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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 1314   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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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 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 (3888) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8423) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2009
2009-03-02. Crisp golden yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of light alcohol, biscuity pale malts, light musty notes, touch of fruit. Flavour is on the sour side, mild fruit, notes of tart green apple, pale malt base. Average palate is smooth and light on the tongue. Interesting. Refreshing. Not sure if it started out this sour but it is not unpleasant. Bottle from Bier Tempel, Brugges, with some age on it.

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 (9206) - 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 (7452) - 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.


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