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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1294   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4741) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2006
6th Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. aroma of gueuze like citrus. Slightly hazy, orange coloured with a thin, white head. Quite beautiful. Exciting taste, smooth and balanced. Sweet and sour. Vinegar/tartness. Bit citric. Somehow a combination between a gueuze and a flemish sour.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3754) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2006
The aroma suggests citrus, cherry, band-aid, rubbing alcohol, and that vintaged quality. Big time sour, and awesome. Iím thinking lambic but more soy and acid. The cherry comes out nicely. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5586) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2006
6th DRG, some bottles were available at Bertís Bierhuis, Utrecht. Slightly hazy golden color, medium head. More like a light gueuze, than a flemish sour where usually there are some cherry-like notes. Soft, bit sweet and hoppy, some oakwood. Quite sour overall. Gets more intense while drinking.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (10855) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2006
It is sour, it is Flemish and it is no lambic. Iíve been looking forward to taste this beer, and I wasnít disappointed. 6th DRG. Golden color, slightly hazy. Citric, woody aroma. Very citric flavor, medium to full bodied, with some cream in the aftertaste. Raspberry. Some hopcharacter. Really great.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2006
Bottled, 6th DRG. Aroma is tart, oak and vinegar. Hazy, yellow color, off-white head, good lace. Vinegar, hay, almost like a geuze at the start but soon this is gone. Oak and some sourness stays but also gets sweeter, medium body. Classified as flemish sour ale, but I donít agree. And it ainít no geuze. Itís a style on itís own.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (14626) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2006
Botlle at tíWaagstak in Antwerp. Golden with white head. Sour, farmyard aroma. But little bit of sweetness too. Sourness builds up in mouth, but the feel is quite velvety too. The farmyard carries on to teh end which has a mix of sweet and sour. A real change from the brown beers that I had been drinking. Some lemon. I like this, good mix and balance

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Bottle. Big sour cherry, bacteria, band-aid, slight pear, sour brett, light horse, puckering, excellent in itís thinness. A way above average Flemish Sour.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2621) - GERMANY - FEB 25, 2006
What a nice surprise. Sweet, syrupy nose, musty and funky. Gold color, low clinging head. Like white wine at times, vinegar dryness, drying. Like a sweetish geueze. Thinish body, but an impeccable balance. Between an Flemish brown and a geueze. Just a fantastic brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3450) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Light orange, very little head. Pleasant aroma of sour cherries. The flavor is somewhat medicinal, hints of Robo, and more sour cherries. Tasty, quaffable, this description doesnít do the beer justice. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7240) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Bottle. Pale pink-golden beer with a thin white head. Nice tart aroma with some malty fullness beneath. Light tart flavor with some fruitiness (apple/raspberry). Clean and refreshing. Nice complexity beneath the tartness.


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