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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1356   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike5326 (1328) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Clear golden color, small white head. Nice sour aroma. Medium body with a full flavor slightly sweet and sour flavor with a nice finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SeniorZozo (355) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 4, 2015
Clear golden with a frothy white head. Flavors are hay, lemon, apple, grapes, oak and vinegar with grainy and earthy notes. Generous acetic sourness. Light to medium body, soft carbonation, slick texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bunget (711) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2015
330ml bottle from LCBO. Clear golden body, small white head with average retention. Aroma of grains, apple vinegar, alcohol, green grapes. Taste of green grapes, grape seeds, vinegar, herbs. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (2244) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
330 mL bottle. Clear gold with a medium white head. The aroma is a combination of tart apple cider, white wine vinegar, and a little bit of grain. There is more fruit in the flavour, although it is less distinctive. Citrus, sour berries, green apples. There is a hint of sweetness to make it more interesting. Really well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ttoadee (1076) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Soft gold pour, thin but steady white head. Nose is Brett sour (reminds me of Worcester). Sour on the tongue. Middle is bright citrus and light kilned malt. Finish is sour and a bit bitter. Worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3596) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2015
This is a nice sour ale, sort of strikes me as a less hoppy Orval or something w/ a very nice wild yeast character to it. This pours pretty clear in the glass, clearer than most brewery’s IPAs these days, w/ a large, foamy and quickly dissipating head. The nose is really nice. I’m getting a lot of fruit up front which wanes to a warmer, more earthy smell as you dig in deeper. This has a nice lemon juicy tartness that’s not at all overbearing, esp. w/ just a touch of balancing sweetness. It’s medium bodied w/ a crisp bite of carbonation. There is a pretty assertive bitterness in the finish that I can’t tell if it’s from hops or perhaps tannin from the barrel aging but it is just a touch too much in my opinion. Otherwise, this is a nice, complex and drinkable wild ale. I am going to have no problem finishing off this 750.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oscbert (1165) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Oaky acidic sour aroma, some barnyard funk, leather, dust, cherry like sourness Pours a pale golden color with small disappearing white head Oaky, leathery, very acidic sour, dusty, light spice flavor. Light bodied, medium high co2, lingering oaky sourness. Interesting sour. Definitely meant to be blended. Has an interesting character to lend to sweeter beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (2089) - - JUL 23, 2015
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a nice thick white head of two finger height. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is quite strong of a sour apple cider vinegar smell which is mixed with a tart green apple like sourness. Along with these sour smells comes some aromas of an oaked smell and a little bit of a white wine vinegar and a little bit of lighter cracker aroma. Taste – The taste begins with a little bit of a cracker taste mixed with a good showing of a sour apple cider vinegar taste. Other fruit tastes of sweet apple, peach, and pear are present upfront. These are light overall and fade over time as the taste advances. All the while, the sour flavors get stronger and stronger with the apple cider vinegar getting stronger and being joined by a tart green apple flavor and some other vinegar flavors of a white wine vinegar nature. The oak while not very present upfront makes it’s showing at the end of the taste, with it growing to a rather decent potency and actually complimenting the sour flavors rather well. With the loss of the sweet fruit and the advancement of the sour vinegar and green apple flavors, one is left with a rather drier and moderately puckering sour flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thin with a carbonation that is rather moderate. For the sour and tart flavors of the brew, with the lighter flavors and nature of the beer, the lighter style of the carbonation and feel are quite nice overall and help make a more approachable beer, all the while still being a very slow drinker in light of the sour nature and abv. Overall – A fairly nice sour overall with a drier and moderate sourness being complemented by a lighter fruit and decent showing of oak. While not the best sour out there it certainly one to try if you find it, especially if you like a little oak flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fombe89 (1105) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUL 21, 2015
Botella @II cata Ratebeer Asturias. 19/07/2015 BBD: 20/08/16 Color amarilo claro, espuma blanca, aromas y sabores acidos, final seco

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
clockk (211) - Lada / Langreo, SPAIN - JUL 20, 2015
Aroma achampanado, sabor dulce y acido, espuma poco consistente, cuerpo ligero.

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