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 acmurphy696
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid beer with a pleasant scent and good taste on the tongue. It feels good on the mouth and is definitely a good beer overall. It certainly has character.

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

Poured gently into a tulip glass it is a mostly transparent, deep gold color and it produced a pretty substantial soapy white, semi fizzy head. Decent amount of lacing.

It smells like very ripe fruit, and funky yeast with noticeable musty/mildew like wood.

There is a sharp, sour acidic bite that settles into fruity flavors of pear, apple, and white grapes. Also oak, and a sublte darker fruit in the background.

It is crisp, and lively, but not light bodied. A decent amount of heft.

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Photo of Buck89
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. A slightly hazy light amber color. A modest white foamy head that slowly settled. Aromas of funky wood, oak, vanilla, and some fruity notes - tart apples and cherries. Moderately sour up front, with earthy, woody notes followed by tart cherries and then a nice citrus note. Dry and crisp on the finish.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co Wine & Beer (Glasgow):
Quite a strong, funky offering that came through with a lot of tart & Belgian yeast to give the beer a zesty, lively feel that was also quite dry. Initially quite a pungent opening, thankfully the beer settled down & mellowed out a little as it was given time to open up & breathe. There was some nice fruits coming through at times, the apple & citrus flavours being particularly enjoyable but there was definitely more alcohol showing nearer the end than I'd have liked from this one. Overall it was quite a pleasant beer that started well but faded ever so slightly nearer the end; it's still one well worth trying though.

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Photo of anon
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Average appearance on this one, nice golden colour with little head retention or lace. Smell is faintly yeasty and woody. Lots of crisp apple, clove and straw. Taste is funky and woody. Dry straw, apple skin, lemongrass, white grape. Not overly sour.

Citrus rind in the finish. Dry, light and crisp. An absolutely solid brew, but I wasn't blown away by this one.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a traditional golden straw color, moderate head that fades rather quickly & leaves a watery lacing. Aroma is very sweet with notes of burnt sugar, candied apple and some grassy notes underneath. Taste is obviously sour-heavy, with the majority coming as a moderate locato b flavor mixed in with wood, leather and some nuttiness / dark fruit from the oak aging. Carbonation / mouthfeel is good. A standard for the style but with so many great sours out there it certainly feels a little quaint.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - golden body with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly
S - fruity aroma with some biscuity malt
T - sour & tart with grape, apple, pear, apricot, oak; a little salty & quite acidic with some zesty orange on the finish
M - medium body, higher carbonation; zesty, dry, tart finish
O - I don't think I've had anything like this. Seems like a sour but has some other elements in there that resemble the pale ale. Fun to try!

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 ounce bottle into a clear glass chalice. A moderate pour produces a short lived head the dissipates to a solid ring of lace around the edges. The beer is a pale golden color with light carbonation and moderate haze.

The aroma strongly suggests the tartness within, with definite notes of cider and light funk. The flavor has a puckering tartness with some funk and a moderate amount of base bitterness for balance. The sourness lingers into the aftertaste and is especially perceived on the back of the tongue. Notes of semi-dry cider dominate the flavor profile, accentuated by some boozy phenols. The mouthfeel is fairly thin for the ABV.

I bought this as part of a variety six pack for $23-something (steep!). The other beers are blends, and you're supposed to experiment and create your own. It should be fun.

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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 ManapuaMan
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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