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 beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy golden orange with a frothy 2 finger white head that left a spotchy trail lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: really spicy, fruity, and tart with some oranges, apples and sour dough.

T: The initial flavor had a nice, subtle tartness, with sour fruit (apples, pears) with a slight yeastiness and sour dough notes. There was a noticeable lemony citrus hopping with some sour oranges and a peppery finish.

M: tingly and lively from the abundant carbonation and was slightly acidic.

D: A nice crisp, dry tart drinking aged pale that was unique with just enough to keep it interesting and one you could easily drink in multiples due to is smooth and eloquent sourness.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale, clear yellow... a moderate creamy/fizzy head.

S: Sour fruits, apple + cherry, and perhaps a little floral.

T: Moderately tart, sour fruits. Maybe not as much to my liking as some of the Flanders Reds, but reasonable.

M + D: Easy to drink, has a little expressiveness, and ultimately rather mild. Maybe a little boring, but not a bad beer by any means.

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Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a glass chalice:

Pours hazed orange with a thin head that slowly becomes a swirl and bubbly patch. Vanishing trailing lace sticks to glass.

The smell is vinegary sour with vinuous notes. Orange and oak with some funk mix in.

The taste is vinuous and oaky - Funky sourness with lemon/orange. As it progresses, a candy sweetness, the tart/sour and a complex, champagne-like yeastiness work together to make a nice combination. Finishes long, oaky, very dry.

A spritzy tang mellows mid-way, leaving a nice texture.

Sweet and sour combo that that area is known for works well, with a nice oakiness as well. A sipper to be savored.

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Photo of drperm
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I really dug (digged?) this at a home-tasting. Fantastic find from an unknown (to me, at the time) entity. Brut-ish, bone dry, reminiscent of an unfruited lambic. Pleasantly sour and oaky. I’d be curious to try this with a Thanksgiving turkey or some artisan cheeses. A good find!

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Photo of AltBock
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml/ 11.2 fl oz. bottle that has a cool vintage label of 2 Belgian men outside a brewery unloading or loading a barrel of beer on to a platform. The back label has the brewery address, US importer, refund value, barcode, and the US Government warning. Located inside the US Government warning is a printed year of 2003. That can only mean that it was made in 2003. I fully doubt it's a best before date of 2003.

Appearance: I decided to pour this Belgian beer into a Corsondonk Christmas Ale goblet. What came out of the bottle was a clear and bubbly golden orange beer. It had a 1 inch head of white foam with really good retention that left behind a small white film, tons of white foamy rings, and quite a few streaks of white lace.

Smell: The beer had a strong aroma and I mean strong aroma of sour fruits and oak. Name a fruit you could find in a beer aroma. Whatever it is, it's in there mixed in with oak. If there was anything else, it was covered up by the sour fruits and oak. Now the aroma that was left in the bottle was a bit different. That aroma still had plenty of sour fruits and oak, but behind that was a pinch of sweet caramel and Belgian chocolates.

Taste: Puck up because this beer is sour! It statred off with sour fruits, in the middle were more sour fruits, and it ended with even more sour fruits. All of these sour fruits were surrounded by oak. To me it was almost like a sour beer cocoon. I didn't get anyhting besides the sour fruits and oak because the sour fruits and oak probably beat the other flavors to death and threw their little lifeless flavorful bodies out of the bottle and onto the store shelf.

Mouthfeel: For a beer to clock in at 7.3% ABV, it masked the alcohol content quite well. Besides that, it was light to medium bodied with an aftertaste of oaky sour fruits. The kind of aftertaste you'd expect from a beer that's filled with nothing more than oak and sour fruits.

Drinkability: This beer made a great start for the new year! Although there weren't that many different flavors in this beer, the oak and sour fruits filled in the blanks where the other flavors were suppose to be. If you're looking for a great oaky sour beer, then you have to pick this one up ASAP.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Slightly murky pale golden color very little head but good lacing on swilling, medium carbonation both in terms of bubble size and frequency.

S = Sour scent is strong, like raw sourdough bread (not as strong as in a Flanders Red, but along the same lines). On a send deep sniff I get some sense of the malt behind this brew. Good fresh grain smells.

T = Wow, bitters is the first thing, before any taste profile, then tart lime, grapefruit with some raw grain: wheat, oats; slowly fades into a tart finish that sits on the front of the tongue.

M = Light/medium body, frizzy carbonation feel (would be unpleasant in another beer but with the sour/tart flavors fits perfectly).

D = Definitely would drink this if offered. Very occasional beer though, not for everyday drinking. Might go well with spicy foods because of an affinity or may complement staple fares because it adds spice. In any event an excellent choice for food

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw with a decent white head. The nose...oh man...smelling this reminds me of my trips to Napa. The wooden barrels permeating the air and sending me to a place that puts me in a different world. The one I need to be in for this experience. Strong oak, though not overpowering. For an oaked beer, I don't see how it could be any better; hence the 5. The flavor. Of course there is a serious influence from the oak here. But is also hits you with a slight tang that gets your taste buds to really pay attention. The oak does not last a long time, but while it is there it is making itself known. Strong apple presence as well. Borders on cider-esqe. I am revising my review and giving the taste a 5. Feel is slightly carbonated, but not thick at all. Very drinkable as far as being such a unique and interesting brew. But it's not a session beer. Too distinct, too pungent, and way too elegant to be slamming these all night, though I would love to have this one another time. Awesome. I am ecstatic to be able to try this one, but pissed that I have no (local) way to get more in New Mexico. Seek and find.

Edit: After tasting everything from the six pack, this one is by far the best. In a class of it's own.

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

Ahhh, now this is a refreshing beer! On a superficial level it resembles a Gueuze -- it is a pale beer that really lacks anything substantial in terms of malt flavor (as opposed to styles like Flanders Brown and Red which generally seek to balance the sour with some sweet). But the microbial content of the beer is different from a lambic, so the more one drinks this beer the more apparent the differences become.

The taste is certainly sour like a Gueuze and it has a nice clean finish because of that tartness. But whereas with a Gueuze the front of the beer is balanced by the crazy tastes that we associate that Brett and no doubt a plethora of other organisms, the front of this beer is surprisingly barren. Some buttered popcorn comes through and that is about it. Then the nice quenching sourness comes and it is all good. It also seems to me that the aftertaste has something strange and vegital going on. So the tasting order is pretty much: Nothing (maybe some buttered popcorn) to sour (and a delicious sour at that!) to strangely vegital. As long as you keep drinking the final taste doesn't make an appearance and the first taste doesn't either. So, this is basically an awesome session beer. Keep it going, keep it going, keep it going!

Overall, I think that Oud Bruin has a lot more going on than this one does, but I appreciate the sourness of this one precisely because it is so sour. That said, I think that a Berliner Weiss accomplishes much the same as what this beer is trying to, but better. Granted, if I sessioned this beer I could get wrecked in a way I couldn't with Berliner Weisses, so there is that going for it.

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Photo of botecario
2.62/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

While this beer looks very good, I did not enjoy the taste nor smell. Granted, I generally do not like sour beers, and had I known that this was one, I probably wouldn't have purchased it.

This beer poured a pale golden color, with very little head. The smell is funky - wild yeast apparent.

It's quite sour on the tongue, enough so that the oak is more of an after thought. Hop taste is muted. Sour definitely characterizes the overall taste. Not recommended.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clean medium amber color with virtually no head. What there is is slightly off-white and leaves a couple of random spots of Belgian lace in the tulip glass. The nose is of fermented fruit, vinegar, some earthy hay-like notes, and possibly sour apple. Smells slightly sweet as well. The palate is really very tart up front and hardly yields to a nice woody character. This ale is very tart and leaves the mouth watering. Mouth feel is on the light side, but very crisp and clean like sucking on a sour apple. The woody, earthy mustiness comes through too, lingering in the mouth. Tart and sharply acidic. Oddly, my bottle reads that this ale is only 5.8% alcohol by volume, although it's listed at 7.3% here. I tend to believe my bottle, and my palate, on this one - unless the alcohol is just that well hidden. A true treat and a great example of the oud bruin style, albeit a bit lighter in color. Beers like these are a wonder - I can't stop sniffing and sipping. The tart character of this beer literally makes the mouth water for more. If only I had more ... Superb!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strong, very malty with a considerable fruity overtone, like apple or pear. Color is a clear golden. Flavor is crisp, strongly fruity - very much like a cider rather than an ale - with a good bitter bite and a hint of sour apple taste. It is fairly smooth but does have an edge to it, and leaves a sour but not unpleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold colour with a rather smallish head -compared to most Belgian's I've seen- that dissipates rather quickly.

Sour, vinegar scent. No oak at all. Faint malt, hardly any hops, as is expected. Lacks and fruity hints to it though.

Decent mouthfeel, but the sour, uncharacteristic flavour hamper the drinkability of this a bit.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden liquid with a slight haze and tons of tiny bubbles that created a two finger head which seems to last and last.

Aromas are subdued...light noticable oak to me....light hops, lots of earthy smells.

Taste is immediately sour in a very good way. Tiny bubbles tingling the tongue blend with sour cherry and fruit flavors creating a biting "beer face" puckering. Very enjoyable. Refreshing...drying on the tongue...aftertastes of lemons, sour cherries, and a mysterious hidden sweetness that somehow balances this brew.

Went great with dinner.

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Photo of jettjon
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After trying Petrus’ Oud Bruin brown-that’s-really-a-Flemish-sour ale, I figured, hey, Aged Pale, I could use some hops. Lo and behold, Petrus’ idea of a Pale really means Belgian Strong Pale, and by that, they mean another foray into wild yeast, a la Flemish sour ale. Anyhoo.

From a 11.2 oz bottle from a 6-bottle multipack, no freshness date. Into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), it’s a slightly hazed, orange-gold color with lots of carbonation. Thick eggshell head fades slowly leaving lots of craggy lace and outstanding retention. Fine looking beer! On the nose, definite firm sour wild yeast presence. Digging deep, I can sense hints of “oak cask,” but the sour smell is so overpowering that it carries across the room, where others actually comment on the sourness. No hops, no real malt presence, just sour. On the mouth, it’s incredibly sour, like sour candy, again no trace of hops. Tangy, warm alcohol presence. Puckeringly dry finish. Mouth is full and bubbly as one might expect from the towering head and carbonation streams. Consistency is wet and thinnish, rather reminiscent of lemonade. Drinkability is good for a sour ale; it’s astringent, aromatic, and dry, and like other Petrus offerings, overpriced. I don’t see me drinking more than one of these.

Overall: Beer Advocate lists this as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but I (and other beer sites) beg to differ. To me, it’s more of a Flanders Pale Ale, in that it tastes a heckuvalot like a Flanders red or brown, only it’s pale, get it? But, potato, potahto, still and all it’s a tasty brew if you can handle the tartness. However, whatever characters this beer possesses cannot possibly justify the price. This is one and done for me; I’m glad I purchased it as part of a sampler.

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Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On the label this beer is described as a golden blond ale. It doesn't taste like any golden blond ale I've ever had, and quite frankly tastes as if it's been blended with a considerable amount of lambic/gueuze.

The beer pours a hazy honey orange color, looking almost peach like in coloring. The beer has fairly nice head retention and adequate lacing. On the nose.... sigh.... I get A LOT of tartness. There is a considerable amount of lemon and grapefruit, but also some flower perfume and white pepper. Interesting, complex nose, though I can't say I'm overjoyed by the tartness. Not surprisingly, this beer is quite tart on the palate, way too much so for my lambic/gueuze hating palate. However, there are a medly of other flavors in this beer, including some berries and a bit of butterscotch (from the oak I would assume). The beer actually has a very refreshing mouthfeel, and if it weren't so damn tart, might be quite drinkable. Certainly the abv. is very well disguised in this beer. In the end there is a touch of sweetness as well, but not nearly enough to overcome the overpowering tartness.

Interesting beer; just not my cup of tea I'm afraid.

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Photo of Zorro
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A clear apricot colored ale with a notable amount of chill haze. A medium sized white head forms and then disappears.

The smell is sweet and sour with a little boozy edge much like a diluted Jack Daniel’s whiskey. There is the clear and sharp scent of acetic acid to this and this makes it a little Lambic like. I should mention that in general I am not a fan of sour beers. Once past the vinegar smell there is vanilla, oak, and a little cinnamon in the scent.

The taste starts as sweet and sour and fairly similar to a sweeter and less harsh version of a lambic ale. The sourness however isn't nausea inducing and I do not get the sensation of drinking a glass of vinegar like many Lambics do. This is a definite bug beer for those who like the funk. Not harshly sour this is like a Berliner Weiss without syrup. In the end all I can taste is sweet and sour and oak.

The mouthfeel is OK.

If you do not like sour beers then you will not like this. If I had known that this was a sour beer I would not have bought it so buyer beware. This is basically a training lambic for those that wish to develop a taste for them. I will not be buying this beer again I did not like it.

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Photo of oelergud
2.41/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear sun golden body with good carbonation. The white head with a yellow tint doesn't stay long but does leave some decent lace.
Very sour grainy scent, just enough malt and bread to be noticed.
Vinegar comes to mind with the first sip of this beer, then sharp citrus which lasts into the aftertaste.
Medium body and somewhat dry and puckering.
Not what I understand a Belgian strong pale ale is supposed to be and not a repeat for me.


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Photo of Onibubba
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright fizzy gold, with a quickly dissappearing short white head. Aroma is kind of a sweet and sour vinegar - not a balsamic sweetness like you find in the Duchesse. Taste is intensely sour. Not offputting like a certain geuze I could not choke down, but defiantely tart enough to make you take notice. Some sweetnes in there too. Maybe like a granny smith apple. Nothing cloying, but enough to give your taste buds a bit of a repreive. Smooth body, mild carbonation, no trace of alcohol. Drinkability is lower for me becouse of the extreme sourness. This is a dry sipper for sure. Will buy this again.

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

Poured from an 11oz bottle into a glass.

A - Golden, maybe a hazy/light orange. Looks good.

S - Fruity, malty, musty/dirty? Can definitely pick up some wood in there too. I'm not sure what to call it, but I'm liking it.

T - Whoa. Holy shit - wasn't expecting that at all. Tart at first, loaded with sour apples. That taste fades into a smooth, oaky/wood finish. It's actually unbelievable. I've never, ever had a beer that could be so extreme in both directions - unbelievable tartness quickly followed by the oak. Crazy.

M - Crisp and light bodied. The tartness into the oakiness is the amazing part. I can't really describe it.

D - For a beer that's over 7%, I never noticed it. If you can stand the initial tartness this beer should be quite drinkable for you.

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Photo of BeerDonkey
1.31/5  rDev -67.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

another beer from the Christmas 6-pack. Overall the pack has been a pretty big disappointment. This one, hopefully the worst, will be poured out after a few sips.

A: 2 fingers of head soon dissipates into just a ring around the goblet. Cloudy, yellow amber liquid

S: apple cider vinegar, no hint of wood

T: Tart! Lemons, sour, but not in the way the brewer intended (even it were a Lambic or Sour Ale, which it is not), more the way you would feel if you drank some apple cider vinegar, yeah, it’s that good.

M: leaves your mouth feeling like you had sour apple dishwasher detergent in it.

Judging from the ratings others have given other people got some decent bottles. I didn’t. My guess is that air came into the barrel (although there is no hint that this has touched any wood) and turned the beer to vinegar.

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Photo of dogger6253
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured out a thin, golden-yellow color. There wasn't much head, nor was there much lacing left behind. Attractive to look at, but not exceptionally inviting.

Lots of sour fruits going on in the aroma; oranges and lemons are what hit me first. I was able to pull out grapes and grapefruit shortly after, and hints of cherries and vinegar as the beer settled.

I think the oranges I smelled turned out to be tangerines, big difference huh? However, the tangerine taste was very tart and subdued; hidden behind the other flavors. Lemon takes the foreground alongside lime. There are also notes of grapefruit, wood, and a penetrating white grape taste near the finish.

Highly carbonated and light-bodied, sort of like a champagne in a way. I liked the taste of this beer a lot, but due to the high acidity and sourness, I wouldn't be able to drink another in succession. I would try it again sometime.

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

2001 Vintage served up for just a couple bucks at Delilah’s in Chicago in March of 2007.

I love Delilah’s. Every time I go there I find new beers to try that have been aged at least 5 years. Always fun.

This one was exceptional.

Poured into my chalice a bright clear gold with small amounts of yeast present in the body and a thin white head on top.

Nose is loaded with oak tannins. Underneath them is a zest of lemon and grapefruit. These light fruit aromas are rotten and inviting, hinting at a geuze like sensation that is to follow. Vanilla, cherry, and earth play roles too.

Taste is highly acidic and funky. The yeast play a prominent role providing sour and tart fruit flavors while the oak rounds everything out. Feel is light, crisp, and very tart, mouth puckering tart. Semi candied and woody.

Very drinkable. Highly interesting mouthfeel does the trick. Lambic/geuze lovers should find this very appealing. I have to imagine that the age played a large roll in the development of this deeply crafted and almost intimidating level of character.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Petrus aged Pale Ale pours out a creamy white head
over a cloudy deep yellow brew. A steady stream of
bubbles rise from the middle of my glass and the nose
is malt, yeast, and a vinous sourness. Pretty much what
you might expect from something that lived in an oak
barrel for 20 months. The flavor is tannic, with light malts,
citrus sourness, and salt. This is the most unusual thing
I have drank so far. The mouthfeel is very crisp, and there's
something really appetizing about this that I just cannot pin
down. All this complexity really does a good job balancing
out the 7.3% alcohol by volume, which only makes itself felt
by a warming effect. Very strange and interesting- a beer you
really need to try at least once or for very special occasions.

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Photo of potownbill
1.8/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This is my first review and I have sampled dozens of beers trying to develope a consistant feel for the taste, appearance, smell, and mouthfeel. Not having a sufficient number of tastes under my belt, I have not written any reviews, but I am compelled to review this beer.
Appearance: Nice golden yellow, slightly cloudy with a good off white head. Great first impression
Smell: Nail polish remover. Strong acidic smell.
Taste: Very tart. Is this lemonaid or beer?
Mouthfeel. Who cares. The taste killed the moment.
Summary: First beer I've dumped down the drain. This is the first of a 6 beer Petrus sampler box. I hope the rest are better, aka drinkable.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.49/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - this belgian pale ale is most definitely pale. it pours a BMC golden color, that kegstand pale yellow color, with a thin white head with rather good retention and plenty of carbonation

S - this beer smells very champagnesque, liek white muscat grapes, a bit like Midas Touch's grapes, then again, a deeper whiffs reveal lemon and ... vinegar

T - yup vinegar... way to sour, sure slightly champagnesque with some white grape hints, but it tastes more like apple cider vinegar, again, too sour for me, but i didnt pour it

M&D - lively and light on the tongue, but again, too sour to be even moderately drinkable, not a fan

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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
90 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.
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