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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1357   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 Ďmother beer,í 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 connoisseurís 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 14/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2006
Gold blond colour, small white head, some sour fruity nose, very interesting, and distinctive. Taste is light sour as well, finish is light bitter, but again more sour, without getting borred. You should really try this one, very special, nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Hazy light golden straw with a minimal white head. Smells like sour grapefruit and horse manure. Strong sour flavor with a hint of cherries and more grapefruit, very similar to apple cider vinegar actually. Carbonation is light on the palate. Its ok, guess Iím just not a fan of sour Flemish ales.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2012 I have been wanting to try this one for a while now. Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer poured a medium golden color with a large white head. The aroma is sour and tangy with a noted vinegar element. The flavor is sour and tangy with a strong cider vinegar note. The finish is tangy and bitter. Far too much vinegar flavor in this one for my liking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (11772) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Bottle poured a hazy gold with a small, lasting white head. Aromas of vinegar, citrus, oak, and some mustiness. Palate was light bodied and tart. Flavors of citrus, vinegar and oak with a crisp, tart lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2212) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2006
From the bottle.

Pours a surprisingly pale yellow with a small head but considerable lacing. The aroma is dry vinegar with hints of mandarin orange and sweaty socks and sizzling bacon and a general sense to thai noodles; the flavor is sour, musty and laden with nickel; none of the sweet-and-sour sweetness of some Flemish sours here, but rather the wilder taste of a gueuze. The palate is a bit on the thin side, though lively in carbonation.

This one is interesting but doesnít come close to my favorite sour ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Very yeasty and very tart - nearly as sour as a lambic, which I donít really care for. Slight woodiness, and slighlty vanilla and heather notes in the aroma. Its more difficult to define the essence of the flavor because it is so tart. Even refreshing, Iíll prefer this one with some mild or stinky cheese, but on its own, its not my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Clear golden with moderate lace - citrus, oak, flowers in the aroma - bracingly tart up front, with a crisp mouthfeel - quite light in flavor, with some citrus/acidity - a background, lambic-like cheesiness - clean, dry finish - an interesting beer, but I think I prefer the brown sour ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
Bottled: Clear yellow appearance. Some red tones. Quite acidic and very refreshing. A really good beer. Seems a bit fresher than most other Flemish Sour Ales because itís more bright, dry and fresh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jerohen (2083) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2010 Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Clear orange cloured, big white head. Remarkable, initially it really resembles a gueuze, wood, vinegar, tartness. Although after awhile it becomes apparent that itís not (doesnít taste like a Flemish Sour either). Long finish. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3197) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Kaleidoscopes of rose, blush and peach dazzle my eyes, as a frothing tub of bubbles and rose petals crowns my vision. An aging wheel of parmigano reaches maturity early in the nostrils, retiring with freshly pickled caperberries and dolmas. Unassuming entry onto the taste receptors. A quick burst of electrfying white wine tarragon vinegar and sops of rancid georgia peaches. Down by the beach, Iím digging for razor clams and filling my bucket. The fragrant ripe fruity florals blossom and squak like the plaintive cries of a Laughing Gull harassing a small dog. On the parching movement towards the roof of my mouth comes a blast of flooded basement and the fuming parlor of a plantation, with fresh mint juleps, ready made. Right from the pot, a heaping plate of sauerbraten. Here, a watery wash of perfume bellows as if to touch the acidic splendor with the grace of a ballerina. A sushi chef peppers a nigiri of saba with mirin. Across the table, a middle aged man asks, " Could you pass the Tabasco?" Aged. Defined. Not startling, but pleasant. What I canít decide, is whether I like this example of the style, because itís less overwhelmingly sour or because itís just better done. Regardless, I can actually detect the quality of the malt in this beer.

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