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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Our Petrus Aged Pale is an undiluted old beer, only to be exported to the US.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
A rich clear golden amber color with a moderate white head. Aroma is white wine and a hint of oak. Flavor starts green apple sour followed by champange like grape tartness that tapers off to a long tangy dry finish. My first Flemish Sour...It's a keeper.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Aroma is of a a white wine, with apples and peaches. The Flavor is almost like a cider. The Aftertaste is sharp, but managable. Great oak flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2004 Aroma is remarkably yeasty, lots of fruit - apple and sour cherry. The ABV definitely works its way into the flavor and your nasal passages...whew, but it’s no rival for the sour cherry that is there for the entire ride. I am a fan of flemish red ales, but this seemed just below the cusp with too much attention given to the cherry rather than ways in which to incorporate it in the beer well.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Nice Flemish Sour Ale. Sour, sweet, and woody flavors. Finishes clean, dry, and sour. Great Ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Extremely pale copper color, vaguely reminiscent of a kid's fruit juice, slightly cloudy, with great carbonation. Small head that quickly vanishes. Sour Belgian nose. Taste is sour and citrus, not skunky or lambic, not American grapefruit citrus, but sour lemon citrus. Taste is clean and very refreshing. Hides the alcohol well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Good belgian/sour aroma. Big head, good lacing. Taste is sour as heck! Starts mildly sour, then slowly escalates in sourness into the spicy and dry finish. How many times can I say this beer is SOUR???

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Dark copper hue with a streak of amber running throught it. Not much head (didn't expect any) but coats the glassware very well. Full-bodied. Very earthy and tart aroma, woody and vinous, yet fruity sour too. Nice and complex. The taste started sour and finished balanced and clean, very dry (woody) feel to the finish. Almost oily and soft mouthfeel. I'm not sure how old this bottle is, I've had it "cellared" for well over a year. Going to get some more and rest them as well. Highly recommended

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Tart, sweet aroma. Hints of lemon, with a likttle apple in the background. Hints of must in the background. Very pale, slightly cloudy, with a small head. Flavor upfront is a mild sourness, backed by hints of wood, and a malt backdrop. Finishes tart but very clean. Overall a very refreshing beer. Nice on a hot summer afternoon.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2003
A golden orange sunrise beneath a thick layer of cirrocumulus clouds. An amazing aroma of sour apple, musty wood, hay, warming alcohol, white grapes, leather, and many things gueuze. Tart and acidic in the mouth, but not quite as effervescent as a lambic. The flavor seems to be dominated by the sweet fruit, wood, alcohol, and present, but not dominating acidity. Really quite tasty and an enjoyable treat. Not really what I was expecting, but an enjoyable beer nontheless. Many thanks to TAR for bringing this up for me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nick35 (12) - USA - APR 19, 2003
First bottle I hated. Second bottle was tolerable. Third was divine. This is a beer halfway between lambic and flemish sour. Way too much Brett to count as just sour, but more restrained than lambic. Perhaps the most complex beer I've had. pH 3.6


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