Petrus Aged Pale | De Brabandere

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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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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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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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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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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

Poured from a small bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tall snifter. The pour is fairly clear, gold in color, and has a small white head. Nose is musty like an old book and has notes of apple and lemon.

Medium body, firm mouthfeel, and lots of flavor. You get a soft, fruity sweetness up front which is very quickly overtaken by a big, strong, sour apple acidity. The tartness intensifies through the finish, leaving the mouth very dry and salivating. Lingering flavors include sour apple, lime, and white wine.

This is an awesome beer. It's complex, flavorful, and refreshing. It's like a cross between a geuze and a triple. A must try for fans of sour beers.

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4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color yielding a sudsy white 1.5 finger white head. Very little head retention. Decent lacing.

S: Green apple cider vinegar. A little barnyard funk and sweet hay. The nose really takes me to the middle of an apple barn on a cool fall day.

T: Acetic sourness across the palate. Mellowed out well with the oak from the barrels. Fruity green apple and quince with a surprising kreik-like finish. Very tart, but overwhelming. The funk is there, but is quite pleasant. Some slight bittering hops present themselves which is unique.

M: Thin with moderate to high carbonation. Easy drinkability.

O: I rarely associate a beer's smell with a place or event but this one does it spot on for me. I am not a big fan of the "sour-styles", but even I think this one is pretty daggum good. This one will definitely be enjoyed again.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz into a tulip (code 40266). Pours a crystal-clear golden color w/ a sudsy bright white head, sticky lace, moderate carb.

Aroma is tart, funky, a little grassy.

Taste is sour, oaky, vinous. Like a Russian River sour, but cheaper.

Mouthfeel is clean & crisp w/ a sharp bite on the finish. Refreshing, dry.

Overall, I think I've found a new go-to beer. A solid, interesting Belgian ale.

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