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


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RATINGS: 1297   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pacv27 (53) - - JAN 31, 2015
Very tart/sour beer but not overwhelming. Crisp finish. Tasted similar to a sour candy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChicagoGuy (6) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2015 does not count
Golden straw color, cider aroma with a hint of incense-like wide yeast funk in the background. Incredibly balanced taste - sour but not puckeringly so, dry but not astringent, barnyard funk is present but not overwhelming. Body is light, on the thin side, as it should be. This is a pleasant, easy-drinking beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KapitiCritique (369) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - JAN 26, 2015
nose, apple and lactic acid, palate-- dry and astringent, spritzy carbonation, taste--no hint of sweetness, sour, appearance golden yellow, good persistent lacing and short head, apple cider gold

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (696) - CANADA - JAN 25, 2015
Pours hazy straw with a short loose foamy head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, spotty lacing. (3/5) Nose is mild barnyard funk, cidery apple, woody and vinous notes. (8/10) Taste is mild sweet, moderate tart, mild funk. (7/10) Light body, moderate to low carbonation, dry tart funky finish. (4/5) An extremely well-behaved sour/oude bruin that would probably make a great introductory beer for those interested in expanding their horizons to include sours. The taste is actually nowhere near as sour as the aroma would suggest - to the point where I was actually a little disappointed (but a neophyte might be relieved). Pleasant cider and vinous notes are present, and it continues to open up as it warms. The sweetness is quite restrained and the finish moderately dry, make this a very nice sipper. (15/20)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsnicholas (341) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle (12oz $4.50): Pale golden color. Smallish head. Very sour, but not much sweetness. Funky aroma. Not bad.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackisle (1080) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2015
Bottle 33cl. Slightly hazy pale amber, a lot small bubbles, small frothy off-white head, diminishes slowly to a thick layer that stays, good lacing; sour geuze-like nose, vinegar, wood, manure; rather mild medium sour en light sweet taste, unripe gooseberry; medium body, sticky texture, average carbonation, finish fresh sweetsour, hint of bitterness, bit wood; great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgajdaczewa (812) - Katowice, POLAND - JAN 17, 2015
W aromacie wyraźny kwasek, lekkie winogrona, leciutka wanilia, ciut słodkiej owocowośći, bardzo przyjemny. W smaku kwaśnie na poziomie gueuze, nieco pestkowo - winogronowe, choć generalnie niewiele się dzieje. Finisz kródki, kwaskowy. Pijalne, niezbyt porywające, ale bardzo solidne.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Troupis (103) - - JAN 16, 2015
Impressive! Sour yet fruity yet not sweet. Good aroma and although not complex in smell or taste this one is really impressive. On tap at Bru in Lake Forest, CA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirstyrabbit (1361) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle. Golden body, medium head. Sour aroma with geuze-like funk and fermenting apples. Dry sour taste, low sweetness. More fermenting apples in taste. Dry finish with medium sourness. Refreshing but not terribly complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ulysse (281) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2015
Aroma of sour red ale. Surprisingly golden colour. First in the mouth feels like it’s going to be sour and acid but in the end it turns out to be really moderate. Hint of cheese fermentation.

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