Petrus Aged Pale | De Brabandere

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium
bavik.be

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

BEER STATS
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#2,764
Reviews:
719
Ratings:
2,507
pDev:
13.02%
Bros Score:
4.4
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

cloudy grapefruit colour with noticeable white crown, generous lace left in glass. Sour flemish aroma, sour apple, somewhat like a wild ale. Numbing sour mouthfeel,with significant carbonation, refreshing. Not for a newbie. Sour apple cider in taste.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

kind of a weird sour ale, because it is quite hoppy as well. thats a combination i havnt seen a lot of. pours a hazy pale color equal parts orange and yellow. average size white head. smells like a mix between a hoppy american pale ale and a flemish sour without any of the cherry or other fruit flavors. flavor is really potent and different. english style bitter hops and a malt vinegar sour finish, some woody notes carrying all the way through. feel is good, light on the body but heavy on the flavor. medium carbonation works well. overall a pretty cool beer, not at all conventional, quite drinkable, and worthy of special occasions. nice one!

edit: it had been way too long since i had opened one of these, so i pulled one several years old from the cellar this weekend. its crazy, i either remembered this totally wrong or its changed a ton in the few years its been aging. it smells and tastes just like lambic now, with the lower alpha hop complexion and strong vinous notes. it also has immaculate golden clarity, a ton of complex bretty funk, and a sharp mineral profile that really makes this unique. i may not have had the palate to appreciate this one all the way back when i originally reviewed it here, but man, this is pretty special beer, quite obviously famous for a reason, and so far ahead of my expectations. im sure the cellar time helped it, but i will drink this one fresh again soon. i suspect i overlooked it a bit the first time around. this is truly world class beer, pretty darn close to lambic from a yeast standpoint!

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3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light honey orange with a large 3 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Random chunks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is tart, sour, and funky with a slight metallic aroma. Taste is of sour/tart fruit up front with a malt aftertaste. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and slightly acidic mouthfeel. Very bubbly but it works with the flavors. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice tart flavors but it's a bit pricey at $4.50 for less than 12 ounces.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Only had a 2 or 3oz. sample of this one but that was plenty for me to get the point. This beer pours out as a pleasing looking pale ale with a nice looking head on it. The beer smells so strong with sour aromas rising. I was pretty surprised. This beers flavor could make just about anyone pucker I think. I was still trying to figure out how this was still considered a Pale Ale and not something else. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth but also dry and tart. An interesting ride for someone who wants to try it.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured golden orange with a little head. There's a low to moderate level of carbonation.
S: The aroma is rather sour with some hints of fruit and oak.
T: There's a very sour taste with oak undertones and a somewhat dry, tart finish. The flavor is rather interesting.
M: It feels crisp and light- to medium-bodied on the palate.
D: It's relatively easy to drink (particularly if you like sourness) but I can't see myself having more than one of these in a single sitting.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. "The Key to Heaven." We'll see about that.

This beer pours a mostly clear, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some jagged raised relief lace around the glass as it lazily fades away.

It smells of a mixed sourness - vinegar, funky yeast, and muddled tart fruit, offset by wet wood, a pale grainy malt, and some vegetation-heavy hops. The taste is more grainy pale malt and semi-sweet orchard fruit, consequently subsumed by a varied and tart sourness - my mom (hey, it's Mother's Day - and she wanted to try it) says it tastes like pickle juice. I can't really dispute that - acetic acid is as acetic acid does, no? There are also some mild wood and green hop characteristics, none strong enough to be overly worthy of further mention.

The carbonation is average, just a low-fi tic here and there, the body a fairly light medium weight, and moderately astringent in its overall smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the latent caramel malt making a sheepish appearance against the still prevalent sour, tangy je ne sais quoi (is it yeast? wood? thetans?) of this offering.

While a bit of a palate gobsmack up front, this settles nicely into a pleasantly sour, fruity, and proper wood-aged Belgian ale, the elevated booze playing nicely in the corner, and most memories of sidelong vinegar references cast away. Sorry mom...welcome to the new world of old world brewing techniques.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up this classic for $3.99 USD at my local bottle shop. "Aged Pale. Ale aged in oak casks." Self-identifies as a "golden blond ale." 7.30% ABV confirmed. 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art and branded pry-off cap served into a flared stem-snifer/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its reputation as a staple sour.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5-2 finger wide head of white colour. Nice thickness. Slight creaminess. Fairly soft complexion. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty decent - about 4-5 minutes.

Body colour is a semitransparent translucent yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Rather pale for the style. Appealing. No flaws are overt.

Sm: Heavy lactobacillus yeast/bacteria. Great tartness. Redolent of peach, apricot, and maybe tart green apples. Clean malts and barley. Some graininess. Light oak. Really appealing; the tartness is a definite highlight. Any hopping is subtle and floral in character. Sourness is at the forefront here, as it should be. Acidity is obvious. Ripe, young, and appealing. A fairly strong aroma.

I don't detect any alcohol.

T: Nice tartness throughout. Crystal malt, clean malts, and barley comprise the unobtrusive foundation. Nice fruity notes of crabapple, light lemon esters, peach, and white cherry. Somewhat cidery. Sourness is prounounced but not overbearing; lactobacillus yeast is obvious. The oak is quite restrained but helps guide the beer. It's not quite gestalt, the balance is quite good - though admittedly, it's a pretty simple build for the style. Complementary floral hop character. Apple skin/fruit skin. Maybe even white cherry skin. Lightly tanic. Some subtlety is present here. Well executed for a simple basic sour. Well layered and put together. I quite like it.

Flavour duration is above average. Flavour intensity is somewhat high. Depth of flavour is average at best.

No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Acidic, smooth, wet, crisp, and refreshing. Slight overcarbonation, but it's forgivable. Good presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile nicely. Spritzy and effervescent.

Dr: A very drinkable sour for a rather fair price as an import. A great introductory beer for newcomers to sours, but it can't hold its own with more complex, refined beers in the style. I'll definitely be returning to this one regularly, and it earns its reputation as a staple sour. Quality stuff for the price; I'd probably recommend it to friends. Hard to find much wrong with it, but there's definite room for improvement. I do want more complexity and more of an oak presence, for example. A solid brew from Bavik, if one that uses lacto as something of a crutch. But if you're going to use a crutch, it may as well be lacto. I'm having this stuff.

Lowish B

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rare find at Delilah's...2003 is printed on the back label.

Pours a honey orange, some foam and large bubbles form in the tulip glass. A sticky ring of lace is left behind. Smell is of sharp citrusy lemon juice, clover honey, and white grape. Mild stable funk swirls around, with a wet stone quality. Very unique and Gueuze-like.

Taste follows the aroma, minus the funkiness. It's got a focused sharpness, sour lemon, apricot, and mellow honey all appear in the profile. White wine comes to mind. Aftertaste is slightly earthy with a vegetal hint. Sour/acidity level is moderate, almost puckering at first. It has a clean, bright sourness and is a little thin, crisp but not as and dry as Gueuze. It's a little like a Belgian Pale/Gueuze hybrid...refrfeshing in small doses. Returning to it a few times, it feels like it lacks a bit of depth that other Flanders ales have.

I've got another '03 bottle cellared indefinitely, i'm curious to try one that has more of age on it.
Edit: it doesn't seem to change much over time, I wonder if it's pasteurized.

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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottle code 40266. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fluffy white head with nice retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass; good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge sour cherry, apple, lemon zest, hay, grass, earth, pepper, clove, light vinegar, leather, funk, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance. Taste of tart green apple, lemon zest, cherry, earth, hay, grass, funk, pepper, oak, light vinegar, and yeast spiciness. Good amount of tartness present on the finish; with lingering notes of tart light fruits, hay, grass, earth, pepper, funk, vinegar, oak, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Excellent balance and complexity of flavors; nice tartness/sweetness balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a crisp and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent sour ale! Great balance and complexity of flavors; very smooth and crisp to drink. Highly enjoyable offering I will definitely have again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
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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