Petrus Aged Pale | De Brabandere

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BEER INFO

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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Reviews:
696
Ratings:
2,401
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
24.69%
 
 
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Photo of wattoclone
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Monk's Cafe in Philly. I tried this head-to-head with the Monk's Flemish Sour Ale. Although this was a very good Oud Bruin, it paled in comparison the the Monk's version. Very session able and may have received a higher rating if I had it on a different session but much weaker in taste and higher in alcohol. Basically the light version of the Monk's Flemish with higher ABV. Personally, I rate based on flavor, not for speed of inebriation.

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Photo of Tele
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.5 Crystal clear, pale gold. One-inch off-white head that lasts about a minute.

S: 4 Pretty mild. There’s a good amount of funk at first with some pepper, bread, lemon, and oak.

T: 4.25 Quite tart at first with slightly sweet bready malt closely behind. Lots of white pepper and lemon that go very well with the tart/funk flavors. Very light bitterness on the aftertaste.

M: 4.25 Farily light but not too thin. There’s enough there that makes the beer feel substantial but also leaves you wanting more. The dry finish is very nice, but there could be a bit more carbonation.

O: 4.25 This beer is easy to get and very pleasing if you’re looking to satisfy a sour craving. There are a lot of really nice flavors and a good tartness level. Not quite up there with some of the popular gueuze offerings, but a solid alternative.

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

With the utmost clean and lactic character possible, the sour pale ale of De Branandere launches with citrus, cellar and cork playing major roles.

Its bright golden austere seems harmless enough, perhaps anticipating pilsner flavor to the eye. But once the nose draws near, its tart acidity takes hold. Dry cider at first, then the waves of vinous white wine, corklike must, attic wood and the piquant tart bitterness of dried lime.

Across the middle, the short-lived bready sweetness loosens and seems to dissolve mid stream. What's left is tangy lemon, lime, crabapple and under-ripened berry. Glimmers of white wine vinegar come to mind as the beer dives into a quick finish.

And that's where the ale fleets the palate with abrupt dryness- clean, crisp and sudden. Far sooner than the palate would prefer, the taste evaporates in a whimsical cloud that overs above the tongue. Much of its wonderment is better appreciated in a wheaty, vinous aftertaste, full of oak tanning than it is in actual time.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a teku glass

A - It is golden in color and topped with a couple inches of off-white head.

S - The smell is tart and funky. It smells like I am cutting up a green apple in an old cellar.

T - The taste is immediately tart reiterating that green apple connection. Then there is the dank basement aspect that comes into play. I can taste a little light fruit notes.

M - Moderate with tingling carbonation.

O - This is an affordable and remarkable sour beer. It is a great example of the style. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a yellow golden with a slight white head that leaves some lacing.

Smell is of tart, sour white grapes, apricot, pineapple, pear, and peach. Not much malt in the nose, its mostly a pleasant acidic note.

Taste is much of the same with a nice lingering vinegar note, although lighter than some other sours. Lots of unripe fruit notes, reminds me of tasting fruit from my orchard prematurely. Sour grapes, a little honey on the backend, Pretty nice if you ask me.

Feel is on par with many great beers, I can't see how it can be improved really. Light on the tongue, and medium carb.

Overall this is much better than the Oude Bruin. I would say get this over the aformentioned.
Very nice sour with lots of puckering notes.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

25oz bomber to a snifter

Pours a pale gold with two fingers of white foam. Moderate carbonation lacing from the sides, not bad retention or lacing

Smells...sour. Strong tart white grapes and apple, some lemon, heavy oak, a strong blast of Belgian funk, some pale malt, and a touch of alcohol

Taste follows the nose pretty well. Strong upfront sour fruits- apple, grape, lemon, and a bit of cherry. Yeast and malts follow, a blast of funk along with a pale bready malt. Finishes with hints of oak and a touch of alcohol

Feel is face twisting sour, definitely 'high' on the scale. Dry finish, alcohol hidden well, not very bitter. Easy to sip

Overall my go to sour. Always delivers and always available at a decent price. A little skunkiness with this bottle I haven't had on the others. Been sitting on the shelf a little too long

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Photo of Guden
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- bright gold with a thin layer of bubbles. Brilliantly clear despite sediment in bottle.

S- bright lactic sourness, light oak and a touch of grass.

T- tar and tangy, with a slightly funky sourness. No signs of bitterness or hops but some barnyard funk that blends nicely with the clean lactic sourness.

M- light and moderately carbonated, this one is refreshing.

O- a refreshing beer with some nice clean sourness and just a touch of funk. Not overly complex but an enjoyable summer sour.

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Photo of pjbfromkc
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Petrus Aged Pale poured into a pint glass. A lighter looking sour that could pass for many types of good ales. Smell is fantastic as the tart sour really comes through. A lighter sour, oaky taste that is very quenchable. Great for a summer day. Great beer though I prefer something a bit bolder. But for what it is and what it is trying to be it is very good.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Strong okay flavor with a vanilla/coconut backbone. The brilliant sour/tartness that goes with those flavors is brilliant. This is a great standard sour. With nothing overwhelming, but it's great with a simple flavor profile and aroma.

The great flavors linger in the aftertaste. Great sour..

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Photo of coobstar
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Oh what a beer to come home to on a humid night. Pours with little froth, but whos counting - I need a cold one.

Some of the funky sourness is belied in the pour, but it is not until it hits your lips, and tongue, and gums, and finally the throat with tart crispy acrid delight, that you grasp the wild passion of this ale. As it exudes through the nose after the initial sigh of pleasure, the entire esophageal passageway is filled with a sticky, cherry sweetness, evoking crests of hills in the dappled sunlight beneath the broad limbs of a massive tree. Sitting upon a checkered blanket. Dandelion cordial. Baguettes with rich and nutty cheese and fresh churned butter. Perhaps some charcuterie as well, laid out on a wooden platter with the knife glistening beside. If i've ever had a beer that has antihistamine properties, it would be this bad boy. Clears up hay fever like nobody's business.

Finishes strong, lingering on the palate in a pleasantly funky way until displaced by some well timed pickled carrots and cheese.

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Photo of cbutova
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- 75cl bottle poured to a large snifter with a hazy, golden body. A white head rises to about one finger with decent retention. The cap falls to a medium thick ring leaving spotty lace.

S- Lactic acid fermentation dominates most of the aroma with a sour lemon character. Green tart apples (not acetylaldehyde), white grapes, slight funk and bread comes to mind. Slightly vinous.

T- As with the smell, lactic acid bacteria provide a nice sour feel with lemon juice attributes. It is more of a high tartness but a pleasant level with the flavors present. Fruity notes of green apple skin, cherry pits, vinous white grapes and slight funk. Slight vinegar twang in the end.

MF- Light body that is medium-dry with a creamy and foamy texture with a bit of agitation. Carbonation comes in moderately high but goes down very smoothly. Tart lemons and apple feel lingers on the palate.

I have had this beer several times before and I would consider it a classic at this point. It has a great reputation in the Belgian beer world and it truly deserves it. Kind of like a Belgian Berliner in a way but much more than that at the same time. Lactic acid brilliance.

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Photo of babaracas
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with thin white head; quarter inch sticks around with spotty lacing. Smell: barnyard, apricot, majorly acetic, grainy, vinous. Taste: white grape, white peach, all tart, mild pale malt sweetness, herbal finish with plenty of drying oak character. Body is a little thin, but nice flavors though a bit one-note on the tartness.

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Photo of sommersb
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 05-21-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged, with foil
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

Appearance: Clear beer with a golden color. The head is white and has a fair amount of retention but little in the way of lace.

Smell: Lemons and limes come to mind as you get a whiff of sourness. Other aromas are of wood and peppery spices.

Taste: Very tart which is expected from the aromas. Woody, and extremely dry with a bit of saltiness. Lots of fruitiness — green apple comes to mind. Flavors and acidity have a white wine-like character.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is very high, like in a champagne. Body is light and refreshing. Finishes with a mouth-puckering sourness; quite dry.

Overall: Very dry and sour beer that may reind you more of a wine than a beer. I think it comes together well and would recommend it.

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Photo of travolta
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Quickly dissipating, eggshell white head, with spotted and crusty lacing. Opaque straw color.

Nose: Baking soda, cherries, and clean wood chips/lumber, and pineapple.

Taste: Sour and perfectly carbonated. A malt backbone that saves your tastebuds. A little bit of vanilla and oak.

Notes: It is very subtle and gentle, especially for a sour. I am not a fan of sour beers, but I found myself more interested in this with every sip.
Perhaps a perfect introduction to sour beers?

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

Pours light and golden - like a pilsner - into a proper glass at Duckworth's Park Rd location, Charlotte NC. All drafts $3.50 on this lovely Thursday.

Little to no head and slight lacing on this well carbonated brew, smelling a bit of vinegar and wood. Wonderful vinegar tartness. Easily one of the better sour brews I've had - it's well balanced. Great introductory tart brew for newbies. Dangerously drinkable for 7.3%.

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Photo of jellikit
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: light orange. Slightly hazy. Thin head that does not persist.
S: sour. Vinegar. Acid.
T: vinegar and oak. Very sour. Cider.
M: highly carbonated. Light body. Acidic. Tart.
O: great sour. Very sour. Acidic. Great representation of style. Will purchase again.

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Photo of PhilMiller
3.17/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear medium to dark yellow with a quarter inch head that reduces to half of that and then persists.

Smell is of light citrus and cow barn. Not optimistic at this point.

Taste is acidic up front but it mellows to interesting crisp fruit flavor, apples and citrus.

Mouth feel is light and crisp,with long lasting bubbles.

Overall, I wouldn't need to revisit this offering very often.

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Photo of sallustfire
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours a small head, which quickly fades. The color is a dull pale and a bit cloudy.

Smell - Robust tartness

Taste- Fruit flavors, which quickly give way to a clean sourness.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and clean.

Overall- Good sour. Ultimately lacks complexity, but the sourness is pronounced

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Photo of bryantd
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good, maybe even good+, but not as good as the yardstick that is Cascade Brewing.

Sufficiently sour but would prefer more so, non-fruity taste. About the best sour beer that I've been able to find out here in the midwest.

I do recommend, and I would buy again.

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

The body had a bright golden color than darker near the edges. The head was effervescent and lively with a fair amount of retention.

The aroma is deeply fruity with more orchard than tropical. I certainly catch the aromas of pear and Apple with a bit of straw, but tones of oak, lemon, peach and earth can definitely be had.

The flavor reminds me of a Golden Ale with a strong pear and Apple flavor. The oak is subdued but trace evidence is found on the palate. Notes of earthy straw and lemon help to stabilize the finish.

The feel is quite lively on the tongue but never harsh and very light.

This is a very good beer, despite it not being what I'd expect from an Oud Bruin.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice pale yellow-gold colour.

Mostly sweet cherry-like notes on the nose with slight oakiness. Only a hint of tang. Once you taste it some more there are some funky notes as well.

Quite sharply sour taste up front but notes of fruit and wine-like sweetness balance this nicely. The oak flavour comes in shortly afterwards and lasts through the finish. Funky flavours develop through the oak to the dry finish, balancing everything out with a slight of earthiness.

The carbonation starts with a numbing tingle that accompanies the entire experience from numblingly fizzy and sour to funky and dry.

New to sours and this one seems pretty complex but has some great flavours going on.

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

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which seems to have decent retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber which shows golden hues when held up to the light. Considerable lacing with large areas of sheeting.

Nose- Definite tartness, some acetic acid. Lots of fruit- mostly stone fruits with peach and apricot being at the forefront. Maybe some lemon. Some bit of woodiness around the edges but nothing specifically oak. It has a slight astringency to it as well. Some cherries and a small hint of strawberries.

Taste- Fairly reflective of the nose with strong fruit esters that range from peach to apricot to lemon to cherries. The acetic acid and tartness definitely have more presence on the nose than on the palate. Ends with many of the fruit esters blending together in a muted SweetTarts finish. Slight hints of oak around the edges, maybe even a little bit of vanilla on the linger. This is definitely a very accessible sour with very little pucker at the moment. I'm sure it will increase as I drink more of it though. The slight touch of oak definitely distinguishes from the many sours out there. Slight hints of straw and funk. Solid, good beer to really good beer- I think the slight vanilla of the linger tips it closer to really good beer. A bit of a vinous quality, some white grapes.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with light carbonation that has a slight tingle. Somewhat of a dry finish.

Drinkability- Pretty accessible for a sour and keeps it interesting with the barrel aging. I think this is around 5 bucks for a bottle which seems fair enough. Probably wouldn't buy again as I'm usually one and done with sours but I like it.

Overall- Good to really good, but mostly really good. Isn't the most complex sour I've ever had but I do enjoy that this is rather smooth for a sour. This worth a try and I could see myself drinking this in the future. I probably won't buy it anytime soon but I would drink this again in the right setting.

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Photo of Sumdeus
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into FW taster glasses.

A: pale yellow pour, hints of hazyness and a little cream head that fades quickly.

S: SOUR! Very simple, but it lets you know what's coming.

T: More sour! Great, no frills added sour. Nothing wrong with adding fruit or other creative endeavors, but this is a straight up crisp sour. Very refreshing.

M: crisp and clean, does not linger.

O: an excellent no frills sour That is readily available.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Wide Flute glass. Gold color, crystal clear appearance. White froth creates a close crown & leaves a wide ring on sides. Well balanced aroma profile displays sour citric & wood notes, spices & sugary hues on the backside. Gentle malty upfront is blowed up by sharp & intense tartar flavor. Light body. Soft carbonation. Spiced, dense & sour palate. Fruity touches in the middle resolve in a kind astringency from lemon & grapefruit rounded by memories of grape tannins. Long sour finish yields to a fruity & spiced aftertaste. ABV is just felt as a gentle heat through the throat. Refreshing & flavorful.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.5 - Beautiful golden super clear color with nice fluffy white head that leaves great lacing.
S - 4.25 - Super tart/acetic berries, bready malt in the background, you an almost get a little bit of the oak in there too.
T - 4.25 - Sour, like sour berries, blueberries, some bready/grainy/corn malt notes and oak characteristics there too.
M - 4.0 - light mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is sour berries.
O - 4.25 - It's good. Nice and sour. The cool thing about this beer is it's a basic, sour beer, without added fruit and without being a darker beer, so you really get the sour characteristics by themselves. The downside is basically the same thing - it's just sour, and perfectly sour, but not that complex.

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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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