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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1403   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2007 bottle from Oak Tree. Lightly hazy golden in color. Aroma is alot of sour cherry, lacto- like, with light notes of caramel and alcohol in the background. Taste is alot of sour/tart cherries (brett), with a good deal of oak, caramel and light notes of vanilla. Consistently sour throughout. Very nice flemish sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Clear pale golden amber body with a large frothy white head. Sour fruity caramel aroma. Sweet oaked flavor with a sour background. Definitely quite drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 13, 2007
330 mL bottle. Clear golden amber with fizzy white head. Sour fruity aroma. Tangy palate. Semi-sweet taste of citrus sourness with oak notes and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Shared bottle with fordest at O’briens. This trip turned out to be about the sours. Very nice sour smell and flavors of sour cherries and maybe some wine like qualities. This is becomming one of my favorite styles.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mnurda (1234) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 14, 2007
At the Fat Belgian in Toronto. Not my style of beer, but tasted fine. Bit strong for my liking. Can see how it is rated so highly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5233) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2007
11.2 oz bottle shared with willblake at willblakes. Poured an ever so slightly hazy orangey/gold with a small white head. Aroma was sour, funky with some notes of wood and fruit. Flavor was only mildly sour with notes of fruit and a tiny bit of wood. Nice beer and was not a sour funk monster like some of the lambics I had drank earlier in the day at Beast of A Yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BigBeer45 (1395) - Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 11.2 oz. Bottle – 5.8% alc. on the label: pours a honey gold with a faint haze, white bubbles that thin out, effervescent, fruit and floral aromas, with dry pungent sourness and whiffs of sweet, there is a cellar and/or wood fragrance, some grapefruit citrus fragrance, a sour tart taste with faint fruit sweetness that dissipates quickly, each sip brought a small pucker to my lips, there is dry pepper in the finish that is pretty clean, this is balanced towards the sour side, a bitterness on the tongue, I cannot sense any alcohol in this ale but every sip brings a tingle to my nostrils, the tartness composes itself as it warms, I like Flemish Sours that have more malt sweetness, this has just too much sour tartness to enjoy but it certainly was more palatable after it assumed room temperature.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
nick76 (4366) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2007
The aroma is sour, with cheese like yeast, and oak. The appearance is deep hazy gold with a small foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma and very acidic. The palate is smooth. The finish is very sour but short. Overall a well crafted beer but not my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Hazy yellow with a large head. Fair lacing and fair retention. Aroma is funky sour, lemon, apricot and oak. Taste is tart and dry. Complex and wonderful..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Pours copper with a thin but persistent white head. Smells of funk, sugar, sweet malt, some sour hints. Tastes of tarte citrus, some earthy wood, some malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is crisp with a tarte dry finish.

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