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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1402   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2010
(bottle from Coaltrain Wine & Liquor in Colorado Springs). Clear golden color. Medium white head, which is mostly diminishing. Light sour aroma. Light sour flavor with light sweet malt. Avg duration. Smooth finish, with light bitterness. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brikelly (39) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 10, 2010
A wonderful, mostly alcolohol-ey aroma and an enticing head lead you to think you’re about to taste an ale along the lines of an abbey brew, but taking that first sip makes you think "gueuze" rather than "monastery"! Acidic and sour, but as others have noted it is done just right to make this a very refreshing beer with excellent drinkability. This one will go down fast, so make the most of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2010
First off, this is no oud bruin, look at it, its yellow for God’s sake! The beer is a beautiful pale yellow and looks like a gueuze. It smells quite enticingly sour, a little brett funkiness and a little cereal? The flavor is nice and sour but not abrasive. tart and lemony this is a good sour and I can’t believe I’ve passed it up so many times in the past. the price wasn’t too bad for a sour at $5 for a 330ml. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-03-2010 01:37:35

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2009
330ml bottle from 16th St Liquor in West Vancouver. Poured a clear gold with a thin white head and moderate lacing. Malty and acidic up front with a floral hop character and a barnyard finish. More subtle flavors can be detected but are very soft; vanilla, lemon, and green apple. Finish is well balanced between a malty sweetness and acetic acid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (8242) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2009
Dark yellow and hazy. Has a white head, lacing, mostly diminishing. Sour aroma, sweet and fruity too, faint acetic, pure acid. Flavor start harsh acidic, then crisp and light sweet. Dry texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (12729) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2009
Bottle from a wineshop in Holstebro. Frothy fair mostly deminishing head. Dark yellow colour. Powerful sour aroma. Citrus and wellbalanced astringent grapenotes. Long great sour and creamy!!!! finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrankJohansen (3616) - Sabro, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2009
Bottle. Almost clear golden colour with a medium white head and some lacework. Rich aroma and taste of fruits and citrus with heavy acidic notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (16111) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2009
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are sour lactose, cheese, malt, hops and notes of caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
walrussell (192) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Well hidden alcohol - sour and slightly vinegary, but not in an overpowering way - really in a very refreshing way - oakiness comes through, but still very light. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zymurgeist2 (1643) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 23, 2009
You notice the aroma before the color as it explodes out of the bottle. Color is clear honeycomb and a plush, white pillow head looks nice but is gone too quickly. The oak is amazing on the nose. Bright citrus, this is very difficult to describe....but I like it! Full mouthfeel - the oak aging gives it some nice sour aspects. Complex, yet structured, taste with a chewy yeast throughout the palate. Difficult to describe...yet so tasty. Mouth

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