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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1427   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Pours a light orange gold with a fluffy white head that leaves some scattered lace. Aroma is tart but perfumey once you’re acclimated to the sour aspect. Lemons and bruised apples come through in the aroma as well as the flavor. The oak is subtle, as is the alcohol, but they’re apparent if you look hard enough. Fleeting licorice accents, also some pepperiness. Interesting and fairly complex, but a little thin in body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
solifugid (16) - New Paltz, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a lingering white head, which leaves nice notches on the glass. Smells like yeast and lemons. Feels sort of like cider on the palate--starts very sour, ends on a more bitter note. Has the aftertaste of olives and lemon zest with a slight alcohol bite. Didn’t get any of the vanilla flavor I was expecting due to the oak casks. This is the first sour ale I’ve tried so I’m not sure what to compare it to, but I’d say this was a pretty enjoyable bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2009
330ml bottle
7.3% ABV
I tried this beer on September 2, 2009 at "Smokeless Joe’s" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a hazy golden brown with a thin white head that lasted. The aroma is musty bread and wood chips. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with light carbonation. The taste was SOUR! Moreso than the Petrus Oud Bruin in my opinion. Very yeasty in the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Gorgeous pour of golden orange brown with a thick white head and plenty of lacing. Aroma is primarily vinegar and tart apples while the taste is much the same, with a bit of a citrus finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Sampled at NotF. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small whtie head. Nose is lightly hoppy with a light barnyardish note to it. Palate is crisp. Flavor is light hop notes with a lemony zest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4833) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Goldenish in color, clear looks, white decent head. The smell is wood, florals, fruits, and tart. The taste is slight tartness, oak, fruits, and some hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 9, 2009
nice beer, has a sour sorrta feel too it. the taste is a lil too acidic for me, but the smell is great. there are lots of both funky and refined notes, good stuff. pretty unique brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Bottle at Resurrection Alehouse. Pours dark clear gold, solid white head. Very citric aroma, with an oaky earthiness. Mouth-puckering sour, but still strangely drinkable. Only a touch of sweetness on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2009
Golden with a large white head. Aroma is light caramel, sour and acidic, Flavour is malt, acidic. Not my kind of beer (yet).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4572) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Gold in color and hazy with a decent sized white head. Aroma is of yeast, fruit, tart. Taste is of yeast, wood, tart, light earth, and fruit.

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