Petrus Aged Pale
De Brabandere

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Wild Ale
Ranked #458
Ranked #3,267
4.12 | pDev: 12.86%
De Brabandere
Petrus Aged PalePetrus Aged Pale
Notes: Petrus Aged Pale is a 100% beer from our foeders. Michael Jackson, the beer hunter, chose the name in the late 1990s – and he was the first to sell this beer in his beer clubs. Today, it is still the reference for sour beers in the US. Petrus Aged Pale has won multiple gold medals in beer competitions worldwide. Moreover, ever since the start of the brewery, the beer has been used as a blending-beer with other beers to give them fresh, slightly sour flavors and aromas.

Aged in Oak foeders for over 24 months
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review 1542
Staying with the Belgium beer this wild ale is next. I used a tulip glass and the temperature was 44 degrees. The pour created a massive three-fingered head with average retention. The white head is airy and foamy. Some lacing was left on the glass as it dissipated. . The color is SRM 6, pale straw with amber hues. The beer is clear with a few carbonation bubbles dancing within.

The initial aromas in the beer are apple cider, oak, crackers. Nosing further, I detect lightly toasted malts, fruity esters, a touch of horse blanket, straw, a hint of a funky barn, and damp earth.

The flavors do not match that of the nose. I was expecting huge apple cider but got more oak and horse blanket. I get some apple sourness, with lemons, and floral esters, a touch of funky barnyard, and lightly toasted malts.

The mouthfeel of the beer is tannic, sour, but crisp.

The body of the beer is medium, high carbonation, and medium finish.

I am on the fence with beer. The nose was stellar and I was wanting what I was smelling, yet the flavors were excellent in their own way too. Crisp beer with some drying makes for a refreshing beer. I enjoyed it.

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JonnoWillsteed from England

2.07/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

#1735 - Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)…
L- Mid+ amber, filtered, pours with a 3mm ultra-fine bubble white head.
S- Wow does this smell sour. It's not often I smell the sour note but here it is loud and clear.
T- Sour, earthy, rustic, fruit-vinegar notes. Like a batch of home-brew that's gone very wrong and tastes it.
F- Sour, bitter, the carbonation comes over as almost sherbety.
O- I imagine this style caters to a very defined and particular taste, and that blind-tasted on say 100 beer fans around the world that a large majority of them would demand WTH this thing is since it tastes like a sour-fruit drink rather than a beer. This rates here as 92% - wow. It works for many it seems, but for me it seems pretty obnoxious on the palate, I don't get the acidic sour recipe at all. Shame... not one I'd wish to drink again.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! ==> Aged for 2 years in oak, a 'reference' sour beer.
330ml bottle BB: 29-07-2022 £4.15 Bought from BelgianBeerCompany, Stoke/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Apr 08, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised I have not reviewed this beer previously! Excellent beer. One of those beers that makes you think you should be drinking more Belgian beers!

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Bright clear yellow color with great foamy head and nice curtain lacing. Sour apples smell and taste. Pears and a very pleasant earthiness. This is definitely going into put this in the regular rotation.

Dec 08, 2020
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hreb from Washington

2.72/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle (gray label with white and yellow lettering) served in a curved beer glass. Brilliant brass color with a sturdy white foam. Sharp aroma suggest malt vinegar. The flavor to my palate is very acidic, like spoiled fruit juice, and leaves my tongue with a viscous coating. Unsweetened, highly carbonated lemonade. Sour scale 5 out of 5 indeed. Oak aging contributes only wild bacteria, not any of the familiar (to my palate) mellow flavors in an American oaked ale. Taking only the tiniest sip I can appreciate there's some nuance and character here, but as a beer I'm simply not a fan of sours.

Oct 25, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass to reveal a honey colored brew. There's some white head atop, with an appropriate sour aroma. Tasting the beer leaves room for some glass lacing. The taste is even more sharply sour than the smell suggested it would be. The delivery is smooth with a decent body. The yeast seems to be contributing to mouth feel as much as the malt. The taste begins slightly tart but finishes sour and woody. A true standard of the style.

Oct 01, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.75

11.2 bottle, got it on clearance, probably years old

Mostly clear orange-gold with almost no head. Smell is light and odd, somewhere between a banana peel and a gym sock. This has a very fruity belgian yeast taste wrapped up in a puckering tartness that doesn't disappoint. Very slight off notes of burned rubber and spoiled apple juice, and too much oak, but otherwise this is 5/5 haha

Good, I wish it were fresher. Until then, drain pour after about 6oz, I'd simply had enough

Sep 04, 2020
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle into a tulip.

L: Initially clear and yellow during the pour, eventually hazy and orange once some yeast sneaks in. Half an inch of white foam that sinks slowly and leaves pretty solid lace. Good.

S: Quite deep and nuanced, with oak, leather, grapefruit, apricot, toasted bread, and herbal hops. There's a little bit of everything going on, and it all works. Excellent.

T: More thoroughly sour here, with the citrus and stone fruit flavors highlighting the bracing lactic acidity. Dry oak and moderately bitter hops on the finish. Tasty.

F: Puckering, dry, and lively. On the light side of medium-bodied. Just fine.

O: Highly enjoyable brew, with tons of complexity. I really enjoyed the assertive bitterness that left a clean finish.

Beers of Fame tick 191/250. Cheers!

Jan 12, 2020
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up on clearance at a supermarket outside Pittsurgh last summer purely on a whim, since I don't do a ton of Belgians. Very dry nose, loaded with grapeskin notes. Definitely has that sour base that you see in the style, along with notes of apple with some late sugary sweetness and a bit of black pepper. There is plenty of funky stuff going on with the yeast too.

Not really my cup of tea, but pretty well made for what it is.

Jan 12, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(330 ml bottle, 7072A; purchased single off shelf... poured into a fat tulip)

L: fairly-clear, amber liquid, subtle haze, until sediment slipped in, first ribboning, then spreading out to enhance murk; tight, rocky, off-white pillow of foam... one broad band of crystalline lace

S: green apple taffy, (floral) pear liqueur, hint of solvent (acetone); overall a potent, pleasant scent, reminiscent of an exotic candy

T: underripe-mango sweet tart, hint of acetone in finish; aftertaste retains a bit of tartness, introduces a subtle earthy yeast note; booze and acidity clings to the roof of the palate while the floor stays rather dry with a delicate pancake-y malt... background hint of pear; subtle lingering peppery acidity

F: softly nectar-y malt body; clean finish with a touch of warmth, while the front of the palate is mildly stunned by the tartness and bright, mellow ethanol

O: I've had this maybe a handful of times (once on draft), some of those in its branded glass... polarizing among those with whom I've shared this... sometimes I enjoy it, as a bold, loud novelty; other times, I want to abandon the glass two sips in... the age on this may have toned down its usual brash lip-smacking qualities, which was a welcome surprise (1579)

Oct 15, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.89/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


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

Funky, Oak, .
A little too sour for me.
Dry, medium body, medium carbonation.


Oct 14, 2019
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Pickngrin from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First beer consumed upon arrival in Brussels (first time in Belgium). Poured from a 33 CL bottle at The Black Sheep. Delightfully sour!
This is going to be a great trip...

Aug 07, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 9/19/14 @ Yuss Haus.

Semi-opaque dandelion hue.

White head; minimal lace.

Apple juice nose with a mildly tart edge.

Medium thin mouthfeel with a champagne bite on the lips.

A refreshing, mildly tart apple juice flavor.

A nice summer sipper.

Jul 17, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at B Cafe, NYC.
Pours a clear golden color with a modest head.
The nose opens fruity, with aromas of citrus, peach, and lemon. The malt aromas are bready and cracker like. The nose also hints at acidity, with notes of white wine vinegar, dry cider, and green apples.
The taste is tart overall, with notes of lemon, and vinegar. Vinous notes of white grape amidst peppery spices. Dry cracker malt base is complimented by notes of green apple and peach.
Medium bodied, crisp and with a dry and mouth puckering finish.
I enjoyed this one overall.

May 10, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with amazing clarity. There's a fingernail of off white around the rim and covering the vast majority of the top. The aroma is of lactic sourness and sweet pale Belgian malt. I'm tasting a pronounced lactic sourness with a flavor profile similar to chardonnay. The mouth is moderately carbonated and bone dry.

Dec 09, 2018
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MKV from Belgium

3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Familiar Belgian ale palate on the nose, with sourness coming in a bit later. Full sour palate on the tongue. Medium to thin body; well balanced carbonation, smooth finish.

Nov 28, 2018
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml cork and cage bottle poured into a tulip at around 48f.
Pours a crystal clear, I can see my magnified finger through the glass with exceptional detail of the prints. deep liquid golden color, with a two finger arctic white sudsy head that takes forever to reduce to a thick collar with sudsy lacing. Looks almost still with just a single, tiny stream of pin-prick bubbles.
Note: huge sticky lacing has held up through the entire session.

Nose is woah. Let this one open up and breathe a little bit. At first, it is very "fuely". It has this serious chemical petrol like aroma. This mellows out after a bit, and you're left with massive oak. Huge, woody, strong oak. It smells a little sour, and the yeast profile is like nothing I've ever smelled. This is a seriously unique nose. I can't describe it. It's foreign to me. It's not beery. It smells like age. Strong woody age. Biggest barrel-aged presence on any beer I've encountered.

Palate is very interesting. It's pops right at you with a sour pop. It has that lactic tang, but also a pronounced acetic bite. It's not vinegary per se, but it does have a good sharp acetic sting. I think that fuely character is probably due to the acetic acidity. Slightly balsamic. This is not a tart ale. It''s entirely sour. Again, the oak presence is huge. It's buttery, woody, musty, slightly stale deep rich oak. As the nose indicated, there is this fuely, petrol like note in here. I just can't put my finger on it. I don't know of it's from the yeast, or (more than likely) from the oak foeder aging. I think this would benefit tremendously from being cellared for at least a year, to let it mellow out a little.

Mouthfeel is medium light, with this rich, buttery, almost fatty creamy feel to it. It's lightly carbonated, but the sharp nature of this ale prevents the lower carbonation level from making this feel flat. It feels perfectly fine. It finishes quite dry, with a very mild bitterness this that lingers for no more than 7-10 seconds

Overall, this is hugely unique. I can honesty see why this is a blending ale that they use to give their other ales depth and sourness. That's not to say it can't be enjoyed by itself. On the contrary, I am very glad they bottle this in its pure form. It's a very fine experience that invokes thought and contemplation, and a little bit of bewilderment. I am shocked this bottle was $10. I can see this selling for $50. It is the definition of an "aquired taste". Some people are going to gush over this, others are going to think it's vile. I personally think it's an enjoyable, hugely complex ale, meant to slowly sip and try to detect all the nuances and foreign funk notes that are layered within it. I would love to see how this ages. For the price, I think I'll buy another one, and seller it until at least 2020. Until then, I will gladly sit here as the October sun sets, and enjoy the rest of this bottle.

Oct 16, 2018
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a solid amber color with a nice, fluffy head that slowly diminishes while leaving lacing. Sourish fruity scent in the nose. The mouth gets a solid smack of sour with some sweet as well. Nice!

Aug 15, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice barrel aged pale ale. Aromatic and tart, this one is a real treat. A lot of oak presence. Estery notes. Good velvety mouthfeel.
Quite enjoyable.

Mar 27, 2018
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illpass78 from Maine

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz in a tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy orange straw. Big head that recedes somewhat swiftly.

Aroma: Candy sugar, grapes, citrus, sour apple.

Taste: Sweet/sour combo. Notes of apple and pear. Malt sweetness. Burned sugar.

Mouthfeel: Some booze. Drinkable. Not painfully sour or too sweet.

Overall: Fun BPA. Pretty accessible and well executed.

Mar 24, 2018
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Lovetx from Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not overly sour. I like true Belgium sours but after trying a few really bad sours over the years I have shied away from the style—why pay high prices for a gamble on flavor. This beer is close to what I remember sours tasting 20 yrs ago when the sour hint was there but not overpowering.

Nov 21, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

1.65/5  rDev -60%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

From Saveur Biere. In Teku glass. Playing Escape from the Past. Just sourness, in both nose and mouth, without much more. Low drinkability. Boring. Didnt find myself wanting to finish it after the kid wake up and had to interrupt drinking it

Sep 07, 2017
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Word to the sour patch kids that were harmed in the making of this beer. Very dry and finishes quickly....thank goodness. Good for a Belgian pale ale, but don't find it to be the 'best' in my opinion.

Sep 03, 2017
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Benjolovesbeer from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Taste is light sourness with buttery wood soaked in lemon juice that has a cherry, slightly hoppy pale ale finish.

Taste got more sour and better as it warmed.

Sep 01, 2017
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The_Bujon from Ireland

3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A real mixed bag, looks are pretty good, nice crisp amber body with a decent foamy head, which does dissipate into the atmosphere fairly rapido.

Aroma is a strong scorer for this brew, a rich soured fruit inviting you in.

Taste is pretty good for a sour, a touch vinegary, but retaining the fruit flavours. It does leave a very medicinal aftertaste, which is where it falls down for me.

The 7.3 abv goes unnoticed, but not the kind of drink you'd be doubling down on.

Overall, not bad for a sour, but there are better ones available.

Jul 17, 2017
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vinicole from England

3.44/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Very slight haze. Light amber. Frothy head.
Sour apple (like scrumpy) aroma. Silage.
The tartness continues along with pronounced oak. Again reminds me of a farmhouse cider. Lemon discerned.
Soft carbonation.
Not really to my liking.

Jul 15, 2017
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