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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1359   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 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2006
Hazy dark gold wth a white head. Funky sweet and sour aroma with wet wool and vitamin C. Lean and sour with lemon rind and perfect balancing sweetness. Very acidic. Not extremely complex but still very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2006
Bottled - Criterion - Leicester. A bright orange coloured beer with a small white head but a suprisingly large amount of lace. The aroma is lovely and sour with lots of lemon notes. The taste is again beautifully sour and sharp. Great acidity and more lemony fruitiness. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fin (8704) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2006
Bottle, Waagstuck, Antwerp, Belgium, 06-10-06. Managed to get this beer in the above bar which suprised me as all that I’d read had suggested that it was export only. Light golden in colour with slight haze and white head, aroma was sour oaky and quite yeasty, taste was more of the same, this was Loz’s beer she took one sip and then passed it to me, in truth not really my thing either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5510) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2006
12 oz bottle, The Beeryard, Wayne PA. Pours a clear medium gold colored body with a small very fine bubbled bright white head. Aided in retention by my Chimay goblet. Aroma is quite tart with a balancing sugary sweetness. Some oak and fruity notes as well. Flavor is quite tart and tannic up front and fades to a drying acetic finish. Some raw oak, light pale malts, and some leafy hops. Mouthfeel is fairly light and airy with a thinnish texture and alot of fizzy efforvescent carbonation. Overall, this was quite an odd beer. Not the beer that I remembered from a few years ago. It had an almost lambic like feel to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (9110) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2006
Bottle. Golden with a big white head. Aromas are sour, green apples with yeast. Quite sour. Flavours are sour green apples that are quite addictive. Some yeastiness with a dry finish. Very one-dimensional but decentl

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Bright spot light yellow with a smoothly foamed top of white froth sitting about a finger high. Keeps an immense amount hanging around and the lace is in inky strings. Aroma is fairly funky with a semi charming, paled down thwapp of soured grapeyness and oaky tangyness. Acidic funk to say the least. Taste is a leveled sour tang of old lemon, oak, sour apple, grapefruit, and acidic yeastyness. Floating dryness of tarting parchness is interactive within a woody tone mixed with some white grape and grapefruit sourness. I like the finish more then anything as it tends to mellow off nicely. The front and the swallow is quite grabbing to the palate. It realy smacks it around some and lets you know you’re drinkin’ something. Feel is active and full with alot of souring tartness. Drying and oaky with a long lasting effect of white grape and oak. A bit slow to get through. A sipper of a sour Belgain Pale if there ever was one. Hold on to your taste buds with this one; it’s quite Lambic-like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
Beautiful golden color; big bubbles are forming on the glass surface; nice lace. Aroma of barnyard; woody. Very dry mouthfeel, initially, getting quite astringent at the end; malt flavor and old hops, a good sourness and light fruitness (grapefruit); thin, but with some complexity derived from the wood. The final is somehow empty (and this turns me down), with a reminescence of old hops. Very similar to a gueuze. Better when colder.
Bottle from Delirium Café, courtesy of Johan.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Crit (3642) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (3062) - 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.

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