Petrus Aged Pale | De Brabandere

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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

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Reviews:
696
Ratings:
2,401
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
24.69%
 
 
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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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Photo of Cmack15
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Monk's Cafe and wow it was a pleasant surprise. The beer was described as an aged slightly sour Belgian and I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about that. I love Belgian beers and the sours but for some reason I was skeptical about this one. the aroma was nice and pleasant almost inviting me to drink it and then when I did I was rewarded with a really great beer. The sourness comes in slightly which is perfect for this beer. Apparently this beer rarely seen on tap so I was especially eager to try it on tap. Bought a bottle of this at The Foodery later in the week because its just so damn good.
Cheers

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

Poured into a snifter from a bottle.

A - Pours a light gold, forming a 1/2 inch white head of thin bubbles. Medium lace on the glass as the head fades.

S - Very tart aroma with a noticeable, but not overpowering, vinegar presence. Hard to seperate other aromas from the funk.

T - Very tart taste up front coats the palate, with fruit flavors, mainly sour cherries, coming though in the finish. Has almost a cider-like finish. Not much oak presence as expected. Nice and sour!

M - Lighter than medium mouthfeel. Very smooth with the tartness staying on the palate after the swallow. Good amout of carbonation.

D - This is one of the more "sour" Flanders, being more sour that vinegar IMO. Great flavor, drinkable body, and inviting aroma. One of the better sours available in my area. Will definitely buy again!

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

Happy to bring one of these home from DeCicco's in Brewster, NY, this sour brew is a pale golden yellow color with a decent white film on top and nice, random lacing. The aroma brings granny apple sweet and sour with slight fermentation and juniper evident. The flavor pretty much zeros out with sour apple and lemon lime bite over a struggling biscuit. There’s some doughy yeast of course, over thin sharp carbonation in this light bodied, tingly brew. Beautiful.

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

A: 1/8" white head over semi-cloudy apple juice coloured liquid.

S: Sour funk, yeast, sour apple and pear.

T: Bitter sour funk up front with a pear and apple aftertaste. Very nice.

M: Medium to thin viscosity with a high level of fine carbonation.

O: Nice level of sourness, very enjoyable.

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

On tap at bluedog chalfont.

A- comes my way with almost no head just a thin ring around the glass. Light copper orange in color.

S- tart green apple and a bit of funky oak. Hints of sweet pale wheat.

T- tart and sour with a nice interplay of oak and semi sweet malts. Sour green apple and lemon juice. Wet wood and candy sugar.

M- less then medium in body and a light yet aggressive carb. Good long pucker that make you salivate.

D- this is one really good sour pale, up there with the best, yet its super accessible and really easy to drink. Not to mention its fucking everywhere in philly right now and has been for awhile.

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

Bottle poured into a tulip; code 40266 on the back label but not sure about dating. Light yellow body, slightly hazy. Initial two finger eggshell colored head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving scattered bits of lacing.

Then aroma begins with tart green apple. I get a bit of grain and hint that vinegar is in there.

The taste is excellent. Sour, but not mouth puckering. The sour flavors are fruity and blend well with a bit of sweetness. The vinegar taste is present, but does not detract at all from the flavor mix.

Enjoy every sip. This is one superb beer. Will be going back for more of this one.

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

A: I always wondered what beer took to get a 5 in appearance and this is it. A smooth amber orange sunset color which a whispy head. Few bubbles make it an elegant looking beverage.

S: I gotta give it a 5 here as well. Sour orange lemon. sweet. Some cinnamon to it, a little spice. Blends very well.

T: Truely a strange one. Super sour then fades to some fruit then some oaky bitterness. The alcohol hits at the end and it really takes away from the beer. The other flavors really are more fruity and light and the alcohol cuts through in a way that makes it rather overwhelming.

M: Sits a little sour but certainly bareable. Not bad.

Overall very nice. The high alcohol really takes away from a otherwise near perfect beer. The oak is a little odd. It has some complimentary notes but is also a little off. Overall a rather nice beer.

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