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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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another wood-aged sour to taste, another brewer to sample. Cheers!

A: Wonderful presentation: a shining amber-golden body with a stark white, bubbly monster of a head above. Retention is just a thickened version of what was there before, and lacing is stringy and abundant.

S: Sour green apple and sweet lemon-lime flavors are mainly what characterize this nose, with a tart sensation of fresh berries interspersed within. It’s a bit soapy-smelling, but not in a bad way. Light, green grains, apple cider vinegar, fig, and just the slightest hint of wooden complexity.

T: Very strong tartness – it’s truly a puckering sourness. Best part is, though, that it’s fruity and natural-feeling, not overly lactic or thick; liquid green apple candy, you might say, with tones of cherries jubilee, blackberry jam, blackcurrant, and orange juice. And even with all that, there’s more than enough oak and grain to balance it out. The grains are pretty sweet, but earthy; tastes of cream cheese, sweet corn, sourdough bread, and young wheat bring a loveable tannic profile that matches the sours damn near perfectly. Oak here and there, but not like it was aged for twenty months (as the bottle says). The aftertaste is crisp and malty, with only a hint of sour citric acid hanging on, meaning this one is a sipper that I’ll never get tired of.

M: Best part of the brew, bar none; this is absolutely weightless in the mouth, foaming up like cappuccino cream on the tongue. So smooth, so incredibly drinkable, so perfectly carbonated.

O: A sour that truly kicks ass. I’d buy it by the gallon if I could – I doubt I’d ever get tired of it.

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

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: very light yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of egg shell white head that drops to a thin cap.

Smell: Lemons with a hint of yellow apples, oak, and cereal note, and grainy.

Taste: Mild sour lemon, some hay, corn husk, and oak. Finishes with mild lemon tartness that does not linger for very long. Its got a soap & gummy bear aftertaste that adds a weird sweet note that is hard to descern. I dont care much for aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with moderate carbonation. really drinkable and well carbonated. Crisp, clean, little bit dry. at over 7% ABV it hidden well.

Overall: Nice beer just wasnt a fan of the aftertaste. Everything else with this beer was pretty solid.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a swing-top Deccico's half-growler into a DFH pint glass at Durge's.

A: Poured a hazy, golden yellow color with plenty of protein chain haze and yeast buildup in the glass. The thin head of bone white foam dissipated quickly but left a slight ring around the glass.

S: Very sweet, tart and fruity, like yeast, acidic hops and Granny Smith apples. There is a candied, gummy and funky essence emanating from the brew.

T: Wholly tart and acidic, the sour flavors take over almost immediately after the initial hit of sweetened, flowery malts. Dry and lactic almost, the brew takes sharp, sour and fruity jabs at the palate that are almost puckering in their attempts. The finish is dry, with a cloying, sour sweetness that slowly fades with some peppery citrus flavors.

M: Light, crisp and tart, this brew does form a slight buildup and is almost puckeringly sour at times.

O: A very unique beer and one that couldn't be had in a session environment. Palate and tartness aside, the ABV is rather high, but well-masked at 7.3% ABV, and the yeast would likely wreak havoc with your gut flora after a while. I'm not racing to have it again, but it was a different nightcap that usual.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of ElCommodoro
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours beautiful orange color. Smells EXACTLY like apple cider.
Taste is also a lot like apple cider, but a very sour one. And a bit bitter. I can't really pick up the oak or earthy characters over the sour, fruitiness of it. Guess cuz I'm a noob to this style. Delicious for something so sour and appley, though. It would make an excellent cider.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of bennetj17
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold, light haze. Decent thick white foam, but not much retention. I guess this one doesn't look dark as the style would suggest. The smell is awesome, a woody, vinegary-sour explosion with tangy fruit notes. Some floral sweetness rounds things out, but mostly this smells like it's going to be a nice, tart treat.

The taste attempts to delicately balance a hint of candy sweetness against the tart fruit, but in the end this is a full on sour experience. It's a bit lemony up front but finishes with a touch of dry grains to round things out nicely. The acetic acid really shines through after a few sips, it's not quite puckering, but close. The alcohol is not discernable, and seems much lower than it actually is. Light to medium body, with a fine, prickly carbonation.

I can't believe I've not tried this beer before, I either didn't notice it, or it just wasn't available for a long period. This is a fine Flanders style ale, with a clean, focused sourness, and drinkablility through the roof. I would have to say it looks to be quite underrated.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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2/5  rDev -50.1%

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

A: I always wondered what beer took to get a 5 in appearance and this is it. A smooth amber orange sunset color which a whispy head. Few bubbles make it an elegant looking beverage.

S: I gotta give it a 5 here as well. Sour orange lemon. sweet. Some cinnamon to it, a little spice. Blends very well.

T: Truely a strange one. Super sour then fades to some fruit then some oaky bitterness. The alcohol hits at the end and it really takes away from the beer. The other flavors really are more fruity and light and the alcohol cuts through in a way that makes it rather overwhelming.

M: Sits a little sour but certainly bareable. Not bad.

Overall very nice. The high alcohol really takes away from a otherwise near perfect beer. The oak is a little odd. It has some complimentary notes but is also a little off. Overall a rather nice beer.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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

Picked up a 330 mL bottle of Petrus Aged Pale from Craft Beer Cellar. Enjoyed this bottle in my Dogfish Head snifter, the perfect glass for such an aromatic sour ale. This is my first Oud Bruin, so I'm excited to see how it compares to other sour styles I've tasted, like Berliner Weiss and Flanders Sour Red Ale.

Appearance (4.5/5): The beer pours an off-white head of about one and a half inches. It has a slightly cloudy amber color. Lots of bubbles can be seen rising to the surface, which is now covered only by a thin layer of foam.

Smell (4.5/5): Great tart aroma on this beer. The best approximation I can make is sour black cherries and green apple. You can also smell some woody notes in the nose from the barrel-aging. Excellent complexity.

Taste (4.5/5): The taste is of apricots, tart plums, green apples, and cherries with some woody tones and a little grain in the finish. The sourness is not exactly puckering; there's a subdued sweetness that nicely balances up against that sourness. Really exceptional balance and complexity in the flavor, as in the aroma. Has a refreshing quality.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Vigorous carbonation combined with the tart flavor gives Petrus Aged Pale a slightly prickly mouthfeel. It's moderate astringence and prickliness makes this a relatively interesting beer to sip on. Drinkability is high, but don't slam this beer! Savor every last nuance.

Overall (4.5/5): Petrus Aged Pale is simply an excellent sour ale. I was not sure how it would distinguish itself from a Flanders Red like Rodenbach Grand Cru. Most notably, Aged Pale has a lot less of the red wine-like character Rodenbach possesses. It separates itself with its evident wood notes and tart fruit flavors, matched with an excellent effervescence. Go out and buy this beer.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a crystal clear light orange with a one finger pure white head. Looks absolutely gorgeous!

S- a very light vinegary aroma comes out of this one...just the right amount to tickle my nostrils without driving me away

T- there's actually a nice sweetness in the beginning, with a light bit of citrus. The finish is crisp and tart, but not overwhelmingly sour. Quite tasty

M- body is rather on the thin side

O- would it be out of bounds for me to say this reminds me of a good, tart cider? Because it does, in color, aroma, and flavor. Excellent beer, and at five bucks a bottle (at a Philly bottle shop, nonetheless), it's affordable too

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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