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Petrus Aged Red | De Brabandere

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium
bavik.be

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sludgeman on 03-01-2013

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125
Ratings:
814
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
38.86%
 
 
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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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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany red with a mere collar of head. Strong aroma of cherry... Very sweet cherry taste almost cloyingly cough medicine-ish finish. Medium bodied. Definitely a beer to enjoy with a meal.

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

Really thought I would like this based on how much I liked Petrus Aged Pale but I guess it just wasn't meant to be. Not nearly as sour as I expected, much much sweeter than I expected, tastes very similar to cough medicine. Can't finish the bottle. Not that I consider myself incredibly experienced in the world of sour beer but this is the kind of flavor profile I'd expect from a Lindemans sweetened lambic.

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Photo of dar482
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Upfront, straight black cherry syrup, very much candy fruit flavors. The beer is surrounded by toasted malt notes of the oud bruin. The tart quality is medium. Hints of red wine and oak come through.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, #41450. Pours a red-caramel color, with a small amount of head; when swirled, the head produces nice glass coverage. Strong aroma of cherry, with perhaps a bit of malt beneath. Light body, with very fruity flavors, and a slight sour bite on the finish.

The aroma is undoubtedly cherry, and although, cherry is not my favorite fruit, I admire how strong the aroma is. This does NOT taste like a beer, and depending on your perspective, that could be either good or bad; for me, it's somewhere in the middle: interesting. Neither the aroma nor the flavor of this Flanders red (my first) are what I look for in a beer, yet, it is a nice change, and this style adds another interesting facet to the gem that is Beer. I am sitting a couple and look forward to seeing how they age.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours near brown with ruby red showing in the light. Small off white head and some lacing. Nose is very cherry, both sweet and sour cherry. Hard to get any malt or hops hidden behind. Taste certainly has those same cherries, some candied fruits, and just a touch of sour wine barrel. Quite liked this at first, but enjoyment actually fell as I went through the glass. Not as much depth as I thought would come out as it warmed. Ended up feeling it was just okay rather than special. Not sure if I would call this a sweeter Rodenbach or a drier Lindemans, but I'm not sure I'll get it again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Part of the Petrus Belgian Sour Power 6-Pack - $22.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark reddish-brown body with a tallish cap of froth, khaki-hued but hinting a little bit of pink to it.

Smell: Sweet, tart black cherry presence layered in syrups.

Taste: A sweet taste of dark syrup, a light toasty note, a touch of faint chocolate. A large candied black cherry presence and a striking, somewhat cloying sweetness, leading me to wonder if it's been artificially sweetened. Starts to become reminiscent of those Luden's cough drops I recall from my childhood. Altogether minimal sourness. Remains tart and still rather sweet on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: So-so and so-so sweet!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

no clue why it took me so long to try this one. i see it around in bottles quite a bit, but finally saw it on tap at asbury provisions on university last night. cool beer, maybe a little sweet for what i like in the style, but a well made product and plenty drinkable for its strength. its deep ruby colored, almost brown in the glass, with a nice inch of just off white lacy head on it. the nose is black cherry and mild vinegar lacto. the cherry is really strong in the flavor, i guess there are some cherries in this, but also a sweet specialty malt and a unique belgian yeast are at work, adding to this fruity complexion. there is a cool softness in the feel before the acidity turns on, and even when it does, there is plenty of cherry sweetness to balance it out. it makes the beer real easy down, and despite the sweet, there is a lightness to this for sure. quite a bit of depth with the fruit and the grain and the yeasts going on, but the fact that its aged means little in terms of flavor here. the beer tastes fresh to me, no wood or musk or oxidization here at all, not sure what they do with it then. overall a tasty beer, too sweet to have more than one, but a beer that i really enjoyed.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Belgian goblet.

Smells like tart cherries and some herbal notes that remind me of late summer weeds after a rainstorm. Slightly "synthetic" smelling- this could just be acidic notes.

The flavor starts with a smack of sweet cherry, but immediately swaps the singular cherry flavor for a very interesting and unique herbal (almost bitter) quality, which then gives way to more cherry. The label says this is "strikingly intricate", which I don't fully agree with. However, it is more complex and unusual. I figured a brewery with this type of presence in the US would attempt something more mainstream, but this is classically Belgian in that it doesn't quite a category.

Conclusion: I am both surprised and impressed. Not a cherry lambic by any means, but not like any other cherry beer I have had. The Dissident by Deschutes is supposed to be a Flanders Oud Bruin (which I disagree with) but it is nothing like this, as it includes a whole array of barrel and funky notes which this does not have. Overall I like it quite a bit, and wonder if anything else would show up in a good way with some age. Probably the cherry would just fade...

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Photo of jooler
2.82/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell is good but it also does smell like NyQuil. Taste is sort of like NyQuil. But there is noticeable tart. I don't know how I feel about this. This definitely ruined my taste buds for the night.

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