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Petrus Winter #9 | De Brabandere

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3.89/5
Very Good
182 Ratings
Petrus Winter #9Petrus Winter #9
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium
bavik.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,235
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
182
pDev:
10.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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5
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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBeast
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

You can leave those shovels in the garage, looks like it's going to be a dry winter. Petrus Winter #9 has just a minor dusting of snow; there's not enough of the white stuff to even really call it a 'head'. The fig coloured body has a twilight kind of complexion: dark but with some visibility still possible and twinkles of soft amber light peeking through.

Most Belgian Strong Dark Ales have flashy, flamboyant yeast but this isn't one of the really loud ones. There's still the perfumy baking spice but it's nowhere enough to make you sneeze, or even cover up the caramelly sweetness of the malt. Just because it's mild in intensity doesn't make it mild in complexity - it's an elaborate blend of clove, ginger, nutmeg and mace.

Belgian brewers use something called 'candi sugar' which is basically what it sounds like - a deliciously sweet source of additional fermentable sugars. Though it's derived from beets there's nothing vegetal or earthy about it. On the contrary, it accentuates richer, deeper fruit flavours and enhances the crystallized, caramelized qualities of the malt.

It certainly had a hand in bringing about the toffee brittle and toasted nut undertones of Petrus #9. Fruitcake flavours factor heavily, with all the usual suspects (prunes, dates, raisins and figs) present and accounted for. That pumpkin pie spice blend continues to dominate, though the finish balances all three elements and adds a delightful orange zest note.

Petrus Winter #9 is a typically sweet, spicy Belgian Dark but its simplistic flavour profile and lighter body make it better suited to the social atmosphere of a work Christmas party as opposed to late-night reflective drinking by the fireplace. A good introductory example to the style, it lacks the intricacy and magnitude to earn a top score but is still a pleasant little number.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A wonderful head with a bit of lacing, this dark brown ale is wonderfully fruity, as is the smell. Strong hints of malts, persimmon, figs and plum....Just right for the season. Finishes a little tart. Just enough spice and a note of cinnamon in there too. Well done! Medium carbonation, so it finishes creamy and damp with minimal sizzle alongside the spices.
Though this would be better with more carbonation and more body (it is a tad thin) this is still distinctly potable.

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Photo of ikidunot
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 4ster
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of yancot
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AlarmClock314
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4oz bottle, cork top, no date. Pours clear copper with a medium sized off-tan head; some lacing left on the glass. Smells of tart dark fruit, cherry, malt, and honey; good intensity. The taste follows closely with cherry, dark fruit, malt, and lemon peel, but is pretty weak. Some tart and sourness in the aftertaste. Thin body and average, prickly carbonation. Overall, it's passable for the style, but really needs a heavier flavor and body.

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

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

750 ml cork and cage bottle. Served at cellar temperature into a tulip. Been sitting on this for a couple of months, seemed like the final Sunday of the NFL season was a good time to crack this. Purchased from the LCBO for about $10. Best before July 2016.

Appearance - pours a clear dark ruby coloured beer with some visible carbonation. A nice finger of ivory head is poured but the retention leaves something to be desired. Not much in the way of lacing either.

Smell - massive malt aroma, tons of dark fruit like dates and figs with raisins in a supporting role. Plenty of spices with hints of cinnamon and ginger as well as vanilla making prominent appearances. Smells like Christmas fruitcake.

Taste - plenty of malt, caramel and butterscotch combo being most prominent, mild bitterness kicks in with fruity flavours like dates, raisins and figs. Quite yummy.

Mouthfeel - reasonably fully bodied, but a little thinner than expected, while at the same time being syrupy on the finish. Dry as well. Carbonation is low.

Overall - a yummy and great smelling Belgian dark ale, but the low carbonation and thin yet syrupy mouthfeel, make this not quite as good as it otherwise would be. Still Petrus #9 is a well crafted and highly enjoyable seasonal Christmas beer.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours red amber with a sticky, patchy head that doesn't last long. Plums, raisins, bran, brown sugar in the nose. Rich dark malts, christmas cake, molasses, cherry in the first sip. Bit of booze spice in the back. Hops only provide a bit of bitterness in the fruity, medium dry finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied and thick with a creamy, high carbonation.

This is a great Belgian Dark Ale. Lots of malt depth without being too sweet. I highly recommend this.

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Photo of Raynman
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber, thin layer of head with some retention and lacing. Nose is loaded with spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and hints of candied apple and burnt caramel. Flavours on the tongue are much the same, spices up front with dark fruit lingering on the palette. A delicious winter ale that strikes a nice balance between spice and classic dark Belgian brew. Christmas cake in a bottle with the booze well hidden. I'll grab another one for sure.

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

Photo of Jaisell
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WeissBoy
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like butter coffee

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Photo of hotsudge
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent orange, some floaties a finger of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Orchard fruit, light & dark, candied orange & figs, some booze notes once warm

T: Candied orange, peaches, pear, cinnamon, candi sugar & bready sweetness & just a bit of port up front. Some sour & sweet cherry notes, tangerine & candi sugar dryness as this warms, some figgy notes, a little leafy hop as well, subtle boozeyness. Finishes with Maderia, figs & cherry, plus a little cinnamon & treacle

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, pretty warming

Well done, nice beer to drink this time of year as the days turn shorter & colder. Complex, but not overly so

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of desint
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedAleMan
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Petrus Winter #9 from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 182 ratings
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