Petrus Aged Pale | De Brabandere

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BEER INFO

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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Avg:
4.01
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Photo of Tony_D
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw colored ale with a white head that quickly faded and left very little lacing.

S: Smells extremely sour and tart. I'm not able to detect much else in the nose but the smell is delicious.

T: I get a little bit of a vinegar, astringency note on the taste. Starts and ends with a mouth puckering taste. Quite delicious.

M: Good balance. Very hard for me to detect much hop presence over the sour taste but the sour and malt compliment each other well.

O: A very good sour pale ale. This is one that I will regularly reach for when I'm looking for a cheap and relatively available sour beer.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Belgian goblet. My first crack at this style, which is rather difficult to find in these parts. Hoping that more examples turn up. This sour is a golden orange amber hue with ample beige foam; features larger bubbles than the Flanders reds from Rodenbach I have sampled. Smells very carbolic, like white wine vinegar, along with zesty lemon juice and a tannic woodiness. Taste is a fascinating blend of aggressive sour and caramel sweetness ... There's a gentle sweet backbone of vanilla nougat, dairy-based confectionery, carob, and raisins with a hint of dried banana chip, with all this lurking beneath another tart factor that recalls sour gummy candies, unripe cherry, pomegranate molasses, green apple, tangerine peel, and grainy vinegar. To my palate the sourness is about on par with Rodenbach Grand Cru, maybe even a hair more, with a thin body and rather prickly carbonation. Finishes dry, acidic, and woody. A tasty introduction to the style and to sours more generally.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is one of the sweetest sours i have ever had personally. My first impression was a hit of carbonated strawberry/cherry juice. It is a little sweet for my taste but you can tell this has a masterful balance. You get the oak (almost a woods) smell straight off the nose with some other red fruits.

Worth a try and if you are not sweet-adverse...worth a pack

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Photo of Badger6
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Clear golden body. Head builds fast, then recess . Lots of lace on the glass.

S: Sour. Cherries and white wine. A woody character mixed with the malts. Aromatic scent, very distinct.

T: Pucker up, this is a sour beer. Takes a few minutes to adjust to the acidic sour of this beer. Once adjusted, there are hints of fruits, specifically cherries, and a slightly vinous character. Has some earthiness to it as well, suspect that comes from the oak barrels it rests in during the aging process. No bitterness at all.

M: Light body, mildly carbonated, tries to be dry but then the sweetness of the malt kicks in then it goes dry again. Finishes neatly.

N: You couldn't session this beer, but why would you? Its something you bring out to change things up. It is so tart to start, but then it mellows. Would go well with a tangy cheese and some classical music. This is a beer to be sipped and savored.

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

A – Golden yellow. Reminds me of Thatcher’s Gold cider. Resolute and champagne-like in its clarity.

S – Citrus scent is of lime. Sour green apple. Alsace Riesling.

T – Crisply tangy and vinous following the nose. You know, this may not be the finest sour in the world, but it stills amazes me that the brewer can achieve such fruitiness and tartness without the contribution of actual fruit. Tastes like unripe white grapes in a good way.
M – I’ve always said that this beer reminds me a lot of champagne and I’ll stand by that. The fizziness is perhaps not as pronounced and it probably has a sturdier body, but nonetheless there is a similarity.

O – Complexity may not be the central characteristic of this beer, but the tanginess, tartness and white wine flavours imparted to this beer from its oak aging are clean, crisp and neatly done. This is a beer elegant and assured in its simplicity, and one which I hope will serve as an excellent launch point for exploring sour and wild ales moving forward.

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

Beer is gold/yellow-orange with a slightly orange tinted white head about 1.75 girl fingers high. Lace is patchy around the edges. Aroma is tangy and sweet. Lemon, tart cherries and stinky fermented red cherries, white wine, tea, raspberries, green grapes, and a clean light malt sweetness. Taste is tart throughout. Puckering to an extent but not more tart than other sour beers. Very light sweetness underneath flavors of musky berries, white wine, and green grape skins. Very dry, almost chalky mouthfeel. It makes your mouth water. Drinkability is solid. Goes down easy but you're compelled to space sips out because of the entertaining tartness.

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

330 ml bottle poured into tulip. Best by 25/02/15.

A- Clear light gold body. Dense fluffy white head, one finger thick retention. Decent lacing.

S- Tangy green apple. Fruity wild funk. Faint grain, pale malt. A little citrus.

T- Tangy fruit, apple again. A little woody in the finish. Some bite.

M- Tart/tangy. Pucker bite of a finish. Rather light in body. There's an apparent woody dryness in the finish as well.

O- Really tasty. Tart and refreshing. Good wood aged character.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Petrus Aged Pale has a thin, white head, a clear, yellow-gold appearance, some bubble streams, and a good bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of extremely strong, lemony sourness and a touch of sugary sweetness. Taste is an explosion of sour lemon with an underlying sweetness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Petrus Aged Pale finishes dry, refreshing, and very drinkable. If you enjoy Lemonheads or Sweet-Tarts, you might enjoy this.

RJT

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: Draft
Glass: 0.25L glass
From: Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $7
Purchased: Jan. 3, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 3, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey pale color with three fingers of white head when I got it. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. A healthy amount of layered lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention on the way down.

Smelled Sweet Tarts, Smarties, bourbon, sour cherry, sour grapes, kiwi and faint vomit.

Tasted sour grapes, sour cherry, Sweet Tarts, Smarties, grape and faint bourbon.

Light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Lively-to-average carbonation. Long finish.

A very good sour and I’m glad I finally tried it. Would be interested in trying some other Petrus beers.

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Photo of xabyss
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled dated 2011. Pours golden blonde with a decent amount of bubbly head that's there and gone in a heartbeat. Sour citrus burns a hole through my mucus membranes; not particularly what I'd expect from an oud bruin. Deep whiffs draw out barrel-tinged malts and grapefruit. On the tongue it's sharp, sour and acidic with a wonderful finish. A fine brew for heartburn enthusiasts. Sour grapefruit, juicy apples, lemon peel and a hint of cherry. It's heavily carbonated and goes down easy, though "smooth" is the last adjective I'd attach to this one. I think this beverage is doing serious damage to my stomach lining. Otherwise, sure, it's a good sour. Nothing out of this world, but a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip

A- pours like champagne; crystal clear golden in color with lovely bubbles shooting up the glass, small sudsy white head that retains long after the pour and sticks to the sides

S- tart fruity notes of apple peel, pear and white grape skin, maybe even some cherry. Sour vinegar and grainy, oaky barrel notes

T- puckering tartness up front gives way to some light and fruity flavors of apple and pear that continues into a juicy middle, highlighted by the oak barrel, which adds some woodsy and earthy flavors, the finish is bone dry and tart, with lingers of grape skin that becomes more apparent as it warms

M- Medium body with spritzy champagne-like carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a dry and puckering finish

O- a puckering sipper that has some nice fruity flavors, complimented by some nice barrel notes. My favorite from Petrus

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a large finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a very thick film and a very thick ring. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of oak and light fruits (white grape, apple, and pear) with moderate to strong amounts of tartness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of oak and pale malts which quickly becomes quite tart. There are moderate notes of light fruits (white grape, apple, and pear) along with some notes of vinegar.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness. Dry finish.

O: Very enjoyable but probably too sour to enjoy more than one of these in a session. Nice flavors and acidic prickliness.

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Photo of dar482
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden color.

The aroma has tartness, lemons some funkiness and barnyard, oak.

The flavor follows with a refreshing lemony tartness, green apples, grapes, with an oak flavor. Quite a lot of tartness going, a light body.

A surprisingly incredible beer.

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Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle to snifter

A. watered down orange, no head. mild fizzing on the top in the middle that stays.

S. Tart/Sour , sour apple. lemon.

T. Tart, to sour green apple, almost grassy at times, finishes bitter and dry.

M. Highly carbonated , yet smooth in the mouth and goes down even smoother with a dry finish, Great.

O. A great sour. Easy to come by, the apple taste overall not as great as the wine barrel aged sours but good. Price, availability makes it a winner.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My first encounter with this style of beer, a Flanders Oud Bruin, and my first beer from Brouwerij Bavik. Very excited to finally have this; expectations are high based on the beer's current ratings.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours with the appearance of a crystal white wine, but settles to a nice pale golden apple juice color when collected in the glass. Bright and clean with just a trace of sediment. Two fingers of white head settles to a foam. Looks pretty nice.

S - Ah yes, a mouthwatering aroma. Funky yeast starts things off, indistinct crisp fruitiness, apples, some sour vinegar presence, dark fruits, honey, earthy wood / barrel character, some caramel, vanilla, faint alcohol, & some soft leather. Lovingly layered and full of complexity.

T - Just the right amount of tart / sour, before the smooth creaminess of the barrel aging takes effect. Definitely dirty, earthy, and woody from the barrel. Crisp white wine, apples, caramel, and some indistinct yeast-derived fruitiness drive this thing home.

M - Feel is soft and delicate. Smooth and creamy, with just the right amount of sour / tart pucker. Finishes with a dryness similar to a white wine.

Overall, I'd say this was a wonderful introduction to both this style of beer, and this brewery. Delicious and dangerously drinkable at 7.30% abv; this is a very nice sipper of a beer. Looking forward to trying more from Brouwerij Bavik.

Petrus Aged Pale ---4/5.

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Photo of taylor714914
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice offering for a 12 ounce tart brew. Pours a crystal clear straw with little head. Smells of tart apples. Dominant flavors are tart apple with some lemon zest. Crisp dry mouthfeel keeps me coming back for more. A bit expensive, but worthy of trying and fairly accessible to the masses.

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Photo of BrandonBahula
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Lighter than I expected. Not much head but it's a sour.
S- I really enjoyed the smell. Nice sour/tart smell with a little sweetness followed by a hint of oak.
T- More sour than sweet. Real clean sourness with oak in the finish.
M- Light on the body with lots of bubbles.
O- Great for building the palate up to more complexed sours but more easily attainable than others. This is a beer that helped introduce me to a style I'd otherwise ignore. Thank you Petrus and may I somehow receive one of your wooden casks.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright straw color with brilliant clarity and some visible effervescence. Fizzy cap of off-white foam. One of the lighter colored sours I've seen.

Aroma: Classic sour yeast esters with an edge of dryness like a white wine. Some alcohol in there but masked pretty well.

Taste: Starts with an immediate sour onslaught. There is a definite dryness to the palate as mentioned in the aroma. The malt flavor is hard to detect because the tartness masks most everything else. There are some fruity yeast esters akin to dried apricot and sweet tarts. The finish is very lively with a burst of carbonation and leaves behind sour apple for the aftertaste. The 7.3% ABV doesn't come through anywhere and actually seems high given the lack of malt presence.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with energetic carbonation. About average drinkability given the nature of the flavor.

Final Thoughts: I'm basically a sour noob but for what it's worth I really liked this one. The amount of tartness in the flavor was higher than I've had recently and it made for an enjoyable drinking experience. I got Petrus Aged Pale as part of the sour power mixed pack and it was a worthwhile purchase that I'd recommend to anyone interested in the experimenting with the style for the first time. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this bottle sitting in the fridge for the past few months. For some reason I was more excited to try the 10 others I had. Was not expecting anything great. Maybe it was because the beer was blonde colored that I thought it would not be too exciting. Well I opened it up and poured into a beer glass. Nice clean looking beer with a slight head that quickly dissipates. Only a tiny bit if sediment found in the last few drops of the bottle pour. The first sip was magic! Was not expecting sour at all as I had no idea it was a sour. Clean taste. Sure, there is not a lot if heavy body but this thing tastes great! Light and clean and goes down well. The 7.3% ABV hits you with a nice bang after a few sips. Can't really taste the alcohol and so it seductively gave me a nice buzz. Smells like apples and vinegar. I love this beer! No wonder why it won the WBA best specialty pale ale in 2011.

It's funny how I let this thing sit in the fridge because I didn't think this would be any good. Goes great with sweet foods and dessert.

Great beer!

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a warm orange color with a sticky white head that clings to the edges of the glass. Beer is brite.

The aroma is of sour, funk, and a little bit of barnyard. Not a lot going on but also not overwhelming or obnoxious as some sour beers can be.

The beer is tart and brite on the palate. Beer is slightly fruity, acidity is a mix of lactic and acetic acid.

Mouthfeel is medium, not thin as some sours can be.

Overall a very tasty sour. It lacks a lot of complexity but the beer is so crisp and bright on the tongue that it more than makes up for it. It is also refreshing that the beer is not overly barnyard or funky.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, coded 41162 (??), poured into a Zwanze 2013 glass today, 10/30/2013.

Review #262.

Pours an especially pale straw-copper body forming a decent 1cm white head that disappears fairly quickly. Looks rather effervescent with bubbles rising to the surface, otherwise placid. Not much lacing nor collar to be seen.

Tons of green apple skin tartness in the nose. A good bit of vinegar acidity, touch of earthy funk. But honestly not much else going on here.

Flavour does not taste quite like an Oud Bruin. The grape/green apple tartness is very pronounced. Some acidity is there, but its not exactly teeth-rotting. End of the palate is pretty heavy on the oak and vinegar.

Incredibly drying beer. My mouth is really dry and craving more of this lighter bodied brew. Very well carbonated. Aftertaste is mostly tartness and vinegary acidity with some wood.

Solid blonde sour, not too complex, nothing special. Its certainly not an Oud Bruin in my opinion. Good gateway sour, but its not something I'd lose my mind over.

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

- Pours a golden yellow, slightly hazy, with a cm of foam.

- Smells of lemon and sour grapes.

- Taste is tart lemon up front with sour grapes and oak. Sourness doesn't linger and the finish is very mild, slightly dry. The finish is refreshing, however, this beer is not complex or multilayered.

-Overall a very decent sour. It is able to satisfy a sour craving, but does lack complexity. This is a great introductory sour as there is nothing too offense or bold or funky. Also, it is readily available and affordable at $4/bottle, I like to keep a few of these around for a refreshing weeknight delight.

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Photo of GJ40
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a 750 ml bottle with a date of 07-05-15. Started at 50 degrees.

A - Golden and clear with a moderate head of large bubbles that dissipates quickly leaving a small dusting of foam.

S - Very woody at first and maybe a little cardboard. It gets better as it warms. The wood seems to fade and other aspects emerge.

T - Minimal sour/tart. I expected more. Fruity with some wood and alcohol. The wood and sour notes come out more as it warms.

M - Light and airy with a moderately high carbonation.

O - I didn't like it off the bat but it got better as it sat in the glass and warmed up even more. But I still didn't love it.

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

Petrus pours a primarily clear golden color, with some hints of bronze. There's a thin ring of pure white sitting on top. The aroma was an excellent bouquet of floral and fruit scents, with a slight suggestion of funky yeast as well. The taste revealed the benefits of aging with a pleasant earthiness, and a tasty cider sourness. Very tart and wine-like. Moderate body with a dry mouth feel. I would have loved to have a nice cheese plate with this... maybe next time. Order this when you can fully appreciate it's delicate beauty... this is one fine sour.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Broken from the Sour Power pack I split with someone a while back... So far, it was disappointing, but I had this recently and enjoyed it. Re-drinking it and reviewing it live. Poured out of a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a normal looking pale amber color seen in various generic Belgian ales, except this was a little bit less golden and more on the orange-amber side (no doubt due to the oak). Pours a modest head about 2 fingers high even when poured aggressively, which soon settles down leaving behind a ring and minimal lacing. Not much carbonation overall, and indeed, the appearance is rather vinous. Looks calm and serene, with glowing elements I enjoy in sours. I fail to see how this could be classified as an Oud Bruin, but I suppose it was - before the funky stuff came into play, that is.

Has a terrifically damp and musty profile right at the front of the nose, with strong notes of musty stone or brick (that which you would find in an old building - one perfect for making these beers!) as well as vinous and stone fruit notes. Notes of tart white grapes (reminds me of a Chenin Blanc), as well as dried raisins, apricots, green melon, and green apple peel are in this - juicy, fresh, plump lemons pretty much are explosive overall. The oak is present, providing a bit of vanilla and baking spices, maybe some nuttiness, but the funky fruit and yeasty characteristics are very prominent here. Very unique and excellent stuff.

There's an immediate tart flavor that immediately strikes the senses, in a super puckering and soured sensation that becomes more satisfying the longer that this is consumed. Notes of sour apricots, tart white grapes, soured peaches, under-ripe melon, and intense lemon peel are very present, juicy, and flavorful. There's a floral finish, with notes of orange blossom. At the end, there's a bit of the sweetened yet dank flavor of oak, that is slightly woody and filled with notes honey and vanilla. However, this overall proves to be pretty musty and tart through and through, and the fruit profile is terrific overall. To add to the juicy flavor there's a creamy feel and decently carbonated profile to this. The lactic strain, however, is intense, and sticks with you even hours after consumption. There's a bit of a burning sensation from the relatively high ABV at the finish, but otherwise, it's well hidden. A complex but easily enjoyable beer for sour fans.

Excellent stuff - perhaps the best offering from this brewery. Despite not seeming too bottle-conditioned, I feel this would develop very well in the bottle over time. It's interesting to see a Belgian pale turned upside down and becoming a refreshing and complex offering as a sour beer. The oak and yeast are the stars here, but that Belgian sweetness (which can get grating) is far different here, and resembling actual off-dry fruit rather than something more mundane. Recommended, but don't go out of your way to get the Sour Power pack just to get 2 bottles. At $4 a bottle elsewhere, however, this is a good bargain indeed.

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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
90 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.
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