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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: 1426   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (8057) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2010
14/08/2010 - 33cl @ Zwevegem Streekbierenfestival

A little cloudy golden yellow beer, small fine white head. Smell is typically that of a Flemmish red ale, a little tart, sour cherries and ripe fruits.MF: fresh and sparkling with a nice bite. Taste is very sour and fruity. Aftertaste has lemony acidity and some tartness. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 24, 2010
Tap at Paradiso. Listed as an oude bruin- which is a little misleading since this is a soured blonde- almost geuze like overall. It poured a clear yellow with a thin, not very substantial head with decent retention. Very crisp and refreshing sour. At first the sourness is light and vinegar forward and eventually develops into a full sour that is very heavy on white white vinegar and Granny Smith apples. Is a little heavy on the acedic acid, which brings a spicy sour character rather than a yogurty lactic character. Thin bodied, no residual sugars. A very nice surprise.

1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Maris (1365) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2010
From a 330ml bottle on 24/8/2010. The aroma is not pleasant - primarily vinegar, with some fermenting apple. When it hits the mouth, there is a touch of sweetness but that’s overwhelmed by a shortish but extreme and one dimensional sourness. This one tastes alot like champagne, and I’m not much of fan of champagne. Did not enjoy this one at all.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (4039) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2010
On draft. Clear pale golden pour with white head. Nose is cheesy funk. Flavor is wonderfully tart puckering. Great brew. Delicous. Like a gueuze

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepeter (326) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2010
Pours a bright clear golden color with a smaller than average head that lasts as a film for most of the beer. The lacing is very nice and sticky as it clings to the glass. Great funky, tart, sour fruit aroma. First sip hits you with that same sour funk, and then mellows out quite a bit. I got a lot of sour apple/grapes mixed in with a musty funk and acidity. There is a slight sweetness to balance it all through the beer and a very pleasant dryness at the end. There is a medium to light body which is a bit thin for an Oud Bruin, however this one is a "Pale" ale. . . either way I would have preferred more body. Very refreshing and so easy to drink, could drink it all day.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2997) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2010
33 cL bottle, $3.70 @ Binny’s. Looks like a regular dubbel at first pour, then a reddish tinge appears, under a thin layer of small bubbles. Smell is lightly tart, mostly of cherry, I think. Greater sense of sourness in the taste. I get the definite impression of bugs that came specifically from their oak. A bit of red wine to it, slight warming alcohol. Brisk and zesty, a nice sour beer for the summer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thorine (37) - Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2010
2 10 oz. draft pours at Louisville Beer Store. Aroma: wonderfully sour, minimal hops. Appearance: very clear, l. orange. Some light, off-white head, replenishable by swirling. Taste: *v.* sour (apple vinegar, not balsamic), refreshing, some hop at end, certainly more than most sour ales. Some dryness in aftertaste. Palate: reasonably playful in mouth, clean. Minimal cloy. Overall: very impressed. The hint of bitter at the end differentiates it, in my mind, from other sours. On the other hand, the sour character itself, although very strong, perhaps not as complex as a Rodenbach (classic or grand cru) or Duchesse.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2010
Bottle. Pours a brilliant sparkling dark straw with a nice rocky white head. No real lacing to speak of great. Great looking beer though. Great sour aromas with plenty of vingegar, a little lemon and some wood. Great stuff. Flavours are equally sour with lots of green apple tartness and plenty of vinegar. Super complex. Very dry finish similar to champagne. Lively mouthfeel. Great great beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Bottle. Poured a clear light orange-golden color. The head was short and white with decent retention. Some lace was left behind on the glass at the end. Smelled of apple cider vinegar, toffee, and unripe cherries. Light to medium bodied and tart. Tasted of apple cider vinegar and lemon juice with a hint of buttery toffee.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sask89 (508) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - AUG 5, 2010
Pours a golden yellow colour, clear with a frothy white head. Aroma is of citrus or more sour fruits like green apples and floral hops. Taste is fairly sweet and quite sour, not bitter by any means. Thin mouth feel, light body. Overall not a beer I like, won’t be drinking many sour ales.


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