Petrus Aged Pale | De Brabandere

2,452 Ratings
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 ktrillionaire
4.94/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have loved this beer for almost 15 years, since it was called 'Petrus Oak Aged Ale', and I spent the past 10 years without it. I had trepidations when I finally got my hands on it, as it had been so long since I had it. It may be slightly different now than it was then; it doesn't have the oak floaties and it is slightly lighter in hue, but that could be attributed to a more thorough filtering. It still is the among the best out. It has all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

A - Hazy iced tea hue with a mm or so of persistent foam abstractly clinging to the glass, eventually appearing as if it were lacing as seen by Pollock. It has almost all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

S - Smells like Calabrese young olives, acidic, astringent, sour, pickled peppers, and apple cider vinegar; it is awesome, and not at all how it sounds. It has all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

T - Funky, sour, astringent-briny without being the slightest bit saline, it has all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

M - Puckeringly sour, with moderately sharp carbonation, on the lighter side of medium-bodied. It has all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

D - My favorite beer ever. No question about it. Not hyped; I don't care. It is the deal. It has all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

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Photo of fossage78
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of rye726
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear tan and has a creamy beige head. The nose really opens up as this reaches cellar temp. There is a base of mild malts and grains followed by tart fruits, musky oak and light funk. The taste has a strong sour/bitter aspect up front followed by musky wood and barnyard funk. Firly light body was a crisp dry finish. Great brew from Bavik. Much better than their Oud Bruin.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear light golden color, like apple juice, with a one-finger fluffy white head that recedes slowly and leaves good lacing.

Smell is interesting. A mix of light sweet fruit and white wine vinegar, with a bit of oak, and some sour and funk in the background. The fruit reminds me again of apple juice (apparently I have it on the mind, but this beer looks and smells like it). These smells actually combine quite well, yielding an odd but intriguing combination.

Starts out mildly lemony sour, then the fruitiness kicks in (though here it's more like peaches), then a slightly different, more vinegary funky sour kicks in for the finish. These transitions happen smoothly, but they provide a rich palette of flavors.

Light-bodied and well-carbonated, which I think fits well with the rest of the beer. Could do with a bit less carbonation. It slides off the tongue rather quickly, leaving the flavors there but not the texture.

A nice, refreshing, mildly sour beer. Everything about it is good; no real downsides in my opinion. But nothing really amazing about it either. A tasty, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of MaddDogg84
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of zimm421
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Amalak
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had again and have changed my view. It is a good. classic sour. Smooth, with an apple and bitter hop taste. Flavorful, but when done well, it's not over the top.

A. Clear straw gold color with a nice bubbly white head. A few bubbles sprinkled throughout.

S. Extremely strong alcohol, wheat and malt scent to it.

T. Extremely strong alcohol taste. Extremely sweet. Puckeringly sweet. Lemon over the top. Citrus. Taste more like a cider; I have no idea where the pale ale comes from.

M. Very tart.

O. This is a nice summer morning beer. Almost like a mimosa. The lemon is very strong. No more than a 6 oz pour is necessary, else it's simply too much. Has some good qualities, but only in moderation.

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Photo of Evan
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful crystal-clear, yellowish-orange color, nice thick, shaving cream type head
S: earthy with malt and hints of sour, some vanilla
T: very drinkable, sour is noticeable up front but nice balance with malt
M: very good, quenching, no major pucker factor, refreshing
D: very, very drinkable

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a crystal clear light orange with a one finger pure white head. Looks absolutely gorgeous!

S- a very light vinegary aroma comes out of this one...just the right amount to tickle my nostrils without driving me away

T- there's actually a nice sweetness in the beginning, with a light bit of citrus. The finish is crisp and tart, but not overwhelmingly sour. Quite tasty

M- body is rather on the thin side

O- would it be out of bounds for me to say this reminds me of a good, tart cider? Because it does, in color, aroma, and flavor. Excellent beer, and at five bucks a bottle (at a Philly bottle shop, nonetheless), it's affordable too

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Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpayne5
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of WynnO
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HalfFull
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml. bottle into a wine glass. The Aged Pale from Petrus pours a lovely clear blond with a sticky white head of foam. Artsy lacing continues through the glass.

Slightly tart on the nose with a bit of cherry and a hint of vinegar. Some oak is evident as well as a touch of red wine. Nice subtle oak nose that doesn't tackle the senses. A bit funky with some air.

Taste is effervescent with a spritzy champagne like carbonation. Bit of orange citrus conveys to a textured malty finish. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Vylo
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of clvand0
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a small head that fades fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is very sour with some apples and cherry notes on top of some band-aid. The flavor is puckeringly sour. Lots of sour apples and cherries. Seems very thin and one-sided. The sourness sticks to the palate. The drinkability is a little rough due to the extreme sourness.

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Photo of brandon911
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of larryi86
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Rodenbach glass

A- Clear pale golden color with a two finger white head that fades quickly.

S- Sour/tart light fruits, oak, cherries, screams drink me!

T- Sour lemons, oak, cherries, a touch of vinegar, slightly lactic in the finish.

M- Smooth, crisp, light.

O- A great sour worth every penny. I can't believe that I have walked by this beer so many times, I will pick this up more often.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Zbeetleman
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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