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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: 1427   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.


2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2010
Served in a champagne flute at a local beer tasting event. Clear golden color. Nice thick head with lots of bubbly effervescence. Sour lemony aroma with a little woody oak tones. Very, very tart, almost like a sour candy with vinegar. I’m not an expert in this category, and I realize it’s intended to have this tartness, but it was a bit much for my taste. I wasn’t picking up any of the woody notes from aging in barrel -- I just get sourness. Medium bodied, maybe even a bit thin on the palate. I would think it’s best served perhaps as an apertif before a meal. I wouldn’t think it would go well with most foods. Not my favorite, but it’s interesting to try.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2010
Sample at Global Beer Expo. The best of the lot, imo. Pours an attractive pale gold with fluffy head. Nose is funky with stone fruits, cherry, apricot and lactic. Sweet ripe fruit in the distance. On taste, a quenching acidity bits through with more peachy notes, some cherry and clean malt. Spicy Saaz character as well. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2173) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2010
pours a clear pale yellow with a small white head, and good lacing. smell of wild yeast, some citrus, and a touch of malt. taste is tart, sour malt, wild yeast, and some woodiness, ends acidic, tart, and a tad bitter. overall too tart.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2010
Pours a golden orangish color. Aromas of dark fruit, yeast, and a touch of wood. Flavor is sour, yeasty, wood, and a couple of sweet tarts.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2010
petrus has some nice beers especially this one and the oud bruin. green apple nose and flavor with a bit of oak and hops. has an appealing sour taste and has some descent carbonation and lacing very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2010
11.2oz bottle from MrChopin - thanks, Kevin! Pale amber pour, crisp carbonation like a cider. Soft green apple nose with a bit of oak and just a touch of sweetness. The carbonation gives the beer some character, as the mostly tart flavors seem to wake up a bit with the modest dry hops that are brought out. Pretty decent, a nice refresher.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Bottle.
Pours a nice, glassy cheddar orange with a striking aroma of soured lemon and cherry (redundant?). Slight sour honey presence, too. Flavor is nice and tart lemon cherry dessert, with a nice finish of a soured oak. Lingering on the tongue. Great sour!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markas101 (2282) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2010
33 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA. Slighlty hazy orange tinged golden colour. Single stream of carbonation in the middle of the glass. Citrus and ginger aroma; massively sour first sip that has a lime-like reaction in the mouth. A bit of a challenge, but after settling in very interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2010
11.2 oz bottle (Thanks to Jess). Not too bad here, but I do find this one a bit unexciting even though it is a stronger sour. The aroma is mostly mixed sour mild-sweet fruits with apples and berries, minor cheesy bread, and a bit of oak. The pour was pretty. A nice creamy, soapy white head, good retention and lacing, and a light, sharp looking orange-gold body. Maybe slightly too acidic with just a twinge too much cheesy yeast, the sour profile is definitely a main player on the taste, but its not overdone. Also, some oaky earth, light mixed berries, and bread. Overall, I liked this, but definitely not my favorite sour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2359) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2010
11 oz bottle courtesy of Dakine, thanks. Pours a cloudy amber-gold color with a small white head that soon recedes to a frothy film. The aroma is funky with brett, sour grapes and some light citrus. The taste is lightly sour with citrus dominating, but also present is oak, sour grapes and hay. The palate is silky smooth with lively carbonation. The finish is medium in duration and dry. Overall: A very well crafted sour, good for those days when you want something lighter than red poppy.


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