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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1461   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 15, 2002
Big head cloudy golden colour. Floar nose, fruity tatse almost tropical. unusal beer almost like a Lambic lager. Thaks to Gusler drinking this has set new standard.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JorisPPattyn (9674) - Ursel, 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 Romane-Conti unavailable in France!

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 (1026) - 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 (1219) - 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 (1288) - 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 (782) - 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 (18) - - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2071) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 4, 2015
Great full-flavoured beer. The feeling in the mouth goes on for ever. The nose has fruity notes.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChadPolenz (1749) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 28C Wild Specialty Beer (base style: 25A Belgian Blond Ale)

AROMA: Classic sour aroma; green and white fruits; some Brett tartness. Slight earthy character from foeders. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Golden yellow; high clarity. Slow steady CO2. Small, white foam with good lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Moderate sourness immediately, followed by green apple; white grape. Slight pineapple on the finish. Fairly strong tartness at the end. Dry, champagne-like finish. Sourness increased with each swig which improves the palette. /20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body with fairly low CO2, though crisp from the tartness. Very smooth; no alcohol presence. Refreshing with a clean aftertaste 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A delicious sour/tart ale with a simple palette that shows how well a sour can be without bells and whistles. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 46/50

DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.


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