A Petrus Threesome

Ok, minds from the gutters folks. And no, this isn't a rendezvous with Château Pétrus, the incredible Right-Bank Bordeaux. Don't worry, my wine-loving friends...that day will come.

This is a look at 3 Petrus brews, by the Bavik Brewery of Belgium. Making a variety of beer, water, and even wine, Bavik produces 7 Petrus ales. Began in 1894, Bavik has undergone expansive growth, but remains a family-run business.

The Aged Pale is their most respected, with many reviewers, including Jason Alström of Beer Advocate giving it an A rating. So I wanted to taste a couple of varieties alongside:

BEER #75

Petrus Speciale Ale, 5.5% ABV: Light cherry, oak, caramel, and vanilla. After going back to after the others, also got aromas of cream puffs.

While the nose was slightly interesting, the palate was rather bland. I was hoping for a nice, refreshing starter to my day, but this one just fell short. Not much else to say on this beer. When "Eh" is your first knee-jerk response to a beer, it's not a good sign.

BEER #74

Petrus Oud Bruin, 5.5% ABV: Literally meaning "Old Brown", this particular Flanders beer is aged for 24 months in oak barrels. It is richly nutty in aroma, particularly walnut, meat, shell, pith, and all. Also tree bark, dark caramel, wet wood plank, and some mustiness.

Not much sour here, in the nose or palate. Just a bit on the entry. An interesting beer to understand the Oud Bruin style, but it makes me love Flanders Red all the more!

BEER #73

Petrus Aged Pale, 7.3% ABV: Definitely my favorite of the trio. Fresh cut flower stems & greenery (I grew up in a florist!), apple cider vinegar, oak, grapefruit and citrus fruits, light herbal honey.

Nice sour and oak notes on the palate. First tasted at the Pizza Port Belgian Beer Fest, this was an enjoyable revisit.

But my favorite beer of the day?

BEER #72

Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor (Blonde) 8% ABV: Mmm. I like this one. Apricot tart, pear, dried banana chips, fresh cut herbs, black pepper, grain. The entry resembles the sweetness of a Tripel, but then quickly converts to a nice, hoppy bitter finish. What a lovely juxtaposition! Seamless, yet pronounced. As it warms, the hop flavors emerge more. With the final swirl and pour of the yeast at the base, the flavors become a bit muted. I like the freshness of the original pour. Thank you to Sid at Best Damn Beer Shop for suggesting this one.

FYI: According to the label, 4 hops are used in this brew: Golding, Spalt, Hallertau and Saaz.

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CHEERS!

Posted on May 23, 2010 and filed under Uncategorized.