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Petrus Aged Pale | De Brabandere

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Petrus Aged PalePetrus Aged Pale
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
Reviews:
701
Ratings:
2,421
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
24.69%
 
 
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Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown bottle with the year 2003 on the back label.

Appearance: Medium foaming off of a hard pour, wonderful rimming of Brussels Lace over the slightly weathered golden hue.

Smell: A bit tart with suggestions of cherries and a bit vinous as well. Faint oaky woodiness mingles with the grain, very aromatic in a mildly pungent way.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Lip smacking tartness upfront subsides as soon as the palate becomes accustom to the level of acidity. Oak flavours draw the mouth towards dry yet there is just enough sweetness from the grain to meld with the tartness for a sweet-tart juicy middle. Hints of earthiness show a complex yeast. Faint sherry character as the warmth of the alcohol becomes more apparent with its slightly ester profile. Finishes with more wood on a dry note.

Notes: A beautiful beer, as the beer caresses the mouth the tartness awakens the taste buds. Very refreshing and a perfect pair to a simple goat cheese. This beer is not for quaffing, sip and savour every drop.

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

Gold color and nearly clear. Mild head that leaves nearly no spots on the glass. Steady stream of minute bubbles continuously work upward.

Highly soured, smells very similar to a hard cider. Light alcohol in the background.

Mild start to the beer, but the swallow is explosive with a lot of sour apple and lemon flavors. The aftertaste is surprisingly short. The flavor is solidly like a soured apple cider. Good body and carbonation.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Bigby's Pour House.

Finally getting to try this old acquaintance from back east once again. It pours a clear lemon-straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises tart lemon zest, a pinch of coriander, and some rather light and demure cracked wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, with the even tarter lemon dominating all else in a pleasant WarHeads type of way. The body is a rather light medium, with a light carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a tasty sour treat, something you don't necessarily come across every day, but something you wouldn't mind indulging in that often.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap tonight at Rustico in Ballston, VA.

a - Pours a nice golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour apples, sour fruits, oak, very tart fruit. Also some grass/hay earthy tones. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of oak, sour apples, sour and tart fruit, fruity malts, hay/earthy malts.

m - Light body and low to moderate carbonation, tart and dry at the end.

d - A very enjoyable sour. Lots of tart apples in the nose and taste. Would like to have again.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Olde City during their sour week.

Poured into a Petrus glass, a light yellow/golden straw like color with about one finger of head with some nice lacing throughtout.

Aroma of sour apples, perhaps pears, wheat, some malt.

Taste is crisp and dry, very funky, tart.

Mouthfeel is very smooth medium bodied, some carbonation.

Very drinkable with a crisp sour finish.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

A: This beer appears a very clear, light golden color. The head is very minimal, yet the retention is very good.

S:The beer smells really funky and tannic, always a good sign.

T: The taste is reminiscent of sour white wine, with a really puckering finish. I also get some nice notes of wood with prominent acetic properties.

M: The feel is decent, with a growing vinegar burn in the back.

D: It's pretty tasty, but not the smoothest ride.

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

I kind of blew it this past winter - The Fridge was selling Petrus gift packs that included five different beers and I dragged my feet until it was too late. Since then, I have managed to find four different ones, of which this will be my fourth.

From the bottle: "The Key to Heaven"; "Petrus Aged Pale is a golden blonde ale brewed using the purest spring water, selected malt varieties and the finest hops. The unique aroma and taste is created by maturing in oak barrels for over 20 months. Serve cool, between 8 to 12 C (45 and 54 F)."

Having learned my lesson with their Blonde, I used a VERY gentle pour so as not to disturb any lees that may have settled to the bottom. As a result, I got no head, but I ended up with a very clear, deep-golden beer, much like filtered apple juice. The nose had a tartness like sour cherries and my mouth puckered and my tongue began to water. I am not a fan of sour beers, but I can appreciate them and this seemed like it was going to be good. My first sip gave off a vinegar tartness initially, then kicked in with green apples, wood and finally sour cherries. Wow! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a good bit of effervescence present. I can promise you that I would not enjoy a steady diet of this, but as an occasional foray into something other than AIPAs, this was nice. Finish was gaspingly dry, vinous, really. My my my.

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

Appearance: Golden amber with a nice sized frothy white head leaves more than abundant lacing, I'm happy so let's move on. Aroma: Very tart to the nose with a cidery dry finish to the nose here not much hop profile apparent but the tartness sure sticks out like a sore thumb. Taste: Coats the palate with a balanced tart sensation letting out a meaty malt profile with sweet flavor that came with the aging and the oak barrel definitely shines it's light through in the flavor of this aged ale. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied ale with a puckering effect on the palate that gives my taste buds a craving for more of the same. Drinkability: In closing all hail the flemish style pale ale from Petrus it brings joy to I this fine evening.

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

330 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Between copper and golden colored body. Very pale for an Oud Bruin. Small head that doesn't last long. Some lacing on the surface, but not a lot of action, really.

Smell - Sour apples and lemon tartness. A bit of yeastiness lingers, but the tart smells are dominant.

Taste - Much like the smell. Sour apples and citrus tartness. I don't get the oak that other reviews have said, which I kind of like. Very crisp flavor, even if it's not just tart. The aftertaste has just a hint of sweetness, or maybe it's just the sourness dying off.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation that makes it feel light. It's light in itself, but there is an oily feeling that is left on the tongue after the swallow. Interesting, but not bad.

Overall - I don't think this is an Oud Bruin at all. I'm no expert, but this is too light and has a different sort of sour to it. I really like it, but I don't know about the category.

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

Review from notes taken on 6/13/10.

On tap at Monk's Cafe, i've seen this in bottles before but not on tap so figured why not give it a try.

Served in a sort of stubby champagne glass, it appears a clear golden orange color with less than a finger of creamy head. Lace clings all about the glass. The aroma of this brew has all the indications of this being a funky brew. Slight fruity tones with an indication of sourness. The flavor of this brew has a tartness upfront with fruity hints and vinegar character. Quite a bit of puckering power with it's sourness level. Light bodied with a modest level of carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. Lingering flavor of funk and an oaky woodsiness left in the mouth that exaggerates the dryness of this beer along with an ever increasing amount of alcohol. As it warms there is a mild amount of orange rind flavor.

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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 tdm168
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – clear gold with a shirt-lived, white, bubbly head

S – oak, woody, tart, lemon, apple, white wine

T – white wine, oak, buttery, lemon, tart, sour, alcohol

M – viscous, crisp, light to medium bodied, dry, some warming alcohol

This is a decent beer, but comes across more as a tart white wine than a beer. I enjoyed it, but in the end the flavor left me wanting something more. It’s definitely worth a try nonetheless.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good till July 18th 2013.

Off the pour, a very shampoo and foamy like head that slowly falls with a simple white color. Body color is quite crystal clear but also really brassy colored and shining. The body looks practicaly polished. Some rising carbonation from the middle, with some minor large sticking cola sized bubbles.

Sweet and tart Welch's white grape on the nose. Really not much else. The sweet sense seems to be primary and dominant.

Taste is a big sharp, almost hot, but mostly large quick sour, then moves to a refreshing lemon tartness. Hot bitter comes to the finish with an interesting almost crisp quenching quality. Apple tastes and tart tang come after a few sips, and particularly on the finish.

Overall an interesting beer, not much of a malt action on this though, high abv is well masked and hidden.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Petrus Aged Pale-Grande Reserve

Speaking of aging, this bottle has been in my fridge over 6 months, I think. Bought it on someone's recommendation. Had on at Grumpy's NE on tap, again on recommendation, and yet I let this bottle sit there until today. Enough of my yakkin, let's drink up.

Clear, pale yellow, highly carbonated, slim slab of fizzy foam.

Aroma: citrus-y notes, peppery spice, and farmhouse funk.

Taste: tart, sour, crisp, and then dry. Much like a cider, but very mellow. Light bodied, with a dry, even finish. Very elegant. I can feel the pale ale underneath, and it's amazing what dramatic turns it took while resting in the oak barrel.
(Though I am wondering if I waited too long, is that possible?)

That said, and despite the many likable qualities of this ale, it just doesn't float my boat. Seems lacking in character, or at least the kind of character I'd like to send past my gums. I probably won't buy one again any time soon, but you probably should.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip, the beer is an extremely bright, straw gold coloring with a thin, filmy white head that starts around half an inch, but settles into a ring on the surface. Aromas are tart and sweet, robust and forward, with notes of apple, toasted grains, and subtle woody highlights. Mouth watering nose. Flavors are bold and tart, with an underlying roasted character, almost char-like. Toasty grain/bread notes noticeable initially, but they are quickly swallowed up by the sour characteristics, with a tangy sweetness that keeps the drinkability high. The aftertaste is more of the woody and char characteristics, but with a solid ribbon of tart still present. Clean, smooth finish with a slight puckering. Very drinkable throughout. Solid brew.

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

Wasn't sure if I had had this before but it was on draft so what's there to lose? Beer is yellow and clear. Forms a broken white head of small bubbles. Almost no lacing (like it should be) and the carbonation level is low.

Aroma is really good. Mildly acetic, almost sweet, mild funky basement.

Beer is thin and has a slightly metallic tinge to it. Strong acetic acid note, almost cherry like at times. Pretty bright flavors, good drinkability and nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/16/05- Purchased at Plumpjack Wines in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Stone Levitation glass.

Appearance- Champagne colored pour, maybe a bit on the darker golden side. Tons of light bubbles rising to the surface. 1/2 inch head in which part of it stays around during the entire glass. Excellent chunky lacing abounds.

Smell- Definite dulled fruity scent. Almost like a sweet style wine. Picked up sour notes as well. Definite light alcohol and oak scents too.

Taste- Sweet and sour at the same time. But, the sourness rules here. Very tart like the kind of candy you would but at the drug store when you were a kid. Fun Dip? Nice oaky background. Kind of funky aftertaste. Guess that is the barnyard quality coming through.

Mouthfeel- Not as carbonated as I thought after seeing the bubbles. But still above average carbonation level.

Drinkability- Reminds me of a red flanders more than anything. Kind of like a Duchesse. Just as good also if not better. This is no session beer. A sipper to be sure.

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Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev -0.2%

75ml corked bottle. Exceptionally smooth and drinkable for a sour ale. Lightly hazy, medium golden with light airy head. Soft, but full, fruity, cider aroma. Taste is fizzy, light, mildly acidic, malt, cider, wood. This one has me rethinking sour ales, most of which are too tart for my palate.

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

The price seemed too good for the style, $2.99 for a 330 ml bottle at a local store. But I see "2003" engraved on the back of the label. I hope this isn't too old, so time to find out. On to the beer:

Poured into a snifter, this beer is a hazy goldenrod color, maybe a bit darker than that. Classic sour aroma escapes from the beer...vinegar, tart fruit, fermenting grapes. This is something to get excited about. The taste is very tame. Burnt toffee touch in the finish. Very light on the palate and you don't taste anything upon impact. The flavor seems to be "floating on air", it seems like its own distinct layer of texture. Tart and sour for sure, some white grapes. Light maltiness creeps in now and then, but the distinct yeast of this style continues to dominate.

Well, this bottle held up well. A distinct treat for sure, and the most affordable sour I have come across.

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Photo of liamt07
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a chalice, dated 21 08 10.

Poured a golden brown, with a hint of orange. Bubbly head, falling to a thin layer. Nose is vinous, vingear, green apple and some pear. Taste is quite sour, less vinegar than the nose and the green apple is more evident here. Very drying mouthfeel, with a definite 'pucker.' High carbonation. An introduction to the style for me, and I can definitely say that one was enough. Interesting to say the least, although I don't know how often I'll pursue this style.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very tart with vanilla and oak notes. The flavor is tart lemons with some oak. The beer is extremely dry and makes you keep drinking it. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An excellent, budget sour.

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

This beer pours a light bodied slightly cloudy unpolished gold in color with a slight and quickly dissipating half finger bright white head. The nose is both slightly sweet and slightly tart. It's kind of difficult to describe. It's almost slightly lactic and slightly citric. It has a touch of granny smith apple as well as a touch of lemon and moderate funk. It's not too sour or tart for beginners and is very approachable, like most blonde sours. It has a moderate amount of carbonation and leaves a nice acidic tartness behind in the aftertaste. I like it. I'm especially glad that it's both available and affordable. I would recommend trying this if you haven't already.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, small head quickly disapates, some lacing afterwards. Scents of yeast, grapefruit, citrus, and spices. The taste is tangy and slightly bitter, very citrusy, and slightly spicy, the finish is pretty dry. Medium body, very carbonated mouth feel. Alcohol hidden very well. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but most likely will not buy again.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle picked up in NY a few weeks ago. The last time I've had this was about two years ago and then that was a 5 year old bottle at the time.

A glowing powerful golden beer with some yellowish streaks on the outlay of the glass, this looks very close to heaven in a bottle, the liquid is inviting. A rush of Ivory colored foam sits on top about an inch in height with some sticking ability, sheets down the glass. Belgian indeed.

This fresh bottle really showcases what this beer is about, which is the funky tartness that your about to inbide in. A heaping of acididy mixed in with some grapefruit, lemon and orange slices. The nose is really powerful on this. Some barnyard aroma with a dousing of oak, that may or may not have come from a wine barrel. Of course there is sweet scents as well with slight vanilla and even less sugar vibes.

I gotta say, this stuff is excellent, I really can't find a fault with it. The aged bottles I've had, while good, did not open my eyes like this young bottle. The fruit is more pronounced while in the past i've gotten alot of oak bombs from this beer. The yeast in this beer at this young stage is alive and dancing up a jig with tartness/ slight funk and overall deliciousness. Oak/vanilla tannins. This is what Belgian beer is all about.

There is just enough tartness to make me pucker (in a good way) for a bit after I sip, that's great, that's what I look for. But the tartness is not at a level to make your tounge cringe, it's pretty much perfect. The flavors in this just dance on my tounge so expertly that I want to stop writing and just enjoy this ride. A lighter than medium feel with a lively and spritzy carbonation.

This beer is alive, and it's damn tasty, and a pleasure to drink. Im a sour head, so this is right up my alley, but I can see why some people would throw up even attempting to drink a beer this good. It's not for everybody, but it's for me. This is one sour that I would drink three bottles of in a night and have thoughts to do it again the next night. Top notch!

Edit (2009-2010)- Damn, Bavik, I know Philly is mad lucrative for breweries, but you guys must of sent at least 150 kegs of this stuff over here. It's on at at least 25 bars that I know of right now. Im bombared by this goodness and im becoming broke because of it, please stop!

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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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