Beer of the week: Petrus Aged Pale

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 20, 2011 7:20 AM

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Belgium is known for its sour beers — and the Petrus Aged Pale, made by Brouwerij Bavik brewery, is no exception.

"In most beers, this sour flavor would be considered a flaw," said Joe Hotek of John's Grocery, 401 E. Market St. "But they have perfected it here."

The flavor erupts with the tartness of citrus and oak tannins. Each sip creates a sensation similar to biting into a lemon, with bursts of citrus and then a pucker to finish.

After being infected with controlled amounts of bacteria, the dry-hopped citrus beer is aged in oak barrels for 20 to 30 months.

The Petrus Aged Pale pairs nicely with seafood, such as grilled salmon cooked with rosemary, olive oil, and fresh lemon juice alongside risotto.

If the words "sour" combined with beer turns you off, do not be afraid. Hotek ensured that the Petrus Aged Pale is approachable and is his go-to starter beer for those who are new to sour beers.

— by Carly Hurwitz

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