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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2004
33cL bottle. Nice head, clear golden color. What an aroma! It smells sour (in a good way) yet fruity and funky. The taste is that wonderful mixture of sweet & sour that flemish sour ales have, if they are sour enough. It also has a bit of a peppery flavor along with some acetic. This beer rivals, if not surpasses, many of the Fantome beers, even La Folie. And although it is not a lambic, if you enjoy those beers you will love this beer due to the blending and oak-aging that lead to its complexity.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
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.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (920) - Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Pours clear golden with a large, fluffy white head. Smells sour, a touch hoppy and a touch malty. Tastes really sour with a touch of vanilla and malty sweetness underneath. Light-bodied with a wet texture and decent mouth-carbonation, Petrus Aged Pale finishes with a nice sourness that fades almost to sweetness.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Big sour white grapes. Sauvignon blanc barrel. Grape wine vinegar. If you are really into sour things I think you will enjoy this. Gooseberry beer! Raw rhubarb! I love sours and I really enjoyed this beer. Musty grape skins. Funky good. Lemon aftertaste. Prefect carbonation and refreshing. Glistening gold. A great beer for blending and making your own masterpiece.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2012
The smell intrigued me. Very sweet and spicy, with a mix of fruits and a touch of honey and yeast thrown in. I knew this was going to be something different. I loved this beer at the first sip. It has a sour tartness, along with with a fair malt sweetness. The sweet and sour flavors causes a pleasantly bizarre blend that I honestly cannot explain fully.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JeffroDH (17) - - DEC 7, 2013
Pour is just a bit lighter than the double IPA sitting next to it. Starts with a light, even foam and is very bubbly. Aroma is redolent of sour beer (DUH) also with hints of citrus and oak. The flavor is difficult to classify this evening. Definitely sour up front, with a satiny mouthfeel and a hoppy bitter finish. I would compare this to a dry champagne, though made with malts and aged in oak (and obviously sour). That may be a ridiculous comparison, but that is where my mind immediately went. Very good beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2003 Clear,slightly hazy,golden liquid. Head is soapy but hangs around.Little lacework. Heavy sweet,sour,woody aromas.Mouthfeel is TART.Quite a bit of carbonation as well.Light for a 7%beer. Delicate sweet flavors are surrounded by sour and woody notes. Finish is acidic and dry. Slight hop noticable as well,in finish. This is probably the most distinct tasting beer I have ever tasted.My favorite "sour" beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2004
Bottled, thanks to mwsf. This was so good, just amazingly sour and tart, really wild oaky character, so well balanced, juicy and refreshing, lemony and some funky earthy barnyard stuff going on, i justed wanted to drink more and more and more. great beer.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Pours a clear straw with a decent white head. The nose...oh man...smelling this reminds me of my trips to Napa. The wooden barrels permeating the air and sending me to a place that puts me in a different world. The one I need to be in for this experience. Strong oak, though not overpowering. For an oaked beer, I don’t see how it could be any better; hence the 5. The flavor. Of course there is a serious influence from the oak here. But is also hits you with a slight tang that gets your tastebuds to really pay attention. The oak does not last a long time, but while it is there it is making itself known. Strong apple presence as well. Borders on cider-esqe. I am revising my review and giving the taste a 5. Feel is slightly carbonated, but not thick at all. Very drinkable as far as being such a unique and interesting brew. But it’s not a session beer. Too distinct, too pungent, and way too elegant to be slamming these all night, though I would love to have this one another time. Awesome. I am ecstatic to be able to try this one, but pissed that I have no (local) way to get more in New Mexico. Seek and find. After tasting everything from the six pack, this one is by far the best. In a class of it’s own.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2009
11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Back label stamped "39681." Appearance: Poured into my Maudite tulip. A hazy light amber hay color. Slight, quickly receding white head. Nose: Apricots, peaches, kumquats, lime, sour dough, slight minerality. Also, smells like a million bucks! Palate: Sour! Holy sour, batman! Wow, ok...medium-bodied, light to no carbonation really. Lots of sour peach, sour apricot, kumquats again, with some oxidized nuttiness in the background. There’s this toasted hazelnut/caramelized sugar underpinning beneath all this sour citrus fruit. There’s enough sweetness to keep the acid from getting out of hand, and the oaking keeps the sourness in check by drying it out a litte. Notes: Talk about a complex beer! Wow, totally blow away by this one. I love the interplay between the nutty/oxidized sub-notes and the full-on sour apricot body. Highly recommend for fans of sour beers.


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