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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1444   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ByTheirLimpin (281) - New York, USA - JUL 1, 2016
Poured from the bottle. Active fat foamy white head bubbled for quite a bit. Amber gold in the glass. Nose is funky, wet straw, yeasty ...itís definitely alive. The palate is very complex, lemon, citrus peel, raw, wow! ...full ,round, pleasing...sour but super enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sjohnny (521) - - JUN 26, 2016
Sweet tart citrusy sour stone fruit. Pours cloudy pale yellow with a thick foamy bright white head. Lots of retention. Lots of foam on the glass. Very tart. Very dry. Cherry. Orange. Lemon. Reminiscent of a very dry champagne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KoNrRiI (1229) - Ňrhus, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016

0.33 bottle.
A clear, gold color and a large, white head of standard retention leaving some lacing. Sour, vinous aroma of fermentation and cider; brettanomyces, wood, and some tart fruits are featured too. Taste is obviously sour, fruity, once again cider-like, less vinous. A medium body, an oily texture, and an average carbonation. The finish is sour indeed, introduces some hay and a tad of barnyard but overall keeps it together. Overall the beer is good, mouthwateringly sour but pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
commonmac (1059) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2016
Bottle acquired as part of a Christmas gift package from the aunt. Consumed out of a pint glass because I was too lazy to find a better glass. Pour is a very light straw golden color and there really isnít a lot of head to work with. The nose definitely comes at you with sour characteristics and some floral (almost perfume) elements. Taste is well this may come as a surprise but...itís sour. Initially itís actually kind of a mild citrus but then it hits you with a huge ball of sour/tart/puckering characteristics. Wow, this has an aggressive mouthfeel with a healthy bite. Lingering tart citrus notes. A pretty spot on rendition of a sour but this just isnít my style. Itís going to take a while to cleanse the palette of this bad boy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BenCL (5) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2016 does not count
Amazing. This was one of the beers that changed my whole perspective on what beer IS. Aroma is Sour, funky, balsamic, apple cider....hobo sweat? Appearance is dark yellow to amber, little head. Taste is sour, sour, tart, vinegar, dry wine, champagne, bitter. Palate is gripping, fizzy carbonation, tart, slightly bitter and lasting. This is a completely interesting and educational beer everyone should try once.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Kurtos (186) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2016
Bottle. Pours a pale and cloudy yellow. Aroma. Sour Yeast, with some spicyness in the background. Taste. very Sour not much else to say, slight champagne taste as per marketing description. Overall. not very enjoyable, sourness overpowers any other flavours in the beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ffaoe (426) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2016
very faint sour aroma. golden and clear in color with nice head. quite tart, light oak flavor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (1002) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2016

Medium aroma of malts, Belgian yeast, hops and brettanomyces.

Clear/hazy beer with a slight/medium off-white head.

Starts slightly/medium sweet with malts and Belgian yeast; ends slightly bitter and medium sour with hops and brettanomyces.

This beer is rather intense and complex, but lacks balance. The sourness of this beer is a little too dominant for me. This is a more than decent beer though and a real threshold for any other sour/wild ale for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markextrae (3977) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2016
sample, poured a hazy golden to light amber colour with a white head, nose is quite weird and unexpected. sour tart aroma, sour fruits, tart citrus, granny smith apples, grains, taste is pretty sour, vinegar sourness. donít know excatly what to think about is. not very enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (2591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2016
330 mL bottle shared by ebone1988 for the book. This one is going to actually be decent. The pour is a clear slightly darker golden color with a bubbly white collar of head and a small film of white froth. The aroma is nice. Itís vinous and woody. Itís definitely tart and acidic with a bright fruit skin. This is a nice surprise for what I was thinking they were offering as a pale. Itís a touch basic, but well done. The flavor is completely different from the aroma. There is a woodiness to it, but other than that, itís plain there is a light tartness and a lighter fruitiness happening, but itís very plain. There is no real sourness, just a light tart woodiness. The mouth feel is a little heavy. Thereís a light syrup and a decent carbonation with a lingeringly woody finish. This on is good, but itís just plain and basic.

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