Petrus Aged Pale, known as the ‘Mother beer’, Petrus Oud Bruin and Petrus Aged Red are the only Belgian sours to use blonde beer as a base and will be available exclusively through James Clay, the independent importer of specialist beers.
Thirty-three centilitre bottles and 30-litre kegs can be ordered through Boutique Bar Brands, the London’s-based premium drinks’ management agency, who are handling the De Brabandere account.
Petrus Aged Pale is a 100% foeder beer, aged over 24 months in 220 HL oak foeders (wooden barrels), and forms the base of the Flemish red brown Petrus Oud Bruin and the sweet and sour Petrus Aged Red. As a result, the three beers can be mixed to create original flavours.
The De Brabanderes are challenging beer lovers to play brewmaster by mixing the bitter sours to find their own favourite blend. The Petrus Sour Power Pack contains three 33cl Petrus Aged Pale, one 33cl Petrus Oud Bruin, one 33cl Petrus Aged Red and one 33cl Petrus 50/50 (7.9% ABV), the brewmaster’s own favourite blend of 50% Petrus Aged Pale and 50% Petrus Aged Red. It is priced at £11.69.
Albert De Brabandere, retail manager and son of brewery owner Ignace, said: “For five generations, Brewery De Brabandere has never compromised on taste, quality or ingredients, and the Petrus Sour Beers are no exception. We are excited to be working with Boutique Bar Brands to bring Petrus Sours back to the home of beer hunter Michael Jackson, who encouraged us to take the Petrus Aged Pale from foeder to bottle. Their distinctive flavour has garnered a strong international following and we’re looking forward to hearing about the unique blends created by British beer lovers.”