Petrus Trader Joe's Aged Pale - Foeder No. 222 | De Brabandere

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Petrus Trader Joe's Aged Pale - Foeder No. 222Petrus Trader Joe's Aged Pale - Foeder No. 222

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De Brabandere

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 03-10-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by DavidHume:
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

De Brabandere " Trader Joe's Petrus Aged Pale - Foeder No. 222"
25.4 Fl. oz. brown glass bottle, corked and caged
$8.99 @ Trader Joe's #660, Virginia Beach, VA

Look: Slightly hazy golden body beneath a white head.

Smell: Mineralish, chalky, funky with leather and wet straw, and fruity with white grape and apple. Hints of lemon zest. It's eye opening! You want to know what it is before you drink it.

Taste: The flavor is not as harsh as the aroma suggests it will be. It's sharp but not biting. The label lists it as 5 out of 5 on a sour scale but I'd call it more like 7 out of 10, at least in comparison to some of the sour beers currently coming out of the United States. A golden, lightly sweetish and grainy malt balances it. It's very moderately bitter but that's not really needed anyway as the acidity does the job to dry it. It remains leathery, metallic, spicy, oaky, and fruity with apple and pear. As it warms it becomes more like apple cider. Dry, acidic finish with lingering notes of leather and fruit.

Feel: Light-medium in body and gently effervescent.

Overall: Fantastic! It's slightly challenging at first, and then remarkably interesting once you get into it, and then finally softer and more satiating towards the end of the glass. It's a classic for a reason, and this special offering from Trader Joe's is fantastic, and at a great price.

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Photo of kmoen
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: 1 pint 9.4 fl oz format brown glass bottle. Wirecage over a cork. Cost was $8.99 USD @ Trader Joe's Chicago.

7.30% ABV. "Aged 24 months in Calvados Oak Foeders." "Ale aged in oak foeders."

HEAD: Off-white colour. Thin and weak. Recedes quickly, dying within 1.5 minutes. Leaves no lacing.

BODY: Clear yellow-copper of above average vibrance. Obviously filtered. No yeast/lees are visible within.

Looks typical of the style. Not uniquely good, but generally appealing.

AROMA: Sourness doesn't seem to be the 5/5 Petrus so boldly threw on the label...more a 5-6/10 in terms of intensity. Lactobacillus bacteria, some tartness, dampened white oak...barrelwise I'm not getting any overt Calvados, but that's fine by me. Belgian pale malt is neutral enough, bending to the whims of the dominant bacteria. Twangy lemon, microflora, faint floral hop aromatics, maybe pear.

Pleasant and inviting. Aromatic intensity is above average. Suggests a balanced and flavourful sour ale with plenty to offer the discerning drinkers.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, twangy, well-carbonated, tart, and acidic. Sourness is moderate (~5/10) in terms of intensity. Twangy and lemon-emphatic, with some citrusy acid and acetic acid elevating the beer's perceived sourness.

The bacterial profile isn't horribly intricate; I don't think there's any pedio here...just lactobacillus. Belgian pale malt provides this drinkable ale's neutral backbone, letting the bacteria shine. Microfloral nuance is present to some extent.

Straw. Crabapple. Some faint barnyard flavour (hints of leather, cedar wood, damp hay).

I dig the interplay between sour bacteria and dampened wood, but it isn't the most complex sour ale out there. Aging in oak barrels instead of in foeders would be a good start, but I like that they committed to 24 months on wood.

Balanced and gestalt in build, with each constituent note serving the harmonious whole. Well built, but there is room for further subtlety and intricacy.

OVERALL: Calvados doesn't come through in this Calvados foedre-aged sour, but it'll please any fan of the style, and it's another worthwhile entry in Petrus' reliable lineup even if it isn't world-class. A highly drinkable expression of the style I'd recommend to anyone, and it won't break the bank in comparison to the prices of many Belgian imports of similar or lesser quality.

Low B (3.54) / GOOD

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nevai
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am not a beer expert but I absolutely love this beer so I gave the top rating in each class. Generally speaking, I love all Petrus beers. This one is probably the same as the Petrus Aged Pale.

I couldn't tell the difference between this and a good Berliner Weisse though.

This is a big bottle. It took me 2 days to finish. I kept the bottle tightly closed and it was as good on the second day as on the first one.

My plan is to buy about 2 or 3 dozen bottles and cellar them. I bet this beer would remain great for at least 25 years. I'll report back on my experiences.

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Photo of MickeyHops
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Oof, this one is quite tart. Pours a clear amber color with plenty of fine-grained foam in the Bacchus tumbler. Acidic, fruity aroma is actually rather nice. There is some sweetness and you could imagine there were some pears and pineapple in the mix. Dry finish with the distinct Belgian yeasty taste. Rather bitter aftertaste.

I guess this is tradition in a glass, but I like a blend of some fresh young beer with my aged Foeder, thanks. Still, it's a better introduction to sour beers than most of the American Wild Ales I've tasted. From the 750 ml corked bottle purchased at TJs in San Diego.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpenske
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gusariel
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a classic sour from Belgium. Considering the $8.99 Tjs retail price tag, I can attest (and I have tasted a few beers in this style) this is a brew worth considering if you're branching out from IPAs, Hefeweiizen, Ambers, Stouts or getting tired of Adjunct Lagers that continue to saturate the market and unsuspecting consumers for the sole purpose of profit-making. I'd say do yourself a favor and give this Petrus a try (on this site we are not gaining a cent by blogging our reviews--important to note this fact!). It will most probably send you off in a completely different, hopefully good, direction.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not a fan of sours so my rating should not be considered. I did not read the label when I purchased the bottle but decided to give it a try to see if my taste had changed. All I can say is that it was as bad as I expected but I am still not a sour fan.

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Photo of Tinfang
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm slightly surprised I'm the first to post a review. Full disclosure: I've never opened a bottle of Petrus that I did't like. Purchased from the original West LA TJ. Quite the bargain for the price if you like sours.

Smell: Resin. Reminds me of retsina wine. Wet fur, wet woods.
Appearance: Hazy golden with a frothy head that settles quickly.
Mouthfeel: great. Tickles the tounge but not overwhelming. Light but not insubstantial.
Taste: a refined funk with piney sourness. Lingers nicely. A taste of sour apples but not apple cider vinegar. Oakiness a bit apparent from the start, stronger as an aftertaste. The brewery website says the oak aging is not specifically intended to give the ale an oak flavor but the result is unmistakable.

"Foedder 222" seems like a bit of marketing hype but the brewery's site does have a layout of their cellar and there really is a cask with that number. The special appeal is apparently the idea that this is an unblended bottling. Overall Extremely good.

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Photo of samEBC
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chizoad
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pale and fizzy appearance, after the massive feathery head dissipated. Easy to mistake it for something less spectacular by looks alone but as they say - don't judge a book by its cover.

Intensely sour fragrance - greenish - but with minimal complexity. Doesn't exactly jump out of the glass but it does promise something good. It's rare to find a sour beer that's so clean smelling.

Impressive flavor - the same acidic punch found in the smell is here in the taste as well. But once past the shock, I found it to mellow out into a earthy, woody/tannic, outstanding finish. The finish is the best aspect of the beer in my opinion. Sour for 10 seconds then morphs into the finish which lasts a minute at least. Extraordinarily clean.

Good mouthfeel - light and well carbonated. The packaging claimed "champagne-like" but that is not the case with my bottle. It's not problematic but the intense carbonation found in champagne isn't here. This is a normally carbonated light ale.

The price is unbeatable - $9 for a 750 mL bottle. A great sour at an even greater price.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by RussianDragon. Thanks Dave.

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Photo of paresis
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bubbawilly88
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goopy
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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