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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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common

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RATINGS: 1300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhops (432) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2009
bottle thanks to mar.... Pours pale yellow, thinnish, fizzy head. Aroma of dried spice, cumin? sour apple. Flavor was nice sour/grape flavor, cidery, with wood finish. Mouthfeel is thinnish but smooth. Interesting beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9166) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle: Almost clear, pale golden with a small, persistent off-white foamy layer; dry woody-vinous nose, lactic acid and green apples detectable; solid sour flavour - with a little sweetness, medium bodied; lingering sour finish with wood and green apples in the aftertaste. Fine, fine brew..........

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MoritzF (8676) - GERMANY - MAR 1, 2009
(33cl bottle, bought in Grobbendonk) Slightly hazy, pale golden colour with a medium-sized foamy white head. Sour woody and oaky aroma with sweet notes of vanilla and a spicy, slightly mouldy touch of brett. Sour flavour, medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Acidic citrus- and apple-fruity taste with oak and vanilla. Dry and astringently tart and citrus-fruity finish with an oaky vinegar-like aftertaste. A very flavourful experience (01.III.09).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7339) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 21, 2009
Sour nose dominates, but with a rather strong underlying pale malt character. Citrus fruits, caramel, and a touch of sweetness. Dark golden color with a large white head that rather quickly goes to something near lace. Flavor also is tart citrusy fruits and some caramel, plus cherry and grape. Not as sour as expected, and the pale ale character underneath comes through just enough to make it interesting. Nice, clean body as well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2009
11.2 oz bottle. Gorgeous color that looks like apricot jam in the glass. Very thin, lacy head. I can smell the aroma in the glass from 3 feet away. Up close the nose is very sour. Taste is sour, but very drinkable. Mild bitterness fades back to sourness midway through the tasting. Long on the palate. Bread flavors creep in after about 30 seconds. Surprisingly complex. A good beer for someone starting out with sour ales but not ready for the really biting, astringent ones.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
This is real interesting. The least-jarring sour beer I have ever had. Aroma of tart wheat. Takes the very easy lemon flavor and pulls it into a green grape finish -- very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
katerade (14) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Poured light and gold in colour with a medium white head. Has a citrus and vinegar aroma. Nice and fizzy on the tongue. Tart with a very sour aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmruth (25) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Cloudy blond pour with a minimal head. Quite sour in nose and flavor. There is a nice fruit taste post-drink. A nice easy, yet interesting drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (10241) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 30, 2009
courtesy of Pascal Sauser - clear blond-amber colour, little foam; sourish vinegar aroma, respectable malt body, sour with some sweetness underneath; tart, long sourish aftertaste of cherries and plums; quite dry - a very good one

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color with a thin white head. Aroma is sour and earthy. Flavor is sweet and sour. Nice tangyness.


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