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Petrus Aged Pale (337 of 1001)

Rating: 4.0

Aged for at least 24 months in oak barrels, this beer is known as the ‘mother beer’ by the brewery and is often used to blend with other Petrus beers but luckily it’s sold on its own too. Named by legendary ‘beer hunter’ Michael Jackson in the late 1990’s when it was introduced, this beer is one that finds itself among countless other Belgian offerings to feature in the 1001 Beers To Try Before You Die book, which also happens to be why I’ve been hunting for a bottle too. A reference for sour beers in the United States, this one has won several gold medals at various competitions over the years and is one I can’t wait to try. My 337th beer from the 1001 list, this will also be my milestone fiftieth Belgian beer from the list as well and is another that I tried over the Christmas holidays recently after picking up a bottle from a Glasgow bottle shop a couple of weeks before that. First bottled in 2001 at the request of the previously mentioned Michael Jackson, after he’d tried it straight from the barrel a few years before and want to offer it to his beer clubs in the United States. As a result, the beer is now available in Belgium and exported worldwide as the brewery’s flagship offering.

petrus-aged-pale

Appearance (5/5): Quite a clear bodied beer, this one was a light golden colour with hints of amber and quite a lot of fine bubbles rising to the surface too. The beer looks pretty lively with a foamy white head sitting on top that was just over a centimetre tall and managed to leave some nice lacing on the sides of the glass too. There wasn’t much reduction in the size of the head over the opening few minutes which was nice, it actually turned slightly creamy after a while and looked excellent.
Aroma (8/10): Quite a sour opening with a lot of funky notes coming through initially, there was some lighter fruits accompanying them though; most notable was the apples and grapes but some cloves, lemons and oranges also featured. Towards the middle a few hints of coriander and some Belgian yeast started to come through and give the beer quite a fresh nose with some zesty touches too before the pale malts, earthy notes and touches of biscuit brought things to a close with some spice right at the death as well.
Taste (7/10): Definitely a sour tasting beer, there was an instant hit of funk with the first sip and some tart flavours were not far behind either. There’s a combination of lemon and orange in the early going that matched the nose and featured some of the grapes and apples too. Some acidity came through from the early going as well, much like I’d expected going in with some pale malts nearer the middle. The biscuit from the nose is accompanied by some bread malts and features a little earlier here than it did with the nose before a touch of sweetness started to come through nearer the end. There was perhaps a touch more alcohol showing towards the end than I’d have liked but this one was still a good tasting beer, especially for the style.
Palate (4/5): Fresh and quite a lively offering with plenty of carbonation showing as you’d expect for this style of beer. There was quite a crisp, sharp feel to the beer with a dry feel throughout thanks to the tart and funky flavours. It’s a zesty offering that makes it difficult to drink at times but it was a pleasant beer to sip away at and still proved enjoyable.

Overall (14/20): Quite a strong, funky offering that came through with a lot of tart and Belgian yeast to give the beer a zesty, lively feel that was also quite dry. Initially quite a pungent opening, thankfully the beer settled down and mellowed out a little as it was given time to open up and breathe. There was some nice fruits coming through at times, the apple and citrus flavours being particularly enjoyable but there was definitely more alcohol showing nearer the end than I’d have liked from this one. Overall it was quite a pleasant beer that started well but faded ever so slightly nearer the end; it’s still one well worth trying though.

Brewed In: Harelbeke, West Flanders, Belgium
Brewery: De Brabandere
First Brewed: circa. late 1990’s
Type: Belgian Pale Ale / Sour Ale
Abv: 7.3%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £4.00

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