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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1438   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours bronze with lots of fizzy off white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is a great blend of white grapes, sherry, lemon, and barnyard funk. Flavor is a fantastic blend of dry notes (old cheese, horse blanket) and sour notes (sour orange, vinegar, white grapes). The finish starts sour with a moderate stickiness with the funk balancing it out by the end. Light body with plenty of soft carbonation. Not overly sour, not overly dry, but everything is there and done quite well.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
monkeychugg55 (1028) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Clear golden with a huge, mega frothy, white head. The aroma is acidic, like apple cider vinegar, with slight yeast and a sour feel. Good malt in the flavor, but the acidic quality is just too overbearing. Very faint wood on the finish. I didn’t find this too be too enjoyable, but I’m not a big fan of sours.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2010
330 ml bottle from a trade with hobbersr. pours clear golden with a white head that lingers and laces. nose of vinous wood, tart, sour. the flavour is tart and sour but completely supported by the pale malt. quite wood forward but hella drinkable. great sour, the type i could drink everyday.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2010
The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very tart with vanilla and oak notes. The flavor is tart lemons with some oak. The beer is extremely dry and makes you keep drinking it. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An excellent, budget sour.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Overall I am pretty disappointed with this brew. It is a sour that is decent but overall the flavor is pretty weak. The color is light brown with no head. Flavor is sour but nothing else. Still not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2010
From a bottle poured a golden color with a good amount of head. Nice tart flavor with a lasting aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imeshuggahi (31) - golden, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2010
This one is in my top 3 desert island beers. The sour flavor profile balances well with the semi-malty mid palate and clean dry finish. The sour flavors are of chalky lemon, and sour peaches. excellent beer

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Pours a golden amber color with a nice white soapy head. Has an aroma of lemon, citrus, and funk. Has a very well balanced taste. Sweet and tart on the front end. Dry clean finish. Some grape and cider notes. Some hidden bitter. The carbonation hits you at the perfect moment. This is a good sour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
toby540 (84) - BELGIUM - MAY 7, 2010
een mooie helderen goud gele kleur met een witte head. een zuure en iets bitteren smaak

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Bottle poured into a Duvel glass. Nice clear orange with a foamy white head that sticks around for a while. Nose is tart and a bit funky, with apple cider vinegar and green grape notes. Flavor is nice and tart, a little acetic, definite lemon notes, a little bitterness. Enjoyable and refreshing. I wasn’t expecting a sour, so this was a nice surprise.


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