Petrus Aged Pale
De Brabandere

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Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #2
Ranked #2,869
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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Photo of woosterbill
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!

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Photo of daliandragon
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
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)

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Photo of q33jeff
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.


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Photo of Pickngrin
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...

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
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.

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Photo of MKV
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.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
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!

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Photo of Bruno74200
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.

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Photo of illpass78
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.

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Photo of Lovetx
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.

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Photo of josanguapo
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

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Photo of Korbynlehr
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.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
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.

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Photo of The_Bujon
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.

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Photo of vinicole
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.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sour ale.
Clear peach beer with thin white head, that stays decently.
Smell - nice, sour, yellow fruits.
Taste - sourish, fruity.
Medium body, soft carbonation.
Delicious enough.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Pours a golden, amberish ale with a nice quaint frothy head.
S- Fruity, grape-lime, wine, sour, oaky, malty and earthy.
T- Surprisingly and wonderfully minimal. Sweetness from the malt. Grape, lime, some salt and boozeyness. Wine. Earthy and malty flavors are the backbone to this beer.
F- Dry.
O- Just a delicious beer thats crafted so well. So much work and depth is etched into this beer. I'm not a huge fan of this style, but it's a complex and delicious heavy hitter. Seek this one out.

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Photo of descobar
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Year bottled: 2012 so aged almost 5 years in my cellar
Look: pours pale amber with a half inch of white head that sadly dissipates quickly. it is somewhat hazy at first but clears as it warms.
Smell: fruity and yeasty derived bold sour aromas. mild caramelly malt sweetness. strong horse blanket and even some moldy cheesy aroma.
Taste: a well balanced combo of malty sweetness and powerful sour components. not puckering sour but significantly so. astringency is there but blends well with present bitterness. not getting much from the oak aging which might be there to impart the wild bacteria element and not necessarily flavor.
Feel: medium to med-full body with oily, almost creamy texture. astringency is well pronounced. carbonation is disappointingly light, probably due to over aging. finishes long and sour with a persistent tingling of the palate.
Overall: a decent sour that might have been cellared a year or so too long. still an above average Belgian sour that is still a pleasure to drink!

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Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(2 year cellared bottle)

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a one and half finger head, spectacular retention for a sour, amazing lacing.

Aroma of lemon and lime, slight oak and earth, a little citrusy/acidic fruitiness, some unripe grape.

Tastes of tart lemon, acidic pineapple, little lime zest, crackery malt, some pear and green apple, little earthy oakiness and tannins. Tart and refreshing.

Medium bodied, nice tingly carbonation, smooth, dry.

Excellent sour especially given availability and price. Just so tart and smooth and refreshing. Flavor profile is great too, showcasing several sour fruits and well done malt. An old standby that will never let you down when you crave something sour.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury, VT. This was poured into a half pint glass of theirs. The appearance was a soft hazy burnt yellow color with a cap of a white little head. The smell started off with a big burst of sour lemon rind and softened to a vague overall citrus rind. A light woodiness did open in it as it warmed. The taste was moderately sour with a light woody sweetness underneath. Its sour lemon in the aftertaste but had a dry citrusy finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a nice sessionable feel about it. Carbonation runs good and somewhat light. Overall, as a sour/wild ale, it definitely works, I’d have this one again.

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid beer with a pleasant scent and good taste on the tongue. It feels good on the mouth and is definitely a good beer overall. It certainly has character.

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