Petrus Aged Pale | De Brabandere

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Petrus Aged PalePetrus Aged Pale

Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium | website

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 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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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. batch number 39504. poured into tulip. tasted in mid/late april 2009

golden straw color. nearly clear. foamy 1-finger head, fades to thin wispy layer and ring. surprisingly great lacing!

aroma: wood and leathery brett character. cider vinegar. hay. trace of malt.

taste: tart, champagne vinegar meets blast of woody oak and leathery brett. hay-like hop note with mild to moderate bitterness that cuts off to a dry and tart finish with lingering wood and leather.

light, almost watery, but smooth, finishing with tart acidity. spritzy carbonation gives flavor lift and helps with refreshing character.

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Photo of raverjames
4.92/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am so happy to have a chance to try this beer. Thanks to the Charleston Beer Exchange for bringing them to the area.

A - Pale pale pale... Very clear with no haze. Not even a quarter inch head. This is typical for a sour. I am not sure the color matches the style though.
S - Sour apples with a bit of oak. Slight funk.
T - Fruity, sour, and full of wild yeasty goodness. Taste like it came from Cantillon.
M - Tart. Crisp. Puckering sour.
D - I love sour beers, so this was easy for me to drink. I love the crisp taste and the funk. I am shocked this got a B.

I love this beer and think all wild beer fans should give it a try. It is way cheaper than most wild brews, but does not lack the flavor or complexity.

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Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium golden color with a one-finger head into my Piraat tulip.

Aroma is full of apple, grape and cherry. A bit sour too. That's about all I can detect.

Taste is sour at first with apple and grape most prominent in the middle. Not too funky. The oak is nearly non-existent in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sourness and mainly apple and grape. Easy to drink. Definitely not something to drink in a hurry.

A decent sour beer here. You should give it a shot.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

slim 11.2 oz bottle was purchased today at the COOP.... Poured into my New Belgium goblet... luv yah Brenda!!

2 finger head is rocky with a ton of lace and a great cap... The brew is a clear honey gold..

I am gonna be honest and say that I had no idea before capping this brew that Petrus is a Flanders.. I am immediately surprised and intimidated.. Oh well.. here we go.

Sweet and sour nose sorta reminds me of of a lite apple cider vinegar.. sour dough..

WOW!! Alot more puckery than expected... and I am immediately liking it.. great lactic sour with a less than expected acetic element.. green apple skin comes to mind.. the woodiness only comes through as it really warms up.. (can balsa wood memories as a child come through in flavors years later?) ... the woodiness is less tannic and honestly more "wood"..

There is no oxidation in this one.. I am pretty sure and damn happy that this is a pretty fresh bottle.. This is an example of a beer that just allows the yeast and bacteria to do their thing.. I am really digging it.

The only complaint may be that it is a bit sour to really get a great drinkability grade.

I want a Berliner Weisse now... grrr!!


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Photo of MisterClean
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

At BJs Flanders beer tasting in Roseville.

A - Poured copper with a 1 finger white head. Dissipated modeately slow leaving little lacing.

S/T - Tons of lacto and brett. Subtle notes of honey and toffee rounded out this beer. Very little sentiment of oak. Dominated by bacteria. Overall, tasty though.

M - Slightly thin and sweet. Left me wondering where the oak was.

D - Overall great. One of the few sours I could drink all day. The oak isn't present, but the sourness of the brett and lacto make this a more appreciable beer than Supplication or Ommegeddon.

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Photo of drpimento
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Woo-hoo! mmm, mm, good beer! Very interesting. Big tropical fruit nose with a lilttle malt and a hint of the flavor to come: sour. Poured with a small head that quickly fades to almost none and a tiny bit of lace. Very clear rich gold color. Flavor is much more dry and much less fruity than the nose would suggest. Very nice carbonation. Tartness lingers on the tip of the tongue. Finish is clean leaves good memories. Not sure if it'd be a session beer.

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

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Back label stamped "39681."

Appearance: Poured into my Maudite tulip. A hazy light amber hay color. Slight, quickly receding white head.

Nose: Apricots, peaches, kumquats, lime, sour dough, slight minerality. Also, smells like a million bucks!

Palate: Sour! Holy sour, batman! Wow, ok...medium-bodied, light to no carbonation really. Lots of sour peach, sour apricot, kumquats again, with some oxidized nuttiness in the background. There's this toasted hazelnut/caramelized sugar underpinning beneath all this sour citrus fruit. There's enough sweetness to keep the acid from getting out of hand, and the oaking keeps the sourness in check by drying it out a litte.

Notes: Talk about a complex beer! Wow, totally blow away by this one. I love the interplay between the nutty/oxidized sub-notes and the full-on sour apricot body. Highly recommend for fans of sour beers.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my go to sour beers.

A: Pours yellow/gold with visible carbonation, but no real head.
S: A bright and crisp citrus and wheat smell.
T: Puckering sour taste. Citrus continues with heavy lemon.
M: Well built body with crisp carbonation.
D: A great sour beer and one of my favorite go to's. I like knowing what I'm going to get with this one.

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Photo of wchesak
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Allagash chalice

A - pale golden color, good amount of head, bubbles very akin to champagne

S - sour apple blow pop, and maybe some yeast

T - tart, sour apple

M - crisp, light bodied, great carbonation

D - one of those Belgian beers were you can really only have one at a time because of the unique taste, maybe could have a second if it was paired with some food

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Photo of germanbeer1
2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 11.2 fl oz bottle that produced a hazy, golden colored body with almost no head whatsoever and no lace. The immediate taste that came to my mind when first trying this beer was a resemblance to grains with some sourness. Like some of the other Petrus beers, it has some taste, but eventually fades into something that can only be defined as watery. I wouldn't buy this beer again, but I'm not disappointed that I bought it. It lacks character, but it isn't offensive.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark gold or peach amber, head is bubbly like champagne and quickly disappears. Aroma is strong and sour, some bready malts further down with a light vinegar smell. A tad sweeter than most lambics, taste is lip-smackingly sour but very palatable with some champagne-like alcohol characteristics. No bitterness to speak of as this beer stays firmly in the sour department.

An interesting brew, sours still are a mystery to me, but this is a brew an lovers of sour beers should grab.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a basic snifter glass, this ale appears a mildly cloudy golden straw color with about a finger of bone white foam. The foam ebbs quickly down to a thin layer. Nose and flavors are tart, sour lemons, orange zest, fruity green apples, a hint of cider vinegar, funky. A little too much carbonation in this particular bottle for my tastes with a medium body. This unique ale is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear golden color with thin white head that dissolves quickly. Nose has a funky aroma of sour, tart light fruit, sugar, oak and champagne. Taste has sour earthy oak taste with hints of light crisp fruit. Very carbonated with nice dry finish. It was ok but not something I would seek out again for sure.

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Photo of goatxpower
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sort of didn't realize that this was a sour beer when I bought it. I had my suspicions, but I wasn't sure. Those suspicions were confirmed upon the first whiff. Heavy hints of oak and slight vinegar. I'm not a huge sour beer drinker, but this was actually pretty good. It had that nice malt backbone that tends to distinguish Oud Bruins from, say, a gueze. This went surprisingly well with the berry pie that I was eating at the time. The mouth feel was sort of thin and resiny. This was good, not my favorite style, but one that I'm learning to appreciate. It'd probably drink one again with a dessert sometime.

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Photo of hdofu
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wowsers, I've never tasted anything even close to this before. This is a tart ale. Color was light coper with a thin beige head. The taste was like cider only more intense. It was sooo overwhelming it hurt drinkability IT felt like having lemonade in the mouth it was so strong. The smell was alot like a lemon. This was a unique beer.

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Photo of HappyBivouac
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into ommegang chalice

pours to a thin white bibbly head atop a beautiful golden honey orange. smells of lots of tart and sweet fruits-- apples, raisins, some citrus, brown sugar and some faint clove-like spice. a lot of sourness and yeast coming through.

holy wow is this delicious. okay I'll try to be more objective here. bright breen granny smith apples hit up front with a very pleasant oak taste. the oak stays throughout and is truly something. mild dark fruits and candy sugar sweetness straight into a quick spark of perfect apple sourness, fading slowly into brown sugar, vanilla and oak. phenomenal mix of flavors coming through in this beer. feels light and watery with fleeting carbonation on the tongue.

exceptional beer, and unique to say the least. the sourness in this might not be for everyone, but there is an awesome complexity to this that readily presents itself-- especially how well the oak flavor comes through and balances out. A great beer; crisp, refreshing, robust.

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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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