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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1312   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 ‘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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
Couleur dorée allant vers l’orange pale, apparence claire et translucide. Faible à moyenne quantité de mousse blanche concassée rapidement diminuante mais se renouvellent partiellement. Arômes de pommes vertes, de jeune cuir, de levures sauvages et de métal. Sensation en bouche sûre, vinaigré et lactique. Saveurs de bois, de cuir et de pommes-raisins verts. Aucune trace d’alcool d’identifiable durant tout l’étalement, nous conduisant vers une finale très sèche, aux accents de levures. Corps d’épaisseur semi mince, carbonatation hyper-active aux fines bulles champagnesques.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2017) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2005
I really liked this stuff. 330 ml bottle. Poured hazy yellow with a smallish head. Aromas were citrus and sour apple and currant. The flavor did not vary much from that execpt that the tartnes was more profound. Very tart and vinous. Very tasty. I like it!!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2005
Sampled at RBESG 2005. Pale golden colour with a weak head. Wood and sour aroma. Also sour flavour with notes of wood. Not my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2005
Pour is hazy golden straw with thin white head...smell is sweet and sour ith lots of pear and apple...taste is dry and sour with some light orchard fruits and a quick very dry finish...this is very good!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2005
Golden brown with white head. Fruity aroma with notes of acid, iron and chocolate. Acidic flavor with notes of rocks, iron and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Bottle. Golden, clear, nice white head. Acidic fruity nose, like a Rodenbach GC or Panil. Malty acidic flavors. Wood. Lingering acidity. Not too overpowering, but pleasant. Not very heavy on the palate. Almost reminds me of a Berliner Kindle Weiss. This is in fact, refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2005
I really like this beer. The acid puckered my lips at first, I was little overwhelmed. But as the palate adjusts, this is as crisp and refreshing as a beer can be. Clean as all get-out on the way down, and yet still complex. Difficult to describe the flavor... I will be buying this again and again though. Petrus has impressed me heavily with their tripel and now this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
diabel (1629) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2005
Bottled A clear, lightly amber body, with an off-white frothy head. The aroma is overwhelming. When you remove the cap, the aroma fills the air and makes you happy. And by sniffing the glass, odours of wine, white port, citric hops welcome you and beg you to drink the beer. Heavily sour, light bitter initial flavour. Moderately sour, lightly bitter finish. Very well-balanced beer, despite a very lightly watery flavour. Fizzy carbonation. Medium bodied. This is a very good example of the flemish sour style. I find it a pity Bavik doesn’t sell this in Belgium. If Rodenbach can sell Rodenbach Grand Cru in Belgium quite well, Bavik certainly can sell this one as good as Rodenbach can sell the Grand Cru.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2005
Pours a light golden colour with a thin head. Aromas of oak, wine, lambic odors as well. brilliant taste tart, touch of sweetness, oak and some funkiness as well. Great balance and very refreshing.

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