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

A: bright orange yellow with a thick and creamy white head and moderate lacing.
S: Scotch and coriander.
T: Sourness dominates, with light spice in the background and a bit of citrus and vanilla.
M: decent body, very smooth.
D: Not my taste, but a decent example of the style.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful crystal-clear, yellowish-orange color, nice thick, shaving cream type head
S: earthy with malt and hints of sour, some vanilla
T: very drinkable, sour is noticeable up front but nice balance with malt
M: very good, quenching, no major pucker factor, refreshing
D: very, very drinkable

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Photo of Stigs
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet...

A - one finger of fluffy white head quickly retreating. the liquid is a bright gold color, and super clear. looked impressive while the foam stuck around.

S - loads of sourness, makes my mouth water. very faint notes of oak, lemony citrus, and cherries.

T - sweet on the front of the tongue, then a huge rush of sourness. not overwhelming or unpleasant, more awakening and lively. sourness carries the cherry flavor, with a hint of lemons near the end.

M - loads and loads of carbonation, a perfect transport for all the sour fruit. finishes very dry and clean, begging for the next sip.

D - this was the first sour beer i ever had, about a year ago...and for a sour patch kid junkie, i fell in love with the style. since then i've had more robust and puckering beers, but love the drinkability, price, and availability of this one.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden, much like any old pale ale. I didn't pour it, but it has no head on it, and little to no active carbonation. There's a slight haze and no lacing. A second pour resulted in a very nice white head.

S: Sour, but not overwhelming. A little fruity, hard to describe but not bad.

T: Black Cherry Warheads candy. That is this flavor, and to me, that is all this flavor is. Really puckering and good.

M: Not fizzy at all, but the sharpness of the sour makes it seem more so.

D: Ehhh, well, like Black Cherry can't have too much.

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Photo of illidurit
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange gold with a fluffy white head that leaves some scattered lace. Aroma is tart but perfumey once you're acclimated to the sour aspect. Lemons and bruised apples come through in the aroma as well as the flavor. The oak is subtle, as is the alcohol, but they're apparent if you look hard enough. Fleeting licorice accents, also some pepperiness. Interesting and fairly complex, but a little thin in body.

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Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/burgundy color with an off-white, two-finger head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of oak and wood with some funky/spicy notes.

T - Whoa! There is a strong sour apple flavor. It is very tart and acidic with touches of fruity sweetness.

M - It was very sharp and popped on the tongue. A crisp, medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good sour beer. I can't imagine having more than one in a session, though.

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Photo of Pencible
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a clear light gold with some white head. It smelled like white wine and vinegar, with sour yeast and green apples and a bit of grassy hops and oak. It tasted like champagne grapes and sour yeast and some green apple, with a bit of grassy hops and oak. It was watery with a lot of carbonation, and had a lasting dry sour aftertaste. Overall this seemed more like champagne than beer, but it had an interesting and decent flavor. The sour and bubbly character made this a definite sipping beer, but the alcohol was pretty well hidden. I don't have a lot of experience with sour beers, so this was challenging for me to drink. But it seemed generally enjoyable, even though it's not necessarily refined or delicious.

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Photo of jminsc76
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a Delirium tulip, pours a nice white head atop a murky, orange-ish body. Exhibits some decent lacing at first but dissolves quickly. The head reemerges greatly upon agitation.

Refreshing aromas that include slight citrus and grapefruit, horse blankets, and oak. There is some sweetness in the nose as well, perhaps even some vanilla or light butterscotch. A complex bouquet.

Flavors are tart, funky, earthy, and slightly fruity. Produces a puckering reaction, and while it's fairly pleasant, the nose is more complex than the flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry, almost too much so. Kind of chalky. Then again, I did eat a whole spinach salad prior to this and am wondering if that's contributing to the chalky feeling. Slightly sticky on the gums but also quite light in consistency.

Overall I give it a good grade. I will have to try this again solo, without the influence of spinach on my palate, but I can imagine the flavors and consistency improving. I will give this one an update.

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

Appearance - Pours a clear light gold/bronze with a fluffy white head. leaves splotchy lacing.
Smell - Tart apple, some lemon, slight funk.
Taste - Puckering sourness, but not very intense. lots of tart apple, funk and some sourness.
Mouthfeel - Light body, nice carb, very dry finish.
Drinkability - Drinks very nicely, but I think one or two would be enough.

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Photo of prosper
2.73/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear-ish gold with a small white head.

Smells of a non-descript acidity, and some fruitiness - apple. Maybe like a cider. It's a familiar smell, but I just can't quite pin it down.

Taste - wow, sour. I can feel my teeth melting. Bright, fruity. Again, I'm thinking cider. Burns on the way down, like drinking vinegar. Not my thing. No hops, or malt; not really much complexity there.

Mouthfeel is bright and effervescent. Very dry. Thin. The acid is strong, burning.

Actually, I do think this would be a moderately refreshing drink, it's clean and bright.

I've got two bottles of this. the second one, I think, might be a good candidate for cooking. The bright acidity and slight fruitiness might really add some nice character to a stew, tomato sauce, or something else.

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Photo of Overlord
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly orange gold. Large big bubbled foam head quickly dies down to a nice half an inch of crust, with a thin layer of bubbles. No Flat Abbey here!

Smells faintly of vinous tartness, more strongly of acidic lemon, and faintly of oak. Interesting. Kind of like a "sour lite." Nothing about this really screams oud bruin at me. If anything, the two beers I'm smelling are Consecration or Sang Royal.

Taste is, again, like a Consecration-lite or Sang Royal-lite. Oak comes across much more strongly. More vinous/grape than I would have thought. And a bit of interesting pungent lemon/acid and .. .is that funk? ... that gets to be a bit too much after a while. A 12 oz. bottle is just the right amount.

At 3.50ish not a great price point, but definitely adding it to my sour rotation.

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a stemless wine glass. Bright golden yellow color with some orange highlights. Fizzy 2-finger head that settles quickly to whispy lacing on top with great lacing on the glass. Mostly tansparent body with just a tad it of haze. Small bubbles floating to the top.

S - What a great smell. I couldn' stop smelling it. Gold pale malts with a sweet alcohol aroma and some hop spicyness. Some green apple aroma with lactic acid that creates a lightly sour aroma.

T&M - Much more sour than the smell. Nice and puckering tart green apple with pale malt backbone. The finish is of a green grape. Dry in the finish yet refreshing. Medium-high carbonation adds to the dryness and creates a creamy mouthfeel. I do not detect the alcohol much. I think the alcohol is detected in the dryness.

D - A sipper for sure. Very pleasant on a warm afternoon. Goes down easily but makes your lips pucker as you drink, but not in a harsh, uncomfortable way. Could maybe drink two in a sitting but it took more more than an hour to sip one.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this one for a while! Poured it into a Leffe goblet after work. Thin head, but some active carbonation. Color is that of a slightly burnished pale gold.

Aroma-wise, if you put a blindfold on me and asked me to smell it, I'd think a gueuze was before me. Smells dank, with plenty of cellar quality - wet wood, leather, rotting apples, a little lemon zest. I always love reviewing a wild beer....I imagine someone reading this and thinking "why in the hell do I want to smell that in my beer?"

Damn, this is right up my alley. Slightly sour up front - there's some lacto and pedio, Brett kicking in that old boot-flavor. This gives way to a drying, tannic oak. Definitel dry - there is very little sweetness, even very little perceived fruitiness to my palate. It's unadulterated "old barrel," pretty much.

Lively feel but doesn't have a terrible carbonic bite.

Quite refreshing and drinkable, I was surprised to find this up above 7%. Like most dry sours/wilds, it isn't a bad one for hot weather. I could definitely get used to having this around.

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Photo of Tolnik
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This murky brown beer was poured into a pint glass. The smell of slight bitterness with tones of sweetness in the after aroma. The taste is that of a granny apple. The tartness that it gives but the sweetness of the aftertaste. Overall a great beer to enjoy.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Pale amber, clear, with about a finger of extremely pale yellow colored head. Retention is somewhat short, though a small thin collar remains. Lots of bubble activity from the bottom for the first few minutes. Minimal lacing.

S - Certainly "funk" is the main aroma happening in here, though there's an overtone of apple cider approaching vinegar. Hay, grass, clay, onions, lemon peel, sweat, and some leather hiding in the corners. While Petrus Aged Pale bears some resemblance to a gueuze, the aromas are much more attenuated and there's some ever present sweetness throughout.

T - The "funk" hits immediately, specifically focusing on the hay-like and earthy flavors with touches of leather and wood. Sharp cheddar cheese and mustard seed also come to mind at times. Moderate funk turns vinegary with apple-like overtones and fleeting but noticable suggestions of sweetness. Sourness continues to grow and harsh lemon-peel dryness wipes away any trace of sweetness and introduces a moderate earthy bitterness. The intensity of the vinegar-turned-citrus-turned-almost-medicinal late palate makes for an extremely drying experience.

M - Light bodied with some tight, moderate to low carbonation.

D - For a fairly intense brew with a lot of funk and sourness going on, this is definitely more drinkable than others I've had. The mild sweetness tempers some of the sourness and the light body helps everything go down as well. Not something I'd have more than one of, but a bit easier to drink than I was expecting after reading others' comments about the levels of funk and dryness.

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Photo of somabeer
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured out a nice pale gold with a few fingers of foamy head, not a lot going on the nose some fruit, some yeast but the taste is amazing, lots of sour tang. It tastes more like a Basque cider than a belgian beer. There is fruit and citrus. Unlike a lot of the sour red there is no ketchupy or bandaid taste, to distract from the funky sourness. It's a great beer with a light mouth feel. One of the few sours I have had, where i could drink more than one in a night.

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Photo of farrago
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin head which quickly dissolves down almost nothing, the lacing is made of very minute bubbles but lacks stickiness. Burnt orange to copper in color, good clarity yet the intensity of the coloration gives it additional visual solidity. Sour lemon and orange citrus build first in the nose, cocktail bitters, sharp rye notes, the brown sugar nuances aren't very sweet, same good be said for the terse apricot, peach fruit scents, more pit than pulp, overall has directness and force. Medium-bodied, here too retains a military erectness and compactness, this in spite of a strong prickly carbonation to it. The inherent acidity to it heightens the sourness of the lemon, orange citrus, touches on white grapefruit. There's a raw yeasty quality next to the rustic rye bread element. Apple, apricot, peach, cherry fruit more present here, but not by much. The oak comes across as sour too, like dill herb. Keeps you mouth clenching, close to full-on pucker. Can't fault its energy level and has above average length and tenacity. Just a question of being "in the mood" for this style of beer.

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Photo of llikkrad
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is deep golden in color approaching amber. Tiny Champagny bubbles. Bubbles are extremely scrubby. Apricot, bacon, and subtle apple cider on the nose. It has a firm aroma of funk, but not offensive. Sour apple cider on the palate. Still apricots, touch of honey, clean fresh pear, Citrus zest finishes long.
The body is light, it has a medium viscosity, high acidity. It coats your mouth like riesling would, with a slightly oily feel. You can feel this on your teeth if you chew it. This is a very nice session sour, especially for the price of $4 a bottle.

I am not sure if Flanders Oud Bruin is the right style for this one though. It reminds me more of a Belgium Strong Pale, Golden Ale/Biere de Garde, than it does a Oud Bruin. Plus Petrus makes another beer that is actually labeled as Oud Bruin, while this beer is labeled as Aged Pale Grand Reserve.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a nice gold color with a rich, foamy white head. Head retention is decent. Some nice lacing.

Aroma is of tart fruits, oak, light mustiness, and some vanilla sugary sweetness.

Wow. This beer borders on mouth-puckering sour right off the bat. The sourness (acidity) is the dominant flavor. Tastes like sour apples. I don't really taste any of the musty funk from the nose, but all of the other components are evident. The oak comes in at the drying finish.

Body is on the lighter side of medium, prickly carbonation. There's absolutely no hint of any alcohol. This beer becomes very drinkable after the initial sour shock.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle pictured above into a run of the mill glass. Pours a medium yellow/brown color with fizzy active foaming.

Smell threw me for a loop at first - what I thought was cardboard was probably the woodiness. That certainly dominates but there is fruit buried below - cherries and apples.

Taste is all sour. Shocking at first, but grows on you as the you work through the beverage. Very citrus-sy, but other fruits mixed in there as well. Sharp and acidic in the mouthfeel - like a liquid sour patch kid.

Surprisingly drinkable and tasty once you get over the initial surprise of how sour this starts. Maybe if I had known this coming in, would have adapted more quickly.

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

Appearance: Clear golden yellow; decent head and lacing

Smell: Bit of light funk with some citrus sour, sour fruits, and oak.

Taste: Light funk, citrus sour, apple cider vinegar, sour apple, butter oaky chardonnay.

Mouthfeel: Dry but some body and mild carbonation

Drinkability: Good

Good beer. Not one to seek out actively, but never one to turn down. Everything seems good but one notch too low.

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Photo of mikey711
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.
a light golden color with a decent head and good lacing. Very good carbonation.

Lots of funk and fruity tartness. Some nice earthiness as well.

The first sip is very tart and acidic. Some nice woody tannins from the oak. Again plenty of earthy qualities and dryness.

Very acidic, leaving a nice tingle behind on my tongue.

As i begin to adventure more into sours, this was a great start. There was plenty of funk in there, but not an overpowering amount that would scare me away.

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Photo of HoosBrews
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very light, blonde with decent head and carbonation
S: Lemons and oak. Almost like a Chardonnay.
T: Big lemon-sour taste up front, with a champaign-like finish. Oakiness is actually fairly subtle, but adds a crispness (also like a chardonnay)
M: I a little alcohol heat and lots of dryness in the finish
D: Delicious and refeshing on a hot summer day. This is really a wonderfully unique Belgian!

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Photo of Shadman
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in my cellar tonite....

Very pale blond/golden in color. Slight less than clear. Lacing coats practically the entire surface of the glass.

A definite tartness, slightly sour. Slight cherry fruitiness.

Wow. Quite sour and certainly tart. More citrus/lemony Definite oak dryness. Having a tough time finding anything sweet until near the finish, then some sweet graininess comes through.
Body is medium to full. High ABV not really a factor as I had a tough time detecting the alcohol here.

Interesting to say the least. Not really someting I'd go searching for again...but from what I researched on the style this one is well crafted.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at cafe delirium in Brussels - one of their selected beers.

Beautiful golden color with thick head and lacing.

Amazing fresh fruit notes mixed with some vanilla oak sweetness.

Very very complex taste, all kinds of fruit with a nice sour citrus kick and some oaky deliciousness.

awesome oak afed sour beer - this was one of the most complex aged sours i've had - i'm not an expert in these beers and am just getting into them, but this kicked the crap out of the 9 or so others that i've had.

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