Petrus Aged Red Ale
De Brabandere

Petrus Aged Red AlePetrus Aged Red Ale
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Style:
Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #79
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #26,390
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 14.21%
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
915
From:
De Brabandere
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  24
Gots
  179
SCORE
86
Very Good
Petrus Aged Red AlePetrus Aged Red Ale
Notes: Petrus Aged Red is a blend of 15% Petrus Aged Pale, pure foeder beer that has been aged for 2 years in oak foeders, and 85% double brown with sour cherries. For the fruit beer lover, but with an ideal sweet-sour balance.
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dunkel_weizen from Oregon

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Unknown age bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Dark hazy copper brown with suspended particulates, weak head even with a center pour that dissipates quickly. The nose is cherry, cherry, cherry, and sweetness. The taste follows with some nice red ale malt and hop up front, cherry and aged oak in the middle, and a blended finish that lingers on all notes with a sour twang and sweetness. It finishes nice and dry, clean and crisp on the palate.

This is a great aged red, but the cherry dominates heavily for my taste, and it is sweet but not cloying. It honestly tastes like low sweetness, more developed, and oaky cherry coke, but beer. Great dessert beer but rather expensive for what it is!

Jul 20, 2020
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rex_4539 from Greece

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Hazy deep red color, one finger light brown head, messy lacing, light carbonation.

S: Sour cherries, tart. Smells wonderful.

T: Sour cherries, tart, sweet, alcohol. Leaves a somewhat "medical" aftertaste that I'm not very keen on but generally it tastes pretty decent.

F: Medium bodied, lots of sour cherry flavors.

O: It's a very decent beer but nothing I will look for again, to be honest.

Jun 26, 2020
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just1cho from California

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 11.2oz bottle*

This beer poured a clear brown/red with a slightly tan head which was two finger thick with low to medium retention. This had a nice array of rocky to micro bubbles to it, making this look pretty nice, and when the head subsided, this beer left a nice lacing around my cup.

The aroma was pretty one note, but pretty pleasant so I can't really complain here. Of course, I expected cherries upfront and that's exactly what I got, big notes of tart sweet red cherries with a bit of a ripe apple aroma. One note and very simple, but overall I thought this was pretty satisfying to smell.

I was pleasantly surprised that the taste was a bit more complex than what I got on the aroma. Don't get me wrong, I still got the same one-note sweet and tart tastes of cherries from start to finish, I thought that the back-end showed more caramel and bread notes from the malts. There was also a slight medicinal bitterness in the back as well coupled with a bit of an oak character--these flavor notes were noticeable and good--but they weren't really strong or lingering.

The feel of this beer was medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. I felt like this was super easy to drink and for the amount of alcohol that's supposedly in here, I couldn't taste any of it. This also being super mellow and having a dry finish to it made this super easy to drink, almost like cherry juice.

This was very good in my opinion--very sweet, tart, and fruity (cherry...obviously), but with a slightly unappetizing medicinal bitterness in the back-end of the taste. If someone isn't a big fan of sours or strong alcohol tasting ales, I would probably recommend this to them.

Jun 15, 2020
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robwired from Kansas

4.69/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nose: sweet red.
Poured with a good head, slow to dissipate. Belgian lacing around the rastal teku glass.
Flavor: yes cherries yes yes
There also are citrusy, fruity notes.
Finish: Clean, crisp, dry.
And the Belgian lacing is still there, from top to bottom of the glass.

May 30, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Poured out a murky, brown color with a small, tan head of silky foam. It smelled of cherries, toffee and malt. Tart cherry taste with a sweet malty backbone.

Mar 19, 2020
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sjrider from California

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle - dark carmine color with thin off white head leaving scant ring of bubbles. Nose is mostly cherry, slightly sweet and slightly sour. Taste follows. If you like cherries , this is very good -if not then not so much. I find it very tasty.

Dec 27, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

**
10/13/19

Sampling of Aged Petrus Beers coutersy of JPK. Go Hawks.
Bottle to sample glass.

Favorite of the group.

Reddish Brown color. Small beige head.
Light cherry flavor, sweet and tasty. Cherry counteracts the sour/wild/funky well.


**

Oct 14, 2019
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biboergosum from Canada

3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle - part of a mixed Petrus sixer that recently arrived on Alberta's mighty shores.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some stellar layered cirrus cloud form lace around the glass as it lazily melts away.

It smells of cherry cough syrup, bready and doughy caramel malt, a bit of musty woodiness, and very, very tame earthy, herbal, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, toffee pudding, candied cherry, ethereal barrel staves, a touch of estery yeast, and more well-understated earthy, leafy, and dead floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly meek in its milquetoast frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with nothing really getting in the way of an adequate time at this point in the process. It finishes off-dry, the malt and 'cherry' essences presiding.

Overall - yeah, this is pretty much a dumbed-down version of the style, with the sweetness edging out any sour character by a long mile. That said, it does have some flavour, and the 17-proof booze factor is essentially invisible, so I guess you cast this as a sort of gateway offering.

Jan 25, 2019
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mahoghany brown with ample tan foam that rises above the rim and has good lasting power. Spotty lace lingers around the edges.

Smell is musty, sweet, and minerally, old wet dishrag and cherry cough drops. Artificial cherry, no funk to speak of.

Saccharine cherry cough drop flavor, strange metallic astringency and bitterness. Cloyingly sweet and mildly tart, thin bodied with ample carbonation. Overly sweetened, not much malt or barrel funk at all. Fairly disappointing and artificially flavored. Stick to Goudenband and Liefmans Kriekenbier for the real deal.

Dec 02, 2018
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Keltazy from Romania

4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This became my favorite red beer after just one taste. A scarlet-brown colour with a smell that doesn't say much about the beer until you have a taste. I drank about 3-5 beers that had a cherry flavour and none of them even came close to this. The taste is mostly sweet and leaves a sour aftertaste. I highly recommend you drink the last sip from the bottle separately.

Sep 28, 2018
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a dark reddish brown with a modest head, diminishing to an island and a small ring. Definite cherry in the nose. The mouth gets a sweetish cherry flavor with a sour finish. Interesting.

Aug 25, 2018
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janubio from Spain

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Petrus glass. Red colour, minimum red head, almost no lace.
Aroma of cherries, ripened fruits, notes of chocolate and some wood.
Medium to full body, thick texture, normal carbonation. Dry finish.
Taste of cherries, chocolate, bananas, some citrics.
Not really that sour, but it is a good, complex and well balanced beer to Taste.

Jul 29, 2018
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Beejay from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep red when held to the light, not much head. Aroma is cherry bomb. Flavor is a cherry bomb with touches of oak and almond. Mouth feel is medium with moderate carbonation. Overall interesting, though a bit cloying.

May 28, 2018
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BWED from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a teku.

A- Dark ruby, with some decent clarity. Mildly cloudy. Head tan and dense due to effervescence. Almost creamy. Great lacing.

S- Tart cherry, slight sweetness. Oaky, classic barrel aged aroma. Not much in the depth, but enough to really please the nose.

T- Cherry up front. Sweet almost caramel, backbone of malt. Sweetness overrides the tartness in this one.

M- Body is medium-light. Carbonation tingles the senses nicely. Faint dry-tannin finish.

O- Wonderful. Sweet, tangy, and a textbook example of a wood-aged beer.

Apr 22, 2018
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Roguer from Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a strong, >1 finger head of light pink foam, topping a shockingly deep red body.

Very sweet aroma, primarily cherries and raspberries. Light tartness.

Flavor follows: intensely sweet, only slightly tart. Cherries at first, but yielding to raspberries. Overly sweet and syrupy.

Lively and active.

This is a tasty brew, but there's little depth or complexity, no oak, and no funk. It's almost more of a wine cooler than a beer.

Mar 04, 2018
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BenHoppy from Michigan

3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alright beer, more brownish red than red. But had a source cherry cola flavor. Reminded me back in the day when I was a kid and the waitress would tell me they didn't have cherry coke but instead took grenadine and marishano cherries with coke and made a cherry coke except these marishano cherries were more tart. But for a beer it's not exactly something I want.

Jan 14, 2018
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the_awesometeer from California

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is extremely dark red/brown, thin head but it was lasting. The smell was all cherries. The taste was also strongly cherry. It almost had a cherry cola type of flavor to it but instead of being sweet it was sour. The beer is overall good just struck me a little strong at first.

Dec 23, 2017
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Jason_Schroeder from Ohio

3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great cherry nose, but authentic cherry not cherry flavored. The finish raw cherry and refreshing. Not very sour, but a great mix of sour and fruity. Rich dark cherry-brown color and decent lacing. Almost no foam when poured. Relatively low abv, easy drinking and very pleasant.

Dec 10, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red color. 5/4 inch head of an off-pink color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong cherry, Belgian yeast, sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Flanders Oud Bruin. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level and slight dryness. Tastes of strong cherry, Belgian yeast, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of hop. Overall, cherry overwhelms, lacking in complexity, and average at best.

Dec 02, 2017
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h-parks from Oklahoma

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I couldn't find any Delirium Red, so I thought I might give this one a try.

Poured with a 1/4-1/2in. head, beautifully deep red-brown. At the usual serving temperature, you're greeted by an extremely complex--almost dissonant--flavor. Cherry, some sort of licorice flavor, mild sour notes, molasses, and massively malty. Slows you down like magic with all the flavors and the 8.5%ABV. The aftertaste lingers pleasantly, like after taking a shot of what a bachelorette party had dialed up. Warm, sweet, numb, light.

Try it on a sunny holiday afternoon.

Nov 28, 2017
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had picked this up an apparently did not look at it carefully. I not much into sours, and though not a true sour it does help with getting into the style...

A very nice rich, red mahogany color that produces a thin reddish foam with little staying power but decent lacing. The smell is rich in cherries with a lightly tart tang to the nose. Mouthfeel was heavy on the carbonation and somewhere between medium- and light-bodied. I enjoyed it from a pure drinking experience, but I was not necessarily impressed from a purist sense - it tasted more like a sour Cherry Coke. But then again, from the overall, it was definitely different, unique, and kinda fun to drink.

Nov 26, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Alcampo. In Teku glass. Playing Verde Station. Lots of cherries here, in nose & mouth, not much dubbel character. Good body. Fine but seems more a refreshment than a beer. Abv well hidden

Sep 05, 2017
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Brought by a guest to a poker game I host. Don't care for the style but drank my share. Poured dark red with an ivory head. The aroma is sweet cherries and not much else, the taste is sour cherries and oak. Felt crisp, but overall was not an enjoyable experience. Maybe if sour beers are your thing.

Jun 25, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a dark ruddy red to almost brown color with a quickly dissipating finger’s worth of white foamy head. Concaves nicely around the sides to bubbles. Mild messy lace. The aroma starts off with a nice sweet and tart black and red cherries. Sourness is quite tame. Malts seem sour and sweet in this one. The flavor leans sweet initially and then opens up into some sour and tart cherry. Sweet cherry fruity aftertaste roping the finish in with a little bit of stickiness. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Low carbonation yields an ample amount of balance between the stickiness and soft tartness. Overall, almost a straight up fruit beer, perhaps with a hell of a lot of tart to sweet cherries rolling all about. Definitely would be a stellar go to for Summer evening dessert.

Jun 10, 2017
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brenn79 from Idaho

3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

11.2 oz bottle- Pours very dark red to brown with a small light tan head. Aroma is cherries in syrup, maraschino cherries, some oak, some malt. The taste is like a brown ale, brewed with maraschino cherries, sweet, dessert, a touch of oak. Overly simplistic, and was hoping for so much more, it's not bad, just on the sweet side.

Jun 09, 2017
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