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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: 1421   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.


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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6321) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Draught at Monk’s Cafe. Sour. Sraw color. Whatever critters were in the barrel, they did their work. Fruity sour with some plumb and grape, but not a pucker beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tschirhart (1) - Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2010 does not count
Seattle, WA. 11oz. Bottle into tall wine glass. Petrus is the resulting attitude of a cider in solitary confinement after shanking somebody. The sweetness is replaced by resentment and bile. 2 1/2 finger head of large bubbles which dissipates rather quickly. Head color was very pale buttery, and it did not stay on the sides of the glass. Although there was no particulate in the beer, it was slightly clearer than etched glass. Color is brassy, on the pale side of amber. The beer was consistently carbonated with large bubbles, even a full fifteen minutes after the pour. The nose is fruity-sweet with a tinge of spoil. Distinct but not overpowering, it makes you curious. The sour notes hit the tongue first, followed by the dense carbonation and ends with a very dry feeling on the back of the tongue and throat. The flavor runs front to back. It is unsweetened sour apple or pear with a touch of quinine. The sour is sharp, and the dull bitterness persists in the back like bile would. My lips feel like I do when I eat salty peanuts. The beer goes quickly because it makes you thirsty. I am very pleased with this beer. Despite its funkiness, it is a delight to drink, albeit slowly. Petrus dares me to take another sip, and I happily oblige.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 14, 2010
On tap at Max & Joe’s. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a large white head. This beer is essentially the same as the Old Brown, except that it is way less sweet and finishes with a dryness. Good Stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Pours hazy gold, with a small light head. Aromas of oak predominate, with faint impressions of hay, malt, with lingering afternotes of summer fruits and citrus. Taste is quite sour, even more so than a gueze lambic, with a nice bit of balancing sweetness. Dry, sticky finish, and a medium body; hold its abv well. A very good ale, sharp and woody; a real treat.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Bottle. Best before19/05/11. Matured in oak barrels for 20 months. Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy 1 1/2 finger white head. Slight sour fruit aroma in the nose along with a touch of oak . Sour tart taste that transitions to sweet and then a slight bitter end. Subtle aftertaste of alcohol. Slight acidity to this one. Light/medium mouthfeel. A little pricey at $4.39/33cl bottle but pretty satisfied with this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2010
Bottle. Clear golden pour with a foamy white head that doesn’t last long. Fairly tart nose has notes of apple, lemon, vinegar, honey and candi sugar. Flavour is quite sour and almost identical to the aroma. Mouthfeel is light and dry with high carbonation and a long finish that is both bitter and sour. This is the first pale sour ale I’ve tried and also one of the sourest, with very little sweetness to offset it. This is also a great brew, very well structured and quite refreshing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdrinker79 (1988) - Idaho, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Pours deep golden with a nice Belgiumesque frothy white head with tons of small bubbles and excellent lacing, beautiful. Aroma is granny smith apples only more sour, it makes your nose tingle. The flavor is very sour as well, only very mellow and drinkable, no alcohol flavors, no hops to detect, it is a sour ale through and through. Although I have not had many, this seems to be a very good example of the style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2010
750. Poured light copper with a off white head. Aroma of light honey, dry malt, light sour fruits, apple skin, bit of spice. Flavors were sour fruits, dry malt, light yeast. Somewhat light body, sour, light, crisp however at points not so clean...a little gritty at times which really is prbrably the biggest fault and it’s not a huge one. Finishes tart with a nice woody dryness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cheap (5216) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Had this at the Pittsburgh Great European Beer Festival at the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium 6/2010. From a bottle. Taste is mildly tart. Smell is quite fruity. Some sour aroma in the background. Looks like a pale lager. Taste is somewhat tart and easy going, enjoyable. Has an ever so slight bitter background, just barely – enough to let you know it is beer. Good tingle on tongue. If this is a pale ale, its the best I’ve ever tasted. One of the better brews at the fest.


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