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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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common

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RATINGS: 1294   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Pours a honey amber with a slight cloud, and a small head that dissipates. Aroma of granny smith spiced apple cider and grapefruit juice - very tart and fruity. Very tasty, and incredibly refreshing - just the right amount of tartness with a bit of sweetness to counter it. Tart apples - with a definite holiday spice note (like spiced apple cider). Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luttonm (2906) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2008
330ml from Bottleworks. Lacy, soapy white head. Clean golden color, very light. Sour fruit and golden raisin nose. Sprightly carbonation with a rush of flavor... grapefruit, lemon, citrus. Distinctly tart, more dry and dramatic than something like Duchess. Wonderful

2.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - SEP 23, 2008
My palate likes sour, but maybe not as much I expected. Aged oad, tons of puckery sourness, and hazy golden in a goblet. For fans of the sour ales, this is right up your alley.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Oak aged adds a lot to this brew. Maybe too much. Vanilla and oak tannin dominate along with a woody flavor. Some malt and light complexity fill out the mid. Enjoyable brew. Almost refreshing when served cold on a hot day. Very drinkable. Tough to pick out what type of beer it actually is as it just seems like the oak dominates. Not sure I’d buy again, maybe try it from keg or even better an aged version. I just don’t see much upside.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2688) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2008 Bottle from Whole Foods. Orange/brownish in color. Tart and sour aroma. Super smooth vinous flavors right up front. Nice cask flavors with good sourness. Great sour brew with a lot of goodness going on.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2008
The pour reveals a clear golden color with a medium white head, it leaves nice lacing on the glass. The aroma reminds me at first of a good, dry, white wine, there’s somme apples too with wood and sourness, it feels very promising. The flavor deliver the promises with subtlelty, the wood, sourness, apples and white wine feeling are there, but they exist in unity, not as seperate elements. The mouthfeel is very pleasant and comfortable, medium thickness and creamy texture combine with gently prickling, lively carbonation. I like the fact that this sour ale doesn’t try to blow your taste buds off, it offers its complexity with gentleness and harmony.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Clear gold pour with fluffy white head and picturesque lace. Yeasty tart aroma. Oak and green apples dry finish

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Golden color with a thick, fluffy white head. Yeasty Belgian nose, very fruity. Flavor is tart and similar to a Flanders Red. Very crisp. Lots of bittersweet fruit character. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4711) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Pours bright gold into a snifter. Bright white head leaves sheet lacing as it recedes to skim surface. Sour citrus aromas. Full sour fruit. Puckering yet crisp.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wyzzywyz22 (2082) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2008
Bottle, Belgian Belly, Chorlton. Poured a clear true golden colour with a medium white head. Aroma was intensely woody mixed with sour green apple. Flavour had obvious evidence of the oak barrel aging. Wasn’t overtly sour and struck a good balance between the woodiness and the fruit. Definite cider parallels. Finish was sour if a little short.


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