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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: 1294   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2008
20070610 Not sure of serving, Spuyten Beast of the Yeast. Dark golden with nice but small creamy white head. Aroma is bretty, floral, nice bready malts, orange, and musty apple funk. Smells like a produce aisle in an early summer market. Flavor is bitingly tart. Nice acidity, quick brisk finish. This is a treat that I enjoy whenever I get the chance and, if available locally, I’d keep on hand at all times.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2008
Bottle - batch 38826. Pours a golden color with initial 3 finger head that fades into a top layer. Really carbonated with great lacing. Nose is feet, funk, wood and lemons. Palate is citrusy tart with some cheesy funk and aspirin. Medium mouth feel. Alcohol is well hidden. It’s a decent sour.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - APR 20, 2008
I am surprised to see some of the low ratings for this. This is a nice little underrated sour ale. Beautifully effervescent, sour cherry, old and woody tasting, deep and earth, with a well balanced sour component that is almost vinous. Enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2008
Color: Nectar. Little to no white head. Nose: Deep, rich and spicy nose with a pleasant mustiness, spicy oak and soft, overripe mango. Palate: Initially sour cherry, lemony oak and tannin. Chalky sweet-tart notes. Pleasant acidity on the finish reminiscent of muscadine and wild honeysuckle vines.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
coldbrewky (1489) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - APR 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2008 Bottle procured at half time on impulse. Whew! sour ale is right on but certainly not my style. Champagne nose hits as soon as cap removed from bottle. A deep amber in the glass. Brief sweet body squashed by severe lemon crabapple finish. It seems that was what they were going for so good for them. Pass.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 6, 2008
Orange, with a very thin white head. Aroma is apple and pear, with maybe a touch of maple, maybe a touch of white wine. The wineyness really comes through in the flavor, perhaps even some champaigne notes, too. Lots of citrusy, lemonsy notes in the finish. Surprisingly tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - APR 5, 2008
[Courtesy of fonefan] Clear golden with medium white head. Sweet and sour aroma with notes of wood, ripe fruits and brett notes. Somewhat sour flavor with brett, ripe fruits, oak and balsamico. Ends sour.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - APR 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2014 Re-rate 6/3/14: Bottle sample at a wood-aged beers tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Golden, oak, funk, fruity. Sour, dry, citric. Finishes bitter. Great. 8/3/8/3/16=3.8

Re-rate 6/2/13: Bottle sample at a sour tasting at Noam’s office. Thanks zvikar. Slightly hazy golden with a white head. Woody aroma with vinegar, a bit of biscuits, and some fruitiness. Sourish flavor, a bit fruity, a bit grainy with bready notes and a very sour finish. 6/3/7/3/14=3.3

(3/1/08) Bottle sample at Zythos Bier Festival 2008 in Sint Niklaas. Clear golden with a white head. A woody aroma but somewhat sweetish. Soft sourish flavor with wood and fruits (apples). Medium-bodied. Nice. 7/3/7/3/15=3.5

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (9109) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2008
This brew puurs a clear dark golden color with a medium and fizzy white head that burns away steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of sour fruit and Brut champagne. Medium-bodied and dry with a tart fruit character that is mouth-puckering on the first drink. Flavors of sour apple, grapefruit and light yeast in the background. The finish is fruity and leaves a long tart apple aftertaste with a hint of earthy malt. Pretty good overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Pours clear golden into the snifter glass with a very tiny head. The head quickly faded to leave a few carbonation bubbles at the top. The scent was very sour with hints of vinegar, sugar and malt. A very sour, carbonated bite up front with an acidic finish. Nice flavors of oak to compliment the sourness. An enjoyable sour ale.


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