Petrus Aged Pale | De Brabandere

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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

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#2,662
Reviews:
719
Ratings:
2,504
pDev:
13.02%
Bros Score:
4.4
 
 
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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
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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Photo of Brad7132
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jtd1969
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Photo of Hopswagger
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Photo of JasonSiedman
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of fehrminator
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ehammond1
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, Ca

Golden and orange with a moderately-sized off-white head that leaves messy, irregular, spiderwebs and lines of irregular lace. A gorgeous beer from Belgium--surprise, surprise.

A lot of white fruit and juicy grape elements shine in the aroma, along with good amounts of wood and some basement mustiness. Very interesting and pleasant. This isn't at all what I expected, and it's wonderful.

The flavor follows the aroma with a good wave of acid and sourness complementing the white fruit, grape, and wood notes. Low to moderate bitterness. Somewhat sweet, as well, but the flavors work in harmonious concert.

Thin to medium bodied with high carbonation.

A very enjoyable surprise. I would love to have this one again.

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Photo of JonathanSuarez
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of sproston33
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DioS
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of IsaacHolmstrom
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow, fizzy, not much of a head and minimal lacing.

Smell - Very funky, sour tart fruits, Some yeasty fruits like cherry and apple.

Taste - Much like the smell, very sour/bitter vinegar flavor. The oak is noticable with each sip. Very tarp fruits, espically apple, plum and white grapes.

Mouthfeel - Tounge and palate gets soured to hell. Fruits bitter and sting til the finish. Aftertaste is dry, sour, bitter and dry.

Overall - Really overboard sour, to the point to were only sour fans should try. The oak flavor sneaks in at the finish but relaly, this is striaght up vinegar sour. No balance, no spices or sweet fruits. Only for sour fans.

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Photo of pkalix
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i like the taste of vinegar, but never expected so much in a beer. after some research and realizing it's supposed to be this way, and once i got comfortable that i didnt get another spoiled petrus product (as i did in the sampler pack a couple weeks ago), i really gave it an honest try and realized i like it. a lot.

finger of white head, leaving quite quickly, it looks like an apple cider, or an apple juice. not an impressive looking liquid although a beautiful golden color.

the smell is of some over-ripe (expired?) apple juice. can tartness be 'smelled'?

the taste is the same as the smell, but slightly dry, very vinegar-y and leaves the taste buds without the expected bitterness after it's down. there is NO semblance of alcohol in the taste.

you can 'feel' the tartness on your tongue and the carbonation is pleasant.

overall? the above sounds like a negative description but i really like this brew. it's not so rich, not so tart, and not so tasteless that i couldnt enjoy a few more of these in succession. i tend to grow weary of the same beer after three or so but i believe i can easily do three of these @ 750ml. it does have some wine-y characteristics. it does have some 'green apple' as someone else mentioned earlier. and i almost wanted to expose it for a 'flavored' offering as belgium is so noted for. but it's a different type of brew and i really like the simplicity of it and the sourness. even a babboon and a monkey gave it decent ratings recently... try it.
added later: drinking this again, a 'special' thought came to my mind- Summers's Eve. yes, it does, but i still love this brew. vaginal connotations not withstanding....

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Photo of scottiethebody
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of yamar68
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure how this is considered an Oud Bruin? No matter...

Very pale indeed - pours a pale yellow gold with a finger and a half of starch white head that sinks out to a stubborn collar. Excellent lacing.

I get a number of chardonnay qualities on the nose initially. With a bit more warmth comes some Christmas spice, sour fruit, and a slight suggestion of alcohol on the tail end of things.

Very smooth to the taste. Doesn't pop quite like I thought it might. There's a tart character right at the front that begins to swell into a sour finish but instead mellows out and dries up quickly. Overripe fruits and fresh oak. Amazingly well balanced for the style.

Certainly a unique drink - give it a go if you see it on the shelves.

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Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of dhbiker0889
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of lern
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of kk73
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of apocalypsezombie
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Consumed 8/19/12

Appearance: Pale, golden yellow - fizzy white head, keeps a fizzy white head, mostly clear, leaves a few spics of lacing

Smell: Waves of sour and tart, with some straight-up acidity and Belgian yeast - some light fruits (apples, berries, some citrus), and some light sweetness - sour and interesting

Taste: Prickling acidity and sour, with some light sweetness and lots of fruits - like tart apples, white grapes, oranges, lemons, and pineapples - some wood - some pale malts at the base - lightly bitter, but this is really about the sour

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, lingering puckering sourness

Overall: Way more interesting than expected

This is more sour than some beers that are explicitly advertized as "sour." Seriously, this is intensely tart and sour. Not for anyone afraid of sour.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy gold. Head is minimal, bright-white and drops away almost immediately.

Smell: Pale malts and tons of oak. Sour funk. Hay, raw honey and lactic sour. Sweet spiciness. Cinnamon. Earth. Odd caramel sweetness. Lemon flesh and straight citric bite.

Taste: Odd citric sweetness coupled with loads of oak and caramel sweetness lactic sourness builds as the beer warms. Hits that weird almost vomit level of straight sour. Lemon zest. Earthy hay with some grass. Malty sweetness I would expect from the style. Faint spiciness in the back. Pale malts.

Mouthfeel: Dry, very dry. Strong carbonation over a medium body. So dry.

Overall: Odd. Incredibly odd. Drink it.

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