Petrus Aged Pale | De Brabandere

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Petrus Aged PalePetrus Aged Pale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium | website

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
Reviews:
697
Ratings:
2,403
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
24.69%
 
 
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121
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367
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Photo of flip387
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 4.0

Transparent golden, almost cider colored. Slightly fizzy head.

Smell: 3.25

Sour and tart with light fruity hints.

Taste: 3.25

Strong sour taste that jumps out, due to the sour taste the other flavors are difficult to identify.

Mouthfeel: 3.25

Sour and almost juice like with hints of fruits. The fruit notes resemble a green apple. Light beer with light carbonation.

Overall: 3.25

First sour beer I've drank, not the type of beer I would normally drink, and not quite sure I'm a fan of sour beers. This is a light and very sour, slightly fruity beer.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into an Ommegang tulip.

Pours a deep dark brown with a small clingy light brown head. Nose is light, malty and sweet with some tart funk.

Taste is very tart and sour. It's rich and malty, for being funky but quite smooth and drinkable for what it is, light malt and light carb is nice.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark orange in color with 1/2 inch white head and real good retention and some spotty lacing

Smell: Sour cherry, oak, vinegar and bready yeast

Taste: Very tart cherries wow this beer is tart mixed in are some vinegar and oak. Definitely not for me

Mouthfeel: Light body and too much carbonation for me and maybe a touch dry

Overall: Wow the flavor on this monster is insanely overpowering

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden yellow with a finger of head and webby lacing.

Aroma is an odd wax/lip gloss up front, a bit of light oak, pear, fake fruit, and booze.

The flavor a rush of pear and banana peel and some light sourness. There is still that odd lip gloss flavor. A shame really, because everything else underneath is top notch.

The body is medium light and carbonation is a bit stinging. Overall I enjoyed this beer but there was that one off flavor that brought the whole package down from stellar to meehhhh

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours a slightly clouded apricot, a spritzy soda-like head hangs around briefly before settling to an incomplete cover. Some residual bubbles but no real lace.

Aroma - sour, musty, and a touch of cantaloup style fruitiness. The Brett rules the nose here, but there's some goodies in there I like.

Taste - a very tart and wild thing. Classic Belgian Brett influence. It takes a while but I eventually get to some of the veiled florals waiting behind all the tartness. I'm more in tune with this beer than with prior sour Belgians I've had. Still a challenging style for me to fully appreciate, but this one earns some marks.

Mouthfeel - very bubbly, lighter but not necessarily thin. A citric, dry and tart residue.

Drinkability - a great example of the style I bet, but not to my tastes.

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Photo of Tobe
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a bright golden hue with some haziness. A nice white head that was two fingers width.

The aroma showed some oak and a faint fruitiness.

The taste is clean and tart. The finish was refreshing, but it took me some time to make my way through the bottle. Started to loss some appeal while drinking.

The aftertaste offered some fruit with a heavier leaning to the tart.

Overall opinion is that this was a great example of a sour and does offer some complexity, however there are better sours for your investment and enjoyment.

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Photo of supercolter
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is average. Golden, without looking like there is much too it. Not a lot of head or lacing.
Smell is very alcoholly up front and some lemony zest and a bit of orange to finish.
Taste is very different. All the flavors seem to swirl together, i do taste some alcohol and orange and a strong lemon juice flavor all kinda mixed together, but not necessarily appropriatly.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are slightly above average. Overall this beer is far too expensive for its return

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Photo of Fernans
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting beer. Pale color, with you golden haze. Smelled of citris and apples. Taste, sour, but not vinegary. Reminded me of Granny Smith apples, without the sweetness. Not my preference. Drinkability, unlike some "sour" beers, I actually was able to drink it down. For some this will be a hit. Wasn't for me.

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Photo of cpmichael
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stone snifter.

A: Pours a super translucent yellow. There is a ton of head on this beer that takes a few minutes to dissipate.

S: Citrus, specifically lemon are noticeable at first, and this beer brings the funk smell. The nose is seriously the best part about this beer. Smells like it's going to be great.

T: Starts off with sourness and tartness, feels like this is going to be a great beer, and then a second later the let down happens quick. The beer has no back end at all, a watery sour apple juice flavor at best.

M/D: It poured with a lot of carbonation, but the beer lost it pretty quickly and made for a pretty bland beer on my tongue. The tartness and sourness didn't last long enough to save this beer. On a positive note, this beer is worth a try simply for its nose. That is the shinning aspect of this beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip-style glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark, orange-ish amber with a 3/4 inch head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Thick ring of lacing.

S- Big whiff of lactic acid and vinegar with some pungent cherry beneath.

T- Very tart, more than it is sweet for sure, with a sturdy malt backbone that's biscuity with a hint of . The sour character overpowers what bit of fruit notes are present but I pick up cherry, strawberry and sour red grapes. Hint of oxidation.

M- Lots of pucker and very drying. Medium-low carbonation.

O- A bit too sour for my blood.

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Photo of dqrull
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an surprisingly clear golden colour with a thick and good looking head that dies down in time.

Smells really funky, with some green apple peel and green grapes, some chemical soapy notes as well.

Taste is pretty tart, quite sour with lots of funky horse blankets and manure, finishes heavy on the oak, but there's not too much else.

Pretty crisp mouthfeel with a stingy carbonation that well fits the tartness of the beer.

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Photo of illidurit
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange gold with a fluffy white head that leaves some scattered lace. Aroma is tart but perfumey once you're acclimated to the sour aspect. Lemons and bruised apples come through in the aroma as well as the flavor. The oak is subtle, as is the alcohol, but they're apparent if you look hard enough. Fleeting licorice accents, also some pepperiness. Interesting and fairly complex, but a little thin in body.

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Photo of Pencible
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a clear light gold with some white head. It smelled like white wine and vinegar, with sour yeast and green apples and a bit of grassy hops and oak. It tasted like champagne grapes and sour yeast and some green apple, with a bit of grassy hops and oak. It was watery with a lot of carbonation, and had a lasting dry sour aftertaste. Overall this seemed more like champagne than beer, but it had an interesting and decent flavor. The sour and bubbly character made this a definite sipping beer, but the alcohol was pretty well hidden. I don't have a lot of experience with sour beers, so this was challenging for me to drink. But it seemed generally enjoyable, even though it's not necessarily refined or delicious.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just in at the Sherbrooke Liquor Store. Pours out a bright chill-hazed honey hue, quick splash of frothy, bubbley white head that rapidly settles.

Tart cidery, slightly sour aroma, malt is nearly hidden, but what is present is crisp amongst the acidity.

Pucker up, as this is what you showed up for. Tart, green apple sourness in the flavour, along with a surprisingly dry finish, like a brut champagne.

Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel, light but with a lot of zing.

This style isn`t particularily my regular bag, but it`s done well for the style, that tart and sour flavour follows you long into the aftertaste and well after the glass is emptied.

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Photo of wertperch
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

As I am just rediscovering sour beers, and given my love for the pales of this world, it was natural that I try this one.

On draught at the Davis Beer Shoppe, it came with a strong recommendation, one that was more than justified. Crystal-clear pale amber with a thick head and a strong sour nose, it is remarkably smooth, which was quite a surprise. The sour is very much in the forefront, but the slightly hoppy finish is a bit of a surprise.

It turns out that the ten-ounce pour was just right for me. Enough is as good as a feast, as they say.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 3" white head. Has a clear and bright straw yellow body. Smells sweet and sour and fruity. Taste is pickle juice sour and strong enough I think it overides whatever fruit you pick up in the taste. Decent finish but again it's pickle juice to me. I was surprised the barrel aging didn't bring out some vanillan or darken the color from straw yellow as it does with almost any other barrel aged alcohol.

It's difficult to review a beer when the style itself is unappealing to you but you still recognize fine attributes in the beer. To me I'm believing the look and smell beat average for a sour beer but the taste primarily just brought sour and also the barrel aging didn't contribute much.

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Photo of froghop
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had this compaired with petrus oud bruin.

smell of wild yeast, some citrus, and a touch of malt.

taste is tart, sour malt, wild yeast, and some woodiness, ends acidic, tart, and a tad bitter.

overall too tart for my liking, the petrus oud bruin is better.

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Photo of harrymel
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On label: 40583, uncertain what this means for age...
This is actually a re review on 25SEP11...3/3.5/3.5/3/3.5
A: Pours a nice golden cideresque ale with a transient finger of white foam which dies out to a central cap of the same. No lace. Excellent clarity.
S: wood, sweet apricot, vitamins and more fruit smells.
T: Sweet and sour. Grains and hints of bitterness. The sour in this is reserved and crisp. Has, again, some grape flavor - almost like a savignon blanc. Of all things, I get a slight roasted peanut on the finish.
M: Thin with low fine carbonation and a wet finish.
O: I like this beer much more than the first time, and second time, I tried this beer. It's a nice oud bruin and seems like it would be an easy one to introduce folks to.

Original review on 21MAR11; 4/3.5/3/3/3.5 Bb: 5/09/11
A: copper ale with brilliant clarity with four finger peanut head which dissipates within a couple minutes to leave a medium sheet of the same. Lacing is near sheet like and strong.
S: Wood, lots of wood. Don't normally smell this much of the oak coming thru. I can say it does have an evident sour scent, but also has some sweetness to it. I will say this, it has a slight vomit nose to it; not grotesque, but definitely noticeable. Farm funk on there for sure.
T: Tart. Nicely soured. Not as tart as some of the renowned sours and american wilds, but not memorable. This beer is very standard on all accounts. Malt is simple. Hops nonexistant. Alcohol covered. Sour out there. Nothing special.
M: Medium body and high carb. Average.
O: Very, very well crafted, but to meet the middle of the road. this is my second time reviewing this beer and I held off inscribing this because it wasn't up to the standard indicated by previous reviews. Now I can say I gave some extra time to this one.

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-light gold and brilliantly clear. tight eggshell head.

S-Sweet Saccarine. Light caramel. No hop aroma. Lactic acid.

T-Sweet tart. Fake sugar and lemon juice. No hop aroma. Almost like a sweet blond with lactic acid added. Slight oakiness in the finish.

M-medium dry. Medium carbonation. No alcohol heat. Very tart.

D-Nice tart beer. A little bit much of the fake sugar sweetness. Would be good for a hot day.

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Photo of Suds
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a light golden color with a slight haze and a substantial white head. The head leaves a pretty lace. The aroma is interesting and somewhat complex…there’s a little fruit and a vinous character, brettanomyces is notable, there’s some grain and grass smells as well. Yeast and just a touch of alcohol round out the smell. The taste is a dry and a little tart, but backed with a lot of ripe fruit and yeast. The brew is quite carbonated, and leaves a spicy, prickly sensation on the tongue. This is an interesting brew, but not one that I’d have all the time.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lightly chilled 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Look- Glass-clear pale gold with three fingers of crackly white head that falls quickly. No lacing.

Smell- Assertive sourness up front, somewhat fruity, very champagne-like. A vague nutty background that reminds me of walnuts.

Taste- Explosive green apple cider dominates from the get-go, turning more raspberry-like with a hint of still-juicy peach pit/semi-sweet tannic quality. Fades into a woody cherry vanilla with a bit of dry toast and soft dried fir needles. There's quite a bit going on here, but it took me a few sips to get past the almost overwhelming sourness. Finishes clean with a gelatin-like nonflavor and lingering lemon vinegar.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, crisp carb accentuates the sourness. Bracingly puckery, extreme coating and dry/astringent towards the end. Perhaps I served it too warm, but it's not nearly as clean as I had hoped. Did I mention coating? I feel like I need to brush my teeth. Well, it sort of makes me want another sip, but I wanted something a bit more light and refreshing. One is a good serving.

Overall- I'm not sorry I tried it (well, maybe sausage for dinner a few hours ago was a bad pairing, I deserve the heartburn), but I probably won't be picking it up again. It's certainly complex, and I enjoy the bold flavor, but it's simply too acidic and (somehow) cloying at the same time for me to want to spend over $.25/oz. On the other hand, it kind of reminds me of warhead sour candy, which is... something?

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of BBF 2011. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into Lost Abbey stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a coarse, 1.5 finger white head with poor retention. Beer is a clear orange. Lacing is non-existant. Very different from other offerings in this style. Much paler and with a less robust head.

Nose is vinegar, soy sauce, and crushed red fruit puree. Slightly tart and moderately aromatic. Well balanced.

Opens tart red fruit. Vinegar sour in the middle with some pear and soy sauce notes. End is more tart red fruit with a sour metallic finish and tart red fruit aftertaste. Again, very balanced compared to many offerings of the style.

Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily and filmy in the mouth and slightly dry and puckering going down. Finish is messy with a lingering aftertaste. Decent.

A solid beer overall. Much more toned down with less vinegar and acidity than a lot of other beers of the same style. Worth a try.

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Photo of rrski198
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Done from brief notes at a beer festival

A: Decent white head. Translucent fizzy yellow beer.

S: Sour, Sour, Sour moldy brad. Lite maltyness but overwhelmed by the scent.

T: Sour again is up front. Tastes like liquid sweet tarts. Very interesting.

M: Can't get past the mouth puckering sour flavors. It's all I'm getting. Big time carbonation.

D: Pretty interesting. Not familiar with this type of beer but it's interesting.

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle.

Hazy golden body topped by a white head.

The aroma is funky and not really appealing.

Lots of oak in the flavor. High complexity. Medium-high tartness.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not my style...too sour. I hate to skew an average just because I don't like much of anything sour, but this one is going to have to be a drain pour.

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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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