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Petrus Aged Red | De Brabandere

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Petrus Aged RedPetrus Aged Red

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De Brabandere
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Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Mavigo
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this at crunchys at east lansing. Served in a snifter.

A: pours a rich cranberry, cherry color, with a short off white head, with little lacing

S: rich, fruity aroma, cherry, raspberries, lemons, barley, wheat, yeast, whiskey

T: sweet, tart, sour, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, wheat, yeast, malts, barley, very sweet

M: rich body with lower carbonation, excellent balace of sweetness and tartness.

O: man this was great, sweet, tart, not too pricey. i really liked it. try it.

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Photo of jivex5k
1.7/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

My god....
How can the same brewery who makes their Pale sour so good make this travesty of a beer?
I had one last night...I was expecting nothing but a good beer, man was I surprised.
It looked great, a nice rosy hue to it, good head, all in all a fine looking brew...but the joy stops there.
The aroma of cough syrup wafted up in to my nostrils. Alarmed, I quickly set the glass down, had some water, and tried again....Robotussin 100%...Ah...crap...
So I tried it anyways, but the nose did not lie. This was like drinking carbonated Robotussin...my god..simply one of the worst beers I've had.
It's funny though, because their aged pale is so good.
Do yourself a favor and get a Lindemens Goudenband (spelling?) instead of this mediciney beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Ricky for sharing this monstrosity.

Nice creamy almost 1 finger head fades slowly, clear cranberry mahogany color.

Nose tons if cherry, candied maraschino cherry, cherry cough syrup, lots of sweet candy aromas, light acetic acid vinegar, brown sugar.

Taste same, candy galore, cherry cough syrup, maraschino cherry, syrupy candy, Brown sugar, light candy sugar, toffee, etc. Quite sweet light acetic acid. Finish is long sweet candy sugar and cherry galore. Booze is hidden well behind the mound of sugar.

Mouth is med bod, sticky and syrupy, lighter but decent carb.

Overall interesting, cherry is good but way too sweet.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the Petrus Oud Bruin that's been aged on cherries - what could go wrong? The pour is a deep crimson color - blood red and ruby with a cherry cola tinted head that fizzes quick and rests easily as a few millimeter thick film on top of the dusk brew. Good translucency considering the relatively dark hue, as the edges beam like a ruby ring.

Sweet and candied cherries overload the aroma, very sugary and bright, almost in a sweet, fruit juice kind of way. Tartness can only be perceived with the deepest of inhales, and even then, it's barely enough to even tickle your saliva glands. Those hoping for a super sour beer can turn around right now - the aroma is already telling me that this is gonna be primarily sweet, with tartness as a mere afterthought.

The aroma does have a nice dry oak character that's persistent throughout the profile. Overall, this beer reminds me of the Lindeman's Kriek lambic, only with slightly less funk and perhaps a little more oak. Believable, since the Lindeman's Kriek has barely any oak, and this beer has barely any funk. The residual sweetness is common to both of the cherry brews.

As expected, the flavor is popping with sweet cherries (a little inuendo for you pervs out there), although I'm surprised to find that there's also a nice vinous meter that I wasn't picking up on in the aroma. Some heavy oak, musky dryness, and a touch of astringent grape skins. I still don't get any real tartness, also some may confuse the lightly astringent tannin as a pseudo-tartness.

Sweet it is, though, full of syrupy cherry and overly sweet cherry juice - think something along the lines of the cherry-flavored syrupy used for snow-cones and Slurpees. There's a finishing touch of dying cherries and very faint oaky vanilla. I would have liked some more sustainability from the oak, but nothing can stand up to the intensity of those cherries. Thin-medium bodied, almost creamy with middle of the road carbonation.

Not a bad brew, per se, but really not what most people will be looking for. You probably expect a highly oaky, dry, and tart beer with sour cherries and tons of vinous grape. Not exactly the case here. This is more of a sweet, cherry fruit beer. In that regard, it can be enjoyed more thoroughly. Looking at it that way, I much prefer this to, say, Founder's Cerise. As far as Oud Bruins go, though, it's not as hot. Still a decent thing to try for the cherry lovers out there.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at busy bee in raleigh. into a tulip.

pours a very dark red with a half inch head. smell is big on tart cherries. very inviting. taste is very cherry dominated as well, though the tart flavor isn't so apparent. good dry finish. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall a good flemish red. can't complain here.

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Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It really is red, but it's very dark and needs to be held up to light for its deep burgundy body to really show it. The head it forms is sparsely bubbled and gets to a finger's height before fading. What's left is a good cling to the edges with a few wispy islands. It manages some surprisingly sticky and prevalent lace considering.
I get cherry syrup on the nose with a lightly sour edge. Going deeper does reveal some cherry cnady, though. It's fortunate that the tartness is there or there would definitely be too much artificiality, but itdoesn't delve too far. There's a touch of earth and wood as well.
While both sweet and tart, the flavor does bring some cough syrup into the finish. There's also some unexpected spiciness. The spicy and tart elements are what carry through.
The body is very much on the light edge of medium but reaching. Carbonation is light and crispness adds bite. It does go a touch flat, though, at which point it relies too heavily on carbonation.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

deep red, hint of pink. maintains a ring of foam, a smidge of lacing along the top. smell reminds me of my mom's cherry pie, not really mediciny as i'd read - only reason i took the time to write a review - taste is tart sweet cherries, not much else. a minor booziness highlights the cough syrup qualities, would be nice to taste some malt in there. interesting. glad i tried it, but prob won't check it out any more.

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Photo of Jonada
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep dark ruby red color with 2 fingers of a light tan head. Body is clear with moderate visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: Sweet cherries, slightly medicinal, some very light hints of oak and vanilla.

Taste: As in the aroma the cherries dominate the palate, but other than that there's not a whole lot else going on. It's tart and sweet at the front of the tongue and carries through to the finish. Booze is noticeable and when combined with the cherries produces a somewhat unpleasant medicinal taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slight. Carbonation is medium.

Overall: It's a great looking beer, but other than that I wasn't much of a fan. The cherry flavors are pleasant, but there's also some medicinal notes that accompany it and make it feel a little bit like drinking a cherry cough drop.

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Photo of MarioM
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark mohogani red with a light tan almost slightly redish head made of small to medium bubbles.

S: Very sweet and fruity aroma, very cherry jelly rancher like but also slightly cough syrup medicinal in a way. Very artificial and clearly sweetened smell that should me belong in a beer. Not bad just doesn't seem right.

T: A lot of dark cherry fruitiness with lost of residual sweetness. The typical pasteurized and sweetened flavor attributed to sweetened sours.

M: Sweetness lingers along with the fruitiness. A thin film is left behind letting you know ugly our beer was sweetened with unfermentable sugars.

O: Not a bad beer but for the price I would have gotten something more true to style, or in other words, I would not have bought this if I knew it was sweetened. Doesn't say it on the bottle but its obvious while drinking.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a reddish brown color with a very thin head of carbonation. The aroma is sweet with cherries and hints of oak. The taste is rather interest as it’s not quite a sour ale and not quite a lambic either. Taste fairly good with a touch of carbonation. Still kind of a desert beer though. Not bad, I would recommend trying it.

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Photo of spoony
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-An aggressive pour produces about one finger of short-lived brown head. The brew is deep red, almost purple, with brown overtones. I cannot see any carbonation through the dark liquid.

S-This is a sweet mutha...lots of sweet, black, cherry flavor, as well as a medicinal/herbal/leafy note that is reminiscent of cough syrup.

T-The taste tracks the smell with cherry cough syrup sweetness and a touch of leafy, green, vegetal flavors being most prominent. I also get a hint of cola. The alcohol is buried beneath the syrupy sweetness and I did not notice it on my palate. Interestingly, the acidity is mild on the palate, but I notice it in my stomach.

M-The feel is syrupy and slightly heavy for the style with lower amounts of carbonation.

O-I have a hard time calling this brew an oud bruin because it drinks more like a high-powered kriek. The flavors are quite sweet and cherry-forward and once you get over the massive sweetness, there is a little bit of enjoyment to be had. This beer might work for dessert, but unless you want sweetness, be wary. Side note, I feel like this brew is very comparable to Delirium Red.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: A fine looking beer that pours a deep red with highlights of copper. The head is tan and pink with rocky bubbles and average retention.

S: A strong fruity aroma of tart red cherries and red currents. There is a light oak aroma bringing a little vanilla.

T: Fruit also dominates the flavor with strong tart cherry and red current flavors blending with a medium sweetness. Between the fruit and the light sourness there is a decent tartness with balance being moderately sweet despite all the sugar. There are some moderate spicy phenols and a little bit of oak coming through. There is a slight hops bitterness but it's the fruit and the fermentation doing the bulk of the work to keep it from being cloying. The finish is medium sweet with a cherry aftertaste.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation. A light alcohol warmth noticeable.

O: This beer focus on fruit, sweet-tart and light spice. If you don't like sweet beer you might want to avoid this one, I think it has a decent sweet-tart balance but the sugar is winning here

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Photo of ThePaleRider
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very rich mahogany. Very nicely colored with a pinkish, one finger head with decent retention. Little bit of foam clings to the glass as it settles.

S - First scent is spring flowers followed by a sour smell. Lots of dark cherries and maybe a little alcohol. Not at all what I was expecting. Didn't realize until now that this is a flanders red.

T - Wow, a lot of flavor in that bad boy. Lots of cherries, almost like a lollipop. Not as boozy as I was expecting. Much more of a sipping ale. So much fruit flavor it really tastes like a Framboise. Not really what I'm into. I'm much more into bitter than sweet.

M - Very crisp and full bodied. Pretty refreshing for a hot summer's day. Plenty of carbonation to keep the brew tasting fresh to the bottom.

O - Very good ale that really highlights the cherry. I didn't even realize until now that there are cherries on the label. I'm a little dense sometimes. If you lean towards fruit beers or sours you should give this a try.

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Photo of Beerdanza
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cherry, cherry, cherry! I don't usually like fruit beers, but I failed to notice the cherries on the label of this one. But when I opened it up and smelled it I said "Hey, what's this? Cherries!" It smells like a quart of bing cherries. A pretty nice smell if you like cherries.

It's a deep autumn red color. A very attractive look.

The mouth feel is very much like soda. Fizzy and sweet. But then there's the alcohol bite. It goes down pretty easy for a beer with 8.5% ABV.

Guess what? The taste is dominated by... Cherries! There was a hint of Belgian maltiness, but the cherry flavor was at the forefront. Although I generally avoid fruity beer, there was something about this that made it very enjoyable. Although many people complain that it isn't sour enough, it does have a sour bite to it. And that made drinking it akin to nomming down a handful of fresh cherries. This is the first fruit beer I've had that I'd buy again.

Overall, I give it 3.5 for the cherrific fun of drinking it, and the ample buzz provided by the alcohol content. But if you don't really, really like cherries, don't buy this. You'll be disappointed

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Photo of MaximalC
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep plum color with faint ruby highlights and a handsome cap of pink-tinged foam. The aroma consists most prominently of sour cherry. The flavor has a puckering sourness up front, accompanied by a strong cherry flavor reminiscent of cough syrup. There is also a slight oaken flavor that appears to struggle some against the cherry backbone. I'm a fan of Petrus, and of sour ales in general, but not so much of cherry. In this case, the cherry flavor is so predominant that it overrides my affinity for the style. Cherry lovers will doubtless enjoy this brew, but it's a bit too one-dimensional for my tastes.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Only two beers from these guys and I’m in love; seeing another on the shelves was just great.

A: Pouring a deep red, this is a dark beer with ruby hues and a fizzy tan head. Creamy, stout-like retention barely covers the body, but intricate strands of lace remain.

S: Massive cherry pie scents – fruit syrup filling, buttery crust, and caramelized sugar – along with a gummy candy aroma. Has something a little more sinister beneath, as an alcohol note comes out like cheap brandy and the candy morphs into something worse: the plastic, red licorice aroma of Swedish fish. Despite my hate for that damn candy, it’s a mostly pleasant nose.

T: Cherries jubilee, a taste of fruit brandy flambéed over ripe cherries – more liqueur than fruit, though. It’s astringent and alcoholic, with a cherry cough syrup taste and a sugary character of strawberry jam. Sweet Maraschino cherry tastes without much sour interference; isn’t this a Flanders ale? Finishes with a bitter almond and apple skin flavor, a bit dry.

M: Slick and smooth, with just a slight bubbly carbonation. It’s very thin for a high-alcohol Flanders.

O: Not even close to the beer that Petrus Aged Pale is, though I admire the ingenuity. I expected a sour beer, I didn’t get it, and now I’m left with cherry syrup in a glass…despite all that, I did enjoy this drink. Strange beer, for sure.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark red with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is very cherry forward with cherry cola, cherry syrup, and dark cherry aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and medicinal cherry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice cherry smell but the flavors are just a bit too much like cough medicine in my opinion.

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Photo of NODAK
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells a lot like cherries. A lot. Ever had Juicy Juice cherry juice?? Like that. Cherry syrup.

Pours a feel dark ruby red with really no head that I can speak of.

Taste starts out initially quite sweet and is met with a good tart cherry note with some dryness, as if it has been aged (which it is). I won't say that it is extremely complex or even that interesting but it's pretty drinkable. Seems to draw a line between a sweet fruit beer and the beginnings of a Flanders red sour. More on the sweet, probably.

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Photo of yankeepride
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

on draught at the yard house in west nyack, ny. Has a great, deep red color with no real head. From the glass, smells like cherry syrup. No real tart at all, very sweet with a sticky feel left on the roof of my mouth. Would pair well with the right foods, buttoo sweet for a pint

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- poured (unfortunately) into a pint glass at melt in Lakewood, deep garnet colored with only a thin ring of beige head.

S- aromas is dominated by lovely floral cherries

T- sweet/tart well balanced cherry flavor with just the slightest touch of balsamic vinegar and cherry menthol cough medicine, in a good way. Faint bitterness but no hop flavor.

MF- feels like 8%. Subdued but persistant carbonation fades in the throat. Coating fruit feeling like eating cherries. Not as acidic as suspected.

D- hey you're not a fruit beer are you! I like you.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Petrus glass on 5/20/13

Deep ruby color with a hint of rustic brown and a one finger dirty rose colored head to top it off. The foam thins quickly and leaves some stringy lace.

The aroma is sweet and heavy like cherry concentrate with suggestions of other red fruits along the lines of cranberry and maybe pomegranate. It smells deeply sugary and in doing so essentially makes the aromas of the base beer indistinguishable.

A short-lived tartness takes hold with the first sip but the prominent cherry flavor soon turns to semi-sweetness (thankfully not so sugary as the aroma seems). The cherry is tempered by a fruit cake, nutty and earthy backing that dries out the sugars. A faint hint of alcohol creeps in every so often.

The sugar continues to translate in the feel acting as a thick glue between the medium body and patient carbonation.

The aroma had me nervous but this turned out well enough in the end. I'm glad I opted for the small bottle though.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Very dark red, nearly opaque with a small off-white to light tan head. A few bubbles of carbonation floating up the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet and tart cherries, candied cherries, vanilla oak, and what strikes me as some raspberries as well.

T: Sweet/tart cherries, some oak tannins. It seems too sweet and not tart enough, but I don't think the sweetness becomes cloying. Mild tartness on the exhale, with some alcohol heat.

M: Alcohol presence quite noticeable but not boozy. Sticky mouthfeel, medium body, and a reasonable amount of carbonation.

O: It's not bad, but I had really hoped for more. The sour and tart character I expected was mostly lacking. I'm wondering now if this should have been cellared for a period of time - but I don't expect that I'll be trying it out.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Petrus Aged Red

LOOK: Pours a dark cherry red, light pinkish head.

SMELL: Cherry juice. Cherry pie filling.

TASTE: Cherry juice, sweet malt flavor, cranberry, and an ever so slight tartness. This is almost like fruit juice. The cherries and malt prove to be a 1-2 punch of cloying sweetness. Could use some more sourness from the blend to set things off here.

FEEL: Smooth and lightly carbonated. Medium bodied feel, a touch of warming booze. Drinks easily given the strength. This is more of a fruit beer or malternative than a Flanders red.

OVERALL: A very mainstream, middle of the road offering in the Petrus line here. Its OK fruit beer, nothing special or something I'd look for again.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red like color with a skim white head and leaves very little lace. The aroma is of cherries. The taste starts out with a sweet cherry flavor and then gives way to a tart okay cherry flavor. The mouth feel is moderately carbonated and sticky. Overall its a very good tasting beer but not very complex. Its an easy drink and one I will have again.

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Photo of 71CrazyOtto
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very easy to drink at 8%. I downed all four bottles I bought.
The cherry was not overwhelmingly strong nor to weak which I appreciate.
I notice from some of the reviews here some folk wished it to be sour but if you read the style of beer it can go from sour to not at all and anywhere in between.
This beer was recommended to me by where I buy my beer sometimes after he saw I bought a 4 pack of Petrus's Goulden Tripel. I shall return there to thank him.

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Petrus Aged Red from De Brabandere
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