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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

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1403   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2012 UPDATE: pours a nice clear golden color with small white head. Aroma of is pretty funky, slightly cheesy, slightly vinegary, some basement, barnyard. Medium bodied. Flavor is quite tart, with a very dry finish, and notes of cheese and funk throughout. Liked it a lot better second time around.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1400) - Northville, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2010
330 mL bottle. Pours golden with a bubbly white head. Aroma is a very acidic sour lemon. Sour enough that I feel like I start to taste it on the back of my tongue. Flavor has the same acidic lemon sourness, but not as aggressively, with some biscuit, touch of dustiness. Very dry. This is a great sour.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
belieson (16) - USA - APR 17, 2010
This is one of the first sour beers I’ve had at Quinn’s in Seattle. It got me hooked on the genre.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (12461) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2010
330mL bottle, pours a hazy pale golden with a big white head. Aroma of sour lemon, citrus, peaches and pear. Very sour, but soothing flavour of lemon and citrus. Quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DietPepsican (1578) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2010
yellow pour with a snappy white head. Aroma of lemons and dust. Flavor is lemony, some celery. Finishes nice and sour, refreshing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2010
Golden tan pour. Aroma of slight sourness, apples and some oaks. Flavor is hops, yeast, some sournesss and oaky end. Nice mouthfeel.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2010
Served in a champagne flute at a local beer tasting event. Clear golden color. Nice thick head with lots of bubbly effervescence. Sour lemony aroma with a little woody oak tones. Very, very tart, almost like a sour candy with vinegar. I’m not an expert in this category, and I realize it’s intended to have this tartness, but it was a bit much for my taste. I wasn’t picking up any of the woody notes from aging in barrel -- I just get sourness. Medium bodied, maybe even a bit thin on the palate. I would think it’s best served perhaps as an apertif before a meal. I wouldn’t think it would go well with most foods. Not my favorite, but it’s interesting to try.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2010
Sample at Global Beer Expo. The best of the lot, imo. Pours an attractive pale gold with fluffy head. Nose is funky with stone fruits, cherry, apricot and lactic. Sweet ripe fruit in the distance. On taste, a quenching acidity bits through with more peachy notes, some cherry and clean malt. Spicy Saaz character as well. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2138) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2010
pours a clear pale yellow with a small white head, and good lacing. smell of wild yeast, some citrus, and a touch of malt. taste is tart, sour malt, wild yeast, and some woodiness, ends acidic, tart, and a tad bitter. overall too tart.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2010
Pours a golden orangish color. Aromas of dark fruit, yeast, and a touch of wood. Flavor is sour, yeasty, wood, and a couple of sweet tarts.


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