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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1438   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Defreni (2997) - Husum, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2010
Flaske: Pilsnergul klar øl med et flot skumhoved. Duften er tydelig sur med en dosis frugt oveni. Smagen er virkelig lækker, dejlig sur med en god dosis peber, ligesom jeg kan lide det. Mere amerikansk end belgisk i sit udtryk. Dejlig øl.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (2773) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 16, 2010
Pours pale amber with a large lasting head. Nose shows some soft acidic character with a little horseblanket, but is more focussed on fruit, wtih green apples, rhubarb and floral notes quite prominent. The sourness is also restrained in the taste, with more green apples and light sweet malt taking centre stage. Possibly the most approachable sour ale I’ve had so far. Great moderately high carbonation and light body. Spot on.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (1708) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2010
On tap at The Farmhouse in Burlington. Called "Petrus 30th Anniversary Ale" Red/cider pour with small head.Very lightly hopped aroma. Flavor is sour fruits; apples, cherries and grapes.Light and crisp.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Draft: Poured a golden color with a thick white head. The aroma was citrus and funk. The flavor was very tart, apples, and lots of funk. I didn’t enjoy this at all. Maybe I had a bad one. I’ll re-rate in the future if I feel differently.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Thin blonde pour with minimal head and slight ruddy touches of color in there. Funked oak aroma with souring apple touch with a slight chalky quality. The body is a total spectrum ranging from early sugary caramel quickly transitioning quickly to a biting souring twinge and burn. Tongue tinglingly puckering. Souring fruity echoes remain strongly on the exhale with a thinned finish. Strong physical reaction but still lacks a ton of depth. Feels like a heartburner.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonusWagner (2093) - Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2010
As sours go, this isn’t the most complex or interesting thing in the world, but it’s tasty and pretty light drinking. Has a lemony and slightly grassy sourness to it, and a bit of mild sweetness with alcohol warmth on the back end. Like a berliner weisse that got confused about how much alcohol it was supposed to have.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wim (3664) - Weelde, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2010
amber coloured body with a white head a sour sweet fruity hoppy aroma a sour fruity sweet mettalic hoppy taste with a sour bitter finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (7458) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Draft with Linh at kraftworks. Pours a golden body with slight haze and no lacing. Aroma is salty and vinegar sour. Mouthfeel is the selling point of this brew with standard funky sour notes in the flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2010
9/24/10. Hazy light golden pour with a thick off-white head that’s gone fast. Huge sour aroma with huge vinegar and hints of lemon peel and tart green apples. Obvious tart flavor, a bit one dimensional, light compared to the huge vinegar aroma with a touch of alcohol and definite tannic wood in the finish. Not bad, but there’s better.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 25, 2010
tap. initial aroma is apple cider. taste is lemon tart, slightly soapy. bready, stale version of struislensis? straight forward moderate lactic tartness. some light grassy, musty character as well. not overly complex, but tasty and refreshing. better than expected.


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