Petrus Aged Pale

Additional notes 06/22/24

A LOT of time (and beer) has passed since the notes below. To give context this used to be pretty much universally categorized as a Belgian Pale Ale which of course was never a true representation of what was in the bottle.

It’s a pretty beer no doubt in terms of the golden, hazed body and the head that is better than those original notes would suggest. Some lace too.

The nose is balsamic vinegar based. Like ALL beers of this type it mellows with temperature and by drinking down the bottle as the tastebuds adjust. Increased temperature really makes a huge difference here. The beer becomes increasingly fruity with lots of apples and cider-like notes and it smooths out beautifully. it also gets significantly sweeter.


Original notes 06/11/06

Original Scores 3.0, 3.5, 2.0, 2.0, 1.5 TOTAL 2.25

Well, for all intents and purposes this is a sour beer (Flanders red – without the red – or something similar) and to call it a Belgian Strong Pale is very misleading, even to an experienced drinker.

High, fizzy carbonation on the pour, but the head is gone as quick as a soda. Golden body. Smell is all funky, cider notes with some earthy notes too.

Taste is sour, with an emphasis on vinegar. Not my cup of tea, and to be honest I am a bit miffed at this being labeled the way it is – this is a Belgian sour, not what you would expect from a strong pale at all.

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06/11/2006
Style:
Wild Ale
Format:
bottle
ABV: 7.3 %
Appearance: 4.0
Taste: 4.0
Mouthfeel: 3.0
Smell: 3.0
Overall: 3.5
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