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 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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Photo of drtth
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This bottle has about two years of bottle age, having been waiting patiently in my basement for this meet up.

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear, lightly rich golden color with a 1/4 white head that soon recedes to a ring and thin island of foam. Sipping produces some scattered patches of lacing, most of which slide back down to the beer. While the head is gone before the beer there is still a small ring and a visible bit of carbonation to the end.

The aromas are a complex mix of tartness and lemon-like citrus with touches of some malt in the background. While the oak doesn’t really show when the beer is fresh from the fridge, but as the beer warms in the glass, traces of oak begin to emerge and mingle with the aromas.

As expected from the nose the flavors are tart and citric with some malt sweetness and oak in the background. What surprises is the complexity of the flavor profile in that neither the tartness nor the citric seem to dominate and each seems to have the opportunity to come and go on center stage with background support and a touch of sweetness from the malt. While the oak is initially hard to detect, as the beer warms it also becomes a background player.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and there is some faint prickliness from the carbonation. The finish begins in the tartness as everything slowly recedes into the background leaving a slight acetic dryness in the back of the palate and a desire to take another sip.

Overall this is a very well made beer that has a lot to recommend it, both for its complexity and for its smooth gentle finish. I can see myself gladly having this beer again in the future but from the 330ml bottle rather than the 750, which would be too much in an evening, not because of the ABV but because of the complexity of the beer. Also, then half of the beer doesn't need to be recapped to wait for tomorrow night.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/8/15 DE pool

The look and smell are both decent. There is some sour that hits you but not crazy funk. The look is straw yellow with ok head.

The taste is really good. Salty and sour. Very nice mix. The feel is more of a dry champagne. The more I drank the more this reminded me of champagne.

Overall pretty good and a lite different. I will say I really didn't get a whole heck of a lot of oak and that probably would have made this beer even better.

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Photo of Premo88
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into flute

L: clear gold, just a hint of amber in it to give it a peach look, small head of white foam just 3/4-inch tall but very sticky, leaving a thick coat of foam on the glass, keeps a super thick collar and almost full skin; not nearly as much lacing as sticking, and about 1/3 into the glass, that thick collar and full skin has turned into a tiny little collar (still noticeable) and maybe a 10-20% skin ... still plenty of bubbles rising in the column, just not much foam on top

S: sour ... dry white wine, vinegar, sour grapes, kumquats -- tends mostly to sour vinegar; as it warms, lets off a very sweet note, almost a bready malt aroma trying to squeeze through the sourness

T: super sour and a pinch salty, the sour punches you in the face and gets the mouth watering, then a subtle yet very present sweetness comes in to tame that first punch of sour; oak wood; while it's got a super dry white wine flavor, don't taste alcohol yet can feel the warmth of the strongish ABV; lemons

F: light and very crisp ... works perfectly with the flavor profile

O: this is pretty dang good ... for sour purists, it's loaded with big lemony taste notes and some white wine/vinegar in the nose, and for us sour novices, it's got just enough oak flavor and sweetness to tame the tartness and make it easier to drink. I love it. Not as sweet or fruity as Monk's Cafe, but with a pinch more sweetness than the Berliner weiss.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a nice thick white head of two finger height. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is quite strong of a sour apple cider vinegar smell which is mixed with a tart green apple like sourness. Along with these sour smells comes some aromas of an oaked smell and a little bit of a white wine vinegar and a little bit of lighter cracker aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a little bit of a cracker taste mixed with a good showing of a sour apple cider vinegar taste. Other fruit tastes of sweet apple, peach, and pear are present upfront. These are light overall and fade over time as the taste advances. All the while, the sour flavors get stronger and stronger with the apple cider vinegar getting stronger and being joined by a tart green apple flavor and some other vinegar flavors of a white wine vinegar nature. The oak while not very present upfront makes it’s showing at the end of the taste, with it growing to a rather decent potency and actually complimenting the sour flavors rather well. With the loss of the sweet fruit and the advancement of the sour vinegar and green apple flavors, one is left with a rather drier and moderately puckering sour flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thin with a carbonation that is rather moderate. For the sour and tart flavors of the brew, with the lighter flavors and nature of the beer, the lighter style of the carbonation and feel are quite nice overall and help make a more approachable beer, all the while still being a very slow drinker in light of the sour nature and abv.

Overall – A fairly nice sour overall with a drier and moderate sourness being complemented by a lighter fruit and decent showing of oak. While not the best sour out there it certainly one to try if you find it, especially if you like a little oak flavor.

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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 Moose90
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from 750ml bottle

A — Pours a light yellow color into the glass. There is a light white colored head on it, though there is minimal lacing left behind.

S — Smells of tart lemon, fresh grass, bit of lime, green apple, sour, fresh and bright.

T — Tastes like a great champagne, very bright, lightly tart, refreshing.

M — Medium bodied, high carbonation, very easy drinking.

O — Great overall, really not sure how I slept on this one for so long. This is a total benchmark sour.

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Photo of Myotus
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikasa tulip. Pours with a half finger's worth of white foam that dissipates to a quarter's worth within 30 seconds. Dull gold in color. Bubbles are scarce. Has strong sour yeast, mild green apple and oak, and subtle cherry, coriander, and peach aromas. Initial taste is full on simultaneous ambush of all the flavors there were sensed as smells with a differing magnitude in taste: strong green apple and sour yeast; mild oak, cherry, peach, coriander, and smoke flavors (not sure where that smoke came from (magic?)). Medium bodied, mild carbonation, with a crisp finish. A great oud bruin! Definitely will buy this again, but try it in a snifter next time when I do.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a disturbingly clear yellow, gold with a one finger white head that doesn't stuck around long enough to enjoy the party. The nose is my favorite aspect of this beer.its sour up front with a 7up sweetness it the background. It also has a wooden, unripe apricot smell that I look for in sour beers. The flavor is nice and enjoyable, but it lacks the extreme sour that I have grown to long for. Overall, this is quite a nice beer. I just wish it were a little more aggressive.

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Photo of Jrguru
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great sour front, clean and tangy. Finish is smooth, not overly malted and stays on the pallets several minutes growing slightly more sour as it sits on the tongue. Great sour, would recommend.

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Photo of ajchocholousek
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 11.2oz bottle into Surly Teku:

Pours a brilliant golden straw with just a tinge of orange. Big fluffy 1+ finger white head that sits...and sits....and sits...and it's just not going away! Billowy and chunky. Beautiful.

Nose hits with a nice sourness that shows notes of apple, cherry, a touch of wood, and faint hit of smokiness. A little bit of lemon and coriander as well. Complex. Nice.

Mouth feel is more viscous than anticipated, but the good bit of prickly effervescence really carries it along to prevent it from weighing anything down. Taste is big and sour. A nice acidity leads the way to gentle, rindy lemon and grapefruit notes that play with a bit of apple and a, perhaps expected, firm bit of woody bitterness and slightly barnyardy funk.

A really nice, effortless drinker of a sour. Really hides its 7.3%. The light-enough body sends this right down the hatch while the acidity keeps you refreshed and the fruity/woody complexity keeps you interested. Great beer. Will keep buying from time to time.

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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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