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

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RATINGS: 1294   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1461) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Sour orange and citrusy wine aromas. Nearly a half inch of white head gives way to lacing on this golden clear beer. Big flavors follow big aromas, with a souring lemon-pine green apple flavors. Not too tart compared to Rodenbach and Duchesse, so very drinkable and neutral in body. A good sipper with much to recommend it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Wow! This only gets a 3.68? Huge sour/tart aroma makes your lips pucker without a taste. Great sour/tart lemon flavor, has a little mustiness to it. Finish leaves you begging for more. Perfect hot summer day beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5398) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Bottle: Excellent aroma. Loaded with sour and tart fruit (lemon and light cherry) and lightly vinuous. Pours a mostly transparent golden-orange with a small white head that quickly fades to a ring. Very lambic-like only with more carbonation. Very sour and tart (lemony and some sour apple) with a some acidity and woodiness in the finish. Had absolutely no idea this was a Flemish Sour when I bought this. What a great suprise!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2743) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2007 Coming back to these beers after a few years. Pours crystal clear golden with a large head that sticks around. Aroma is what I like, Flanders sour - medium strength. The problem is it’s just thats and not backed up by anything else. I like it but man, throw in some malt sweetness. Some sour lemon in the "lager sitting out too long" kind of way. Just souring a regular old blonde ale.
11.2oz, Lindener Spezial smaller stem glass.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Light gold, thin head, aroma did not entice me. Thin bodied, the tart fruitiness overwhelms a light spice attempt... just much to sour for my taste, could not finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Tangy aroma, sourish, some woody notes. Golden body, with a small white head. Very fruity flavor, sour and tangy. Very good sour ale!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) Almost fully golden, aparently filtered with a small compact head. Smells sour, tastes sour and due to the light color, I was easily led to believe that this is a gueuze. But it is in fact a "Flemmish red ale" along the lines of Rodenbach, which is brewed on pale malts - very unusual. Apparently brewed solely for the American market, but I don’t really remember where I got it. 141004

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
bottle from brickskeller. really really tart, aroma hints at this. too sour for my tastes, but i’m sure this is some people’s cup o tea.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
Cloudy golden colour, with white head. Fresh, natural, soft with lots of sourness and vinegar.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
Ligth golden with white head. Nice sour aroma. fresh and sour taste with a hint of Balsamico vinegar


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