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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1376   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 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 (3790) - 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 (10738) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
manuchampions (1243) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2009
330ml bottle from 16th St Liquor in West Vancouver. Poured a clear gold with a thin white head and moderate lacing. Malty and acidic up front with a floral hop character and a barnyard finish. More subtle flavors can be detected but are very soft; vanilla, lemon, and green apple. Finish is well balanced between a malty sweetness and acetic acid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (8148) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2009
Dark yellow and hazy. Has a white head, lacing, mostly diminishing. Sour aroma, sweet and fruity too, faint acetic, pure acid. Flavor start harsh acidic, then crisp and light sweet. Dry texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (12234) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2009
Bottle from a wineshop in Holstebro. Frothy fair mostly deminishing head. Dark yellow colour. Powerful sour aroma. Citrus and wellbalanced astringent grapenotes. Long great sour and creamy!!!! finish. Creamy palate.

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