Petrus Aged Red Ale | De Brabandere

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Petrus Aged Red AlePetrus Aged Red Ale

Brewed by:
De Brabandere

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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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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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Photo of JTuomi
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Neoplan
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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 -17.4%
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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Photo of Zazzi82
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Bombelsky
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of parpalapelix
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FZR23
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of joberlander
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dustin22martin
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mishi_d
4.64/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of morrowd3
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 docdeens
4.88/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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 golf4collet
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

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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