Petrus Aged Pale | De Brabandere

Petrus Aged PalePetrus Aged Pale
BA SCORE
85.7%
Liked This Beer
4.07 w/ 2,481 ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,342
Reviews:
716
Ratings:
2,481
Liked:
2,127
Avg:
4.07/5
pDev:
13.02%
Alströms:
4.4
 
 
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127
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393
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Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of gordavidson
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A clear golden color with some streams of carbonation keeping the 1 finger-thick white head alive. Not much meat on its bones.

S- Very aromatic. The strong funk and floral aspects hit at first. Extremely complex and intriguing. I am seriously digging this.

T- Oh man... this is unbelievably tart and sour. It is hard to pick out specific flavors, but there is a lot of funk and sourness that gets rounded out nicely by some sweetness on the tail end.

M- Very acidic and dry, in a good way. Leaves my mouth feeling like i gargles with vinegar. Awesome.

D- For the ABV and strong flavors, I notice my glass emptying faster than expected. Very tasty. Worth seeking out if you need to get your sour fix.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of bigbeers84
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of coz
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of random846
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Cramerican
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle served cool into a glass. Purchased from LBCO for $2.00 CDN. Excited to try this style for only the second time (Liefmans Goudenband).

Appearance - Clear, pale golden color capped by a half finger of quickly disappearing white head. Very few bubbles are visible as the beer looks quite flat overall. Some lacing left behind.

Smell - Wow, extremely rich vinous like quality, reminiscent of good champagne. There's also a sweet floral and raspberry undercurrent upon repeated whiffs. A slight earthy dankness to the whole beer as well I'm guessing from the oak barrels. I can't wait to try this.

Taste - The grapey vinousness to this beer shows up, some mild salt and tartness to the beer as well. Earthy sourness throughout, but in a refined and delicate way. Alcohol is imperceptible. Nice acidity, but not overkill.

Mouthfeel - Lacking in carbonation, but that's to be expected with the style. Moderately bodied although light for a higher ABV beer, it finishes lip puckeringly dry and the relatively mild acidity makes this very drinkable.

Overall - A great little beer, that probably serves as a nice gateway to sours, the smell and taste profile on this are awesome, and I'm wishing I had picked up a couple more. In fact this is good enough to warrant a beer run all on its own.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a basic snifter glass, this ale appears a mildly cloudy golden straw color with about a finger of bone white foam. The foam ebbs quickly down to a thin layer. Nose and flavors are tart, sour lemons, orange zest, fruity green apples, a hint of cider vinegar, funky. A little too much carbonation in this particular bottle for my tastes with a medium body. This unique ale is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours Medium clear gold with a nice white foam head. Some retention that leaves splashes of lace as you sip.

Tart acidic notes up front, with some bready aromas, wood too.

Big tart punch in the mouth, with lots of acid. Malt comes up a bit, with some aged woody flavors and some sweet grain and bread. But sour is sour, and any variant on the palate is pushed aside by the tart element -- and this is fine by me. Mild bitter grain husk back there somewhere as well.

Acid bite and a good tingle on the tongue.

Great beer. Far from being a bruin, but essentially a pale sour. I liked this alot.

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Photo of vande
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BretSikkink
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale golden color served with a small white head of medium sized bubbling. These bubbles gently hold up the thin head throughout. Chill hazed. Decent look.

Quite phenolic, with a firm acidity and sweetness in the nose. Very pale sweetness from the malt. Apple cider fruitiness.

The flavor here is pretty complex, moving from bubblegum to white pepper to barnyard/horse blanket to muscat grapes and back around to a dry prosecco. Really interesting.

Medium body, a little slick with a dry cidery finish. Shades of a prosecco, nice and easy to drink. Loved it.

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Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of polloenfuego
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Evan
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful crystal-clear, yellowish-orange color, nice thick, shaving cream type head
S: earthy with malt and hints of sour, some vanilla
T: very drinkable, sour is noticeable up front but nice balance with malt
M: very good, quenching, no major pucker factor, refreshing
D: very, very drinkable

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Photo of WynnO
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Amalak
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had again and have changed my view. It is a good. classic sour. Smooth, with an apple and bitter hop taste. Flavorful, but when done well, it's not over the top.

A. Clear straw gold color with a nice bubbly white head. A few bubbles sprinkled throughout.

S. Extremely strong alcohol, wheat and malt scent to it.

T. Extremely strong alcohol taste. Extremely sweet. Puckeringly sweet. Lemon over the top. Citrus. Taste more like a cider; I have no idea where the pale ale comes from.

M. Very tart.

O. This is a nice summer morning beer. Almost like a mimosa. The lemon is very strong. No more than a 6 oz pour is necessary, else it's simply too much. Has some good qualities, but only in moderation.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.94/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have loved this beer for almost 15 years, since it was called 'Petrus Oak Aged Ale', and I spent the past 10 years without it. I had trepidations when I finally got my hands on it, as it had been so long since I had it. It may be slightly different now than it was then; it doesn't have the oak floaties and it is slightly lighter in hue, but that could be attributed to a more thorough filtering. It still is the among the best out. It has all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

A - Hazy iced tea hue with a mm or so of persistent foam abstractly clinging to the glass, eventually appearing as if it were lacing as seen by Pollock. It has almost all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

S - Smells like Calabrese young olives, acidic, astringent, sour, pickled peppers, and apple cider vinegar; it is awesome, and not at all how it sounds. It has all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

T - Funky, sour, astringent-briny without being the slightest bit saline, it has all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

M - Puckeringly sour, with moderately sharp carbonation, on the lighter side of medium-bodied. It has all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

D - My favorite beer ever. No question about it. Not hyped; I don't care. It is the deal. It has all of the characteristics that I prize in a beer.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear light golden color, like apple juice, with a one-finger fluffy white head that recedes slowly and leaves good lacing.

Smell is interesting. A mix of light sweet fruit and white wine vinegar, with a bit of oak, and some sour and funk in the background. The fruit reminds me again of apple juice (apparently I have it on the mind, but this beer looks and smells like it). These smells actually combine quite well, yielding an odd but intriguing combination.

Starts out mildly lemony sour, then the fruitiness kicks in (though here it's more like peaches), then a slightly different, more vinegary funky sour kicks in for the finish. These transitions happen smoothly, but they provide a rich palette of flavors.

Light-bodied and well-carbonated, which I think fits well with the rest of the beer. Could do with a bit less carbonation. It slides off the tongue rather quickly, leaving the flavors there but not the texture.

A nice, refreshing, mildly sour beer. Everything about it is good; no real downsides in my opinion. But nothing really amazing about it either. A tasty, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of fossage78
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of rye726
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear tan and has a creamy beige head. The nose really opens up as this reaches cellar temp. There is a base of mild malts and grains followed by tart fruits, musky oak and light funk. The taste has a strong sour/bitter aspect up front followed by musky wood and barnyard funk. Firly light body was a crisp dry finish. Great brew from Bavik. Much better than their Oud Bruin.

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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 85.7% out of 100 with 2,481 ratings
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