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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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RATINGS: 1313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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.


3.7
   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 (10370) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3810) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2009
(bottle - 11.2 oz) Cloudy and swirly peach color with a thin layer of lasting white foam. Aroma is very sour and tart with lots of farm and earth notes. Flavor is sweet and fruity at the beginning but quickly turns sour and tangy in the middle for a quick moment. Finishes light and sweet with hints of grapes and plums. Rather tart and quite tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1944) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Hazy dirty gold with decent white head / Sour fruit and oak nose / LIght body, sour and fruity with some sweetness, and with excellent finish / Smooth, mild, sweet & sour flavors of plums, grapes, apples, with clothes closet and general funk, and with lemonade finish / Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5133) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2009
Bottle: Poured a yellow color ale with an average pure white foamy head with some retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of Brett and oak notes with some barnyard funky notes. Taste is also dominated by some Brett notes with distinctive notes of barnyard and funk. Oak is also present but no vinous notes could be detected. Full body with good carbonation. Very well done and easily drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Bright fresh tart aroma, some wood, very lively and inviting. Pale gold, sparse white head, little lacing. Peach, orange, and grapefruit character, though while none of the flavors really jump out or rise and fall as I would like, the married flavors are very tasty and I’m drinking a lot more of this. Lemon rind finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Bottle. Pours a golden pale body with a thin white head. Lightly sour funk, tannin, woody, with light acidity, and some orange notes.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Super cool. Bottle from Greens Ponce de Leon. Cool sour aroma. Some apple in the aroma. Small head, some carbonation. Sour. Woody. Subtle oxidation. Easy to drink. It’s funny. I notice this aroma and flavor in some bad barleywines and RISs, where it is bad. Here it is stronger and tasted good. I like it. Medium drinkability. Plus another sour rating!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (3914) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Bottle: Poured a clear golden with a white head. Aroma is sour and woodsy. Taste is a bit sour at first with a grainy wood finish.


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