Petrus Blond
De Brabandere

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Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #91
Ranked #43,551
3.53 | pDev: 12.46%
De Brabandere
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Reviews: 120 | Ratings: 240
Photo of Hautacam
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep amber...huge head..foams, laces and drops slowly.
Smells very Saaz-like with tropical fruits and a bit of funk.
Tastes very sweet....too sweet....lemony , grassy and funky.Some bubblegum, banana,apple and , unfortunately, grape Kool-Aid. Hints of metal. Hops kick in and have a pislnery bite.
Medium body...medium carbonation.
Not one to seek out , but I'm enjoying it...sort of.

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Photo of BeerDonkey
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I too purchased the 6 pack holiday gift pack. This is my first beer to review from it. After reading about this brewery, I'll admit I'm a bit afraid.

Pours well, frothy creme colored head (something like you'd see on a rootbeer float). Slightly hot, apple aroma. I wouldn't call it rotting apples. I've fermented a fair amount of cider and apple beer and this falls within a slightly apple, vinious category. Cloudy amber beer the color of a peach or nectarine.

Not much in way of taste. A very perceptable malt taste, with a little warmth. Not bad, but not great either. Drinkable. Mouthfeel is pleasant enough.

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Photo of Talisker
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quaffable but not exciting or even that interesting.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A nice yellowish orange, two fingers of foamy head. Aroma is a little dull - little or no Belgian yeastiness, none of the hoped-for crispness.

No flaws in the taste - balanced bready malt and unobtrusive hops. But nothing much going on of interest, not even any sharp Belgian-style carbonation. Gets better as it warms up - some malt personality speaks out - but still nothing to get excited about. Finishes with a light bitterness.

For whatever reason, I was sort of hoping for a Belgian lawnmower beer - good when cold, crisp and refreshing carbonation. And this might be the Petrus I've liked the most - no obvious flaws. But no real personality, either. It's not bad, but chances are that if you've got access to this, you can find others you would like a lot more.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had while in Pittsburgh on business, having never seen it before (I'd previously only seen and tried the tripel and the aged pale ale). It poured with an enormous poofy head over the slightly hazy pale yellow liquid. Yeasty aroma and slightly spicy flavor, really really nice. A little bitter after-taste, but very addictive.

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Photo of oelergud
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent golden body with a tint of red. Light tan head of tiny to small bubbles, decent retention and abit better lace.
Sweet mildly fruity and hayish scent, green apple. Fresh and crisp.
Fresh sweet green apple taste. Little in the way of aftertaste but some hops do come through.
Medium body with a dry finish.
Good drinkability.
Petrus seems to be the Belgian answer to Sam adams. Not all that spectacular but good solid brews.


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Photo of IntriqKen
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely a pretty golden yelllow-orange with a white full finger head that melts to really sticky lacing.
Aromas of soft fruits...oranges and light spices along with subtle belgium yeast.
Taste is also soft...definite belgium in flavors but very soft. Lots of the light oranges and faint yeasts with warm alcohol.
Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Phocion
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of a Petrus gift pack of 6 bottles and a glass, which it pour into a bright tangerine-colored orange with a frothy single finger of white head and good retention.

Nose is raw, earthy wheat, almost straw-like, with a banana/peachy yeastiness. Not much else to be found.

Dry and doughy, with a very unpleasant sour apple-like yeast. Very little in the way of hops minus a light citric taste in the background.

Average mouthfeel, dry and somewhat chewy. Decent carbonation. Drinkability would be decent except for the unappealing sour/rotten apple taste. Nothing impressive in this beer and I definitely wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of Beeryce
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Delicate and rather simple nose smells of raw hay and becomes maltier as the beer warms revealing slight notes of alcohol. The smallish creamy head has only average stability and lacing for a Belgian. The beer itself is a somewhat unimpressive clear dark golden-amber.

The taste starts out with a bright hoppy fruity sweetness of a mixture of floral and citrus. This sweetness quickly fades to a sour lemony raw wheaty/maltiness. The finish is somewhat bitter, but really perceived as more of a sour taste as hops are virtually undetectable. Not much spiciness tasted in the overall sour profile of this Belgian Pale Ale with a slightly thick mouthfeel.

This beer was average at best in my opinion and not something I would try again. For these reasons its drinkability is low as are it marks for the other rating categories. I do think that it is rather true to style as the hop profile is low and the color fits the description of the style. However, as I mentioned, I did not detect the spicy characteristics that are present in other Belgian Pale Ales.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle

Pours a clear golden color with a creamy white head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Belgian yeasty and bready aroma with a light fruitiness and a nice hop smell.

Taste is mildly grainy and fruity upfront leading into nice bready and yeasty tones. Leads into a mild bitterness with a light hop flavor and finishes rather clean and dry.

Medium body, plentiful carbonation.

A solid Belgian pale ale and quite easy to drink. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours into a pilsner glass it forms a loose white head that clings to the glass. Copper middle and golden outer edge. Cloudy body with medium carbonation.

This has some wine characteristics to it. Not so much the ABV or how it comes across but more of an acual vinous grape edge to this all the way through. Caramel malts are a big part of this as well. Very rip to over ripe fruit presence. Husky and dry at the end.

Notes: Such a great style, such a bland take on it. How can I sum this up: Its just boring but far from undrinkable.

Edit: I just read Mitchsters review and I can pick up the rotten apples, almost compost like. I said it was over ripe fruits but rotten apples really hits the nail on the head.

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Photo of Mitchster
2/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.2 oz bottle. 6.6% ABV. Part of a gift set. Bottle conditioned. Pours out to a cloudy light amber, forming a small white head despite a strong pour with poor retention and average lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma begins with caramel, some cloves, white wine, perhaps oak. When swirled, distant must, rotten apples and raisins kick in. The mouthfeel is crisp and tart with a piquant acidity and medium-light body. Taste begins with rotten apples and is quickly followed by a vinous blast of alcohol, moderate chemical hop-extract bitterness, phenols, and caramel. There is a rotten quality to this beer that I don't care for at all, like wine that has sat opened on the counter and is way past it's date. Finish is tart and moderately dry.

A very poor Belgian Pale Ale. Thoroughly displeased with the Petrus gift-pack sampler, I've found all their beers to be shoddy, weak interpretations of their styles, and this is no exception. Uniformly poor.

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Photo of peabody
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I met up with cb12 at Roof Brothers here in Paducah and both of us walked out with a Petrus sampler.
This beer pours out a slight yellow/orange with 1/2 inch of foam that leaves lots of nice lacing as it slowly dissapates.
The smell is very subtle but I am getting yeast and a fruity aroma.
The taste is kinda bitter at first but gets sweet and bready. Mild hops I would guess.
Very clean mouthfeel and the alcohol doesn't hit you till the very end and it is slight at best.
I think one could consume a few of these at one sitting.

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Photo of cbl2
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8/26/2006 $3.50 11.2 oz. No best by date, but coded 38616.


Poured into my new Petrus glass (from Roofs Brothers in Paducah KY), this emerges from the bottle a hazy orange brown with roughly 2 inches of creamy tan foam that settles slowly leaving a lovely lacing on the glass.


Moderately sour with a touch of sweet malts combining to give this an almost granny smith apple aroma.


Very smooth and light bodied with a nice fruity maltiness up front. Clean and refreshing due to the crispness of the carbonation. Notes of the granny smith are present, and the finish has a dry chardonnay oakiness to it. Alcohol is masked up until the end, but this is highly drinkable and very enjoyable. I'm glad I stumbled upon Petrus, as each of their offerings is completely different from the norm.

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Photo of stephendr
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange hue – nice white head – faint nose of dried sweet fruit, spices, yeast funk – sour yeast, cloves, citrus, creamy – body tart and medium – aftertaste earthy Orange hue – nice white head – faint nose of dried sweet fruit, spices, yeast funk – sour yeast, cloves, citrus, creamy – body tart and medium – aftertaste earthy

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Photo of IceAce
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 Oz. bottle with a code date of 38616. (No clue)

Body is hazy orange with a thin collar of foam leaving a wispy pattern of lace in my Duvel tulip.

Nose is Flemish with crisp yeast and earthen malt. Entry is lively and the mouthfeel is pleasantly full.

Midtaste shows off bushels of earthy malts while the finish ping-pongs between sweet candi sugar and that famous Belgian yeast.

This would sure go well with smoked yellowtail.

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2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light brown in color with a moderate head. Slight haze. Aroma was yeasty, some sugar/sweet smell to be found. Taste was unremarkable. Mouthfeel, for me, was too heavy for the style. This impacted the drinkability for me as well, in that I think of this type of beer as more refreshing. Not a bad beer, just there are much better Belgian Pale Ales to be had.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours an attractive, almost-clear copper with a creamy, foamy white head. Nice amount of carbonation.

Smell: The smell is a little harsh and raw, without alot of balance. The yeast and grain aromas are overpower, and the hops are almost non-existent.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Much different than the smell would lead you to believe. Very balanced and clean, with an overall refreshing character. Smooth, and subtle. Fruity malt flavors throughout with a nice amount of hop bitterness following through.

Drinkability and Overall: This is definitly a nice, well balanced, easily drank Belgian Blonde. It's soft and subtle, wonderfully clean and refreshing, and most importantly, tasty. Defintly worth a try.

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Photo of jaluria
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer in a Dogfish Head Pint glass with a slice of pizza! It poured a soft, amber color which was rather puzzling given the style. In my experience, Belgian Pale Ales have always been closer in color and appearance to American Blonde Ales.
The head was thick and left behind loads of lacing. Aromas of hops, fruit, and various spices seemed to come out. The taste was a subtle balance of bitterness and fruit-derived sweetness. A very delicate, well-crafted beer in that no one flavor dominated any other flavor. Remarkably smooth for this style; very enjoyable.

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

The second of six beers from my Petrus gift pack an amber colored brew with a personable head that is semi-creamy and light tan in color as it slowly erodes the resultant lace forms a thin but tight skirt around the glass. Nose is sweet malt, as with the speciale, a hint of honey shores up the malt, a pleasant nose, start is lightly sweet with a decent grain profile and the top light to medium in its feel to the palate. Finish sturdy in its acidity, the hops pleasing in their spicy bite, droughty aftertaste melds itself to the palate, must say I prefer it to the aforementioned Speciale.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 09-06-07. Nice white head and very cloudy orangeamber beercollor. Nose is koreander, wheatcarracter, esterfruity( peach/orange) and litle hops makes this brew fresh and enjoyable without having something really specail. Fresh taste also having litle sourness, wheatmalty carracter, good body and nice but low dosed bitterness. Good mouthfeel as this brew is quiet harmonic and shows also nice carbonisation. Easy drinkable and refreshing brew, most certainly with a not to heavy lunch as I did with it.

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Petrus Blond from De Brabandere
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