Brewery: De Brabandere
Beer: Petrus Aged Red
Style: Flanders Oud Bruin
Character: Brewed with cherries, aged in oak barrels
Ratings at time of Review: BA: 83 | RB: 69
Metal Connection: LITA FORD – Cherry Red
BeerMetalDude Rating: 4.75/5
I have had several beers by Belgian brewery, De Brabandere. Most of which received at least a 4/5 rating. These guys really impress me with their line-up, which consists of mostly sour-style beers, and traditional Belgian-style beers. Luckily these beers are available for me to purchase locally. Some of them, like this one here are available in 750ml bottles, but I have also had the privilege to purchase a variety pack of smaller 11.2oz bottles. Let’s dive right in and see what I thought about this beer, shall we?
Of course, like all my recent reviews, I do love to start off with describing and giving an opinion on the beer label. I guess that is the Metal-side coming out of me, as I love album artwork. I treat beer labels the same way. Petrus Aged Red has a large dark cherry red colored label, which features a cartoon-like wooden barrel with, what I believe to be, some yellow daylilies. Seriously though, what the fuck do I know about flowers. I had to google it, and those look the closest to the image. Ha ha! Correct me if I am wrong. The name Petrus is written in large letters draped across the artwork, as like most of their labels were. Some drawn cherries are hanging around the beer name. There is the phrase “The Key to Heaven” written on top of the label, but I can really do without this shit on there, but I guess I just have to accept it. Recently, De Brabandere changed the labels of their beers, including this one. Check out the new look here.
I poured this beer into a tulip glass. Petrus Aged Red appeared a bright ruby red, which was thick, and non-transparent. The beer was topped with a foamy head that was a little over 1 inch thick. The head was a light khaki color with a reddish tint that lsted throughout the session, leaving an excellent sheet of lacing down the glass.
Right upfront in the aroma was mostly all cherry juice. Smelled like fruit punch or even a sweet red wine. Fresh cherries covered in sugar, and oak wood round off the aroma. Overall aroma was sweet and a bit sour.
The taste was sweet and tart, as well, just like the nose. Up front and throughout each drink I took, this one was all cherry juice, fruit punch, sweetener sugar, red wine, and oak wood. The aftertaste was all cherry juice. A pretty simple, yet very flavorful beer.
The body was light-medium with an oily, slick mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. The finish had a mouth coating feeling, but was also dry, which worked perfectly with the sweet, and tart cherry and red wine flavors.
Overall, this was a pretty simple beer with not a lot of complexity, yet very flavorful with the characters that were represented here. I loved the sweetness of this beer, as it was a perfect compliment to the light tartness that this one had. For those people you know afraid of beer, cause they don’t like “the taste of beer,” this one is a perfect beer for them, since it tastes nothing like cheap, store bought beer that they are used to. This one can also act as a gateway into the world of sour beers, since the tartness is very light in this beer.
Metal Connection: As I mostly go completely Metal here, there are times I go a bit outside the Metal genres for the connections here on this site. I found the perfect song to pair with this beer by going into the ol’ 80’s Rock n’ Roll genre. I know there are some of you that don’t know shit about music, so let me introduce you to Lita Ford. In the late 1970’s, as a teenager Lita Ford was part of the legendary all-female Rock band, The Runaways, which also featured Joan Jett, who had an outstanding solo career, just like Lita Ford. OK, introduction over. Lita Ford released her 4th studio full length album, Stiletto in 1990. This is the album where our our song, “Cherry Red” comes from. Obviously the name of this song is perfect as a connection to this beer. Growing up in the 80’s, I was a fan of Lita, and heard a lot of her tracks. This song stuck out to me due to it’s 99.9% mirrored sound to Def Leppard’s 1987 hit, “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” The chorus is the main thing different, along with the lyrics, but the open drums/vocals approach, the guitar riff, and even the vocal pattern is a complete rip-off or hopefully tribute to the English rockers.