Petrus Blond
De Brabandere

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Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #91
Ranked #43,569
3.53 | pDev: 12.46%
De Brabandere
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Reviews: 120 | Ratings: 240
Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aged over 20 months in oak casks.

A: Poured a hazy reddish orange color with a fluffy white head. Pretty dark for a blond. Visible carbonation was fairly strong per style.

S: a little tropical fruitiness (dried pineapple) and some candi-sugar sweetness.

T: The initial flavor was sweet malty oranges and tangerines with a touch of citrus. There was a nice subtle tartness that finishes with some dry floral notes and a sweet fruitiness.

M: creamy with some malty orange lacing on the tongue.

D: Drinkability was really good, enjoyable. Not a lot of complexity, but still provided the simple pleasures associated per style and one that could easily be drunk in multiples.

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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 medic25
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown-orange color with a foamy head that quickly vanished. Pleasant enough yeasty aroma. Taste is also quite nice, although the more of the glass I drink the more straightforward it becomes. Sweet, a little spicy and fruity with a very faint aftertaste of hops. Although there are better examples of the style, this was style quite an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown 33cl bottle, best before 22/06/2009, drank and reviewed 23/08/2009. This is one of a host of Petrus beers I bought on a trip to Belgium a couple of years ago. The first to be reviewed, the others are sat waiting their turn in the garage.

Poured in one go into my huge 'Judas' stemmed tulip glass. The body was a misty, dirty orange, or tangerine colour, an off white bubbly head sat on top. The head tried to form some lacing as the beer level dropped, but only a few pieces actually stayed the distance.

A sour yeast aroma hits your nose, oranges and grapefruit smells also appear along with a spice feel (pepper and cinimmon?). As the beer warmed in the glass the sweeter end of the citrus aroma scale becomes evident.

The taste was hoppy for a Belgian Blond and tangy from the grapefruit and spice mix I detected in the nose.

Fairly light bodyfeel, the 6.6% sits nicely in this well balanced beer and I enjoyed the tasting very much. I look forward to reviewing the remaining Petrus beers I have stashed away.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Resto, New York, NY

A: The beer poured golden yellow in color with a finger high white fluffy head. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is some malty sweetness in the aroma, which seems unique for this style.
T: The taste is much sweeter than the smell yet there is a good amount of bittersweet flavors from the hop balance.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate. There is a low amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is very drinkable and goes especially well with spicy food.

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Photo of hackmann
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: An attractive looking hazy golden orange (yellow held to the light). Nice soft white head, two finger pour, that disappears quickly. The head leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Bready from the yeast and slight sweetness. Little uninspiring.

Taste: Not a complex taste. A soft orange taste with some grains and plenty of yeast for that bready character. Very light hoppy bite and pleasantly sweet from the malts. A very good summertime drink.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing. No lingering notes giving me a clean feel to the palate. The nice water edges and carbonation cleanses the mouth. Think of eating a melon, cantelope, and how the mouth feels refreshed.

Drinkability: I would give it a 5 for a summer day - but, at this price I can't afford it. It cost me 5 bucks a bottle in a sampler pack here in Michigan.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 11.2 oz bottle in a snifter via a Christmas gift---Thanks Tony!

Pours a dark golden amber with a good amount of sediment, thick white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of Belgian candy sugars, subtle herbal hop notes, and fresh yeast bread with a touch of orchard fruits of apple and pear. Flavors follow the nose with candy sugars up front and on the sides that give way to a yeasty bread note with a touch of light grain and candy apples on the back with a light herbal hop note. Medium dry finish, medium carbonation, lively yeast. Very nice.


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Photo of josanguapo
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Alcampo. In Grimbergen glass. At dinner, with york ham+cheese sandwich. Delicious sweet sugaryness here. I only miss a bit more carbonation so that it feels a bit less watery

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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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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 guityler83
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

A: Off white head with nice sustain that held on for over a minute. The small bubbles rested on the beer after it fell. Tiny spotted lacing is left on the edge of a teku glass when agitated. The beer is golden in color with brilliant clarity.

S: The nose is moderatly apple cider forward with light spicy clove phenols. Bready pils malt aroma is mild with a overall earthy, dirt, noble hop character that makes it very effervescent smelling.

T: Spicey noble hop character adds a nice mild/moderate bitterness that stays consistent with the hop flavors from beginning to end. Crisp bready malt flavor that evolves into light toffee and pie crust flavors with a mild sweet finish. Fermentation is very clean and almost reminds me of a germanic style lager.

M: Very light clean and refreshing on the pallet. No harshness or off flavors detected. The carbonation is moderate with a finish thats on the drier side but not extreme.

O: The overall impression I got from the beer was like a crisp german lager with noble hops but with the phenols and carbonation of a belgian single. Interesting beer and nicely refreshing.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thin white mousse. Shimmers nicely when held up to the light. It looks like a Belgian pale ale. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

S: Aromas of caramel, honey, and earthy, herbal hops are present on the nose. Initial impressions suggest a tendency toward malt sweetness like many other beers of this style.

T: A sweet, yet moderately hoppy entry gives way to notes of caramel, honey, biscuits, herbs, and mandaring orange. Finish is sweet with a relatively long interplay of sweet citrus and earthy hop flavors. Both malt sweetness and hop bitterness are here in balance. A very pleasant surprise.

F: Petrus Blond is medium-to-full bodied, feeling a little heavier and more solid than many lower strength Belgian pale ales. This is obviously a solidly constructed beer.

O: I liked this ale more than I expected I would. Generally, Belgian pale ales tend to lean more toward malt sweetness, but the balance of Petrus Blond is commendable.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a fruity, yeasty nose full of citrusy orange aromas, with hints of berries, and more-than-passing resembles a fruity champagne in this respect. The rest of the nose is rounded out by a toasted grain/biscuit base, and a slight alcohol smell.

On the tongue, the fruits present in the nose come across far more lightly than would be expected, and in fact are only marginally more noticeable than the toasted grains. Still present are citrus notes, with just a hint of Belgian-like spice, but these are quite light. They do blend in well with the strong grain taste, and the malts bring a nice current of fruit esters and sugars as well. Hops are light, and add very little bitterness to the brew, though they do contribute a nice rosewater background, and help to balance the malty sweetness. Around the edges of the brew sits a bubbly, tonic-like flavor ring. The aftertaste is mainly a continuation of the sugary malts, with just a hint of hops.

Overall, while I am slightly disappointed at how light and meek the flavors are, I do concede that those flavors are, relatively, quite wonderful and well-balanced.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice, bottle code 40098. Pours hazy golden orange color with small 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a decent amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon, apple, pear, grape, herbal, earth, biscuit, toast, and tangy yeast esters. Pretty nice aromas with decent balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of apple, pear, grape, lemon, earth, herbal, toast, biscuit, and light yeast spices. Some lightly tangy fruitiness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, herbal, earth, biscuit, and light yeast spiciness on the finish for a bit. Some pretty good balance in the taste. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good Belgian blond ale. The yeast esters throw it off a bit; but it still has some pretty good balance and is certainly drinkable. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of jettjon
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From an 11.2 oz bottle from a 6-bottle multipack, no freshness date. Into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), it’s kind of reddish-orange clear with decent carbonation streams. Tan-white cap fades quickly leaving a cap and ring that lingers, along with good lacing. Nose of faintly sour malt, very light herbal spice, and some lemony citrus malt. Chewy malty flavor with a firm alcohol wamth up front that soon fades, leaving a rather subdued lightly-toasted malt flavor and finishing a bit dry. Rather simple flavor profile. Mouth is well carbonated and full; wet and easygoing. Drinkability is OK; it comes across as a competent Belgian pale but at the price I paid, I won’t be drinking more than one. There’s even less to bring me back here than for other more “extreme” Petrus offerings I’ve tried so far from the pack (halfway through now).

Overall: A decent Belgian pale but in no way anything to write home about. Massively overpriced. Maybe it can be found for less, but now where I bought it. I wouldn’t bother unless it’s a gift.

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Photo of ballewblake
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my Duvel tulip.

One finger off-white head on a opaque cloudy blond body. Lacing is sticky on the glass, and shows within a minute of the head dropping, pour head retention too. By the time I wrote the last sentence the head had already dropped to a ring around the glass. Smell is belgian yeast with some spices, almost some Christmas smells in there. Weird. Taste is pegged for the style, highly carbonated on the tongue, lightly hopped, good balance. Probably the best Petrus brew I've tried yet, the others were all disappointing. Easy to drink and the alcohol is low enough and unnoticed enough to make this a decent session beer.

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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 OlaB
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: golden color. Gives off a decent amount of head that disolves quite rapid.lacing on the glass is very good . unfiltered and cloudy

S: bready like bisquits and toast. Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons ,some floral hop notes

T&F: much as it's aroma. Bread ,bisquits.caramel malts,some citrus notes and also some floral hop notes. Well rounded and a fresh finish in the taste. Bitterness in the aftertaste is balanced ok.the bready taste is most dominant in the start. I honestly think the look and the aroma was better than the taste

O: a decent blond beer. Drinkable and enjoyable, but compared to other belgian blondes this is far from the best I have had.

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Photo of impending
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy butterscotch orange , minor head subsided slowly, minor lacing.

Aroma of a muted tripel. Yeasty, distinct in subtle hop pleasantries and a quiet apple.

Fairly sweet with minor phenols. Only a touch of bitter in the end. Mild aftertaste is short lived. Thin lively mouthfeel.

Rather tame in all, would not interfere with food if served with a meal.

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Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a khaki-colored, long lasting, bubbly head of foam. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, fruit and caramel malt.

T - It tasted spicy, yeasty, and a little fruity. It had a nice sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharp. A light to medium bodied Belgian ale.

D - This is a nice Belgian pale ale. Nothing extremely fabulous, but still good.

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Photo of mltobin
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 12oz bottle of Pterus blond at a local spirits shop.

The appearance is a rich honey tone with a two finger head that quickly disappears.

The smell is faint, a light citrus scent..

The taste of this blond is sweet, easy, very smooth overall.

The mouthfeel is that of corn, and leaves a hint of after-taste.

Drinkability is pretty good, but I was hoping for this belgian blond to be a bit better.

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Photo of karait95
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A yellow straw color beer with a light body, not a very impressive head required by the style and not too rich carbonation therefore there is no permanent layer on top of the beer.

S: Rich aroma as expected based basically yeast and malts kind of fruity aromas, intense with some alcohol present also.

T: Yeast, malt and hops are presents, the hops are not the main ingredient but they are present mostly at the end contributing for a complex flavor.

M: Very pleasant beginning that change drastically to a harsh to try bitter flavor the change is fast and the ending is very long leaving a bitter sensation a long time all over the back.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an oversized Petrus wine glass because I can. Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin white head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low.

Aroma is odd. It's about as bready as an aroma can be, it's strong and almsot musky.

Beer is thin and mildly sweet with a decent ester presence. Overall it's not the most enjoyable blonde out there. The finish has an odd bitterness and it's a little dry. I don't think I'd have it again.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a Petrus glass.

A: pours hazy straw/gold/orange, lacks clarity, with a tightly beaded 1 finger head. Looks quite attractive in the Petrus glass.

S: powdery yeast, bread, some restrained spice (clove) on the nose.

T: Orange/apricot mixed with a clovy spice flavor, some sweet caramel in the middle, and quickly finishes with a solid, mouthwatering bitterness that lingers momentarily and then clears. Definitely a bit of resiny, earthy hop flavor in the finish as well, which distinguishes this from other Belgian blondes. Fairly well balanced between bitterness and the other "Belgiany" flavors.

M: a very light and fluffy feel, makes for a nice and easy drinker. Carbonation about average.

D: Overall a nice drinker. The bitterness and hop flavor distinguish this beer, and is well balanced with the other flavors. A great beer for sitting on the deck in the evening during the summer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel glass.

Pours hazy light to dark orange with full inch of white foam. Huge flecks of sediment float throughout, suspended in place. A bit offputting, but maybe just my bottle.

Light malty nose, esthers, faint.

Taste is lightly sweet which evolves into a lactic sour. Loads of citrus. Bright and sunny. Tang at the close. Minimal hop, if any. Light & refreshing.

On the lower end of the Petus family. Just good.

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