Petrus Aged Pale | De Brabandere

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium
bavik.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-27-2001

BEER STATS
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#5,065
Reviews:
721
Ratings:
2,514
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
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133
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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of SFNC
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RMW66
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't expect a sour from the style description, but is very good.

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Photo of soundaurora
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

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Photo of kdivers
3.14/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Gambyt20
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TylerKing
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaten454
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Borzov1982
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of yuno
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbone1384
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oidmoe
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bruno74200
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of illpass78
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Andarel
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Duncian
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KennethBeer
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of moseswunde
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenHoppy
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A well done sour with notes of buttery oak and freshly riped sour lemons

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Photo of BennyProfane
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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