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


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RATINGS: 1302   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Very yeasty and very tart - nearly as sour as a lambic, which I donít really care for. Slight woodiness, and slighlty vanilla and heather notes in the aroma. Its more difficult to define the essence of the flavor because it is so tart. Even refreshing, Iíll prefer this one with some mild or stinky cheese, but on its own, its not my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5279) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Clear golden with moderate lace - citrus, oak, flowers in the aroma - bracingly tart up front, with a crisp mouthfeel - quite light in flavor, with some citrus/acidity - a background, lambic-like cheesiness - clean, dry finish - an interesting beer, but I think I prefer the brown sour ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
Bottled: Clear yellow appearance. Some red tones. Quite acidic and very refreshing. A really good beer. Seems a bit fresher than most other Flemish Sour Ales because itís more bright, dry and fresh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jerohen (2061) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2010 Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Clear orange cloured, big white head. Remarkable, initially it really resembles a gueuze, wood, vinegar, tartness. Although after awhile it becomes apparent that itís not (doesnít taste like a Flemish Sour either). Long finish. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Kaleidoscopes of rose, blush and peach dazzle my eyes, as a frothing tub of bubbles and rose petals crowns my vision. An aging wheel of parmigano reaches maturity early in the nostrils, retiring with freshly pickled caperberries and dolmas. Unassuming entry onto the taste receptors. A quick burst of electrfying white wine tarragon vinegar and sops of rancid georgia peaches. Down by the beach, Iím digging for razor clams and filling my bucket. The fragrant ripe fruity florals blossom and squak like the plaintive cries of a Laughing Gull harassing a small dog. On the parching movement towards the roof of my mouth comes a blast of flooded basement and the fuming parlor of a plantation, with fresh mint juleps, ready made. Right from the pot, a heaping plate of sauerbraten. Here, a watery wash of perfume bellows as if to touch the acidic splendor with the grace of a ballerina. A sushi chef peppers a nigiri of saba with mirin. Across the table, a middle aged man asks, " Could you pass the Tabasco?" Aged. Defined. Not startling, but pleasant. What I canít decide, is whether I like this example of the style, because itís less overwhelmingly sour or because itís just better done. Regardless, I can actually detect the quality of the malt in this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Lively aroma of acidic ethanol and cherry lime. Flavour matches the acidity and has a twist of lemon finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2006
6th Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Smells fruity, citric, apple, gueuze like beer. Oak. Nice, smooth fruity taste. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2006
Light gold color with a heavy white head. Awesome sour apple, vinegar aroma. Great tart taste filled with apple, grape, cherry, and pine. Full of cheese accents, with a excellent mouth puckering ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4804) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3772) - 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.

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