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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: 1321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14465) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2009
Bottle at a Club-Tasting (Thanks Bager). Clear yellow/golden - white head. Vinegar, wood, sourish, oak, sulfor, bike glue, acid, nice sharpness. Nice.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dragonfly1 (498) - Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2009
Peoria Beerfest 2009. Sample pour. Yellow lemonade in color- very tart, carbonated, biting. I’m sure this is very well-done for the style, but the style is not my favorite. Much too lemony and tart for my taste.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2009
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Bottle thanks to Trevor211
Transparent gold, small fizzy white head. Nose is sour with some grain, lactic notes, apple, and wood. Flavor is more tart and fruity with some citrus, grape, and apple. There is also some minor lactic quality and further grain. With warmth the grainy notes edge off in favor of some some nice berry notes and sweeter elements. Thin body but fantastic carbonation, perfectly prickly without getting fizzy. Long, tart finish of grainy grape. Very spritzy and refreshing. From a drinker’s perspective, this is more a berliner weisse than anything else, but it occasionally flirts with other styles, mainly through the nuanced flavor. Very interesting stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2967) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2009
Tasty and readily available...Crystal clear 10 karat pour produced a large bubbly white head. Extremely acidic and tart with blue cheese in the nostrils and oak on the tongue. Lemon zest, grapefruit, and freshly cut grass...medium mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2009
[BB 10.18.07 I assume thats bottling not best by] Rating 990.. officially kicking off my countdown to beer godliness. Pours a clear glowing golden slight amber with a a large frothy off-white foam, gorgeous 4.5. Strong wild yeast funky acidic aroma, lactic and brett notes, slight cheese and woodiness. The aroma and appearance are misleading as this is quite sweet and tangy like Flemmish Red. Sweet candy-like woody slightly cheesy first taste, with tangy lactic acid quickly following. Just a touch medicinal in the finish. Fruity, a mix of lemons, cherries and apples, maybe some prickly-pear. Leaves a nice candy tart sweetness on the lips and gums. Flavor 7.5. Very drinkable for a sour, has enough sweetness as to not be offensive. Nice long lasting woodiness in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, softer crisp fine carbonation, clean and not sticky.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFGrind (1909) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2009
Poured into a Petrus tall goblet and the Aged Pale had the color of lemonade. Crisp aftertaste with plenty of sourness with flavors of chocolate, roast, bread and a little woodiness for good measure. I also caught the sour-apple flavor that other ratings were finding with this Sour Ale.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintbypint (2940) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 31, 2009
330ml brown bottle. Golden pour, big white foamy head. Lots of sticky lace. Aroma initially presents a sour note, deeper sniffing revels some woody notes. Flavour is dry malt, has a lemony sour tinge throughout, tangy, wood/oaky. Dry and tangy finish. Strong carbonation, medium body. Refreshing, very drinkable, solid sour ale. I wasn’t expecting much but this is definately the best offering from the Petrus range.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2009
(Sample Date: 1/1/2009 Source:Mekong) Light oak and malt notes in the aroma. Mostly clear light golden brown with fine white head. Flavor is slightly sour with oak woodiness. Finish is quite dry, fizzy ,and lightly sour with a touch of woody astringency.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvc (1180) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2009
11.2oz bottle. Pours a deep dark slightly hazy golden color with a small off white head that forms a ring around the edge of my glass. This one has a lemony tart barnyard funky nose. Hint of oak and lactic acid. Taste is a bit sharp at first with vinegar notes that mellows into tart apple notes and oak. Nice sour.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mike_77 (3926) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2011 There’s a certain sweaty, mustiness in the aroma. Some very raw, bready yeasts dominate. Flavour has a complex sourness. First some apple, cider like sharpness at first then becomes much more sour as the flavour develops. Reminds me a little of oak aged scrumpy. As the chill is lost from the beer the final acidic kick seems to tone down a bit which makes it more palatable.


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