Brouwerij De Brabandere Petrus Aged Red – Sour Brown Ale (Flanders Oud Bruin) at 8.5% ABV

Brouwerij De Brabandere Petrus Aged Red Sour Brown Ale (Flanders Oud Bruin) at 8.5% ABV (C$3.92 at NLC Stavanger, 330 ml, best before 6-Jun-2019, acquired 30-Sep-2017, reviewed 27-Oct-2017)

Appearance: clear deep red with a short light pink head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, patchy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: cherries, hint of oak, caramel. (6/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter, moderate tart. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium sweetish lightly warming finish. (3/5)

So, if I’m reading the label correctly, this is 85% their Dubbel that I just tried (and gave a 6/10) and 15% their Aged Pale that I tried a couple of years ago (and gave an 8/10). Not quite sure what volume the cherries comprise, but they utterly dominate the aroma and flavour (and appearance, I guess, since it’s a deep ruby red). Unfortunately, although they don’t necessarily come across as artificial, the combination of cherries, sweetness, and alcohol warming tends to suggest “cough syrup” to me. That being said, it’s better than the Dubbel, though not as good as the Aged Pale. (13/20)

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