Petrus Aged Red Ale | De Brabandere

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Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium
bavik.be

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.


Added by Sludgeman on 03-01-2013

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832
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3.68
pDev:
15.22%
 
 
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Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of Squire123
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Attractive reddish brown color with tan cap and lace.

Aroma of dark fig, ripe cherry, some spice elements and, yes, a hint of tartness.

Flavor is rich and full. Reminds me of a pastry filled with ripe Bordeaux cherries and dark bittersweet chocolate though I'm sure the chocolate sensation comes from malt rather than actual chocolate. A noticeable but low level of sweetness highlighted by a pleasant sour tartness.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

What can I say, dark cherries and dark chocolate are two of my favorite combinations and that's exactly what we have here. Fairly simple ingredients yet a complex, sophisticated result.

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Photo of ABabbidge
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: Dark brown body with some dark red around the edges where light gets through. Fizzy head, very short lived.

S: Sweet, almost like maraschino cherries.

T: Much like the smell, it is very sweet. Almost tastes like a cherry flavored soda. A little bit of tartness to it as well.

F: Fizzy and tart. Leaves a bit of a funky feel/taste in your throat that I can't quite place.

O: Overall not terrible, but if I didn't know better I wouldn't have guessed this was a beer. A little too sweet for me.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Near perfect Oud Bruin color with a brownish red color. Very creamy head with tints of pink and beige.

Aromas of sour cherry candies, nice oak presence as well.

Flavor starts off promising with bright cherry and oak, but immediately an overwhelming presence of antiseptic and alcohol takes over, and it ends with some pretty strong resemblances to cherry Robitussin. Halls' Cherry.

Feel is buzzing to start, with a nice creaminess and then dries out at the finish.

Overall, this can be drinkable, if you get past the cough drop qualities. They're not overwhelming, but they are present. For that reason it loses marks from me.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy reddish brown color with beige head. Aroma is really fruity, like cherry preserves or natural cherry juice. Taste starts sweet with cherry flavor but also caramelized sugar, even a bit burnt. Slightly boozy, finishes with a bit of burnt sugar bitterness. Medium body, quite smooth mouthfeel. Really well balanced between tart and sweet. ABV is also integrated well for its 8.5%.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark brownish red in color and is too dark to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that left swirls of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of black cherries are present in the nose along with bits of sweetness.
T: The taste follows the smell and is packed with black cherry flavors along with some hints of oak. The beer is relatively sweet but also has hints of sourness from the barrel aging.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a lot sweeter compared to others in the style and could make for a good selection to pair with a dessert.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

You can really smell the cherries, so much so that it's all you can smell but that's good. The taste however takes a big dip as it tastes and even feels way too much like wine. It's not as bad as another beer that tasted like wine (this one was a lot more enjoyable) i had but still not something i'd buy again.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a .33l bottle coded 42165. The beer pours deep brown/amber with a small tan head. The head dissipated quickly leaving a small amount of lacing. The smell is strong sour cherries up front. I'm also getting some oak. There is a very wine-like quality to the smell. The taste was surprisingly sweet. The cherries come through strongly and the oak is there also. There is very little sour flavor and a little alcohol taste underneath. The mouthfeel is smooth but highly carbonated. This reminds me of a highly carbonated cherry cough syrup, and not in a good way (if that's possible). I won't be buying this again.

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Photo of billysdad
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing. My little rural distro has a mixed case from this brewery. 90 bucks a case. I tried once. Never again. Best beer I've ever had. Just too expensive for my budget.

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Photo of Magnetofunk
2.69/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It's difficult to be objective when you really don't like the style.
Anyways...
Clear deep amber with with a dirty brown fuzzy head,
Definitely cherry, raisins and prunes.
Nutty and toasty very sweet malt. Sweetness it's all it has. No hops. Unbalanced to me.
It doesn't taste like beer. It's more like a pop, a cherry coke with some cheap spirit.
I wouldn't drink it again.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 ounce bottle into a clear glass chalice. A moderate pour produces a short, creamy, light brown head that dissipates quickly. The beer is lightly carbonated and of a ruby brown color of medium depth.

The aroma-flavor really showcases the cherries- it is a real fruit bomb but just manages to avoid being overbearing. The cherry flavor tends toward sweet rather than tart, and balances the tartness to a certain extent. The cherry flavor is also rich, and accentuated by the alcohol and esthers, and is actually fairly complex despite the perceived sweetness. A touch of nuttiness and chocolate.

Purchased as part of a variety pack. A brochure in the pack states that this beer is a blend comprised of 15% of their aged pale and 85% double brown beer- apparently blended and then infused with the cherries. Makes an excellent dessert.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled
Big dark red body , reminiscent of vimto, with off white head.
Smells like black forest gateaux
Black cherry dark chocolate
Sweet cherry taste

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Photo of DaverCS
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a murky Brown color with red undertones with one half of a finger of an off-colored caramel head. The head dissipates quickly, reducing to nothing.

Roma reminds me of a vanilla, cherry cola. Some funkiness, molasses, tons of cherries, some notes of vanilla and an overall prevalent sweetness.

Taste is surprisingly sweet. I was expecting a lot more tartness. Compared to the nose, the taste is very lopsided. Some cherry notes play through, but a dominant off-flavored sweetness is most noticeable. it almost brings up memories of a cough syrup without the artificial cherry flavor.

Overall, this beer was a surprising let down. I see this pairing well with an Italian sandwich with extra vinegar. The beer needs a good amount of citrus to Cut the sweetness. It gets a 82/100.

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Photo of Traveler19808
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a strong head that settles to a film over a dark ruby body
Smells of dark bready malt with present sweet cherry
Smooth malt cherry and hints of oak. Cherry is sweet, slightly tart. Enjoyable palate if a bit overwhelming.
Light sour taste
Moderate mouthfeel with a bit of a tingle
I enjoy this one, if you're cherry fan, you likely will also.

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Photo of jhartley
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my favorite piece of glassware; Snorkel tulip thanks again @Ozzylizard !.
A lovely deep dark red to brown body with a creamy khaki head with a slight reddishness . Constant stream of bubbles running up on the edges of the glass, keeping that head around.

The first aroma I am getting is tart fresh cherries followed by a stronger sourness and some slight malty roastiness and a pretty decent amount of woodiness on the end. I'm getting a nice mix of aromas on this one

Taste....Cherries, oak, small vinegar-like bite, not very sour. As it sits on the tongue the brown ale starts to come through. The cherries come out a lot up front and are much sweeter than I thought they would be, was expecting more tartness. Not much from the oak coming out, just a hint.

The mouth feel is around medium at first and then finishes light with a slight lingering sweetness.

Overall, this was a decent beer, however I was expecting/hoping for a little bit more of that sour-acidic bite. Just not enough there in my opinion. I think the cherries dominate a little too much for me adding a sweetness that is not off-set with enough sourness.

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Photo of safaricook
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks great: dark ruby
Smells of sweet cherry cake; promising
Taste is a great let down for me: sweet with licorice. Cannnot stand it
Carbonation and body are not bad but there is a strong burn
Taste like Cola with cheap Rum. I ll try to stay away from it in the future.

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Photo of justinp444
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip it has a massive 2 and a half inch head of pink light beige foam and a brown amber body. Smell of lots of cherries, bit of raspberries, and bread-y malt. Taste is mostly cherry with some bread-y malt, caramel, some earth, raspberry, and candy sugar in the back. Mouth feel is full, body is moderate to light, and carbonation is full. A very sweet cherry oud bruin that still maintains some of it's beer characteristics, but maybe a too little.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the tiny bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---THANKS TONY!
This nice oud pours a dark mahogany with red highlights and a moderate head of light tan foam that settles to a thick ring, subtle pool, and light lacing. Nose of dark cherries and a hint of sweet candy sugars with a touch of must. Flavors are much like the nose but well placed with lightly tart dark cherries on all sides with light caramel and candy sugars and a pleasant lightly earthy yeast component. Nice carbonation, effervescent when cold and light with warmth finishing lightly tart with a touch of sweet candy sugar. Overall an excellent oud.

Cheers

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Photo of cjgiant
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:
Nice pop from that cork, and a pour that didn't yield too much head. What was present faded fairly quickly to a thin rim of bubbles atop the body. The bubbles do grow on the side of the glass with a little swirl, and recede to its thin line fairly quickly. The beer pours a reddish brown, sorta rusty in color until enough liquid turns it a deep crimson burgundy.

The nose is heavy on the dark sweet cherries, no doubt or subtleties here about the additional ingredient. Really, it reminds me of the scent I get when I stir a fruit-on-the-bottom black cherry yogurt. It's also about the only scent I can pick out - a light cherry soda impression.

The taste also does not leave the cherry in doubt. However, it isn't quite as sweet as I'd expected it to be. Unfortunately, I'm also not really getting anything beyond that. Carbonation tickle is nice up front, but fades by mid taste as the cherry flavor seems to fade to a blander version of itself. I was hoping for a little tartness to counter the opening sweetness (which isn't cloying or too sweet).

It's got a nice sweet cherry note up front, but it also is lacking something/anything beyond the opening cherry sweetness just fading. I actually liked the feel of the beer, and there is not even the slightest hint of its 8.5%. It does seem to drink a little like a cherry soda, even.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By 07/27/17

L-The beer pours a clear brown with reddish highlights. The modest pour leads to a one finger creme colored head which recedes to a thin film. Lacing is spotty.
S- The aroma of sweet cherries is prominant. Behind the cherries is a bit of toffee and barnyard mustiness.
T- Fruit flavor in the form of black cherries. It's a sweet cherry rather than the sour cherry which I sometimes find overwhelming. While the beer is sweet from the fruit and malts, I don't find it cloying. The beer is well balanced between sweet and sour.
F- Carbonation is light. Overall mouthfeel is medium. The beer coats and the fruitiness lingers for a good time.
O- This would make and amazing beer to pair with dessert. I could see enjoying it equally well with vanilla ice cream or a rich chocolate cake. Recommended to anyone looking for a good dessert beer.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby ​​color, clear. Foam beige-pink, tall, fine-bubble, durable, beautifully adorned walls.
Aroma: fruit, mainly cherries, vanilla, slightly woody notes.
Taste: vanilla sweetness and sourness of red fruit on the finish of each sip, a slight aftertaste of stone fruit, wood.
Gentian stones, saturation average, alcohol perfectly hidden.

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Photo of Dzu
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark ruby with a lttile foam head.
S: Smells raspberry, cherry.
T: Berries, sweetness with a little soar.
F: Very smooth, oily.
O: Too sweet but like it at all.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Petrus Aged Red pours a dark reddish/brown color with a small but long lasting lacing head. Big sweet and dry cherry aroma. Taste has a slight sourness to it, some oak, and a sweet cherry aftertaste. Complex flavors, but good feel and nice blend of all the various flavors. Overall, its slight sour, but mostly sweet, with a nice natural dry cherry flavors.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2016-02-13
330ml bottle split at home with my wife. 42101 is the bottle date, whatever the hell that means. Thanks for make it noticeable, but maybe make it understandable?

Pours a dark ruby-brown with a medium head that seems to last longer than I would expect. Smell is sour cherry candy.

Taste is too sweet, too much like a cherry soda. Better than Mort Subite, but in that direction.

Mouthfeel is slightly gritty, fairly dry. Overall, it's not bad, but I won't buy this again.

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