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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1294   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kauge (565) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 7, 2015
Bottle from Wine of Galilee in Tallinn. Near clear amber colour with a white top that has moderate retention and ok lacing. A very subtle and warming caramel candy aroma, some indistinct sourness in the background, that getting stronger within minutes, recalling unripe plums. That’s my grandma’s cellar scent right there, filled with dozens of jars of jam and compote and apples slowly starting to go off, mixed with earth and dust. A whole lot more sugary sweet as it’s warmed for about half an hour. Taste on the other hand is extremely sour with almost a killer green wine acidic mid-taste and finish, and a nice woody dryness. Quite fruity overall. A rather Lambic-like dustiness or what ever that is. Body medium, carbonation not excessive but accentuated by the acidity. Really dry on the palate and in finish. Can’t really put this into context as I haven’t had too many Sours but I’m rather enjoying this.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fergalicious (6) - Marysville, California, USA - JAN 4, 2015 does not count
Aroma: Citrus tart Appearance: Cloudy Golden Taste: Medium-heavy sour. Palate: Minimal head. Full bodied wine-like texture. Long succulent finish with a hint of woodiness Overall this beer is refreshing and tasty. Aged well

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AAEA (181) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
11.2 Fl OZ ($4.45) not a huge fan of really sour beers. this was a bit too sour for me.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suurjuust (1550) - ESTONIA - DEC 16, 2014
Hazy golden yellow, yellow head. Nose is apple tartness, mild malt notes, wood. Flavor is more malt and apple tartness with some fruity notes and wood. Nice one. Shared by martjoobolut, thanks!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyrmir (3901) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2014
On tap during Brussels vacation. Golden with beige head. Aroma is tart, light sour, wood, pale malt and sweet notes. Taste is similar, fairly sour, lactic, tart, pale malt, light grain and wood. Great beer!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (1278) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 13, 2014
0,33L bottle, BB 08.05.16. Pours clear golden with off-white head. The head stays. Aroma is sour, wood, malt, fruits, apples. Flavor is wood, sour, fruits. It is very nicely balanced. Alcohol is well covered. Overall: great brew, reminds Rodenbach Grand Cru

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bennetporter (226) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2014
This is my first sour ale, so I can’t comment on the style. Pours a dark straw-color from the bottle with a thin white head. Sour but balanced, makes me want to try more of the style to see where this stands. My gut tells me this is a strong representative.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fdomig (509) - München, GERMANY - DEC 5, 2014
330ml bottle. Aroma is light bubble gum, light hops, light sweet. Appearance is pale yellow with a fast decreasing, white head. Taste is very sour and light bitter/sweet. A strong sourness and light bitterness. A good sour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cuso (5590) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle kindly shared by MisoW, many thanks. Golden color with huge white head. Lambic sour aroma, wood, funk. Nice sourness with lemon, gooseberries, funk, wood. Good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MisoW (2122) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours golden color, white head. Aroma is sourish, acidic, oak. Taste is sour, acidic, wood, fruity - some berries.


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