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

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RATINGS: 1325   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.


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 (3934) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (15918) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Reminded me somewhat of Rodenbach Grand Cru - no hops, oaky sourness. Not my cup of tea, but a decent attempt at the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 20, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2011 33cl, exclusive brew, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex sour brew, yet refreshing, balanced, clear, good head, good brew, the best of the Petrus-range

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2008
very pale yellow with no head. no real sour notes just some random spices and apples. very easy on the palate with a nice smooth sour flavor with a finish of wood.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Bottle: Hazy golden pour with a dense white film of head. Nice wild yeast in the aroma- horse blanket, leather, bright citruses, and a mild acetic note as well. Nice bretty funky nose. Fluffy and sharp palate. Fair amount of acetic character, horse blanket, citric lemon notes, and leather. A solid Sour Ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - OCT 23, 2008
Deep golden, lacing white head. Nicely tart white vinous aroma, funk, oak, sweetish malts. Flavor is a funny mix of sweetish malts, cellary sourness, white wine and fino sherry, slightly tannic finish. Medium bodied, smooth average carbonation. Interesting sherry and lambic characters.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 19, 2008
Bottle. Dark amber. Very fine thin white foam. First sniff is sour..sour what?... apple? Pear? Melon? and a dash of salt. As advertised a soured golden ale. sour melon with a salty residue. Mouth drying. A hint of funk. Definately more complex and interesting than if it had not been in the oak for 20 months. Certainly one of the more drinkable sour ales I have encountered.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (2102) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 3, 2008
11.2 ounce bottle in Duvel glass. Golden orange with lasting flat head and lace. Funky oaky fruity aroma. Funky melon sweet tartness with funky backbone and surprisingly dry finish. Medium body and medium carbo. Fairly complex and very refreshing, yet still with an assertive challenging funk. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3527) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2015 Bottle 6/20/2015: Pours a clear golden yellow with a thick white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of sour wheat, light fruits, hay. Flavor is tart fruit on the tongue with sour wheat malt in the finish and a slight bite. A little sweetness too, but subtle. A tasty sour ale, does feel pretty light despite a 7.3% abv. At $9.99, this is a steal! 7/4/8/4/14 [3.7/5]

Bottled sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of wheat, yeast, and citrus. Flavor of slight sweetness and tartness with a touch of hops but still somewhat indescript. Almost Berliner Weisse like with the tart wheaty notes. Pretty decent beer. 7/3/8/4/14 [3.6/5


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