Brouwerij De Brabandere Petrus Rood Bruin – Sour Red/Brown at 5.5% ABV | 17 IBU

Brouwerij De Brabandere Petrus Rood Bruin Sour Red/Brown at 5.5% ABV | 17 IBU (C$3.39 at NLC Howley Estates, 330 ml, best before 30-May-2019, acquired 8-Nov-2017, reviewed 27-Dec-2017)

Appearance: clear deep amber with one fat finger of fluffy tan head diminishing gradually to a thin creamy cap, moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: sour cherries, candi sugar, red berries, woody, vinegar. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter, moderate tart. (7/10) Palate: medium body, lively to moderate carbonation, dry tart finish. (4/5)

I last reviewed this three or four vintages ago, when it was still called Oud Bruin, and the only real change I’ve noted is the head appears much creamier, retaining better and generating more lacing. I’m wondering if it’s because the last one had been longer in the bottle, but the flavours don’t appear significantly different in any case: it remains a mellow sour, balanced and even-handed. Berries, wood and vinegar present in the aroma, and follow through on the tongue. A mild sour for those who aren’t sure they like sours, perhaps. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze

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