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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1312   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Bottle. Pours nearly clear gold with a lacy white head. Aroma of sour vanilla and earth. Medium-light body and carbonation. Taste of white grapes and brett with a little edge of white vinegar. Crisp and refreshing finish. This is nice!

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Not my thing, that’s for sure. Rating this based on what I think it would rate against other’s of it’s kind. Tastes like a fruitless lambic. Which I guess is about right. I thought this would be a woody, earthy beer. But instead it is a vinegary thin form of guerze, etc... Whereas geurze tastes earthy and interesting, this one is just too sour. Could be a bad bubbly white wine...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dyetube (1312) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2008
This beer pours a golden yellow with a thin white head. The aroma is malty sour, the flavor is the same although not overly sour. Not really a fan of the sours but this one was pretty decent. Cheers!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (6380) - ITALY - JUL 29, 2008
biondo inteso schiuma non molta abbastanza persistente note acide legno un leggero fruttato in bocca buona acidità tannini legno

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 A fairly decent sour ale. Light yellow colored with little head. Traditional brett aroma. Flavor was sour at first but then was overcome by a mellow sweetness. Very balanced, mellow. Really easy to drink. I found that this is something I could drink all the time.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 28, 2008
bottle. Bright clear amber with practically no head... some little fizzy bubbles that disappear in seconds. Aroma dominated by sharp fruity tartness with some earthy wood notes in the background. Flavor adds more dimensions that shown in the nose... some not-overpowering sharp tartness- not the acidic sourness of brett, a more woody even tartness. Notes of honey, citrus fruit, and mellow sweet grains in the background. Very good and balanced. Crisp and clean on the palate, with little to no lingering finish. Overall a very enjoyable and approachable sour ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1829) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle and tap. Clear orange/gold. Rather tart. Slight wood. Decent Belgian Pale...much better out there though.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8836) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Bottle. Sour vinegar aroma. Golden yellow color with moderate head. Very dry, musty lemon peel and bread flavor. Not too heavy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 30, 2008
11.2oz bottle. Pours a very bright, vaguely hazed medium golden-copper color; bright white head with good retention and lacing; really nice pour. Tons of tartness, brine (nice note from the guy before me), white grapes, and honeyed tartness in the nose; very generous, softly acidic, sour nose; a touch of tart limes and crisp apples; lots to think about. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: honey, oaky white grape notes, and plenty of mildly sour citrus upfront; nice soft levels of acidity; well-developed, dry sourness, surrounded by minerals, honey, and plenty of intricate fruit (lots of lemons); very nice, surprisingly tasty stuff. Touch of a metallic note present, but barely, on the perimeter. Medium finish: showing tart citrus, breadiness, and some lasting oak notes and toast.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BritAlesRule (214) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Pours the color of damp straw and even now the aroma of brine and oak assault my nose from a foot away! No head retention and clear with no sediment. Palate is not quite puckering, but close, it’s gets smooth just before you make a face. I don’t detect any brett in the taste. Lemon zest and oaky brine and sour candy. Not a ton of depth. Kinda like sucking on an oak chip that’s been soaking in apple cider vinegar, with a sqeeze of lemon. Refreshing.


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