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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: 1292   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7500) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 11, 2008
Cloudy orangey gold with a huge honey coloured head. Sour fruit aroma (sour grape, sour apple). Very sour palate, citrus, apple, oak, tart finish. Refreshing-- gets the salivary glands flowing!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2008
33 cl bottle on 2/5/2008. Faintly hazy bright gold pour with a medium, but fading, white head with little lace. Sour citrus aroma with a bit of funkiness to it as well. Notes of honey and green apples add to the mix. Lots of effervescence from the medium body, quite acidic, leaving a squeaky clean palate. Sour fruity flavors take over, with just a hint of underlying sweetness. Very refreshing dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10285) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 25, 2008
Bottle. Shared with Nosiriwont. Pours a golden colour with a medium white head. The aroma is sour and fruity with some sweetness. Soft sweet sour and fruity dry flavour. Sour dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
nice golden color with a thin head that lasts. quite fruity with a nice tart finish. very easy on the palate...doesnt feel like its over 7%...seems more sessionable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Pours a clear golden color with thin white head. Aroma of sour fruit, sugar, oak and champagne. Tart fruity taste with a lot of carbonation. Dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Super light gold colour with a medium-small white head. Green apple like aroma. Really nice sour flavour with more of that green apple and some wine like dryness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1733) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Pours gold, with a white head. Aroma is sour apples, sugar, malt, and white wine. Flavor is sour apples, white wine, and sugar. Tart, and ends dry.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MegannageM (8) - USA - JAN 3, 2008 does not count
This is a palate cleanser. We have this in bottles here at the SharpEdge Creekhouse. Pours a hazy yellow gold with a thin long lasting white head. Very very tart and dry. Some earthy undertones are picked up. I love sour ales.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tranquillity (1440) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2008
Bottled. Hazy yellow, long-lasting white head. Taste very sour, grapefruit maybe. Damped aroma. Very enjoyable beer, hard to put into words. Then again, I love all flamish.sour ales.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MagooinPA (100) - Warminster, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Sour smell, sour taste. Not to my liking and not what I expected. The oak flavor is very prominent under all that sourness and there is no hint of the 7.3 abv. Didn’t realize this is a sour ale. I do realize now I don’t care for sour ales!


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