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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1437   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Golden color with a thick, fluffy white head. Yeasty Belgian nose, very fruity. Flavor is tart and similar to a Flanders Red. Very crisp. Lots of bittersweet fruit character. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5497) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Pours bright gold into a snifter. Bright white head leaves sheet lacing as it recedes to skim surface. Sour citrus aromas. Full sour fruit. Puckering yet crisp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2008
Bottle, Belgian Belly, Chorlton. Poured a clear true golden colour with a medium white head. Aroma was intensely woody mixed with sour green apple. Flavour had obvious evidence of the oak barrel aging. Wasn’t overtly sour and struck a good balance between the woodiness and the fruit. Definite cider parallels. Finish was sour if a little short.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2008
A real treat. Pours a fizzy golden color with a large white head that sticks around to the last sip. The flavor reveals a light tart aroma with a bit of fresh green apple and straw. The flavor is a bit bigger than the aroma with noticeable oak elements along with a subtle sourness and fruity finish. Very fizzy mouthfeel. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 6, 2008
A clear yellow/golden colored beer, with a huge white foamy head. The aroma reminds me at a geueze. It’s sour, woody, fruity fresh of citrus, with some malts. At the taste you recognized the time it’s conserved in wooden barrels. It’s a fruity fresh beer, with notes of bread in teh back. Very drinkable and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Bottle. Pours nearly clear gold with a lacy white head. Aroma of sour vanilla and earth. Medium-light body and carbonation. Taste of white grapes and brett with a little edge of white vinegar. Crisp and refreshing finish. This is nice!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Not my thing, that’s for sure. Rating this based on what I think it would rate against other’s of it’s kind. Tastes like a fruitless lambic. Which I guess is about right. I thought this would be a woody, earthy beer. But instead it is a vinegary thin form of guerze, etc... Whereas geurze tastes earthy and interesting, this one is just too sour. Could be a bad bubbly white wine...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2008
This beer pours a golden yellow with a thin white head. The aroma is malty sour, the flavor is the same although not overly sour. Not really a fan of the sours but this one was pretty decent. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (8009) - ITALY - JUL 29, 2008
biondo inteso schiuma non molta abbastanza persistente note acide legno un leggero fruttato in bocca buona acidità tannini legno

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 A fairly decent sour ale. Light yellow colored with little head. Traditional brett aroma. Flavor was sour at first but then was overcome by a mellow sweetness. Very balanced, mellow. Really easy to drink. I found that this is something I could drink all the time.

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