Petrus Aged Pale | De Brabandere

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium
bavik.be

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
Ranking:
#2,618
Reviews:
719
Ratings:
2,503
pDev:
13.02%
Bros Score:
4.4
 
 
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3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of BMoney575
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7-11-10

Pours a clear orange/amber color with a foamy white head that slowly settles. A few bubbles rise to the top, leaving a thick layer of foamy lacing.

Smell is super sour and lightly funky, with lots of light fruity aromas and a hit of alcohol. Slightly oaky, slightly aged, sharply sour at the end.

Taste is surprisingly delicate, apple juice fruit flavors at first, followed by a big kick of sour funkiness. The finish is sour and slightly bitter, but it fades quickly, leaving a dry and fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is extremely sticky and very nicely carbonated, doing a very good job of accenting the sour flavors.

Drinkability is very good, no problem downing several if you were in a sour mood.

Overall, very well made and an outstanding example of the style. I will be getting this again.

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Photo of neonbrown82
2.24/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I was very highly disappointed with this beer. There is not really anything good that I can say about it. It poured to a clear strawberry blonde color with very little head that faded to absolutely nothing. The smell and taste were horrid, like drinking vinegar straight. I ended up pouring this out less than half way through. I never thought I would see the day where I wasn't even able to finish a beer. As bad as they are, I've always been able to finish a cheap macro lager, but not this, which was unfortunately rather costly as it is a belgian import. I would definitely not recommend it.

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3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
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 BradLikesBrew
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy gold body with a thin white head.

s: Funky, skunky, sweet and tart. Reminiscent of sour green apple.

t: Damn I love sour beers. Great tart/sour mix, very balanced. Sweetness lingers on the tongue. Notes of honey and green apples. A mild sour beer overall, would be great for beginners.

m: Lively texture. Tartness effects the feel, but I wouldn't say the sourness approaches puckering levels. Mouthfeel is just right.

d: Good stuff. Strikes an excellent balances. Most of the sour offerings tend to lean either sour or sweet, but this walks the line right down the middle. I would love to age one of these.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, served at 40-45F.

Pours cloudy golden amber with a one finger white head that leaves a few spots of lacing and recedes to a foamy ring and wispy cap.

Aroma is apple cider vinegar, funk, oak, sour. Interesting and inviting. Gueuze-like qualities. Very good strength.

Flavor is tart cider vinegar, funky, oak, a hint of some almost caramel like sweetness lies underneath, finishes with acidic sourness. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, a bit sticky, sharp carbonation.

Really nice Sour, especially for the price. Great intro to the style for those on a budget.

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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of axeman9182
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle received as part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program for June. This one was allowed to warm some from the fridge before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Petrus Aged Pale pours a mildly hazy tangerine. Nearly two fingers of cream colored head sprout up initially, but soon fizz away without putting up much of a fight. The smell is fairly tart, but with a sweet, pale fruit component to it as well. The flavor adds more layers to that base, giving the beer more of a refined edge. A sharp tartness is definitely what jumps out right from the first sip. Once my palate was acclimated to the acidity though, the rest of the beer began to really shine through. Green apple skin and peaches provide a sweetness that helps counteract the beer's dominant sour characteristic. The back end of each sip highlights a delicate oak/cherry pit note that really elevates the beer. The body is appropriately light for a relatively small sour beer, and the carbonation serves its purpose of preventing the beer from turning into a syrup, and nothing more. I haven't had Petrus Oude Bruin, but if the final beer is as good as this thread that goes into it is, I'll be in for a hell of a brew.

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4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic honey color with moderate carbonation. Head is very very thin. Very slight cloudiness.

Mellow sour citrus/horse blanket funk with a nice tinge of ginger and a little bit of vinegar tones. Sweet, spicy oak-ish backbone. Quite complex and interesting - wow.

The sweetness on the scent is a bit of a head-fake; it's all about deep, acetic sourness muted by the yeast and oak strength. Alcohol is in the background...the faint, distant background...to horse-blanket bluntness and the sour tanginess. Warmth mellows the acid to reveal more of the yeast, malt and oak-aged backbone as well as a little pine from the hop presence.

After the initial sour vinegar shock this warms to yield complexity of oak barrel aging with solid yeast presence and a little hoppiness. Definitely a sour pucker with some horse blanket in there but it even gives a beefy tone.

This one isn't for everyone but it's very well-made and, to me, enjoyable. I have limited exposure to this style but appreciate the great complexity of the offering. With the sour pucker tamed by all other elements, with a little warmth this is quite enjoyable.

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4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow body with a bright white, moderately quick-lived, loud head. I've seen better, but it's not bad.

S - Slightly sour apple with a hint of grape, pale malts, and unfortunately a tiny hint of soap.

T - Mild sour flavor a sweet accent and a full body of apple, mild oak, and a well matured Belgian bacteria blend. Very nice flavors here.

M - Dry with a moderately coarse middle and evaporating end. The lips are coarse as well.

~ I would really like to get a few more and age the brews 1 or 2 years. This is a great beverage and I look forward to getting my hands on a few more. Thank you Bottle Stop.

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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 2,503 ratings