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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1513   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
Aged? Many beers have a long maturation, but this one has only 24-36 months in oak barrels. Pale? This beer has an old gold to bronze color, rather than the burgundy more common in the breweries of West Flanders. This is the mother beer, used in various quantities to blend with the other Petrus beers, and to give them their unique and very distinctive taste. This mother beer is rather sour with a bite like the best Brut Champagnes. A connoisseurs delight! The only one of its kind on the U.S. market.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oobawa (1101) - Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2011
There are better sours out there, sure, but its hard to find a better value on a sour ale than Petrus. Always inexpensive, always worth whatever coin you did shell out, this golden, tart wonder provides all the necessities in a quality wild beer, plus a good bit of oaken cheer as well. Granted, on tap Petrus Aged Pale is an altogether different animal, raging and acidic and close to inducing pucker fatalities. Bottled is tamer, but still lovely. Could look a little better, I guess. Kinda close in appearance to many a lesser lager-- yet this outward frumpiness could be a plus, since it in no way prepares you for the deliciousness to come. As soon as you smell it, though, no questions. Then the sip, the lemony, tart cherry, the moderately easygoing middle, the fade of oak and sour lemon Warheads, shit, this beer is tasty. Great sour fix for a great price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2011
bottle. Pours a clear golden with a white head. Nose is of sour lemon and sour apple. Taste is of sour apple and some lemon. Mouthfeel is dry with fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2011
Bottle. A nice medium sized pillow of white foam sits on top of a clear, golden straw colored beer. Little bubbles can be seen rising to the surface. Really nice looking. Tart aroma with what seems like green apples. Taste is mildly sour. I was honestly expecting this to be a bit more tart because of the aroma. Something is missing around mid palate for me. Lighter body with pretty nice carbonation. For $2 this is a great beer, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
maley1 (1233) - Calgary, CANADA - APR 9, 2011
My first venture trying this style. Smell of vinegar and green apple. Taste was very tart and sour. Not enjoyable at all but I can still recognize a quality offering. Either you like it or you dont.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2011 Bottle. Deep golden pour, some white head. Aromas of vinegar and grape skin, small amount of oak. Flavor is quite tart and dry with hints of the oak aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (6105) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2011
750ml corked and caged bottle. Relatively low carbonation pop when uncorked, the mouthfeel has subtled a little as well. Quite sour, lemon lime tones. Clean and almost watery malt backbone, with a mouth puckering tart sourness. Would be even nicer had the carbonation been more champagne-like. Still one of my favorite Petrus beers for sure. Excellent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kwoody (1) - - MAR 28, 2011 does not count
This is one of the best sour browns Ive had. It has a lighter color but still has the hint of cherry and it really surprised me! Awesome!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (3641) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2011
En ljus och vldigt vins ale. Massor av ppelcidervinger och lite ek och humle som drar ihop smakerna och balanserar stman. Som en ljus variant av Rodenbach.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanEric (1211) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2011
Dark blond, small head, aroma has hops, grain, straw. taste is just more sour, a bit like a gueuze. Surprising, light dry and a bit bitter. Nice thirstquencher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10584) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2011
On tap in Des Moines. Slightly hazy yellow appearance. Big sour, slightly fruity nose. Tart, sour, red fruity taste. Tart finish.

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