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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2007
Pours a cloudy golden with a bit of a tan hue to it, and a small bubbly head. Aroma is sour but doesn’t recall cherries like some other sours I’ve had. This one has more wood, sweat, hay and grass to it. Interesting aroma, but is it good? Tart flavor recalls biting into a lemon wedge, but without the citrus taste. There’s a fair amount of wood and vinager to the flavor, and this is a little drier than Duchesse. I still think Duchesse was a better beer. This one has a very interesting aroma, but the flavor doesn’t back it up. Vinager and wood alone don’t wow me, and the texture was slightly thin. I’m still glad I had this. Thanks to Walt for his Aged Pale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jerre (2969) - Waregem, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Taste this last friday. Golden color, white head. Lambic-gueuze yeasty like aroma. Medium bodied, good balance sour and fruity, malts. One of the best brews from this brewery.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 1, 2007
Golden with a weak head. The aroma is sourish just like the flavour that has notes of fruit and wood. It’s a nice flemish sour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3490) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 29, 2007
11.3 ounce bottle from a mixed 6 pack (on sale) that was purchased at BevMo in Stockton, CA. Aroma is rather sour, metallic, lactic, and definitely a bit funky. Actually, this is quite quaffable for being a Flemish Sour. Mildly hazy orangey boddy with a slight ruddy tint and a nice, frothy white head and some kick ass lacing. Well, this is quite tart, and a little more citric than lactic to start. There is a nice malty creaminess present in the middle, which balances the sour astringency of the start. Finishes more fruity, lactic, and sour. A bit dry. This is balanced nicely and walks the fine line of not being too sour. Nice.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Palidor19 (3075) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2007
A lactic sour beer. The taste of malts is a harsh lemon flavor. a fizzy mouth feel. its more sour than Petrus old ale but not as sour as some other ones that I have tried.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAR 24, 2007
33 cl bottle, ’bbe’ April 08. Brass coloured, totally transparent. Scarce sparkle, the head is history in no time. Sharp lactic acid aroma with background of lightly fermented (home made) fruit jam. Dry, sour, fruity - apples? - quite wine-like. Light spicy finish, somewhat chalky mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2504) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2007
Golden amber in colour, medium sized quickly dissipating off-white head, spotty lacing. The aroma is sour, citrusy (lemons and oranges), musty, yeasty, sugary. Kind of reminded me of a faro. The flavour is dry and tart, good moderate sourness, yeasty, slightly acidic, apples, earthy, dark fruits. Dry mouthfeel, medium/light body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes dry, sweet and lingering for some time. This is quite good, sort of a Flemish/Lambic hybrid.

330ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>Larry Pitonka, thanks Andre.
Vintage 2003.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
waolsen (1370) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2007
bottle. golden with nice clarity and thin white head. tart cherry aroma. tart, fizzy, cherry, apple and spice. nice sour.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (5657) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Bottle. At first I had no idea what to think of this beer. Sour, and very bitter. But after a while, the beer was a very interesting mix that I was not faimiar with. Very acidic.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2007
Bottle. Clear light amber color with a small fizzy fair lacing white head. Aroma is grapefruit !, vinegar, vintage, oak. Initial flavor is moderate sweet , acetic, finish flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter, acetic, with a average duration. Body is ligth to medium, texture is oily, dry, alcoholic.


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