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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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 Ďmother beer,í 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 connoisseurís delight! The only one of its kind on the U.S. market.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2010
11.2 oz bottle (Thanks to Jess). Not too bad here, but I do find this one a bit unexciting even though it is a stronger sour. The aroma is mostly mixed sour mild-sweet fruits with apples and berries, minor cheesy bread, and a bit of oak. The pour was pretty. A nice creamy, soapy white head, good retention and lacing, and a light, sharp looking orange-gold body. Maybe slightly too acidic with just a twinge too much cheesy yeast, the sour profile is definitely a main player on the taste, but its not overdone. Also, some oaky earth, light mixed berries, and bread. Overall, I liked this, but definitely not my favorite sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
11 oz bottle courtesy of Dakine, thanks. Pours a cloudy amber-gold color with a small white head that soon recedes to a frothy film. The aroma is funky with brett, sour grapes and some light citrus. The taste is lightly sour with citrus dominating, but also present is oak, sour grapes and hay. The palate is silky smooth with lively carbonation. The finish is medium in duration and dry. Overall: A very well crafted sour, good for those days when you want something lighter than red poppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wekker84 (2004) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2010
330 ml bottle a hazy golden yellow colored beer with a tiny white head aroma wood sour apples and lemon and malts taste sour vinegar malts apples lemon and some wood

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
koshea (13) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
The beer poured out a nice pale gold with a few fingers of foamy head, not a lot going on the nose some fruit, some yeast but the taste is amazing, lots of sour tang. It tastes more like a Basque cider than a belgian beer. There is fruit and citrus. Unlike a lot of the sour red there is no ketchupy or bandaid taste, to distract from the funky sourness. Itís a great beer with a light mouth feel. One of the few sours I have had, where i could drink more than one in a night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3679) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Pours a mildly hazy pale color with a very small head and bubbles akin to a champagne. The aroma is some horse blanket with some tart fruit and some mild graininess. The flavor has some strawberry tartness. There is a bready kind of baguette like quality to the flavor of this beer. The beer is nicely sour but miles from bracing. The sour is balanced out with maltiness and fruitiness while maintaining a kind of brut like dryness. This has to be the best product from Petrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2010
Smells slightly of wood and citrus/lemon, though maybe thatís influenced by the salmon Iím eating right now... reminds me A LOT of a champagne. Nice hazy yellow with slight red hues, no sediment in bottle, not much head, some lacing. Taste is a bit shockinginly strong! Wood and alcohal flavour, tapers off to revel the champagne dryness, sweetness. Quite smooth, not much bubbles on the tounge (unlike champagne), a bit of yeast flavour. Not bad, a bit of a shocker, very strong flavoured.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Deep golden pour with a nice white head. Aroma is tart and dry with some great woody notes and sour apricot. Flavor is sour but not mouth puckering. Some stone fruit, sour mash, tart and some light booze notes. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2010
(bottle from Coaltrain Wine & Liquor in Colorado Springs). Clear golden color. Medium white head, which is mostly diminishing. Light sour aroma. Light sour flavor with light sweet malt. Avg duration. Smooth finish, with light bitterness. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brikelly (39) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 10, 2010
A wonderful, mostly alcolohol-ey aroma and an enticing head lead you to think youíre about to taste an ale along the lines of an abbey brew, but taking that first sip makes you think "gueuze" rather than "monastery"! Acidic and sour, but as others have noted it is done just right to make this a very refreshing beer with excellent drinkability. This one will go down fast, so make the most of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2010
First off, this is no oud bruin, look at it, its yellow for Godís sake! The beer is a beautiful pale yellow and looks like a gueuze. It smells quite enticingly sour, a little brett funkiness and a little cereal? The flavor is nice and sour but not abrasive. tart and lemony this is a good sour and I canít believe Iíve passed it up so many times in the past. the price wasnít too bad for a sour at $5 for a 330ml. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-03-2010 01:37:35

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