Brewed by Bavik-De Brabandere
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Harelbeke, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 1344   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
Aged? Many beers have a long maturation, but this one has only 24-36 months in oak barrels. Pale? This beer has an old gold to bronze color, rather than the burgundy more common in the breweries of West Flanders. This is the ‘mother beer,’ used in various quantities to blend with the other Petrus beers, and to give them their unique and very distinctive taste. This mother beer is rather sour with a bite like the best Brut Champagnes. A connoisseur’s delight! The only one of its kind on the U.S. market.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle known to be at least two years old, though exact age is uncertain. Clear golden with slight copper hints. Some white head, falling. Spicy oaky and acetic aroma, some sweat, some horse. Relatively clean flavor, somewhat sweet, slight tartness, slight acidity. Almost watery and quickly fading taste and palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2008
11.2 fl oz picked up at Discount Liquors for a good price of 3.50, and although it sat in my cold car for a long time the quality did not seem to fade. Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Sour nose. Wood, hay, horse blanket, a little sour cherries and lemons. Flavor is about the same. Oak, lemons, grapes, orange, hay, wood, hay and earthy. Flavors are a touch watery but balanced well with a dry and slightly acidic finish. Very satisfying when in the mood for a slightly sour and funky beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NosirIwont (2161) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2008
Bottle. Pours yellow/golden with a small white head. Sour aroma. Horse blanket. Flavour is sour with hops in the background. Bitter finish. 24-01-08.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MuertosPorter (24) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Golden pour with a creamy white head. Aromas of sour milk and yeast. Active carbonation on the palate. Flavors of unripe apples, sour orange, slight amount of vinegar. A bit straightforward, but very enjoyable. Excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1260) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2008
Dark golden body, beautiful white head; Quite deep almost cheap chardonnay like nose with tons of oak; Very sour but very simple, lots of lemon fruity acid; Medium long finish with lots of lemon fruity freshness, quite acidy, lots of oak aroma white wine barrel. Alright.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (36243) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2008
ZBF2008: From bottle. Pours clear and pale yellow with a lacing white head. Light acidic to citric aroma. Flavour is dry almost woody, acidic to light orange and citric fruity. Ends dry and light acidic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
HermanW (1053) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2008
Eerst even gekeken wat voor soort bier dit was en dan kun je de verrassing toch beter waarderen. Zurig ik moest toch denken aan de krieken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2008
ZBF 2008: Light yellow with a decent white head. Aroma of lactic tartness, wood, and starfruit. Some sugar. Grapefruit and some vinous character. Flavor is tart with wheat and some acid. Green apple, starfruit, and other tart summer fruits. Somewhat simple flavor profile but quite solid. Slight metallic on the back end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (14519) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2008
Bottle, 7.3%. Acidic aroma, lactic. Clear golden colour, nice stable white head. The flavour is also acidic, distinctly, but not overwhelming. Has a good, satiating acidity. Actually quite good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (11529) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 20, 2008
330ml bottle (alko - via mirjukka - thanks!)
Clear amber with a healthy tight pale head. Light fruit sweetness and sourness. Soft and sour on the tongue. Bursting with refreshing light malty tastes before you even swallow, and a very pleasant sourness that zings on the tongue, and builds up to be the major flavour after swallowing. The light malt character is very mellow, but I can’t actually pinpoint the oak in the aging that this is usually a sign of. The finish is in part quite dry, but not drying, and otherwise more of the mellow light malts. And no hint of 7.3% - fantastic - I’d session this without a second thought! A few acidic esters stop this from really excelling, but it is a very tasty beer on the whole.

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