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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1376   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 ‘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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adodo (168) - Riga, LATVIA - JAN 5, 2016
Sour citrussy aroma. Clear yellow, no head. heavily sour, medium sweetness. Lively.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thechasm442 (509) - Manhattan, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Bottle to tulip. Hazy golden yellow with moderate white head and little to no lacing. Aroma of apples, oak, and cider vinegar. Flavor of raw crab apples, apple cider vinegar, oak, and white grapes. Tart up front with a dry finish. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackHaddock (5387) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2015
33cl bottle bought in Brugge, this is a beer I have somehow missed when buying in Belgium over the years. Broached at home on 27th Dec 2015 and poured slowly into a Westmalle chalice, no sediment left the bottle, so I got a clear light golden coloured beer with a thin white head that sadly fell away to a wisp and collar far too quickly. Sour, turned, sort of aroma and taste, certainly different to any other ’Petrus’ beers I have had, even if this is supposed to be the ’Mother Beer’. Glad I found and tried this, but I will not be seeking it out again. Just not my scene at all, I am sure this is going to give me belly ache: scored objectively.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
partchapol (84) - Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Smell of vinegar, yeast, rancid fruit, come in light yellow with white crown, Taste of sour vinegar.... my apple vinegar tastes better than this. I’m a fan of Belgium beer but not this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
RW80 (1654) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2015
Appearance: A perfectly clear yellow body with a ring of white foam. Aroma: funk, bandaid, yeast, earthiness and fruitiness. Taste: a strong sourness, like the acid of preserved vegetables. some fruitytones but again a harsh hefty bitterness on the finish with a puckering aftertaste. Lively carbonation and fairly light mouthfeel. Sorry but didn’t like it to harsh tastes clashing in, in non good way. (backlog rating)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VamboladeTolly (1090) - Tartu, ESTONIA - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle @ deTolly, Tartu. Pous golden with white head. Aroma is sourish vinegar, balsamico, oak, raw aplles. Taste is medium sour, acidity, raw apples, vinegar, red currant Medium body. Nicely balanced, Good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sdmmb (1452) - USA - DEC 13, 2015
Drunk from 33 cl bottle bought from beer discovery. Enjoyable very sour ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Samuel214 (217) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2015
Flaska på Örebro Öl & Whisky Festival. Belgoklubbens monter. Ljusorange med fluffigt vitt skum. Syrliga toner av sura äpplen, balsamvinäger och belgojäst. Syrlig i smaken, en del sockersötma, vinäger och syra så det stramar åt i käken. Något torr kropp. Mycket kolsyra, något champagnig. Något bitter i eftersmaken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fellebag (1266) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle 9.4fl.oz. No head, hazy light yellow green color. Aroma is oak, gooseberries, citrus, grass. Sour taste of grass, fruit, berries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kerenmk (3621) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Yoav’s place. Thanks Yoav. Hazy blond with a white head. Funky, slightly lactic, also citrus tartness in the nose, hints of vanilla - perhaps from the wood - as well. Funky, fruity and juicy taste. Medium body, balanced, juicy finish.

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