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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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

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3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold color and nearly clear. Mild head that leaves nearly no spots on the glass. Steady stream of minute bubbles continuously work upward.

Highly soured, smells very similar to a hard cider. Light alcohol in the background.

Mild start to the beer, but the swallow is explosive with a lot of sour apple and lemon flavors. The aftertaste is surprisingly short. The flavor is solidly like a soured apple cider. Good body and carbonation.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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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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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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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%

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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%

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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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4.3/5  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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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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