Petrus Winterbier
De Brabandere

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Belgian Dark Ale
Ranked #95
Ranked #40,488
3.62 | pDev: 13.81%
De Brabandere
Petrus WinterbierPetrus Winterbier
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Reviews: 144 | Ratings: 199
Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. The BDA pours a clear honey brown color with an airy egg shell colored head that settled into a light cap. The aroma is light, some vinous attributes, sweet overall. The taste is sweet toasted malt, similar to an amber ale, has a lemony tartness and a subtle earthy spice. The feel is fairly light, tons of carbonation, finishes tart and sweet. A medicore BDA, no outstanding flavors, a tad over-carbonated. Basically bought it for the glass.

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Photo of TheBear11D
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is amberish brown in color with a lasting cream, light tan head.

Smells of red wine, grapes and hops.

Tastes sweet, slightly dry grapes with a mix of champagne finishes a touch less sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth tickling with carbonation.

Very smooth and easy to drink. The carbonation goes down easily. A sippable beer.

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Photo of BravoTwo
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice darker dubbel colored beer, with small head and little retention. Dark candy sugar brown.

S - Sweet with a slight hint of spice notes and a "twang" of a little bit of sourness.

T - Good here, and nice spice notes for winter brew. Definitely can taste the "seasonal" nature of the beer, and also a slight sourness right at the end.

M - Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation. Smooth.

D - Easy drinker, especially on a colder day this could go down very easily.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours with a very froathy, strongly efforvescent appearance of amber, rust, and brown colored haze. Firm, but light aromas of apples, with a white grape, vineous, zinfindale quality. A follow up of confectionate maltiness, lightly-tart berries, and a mild fruitcake scent permiates the wine-like qualities. Flavors closely mimic the aromas while placing emphasis on the malt sweetness and body, and the yeasty spiciness. The berry-like attributes shine more and more as the beer warms. The beer is soft and nearly evaporates as it hits the mouth. The carbonation lifts the beer without any bite or astringency. Acidic throughout, which leads to a clean, refreshing spicy finish. This beer is more akin to Belgian Ambers with little hint of it being more wintery than any other beer. Still quite nice and palatable.

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Photo of beckje01
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark amber color with lots of activity and a big tan head.

S- slight sour smell some coriander? in there as well?

T- Creamy taste a slight sour but not really. And no hint of spice at all...

M- Lots of activity, not sure if it's a good or bad thing.

D- Very drinkable nothing really off putting just not really on target.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful brown with orange highlights. Nearly opaque. Creamy light tan head 1 1/2" high drops evenly.
Smell is malt, hops, juniper (?) and nothing else.
Taste is malt, yeast, acohol, peat, banana, vanilla, caramel. Completely different taste compared to the nose.
Medium full body & effervescence. Slightly crisp with a mildly dry finish. A good but weird brew. Very disconnected throughout.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- This is a nice brown amber colored beer with a thick cream colored head. I saw some particles floating but I do not think as many as some of the people thate rated this beer before me.

Smell- The odor that came from the bottle as soon as opened it stayed pretty constant from start to finish. It has a very sweet and spicy smell. It suits Christmas well.

Taste- There is a very fruity and floral tartness to this beer. I was not over keen on the acidic aftertaste. Which is sad because that brings the decent flavor of this beer down a notch.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and a little fizzy.

Drinkability- Decent.

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3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A three finger rocky tan head almost jumps out of the glass. Body is a rich murky dark brown. Nose is huge, invigorating, and very complex. You get notes of spicey biscuits, creamy vanilla, honey and raw sweet dough with a hint of pepper. A unique mix of soured, tartfruity feel and pepery doughy spice enters the mouth on first sip. There is a nice crispness that resembles a green apple and a powdery spice feel that is even and long lasting on the end of the palate. Mouthfeel is realatively clean but does have a bit of thickness. Drinkability is solid.

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Photo of StoutBulldog
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am a sucker for Santa Claus so I picked up a few bottle of Petrus Winterbier when I saw the jolly old guy on a sled on the label. Nothing remarkable or bad about the head or appearance...just kind "was". Wait, I take that back -- there was a lot of carbonation. It smelled of sweet vingar and not too much else. Not surprisingly, the taste of vingar was apparent and I was sort of stuck on that. It was also quite thin and watery. I kept sipping hoping to enjoy the next sip a little more but I really didn't. Despite the carbonation, it left me flat. It was not aweful but just not as satisfying as I would have hoped.

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Photo of charlzm
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 10/29/07.

Overflowed bottle immediately upon opening. Poured into glass a hazy golden brown with thin white head that lingered a while, more than covering surface in a trappist glass. Alcoholic, spicy honey aroma. Mild flavors of nutmeg and a pleasing, mellow tartness. Lightly bready yeast also present. Astringent but not outrageously so. Lingering thin bitterness.

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Photo of jwc215
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazed brown with a foamy head that is very briefly rocky, before descending to a thin cover. Vanishing lacing temporarily appears on the glass.

The smell is sour - like an old wine that has turned borderline vinegar. Some faint caramel and doughy yeast in the back.

The taste is sweet and sour - a characteristic that I have found in other offerings of this line. This is not my problem with this beer, though. The problem is that other than some caramel and a blandish yeast, not much else is going on.

A bit watery - not really what I expect from the style, from Belgium, or from a "winter beer".

A rather bland Belgian Dark Ale that is not so wintery except maybe for some warming alcohol that creeps up.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an extremely ruddy brown with chunks galore floating around. Nice creamy, off-white head that retains very well. Good lacing.

Smells is, surprisingly pretty tart, with hints of balsamic vinegar. Burgandy wine, cherries.

Taste is not as tart as the aroma may lead you to believe. Slight balsamic vinegar flavor, some dark fruits, dry finish. SLight alcohol warmth. Overall, rather thin though. Seems "watered down."

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decent carbonation, dry.

Drinkability is so-so. I think one would do me good on these guys.

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Photo of joepais
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a petrus tulip. I should have read some of the reviews the cork flew off and almost put a hole in my ceiling, and I had to run to the sink to save the rug. I gave up trying to find the cork in the living room, I will find it later.
Needless to say the ruby brown colored ale had a beautiful 3 finger head, tons of carbonation much more than I expected.
It has a nice bready nose along with a modest sour fruit smell, a light spice in the background.
The mouth feel on this is quite dry as well as a nice tingle from the carbonation on my tongue.
Flavors are bready with some sour fruit in it; the sourness must come from the spices and not as much from the hop, a very suttle beer.
I think it is an alright Belgium dark, but not one of my favorites, not even one of my favorite winter beers, I wouldnÂ’t go and search it down, but if someone offered it to me I would drink it again, the glass that came in the box is pretty cool though.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly clouded amber with some head. Nose is malty...and at first I thought I got a whiff of something like burnt toast. Basically this one has the aroma of a strong and very sweet Belgian. Flavor is strong with a syrupy sweetness. Borders on too much. Though the following sips seem to be more tolerable. Caramel tone is heavy as well. Feel is slightly syrupy, though not a lot of carbonation - but a bit above the average. Very drinkable as it is smoother as you go on. I could easily go for a few of these if I was sitting and relaxing in the cold winter.

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Photo of Natural510
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very thick & creamy head, which I love (similar to a pour of Chimay). Color is very orange and opaque, looks delectible.
Smell is sweet & tangy; taste is very tart and a bit sharp, but not extremely hoppy. It does have some sour afternotes which stay in the mouth, but not in a disgusting way. All in all, a pronounced citric acid afterbite.
Fairly drinkable, depending on your tolerance for citrus flavor. I may buy this again, due to its relatively cheap ($4 for 11.2oz) price as a Belgian, but won't rush myself to do so.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Petrus winter pours a brown/ruby color with a persistent head. Be aware of the cork and the fizz when opening, i almost broke the light fixture on my ceiling, and soaked my carpet the first time i opened one of these. the first thing i notice is the intense carbonation not too common in belgian winters. after recooping from the first sip i took a second, fizzy at first, then flemish sour red ale flavors start to dominate,but without the strong sour taste. this was a nice experience to smell and taste the vinous flavors without puckering my lips on the first ten drinks, and with carbonation which is almost non existent in alot of flemish reds. the finish is slightly hoppy. not a great winter warming effect, but a great afternoon refresher ( relatively speaking) interesting to say the least. Not what i expected from a belgian winter, but still quite good. beware the cork! it is a missile!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, with Santa Claus on the label,

A: Pours a dark, turbid brown, with a huge, voluminous white head, almost like a Duvel in size, which leaves generous lacing.

S: Thick malt, sugar, raisins, quite fragrant.

T: Nice flavour of dark fruit, brown sugar, and treacle typical of a good Belgian Brown. Slight hop note at the end, though overall, I think the flavour is a little too restrained, I was expecting more out of it, but tasty.

M: Smooth and creamy, slightly medicinal character, high in carbonation, fizzy.

D: A good, drinkable winter beer from Petrus/Bavik. Will definitely buy this one again when I can find it, a solid brew.

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy apricot with a frothy head that fritters away to a film and leaves a prong or two of lace

Smell: Modest tart fruit (green apple and sour cherry) with hints of spice cake spices (clove, cinnamon and allspice); would be really nice if more pronounced

Taste: Starts out with a slightly biscuity sweet malty flavor that is complemented by some green apple and sour cherry elements - both very subtle; foams in the mouth by mid-palate, making it difficult to taste the flavor progressions; after the swallow, some of the sour elements come through, with a woody, caramelized aspect that is actually quite pleasing

Mouthfeel: Light and incredibly frothy; with a foamy mouthfeel (even with little head) that makes it difficult to taste - note to self: swallow quickly before it foams

Drinkability: Where to begin? There is something very nice about this beer that I really want to like, drawing on some of the better elements of other Petrus beers; however, the foamy tendencies as well as the understated flavor profile dilute the beer's potential; this could be extraordinary if the flaws were removed

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Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first I've seen this beer in Ohio, since they had a thing about Santa Claus on beer bottles, especially if they are holding a beer like this one. This beer poured a medium light clear amber color and formed a very foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation is present, probably why the cork exploded off. The aroma is of candy, cherries and lightly of malt and yeast. The flavor is of malt, chocolate and cherries. The body is medium light and the finish sweet yet tart. I didn't find it as sour as some others, but this may be due to this year's vintage, or my natural tolerance/affinity for sour candy.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with white head. Micro sized bubbles retain well.

Nose has a pleasant funky baked dessert component. Reminds me of dark german chocolate cake with raspberry filling. Glazed donuts too.

Palate is raisin like, sweet, juicyfruit gum, and a nice sourness in the mix.

Finish is sweet and sour.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 06/07 batch.

I'd like to thank psprings for this bottle.

a: Pours a hazy, opaque amber brown into my new tulip glass. The color is not appealing, but it does have good retention and average lacing. Sediment is suspended in the body, slowly settling to the bottom.

s: Sour cherry, malt, and biscuits.

t: Sour cherry, sweet malt, and biscuit as in the nose plus toffee, raisins and a hint of spice.

m: Tartness/sourness is a plus, medium to light body and good carbonation.

d: A nice beer, sourness was a surprise. 6.5 abv is pretty well hidden. I wonder what effect the aging had? May have contributed to sourness. Certainly worth a try, but not outstanding.

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Photo of largadeer
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: An amber-colored beer with quite a bit of haze. It pours rather foamy, but settles down soon enough and eventually settles to a small cap.

Smell: Grainy, fruity and citric. A bit tart, but not overwhelmingly so.

Taste/mouthfeel: Fruity at first, making me think of sour green apples or lemons. It's on the dry side, and a bit milder than I was expecting. It's not terribly heavy and the finish is brief and pretty clean, making it very drinkable. This is a pleasant winter beer, nothing exceptional perhaps, but nice.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter 2006/2007 release, Sampled September 2007
A careful pour produces a three-finger thick, amber-tinged, tan colored head in my tulip glass. The beer is lightly hazy and is a reddish amber color. Fruity aromatic notes waft from my glass as I pour this beer. Wow, this is very fruity with ample notes of cherry, strawberries, sweetened berry schnapps and even some fruity tartness. Underneath the fruit aromatics are some notes of musty malt and toasty biscuits.

Well carbonated, quite frothy as it hits the tongue and it has a significant, though not overwhelming, tartness to it. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggested, in fact this beer is quite dry. I wonder if this was meant to be a sour beer, coming from Petrus it very well might have been. There is a definite spiciness here, something like fenugreek, a touch of nutmeg in the finish, and soft allspice. Despite being so dry, this beer has some significant fruit flavors to it; tart cherries, just ripened plums and a non-descript, yet tart berry like flavor. This beer is quite light bodied, this pairs quite well with the tartness.

An interesting beer, reading other reviews I definitely get the sense that this has become sour over time in the bottle. I still do wonder if this was intentional or not, though I really don't care as it seems to have reduced the sweetness and added a noticeable tartness, both of which probably make this a much more enjoyable beer (at least for me).

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a rich dark, copper amber color, with excellent head retention and decent lacing. On the nose there's cherry and fuji apple, but with some underlying lemon citrus tartness (as I've learned by now, hardly a surprise when it comes to Petrus beers). On the palate there are very nice flavors of cherry and light chocolate, intermixed with some more tart citrus and vanilla. The beer is medium bodied, but has a nice soft mouthfeel. The beer is pretty drinkable, with the abv. well disguised.

Very nice beer. A bit more flavor would be nice, but otherwise no complaints.

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Photo of jim102864
1.79/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I hate to do this, but I'm about to kill this beer. Petrus is one of my favorite Belgian makes, so it breaks my heart to have to shell this one.

This experience started off with a bang as the corked and caged bottle shot off it's cork when I opened it. Something that's never happened before. Unfortunately, that was about the only excitement this brew offered.

The appearance was copper brown with a bubbly head and some carbonation which was a nice introduction.

The nose, however, was an indicator of bad things to come. A metallic odor with tinny characteristics eminated from my glass - my first hint that this was a skunked beer.

Lousy aroma and all, I still gave it a try. More tin. More metal. More dissapointment. A total disaster.

While bother discussing mouthfeel and drinkability? My review speaks for itself.

I am a major Petrus Brune fan and buy it whenever I can, so this was a colossal disappointment. Still, I will have to give this a second chance somtime down the road.

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Petrus Winterbier from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 199 ratings