Petrus Aged Pale | De Brabandere

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium
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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 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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Photo of Jables
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok. I'll admit this beer is way over my head as far as my experience with a with a wide range of beers. I had never had anything quite like this. the yeast yields a near cider fruit flavor. the mouthfeel is still full and the finish is fruity and light with a citric aftertaste. The whole flavor is absolutely out of this world and the drinkability is second to none.

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

A nice beer. It poured a nice dark amber colour with a littles head. Smell was sweet and sour and with one sip it did not disappoint. Although I was disappointed about the Alc content. I think that if it came in at 8% or higher it may have intensified the flavour a bit.

I like the sourness with alomost a vinegary flavour. Very drinakable and recomeneded.

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Photo of Bunnyhop
2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A golden yellow, slightly hazy Belgian Ale with a small white head that stays to the finish. There is a sourness to the smell with a bubblegum undertone. The taste is most definitely sour, peppery, with a citrus bitter finish. It is very winey tasting also. It has an overall firmness in my mouth. This ale definitely tastes much better after it warms up a bit, to its proper drinking temperature, when cold it tastes very sour and almost vinegary. It is very complex, and I definitely liked it better as it got warmer, even then it still has a sour taste (it kind of grows on you though, at least it did to me). Not my favorite but, I think this ale is more of an acquired taste.

(source: Great Beers of Belgium)

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Photo of Hex92
1.24/5  rDev -69.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm a BIG fan of all things Belgian (beer that is). I received this as part of the Belgian Beer of the month club, and thought it was the most disgusting thing I have ever drank in my life (even worse than a Caribe Shandy). I can't believe that others have rated it so highly. The beer was so sour that I thought it had gone bad. Apparently I am not a fan of sour beers. I will definitely avoid any others I come across. The Petrus looked halfway decent in the glass, but thats the only positive thing I can say about it.

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

The pour is a lightly foggy gold or straw color, the head is massive, and the lace in firm sheets that clings to the glass till the very end. both a brilliant white, but alas they do desiccates to quickly for my liking. Nose is has an unmistakable tartness that borders on being astringent, also there is malt, citrus, and Oak undertones, an interesting nose to be sure. Front is malt, but the massive sourness hits you immediately, the top skimpy, the finish is devastatingly acidic, pertinently hopped, dry as a bone aftertaste. One damn fine beer, I've not sampled a great number of "Red/Sour" beers, but I do like this beer.

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Photo of packetknife
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very unique beer in my experience. It's strong, has a musty (but pleasant) smell. It's sweet with a bite. It's very different and at first sip most people are a bit taken back. Try try again.

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

This beer you definatly have to go in with a clear mind,knowing that this beer is like nothing you have ever had before.Rustic nose and you can smell the tartness.First thought was this taste like Rodenbach Grand Cru,and I thought that bottle was bad,come to find out that is the style,who would have thought.So please go in to these beer with the knowledge that they are different.

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

When I tasted this last night, the first thing I wrote down was, 'This kicks ass!!'

But I've got to back up for a moment. Initially, the smell intrigued me. Very sweet and spicy, with a mix of fruits and a touch of honey and yeast thrown in. I knew this was going to be something different. I loved this beer at the first sip. It has a sour tartness, along with with a fair malt sweetness. The sweet and sour flavors causes a pleasantly bizarre blend that I honestly cannot explain fully. I'll just have to stick with my original, though not very eloquent, statement that Petrus Aged Pale 'kicks ass!!'

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Photo of jreitman
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first sip I had of this beer instantly reminded me of Rodenbach (for very good reasons). Nicely complex, sweet sour beer in the flanders style. Definitely requires some getting used to, but most people I have shared the beers with ended up enjoying after the initial shock :) As you move the beer around your mouth (as is common with this style), the flavor profile will change fairly dramatically. Drinks almost like a good wine. Petrus Aged Pale is a very refreshing wine-like beer, great for summers spent lounging in a deck chair.

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Photo of pbrian
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man oh man, what a beer. First of all, if you're new to the Flanders' style "sour" beers, be prepared for your next beer epiphany. The first sip puckers your face inside out. Don't judge the beer yet, keep going and you'll become hooked. The intermingling of sweet/sour is simply amazing. Extremely complex yet refreshing. Seek it out.

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