Petrus Belgian Sour Power 6-Pack - $22.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a light amber-brown body with a sizable flush of subs, off-white in color, though with a hint of pink to it.

Smell: Cherry-scented nose, sweetish, sourish and tart all at once.

Taste: Sweet-tart cherries with a sip of blonde sugars and a subtle underlying woodiness. Growing though ultimately subdued sourness approaching the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Not bad!

Sep 05, 2015
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bump8628 from Oklahoma

4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful deep garnet, substantial foam for a sour beer. Just about perfect balance between sweet and sour. Fruit comes through as vibrant but not overwhelming. All the typical flavors and complexities of a sour beer with none that stand out as truly excellent but no flaws either. All-in-all exceptionally balanced with plenty of sour punch, bright cherry, and earthy funk to keep it interesting.

Sep 04, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at PreFunk. Dark copper pour, tiny wispy head. Nice tart nose, taste follows with mild tartness, fruit, and some tempering sweetness. A very approachable sour, hits all the marks (for me at least).

Aug 07, 2015
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TruePerception from California

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Petrus 50/50. 7.9% ABV.

A: About 2.5 fingers of ever so slightly pink head, Very clear, rich plum color. Honey yellow in the dimple. Decent, multi-tiered lacing. Faint sheeting.

S: Smells slightly creamy, with a decent amount of cherry. Very light biscuit note. Doesn't smell particularly sour.

T/MF: Mmm. Drier raspberry/cherry flavor. Has a champagne-like bitterness on the finish. A bit more of that biscuit. Slight oak and funk backing. And some note that has me picturing cobwebs in my head...

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass

Jul 19, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

If their Aged Pale ale is too sour and their Aged Red ale is too sweet, then this fifty-fifty blend should taste like baby bear's soup to you. Its even keel blend highlights the cherry flavors and cuts it with the piquant acidity of the "mother beer"; the aged pale ale. Petrus 50/50 strikes a remarkable balance that's rarely seen in fruit beer.

Its striking ruby and garnet hues carry a diffused glow while building a frothy pillow of foam. Strong aromatics swirl about the nose bringing the tangy scent of overt cherry. But with earthen wafts of weathered woods, cork must and curing leather, its scent is emboldened with an earthy perfume.

Its taste slathers on the palate with sour cherry that takes prominence early and often. Yet, an undertow of red wine, red grape, green apple, lime peel and lemon all add to the complex matrix in taste. Hints of brine and salt water taffy come to mind while the beer's cherry-laden trek takes on dark, black cherry robustness and light balsamic late.

Medium-bodied in its sour portrayal, its sweet, savory and acidic finish is refreshing while keeping the palate rewarded with high culinary art. Its sourness continues to tantalize the senses with its acute prickle while its powdery tannins dry the finish to medium stature with echoes of cherry and red wine return in aftertaste.

Jul 13, 2015
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Zach136 from Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brilliant red when held to the light, solid lacing and head retention for the style.

Aroma: One note tart cherry. Less intense cherry and more intense acid than red. Little to no funk/barrel.

Flavor: Watered down cherry kool-aid, mild acidity and oak character.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, slight lingering cherry sweetness.

Jun 30, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

7.9% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear dark reddish-orange with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, cherry, cherry juice, acidic, and slight funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet and sour cherry, cherry juice, funk, and slight medicinal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid sweet and sour cherry qualities that are slightly better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle.

Jun 10, 2015
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red dominant. It is clear with a small head of white foam with superb lacing.

The nose blew me away, if I can use that very much over used phrase. Big semi sweet aroma of cherries and that lovely spice known as cinnamon.

On first sip I fell in love with the taste. Semi sweet cherries in the smell translate to cherries that lean a bit more to the tart side. I still get that infusion of cinnamon and I am loving it.

Great mouthfeel and what do I have? A super delicious beer from Petrus. So very different from the equally excellent Aged Pale..can't wait to try the Aged Red.

May 10, 2015
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