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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1444   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 16/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 15, 2007
Pours a cloudy golden with a light whispy head. Aroma is citric, acidic, and funky. The pallate is dry, somewhat watery but nice allthesame. Flavors are dominated by a sourness. I like it, but it’s hard to find much else. There is certainly some pit fruit complexity though. Some apricot texture with an exceedingly dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1761) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2007
Pale golden color. Incredibly simple. Oak pervades the aroma, apple tartness and gumdrops tag along. Sour flavor is slightly muted, lacking bite and imagination.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3904) - Kansas, USA - APR 10, 2007
Vintage 2003 11.2 oz Bottle, cellared at Oaktree in New Jersey, purchase mid-March 2007. Pour is golden with a settling white head with some nice layering to the pour. Aroma is sour, with the wood highlights. Flavor is sour citrus, though I would put it as aged lemon. There is also the taste of the malt and the barrel aging in there as well. Nice complexity to this one, but I just am not a huge sour fan yet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2007
Pours a cloudy golden with a bit of a tan hue to it, and a small bubbly head. Aroma is sour but doesn’t recall cherries like some other sours I’ve had. This one has more wood, sweat, hay and grass to it. Interesting aroma, but is it good? Tart flavor recalls biting into a lemon wedge, but without the citrus taste. There’s a fair amount of wood and vinager to the flavor, and this is a little drier than Duchesse. I still think Duchesse was a better beer. This one has a very interesting aroma, but the flavor doesn’t back it up. Vinager and wood alone don’t wow me, and the texture was slightly thin. I’m still glad I had this. Thanks to Walt for his Aged Pale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jerre (3235) - Waregem, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Taste this last friday. Golden color, white head. Lambic-gueuze yeasty like aroma. Medium bodied, good balance sour and fruity, malts. One of the best brews from this brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 1, 2007
Golden with a weak head. The aroma is sourish just like the flavour that has notes of fruit and wood. It’s a nice flemish sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3637) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 29, 2007
11.3 ounce bottle from a mixed 6 pack (on sale) that was purchased at BevMo in Stockton, CA. Aroma is rather sour, metallic, lactic, and definitely a bit funky. Actually, this is quite quaffable for being a Flemish Sour. Mildly hazy orangey boddy with a slight ruddy tint and a nice, frothy white head and some kick ass lacing. Well, this is quite tart, and a little more citric than lactic to start. There is a nice malty creaminess present in the middle, which balances the sour astringency of the start. Finishes more fruity, lactic, and sour. A bit dry. This is balanced nicely and walks the fine line of not being too sour. Nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Palidor19 (3167) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2007
A lactic sour beer. The taste of malts is a harsh lemon flavor. a fizzy mouth feel. its more sour than Petrus old ale but not as sour as some other ones that I have tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAR 24, 2007
33 cl bottle, ’bbe’ April 08. Brass coloured, totally transparent. Scarce sparkle, the head is history in no time. Sharp lactic acid aroma with background of lightly fermented (home made) fruit jam. Dry, sour, fruity - apples? - quite wine-like. Light spicy finish, somewhat chalky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2007
Golden amber in colour, medium sized quickly dissipating off-white head, spotty lacing. The aroma is sour, citrusy (lemons and oranges), musty, yeasty, sugary. Kind of reminded me of a faro. The flavour is dry and tart, good moderate sourness, yeasty, slightly acidic, apples, earthy, dark fruits. Dry mouthfeel, medium/light body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes dry, sweet and lingering for some time. This is quite good, sort of a Flemish/Lambic hybrid.

330ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>Larry Pitonka, thanks Andre.
Vintage 2003.

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