The Petrus Aged Pale Ale from Brouwerij Bavik in Bavikhove, Belgium pours out a very clear gold in color topped with a one finger, snow white, foamy head that reduces down pretty quickly. On the nose this smells quite vinous. Almost like a buttery, oaked, California chardonnay. Green apple, tart citrus and sour cherry aromas. Tart right off the bat in the mouth and stays tart. More sour apple and pear than sour cherry with a mild woodiness and a little lemon-lime. Light bodied. Fine carbonation. Little lacing on the glass. Crisp, clean mouthfeel. The tartness on the finish does not seem to want to end.
A wonderful beer that has a lovely tartness that really refreshes. Knowing this has aged for twenty plus months in oak barrels I thought it might be a bit of a woody monster but flavor from the wood is quite restrained. Highly recommended.
11.2 ounce bottle, 7.3% ABV
Beer 119 of 366 for 2012