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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 1293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (2637) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2015
Pours clear gold with a moderate white top. Aroma is tangy sourness with light grains and oak. Taste is green apple and vinegar sourness but with a nice base of grassy grains and light pine hops.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shark_Pants (374) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2015
Deep golden amber, frothy head. Has the expected apple cider vinegar and balsamic aromas. Mouth puckering sourness initially - strong vinegar, only a little green apple. A welcome slightly sweet lemon taste comes through to take the edge off the sourness. Very prickly acidity on the tongue. More enjoyable than many sours I’ve had.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dennoman (20) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2015
2012 vintage @ Den Afgrond, Heist-op-den-Berg. So incredibly complex, delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalchopz (2524) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2015
Best before is written 11/12/16 on bottom of back label. Pours a clean golden colour with a soapy white head, decent retention and bubbly lacing. Nice sour nose giving notes of vinegar and sweet white grapes. The sourness is most of the flavours, but a little chemical plastic and metal kind of ruin the fun in the finish. Grain lingers. Alcohol is well-hidden in the mouthfeel. Just wish the taste would be better balanced.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OOKPIKABLE (157) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2015
Pours golden. Bubbly. Aroma of vinegar and champagne. Tastes of same. Not really my kind of beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niksko (425) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2015
Pours gorgeous golden yellow, slight haze, a frothy white head. Nose is kind of lactic and tart, a little horsey funk, woody notes. Flavor is very tart and sour. Lots of lemon, lactic acid, but also a little fruitiness, some vanilla, cider vinegar, wheaty grains. Very very tart, medium body, lively carbonation. Not terribly complex, but very tart with good funk and flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deepeary (260) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2015
LCBO bottle. Clear golden yellow with white head. Nose is tart, sour cherry with oak. Taste follows the nose. Oak and tart well balanced. Dry finish. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jksipa (466) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle from the LCBO. Hazy pale gold with a small white head. Prominent funk with banana, lemon and green apple. Tart and woody all the way through with a light underlying seetness. Medium sticky mouth with prickly carbonation. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NBird (459) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2015
Looks..Slightly golden amber, sml- med head Smells.. Wheat, orange peel/rind, some banana, oak and light biscuit malts Tastes..It’s tarty, in a gose space. Citrus, ripe green apple and dull berry sour, clean pale malts, slight ’wit’ character, crisp finish. Great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emeister84 (1407) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Sharp acidic aromas, bile-like, fruity, lemon, tart green apple, faintly nutty. Clear golden-copper, a lasting white head. Dry, sharp, pretty tart. Light bodied, sour and smooth.


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