Petrus

PETRUS

Year-Round/Seasonal:

AGED RED: 85 Points

Big cherry notes

Big cherry notes

This Oud Bruin/Belgian Sour is available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Petrus Aged Red is constructed from a base of Double Brown Ale. 15% Petrus Aged Pale is added to provide a dry character to the brew and give it a slight sour essence. Finally the brewer adds fresh cherries, which are evident in the rich thick head. Petrus Aged Red is a perfect blend of sweet and sour with a cherry undertone which makes this brew remarkably drinkable at 8.5% ABV.”

My Description: I agree with the brewer’s description that this beer is highly drinkable and the alcohol is almost completely hidden, in fact it is hard to believe that it is 8.5%. It begins with a decent sized, beige colored head that fades to a film that holds the whole way leaving behind some lacing. The aroma is pleasant with a syrupy presence and notes of cherries, brown malt, and a hint of caramel malt. Aged Red is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is dominated by cherry notes that provide a touch of tartness, but nothing extreme. There is also a solid malt backbone providing some caramel notes and really pushing this beer into the sweeter realm. Hints of Belgian yeast add some fruit notes and the aftertaste shows very little bitterness. Overall, this an easy drinking beer with good flavor notes. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with chocolate desserts, baked duck with raspberry sauce, or stuffing.

ABV: 8.5%  Color: Brown/Red highlights  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

BLOND ALE: 86 Points

Creamy and Crisp

Creamy and Crisp

This Blonde Ale is available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Petrus Blond Ale is a top-fermented beer. Brewed with pure spring water and carefully selected malts and hops. This blond beer is soft and full of flavour and preferably served cool.”

My Description: This ale is clean, crisp, with a slightly creamy texture. There is a lot of sediment in this bottle, which could be a turn off for some but not for me. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind an excellent amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with notes of pale malts, honey, subtle hop notes, yeast, and light fruits. Blond Ale is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is enjoyable with notes of pale malts, bread, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and hints of honey. The aftertaste is minimally bitter but the sweetness is what is most detected. Overall, this is a fine everyday beer with good flavor notes and a satisfying aroma. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with mushroom burgers, sautéed shrimp, or cheesecake.

ABV: 6.6%  Color: Hazy Gold/Orange  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

DUBBEL BRUIN: 90 Points

Clean flavor notes

Clean flavor notes

This Belgian Dubbel is available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Petrus Double Brown Ale is a top-fermented dark beer. Brewed with pure spring water and carefully selected hops and malts. The dark beer with its subtle and slightly caramelized flavour is preferably served cool.”

My Description: This is not the boldest Dubbel but it is flavorful and enjoyable. It begins with a decent, beige colored head that fades to a thin film leaving behind some lacing. The aroma is pleasant with notes of plums, raisins, caramel malt, and ripe bananas. Dubbel Bruin is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is tasty and clean with a big malt backbone holding up notes of plums and other dark fruits, brown sugar, and bread. The aftertaste is minimally bitter with lingering sweet notes. The body is thinner than I would have liked but overall this is an easy drinking beer and a nice presentation of the style. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with chocolate truffles or a roasted duck with raspberry sauce.

ABV: 6.5%  Color: Muddy Brown/Mahogany  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

GOUDEN TRIPEL: 82 Points

Interesting take

Interesting take

This Belgian Tripel is available year-round in 11.2 oz bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A strong, abbey-style ale, clean and complex.”

My Description: It begins with a large, white colored head with an excellent retention level that leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant enough with notes of pale malts, belgian yeast, and faint light fruit notes. Gouden Tripel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is clean and more on the sweeter side. There are notes of pale malts, white grapes, faint spice notes, a touch of honey, and some floralness. The aftertaste shows very little, if any bitterness to balance this beer. Overall, this is fine beer but it tastes a bit off from the traditional style. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled salmon, baked ziti, or parmesan crusted chicken.

ABV: 7.5%  Color: Golden  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

OUD BRUIN: 89 Points

Slightly tart

Slightly tart

This Belgian Sour is available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Dark ruby red – red as wine. The style is also called the Burgundy of Flanders, and is a very typical and common beer in West Flanders. Created by a secret blend of the aged and sour ‘mother beer’ with fresh brewed sweeter beer, this beer produces a sour-sweet balance, set off by the underlying bitterness of the hops. A discovery! The best in its style! Light in alcohol, exciting complex flavors and tastes come to the forefront.
Although serving cold is recommended, taking time to drink it will release more aromas towards the end of your glass.”

My Description: This is an interesting style of beer and Petrus has provided their take on the style nicely. It begins with a weak, beige colored head that fades quick to a thin ring leaving behind very little lacing. The aroma is complex with lots of dark fruit notes including grapes and cherries along with notes of dark malt, oak, and a hint of sourness. Oud Bruin is light/medium bodied with a moderately high carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is nicely balanced with notes of dark fruits, cherries, hints of earthiness, with a caramel malt finish. There are tart notes and acidic notes but overall the sourness is subdued. This is an easy drinking beer with good flavors. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled sausage or raspberry tarts.

ABV: 5.5%  Color: Deep Brown  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

SPECIALE: 78 Points

What's special?

What’s special?

This Belgian Ale is available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Amber coloured top-fermented beer, brewed according to an old traditional recipe. A tasty beer, mellow in character that you can carry on drinkin.”

My Description: This is an easy drinking beer, however that is the only compliment worth noting. It begins with a decent, off-white colored head with a minimal retention level and it leaves behind little lacing. The aroma is malty with notes of green apples and a touch of sweetness. Speciale is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is rather bland with little depth and faint flavor notes, which makes me question why they would name this “speciale.” There are notes of apples, hints of malt, and a consistent sweet note. The aftertaste has very little bitterness but it is crisp. Overall, this is definitely not a beer that I would seek out again but it didn’t bother me too much drinking it. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with light desserts, a fruit tray, or grilled shrimp.

ABV: 5.5%  Color: Dark Gold/Amber  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10