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

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RATINGS: 1314   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2154) - New Mexico, USA - APR 22, 2006
I thought, wow, this looks like a Berliner weiss as I poured it, light copper that looks like watery iced tea with curdled milk colored head. Yea!!!! There are bugs in my beer!!!! That jaw clenching sour aroma has reached me and I am smiling. Like sour candy and the smell of wax pack baseball cards. A light easy drinking sour tang hits me first then a smooth sweet flavor that is like bubble gum and cotton candy. Just enough sour to lightly clench my jaw, hells yeah, this is how to start the day, a glass of this some NOFX playing in the background and some chicken cooking on the stove. A bit of oak in the finish that is complimentary. There is something in here that reminds me of a potent margarita. This is wonderful beer. Ap-3 ar-8 tas-8 pal-5 ov-18

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (4164) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 20, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2006 Bottle with a 2003 on the back label, not sure if thatís the best before or bottled on date. Received from the ever acquiescent Larry Pitonka, thanks Andrť! Consumed, with SuIIy on 4/18/06
A fine, dense, old-ivory colored head perched atop a slightly-darker-than-gueuze brass-golden, with tiny bubbles slung throughout the liquid and a settled out clarity, with the sediment left at the bottom of the bottle. Heavy lacing proceeds down the glass.
Nose is a sniffer! B. Lambicus is tart, lightly fruity (bittersweet cherries, strawberries) and highly aromatic, while light pils-like malts allow a soft landing on the end. Some lightly funky straw, grass, dew and farmyard notes show a playfulness to deepen the effect of the barrel innoculations. Poignant, for sure, yes and with lightly cedary/neutral oak tannins providing a drying graininess and acidity. Light hints of lemon-sugar candies dot the nose, as some light vanillin and just a touch of powdered sugar hassle the otherwise jaw-dropping aroma. Perhaps a sugar addition at bottling, as it would be hard to believe there is sugar added otherwise. Maybe itís just restsweetness, as Joris says. Alcohol is not apparent in the nose.
The flavor is tart, lightly sour in points but also balanced with pale malt and/or pils sugars. Something gives it a copper sheen, so perhaps itís the pale malts. Whatever the case, the light honey is not overdone and allows the wild yeast to present a very tart front, deepening in to an oily, old-tannin and tart cherry finish that lingers long. Almost riesling-like in places, sort of a mix between a gueuze, a flemish sour and a white wine. Carbonation is moderately tight, engaging and neither too heavy, nor too light (especially when factoring in its age). Mouthfeel is gueuze-like, but with added smoothness from the residual sweetness. Some minor oxidation. No alcohol noticed in flavor. Fair amount of acidity builds up on the palate, but with some malt still left, itís little a problem (especially for someone who enjoys lambic). Like a dessert lambic, or something like that. Wish I had another bottle, thatís for sure.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sobchak (131) - Skagen, DENMARK - APR 16, 2006
Bottle.- Light golden colour. Sour, spicy nose. Very interesting taste, with notes of apples, vanilla and spicy hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2006
Poured a clear gold with a thin white head and moderate lacing. Malty and acidic up front with a floral hop character and a barnyard finish. More subtle flavors can be detected but are very soft; vanilla, lemon, and green apple. Finish is well balanced between a malty sweetnes and acetic acid.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - APR 9, 2006
Light disappearing head on light golden colour. Fairly sour and fruity but not as complex as Iíd have liked. Could possibly do well as a summer drink.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2006
Nice FSA, but not stellar. Missing a lot of the sexy complexity and vinosities of many of itís ilk. Beer pours a clear, light gold color with a small, white, frothy, mostly and quickly diminishing head that leaves a few lacy tendrils extending up the sides of the snifter. The aroma is bright, tangy and sweet: malty with light notes of toasted grain; trace of herbal hop; yeasty with a light notes of B vitamin, barnyard and damp basement; and heavy notes of sour apple and balsamic vinegar, and a light note of tea. The flavor is heavily acidic, lightly bitter and moderately sweet with a long, moderately acidic, lightly sweet finish. The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Pours dark golden with a fully receding white head. Aroma of brett, leather,sour apples, and cherries. Taste is of sour apples, oak berry, and cranberries. Very dry finish thanks to the brett. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lush carbonation. Sweet, sour, and fruity. Yum!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2006
Gold blond colour, small white head, some sour fruity nose, very interesting, and distinctive. Taste is light sour as well, finish is light bitter, but again more sour, without getting borred. You should really try this one, very special, nice beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Hazy light golden straw with a minimal white head. Smells like sour grapefruit and horse manure. Strong sour flavor with a hint of cherries and more grapefruit, very similar to apple cider vinegar actually. Carbonation is light on the palate. Its ok, guess Iím just not a fan of sour Flemish ales.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5402) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2012 I have been wanting to try this one for a while now. Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer poured a medium golden color with a large white head. The aroma is sour and tangy with a noted vinegar element. The flavor is sour and tangy with a strong cider vinegar note. The finish is tangy and bitter. Far too much vinegar flavor in this one for my liking.


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