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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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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (9021) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Pours a hazy gold with a small frothy head. Sweet, tart apples and lemon aromas. Medium to light bodied with a soft, crisp carbonation. Pungent lemons, honey, vanilla, and wet wood. Nicely balanced. Pretty impressive for a Bavik/Petrus.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ha1ag (784) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2008
Bottled. Color is hazy gold, with thin head. Nose is citric, very sour. Flavour is a like a good Chinese dish: full of sweet and sour. Aroma islonglasting, well balanced. Nice!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
soyorganic (297) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2008
11.2 oz bottle: Pours cloudy dark gold color white head that retains slightly. Aroma of sour apple juice. Medium carbonation; tastes like carbonated vinegar apple juice. Not too fond of this beer type but it is refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Pours a pale yellow straw color with a fizzy disappearing white head. Sour nose of old ale tartness. Tart taste without the fruit palate of darker old ales. Light on the tongue and very refreshing with hints of lemon and vanilla. Nice beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nearbeer (4176) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 330 ml. Mostly clear, orange-gold with a three finger head that leaves some frosty lace. Aroma is tart fruit and slight malt vinegar. Flavor is reversed: malt vinegar bests the tart fruit (lemon-cherry), some earthy funk, and soggy wood. Light-medium body is smooth, watery and acidic-tingly-dry.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wacho (52) - Izegem, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2008
een onversneden oud bier dat aan de basis ligt van vele Bavikbieren. Heeft de echte houtsmaak van de foeders, toch een iets zoetere afdronk. Het bier is gecommercieerd voor de Amerikaanse markt maar hier gewaardeerd door vele bierproevers

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (14648) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 28, 2008
Bottle. Thanks Christian. Pours clear gold with a white head. So very matured aroma - sour, sweet, vinous, barrel, oak, freshness. Good mouthfeel & great Sour ale.


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