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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1299   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (3752) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Bottle at home. Huge head. Very sour indeed. Very citrusy and seriously tart. Not sure why this only available in US. They sell it in normal liquor stores here in Amsterdam. Flippant, bubblegum finish. Questionable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexanderj (3398) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Huge head; light orange-yellow color; a little bit hazy, but not much. Aroma was sour apples and yeast. Not a big fan of the style, but this is probably one i would enjoy the most. Flavor was sour apple, but not hugely sour which made it more drinkable. Didn’t pick up much on any oak. About average for me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimhilt (2456) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Pours a three finger white head that fades to a ring leaving a good lace. Pale, cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Sour apple nose. Flavor is sour apples from start to finish, hops and malts stay hidden. True to Flemish sour ale style, drinkable but not my favorite. $4.90 for a 330ml bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomthompson89 (1926) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2006
lovely beer, reminds me of a slightly sweet Cantalion. very well balanced, nice tartness, some fruitiness, very refreshing. good summer beer

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grease (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Not as intensely sour as Rodenbach Grand Cru, nor as malty. Still, nice tart-sour character representative of the style. Interesting complexity from oak. Hints of hop esters in the background.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4573) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2006
This was an enjoyable one. Pours pale orange with a frothy white head. The aroma has a lot of things going on - spicy, peppery, woody, melons, lemon, barnyard, wild yeast, spicy hops and more. Medium body that is very crisp with some mild sharp carbonation. The taste has the myriad of flavors from the aroma, but it is quite a bit smoother than I expected, yet it has a crisp sharp finish. The finish has lots of sharp spiciness. Excellent flemish sour that is very dry, yet fully refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2006
Bottled. Golden coloured with a small head. Fruity with notes of vinegar, balsamico, berries and maybe a weak hint of apples. Pretty well balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8495) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2006
Very slight murkiness in a golden soft yellow body, possibly from chill haze, though I’m sure there’s some yeast that was poured. Teeming with scents of honey, vinegar, light acetone (not in a bad way), sweet apples and a bit of a garlic-vinegar brine. The sweet scents are most present, with red apples and honey the most dominant smells. Bright, vibrant, spritzy on the tongue, very active and bubbly. Doesn’t taste like much up front, but on the middle and back, with a cola-like bubbliness, there’s some light apples, light honey, some dough and some pine. Finishes a little empty, minerally as well. Not one of the best FSA’s I’ve had, but still delicious. Reminds me of champagne. The levity on the back is killer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (2968) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 Re rate 7/18 What a difference a few months make! Great flavorful Flemish.Aroma of sour fruits and vinegar. Pour was a cloudy orange with no head. Taste was a beautiful mix of sour cherries, oak and some vanilla. Nice and mouth puckering. The oak agedness in this beer is not overpowering and doesn’t define it. It adds character. Outstanding! ___________________________ rating: Aroma-5 Appearance-3 Flavor-6 Palate-3 Overall-10 Total:2.7 First (and probably last) flemish sour ale I’ve tasted. While it is not unbearable, this is just too sour. It poured a hazy golden color with a huge white-ish head that stays on the glass the whole way through. The taste is of sour fruits and vinegar which as I drink I like more and more. If Sour Patch Kids made a beer this would be it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5497) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Bottle. Hazy amber with a small foamy white head and sticky, delicate lacing on the glass. Aroma is sour fruits, light wood, soft vinegar, and light sweet maltiness. Overall it’s pretty much sweet-sour fruits in wood. Taste is more tart fruit notes, light damp wood, and soft vinegar. Bit of earthiness in there as well. Body is bubbly and sharp with a light-medium feel. Finishes with more sour fruits, wet wood, light vinegar and some earth notes. Not bad!


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