Petrus Winter #9 | De Brabandere

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Petrus Winter #9Petrus Winter #9

Brewed by:
De Brabandere

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of BeerBeast
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +14.4%
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 -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 4ster
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of yancot
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of alarmclock314
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
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 +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +3.3%
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 +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaisell
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WeissBoy
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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 -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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 +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of desint
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedAleMan
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of koladiola
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thehyperduck
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL cork-and-cage bottle procured from the local LCBO. With the first snowfall of the season now well underway, tonight seemed like as good an opportunity as any to crack this one open. Best before July 31 2016 and served slightly chilled.

An aggressive pour reveals this winter ale's deep, ruby-red chestnut colour, while simultaneously highlighting its unfortunate inability to produce much of a head at all. I wasn't gentle, but still wound up with only about a half-cm of beige-coloured foam, which quickly faded over the next sixty seconds or so. Minimal lace; a bubbly collar is the only real remnant. Not a looker by this style's standards, but I'm loving the aroma - overripe, bruised banana, toffee and bread pudding come to mind immediately, with added nuances of fig, prune and black cherry. Mild accents of cinnamon, vanilla, and clove provide even more depth, as do toasted malts and a touch of ethanol. This one just smells lovely.

A nice winter ale, which features restrained spices and a rich, malt-forward flavour profile. Toffee, bready malts and brown sugar sweetness meld beautifully with the big notes of overripe banana, suggesting a sort of banana bread vibe initially. Once the dark fruit flavours of raisin, fig and cherry start to come through, it takes on more of a Christmas/plum pudding feel. The fruits are soon joined by hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove at the finish, featured alongside some nice herbal notes and light boozy sweetness that hangs on into the aftertaste. Medium-bodied - feels a little thinner than it should, honestly - but that's not a deal breaker. The carbonation levels are moderately intense; softer and less prickly than some examples of this style, with a smooth, somewhat syrupy quality to the feel. The alcohol is noticeable, but integrates well.

Final Grade: 3.97, a worthy B+. Petrus Winter #9 is a solid holiday selection. The potent dark fruit flavours and subtle spice additions combine together well, giving this strong Belgian-style winter ale a good, approachable character that I expect many BAs to find highly agreeable. Not a perfect beer by any means - the mouthfeel and appearance are not what I prefer in this style - but it's still a yummy chest-warmer of a beer that is highly suitable for the colder months. Recommended; probably not worth cellaring given the expiry date, but I may pick up a second bottle to enjoy in Jan/Feb.

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