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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: 1334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (19478) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2009
Bottle @ Heeren Van Liedekercke, Denderleeuw. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty slightly tart woody aroma. Fruity malty slightly tart flavor with some woody hints. Has a fruity tart finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hapjydeuce (977) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark golden color and develops a fine, thinning white head. Enjoyable aroma that is fruity and tart. Notes of green apple, pear, wild yeast and biscuit. Nothing too complex however. Flavor is crisp and moderately sour, with tones of wheat, lemon citrus and old hops. First few sips were a bit metallic, which downgrades the experience. Overall, pretty good brew that finishes nice and crisp, with the oak aging barely noticeable.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2009
Bottle. Not a big fan of sour ales. but not a bad beer for the style. Pours golden with an off white head. Hugely sour and yeasty flavour, a bit of citrus and mild hops in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1956) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Bottle @ Hopleaf, Damn I’m in love with Sours. Pours clear golden with a well retained off white colored head. Very clear, which caught me a bit off guard. Aroma is moderately sour and fruity, apples and pears. Flavor is more sour than the aroma let on, but not overly so. Extremely refreshing and the finish is very fruity. SO good....

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 31, 2009
2009 Bottle - Pours dk gold with a large fluffly white head...aroma is full of pucker, lemon zest, oak, briny green olives and white wine vinegar...flavour is similarly tart, but also very thin...oak and lemon right up front, light vinegar, dry throughout and watery on the end...no alcohol presence is noticable...that was a strange one...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HoosBrews (11) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Very light, blonde with decent head and carbonation Smells of lemons and oak. Almost like a Chardonnay. Big lemon-sour taste up front, with a champaign-like finish. Delicious and refeshing on a hot summer day. This is really a wonderfully unique Belgian!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2009
Pours hazy yellow, almost like the inside of a yellow onion. Small head that dissipates into a small ring. Aroma smells like penicillin, band-aids, citrus, apples and onions. Tastes very tart and fruity. Medicinal, penicillin, cherries, grapefruit rind, band-aid, pencil shavings, and a very nice dry/tart finish. Nice mouth feel. Very enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
amp811 (38) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2009
I read "sour ale" and wasn’t sure what it would be like. I liked it, but more of as a novelty. I would never drink more than one, it tastes like it was brewed with Warheads. I know that sounds amazingly amateur, but what I mean is that the sour flavor and sensation you get from drinking this overpowers any other characteristics about the beer. I’ll give some other sour ales a shot first, then I’ll come back to this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VertBaconStrips (2186) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2009
Nice golden brew with a very slight haze, small white cap, ok slippery lacing keeps a skim alive. Sour smelling with a weak citrus, yeast, weak pineapple candy, slight wood. Better smelling when warm. Tastes like a sour white wine. Very sour and yeasty, weak oak on the chew. Sour and tart in the mouth and very drying. Drooly finish, dry after taste. This is much better than I thought it would be.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (8334) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 Bottle shared by Frank! Poured a clear amber gold and an off-white head that dissipates nearly completely. Aroma consisted of sour apple and lemon note and a good amount of funk. Flavor was very sour with some tartness, notes of lemon and a bit of apple and funk. A nice crispness to it.


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