Petrus Aged Pale
De Brabandere

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De Brabandere
Wild Ale
Ranked #655
Ranked #7,341
4.07 | pDev: 13.02%
Feb 15, 2022
Nov 27, 2001
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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4.16 by clm9 from North Carolina on Feb 15, 2022
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

A beautifully crafted sour.
Cheek puckering sour but all in all a very delicious beer..

Dec 01, 2021
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

Bought a single 11.2oz bottle $5.99 Village Bottle Shop
9337 A 15:21 on bottle
Smells like chardonnay, wet lemon peel from a crack seed store
Medium-high carbonation
Cloudy golden-orange color
Taste is really sour. Bottle says sour scale if 5/5 and they are right. Flavor of chardonnay, lemons, pepper, salt, very tart
Overall this tastes like it is well crafted for the style. Slow sipper, good after a heavy meal.

Nov 26, 2021
3.91 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Nov 13, 2021
4 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Aug 28, 2021
4.43 by 1mrbeer from Ohio on Jul 25, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Clear, golden/amber appearance with a small white head and little lacing. Tart, green apple aroma with a hint of vinegar. Taste is acerbic, fruity, earthy, vinous to a degree. Wonderfully complex, shifting flavors. Dry, woodsy, long lasting finish.

Jun 25, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by colts9016 from Idaho

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.

Jun 14, 2021
3 by blackcloud from Alaska on Apr 24, 2021
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2.07/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by JonnoWillsteed from England

#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
4.02 by ZombiePlus from California on Mar 19, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

Wonderful Belgian foeder beer.

Mar 02, 2021
4.27 by Rhetion from Florida on Jan 27, 2021
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by puck1225 from Texas

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
3.08 by DvdP from Netherlands on Dec 07, 2020
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2.72/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
by hreb from Washington

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
4.16 by entenduintransit from Tennessee on Oct 17, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

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
4.65 by arini10 from Oregon on Sep 16, 2020
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3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.75
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

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
4.06 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Aug 14, 2020
4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Jul 20, 2020
4.25 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 24, 2020
4.12 by chitownfanatic21 from Nebraska on Apr 29, 2020
4 by Jayamefu from Netherlands on Mar 27, 2020
2 by doctorgary from New York on Mar 04, 2020
4.4 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Feb 13, 2020
5 by AndrewTobias from Pennsylvania on Jan 21, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by woosterbill from Kentucky

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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3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by daliandragon from Maryland

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
4.49 by jstern from California on Oct 27, 2019
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3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(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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2.89/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
by q33jeff from New Jersey


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
3.92 by Eltrandos from France on Aug 30, 2019
4.25 by psmith161 from Indiana on Aug 13, 2019
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4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Pickngrin from Massachusetts

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
3.48 by Saylor from Pennsylvania on Aug 07, 2019
3.75 by Wasted_Youth from Indiana on Jul 29, 2019
3.93 by travelguy from Ohio on Jul 21, 2019
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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
Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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