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


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RATINGS: 1321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Typical Belgium fermation of fruit I have known to detect in Belgium beer. Has a sour nose also. Cloudy yellow body with white head. Sour flavor is robust at first. Sourness subsides as the beer warms and makes a good sipping beer. Mild sour palate. Purchased by my wife as an early Christmas present. Six different Petrus beers in this gift pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4609) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Amber color with thin head. Odd color for a Femish Sour. Sour cherry aroma. Dry wheat is the primary flavor that smacks you in the face. The sour cherry fades away fast. Not much malt. Seems kind of weak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Poured hazy amber with a thick tan head. Good thickness in the head. Aroma had red wine, vinegar, sour cherry and butterscotch. Taste was bitter at first but smoothed out quickly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Hazy amber body, medium clumping off-white head. Strange aroma, toasty, with toffee and hints of butterscotch, in addition to musty funkiness (a bit of brie cheese rind, sour) that develops more fully after letting the beer settle in the glass. Sour body with stale crackers, bread, and grassy hops, the sour punch concealing a rather thin malt backdrop. Some balsamic vinegar and cheese rind in the mix, which is never a bad thing. A bit different than the darker, fruitier "red" versions of the style, but this has just the right kick for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
12 oz bottle. Golden coloured, slightly hazy with a thin white head. Sweet, slightly acetic aroma, tart lactic acidity and a bit of barnyardy funk over a sweet white grape aroma. Flavour is quite sour, dusty with nice sweet Belgian malts backing up the lactic sourness. A long lasting sour finish. Interesting and tasty combination of Belgian pale and Flemish sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2005
This has a nice tart nose to it as I pour, reminds me a bit of lemons and / or grapefruit even, though more of the acidic character of these fruits than the citrus notes. The beer is a brilliantly clear copper color and is topped by a pale, frothy, though somewhat thin off-white colored head. The aroma is dominated by the acidity, though upon this closer inspection the acidity is a mix between acetic and lactic acid components. There seems to be a bit of tannic woody type aromatic notes here, as well as some subtle fruity notes that remind me of green apples and tart plums. The aroma is really quite nice; I really enjoy the nose on tart beers.

The beer is quite dry and of course is nicely tart as well. The tartness reminds me of sour apples with perhaps a hint of lime or maybe even lemon added, and a splash of apple cider vinegar as well. The sourness is not nearly as strong as in a traditional Lambic, but it is nicely assertive. Going back to the sour apple note, this has a fruitiness to it that reminds me of them as well as a note that makes me think of raisins that have had all sugar removed (I don’t even really know what that means, but I swear I taste it here). The actual funk level here is fairly restrained; there is perhaps a hint of funky mushroom in the finish.

This is quite a nice beer to drink, but in the end it is not nearly as complex as I would like it to be. Without the malt character of a sour brown or red, it really needs some more funkiness to it to strike a balance with the dominant acidity.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Nice sour, citric aroma emanating from this ale. There’s also some floral scents and some barnyard hay here. Hazy gold with a rocky white head, it’s a medium-bodied brew, quite easy to drink. Not too awfully sour in the mouth, just enough for a small pucker, pink grapefruit, crabapples, and a dandelion-like bitterness. The real acidic souring comes in the finish, making this quite a refreshing Flemish ale.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8530) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Bottle from the Beer Yard. Poured hazy deep gold colored with a 3-finger, fizzy white head. Aromas of big fruit, citrus, funky barnyard. The flavor was very tart, with a solid citrus, fruit, and barnyard taste profile. Lively, complex palate. As it warms, this one gets extremely tart, almost gueuzy, and almost reaching a Cantillon-like tartness. Very nice style. Petrus is one of my new favorite brewers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Pours hazy golden with a very thin white head that dissipated almost instantly. Aroma is of pear, honey, berries, and sour apple. Taste is fruity, sweet, and sour. There are citrus flavors (very acidic) along with a strong sour apple taste. There is also a large woody flavor with some spices in the finish. This is a very tart, crisp beer that is surprisingly refreshing. I’m not a fan of the flemish sours, but this is pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Light golden color with a big diminishing head. Large sweet aroma, like a honey liquor. Fruity sweet and sour in the flavor. A little acidic in the aftertaste. Runs the gamut of sweet but I find it smooth and flavorfull.

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