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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: 1322   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 Ďmother beer,í 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 connoisseurís delight! The only one of its kind on the U.S. market.


2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Crit (3561) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2006
Hazy gold,small fast fading white head.Tart antiseptic vinegary nose. Taste is more of the same. Undercarbonated.. A very poor effort.No where near the quality of Oud Bruin

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2006
33cl - Aroma is sour green grapes, oak, white vinegar, red wine, and yeast. Pours very light cloudy yellow with a small head and decent lacing. Flavor is a dirtier version of the aroma. Palate is tart and mouth puckering sour. Very nice sour, but you better like it sour.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (2956) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. pours golden with a white head. Aroma of oak, fruit, and yeast. The flavor is overly sour, fruit, and yeast. Drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12455) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Sour fruit - cherries and apples? - for aroma. A bit of yeast. Hazy golden color with a fine white head. Starts with apple, passes to generic sour, then to an oaky yeasty finish. Something like a sour gueze (some arenít). Extremely dry, even astringent. Definitely puckers the mouth. Apple is ever present.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2006
Bottle (GBBF 2006): Clear light gold. Sour cherries and berries in the nose. A touch of hot alcohol. Quite acidic, but very tasty.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyit (3602) - Vadum, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2006
Nice white head, golden and oakwoodsour? Sour as my shoes after a lond day, didnít knew i could taste that good. Fresh and wonderful in my mouth.taste of gooseberry

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9548) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2006
cloudy grapefruit colour with noticeable white crown, generous lace left in glass. Sour flemish aroma, sour apple, somewhat like a wild ale. Numbing sour mouthfeel,with significant carbonation, refreshing. Not for a newbie. Sour apple cider in taste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 A Mes rate: 33cl bottle from the wonderful Belgian Belly. Wow. What a glorious beer this is. Straight away the nose tells you this is going to be good. A great farmyardy and earthy aroma with plenty of sour fruits and just a faint lick of sugar and cinnamon. Appearance is nothing to get excited about but the strange orangey hue gives hints that this is going to be something unusual, and unusual it is. Actually itís better than that, a wonderful golden colour of the likes you rarely see and great great looking lace. It drinks like a soft, smooth lambic. You get that fatastic lambic like tarty zing around the mouth and the slight sourish burn on the tongue. A champagne yeast like character that is wonderfully dry and refreshing. Finish is also akin to champagne. Palate is simply excellent. A near perfect mouthfeel with just the right amount of carb. I keep upping the numbers and I canít help it. I really was not expecting this. Itís like a fine cider, mixed with a top grade golden ale, mixed with a special lambic and capped off with an aged character that makes this a very very good beer indeed. Balance is superb, as is the finish. Wow, wow, wow. I need more of this. Thanks for the recommendation Jason.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2006
This was only my second Flemish sour, and I was not nearly as impressed with this as my first--Verhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne. Poured to a golden pale vcolor wityh medium fluffy, head, decent lacing and lots of carbonation. But whereas the Duchesse was a nice mix of sour early, and sweet later on, this was strictly sour, from start to finish. Aroma of sour green apples and vinegar, carried over into the taste and finally the finish. I actually like Flemish Sours, but this one is not my favorite.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - AUG 27, 2006
Hazy gold pour, Great woody, tart flavor, abit of earthyness on the aftertaste. Lots of citrus and wood, heavy wood(Oak) flavor. Great!


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