Sour Belgian trio makes its UK debut

Jessica Mason

07 June 2016

Why wouldn't you offer a beer that creates conversation and debate? Love them or loathe them, sour beers continue to generate interest among craft beer fans. And an award-winning range just became available in the UK.

Petrus, three unique blonde-based, high-fermented, oak-aged ales from Belgian Brouwerij De Brabandere are now available through independent specialist beer importer James Clay, and 33cl bottles and 30l kegs can also be ordered through Boutique Bar Brands.

The range includes multiple-award-winning Petrus Aged Pale, a 100% foeder (a type of wooden barrel) blonde beer, at 7.3% abv. There's also Petrus Oud Bruin (5.5% abv) and Petrus Aged Red (8.5% abv). These are said to be the only Belgian sours to use blonde beer as a base.

Aged Pale is known as the Mother Beer, while Oud Bruin, a traditional Flemish red brown beer, has been aged in oak for two years, and is a blend of 33% Petrus Aged Pale and 67% young, brown beer. Petrus Aged Red isn't based on a spontaneously-fermented lambic beer like a traditional kriek, but is a dark fruit beer blend of 15% Petrus Aged Pale and 85% dubbel bruin with cherries matured for 24 months in oak.

Petrus Aged Pale, £48.93/24 x 33cl, £161.001/30l; Petrus Oud Bruin, £34.77/24 x 33cl, £129.821/30l; Petrus Aged Red, £52.05/24 x 33cl, £176.00/30l; James Clay, 01422 377 56; Boutique Bar Brands, 0207 717 5560

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