Petrus Aged Pale | De Brabandere

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Petrus Aged PalePetrus Aged Pale
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
Ratings:
2,473
Reviews:
712
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
13.22%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
391
For Trade:
2
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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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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