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%
 
 
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ManforallSaisons
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a day after its best-by date (sorry, but it does purport to be aged) into a tulip glass, which turned into a gorgeous amber globe unsedimented, translucent liquid under just a scrim of ivory lace. The smell reached me immediately, well before lifting glass to nose: sawdust, as if from sandalwood or some other aromatic specimen, (and on further study) spice aromas, orange blossom, vegetal-chocolate notes, some toast. (It would be top score if only if it were a bit stronger.) Dryness and astringency rush in with the taste, giving much more feel before flavors emerge. Those are of a subtle sweetness of citrus and yellow fruits, a bit of cinnamon toast. I'd love to try this with some spicy food, a soft cheese -- lots of different possibilities.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of MadScientist
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A light golden beer with excellent clarity and enthusiastic effervescent bubble streaming to the surface. The rocky white head fades after a minute leaving a ring of foam on the surface.

S: The Calvados oak barrel, a lactic sourness and a spicy dry hopped aroma blend together making for an inviting bouquet. There is a moderately-light vanilla and a very soft malt aroma in the background along with a mild apricot ester. No alcohol nor diacetyl noticeable.

T: Ummagumma that is tart! Intense sour tartness, crisp and dry. There isn't any hops flavor and little malt flavor to speak of in this beer. For as dry as it is there is still that sweet tart quality even though it's almost all tart. There doesn't seem to be that much hops bitterness either but the acidity make it seem like there is some. So the balance is almost completely sour and tart with a dry finish having a quick juicy somewhat fruity aftertaste. There are a light and bright fruit flavors and a little bit of spicy phenols.

M: A light bodied beer that is highly carbonated giving a bit of that carbonic dryness. No creaminess, no astringency nor warmth.

O: Sour fan Nirvana, this is a clean and intense sour beer with an awesome aroma. I haven't had a more sour beer that this and I'm loving it.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of spoony
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From an 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

A-Pours a golden color with some copper highlights. Really clear with a decent amount of fine carbonation visible. I got one finger of off-white head that disappeared pretty quickly. Nice lacing on the glass.

S-Oak, and lots of it. I also got some cider notes and there was also some funky, earthy character. I picked up a little alcohol heat, too.

T-Sour and oaky, like you would expect for an oud bruin. The sour flavor was more apple sour than cherry sour, however, and there was a pretty substantial earthy under-tone. To me, the finish was the most interesting part. I got an almost buttery, nutty flavor, like cashews and brazil nuts.

M-It was pretty carbonated with a fine champagne feel...not meant for chugging.

O-I enjoyed this quite a bit. This was a unique, complex, and drinkable sour beer that didn't just pucker up with the usual cherry flavors. Ask me after I have another bottle if I still enjoy the strange, buttery finish, but for now, bravo.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to bring one of these home from DeCicco's in Brewster, NY, this sour brew is a pale golden yellow color with a decent white film on top and nice, random lacing. The aroma brings granny apple sweet and sour with slight fermentation and juniper evident. The flavor pretty much zeros out with sour apple and lemon lime bite over a struggling biscuit. There’s some doughy yeast of course, over thin sharp carbonation in this light bodied, tingly brew. Beautiful.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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

No freshness dating but it has 41010 stamped on back of bottle.

A= Pours a light yellow color with a thin head that falls fast to a thin cap on the top of the head. Holds little to no retention.

S= Smells of deep sour oak cask. Tons of oak covered by tons of tartness and a bit of funk. It smells like a dank cave or something filled with barrels. Dank is actually a good way to describe the aroma. Dank sourness. Not weed dank but dank dank. The dankiest.

T= The taste is a nice tartnss to it that actually doesn't oer bear the tongue. A good mix of acetic acid and a lactic acid. An oak flavor to it and a little funk but not as much as the nose.

M= Well carbonated.

O= This is actually a nice brew. I usually don't care for Oud Bruins because they are to acetic for me. This is an exception. A nice mix of Acetic and Lactic to make a balanced tasty sour.

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of WynnO
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lightly chilled 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Look- Glass-clear pale gold with three fingers of crackly white head that falls quickly. No lacing.

Smell- Assertive sourness up front, somewhat fruity, very champagne-like. A vague nutty background that reminds me of walnuts.

Taste- Explosive green apple cider dominates from the get-go, turning more raspberry-like with a hint of still-juicy peach pit/semi-sweet tannic quality. Fades into a woody cherry vanilla with a bit of dry toast and soft dried fir needles. There's quite a bit going on here, but it took me a few sips to get past the almost overwhelming sourness. Finishes clean with a gelatin-like nonflavor and lingering lemon vinegar.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, crisp carb accentuates the sourness. Bracingly puckery, extreme coating and dry/astringent towards the end. Perhaps I served it too warm, but it's not nearly as clean as I had hoped. Did I mention coating? I feel like I need to brush my teeth. Well, it sort of makes me want another sip, but I wanted something a bit more light and refreshing. One is a good serving.

Overall- I'm not sorry I tried it (well, maybe sausage for dinner a few hours ago was a bad pairing, I deserve the heartburn), but I probably won't be picking it up again. It's certainly complex, and I enjoy the bold flavor, but it's simply too acidic and (somehow) cloying at the same time for me to want to spend over $.25/oz. On the other hand, it kind of reminds me of warhead sour candy, which is... something?

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jtd1969
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden pour. Crisp carbonation. Not thick or lacing... Dissolves rather quickly.

S - wine like in smell. Apple vinegar with a fruity sweetness. Not a heavy vinegar smell, only slight.

T - Lots of sour cherry, with an acidic burn on the swallow Some oak along with the cherry taste. A really refreshing sour.

M - Medium body with lots of acidity. Light crisp carbonation.

O - A pretty good sour. It was a tad too acidic for me. But the flavor of the cherries and woody ale like finish were a delight to drink. Not for everyone, but a must for those that like sours or like to try various types.

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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden pour with nice clarity. Visible carbonation comes to the surface. White foam sits high and then settles quickly. No lacing.

S - Scents of sour cherries, and apple cider stores in a wooden barrel. Has an acidic smell, and an aged refined scent you'd find with a reserve wine.

T - Sour cherry flavor is dominant. Acidic bite at the end is almost vinegary. Wood notes are present.

M - The balance on this seems a bit intense even for a sour. Clearly something you sip and enjoy.

O - Good example of the style and farily easy to get.

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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale golden ale. Fairly clear. Nice thin white head. Some cling.

S - Nice skank. Funky, not much malt there.

T - Rich tart goodness. Malt complements but lets the tart sour aspects ride.

M - Light to medium body, good carb, great balance.

D - Extremely drinkable!

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3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P:  Crystal clear golden body with festive carbonation and a thin white head that fades quick. 

S:  Super tart vinegar, lemon zest and pickles with a nice powdery yeast with citrus fruits surrounding the collective aromas. Spices and a timid aroma of pet urine,  white grapes and a subtle musty basement aroma. Slight medicinal notes as well. 

T/M:  A burst of tart vinegar and lemon oil. Almost like biting into a lemon wedge.  The tartness is overpowering all other flavors. Pale malts and aged wood notes followed by powdery yeast and white grapes. Taste is very close to the nose. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is stingy. Alcohol is more noticeable once warmed but hidden nicely. Finish is dry and lingers white grapes, apple peels and lemon oil. 

O:  Tart and crisp. One beer that I prefer to have cold to reduce the puckering tartness. A enjoyable sipper that I wouldn't wan to have too many of.  Due to the price and availability I probably will not have this too often. A nice change of pace from the normal beer that I drink. Cheers! 

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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
4.01 out of 5 based on 2,473 ratings.
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