TheBeerLover (1024) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer very similar to the Old Brunes and Flemish Reds of Belgium, except this beer is brewed exclusively with pale malts. It is then aged for two years or more in oak barrels, where it picks up intense, sour aromas and flavors of oak. Michael Jackson, the Beer Hunter, compares this beer to Rodenbach Grand Cru, and it is an apt comparison. This beer is as tart, sour, and refreshing, and every bit as world class as that beer. MJ also states that this is an "adult" beer, for adult tastes, and that you will either love it, or hate it. I loved it the first time I tried it.
Petrus Aged Pale pours to a slightly hazy, very pale golden color with a white head that quickly fades, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer hits you as soon as you pop the cap. Very pungent, intense sour and oaky aromas pierce the nostrils. The palate is wonderfully tart, sharp, sour, and refreshing, with some pale malt flavors, big notes of oak flavor, and vinous undertones. Petrus Aged Pale finishes with more sour and oaky flavors in a very sharp, very refreshing, acidic, and tangy mouth puckering edge that linger for quite sometime.
This is a shocking beer. I was even a bit taken back by it, like one would be after tasting a strong and sharp blue veined cheese. This beer is indeed one for adult tastes and really could be called a pale version of grand cru. The sour and oaky character in this beer dominates from nose to finish, but in a very, very good way if you like that in a beer. Petrus Aged Pale would make the perfect beer to any number of rich dishes. The sharp acid like edge of this beer would cut right through the richest tureen or pate like a hot knife through butter. I enjoy matching Petrus Pale Ale when ever I do a roasted turkey with all the trimmings.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy amber color with a thin, white head. Lovely aroma of sour apples and unripened cherries. Flavor is tart, but not overbearing. Finish is long and drawn out, with a little bit of lemon and tarragon toward the conclusion. Overall, very nice for a Flemish Sour Ale. Some can be a bit overbearing on the vinegar taste, but this one is executed quite nicely.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A hazed dark golden color with a whilte head. I had no idea that this was going to be a flemish sour ale. The beauty of the style comes through in the aroma with a tart, sour cherry flavor and aroma.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is very sour with hints of wood, sour cherries and faint floral notes. Slightly cloudy yellow/gold color with a fast fading pale white head. Fore is woody and sour..slighty thin. Hints of rosehips, herbs and other floral flavors. There are also crisp sour apple notes with a bit of acidic citrus tang in the finish. Pretty nice and lighter and crisper than most I have had of this style.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2006 Hazy gold. Frothy, off white head. Sour? Looking at the bottle I was expecting something totally different. Sour, pungent aroma of grass resin, yeast, and something herbal, subtle wood. Same flavor. Medium body, well carbonated, dry finish. Strong aftertaste of same flavors. Excellent. Like a mild gueze.
roder60 (1279) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a dark yet relatively clear orange color with a decent amount of fizzy white head. Aroma is tart and alcoholy. Flavor is very tart with also a sour apple flavor and a warming alcohol undertone. Overall, not bad, but not a great brew either.
mephisto (1265) - TAIWAN - JAN 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
i think i am starting to develop a taste for sour beer, good for me. apple aroma accompanied with an acidic mouthfeel. very tasty.
Lubiere (9303) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, July 16, 2005. Golden ale with a big bubbled white head. Light lemon sour aroma with light barnyard notes. Sour puckering acid with lemon juice, and good effervescence.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
slightly opaque golden color with a medium off white head. Sour, yeasty aroma with some alcohol creeping in. Flavor is sour throughout, but only moderately so. finish is dry and somewhat bitter. seems to be a more mild example of a flemish sour ale.
hershiser2 (1173) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Chris! Pours dirty golden with a small white head. Aroma of dried flowers, vinegar, slight barnyard, slight butterscotch. Flavorful! Mmm... Slight butterscotch again, with a very nice sour apple finish... tiny hints of a vinegar in there- but not a disturbing amount. I enjoy this one quite a bit... I’d have to be in the mood to drink it- but I’m sure I’ll revisit this one in the near future.