Petrus Speciale | De Brabandere

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium
bavik.be

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Petrus Speciale is an amber coloured high fermentation beer with a typical dry aftertaste. Brewed according an ancient recipe with special malts, this beer gives an mild scent derived from aroma hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
177
Reviews:
105
Avg:
3.25
pDev:
16%
 
 
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1
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10
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4.25/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hermit990
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mishi_d
3.67/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yoann
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a tulip
A - Clear dark Amber with a thin white head
S - Smoky malts and leafy hops
T - A slight acidity, lets a bad bitter aftertaste
M - Classic carbonation
O - This ale is not very well balanced

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Photo of BelgianBeerChef
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of logicalparadox
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pour is deep copper-amber colored, with a thin milky ring on top. It's making my glass look like a snow globe, or OJ with large pulp, with tons of HUGE, flaky sediment floating everywhere. I literally have never seen so much sediment, nor larger flakes, in any beer, ever. It's like a Belgian Monk scratched all his dry scalp into the beer. Kinda grossed out but more impressed than anything.

Aromas of baked grains, deep caramel and toffee, and molasses.

Flavors are more of the same, with some bread, fig, molasses, caramel, baked grain, and a touch of witty citrus.

Feel is sticky from the start, with plenty of carbonation, with a smooth, semi-dry finish.

Overall, this isn't bad at all. Again, the spectacle of the body made me shoot video of it. Insane. The aromas and flavors are there, I don't understand the low ratings.

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3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueSpader
3.77/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Chris912
3.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 11.2 oz bottle in a snifter via a Christmas gift from my working partner---THANKS TONY!

This nice BPA pours a medium clear amber with a modest head of white dissipating foam that forms a thin ring, light lacing, and a subtle layer. Nose of mild candy malts, hay, apples, and subtle herbal notes. Flavors follow the nose with crisp apple and candy sugars on the front and sides that melds into a light herbal hops note on the back of the taste with mild grain notes. Smooth and refreshing with crisp carbonation finishing clean and lively. A nice ale indeed.

Cheers

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.6/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Color: amber, clear. Foam white, fine bubble very quickly melts to a thin ring, slightly adorned with glass.
The aroma is not madness, slightly fruity, white grapes.
Taste: Very similar to the aroma, delicately, in the foreground and white grapes, it is slightly sour and seasoned.
Gentian short, low, grassy. Saturation high, a little bothered.

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Photo of GrimGuzzler
3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bitterbill
2.28/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy gold with a huge amount of floaties. Head of foam and lacing are admirable.

The smell is of sweet grain and caramel. ..bordering on a vegetal smell.

The taste is overly grainy, overly sweet, and has an annoying vegetal taste. To be fair, this was bottled the 15 1st day of 2014. Maybe this would be good fresh?

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

surprised to see this one rated so low here. do folks have a problem getting this fresh in the united states i wonder? perhaps that is contributing it its poor scores here, but i am really enjoying a bottle of this right now. its got a low of fish food looking yeast sediment swirling around in an otherwise clear very light amber colored brew. the head is a little less than in inch tall and very airy, but it doesnt hold at all. just a thin film is left in the surface after a few moments. the nose on this is cool, a hint of red apple juice and belgian yeast, but an mostly simple grain base with just a touch of sweetness and mild grassy european hop complexion. its delicate stuff really in the smell, but it also smells unique, not overly belgian in the yeast sense. the flavor is quite as nice as the nose, its got a hint of staleness to it, and the apple character is a lot more developed. its not bad, just a strange intentional feature if it is in fact intentional. the hops balance the sweetness of the grain pretty well, but this has a long long finish on it. im not all the way pleased with the mouthfeel. the carbonation is weak for a belgian, but the lighter body makes it pretty easy going still. not a trace of alcohol to it, which i usually like in these too. overall interesting beer, if not the most compelling thing these guys produce. you dont see it around much, and its a fun one to try.

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Photo of vinivini
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MisterKilderkin
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craigdb
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of desint
3.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Budinetz
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of a77cj7
3/5  rDev -7.7%

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Petrus Speciale from De Brabandere
3.25 out of 5 based on 177 ratings.
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