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 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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Photo of tubeyes
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcpat1993
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty decent beer. A little on the sweet side for me, but the high abv level balances out the flavor pretty well.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 yaron73
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Counsel
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TGS
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WickedBeer
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of thebooyakid
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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 NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Petrus Aged Red Ale from De Brabandere
3.68 out of 5 based on 857 ratings.
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