Petrus Aged Pale | De Brabandere

2,474 Ratings
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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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz glass into a goblet. The pour is lively, with plenty of carbonation, almost champagne-like. Aroma is of unripe fruits, cherry, apple, some grape. Not much in the aroma in terms of the oak casks, although I did get some vanilla in there. Taste is quite sour, particularly on the front end. Some more balanced sweetness comes out in the finish. Light mouthfeel, really like a sparkling wine almost. Overall, I really enjoyed it!

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of TheBigLebrewski
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My highest rated beer yet.

The color is the sunshine glinting off the wedding ring the girl you grew up next to gave you, as the sunrise peaks through the open windows facing out from your castle tower honeymoon suite onto a secluded cove on an unnamed island. The head is the exact color of that beautiful godly frosting that comes with toaster strudels and somehow looks even more enticing.

The smell is confusing in the way the first time a girl grabbed your junk but didn't do anything else with it sort of way. Kinda like... I feel like we could think of something better to do with this, and do it now.

I don't want to talk about how it tasted. My goddamn earlobes are exuberant, and my toenails are tingling.

Imagine a naked, blonde masseuse covered in olive oil and carrying a golden harp is alternating between singing and rubbing herself all over you. Now imagine tiny ones are chilling on each of your taste buds. Such is the mouthfeel.

It's worth a try.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of wedge
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Busy Bee

Clear golden color with some scant wisps of cream above. Acidic, sour fruity aromas...notes of apple, grape, citrus, and some of that barnyard funk. Flavors of sour, tart fruit met with a gentle sweetness, lactic acid, grape, cherry, and light citrus. Not much character from the wood, from what I can tell. Dry, medium-light bodied. Not sure about the Oud Bruin classification, though I understand this is the "mother beer" used to blend other Petrus beers. Regardless, this is tasty, sour stuff.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of shand
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poor Petrus Aged Pale. This beer resides in a sad equilibrium - not extreme enough for the hardcore sour lovers, but far too sour for the casual beer fan looking for something new. Those of us looking for a great, expertly crafted sour will find plenty of to love here. Petrus Aged Pale pours out a golden color with a small head. The aroma is tart and vinous, with some oak and cherry rounding everything out. The taste is excellent. It's tart and sharp at first, with a great apple and cherry bite. It's very acidic for sure, but doesn't come off as being too far down that line. I'd like to credit that to the oak-aging, taking a bit of the bite off with just a small contribution to flavor. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is excellent. Overall, a superb sour beer that's readily available and accessible.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – clear gold with a shirt-lived, white, bubbly head

S – oak, woody, tart, lemon, apple, white wine

T – white wine, oak, buttery, lemon, tart, sour, alcohol

M – viscous, crisp, light to medium bodied, dry, some warming alcohol

This is a decent beer, but comes across more as a tart white wine than a beer. I enjoyed it, but in the end the flavor left me wanting something more. It’s definitely worth a try nonetheless.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of kirs10jones
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly one of the best sour beers I've tried. Beautiful color and carbination. For such an easy to drink sour excited it's about 7.5%. For being labeled oak aged I didn't pick up that note..perhaps because of the sourness being so powerful. I do wish this beer was more accessible to get.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of SHODriver
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a light brown to deep orange with a finger and a half of bone colored head that fades to a small mat and a collar around the glass and solid lacing
S: smells slightly fruity with a whisper of cherry, huge note of vinegar with a little bit of funk and some tannins
T: starts slightly sour with a bit of a woody note then gets a bit sharper in sourness with a bit of sour cherry flavor, a bit of residual sugary sweetness but it's very light. aftertaste is more vinegar acidity with a slight cherry flavor and a bit of oakiness
M: light to medium with soft carbonation and a nice pucker. finish is a little slippery
O: nice sourness, good flavor, and not as overly sweet as some examples. Excellent balance of sourness in place of bitterness with the residual sweetness. An excellent example of the style.

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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%

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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