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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: 1420   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 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2011 (11.2oz thanks to Mora2000) Pours a faint hazy yellow with white fizzy head. Aroma of nice citrus funk, tart, a bit of farmhouse. Flavor same as aroma and has a nice tartness and a bit acidic. Mouth feel is light body with fizzy carbonation. Overall, I really liked this!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (7752) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2010
Bottle. Hazy golden with a medium white head. The aroma is acidic with sweet caramel notes and sweet fruit. The flavour is quite sour with some metallic notes as well as fruit and caramel. Long sour finish.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
reliantkcar (102) - USA - JUL 31, 2010
Pickles, herbs, grass, leaves, basement aromas, barnyard, raisin, rotten eggs, skunky, cough drop, amber, hazy, white foam, frothy, light sweetness, heavily sour, salty, light body, oily feel, average carbonation, astringent, long finish,

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (11896) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2010
clear dark yellow / golden, slal non-lasting white head. wood , sourness, rubber in the aroma, also some exotic fruits. quite acid. flavor is tat, vineagra. sour stingy flavor, but quenching and not too vineagra’ish. reminds me a little of spanish sidra natural (no relation reg. ingredients etc. but the sourness is a little alike).

1.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
SanfordBrewer (1463) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2010
lucent gold, very thin white head, medium body, very high co2.

aroma: very bright, sweet and sour fruit (apricots, mangoes, peche lambic), citrus acidity, touch of herbal bitterness.

taste: very bright sour acidity, carbonic acid too.

i don’t really get any oak in here anywhere; and not much of anything in the taste, other than intense sour acidity.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Had at Capone’s. Pour is a clear orange body. Off white head. Aroma is tart fruits. Strawberry. Flavor is a non overwhelming tart fruit of Berry and hints of hops.


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