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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: 1222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2004
Bottled, thanks to mwsf. This was so good, just amazingly sour and tart, really wild oaky character, so well balanced, juicy and refreshing, lemony and some funky earthy barnyard stuff going on, i justed wanted to drink more and more and more. great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2005 Ohh so beautiful...Opened bottle smells of lambic haze and sweet belgian love. Pours a golden cloud of perfection. Yellow and bubbly. Beautiful head. Pears, tomatoes, White grapes and brettanomyces. MMM...exceedingly sharp and acidic. Flavors to compliment. Not all sour. Also sweet. Tripel like in some regards. Round hazy sweetness. Cutting sugary sour. Amazingly dense. G-rat

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5104) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 24, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 New rating. The body was dark gold with a little bit of haze. The aroma has some tart cherries and a little bit of blue cheese. The taste is tart and fairly dry with hints of vineous character. There is also blue cheese and some hay. Finishes fairly dry. Original rating follows. My first of the style. Pours from the bottle with very little head. A hazy gold color makes this attractive. I agree with others that it tastes like a geuze. A sour apple aroma with grass. The taste is tart with vinegar and a white wine dryness. Very dry.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Clear orangish yellow color with a white head. Sweet and sour guezue, white grape juice, and lemon aroma. Sour lemon, vinegar, and sweet grape flavors. crisp feel with a semi-dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Crystal clear golden with a frothy white head. The aroma was full of grape tones...earthy, lemony, grassy tones also. The flavor was full of freshly-cut grass, lemon, grapes, slight vinegar, and a nice sour character (similar to some gueuzes I’ve had.) Crisp, bubbly feel with a dry finish. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Cloudy dark yellow color with kind of a sour, earthy thing going on in the aroma and taste. Tasted like a Gueuze.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - APR 26, 2004
Thin, fast fading head, golden to copper in color. Smells reminescent of a gueuze a bit...sweet, tangy wood earthy apple cider. Thin, very thin palate & little/no carbonation. Not a ton in the flavor, light sour woodiness, but it does bite back in the finish(acid). Alcohol well hidden. I get almost everything flavorwise right as it slides down my throat and afterwards. Certainly sour, but just too thin and straight-forward to get high marks from me...too strong to be a session beer, but not complex enought to be a real charmer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2004
Very faintly hazy medium gold under a large short lasting white head. Medium citric cidery slightly metallic and skin yeasty aroma. As it warms a touch of vinous alcohol comes through. Thin sour body with medium light carbonation and fair smoothness. Medium big cider sour woody vinous and yeasty flavours. Faint resinous vinous character comes through as it warms. Dry mild sour finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7974) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2010 Haystacks perfuming an apple orchard...Beautiful apple cider vinegar in which slowly simmers dry lemon rinds...Superb head and lacing crown a musty, bready malt character...A very classy and quenching sour champagne, midway between lambic and Flemish Sour...Those bubblegummy phenols can get in the way of unbridled pleasure though sometimes...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2004
Thanks Rodolito for a rare and marvellous example Appearance is first a surprise, but you get to love it like a child who's the smallest of his class by a head. This can't be clearer, I see my finger prints through it, but the head my friends is the perfect white, sticky as if it weren't enough. The body is pure liquid gold, very shining, spectacular one may say. Very effervescent from the outside look. Aroma of wet hay, apple cider, grass (saison anyone?), a bit of funk, a definite sour touch, dry, not unlike a good champaign, grassy. Isn't this well structured and beautiful? In mouth, this is also reminiscent of champaign, very white wine alike in the dryness. Lightly bitter finish which adds a new complexity. Moderately malty with peaches and pears flavors. It's mostly about the delicate dryness though, puckering and hayish. Mouthfeel is quite biting, thin-medium and a nice fit. I feel I don't have the words to do it justice though, there'd be a lot more to say, but it's hard to be put in words. Very complex for sure and rather tart with gueuze character. Lovely dry aftertaste. I think this would be hard to drink in any kind of large quantities though, just like champaign once again. Truly in a class of its own and worth seeking out.


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