Petrus Aged Red Ale
De Brabandere

Petrus Aged Red AlePetrus Aged Red Ale
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Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #81
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3.8 | pDev: 14.47%
De Brabandere
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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Photo of robwired
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.

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Photo of zeff80
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.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Mar 19, 2020
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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.

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sjrider from California, Dec 27, 2019
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3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


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.


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q33jeff from New Jersey, Oct 14, 2019
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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.

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Jan 25, 2019
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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.

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emerge077 from Illinois, Dec 02, 2018
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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.

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Keltazy from Romania, Sep 28, 2018
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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.

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Photo of janubio
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.

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janubio from Spain, Jul 29, 2018
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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.

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Beejay from Virginia, May 28, 2018
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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.

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BWED from Colorado, Apr 22, 2018
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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.

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Roguer from Georgia, Mar 04, 2018
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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.

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BenHoppy from Michigan, Jan 14, 2018
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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.

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the_awesometeer from California, Dec 23, 2017
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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.

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Photo of Tone
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.

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Tone from Missouri, Dec 02, 2017
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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.

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h-parks from Oklahoma, Nov 28, 2017
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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.

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Photo of josanguapo
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

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
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.

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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota, Jun 25, 2017
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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.

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Photo of brenn79
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.

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brenn79 from Idaho, Jun 09, 2017
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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Deep copper, reddish, clear. Off-white, 1 finger not persisting head. Leaving good lacing.
Very high ester aroma and it is cherry, cherry and cherry. Some wood and very low malty aroma.
Moderate-high sweet, juicy fruity sweet, some light tartness. Some sherry woody flavors. Bit of chocolate malt flavor.
Medium body, soft carbonation, creamy, medium sweet finish, very warm alcohol, very smooth.

Alcohol is well covered. Flavor is full of cherry wine. Smooth, but I would like it more sour, and more maltiness.

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Bombelsky from Poland, Jun 03, 2017
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3/6...pours reddish brown with fast foam and fully dissolves. Cherry kirsch nose, fruity. Woodsy oaky flavor, some fruit, very ligth sour. Sharp oaked bite, with a bitter that sticks around. Heavy cherry flavor. Nice taste.

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KTCamm from New Jersey, Apr 16, 2017
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3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Things are progressing nicely with regard to my ongoing and systematic eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody and the results are noticeable, but it becomes incumbent upon me to drink and review new beers as they become available. I refer to this as "chipping", since it is just odds & sods without any overarching theme, such as brewery and/or style. This will be the last of its ilk for a time as I am poised to resume some horizontals. Thank you for your kind patience & understanding.

From the bottle: "The Key to Heaven"; "A stirkingly intricate beer, Petrus Aged Red marries the dark complexities of an unrestrained Belgium ale with the intrigue of tart cherry. Pours a deep ruby red."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour, in keeping with my New Year's Resolution and my Lenten denial. Aggro pours from bottles are now (mostly) a thing of the past. After decanting and incanting, an in-glass swirl was in order. I got a brief finger of foamy, light-tan head that seemed to embarrassed to hang around & disappeared into the wispy wilderness. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Nose smelt of Smith Brothers Cherry cough drops! Ha ha ha. I have not seen them in years, but that evoked a memory of being picked up from school to go to Aunt Doctor's due to a nasty, coughing hack. Wacky Packages stickers were the rage at the time & when I was given a box of those cough drops, the sticker finally made sense. This review makes no sense, so let's get back on track. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much past it & definitely nothing memorable. The taste, while cherry, was more sweet than sour and was lighter than I would have preferred, either way. It was more towards Cherry Coke than to Montmorency Cherry. Ecch. When you invoke "tart cherry", then that is what I expect. Finish was semi-dry, maybe. I hate to give it the semi-sweet label, although I would not argue the point if anyone were to do so.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Apr 13, 2017
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