Petrus Aged Pale | De Brabandere

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Petrus Aged PalePetrus Aged Pale

Brewed by:
De Brabandere

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

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A – Golden yellow. Reminds me of Thatcher’s Gold cider. Resolute and champagne-like in its clarity.

S – Citrus scent is of lime. Sour green apple. Alsace Riesling.

T – Crisply tangy and vinous following the nose. You know, this may not be the finest sour in the world, but it stills amazes me that the brewer can achieve such fruitiness and tartness without the contribution of actual fruit. Tastes like unripe white grapes in a good way.
M – I’ve always said that this beer reminds me a lot of champagne and I’ll stand by that. The fizziness is perhaps not as pronounced and it probably has a sturdier body, but nonetheless there is a similarity.

O – Complexity may not be the central characteristic of this beer, but the tanginess, tartness and white wine flavours imparted to this beer from its oak aging are clean, crisp and neatly done. This is a beer elegant and assured in its simplicity, and one which I hope will serve as an excellent launch point for exploring sour and wild ales moving forward.

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Photo of ern19
4.25/5  rDev +6%

First dip into the sour world, besides Westbrook Gose. Wasn't really sure what to expect, but I was really impressed! I found myself wanting to smell this thing forever before I tasted it. Sour green apples were prevalent, followed by a wine or maybe white wine vinegar aroma, with a slight mustiness. The complexity of the taste is a totally new experience for me. It follows the aroma to start with, but the sour green apple skins quickly give way to a funky woodsiness, then the hops show through on the finish with a little grapefruit, along with a slight bitterness and vinegary aftertaste that makes me want to keep drinking.

My wallet is going to hate me soon trying more sours.

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Photo of mrand01
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Medium head upon pour, but quickly settles. Leaves some lacing on the side of the glass. Very transparent beer, no cloudiness whatsoever. Kind of a light golden color.

S: Sour, funk, vinous.

T: Pretty much how it smells, but it does have a slightly bitter back-end. Very enjoyable.

M: Pretty well carbonated, finish is sort of dry.

D: This tastes wonderful, I wish I had another in the fridge! It's not too strong, so it'd be easy to knock back a few. I don't think the dryness would get to me at all.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a slightly hazy golden amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is good. Has a sour and green apple tart aroma with some pale malts. Malt malts with a little bit of hop and nice tart taste at the end. It starts as a green apple tart but quickly switches to lemon. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very good beer.

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Photo of Soonami
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Petrus Aged Pale is a very tasty beer. Recently I've started moving towards dark maltier beers and sours because I've been drinking less and it doesn't make much sense for me to by fresh IPA but take weeks to drink it. Luckily, I've had no trouble finding beers to satisfy my much reduced appetite in SEPA. Petrus Aged Pale is fairly available here and at $4, it's a relative bargain.

Petrus Aged Pale started foam as soon as I opened it from my cellar. It was definitely paler than I thought, a honey colored amber with just off white, quickly falling white foam. The beer has a really inviting aroma, it smells like fresh crushed grapes, sawed wood, sour like apple cider, and a little funky like baled hay that has been sitting out for months.

The beer is at first tart like apple skins, but the malt sweetness attenuates the acidity. The beer tastes as fruity as it smells and the oak flavor clearly resonates and the tannins provide nice balance. The light, lively carbonation helps carry light fruity, vinous flavors and carries the aroma as you drink it. The alcohol remains well hidden, despite the 7.3% heft.

Delicious and highly recommended. I've only had a few beers of the style, but this is tasty no matter what style you call it.

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Photo of asabreed
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle into a Delirium Tremens glass. 2003 stamped onto the back label.

Appearance: Golden hazy yellow. Lots of bubbles. Nice lacing though the head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Sour cherries and apples dominate the nose, balanced perfectly with phenolic qualities (leather, band aids, medicinal, inside of a pill bottle). Some hops in there too a bit. Nicely complex and singular.

Taste: The sour cherries dominate the tartness and sourness, as there's tons in the taste. A lot of phenols upon the finish, which isn't as lingering as I want. A bit of hops in there too. Almost like a Flanders Red, as I'm sure some folks have said. But maybe it's the richness it lacks, or something here. Either way, a pretty singular brew. Tasty, refreshing, and pretty complex.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation to give the brew a spritzy feel. With the sourness though it works very well, and by the end it serves its purpose very well.

Drinkability: At around $4 a bottle, this is a good treat, especially if you're sick of the same old beer styles. I've become a huge fan recently of the sour side of brewing, and this is no exception. And the alcohol is hidden extremely well and is hardly discernible.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold and clear body with minimal white head.

The sour is easy to pick up even in the nose. Fruity smells of white grapes and pear. There's a mild fruit sweetness to it, too.

It's mouth puckering tart. Again with the white grapes and a little sour apple. There's a grainy backing to it with very mild sweetness.

The mouthfeel is prickly and drinks like a sparkling wine. It's very crisp and the abv is barely detectable.

I found this to be a very good beer, but if you don't like sour stay away. This is the first I've reviewed this, but not the first I've had it. I'll have many more of these in the future.

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Photo of ManforallSaisons
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a day after its best-by date (sorry, but it does purport to be aged) into a tulip glass, which turned into a gorgeous amber globe unsedimented, translucent liquid under just a scrim of ivory lace. The smell reached me immediately, well before lifting glass to nose: sawdust, as if from sandalwood or some other aromatic specimen, (and on further study) spice aromas, orange blossom, vegetal-chocolate notes, some toast. (It would be top score if only if it were a bit stronger.) Dryness and astringency rush in with the taste, giving much more feel before flavors emerge. Those are of a subtle sweetness of citrus and yellow fruits, a bit of cinnamon toast. I'd love to try this with some spicy food, a soft cheese -- lots of different possibilities.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a tight soapy head and a little bit of lacing. The aroma is of sour cherries oak notes and some green apples. The taste has a big sour apple flavor with hints of sour cherries and a hint of citrus. The oakiness of the barrels is presebt throughout. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall very good beer, a light very easy drink. The flavor is nice and smooth and makes you want more.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle served cool into a glass. Purchased from LBCO for $2.00 CDN. Excited to try this style for only the second time (Liefmans Goudenband).

Appearance - Clear, pale golden color capped by a half finger of quickly disappearing white head. Very few bubbles are visible as the beer looks quite flat overall. Some lacing left behind.

Smell - Wow, extremely rich vinous like quality, reminiscent of good champagne. There's also a sweet floral and raspberry undercurrent upon repeated whiffs. A slight earthy dankness to the whole beer as well I'm guessing from the oak barrels. I can't wait to try this.

Taste - The grapey vinousness to this beer shows up, some mild salt and tartness to the beer as well. Earthy sourness throughout, but in a refined and delicate way. Alcohol is imperceptible. Nice acidity, but not overkill.

Mouthfeel - Lacking in carbonation, but that's to be expected with the style. Moderately bodied although light for a higher ABV beer, it finishes lip puckeringly dry and the relatively mild acidity makes this very drinkable.

Overall - A great little beer, that probably serves as a nice gateway to sours, the smell and taste profile on this are awesome, and I'm wishing I had picked up a couple more. In fact this is good enough to warrant a beer run all on its own.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with bright carbonation that slowly settles. The aroma is very funky of sour fruit, yeast and a light vinegar at the end. Ah the taste. The sour apple is very forward in the beginning then just a touch of sweetness but mostly sour. There is a bit of that aged flavor in there that gives a bit of that musty flavor and the carbonation really opens this up. This is way to drinkable and very, very enjoyable. Not sure why it took me so long to pick one of these up. Very good, love the sour and the overall balance of this one.

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Photo of benfons
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: orange colour, a stream of carbonation rising up to a decent and stable head, neither clear nor hazy

S: granny smith, forest fruits, a bit like Rodenbach might actually be the best description.

T: At first the granny smith together with citrus elements. There is also something less pleasant there which i can't really name although it's less annoying when you're a bit further in your drink.

M: quite thin, not a lot of carbonation but that's fine for this kind of beer

O: Good beer, complex, very refreshing, enough alcohol, but not too much. I'll have this one again

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Photo of secondtooth
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden, with a medium head of fine white bubbles. Thin lace.

Nose is tangy and sour, with indications of fruit, green apple, and a lactic, yeasty character. Nice.

Taste is nicely soured, with green apple tones most prominent. I get no trace of the oak barrels that this was aged in. Instead, it's a wild and tangy tart fruit vibe with a slight warming finish. A delicious treat.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to Fantome tulip

A: Light golden honey colored with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a medium lacing around the top of the glass. It is totally translucent and about as clean as you can get which is impressive considering its been in barrels.

S:It smells almost like aged hops, I can tell that they smell like hops but they are about as far away from fresh as you can get as they definitely have an earthy funk characteristic to the smell. There is also oak in there as well it is not powerful but does weill to balance the other scents

T: Wow so I am really impressed here it has a dry sour taste that is very similar to what I would expect from a quality lambic but the funk is there (especially in a farmhouse aspect) but it adds to the flavor instead of overpowering it (probably the making the ale part of the beer much more noticeable). It is crisp and very clean in the finish.

M: This beer is very light considering its abv and goes down very easily considering the same. It has a light puckering sour feel upfront but not over powering. It is thin and somewhat watery but that makes it very drinkable. The crispness and clean nature of the finsh are really helped by the carbonation which makes this feel light and refreshing (more so then any sour I have tasted).

O:The appearance and smell for this beer are good but not great the taste and feel however do achieve greatness. It is very drinkable for its higherish abv and maintains a great sour flavor I could drink these for days and normally I reach a limit with sour beers this I wish came by the six pack. I highly recommend you try this especially if you like sours.

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Photo of dgallina
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 2003.

Pours clear golden yellow with lots of fizz, but little head or lace. Smells quite oaky and winey, lots of vanilla and nose-tingling alcohol spice. Aggressive sour flanders red-like attack, building a slightly sweet roundness in the middle before finishing super dry, spicy and creamy. Moderately light and slightly over-sparkly body. A tasty and unusual beer. Looks like a pale ale, but tastes like a hybrid strong golden ale and sour red ale.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light gold into my pint glass with very little head that dissipates quickly and shows very little carbonation.

S - Smells sour and citrus, like lemon and lime, bright and sharp.

T - I was not expecting this oak aged pale to be so sour. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It is very sour and citrusy with a nice woodiness from the oak aging. Almost a balsamic vinegar sharpness to it as well. Unique and delicious.

M - This brew is very tart, yet crisp and clean. Medium body that coats the mouth nicely.

D - I could enjoy another one of these for sure. Glad I stumbled upon it. Just completely not what I was expecting, in a good way!

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Photo of ChugMan
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Clear pale yellow, bubbly. Abundant head settled to a thin layer with some lacing.
S - Slightly sweet but tart like a chardonnay. Fresh vegetation. Some definite clean wood and funk present, interesting. Almost a sharp cheeselike aroma.
T - Sour tartness hits hard and fast along with a white grape and apple rind, giving way to a variety of subtle complex sensations. Clean wood plank, Green pepper, lettuce, baguette crust, a sort of meaty earthyness along with a little cheese & dank earthyness too. Light apricot, fresh sourdough, lemon rind, lime leaf. Bubblegum, curry leaf and yeast flavors ramp up as it warms.
M - Dry and a little prickly with the carbonation, not unlike wood on the tongue! Finishes very clean.
O - Very interesting, likely an excellent meal compliment but definitely a conversation piece at least. Best enjoyed slowly and with friends.

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Photo of Mtn
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oak, Sour apple, green grape, white wine, lactic sour, subtle barnyard funk but it's there, mouthfeel and effervescence that you'd expect. Very very nice.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ancient, tarnished, gold lace with a crest of powdered wig. Lace in the withdrawal. Aroma is nasal scorching vinegar and wet saddle leather, perhaps from a French dragoon or the Scots Greys in Flanders. Taste is sour tincture of lime or a similar anti-scorbutic with sharp acidic notes cresting like a wave in the throat and sinuses. A rare blonde sour treat...awesome. A must try for fans of all things sour and funky... or should I say a musty try...

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Photo of Soneast
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a crystal clear, yellow color with a white 1/2" layer of suds. Aroma has an acidic note with what I perceive as oxidized hops. Somewhat of a musty hay quality. Fortunately the flavor is quite a bit better with some characteristic Belgian spiciness and a nice hop component, with a very nice funky character all of which backed up by some nice acidic sourness, though everything seemed to be in balance, while the sourness was very present I wouldn't say it was too extreme, rather quite complimentary. Overall, I quite enjoyed this beer, the balance was well thought out, and although the aroma threw me off a bit, I think that may have had more to do with poor storage conditions than anything, the flavor more than makes up for any slight off notes in the aroma.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Petrus Aged Pale from an 11.2oz bottle.

Pours a straight golden color into my goblet. Dredged up a nice head of an inch-and-a-half, but it mostly fell. Still a ring and a cluster of big bubbles on the surface. 3.5

Smells like vinegar-y sour green apples. Big cider vinegar kick. A lot of straw from the yeast strains. Prominent soured apple juice in the nose. A good bit of funk crossed with a hint of woodsy oak. Punchy and melodious. 4.5

Big spank from the wood used to age the sucker. More funk than in the aroma. The vinegar is softer, but on center stage, with fruity apple and quince notes. Very tart, but not full-on sour. Some Euro hop bitterness with grassy nuances and a hint of yeast spice in the finish. 4.5

A bit thin, but not bad. The carbonation is okay. Some alcohol in the mix cuts down on swigging. I mean, this beer is meant to be savored and enjoyed. 3.0

One of my favorite Oud Bruins (better than the Dubbel Bruin). Turned on to this one a long time back and haven't quit. Highly recommended. 4.5

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Photo of Philousa
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, golden straw with very little head. A funky brett aroma is evident even with the glass away from your nose. I also get chardonnay and soft, stinky cheese with a swirl. Pale Belgian malt serves as the evident backbone with white wine, brett, and a little champagne flavor as well. Subtly bitter malt and hops set in slowly to end on a soft note. Thin and dry, this is a very sippable beer.

I was at The Trappist and my friend wanted to try Petrus, which I hadn't heard of before. When the bartender said that the Petrus Aged Pale was made for Michael Jackson, I stopped him in his tracks and asked him to retrieve a bottle for us. While he was pouring it for us he explained that Bavik approached MJ himself to ask what type of beer he would like them to make. When he asked for a Flanders Pale, Petrus was confused. How would one make such a thing? They put their heads together and made it happen. The back story surely changed my expectations of the beer, but despite this, I feel I can look past it and say with certainty that this is a great beer. The only flaw I feel worth mentioning is that the taste profile is a bit thin and fleeting. Still, this is a complex beer showing all the colors in the thin spectrum of flavors it illuminates. Not something you'd want any given day of the week, this is a special beer for a special occasion. Our occasion was a Saturday night. When you find your occasion, seek this beer out and enjoy.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 330mL bottle into a pint glass, pale golden colored with an enormous white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: sour and oak, balsamic vinegar, acetic acid, tangy

T: quite sour and acidic up front, pickles , vinegar, has a great lasting sour flavor

M: light and refreshing

O: great tasting sour that is light and refreshing

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the best beer I've had in a while. I'm just getting into the sour beers so I know I cant pick out all the nuances but this is a great beer. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a nice two finger head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is of some fruit (green apple, pear, and even some grape) with some dry malt and yeast. Overall I'd say the smell is "funky earthy," whatever the hell that is. Taste is pure tart. The instant it hit my tounge I was immediatly reminded of Sweet Tarts (the candy). I hate to compare beer to a candy, but there was a sweet and funky sour taste to it. I really didnt notice any "wood" or "oak" taste intially, but there was a distinct flavor on the back of the tounge that had that feeling to it. Mouthfeel was fine, lighter and somewhat crisp, slightly dry and definitely tart after taste. Overall a great beer and an easy drinker. The slightly higher ABV is very well hidden.

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Photo of Nesued
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler obtained via the fine folks at Green's on Piney Grove Road. Kudos for continuing to bring great offerings to the Columbia area.

Appearance - Crisp and clear yellow in color. Very inviting. Mild carbonation continues as the beer rests next to me during this review. Little head formed at the initial pour and little remains as this offering teases me to draw near...

Smell - An "awaken your nose" crisp and funky aroma. Some grassy and sweet notes as well.

Taste - A lip-puckering opening expands to a sweet/sour middle and a crisp clean finish. Amazing all that is going on in this offering. "Sweet-tarts" can describe this, along with a nice woody/grassy presence as well. The finish doesn't stick to your tongue, rather it leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is light while the overall body is medium. The crisp tart presence does take you by surprise.

Drinkability - I'm always amazed by the diversity present in the differing style offerings. To enjoy an Oud Bruin or a lambic is to very much appreciate the many facets of both beer-making and the enjoyment of variety. This offering is indeed in the upper strata of find offerings in the style.

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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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