Petrus Aged Red Ale | De Brabandere

Petrus Aged Red AlePetrus Aged Red Ale
BA SCORE
62.9%
Liked This Beer
3.76 w/ 859 ratings
Petrus Aged Red AlePetrus Aged Red Ale
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:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,232
Reviews:
140
Ratings:
859
Liked:
540
Avg:
3.76/5
pDev:
14.63%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
158
Trade:
3
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Petrus Aged Red
25.4 oz. brown bottle, corked & caged. No apparent freshness dating.

Poured into a large tulip glass the Petrus Aged Red displays a clear, deep ruby and mahogany brown body beneath a two finger thick cap of pinkish tan froth. The head settles to half its initial size quickly, but then holds for quite some time until forming a quarter-inch, and then eight-inch thick cap. Eventually it drops even lower, suggesting a wide collar but never letting the surface completely clear. Rings and sheets of lace are left behind during the first initial quick sips where the glass doesn't tilt that much - subsequent tastings leave some broken sheets of lace amidst wide splashes and streaks.

In the nose it expresses black cherry, brown sugar, and some wood - possibly very light oak.

The mouthfeel is gently bristling with very fine, seemingly natural bubbles that fade quickly to give more of just a 'caress'. It's surprisingly full bodied, clocking in somewhere at the top of the medium range, headed towards the medium-full range.

Black cherry returns in the flavor, and it's not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests it might be. I also find fig, date, and plum/prune, as well as a bit of dark, sticky raisin. There is a bit of a 'syrup' quality to it though, which is probably just coming from the combination of condensed fruitiness and alcohol. There's some tartness to it, but it doesn't stand out boldly. It's initially wrapped in fruity maltiness upfront, quickly throwing off that cloak for one split second only to put it back on, and then again let it slide to the floor in the finish where some brown sugar appears, along with a touch of oaky dryness and delicately peppery alcohol, as well as some muddled leafiness and earth. As might be expected, it's only moderately bitter, showcasing the fruit and malt, and allowing the tartness, oak, and alcohol to do the drying.

I find it hard to fault this beer, but if one might I'd imagine that they'd say it needs more complexity, or more real fruitiness. I, however, would beg to differ. It's rich and just complex enough. I find it malty, fruity, and well-rounded with 'spiky' accents of character just as an Oud Bruin should be.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - Medium brown with a serious red tint to the color. Beer is fairly opaque, but very clear when held up to light. Head is off-white; initially thick and fades to faint wisps with a ring around the glass. Good lacing.

S - Strong, sweet candied cherry or cough syrup aroma drowns out everything else, yet somehow it still smells tempting.

T - Flavors hit with a big burst of candied cherry. Light nutty malt in the background. No hops or obvious yeast notes. Sweet throughout. Very clean, but not a lot of depth of flavors.

M - Medium body. Smooth, creamy carbonation. Light bitterness. A little alcohol burn helps keep it from being cloyingly sweet. Excellent.

O - Based on the overpowering aroma and flavor from the cherries, I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did. The parts come together very well. Worth trying, for sure.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Bier Abbey in Schenectady, NY.

Pours limp and red. Even before the glass is raised I can already smell a very tart, wonderfully smooth cherry aroma that's darn near New Glarus Belgian Red-level of crisp juiciness. Only the cherries here play up against nodes that are much more beerish than the Fruit Roll-Up flavors of NG's brew. The effect is sublime.

Tastes not *quite* as cherryish as it smells, but more varied. Dry up front, moving into gushing, moist cherry nodes and ending in a more traditional oud bruin bitter-tart brownness. Cherries linger far behind. Wonderful.

I got no idea why this isn't more revered.

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Petrus Aged Red Ale from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 62.9% out of 100 with 859 ratings
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