Petrus Winterbier | De Brabandere

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Petrus WinterbierPetrus Winterbier

Brewed by:
De Brabandere

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-23-2002

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Photo of slimjim871
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of impending
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


750ml into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear amber garnet, cream colored head started tall but receded fairly quick, ok lacing.

Aroma is rich in spices with a vinous phenolic overtone.

Flavor begins nice then collapses into mediocrity, undefined and bland. Potential is obvious. Plums and honey. The aftertaste is vaporous, evaporates with little residue, near zero bitter, no dry. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Double everything this might be splendid.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy bright orange amber. Massive white head with medium bubbles dissipated slowly, originally filling half the glass. Mild aroma of sweet malt and spices with a slightly mineral component. Flavor is a light sweet and caramel malt and light fruit dominated by apple. A slight buttery diacetyl flavor. Finish is somewhat dry and spicy, although the spices are nondescript. Light to medium bodied which is surprising considering the healthy head on this ale. Not very assertive flavors, but pleasant to drink. A nice but not outstanding winter Belgian. .

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Petrus Winterbier

Pours a dark brown, not so clear. Pillowy off white froth. Aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpernickel bread and alittle floral. In the taste, a nice brown ale base with more bready character, small cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and coriander round out the spice profile. Some mineral aspects, tiny bit tart and very mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Overall, not a bad winter offering, lots of spices, but short of noteworthy.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a brownish orange color with some amber hues around the edges. Provides a small off white foam head with moderate retention. Not much in the way of lacing.

S: A decent amount of caramel malt, ginger snaps, nutmeg and cinnamon. It gives off a christmas vibe.

T: Starts off with some malt character, mostly caramel, ginger snaps and brown sugar. In the middle the spices come to the forefront and give it a x-mas feel. On the back end the malt characeter comes thru more.

M: A little thin but leaves a mostly creamy feel on the palate.

O: Not my favorite of Belgians, but still a beer that is good in the winter. Slightly warming feel. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a champagne bottle into a Duvel glass.

Pours reddish brown with huge amounts of white foam. Long lasting, and leaves a big island in the middle. Cherries, plums, raisins in the nose. Cinamon/nutmeg too. Taste is full of fruit with a bold malt taste. Spices in the mix and hints of a sour finish. Just a hint of hop at the end. Really tasty, love the sour finish.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a deep golden yellow, settling into a much darker, caramel brown with a hazy purplish tint.  Head is abundant and dense with creme colored foam.  

S: Aroma is spot on like a Fruit Roll-Up.  I can't make it any more definitive.  

T/M: Flavor is surprisingly light for a beer so dark.  A medium to high amount of carbonation leads way to light plum, blackberry and sugar sweetness (including that Fruit Roll-Up trait) and is slightly bitter throughout leaving a bit in the aftertaste.  

It's not exactly a winter warmer, but it's nice.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, deep copper hue. It had a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of dried fruits and some spicy notes.

T - Good spicy flavor with a nice dried fruit flavor - raisin and plum. Nice bready malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very good Belgian beer. Another very good offering from Petrus.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, orange-tinted amber with a fizzy khaki head. Neither the head retention nor the lacing are all that great, but this beer has a unique appearance.

S: Very spicy and yeasty on the nose with fruitcake, gingerbread, and Christmas spice scents.

T: Opens tart and malty with notes of raisins, figs, citrus, gingerbread, Christmas spices, and pungent yeast. The finish is pungent and heavy with robust spice and yeast notes.

M: Medium-bodied and spritzy. The carbonation is very active. Honestly, it makes this beer rather difficult to drink.

O: This is an interesting ale, but could display better balance. I like it, but would not go out of my way to buy it again.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Pour House, Westmont, NJ

Pours a light bronzed orange with noticeable carbonation and a frothy white head that dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles. Malty aroma, fruitcake. Sweet malts in the taste, light sugar, fruitcake, and sour fruits and citrus zest. A little loss of flavor due to the carbonation level. Light-medium mouthfeel, a bit soda-ish; nice but I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it again.

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Photo of biggred1
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a fancy Belgian glass that came with it. Hazy amber with blonde highlights around the edges when backlit and a big fizzy khaki head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Sugar cookie and dark fruit with some mild Belgian yeast funkiness. Delicious holiday spice and raisin with tart green apple and rye breadiness. After several minutes of warming and adding the last of the bottle to the glass I've bumped the flavor score a little higher. A little more flavor concentration would really make this one special. Medium bodied and highly carbonated. A fine ale but not one of the truly great examples of the style.

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Photo of bmwats
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, into my Petrus oversized flute.

A: Dark golden / light amber cloudy hue. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Leaves a little blanket of bubbly foam on the surface when it's all said and done. No lacing to speak of.

S: Woody malt tone. Nutshells, maybe a little bay leaf in there, too. Seems like a little caramel and some oak.

T: Woody, malty. Strong, peaty alcohol flavor. Has a touch of some sweet and spice in there.

M: Grainy... almost coarse, for lack of a better adjective. Has almost a washed-out texture. Pungent, dry finish.

D: Sip and enjoy. Despite a feel that's not my favorite, an enjoyable drink.

Atmosphere is good. Appearance is pretty decent. Nice color and a good, solid foamy head. Nose is a nice woody grain with a hint of sweet. Nice balance. Has a very woody flavor profile, and strong alcohol. Overall, This is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of metter98
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear brownish amber in color and has a high amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties.
S: There are metallic aromas of cherries and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is also metallic and has flavors of caramel and dark fruits along with some hints of spices.
M: It feels light-bodied and watery on the palate with a very high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't difficult to drink but would be a little more palatable if it had a bigger body and lacked the metallic smell and taste.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Glowing apricot color with a large, rocky, foamy, frothy white head. Decent retention but only sparse patchy lace left.

S - Strong tart fruit and spice (clove, cinnamon, all spice, etc.) aroma with a faint alcohol and maybe phenol aroma. Hints of caramel and bready malt.

T - Like the nose, there is plenty of tart fruit. Green apple and sour/tart cherry are strongest. Some lemon zest as well. Spice also quite strong throughout with christmasy cooking spices. A little bit of sweet maltiness in the background. Alcohol is much more present than the 6.5% would suggest.

M - Lighter side of medium body with a bit above average carbonation. A touch too thin. Zesty feel.

D - A little too much spice and tartness compared to the maltiness for me given the style. Enjoyable in small doses.

Notes: Decent winter brew, but I wasn't getting as much BSDA flavors as I hoped. Tart fruit and cooking spice dominates with a good amount of alcohol heat. Nice in small doses for a winter night, but not something I necessarily crave.

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Photo of isualum12
2.52/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I found this beer at Boise co-op down in the northend on Eighth street sitting on the endcap of the beer sectioin with the other individual larger bottles. It came 750mL champagne style bottle, corked &caged wrapped in gold foil label inside a large box. I thought it was just an extra large bottle of beer which sold for about $13. I was intrigued with the box and the write up on the beer bud yet never heard of it before. I snagged the bottle and brought it home when. I open the box I was quite surprised to find a glass inside as well. The glass is classic gobbler shape from the Belgian style glass that you would expect to come from a Belgium brewery.

I thought at first it would have a large head but it had almost no header. I'll would say maybe one & 1/2 cm head. It is white head. The beer looked brown-color rolling into a copper color at the bottom of the glass. I poured it directly from the bottle into the Petrue glass which came in the box.

Smells orangey and pruney. My first impression was very sweet and smelled very nice. I enjoyed the smell. My first taste I thought was crazy, I've have never taste anything quite like this before. Very sweet. Lots of carbon. Really citrus labor on the back of your throught. I enjoyed the first taste but I'm not sure of it. I can taste the raisin or prune flavor in there. It's actually burns my nostril on the after taste.

In the end I couldn't handle to much of this beer. I gave it a low drinkablity with a high flavor. Something about it twisted up my stomach within seconds of my first drink. I would really enjoy using this beer to cook with along with pairing it with some different meats.

All in all I wouldn't buy this beer again.

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3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL champagne style bottle, corked &caged wrapped in gold label.

poured into pint glass, dark brown with ruby highlights. 2 inch fluffy white head. decent lacing, head stays as a covering until the end.

smells of belgian yeast, a little booze, and fermented fruit. the taste is a sweet malty flavor with some hints of black cherry and plum. slightly tart aftertaste. I was expecting winter spices, but no, basically a standard belgian dark ale.

higher carbonation, but still fairly smooth mouthfeel. good drinkability.

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Petrus Winterbier from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 198 ratings