Brewed by Bavik-De Brabandere
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Harelbeke, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 1200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Our Petrus Aged Pale is an undiluted old beer, only to be exported to the US.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Extremely pale copper color, vaguely reminiscent of a kid's fruit juice, slightly cloudy, with great carbonation. Small head that quickly vanishes. Sour Belgian nose. Taste is sour and citrus, not skunky or lambic, not American grapefruit citrus, but sour lemon citrus. Taste is clean and very refreshing. Hides the alcohol well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Good belgian/sour aroma. Big head, good lacing. Taste is sour as heck! Starts mildly sour, then slowly escalates in sourness into the spicy and dry finish. How many times can I say this beer is SOUR???

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Dark copper hue with a streak of amber running throught it. Not much head (didn't expect any) but coats the glassware very well. Full-bodied. Very earthy and tart aroma, woody and vinous, yet fruity sour too. Nice and complex. The taste started sour and finished balanced and clean, very dry (woody) feel to the finish. Almost oily and soft mouthfeel. I'm not sure how old this bottle is, I've had it "cellared" for well over a year. Going to get some more and rest them as well. Highly recommended

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Tart, sweet aroma. Hints of lemon, with a likttle apple in the background. Hints of must in the background. Very pale, slightly cloudy, with a small head. Flavor upfront is a mild sourness, backed by hints of wood, and a malt backdrop. Finishes tart but very clean. Overall a very refreshing beer. Nice on a hot summer afternoon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2003
A golden orange sunrise beneath a thick layer of cirrocumulus clouds. An amazing aroma of sour apple, musty wood, hay, warming alcohol, white grapes, leather, and many things gueuze. Tart and acidic in the mouth, but not quite as effervescent as a lambic. The flavor seems to be dominated by the sweet fruit, wood, alcohol, and present, but not dominating acidity. Really quite tasty and an enjoyable treat. Not really what I was expecting, but an enjoyable beer nontheless. Many thanks to TAR for bringing this up for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nick35 (12) - USA - APR 19, 2003
First bottle I hated. Second bottle was tolerable. Third was divine. This is a beer halfway between lambic and flemish sour. Way too much Brett to count as just sour, but more restrained than lambic. Perhaps the most complex beer I've had. pH 3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (1022) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2003
Yellow-gold, slightly hazy. off-white, somewhat foamy head. The flavor explodes with dry sour notes of tart apple, oak, grass, maybe pine, hot alcohol. Balanced with a malt sweetness and other elements I couldn't discern. A vanilla sweetness hits at the very end, especially as it warms. This is a wonderful, unique beer. It can easily be consumed over the course of an hour but don't sip, take big shots and let it coat your mouth. You may not enjoy the first one but you'll crave a second one when the mood hits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JorisPPattyn (7885) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2003
AT LAST!! This beer, made by Bavik to blend with younger dark beer, for obtaining the "P. oud bruin", or "P. Oak aged dark" in the USA, is as such only obtainable in the USA. In Belgium the brewery refuses to recognise its existence; breweries' representants not knowing about it, or claiming not to... Thanks to a friendly American visitor, here I go. Colour: dark golden-yellow, dusty-hazy. Slight, but seen the acids quite stable white head. Nose: vineous, woody, lactic & acetic acid. Then lemony, green apples. Taste: Beautifully aged. The wood is very discernible. Mellow acids - acetic acid kept below recognition treshold. Hints of sweetness from malt or unfermentables. WOW - this epitomizes the 'Oud bruin' style. Mouthfeel : there is acid-burn, no mistake. The beer is far from empty, a firm underbuild by malt presents itself. Aftertaste: long wood notes. The sweet underbuild gains strenght given some time. Overall: HELL! I couldn't get enough of this beer, were it available here. As it stands, it is a crying shame. It's like making Romanée-Conti unavailable in France!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 11, 2003
This isn't a Gueze? Are you sure? This pale ale has soaked up the tannic acids of the oak casks they bathed in an taken on some quite sour characteristics. I was mildly intrigued but not enough to go back and try some more. So this is NOT a gueze, right? Coulda fooled me.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
jgb9348 (4709) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2003
Sampled a single bottle, and turned out to be pretty bad. I'm not sure if the bottle was held in bad conditions, or if the beer was just bland and bad?

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