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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pDev:
13.02%
 
 
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Photo of neonbrown82
2.24/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I was very highly disappointed with this beer. There is not really anything good that I can say about it. It poured to a clear strawberry blonde color with very little head that faded to absolutely nothing. The smell and taste were horrid, like drinking vinegar straight. I ended up pouring this out less than half way through. I never thought I would see the day where I wasn't even able to finish a beer. As bad as they are, I've always been able to finish a cheap macro lager, but not this, which was unfortunately rather costly as it is a belgian import. I would definitely not recommend it.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a lighter-orange, hazy body, fairly small white head on the top. Great scent, mixture of bubbly gum sweetness, fruity tones, and malts. Intense rush of flavors for generous carbonation. Smooth malt, somewhat sour, lemon zest, bread, some bitter hop, and a slight hint of alcohol. This is a pretty solid beer id say

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Photo of Mitchster
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy light copper, forming a rocky and soapy white head with very good retention and nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is wonderfully intense, with lots of rotting apples and sharp sour fruit funk, candi sugar, pineapple and green apples...wow! This makes my mouth water. Mouthfeel is tangy with a medium-light body. Taste begins with sharp citric acid sourness with a mild acetic touch, followed by rotting green apples, sour pucker schnapps, musty and dusty Belgian basement funkiness, mild pale malt with low residual sugars or sweetness followed by a very tart, near bile-like sourness with a distant touch of copper pennies and peppery zing of alcohol. Finish is mouth-puckering, but not astringent. Lingering citric acid sourness of Willy Wonka sweet-tarts in the finish. Alcohol is imperceptable.

This is a wonderful beer, but candi sugar and more malt sweetness would make it absolutely delicious. If only it tasted as good as it smelled. Still, this is great stuff and I would gladly drink it again.

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Photo of freed
2.16/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This was a bargain belgian ale, which I've learned is not a good way to choose.

It pour a rather ravishing golden - almost a Sparkling Cider golden, with a rather curious amount of carbonation. It was pretty, but odd.

The aroma was purely apple. Beyond the point that it should.

The taste was a horridly strong apple. I'm sure there were supposed to be other flavors, it was an ale, after all. But I never found them. All I got was apple. Not the slight-windfall cidery apple you normally get in a Belgian, but a predominantly apple cider mix with a little bit of peary.

Poured the bulk of this one out.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle. Pours a clear straw pale gold colored with a fizzy white head. Streaming carbonation after head settles. Honey and sour, flowery nose, earthy and oaky. Tastes like honey at first and then gets gripping sour and dry notes in the finish. Oak aging is present throughout. Healthy carbonation keeps it crisp on the palate. This is a very nice beer for many reasons. It drinks like a Flemish red or brown except it has pale characteristics. Like a Chardonnay versus a Cabernet in the sense that they're both dry, but are essentially different. I don't even drink wine.

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Photo of rastaman
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled, thanks to mat. This was so good, just amazingly sour and tart, really wild oaky character, so well balanced, juicy and refreshing, lemony and some funky earthy barnyard stuff going on, i justed wanted to drink more and more and more. great beer. yum.

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Photo of Crosling
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden.

Heavily aromatic, dry, mostly sour, with notes of lemon, green apple, red apple skins and oak.

Complex, refined and great for the style but beyond the sourness, there isn't much flavor here, nor body. Lemon, grapefruit and green apple are present in the back of the palate. Totally different from red ales and oud bruins I have had in the past.

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Photo of bditty187
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, peachy-gold in hue with just a tickle of amber interwoven. There is no animation yet a bubbly white head of one finger in height formed. Not surprisingly the head retention was fair, at best. Before long the head fizzled to a loose cap, soapy with naked pockets. Subsequent lacing was spotty. The appearance is pleasant but dull. The nose is vibrantly acidic, awesome! Sharp lemony notes dominant, hints of wood at the back. There is some distant spice and alcohol. Peppery. Minty. Light yeasty funk. Everything aside from the acidity is light to faint in potency. While I can’t call the nose complex, I can’t call it simplistic either. It is very inviting with enough layers to damn near force me to drink. Well, the nose didn’t lie. The palate is very acidic. My first sip shocked me a bit. I got over it, needless to say. Lemony flavors developed, dry in the middle, woody too with faint hints of pepper and mint. Right before the finish there is a juicy burst but the finish is dry and quick to end. Overall the palate is lackluster as there isn’t much going on. Sure I like what I taste but I want more of it and more complementary flavors as well. I must complement the fact that I can’t taste the alcohol. The very light carbonation is noticeable and more is needed. Medium in body but it feels a bit too light. Empty. Also the aftertaste is too clean, did I just sip a Belgium ale? My mouth says no. Overall, this beer doesn’t impress me at all. I don’t think I’ll bother with this one again as there are many better beers akin to this one. For some unknown reason I put off sampling this beer since February. I bought my bottle in Iowa City. Disappointing.

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Photo of rkhaze
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark gold color with a smallish white head.
Smells of citrus and mild tropical fruit, lots of earthy wood and a wierd smell that reminded me of green olives? It had a vinuous nuance to it.
Clean tart/sweet taste. Citrus, mainly lemon and tangerine, honey sweetness and a vinuous oak woodiness. Finished bone dry with a musty yeast aftertaste. Almost like a less tart gueze?
Light bodied with a full carbonated mouthfeel.
Once I got past that weird smell this was rather enjoyable. Light, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Wildman
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden color and formed a small, bubbly white head that left circular lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of cherry, vinous quality with some wood aspects. A flavor of cherry vinous with some lemon present with a touch of grain. A sourness/tartness one would expect in this type with a slight astrigent aspect.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Rodolito for a rare and marvellous example Appearance is first a surprise, but you get to love it like a child who's the smallest of his class by a head. This can't be clearer, I see my finger prints through it, but the head my friends is the perfect white, sticky as if it weren't enough. The body is pure liquid gold, very shining, spectacular one may say. Very effervescent from the outside look. Aroma of wet hay, apple cider, grass (saison anyone?), a bit of funk, a definite sour touch, dry, not unlike a good champaign, grassy. Isn't this well structured and beautiful? In mouth, this is also reminiscent of champaign, very white wine alike in the dryness. Lightly bitter finish which adds a new complexity. Moderately malty with peaches and pears flavors. It's mostly about the delicate dryness though, puckering and hayish. Mouthfeel is quite biting, thin-medium and a nice fit. I feel I don't have the words to do it justice though, there'd be a lot more to say, but it's hard to be put in words. Very complex for sure and rather tart with gueuze character. Lovely dry aftertaste. I think this would be hard to drink in any kind of large quantities though, just like champaign once again. Truly in a class of its own and worth seeking out.

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Photo of ark57
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a dark gold with a slight haze and a thin white head. It is musty smelling and I can tell it is going to be sour. I like it already. The body is lean with some wood barrel notes. The sourness hits up front, but it is malty enough to keep it from being too puckering. There are some honey and floral flavors. It finishes with some oak and warming alcohol.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the typical 11.2 oz brown bottle, it pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a frothy white head. The smell is tart with some citrus notes, but the smell doesn't really prepare you for the taste. This stuff is t-a-r-t, tart: almost gueuze-like in its ability to pucker every orifice in the body. Although it's a bit of a shock at first-even for the normally tart style-it seems to mellow after a few sips and a bit of warming. It's certainly not an all-day beer, but it's another nice example of one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a golden color with medium level billowy lace.
Aroma is somewhat vinous with some tart cherry or raspberry hints. Sort of musty aroma with heavy oak hits. Very wine like aroma but with malt instead of grapes. (if that makes any sense.
Flavor has pale malt, slight smoke and peat, some nuttiness and maybe some green apple thrown in.
Mouthfeel has some acidity and tannins.
Drinkability is solid but one is enough, definite beer to savor and sip.

& Mouthfeel: Lip smacking tartness upfront subsides as soon as the palate becomes accustom to the level of acidity. Oak flavours draw the mouth towards dry yet there is just enough sweetness from the grain to meld with the tartness for a sweet-tart juicy middle. Hints of earthiness show a complex yeast. Faint sherry character as the warmth of the alcohol becomes more apparent with its slightly ester profile. Finishes with more wood on a dry note.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Petrus Aged Pale Grand Reserve was served from a 330 ml bottle depicting a pair of rugged Belgian men handling an oak barrel suspended from a chain. The beer was poured into a chalice style glass, with a fizzy head rising and quickly falling to become a ring and scattered spots of foam, leaving fine persistent lacing. The murky glowing pale peach liquid was alive with fizzy vigor, like a magical potion. The aged pale was also alive in the nose, spewing out potent clouds of tart fruit candy powder, late harvest grapes, and acidic, oaky pinot noir. The taste was crisp and dry, with a moderately acidic peachy tartness held up by an excellent body...full, smooth, and perfectly carbonated. It finished with a quickly diminishing dry acidity, leaving only faint traces of tart essence on the palate. Good, but a little short on the finish. This was an enjoyable sour beer that I would recommend to fellow fans of sour/tart beers.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a smallish 33cl brown bottle with a clean label. Nice fresh beer!

Poured into a 33cl Rauchenfelser glass (hey, it was clean) and it pours a beautifully toasty golden color with the barest hint of a white head loosening from the sides.

Aroma is of strongly acidic yet sweet apricots with a bit of leathery driness thrown in. It is very bracing and announces, "I have no hops, but I am no sissy beer."

Flavor is first dominated by a sharp acidity that greets the lips with a good sting of CO2 as well. As this fades, the acidualated and dried peaches and apricots rise from the pale depths to wash the tongue in flavor with a spice blend from the yeast, acid, and hops. Faint metallic twang rides between the fruit and acid.

Finish is actually smoothly acidic disappearing off the palate yet leaving a bit of sweetness on the lips.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden amber with a nice sized frothy white head leaves more than abundant lacing, I'm happy so let's move on. Aroma: Very tart to the nose with a cidery dry finish to the nose here not much hop profile apparent but the tartness sure sticks out like a sore thumb. Taste: Coats the palate with a balanced tart sensation letting out a meaty malt profile with sweet flavor that came with the aging and the oak barrel definitely shines it's light through in the flavor of this aged ale. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied ale with a puckering effect on the palate that gives my taste buds a craving for more of the same. Drinkability: In closing all hail the flemish style pale ale from Petrus it brings joy to I this fine evening.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 330ml/11.2 fluid ounce bottle. Labeled as “Petrus - Aged Pale – Grand Reserve - Belgium Ale” and has a listed strength of 7.3% ABV in the bottom left hand corner, The reverse label has a printed “2003” indicating that this is the second batch released from Brouwerij Bavik.

So a little bit of history. Petrus Oud Bruin is made with 33% freshly brewed but oak-aged Brown Ale, which is then blended with an oak-aged Pale Ale. This is said Aged Pale Ale which is not usually available as a stand-alone beer. First bottled in 2000 and released as part of the Michael Jackson Beers of the Month Club in 2001, this is the second issue (2003) of the Petrus Aged Pale Ale. Made only with Pale Malts it spends 2 to 3 years in oak barrels. Limited Release.

Appearance: Pours with a champagne like effervescence that forms a large white head that is smooth and frothy. It looks fantastic in the glass when first poured. The head slowly settles but never gets below a ¼” collar. The body is a pale gold at the bottom of the glass with some dark copper hints at the top, the color of the beers body grades lighter as you look down the Glass, weird but very cool.

Nose: Vinous acidity in the nose mixed with a damp wood odor. Farmyard funk that has a sweet/sour aspect. A lot of Autumnal country smells that beggar’s description but are simply marvelous.

Taste: Awesome. Starts with a biting sharpness and some expulsion of carbonation in the mouth which quite literally blows you away with its immensely huge impact. Like the first time you have a traditional Gueuze or the first time you ran into a wall when a Child. It has a complex Sweet/Sour profile that continually comes and goes. A very unique beer. How can a beer so pale and golden taste like a Flemish Red or an Oud Bruin? Woody middle with some funky yeast in the back end and a sour long, long lingering finish. Amazing!

Mouthfeel: A fantastic spritzy sourness sucks the cheeks in whilst at the same time coating them with a sticky sweetness. Smooth and velvety it fills the mouth like a soft expanded foam.

Drinkability: Lambic, Oud Bruin and Flemish Red lovers will immediately take to this, as I indeed did. Even given its aggressive sweet/sour taste profile and complexity it has a fantastic Drinkability that simply belies belief.

Overall: Looks like a Weak Lager, drinks like an Old Bruin, tastes like a Flemish Red. This is a very interesting beer, I’m so glad that I finally got a chance to try this one. A quite remarkable beer. Mind-blowing.

This is a Limited Release beer.
A MUST TRY if you see it. Excellent!

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Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown bottle with the year 2003 on the back label.

Appearance: Medium foaming off of a hard pour, wonderful rimming of Brussels Lace over the slightly weathered golden hue.

Smell: A bit tart with suggestions of cherries and a bit vinous as well. Faint oaky woodiness mingles with the grain, very aromatic in a mildly pungent way.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Lip smacking tartness upfront subsides as soon as the palate becomes accustom to the level of acidity. Oak flavours draw the mouth towards dry yet there is just enough sweetness from the grain to meld with the tartness for a sweet-tart juicy middle. Hints of earthiness show a complex yeast. Faint sherry character as the warmth of the alcohol becomes more apparent with its slightly ester profile. Finishes with more wood on a dry note.

Notes: A beautiful beer, as the beer caresses the mouth the tartness awakens the taste buds. Very refreshing and a perfect pair to a simple goat cheese. This beer is not for quaffing, sip and savour every drop.

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Photo of ADR
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a LaTrappe chalice...head is decent but spreads out to a skim in the wide bowl. Dots are the primary laces. Hazy orange, greenish toward the surface. Aroma -- that's the ticket, sour and compost musty. Plenty of carbonation, great sense of white wine that's backed up by a butt load of ginger and red hot cinnamon. Almost a Gueuze-like sourness, an aftertaste that gives and gives and creates a memory. One tick up on the sweetness scale and this beer would be among my all time favorites -- as it is, a great and challenging beer. The biggest Flanders Red I've encountered so far.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of marc77
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Turbid dark golden hue. Lean, but steadfast white head yields sparse lace. Pungent, barbed waft of acetic acid hits the nose upfront. Fruit, of a woefully underripe green apple nature, ensues along with understated notes of soured, tannic oak. Quite enticing aromawise. Cuspate lactic tartness is incipient in flavor, but is softened promptly by suggestions of crab apple and sourdough. Rounded enteric horse and hay notes emerge mid palate, but are subdued enough not to perturb the simple tart apple character. Very well attenuated, with an initially prickly, lanky mouthfeel softened by suspended yeast. Imperceptible dextrins or residual protein. Notes of oak augment as the brew warms and add depth to the pervasive tartness. Finishes bone dry and abrupt, with a snap of sour currant and ethanol warmth. An intense, yet balanced brew. Very much like an aged Gueuze in its mixed acid character, although obviously richer in ethanol. Very tasty, and most worthy of a larger, 750 ml portion. 11.2 oz is insufficient.

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Photo of ElGordo
2.65/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a pale golden hue with a light foamy head. Smells like it tastes: very acidic, with some citrusy notes. Very gueuze-like. Best served somewhere between room and fridge temperature, the flavor blooms as it warms. I don't know, I'm not really a fan of this one. It did pair well with some fresh mozzerella, with the acidity contrasting nicely with the softness of the cheese. Still, there's not much there, just a mouthfull of bitterness.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.7/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted at 2003 Kempisch Bierfestival in Geel, Belgium...

Appearance: light amber, sudsy white foam (a thin layer), OK retention

Aroma: berry-like tartness, slightly yoghurty, a bit woody, worcestershire sauce

Flavor: citricly sour, slightly gueuze-like, some hints of that horsey Brett character, a bit harsh in the dry finish

Mouthfeel: light body, champagne-like carbonation, acidic

Overall Impression: A neutral beer Petrus makes to blend with their regional offerings. It is also intended for export to the US, though it is not for sale here commercially. That's OK because I'd rather spend my time with a good gueuze instead of this stuff. I ordered this one based on my server's recommendation, but I wished that I had disregarded him instead.

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

Light golden color with a full pillowy off-white head, good carbonation, and sporadic lace. Sour aroma dominates with some noticeable oakiness. Sour lambic-like flavor in the forefront. Any fruitiness is sour green apples. Medium bodied with a dry acidic finish.

Not sure what style this belongs in so I guess this one is as good as any... think of it as a Pale Oud Bruin.

Per M.J. notes: aged up to 30 months in oak. only pale malts.

(11.2 oz. / 330 ml)

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Photo of RoyalT
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Poured a nice, thick, super-light orange with a terrific head that laced slowly down the glass.

Smell – Wonderful sherry-like aroma reminding me of my Alvear’s Cream. The oak scents come out as well. This has a beautiful, sweet and sour bouquet.

Taste – The acidic vinegar starts this one off, giving a slight sting in the mouth. This is followed by the deep sour backbone, heavily laden with table sugar. Towards the end some malt actually comes out. This is a good mix.

Mouthfeel – Exhilarating! This one will wake you up.

Drinkability – I’ll give my bottom dollar to the guy that can chug this bottle. This is a sipping wine (I like it before dinner or late at night). It doesn’t really go good with any foods, IMO. My penchant is to take this style on an empty stomach, preferably while sitting in front of the tube watching the M’s play ball.

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