TheBeerLover (1026) - 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.
Bozo_skeleton (1026) - Grenoble, FRANCE - APR 20, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blonde dorée, carbo moyenne, petit collet persistant.
Aromes aigres, légèrement boisés, pommes vertes.
Saveurs sûre qui persiste longuement et qui est assez franche.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cloudy golden with a bit of a tan hue to it, and a small bubbly head. Aroma is sour but doesn’t recall cherries like some other sours I’ve had. This one has more wood, sweat, hay and grass to it. Interesting aroma, but is it good? Tart flavor recalls biting into a lemon wedge, but without the citrus taste. There’s a fair amount of wood and vinager to the flavor, and this is a little drier than Duchesse. I still think Duchesse was a better beer. This one has a very interesting aroma, but the flavor doesn’t back it up. Vinager and wood alone don’t wow me, and the texture was slightly thin. I’m still glad I had this. Thanks to Walt for his Aged Pale.
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The words "pale" and "Belgian" tricked me into thinking this would be a Tripel, so imagine my surprise upon tasting this sour concoction!
Pours a nice medium gold with white head. Nose is a Belgian yeastiness, with hints of the sour to come. Flavor is sour balanced by hints of yeast and peppery spiciness.
beechner224 (1024) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2014 Smell is immediate sour. Color is nicely golden. Taste is nice and tart. Really like this beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a brilliant sparkling dark straw with a nice rocky white head. No real lacing to speak of great. Great looking beer though. Great sour aromas with plenty of vingegar, a little lemon and some wood. Great stuff. Flavours are equally sour with lots of green apple tartness and plenty of vinegar. Super complex. Very dry finish similar to champagne. Lively mouthfeel. Great great beer.
MrBeerFanatic (1018) - Friona, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light dingy yellow soapy foamy head (decent for length of aging). Aromas barrel oak, sour apple/cherry ester, honey. Flavors light barrel oak, woody, light honey. Light to medium musky, medium sour, lightly sweet, medium dry and crisp. A decent elixir.
PapaSkeetSkeet (1008) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours medium to light gold with fading white head. Flavor and aroma are dominated by sourness, which I have not developed a vocabulary for yet. It is dominant yet non-abrasive sourness with slight notes of acidic acid in there. Slight sweetness, though its difficult to identify this as a malty sweetness. The beer is good, but that’s just because the sour is good.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy golden with a light whispy head. Aroma is citric, acidic, and funky. The pallate is dry, somewhat watery but nice allthesame.
Flavors are dominated by a sourness. I like it, but it’s hard to find much else. There is certainly some pit fruit complexity though. Some apricot texture with an exceedingly dry finish.
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear dull yellow with a sizable egg-white head. Very sour aroma, cider-like. Flavour is dry and vinous, again, more cider than beer. Body is thin with subtle carb. What can I say... sours are not really my thing. Interesting to try, though.