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:
705
Ratings:
2,448
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
13.22%
 
 
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Photo of JLSIV
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

Funky and sour, not my type of Belgian beer, but I can see that this is a very complex style….if someone who isn't a beer drinker likes and likes dry white wines, they might go for this as a crossover from wine to beer.

Definitely can taste the barrel aging, some brett and lactobacillus type funk going on.

Again, not my taste, but I wanted to try this style...

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

Bottle poured into tulip glass.

A- Pours hazy golden straw with about a finger of head that dissipates quickly leaving lace. Very pleasant.

S- Sweet malt and Sour green apple with hints of barnyard, oak and a not unpleasant in the least vomit smell... I'm not sure what this says about me...

T- Sour apple, with a hint of funk melting away to oak with a hint of vanilla. Immensely interesting and satisfying.

M- Complex. At once Puckering and sweet, while still refreshingly crisp.

D- Not really a session beer, but upon finishing my glass I'm wanting another... ABV could be dangerous.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into two snifters

It pours a transparent marigold with a surprisingly lingering fluffy white head. After the head dies down a tight layer of bubbles crown the beer.

The nose is immediately has some lactic tartness and some white wine grape acidity. It's not over the top with the acidity but does have a little vinegar in there.

Taste has a strong lactic bite in the front that lasts throughout the taste. The pale color seems to translate to a more mellow malt character than other Flanders style beers. It also doesn't finish as sweet as other examples and has a fairly dry finish. While I like the dry finish I usually like a little more body in my Flanders style beers. Thats not to say this isn't a great tasting beer. I think it's really well done and I'm enjoying the hell out of it. Right out of the bottle the carbonation was a too high for my liking and gave an unneeded added acidity which corrected itself as it sat a while and became a little flatter.

The acidity level of this beer is on the higher side which is the only thing hampering it's drinkability. Overall I really love this beer and for $6.99 a 750mL it's a better bargain than Rodenbach Grand Cru, my benchmark beer in price/availability/taste.

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

A - poured into a pint glass. Small head for a light ale, but it's a sticky foam with decent retention that clings to the edges of the glass. Very clear yellow color -- not straw or subtlely orange -- just golden yellow. Only the tiny bubbles obscure it.

S - fresh grassy grains, sour cherries, and round/mellow/aged sweetness all at the same time. Very interesting, not sure I've smelled a pale ale quite like it.

T - sourness comes to the forefront when it hits the tongue. By now it's definitely Flemish in character, not any sort of pale ale as labeled. But it's not the cherry we smelled; more like apple cider vinegar with a little bit of white grape. The malts are only present as a kind of background reminder of earthy/grassy brightness. No bitterness to speak of, nor are the woody aged notes detectable anymore. Still quite appealing overall, but I wish the more complex/rounded smells lasted longer than the first whiff; had the potential to be very special.

M - nicely smooth, some decent body for such a pale brew, moderately oily (thanks to ample ABV), just the right amount of carbonation

D - exceedingly drinkable if sourness is not a turn-off. Almost too drinkable; as mentioned, this would be a near perfect venture into new (to me) territory if the flavors had been a little more daring.

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Photo of Shovelbum
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger frothy white head over a golden-copper body. Decent head retention. Aromas of tart citrus fruit, Belgian yeast, and a tinge of malt in the background. The flavor is quite tart and sour up front, but quickly gives way to a strong oaky, almost tequila like character. Crisp bitterness. Fairly low carbonation for a Belgian ale. Low sweetness too—quite dry.

This is a crazy fellow with some serious funk. I found the oak character to be a bit overpowering out of the starting gate, but things tend to meld a bit better as it warmed. I don't usually mind a tart and funky brew, but I guess I just couldn’t get over the lingering tequila character (I’m not a fan of the spirit). Definitely worth a try--- at least once.

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

My favorite product from this brewery. My bottles of this date from when it was a MJ beer of the month club offering, but they remain excellent to this day. Served 50f. 15% head in glass.

First thing in the nose is the lambic-like odor, more bite here than anything else bavik makes. There is a hint of some more stuff behind it but I cannot single it out.

Taste reminds me more of a flemish red than a lambic - similar sourness, more pronounced than many of the actual flemish red style, but more subtle than any full-blown lambic or gueuze. There is a mild malty character to the aftertaste as well as some wood notes.

This is a very refreshing beer, and the 7.3% is invisible. I think it is finally beginning to turn (possibly 3 years old now) but has been excellent up until now.

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

When I tasted this last night, the first thing I wrote down was, 'This kicks ass!!'

But I've got to back up for a moment. Initially, the smell intrigued me. Very sweet and spicy, with a mix of fruits and a touch of honey and yeast thrown in. I knew this was going to be something different. I loved this beer at the first sip. It has a sour tartness, along with with a fair malt sweetness. The sweet and sour flavors causes a pleasantly bizarre blend that I honestly cannot explain fully. I'll just have to stick with my original, though not very eloquent, statement that Petrus Aged Pale 'kicks ass!!'

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Vendome Fullerton.

A- Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass, this beer pours a clear gold color with a white, one-finger head that settles to a thin layer, leaving a few streaks of lacing after each sip.

S- Lots of stuff goin' on here. A very tart and acidic aroma with a musty undercurrent of barnyard funk. An enticing mixture of green apple sourness and fresh-cut hay. There's only a slight indication that this beer was aged in oak barrels for 20 months. Everything is in perfect balance here.

T- The sourness is fairly intense, but it's quickly overtaken by some bready malts and a nice subtle flavor of oak towards the dry and lemony finish. The sourness lingers on the palate long after each sip.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, which is very even feeling and well-integrated.

D- The sourness of the flavor never becomes cloying, and the 7.3% ABV makes this a beer that I could easily have two of in one sitting.

A really well-crafted beer all around. Highly recommended.

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Photo of beckje01
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

A yellow color with nice activity and a good white head. The nose is a great sour smell. Very nice. The flavors are sour with some grain in the background. It's a nice sourness not really fruity. The thickness and activity go well with the flavors. This is a rather nice sour beer. Probably one of the best of the Petrus line up.

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Photo of fear025
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma:This one smells like a sour beer, with hints of wine.

Appearance:Pale with lots of bubbles. Lots of thick white head with OK retention.

Taste:There is a sharp tart apple sourness on the foretaste. The tartness fades quickly into a clean slightly sweet taste on the back end.

Mouthfeel:The acidic wild yeast astringency builds as the tartness fades. Good carbonation.

Drinkability:This is a quite refreshing sour beer. It's not the most sour beer in the world, but it's got some great flavors.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to Fantome tulip

A: Light golden honey colored with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a medium lacing around the top of the glass. It is totally translucent and about as clean as you can get which is impressive considering its been in barrels.

S:It smells almost like aged hops, I can tell that they smell like hops but they are about as far away from fresh as you can get as they definitely have an earthy funk characteristic to the smell. There is also oak in there as well it is not powerful but does weill to balance the other scents

T: Wow so I am really impressed here it has a dry sour taste that is very similar to what I would expect from a quality lambic but the funk is there (especially in a farmhouse aspect) but it adds to the flavor instead of overpowering it (probably the making the ale part of the beer much more noticeable). It is crisp and very clean in the finish.

M: This beer is very light considering its abv and goes down very easily considering the same. It has a light puckering sour feel upfront but not over powering. It is thin and somewhat watery but that makes it very drinkable. The crispness and clean nature of the finsh are really helped by the carbonation which makes this feel light and refreshing (more so then any sour I have tasted).

O:The appearance and smell for this beer are good but not great the taste and feel however do achieve greatness. It is very drinkable for its higherish abv and maintains a great sour flavor I could drink these for days and normally I reach a limit with sour beers this I wish came by the six pack. I highly recommend you try this especially if you like sours.

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

A:hazy warm gold, prominent 2 finger head, high retention.
S:intensely fragrant, of apple, apple vinegar and pear, yeast and funk as well.
T:not as bitingly tart as the nose would expect you to believe, immediate slight metallic taste and touch of bitterness, the apple and funk begins to come through but the funk remains. the lurking bitterness is surprising but not altogether unpleasant (it's not a strong bitterness but it is noticable), as the beer settles the fruit notes (apple and pear, with some subtle hints of lemon) become more pronounced and become the main push of the flavor profile, I don't really get much of a wood note here.
M:soft but intensely dry
O:I see a lot of this beer in american sours but those fall short, that being said I generally avoid american sour beer, but I very much enjoy this and it is an easy drink to enjoy, accessible but complex, good for contemplation or relaxation, great for those who hate beer great for those who love it, not a revelation, but excellent nonetheless, well made and well done

PS: On second thought the bitterness has a soapy character which is not altogether pleasant

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how this classifies as a belgian pale, but whatever...

Pours a hazy orange with a medium white head. Nose and palate are very strong on sour cherries, apples, wood. Amazingly tart - at least as tart as a flanders red. Very dry, which emphasizes the tartness in the residue. really sticks with you afterwards.

I think i needed another bottle of this for my review to do it justice. not sure if i liked it or not, to be honest. it was a unique taste and style, and i wouldnt mind having another to think about it further.

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Photo of Nesued
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler obtained via the fine folks at Green's on Piney Grove Road. Kudos for continuing to bring great offerings to the Columbia area.

Appearance - Crisp and clear yellow in color. Very inviting. Mild carbonation continues as the beer rests next to me during this review. Little head formed at the initial pour and little remains as this offering teases me to draw near...

Smell - An "awaken your nose" crisp and funky aroma. Some grassy and sweet notes as well.

Taste - A lip-puckering opening expands to a sweet/sour middle and a crisp clean finish. Amazing all that is going on in this offering. "Sweet-tarts" can describe this, along with a nice woody/grassy presence as well. The finish doesn't stick to your tongue, rather it leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is light while the overall body is medium. The crisp tart presence does take you by surprise.

Drinkability - I'm always amazed by the diversity present in the differing style offerings. To enjoy an Oud Bruin or a lambic is to very much appreciate the many facets of both beer-making and the enjoyment of variety. This offering is indeed in the upper strata of find offerings in the style.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gotta get my sour fix! Thankfully, my roomies brought back some Cantillon from Mardi Gras... so I thought I'd warm up with one of these. Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

The beer pours a clear gold with a huge pillowy white head. Like a saison, but not quite as cloudy. Good lookin beer.

The nose is mainly sour. Not quite sharp... so lactic? There's some citrus back in there, too... but not quite sour citrus. Interesting.

The taste is a smooth, sour that isn't overwhelming and is quite refreshing. There's some citrus there and maybe some hay. Not the most complex, but it is refreshing and inviting. I'll definitely have another and these are quite affordable for decent sours!

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Photo of northaustin
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy gold with a finger or so of quickly disappearing white head. no lacing.

very dry and tart, seems like a belgian gold was once there but has now been overthrown by a heavy sour oaky taste. a slight hint of alchohol heat which i am enjoying.

mouthfeel: expect dry cheeks constantly being washed by a salivating throat. exactly what i was looking for. although it is somewhat sour it is still refereshing, crisp and easy to drink.

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Photo of fastsrt
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured 11.2 ounce bottle in a wine glass

A: clear, golden with a stiff white head

S: tart, grapes,

T: tart, crisp refreshing fruity,

M: leaves you wanting to take another sip.

D: love it one bottle and done type of beer, but have had this more than once, and is a go to sour ale. that I enjoy.

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Photo of chaz01
2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a champagne flute at a local beer tasting event.

A: Clear golden. Nice thick head with lots of bubbly effervescence.

S: Sour lemony aroma with a little woody oak tones.

T: Very, very tart, almost like a sour candy with vinegar. I'm not an expert in this category, and I realize it's intended to have this tartness, but it was a bit much for my taste. I wasn't picking up any of the woody notes from aging in barrel -- I just get sourness.

M: Medium bodied, maybe even a bit thin on the palate.

D: I would think it's best served perhaps as an apertif before a meal. I wouldn't think it would go well with most foods. Not my favorite, but it's interesting to try.

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Photo of jminsc76
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a Delirium tulip, pours a nice white head atop a murky, orange-ish body. Exhibits some decent lacing at first but dissolves quickly. The head reemerges greatly upon agitation.

Refreshing aromas that include slight citrus and grapefruit, horse blankets, and oak. There is some sweetness in the nose as well, perhaps even some vanilla or light butterscotch. A complex bouquet.

Flavors are tart, funky, earthy, and slightly fruity. Produces a puckering reaction, and while it's fairly pleasant, the nose is more complex than the flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry, almost too much so. Kind of chalky. Then again, I did eat a whole spinach salad prior to this and am wondering if that's contributing to the chalky feeling. Slightly sticky on the gums but also quite light in consistency.

Overall I give it a good grade. I will have to try this again solo, without the influence of spinach on my palate, but I can imagine the flavors and consistency improving. I will give this one an update.

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Photo of paulozanello
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mildly translucent golden color with a very thick white head that recedes after about 5 minutes leaving a great creamy foam cap on the surface. Lacing is good and web-like.

Aroma is strong and tart, with grapes, cherries and funk. Slight oak character but definitely less intense than the tartness. Great smelling beer.

Taste starts very tart and lactic with crisp flavors of lemon, sour cherries and green grapes ending with a funky/barnyard character.

Mouthfeel is extremely dry and crisp, with lots of carbonation. Body is medium and alcohol non-existent. Aftertaste is sour and astringent, leaving your mouth watering. Drinkability is average for a sour.

I really like the nose on this one. The taste is not bad but IMO it could be a little less tart and more oaky/complex.

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Photo of emsroth
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle as part of a sampler pack

App: Dark gold/light amber. Seriously cloudy. Hardly any head, but sticky lace.

Smell: Tons of fruit--sour cherries, granny smith apples, plum skin, grapes. Thick, honey-like malt backbone with a hint of grain.

Taste: Strong sour flavor upfront. Lemon seems like too obvious of a flavor comparison, but it's an accurate description. Ends sweet and grainy on the flanks of the palate. Slight herbal bitterness. Let's see how it warms--the tartness mellows, the grainy malt and herbal hops become more prevalent.

Disappointing body--too light and thin.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opens with a good pop, nice white head & slightly hazy golden color. Smells sour, tastes sour, sourer than I expected. Initially tastes of vinegar , then some hop bitters & malt followed by salty sourness. This is my second sour beer & I was curious how it compared to Grand Cru which has a grape dominated quality to it. Interesting & well banded but I like Grand Cru better. No hint of alcohol let alone 10%. Excellent

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Photo of Aenema
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear light gold/bronze with a fluffy white head. leaves splotchy lacing.
Smell - Tart apple, some lemon, slight funk.
Taste - Puckering sourness, but not very intense. lots of tart apple, funk and some sourness.
Mouthfeel - Light body, nice carb, very dry finish.
Drinkability - Drinks very nicely, but I think one or two would be enough.

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- Pours a golden yellow, slightly hazy, with a cm of foam.

- Smells of lemon and sour grapes.

- Taste is tart lemon up front with sour grapes and oak. Sourness doesn't linger and the finish is very mild, slightly dry. The finish is refreshing, however, this beer is not complex or multilayered.

-Overall a very decent sour. It is able to satisfy a sour craving, but does lack complexity. This is a great introductory sour as there is nothing too offense or bold or funky. Also, it is readily available and affordable at $4/bottle, I like to keep a few of these around for a refreshing weeknight delight.

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Photo of sinistermadman
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leaving sediment in bottle, this brew pours a chilled light amber with a negligible head. Sour, acetic aroma with fruit notes. Taste is quite tart with some residual sourness. Not so sour as to hamper drinkability. Overall flavor is not bad. The most obvious comparison is sour green apples, but some other nuances are perceived (oak). Light body and minimal carbonation. Not well versed in the style, but I did enjoy it. An interesting brew that is a good change of pace from my fresh hop binge I'm currently on. Cheers.

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