Petrus Speciale | De Brabandere

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Brewed by:
De Brabandere

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

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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 105
Reviews by Bierguy5:
Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz., 5.5 % ABV. Pours a cloudy amber color, with a white foamy head. Good head retention.

Nice fruity aroma, mainly citrus and apples. A few subtle spices in the background.

Lots of fruit up front, with a good amount of sweetness. Some earthy hops help to balance the malt. Lingering apple flavor.

Light body, with lots of carbonation, making it seem almost frothy. Very easy to drink. Simple, but nice.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: a lovely amber pour, clear, with a medium foamy white head.

Smell: the nose is quite nice...sweet hints caramel and mild spice. good dose of maltiness.

Taste: what happened here? the nose was promising, the taste is a disappointment. A little hoppy off the top with a hald decent malty backbone. the sweetness is toned down and there a small nuttiness in the body. as well as a metallic, tin kinda taste. not good. a real lack of comlexitiy as all of the flavors and smells fade awfully fast leaving the finish bland.

Mouthfeel: bubbly but very light in body. a dryness towards the finish.

Drinkability: nt that "speciale" after all.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.56/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with a small white head. The aroma is full of biscuit malt with some Belgian yeast and a little bit of cooked vegetable notes. The flavor is similar. I get some iced tea notes, as well as a little bit of toffee and biscuit notes. There is a slight metallic character to the flavor as well as some grassy notes. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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 jondeelee
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bears a lovely fruity bouquet, ripe with strawberries, peaches, apricots, and white grape, and bearing more than a passing strong resemblance in this fashion to a sparkling, extra-sugary champagne, or perhaps a high-quality wine cooler. Small hints of toasted grains beneath the fruity notes remind that this is still, however, a beer.

On the tongue, the brew takes a surprising turn and comes across as largely sour, the fruity notes from the nose almost disappearing beneath a fermented apple cider chorus. Hints of apple cider vinegar are present, as well as a good smattering of bitter hops. Sugars and light fruit esters bubble around, bringing the sweetness up to a level to help counter the sourness, and a good thread of lightly toasted grains finishes off the mouthful. The aftertaste is largely cidery, with hints of fruits.

Overall, this is a good-quality beer, but doesn't compare to Petrus' other offerings, and seems overly-dominated by sour flavors. A better mix of sugars would have done this brew wonders.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- The clear deep caramel body has a lumpy beige head with some micocarbonation racing around like cross town traffic.

S- The dry spice and mineral notes have a dry caramel malt hint to the finish but it stays pretty clean.

T- The dry carbonic acid note gives way to dry caramel malt and a flint hint in the finish. Some sulfur taste comes through in the finish aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz but no alcohol heat.

O- The dry caramel malt flavor is overpowered by the fizz taste and the spice might be a big coriander flavor but it almost taste a little metallic. As it opens the caramel flavor grows and the spice gets softer which makes it taste better.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a coppery color with a firm soapy head. The brew has a slight haze that makes it slightly opaque.

The smell has a slight cider scent to it with fruity esters of apples and pears. There is a slight solvent scent but nothing terrific. I would expect something larger in the nose for a Belgian strong ale.

Taste is mediocre. There is a light crisp apple flavor but everything else is weak. There is a biscuty malt flavor but its tired and a little stale.

A strong carbonation is the best part to this beer. In fact there isn't a whole lot to describe about this drinking experience. The beer is light for the style in every way. A lower scent and a next to nothing taste. I would pass if offered again.

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

Photo of JasonSiedman
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of IntriqKen
2.66/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy medium orange amber with a nice 2 finger white head that very slowly melts to a craggy, very sticky white lacing.
Aromas are Belgium yeast, Orange, and Lemon.
Flavor is disappointingly lacking in dimension. Sharp citrus flavors that border mostly on lemon with only a hint of sweet malt and little else for me...maybe a little spice.
Mouthfeel is too bubbly with sharp carbonation.
Aftertaste is clean and fresh, but still lacking in dimension.

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Photo of Mar02x
2.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A nice light brown beer with a tiny carbonation bubble in the fluid, the head is white and fluffy. Overall; it is nice to watch.

S - A prickly Pilsener scent.

T - Carbonated water with a slight Pilsener taste! IN the depth there is some malt syrup leftover, but really nothing more.

M - The carbonation is good and the bitterness OK, but overall nothing special.

O - Maybe a nice thirst quencher on a sunny day!?

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Photo of mattfancett
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of emsroth
2.36/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle from sampler

App: Solid amber with a slight cloudiness. Fluffy white head.

Smell: Caramel apples, honey malt, herbal hops.

Taste: Caramel-like sweetness. Definitely some bread, maybe that bread is slightly toasted. Slight mineral/sour end.

Medium body but it feels so thin.

NOTE: The Petrus family of beers has been very disappointing. All of them are very watery in flavor with thin bodies.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a medium amber brew with a fluffy one finger head. Low to medium carbonation. Smell of typical belgian,yeasty,estery,semisweet smelling.No hop smell at all. Taste is dry,slightly tart,a tiny bit watery,not terrible but not outstanding either. Thin mouthfeel. It is a drinkable brew nonetheless,,just not exciting.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of cliff1066
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of russpowell
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this as part of 6 beer gift pack....

Pours amber & effervescent with 3+ fingers of tan head. Very good lacing & average head retention

S: Breadyness & apples, perfumy hops

T: Pears, woody & hops & a hint of cardboard & some apple juice up front. Pears, dryness & woody hops as this warms, plus apple sauce. Finishes with apple sauce & some woody hoppyness

MF: Thinnish body, slightly over carbonated. Thickens up as this warms

This the second beer from this sampler I've tried, so far I am not feeling this. This is a disappointing Belgian Pale Ale at best

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Photo of HalfFull
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Speciale opens with a confident pffft yet without the flood of carbonation I experienced with the Dubbel and Tripel. And that's a good start. Poured into a wine glass, Speciale is a dark golden amber in color and sports a half inch of whitish foam. Decent retention and lacing follow.

Nose is full of citrus and currants, overripe summer fruit, yeast and malt and is a bit odd and deep, yet intriguing for the style. Flavor follows the deep notes and offers a malty and earthy flavor with sweet clove notes and a nice and rich yeast spice finish.

Nice feel with a full carbonation. Rich for the style and more reminiscent of Bavarian Dunkel with some age on it. Interesting.

Date code 39356??

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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 KTCamm
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark amber, black thrown through, with very fizzy white foam. Lacing all over. Apple cider nose - tart. Taste is a mellow ale, some latent tart/souring. Fast finish - off a cliff buzzy carbonation. If you really look for it there is some hop bite at the end. But otherwise an even keeled ale with some creativity mixed in.

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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.


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Photo of beerthulhu
3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a medium orange with some amber hues topped off by an off-white heads that lacked both retention and lacing.

S: slightly fruity and yeasty with some light floral scents.

T: The initial flavor was malty with some citrus and fruit (pears). There was a nice dry hoppiness and malting in the beginning which soon gave way to a fade and finish of sweet oranges. Overall the taste was very clean and smooth from start to finish.

M: a tad thin with strong carbonation.

D: Take it or leave it. Ok drinkability but really nothing speciale.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.42/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber with a small fading head.
Nose shows big doughy Belgain yeast and associated soft phenols, along with a fair whack of caramel, some faint green apple and a stale, cardboard character.
Flavours are pretty poor, lots of grainy malt with dominant metallic characters.
Way too much carbonation.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle - Poured a red brown beer with a nice huge head with above standard retention. Carbonation is great with floral aroma. Medium body with sweet taste. A bit disappointed with that one, the spice mix is almost non-present and the body is too light with a bit of a watery aftertaste. Note: I find it a bit weird that this beer from a Belgium brewery has only been review so far by Canadian BA...

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Petrus Speciale from De Brabandere
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