Petrus Aged Pale | De Brabandere

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Petrus Aged PalePetrus Aged Pale

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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Photo of Mateo2699
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a semi hazy golden hue, bubbly and loud head initially which eventually settles to a small white ring. Hints of apple cider-like funk in the aroma, nice Belgian yeast characteristic. Getting some pears, apricots and peaches in the aroma as well. For the taste, getting more of a sour punch than the funk detected in the nose. Apple and vinager like profile, oak more noticeable as it warms. Typical Belgian yeast bitterness in the back end. Mouthfeel is relatively thin, moderately high carbonation, and finishes very dry. Nice sour, nothing too complex or over the top but very easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up on my Belgium trip last year. Pours a hazy golden colour with a white foamy head. Aromas of oak, sour, winey & apples. Tastes is sour with grain, fruity, citrus, funk, oak & earth. Very mild bitterness. Aftertaste is long & sour.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A:hazy warm gold, prominent 2 finger head, high retention.
S:intensely fragrant, of apple, apple vinegar and pear, yeast and funk as well.
T:not as bitingly tart as the nose would expect you to believe, immediate slight metallic taste and touch of bitterness, the apple and funk begins to come through but the funk remains. the lurking bitterness is surprising but not altogether unpleasant (it's not a strong bitterness but it is noticable), as the beer settles the fruit notes (apple and pear, with some subtle hints of lemon) become more pronounced and become the main push of the flavor profile, I don't really get much of a wood note here.
M:soft but intensely dry
O:I see a lot of this beer in american sours but those fall short, that being said I generally avoid american sour beer, but I very much enjoy this and it is an easy drink to enjoy, accessible but complex, good for contemplation or relaxation, great for those who hate beer great for those who love it, not a revelation, but excellent nonetheless, well made and well done

PS: On second thought the bitterness has a soapy character which is not altogether pleasant

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Photo of dd43
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This sour is more heavy on the sour sort of lacto characteristic and not quite as fruity tart as I was expecting. It does have a tannic and oaky aroma to it. Imagine a carbonated Pinot Grigio that started to sherry. Fruit notes are quite delicate, a little bit of lemon and lemongrass, something else maybe a little like tart white grape. Carbonation is lovely enough to life this beer through to the finish but not especially gassy or crackly. Finishes nice and dry.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An important example of an acquired taste.
Important because it is widely distributed and can introduce so many Americans to such an unique Belgian style that American brewers have difficulty producing quality renditions.

Along with its Oud Bruin, Petrus Aged Pale is on the "1001" list and deserves this.
Aged Pale also is reviewed in MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" and said "an oaky aroma, hints of sherry and fruit, among a depth of flavors; the classic sourness int he finish; and an intentionally low carbonation."

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

look: very clear and pale. good retention and lacing
smell: lemon, funk, a little biscuity malt, slight oak
taste: lemony, funky, oaky
feel: sour, a little dry, sticky. well carbed
overall: decent beer, the sour lemon seems to dominate though

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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 Andrewharemza
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours Hazy golden yellow with moderate white head and little to no lacing. Aroma sour, vinegar, lemon. Taste apples, Lemmon, grapes, sour. I really enjoy this.

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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 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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Photo of DaverCS
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a soft orange hue. 1/2 finger of a white, quickly dissipating head. Scant amount of lacing.

Aroma is vinegar, funk, lemon juice, and baking soda.

Taste brings a whole new flavor complex to the idea of beer. Light tickle of carbonation; tartness is kept at bay with a white wine sweetness (think moscato). A bouquet of fruit flavors come forth near the middle of the sip. Nice amounts of lemon, green grape, green apple juice, and strawberry. Little bit of pepper. At the end of the sip, a nice bit of funkiness takes over. Also, as it warms, some of that baking soda aspect is present at the end of the sip, which mixes with the funk.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. Best sour I have tasted to date. I really enjoy that it is balanced and not overly sour. Good stuff! Wish it had more barrel character and a better mouthfeel (tad bit light). This may easily convert wine drinkers into beer. I see this pairing well with a nice salami and aged cheese board. It gets a 90.5/100.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Crisp, dry and exquisitely tart beer balanced by light hops and a smooth malt base - this is an excellent beer that starts and finishes clean. Nice hybrid between a lightly hopped pale ale with a sour/tart body. Taste of green apple, overripe peach with a champagne chaser. Great flavor profile and one of the most crisp beers I've ever skinny dipping on the Cape in November. Makes you want to pack a picnic basket with a bottle of this mofo poking out from under the rolled up blanket. Yeah - all kinds of crazy.

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Photo of tbforres
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks: A hazy pale yellow, see through but cloudy. Poured with a heavy head that quickly died down to light pale yellow blanket atop the beer.
Smell: Balsam, not a harsh or unpleasant smell but not deep or amazing either.
Taste: A fairly mild balsamic tartness that covers the tongue, back of the throat doesn't have much to it and the after taste is a continuation of the mild tartness initially. This seems to be the taste aimed for since the beer is rated as "5/5" sourness, and seems to achieve this without being over powered or unpleasant. The alcohol contributes almost nothing to the flavor, for better or worse.
Feel: Carbonated, but the bubbles quickly faded on the tongue. Overall thin, but this is to be expected.

For a sour, a wholly good beer. This is something that for the price of one 11.2oz bottle ought to be experienced ($5 US/bottle). For a sour this is an excellent example of how the more extreme ends can be very sour without overwhelming the mouth. If paired with something it should be with something able to stand up to it; a strong salami, goat cheese, or dark chocolate pair well with this.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opens with a good pop, nice white head & slightly hazy golden color. Smells sour, tastes sour, sourer than I expected. Initially tastes of vinegar , then some hop bitters & malt followed by salty sourness. This is my second sour beer & I was curious how it compared to Grand Cru which has a grape dominated quality to it. Interesting & well banded but I like Grand Cru better. No hint of alcohol let alone 10%. Excellent

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Photo of MGibbons
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The basic sourness of this beer is complicated by a citrusy tartness/bitterness that detracts from the overall character, in my opinion. I like it and I will continue to buy it, but it's not my favorite sour ale.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear gold with effervescence rising from the bottom of the goblet long into the pour. Pour produces 2 fingers of somewhat lasting, foamy, white head that leaves a wash of thin streaky lace. Aroma is pale malt, Belgian yeast esters of peach, pear & apple with lemon, sour, wood, spice, pepper & dry grass with a white grape hint. Taste is sour, green apple tart with other white fruits, white wine vinous, woody tannins, phenolic, pale malt, lemon-lime, very dry with a distinct but distant bitterness & pepper. Cracker malt & soda dryness in the peppery, vinous finish. Green apple, phenolic, mildly bitter & astringent aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, prickly, puckering & dry.

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Photo of stortore
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a bright yellow, a little cloudy, with a two finger head, some lacing. Smell is sour, yeast, some lemon/citrus, some oak, a little black pepper. Taste is sour- not overly so, tartness, white wine grapes, some lemon, some green apple, a little oak. Kind of a hop bitterness. Smooth, well carbonated, good body.

A solid sour, a bit better than average. Lighter overall than most sours. I recall it having a good price point, so it's definitely one to try.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh "AGED" Bottle of this recently put out 750's with cork top for just 9.99

A - Bountiful head on this one 2 inches plus on a goblet fill with a bright pale yellow color.
S - Smell is great plenty of Brett and lemon peels with tart granny smith apple aroma.
T - Hits you quick with a lemon brett combo that fades rather quick to dry yeasts and some bready pale malts.
M - Light bodied and somewhat crip with slight bitter on the palate beneath the sour.

Overall its a very good sour belgium pale ale good sour bite in every sip!

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Photo of shwami
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

If a Lambic had relations with a Pale Ale from across the Channel, this would be the offspring. I have a taste for sour Belgians, and I like this one, but I am more partial to the Gueuze style. Not nearly the head I had expected from a Belgian Pale Ale. Aged 3 years and poured into a Brugse Zot modified wide flute glass. Fine carbonation bubbles with a thin ring of head retained around the glass edge. Smells old, musty, but not strong. Sour smell is faint. Mouth feel is tart like a granny smith apple...very little sweetness...just hops and sour. Acidity is pronounced. Alcohol is well hidden. Enjoyable and thirst quenching although not as impressive as I would have hoped.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm...Pours gold with little head and no lacing. Filtered? Nose is vinous and tart, reminds me a bit of Rodenbach grand cru. Oak and tartness are not too strong, but give a nice clean juicy tartness. Does not have the oak fruit notes I expected. Bit of odd astringency in the finish. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 ounces served in a taster glass from a 11.2oz bottle. Served a bit colder than room temp.

A: Light yellow color, very small amount of carbonation.
S: Grapes, tart cherries, lemon and a touch of funk
T: Tart bite right up front, lemons and a little bit of malt in the background
M: Very light in the mouth, small amount of bite from the carbonation
O: Very tasty sour, got some nice depth and a mixture of flavors.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a few bubbles that dissipate quickly. Smells tart, and I pick up the oak barrel. Not unlike some wines. Taste is dominated by tart acidity. Medium carbonation. Aftertaste of acidity and fruit flavors.

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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 infinitebruner
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

August 12, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – Medium to deep gold and very clear, with a massive, foamy/frothy, bright white head with just a touch of pinkness.

S – Very sour note, hugely tart even on the nose. Some bright cherry notes, lemon, and mixed citrus in there.

T – The first impression is a sour/tart acidity with the expression of lemon-citrus. Light cracker, but sour is the star.

M – Sudsy carbonation is moderate, with a medium-thin body. Enough malt presence to offset the bracing acidity and tartness.

O – A heck of a sour beer, where you can tell everything’s been done right. Tartness is massive without being overpowering, it remains incredibly drinkable. Really excellent.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden color with with a medium-white head. Some mild lacing is left around the glass.

The aroma is bitter and earthy. I get a lot of lemon notes as well as some lighter, grassy tones. As it warms the lemon aroma resides a bit and the oak chips start to make their subtle appearance.

The taste is tart with just the faintest amount of malt coming through. This is a very well-balanced version of the style. I get notes of acidic citrus and pine, and the sweet malt backbone is subtle, but present.

The feel is medium bodied with good carbonation. The tartness lingers on the tongue for quite a while after each sip.

Overall, a fantastic version of a style I'm admittedly a novice towards. Regardless, I greatly enjoy this beer and would gladly pick it up again in the future.

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