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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
amp811 (38) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2009
I read "sour ale" and wasn’t sure what it would be like. I liked it, but more of as a novelty. I would never drink more than one, it tastes like it was brewed with Warheads. I know that sounds amazingly amateur, but what I mean is that the sour flavor and sensation you get from drinking this overpowers any other characteristics about the beer. I’ll give some other sour ales a shot first, then I’ll come back to this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VertBaconStrips (2309) - Blerkablerka, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2009
Nice golden brew with a very slight haze, small white cap, ok slippery lacing keeps a skim alive. Sour smelling with a weak citrus, yeast, weak pineapple candy, slight wood. Better smelling when warm. Tastes like a sour white wine. Very sour and yeasty, weak oak on the chew. Sour and tart in the mouth and very drying. Drooly finish, dry after taste. This is much better than I thought it would be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 Bottle shared by Frank! Poured a clear amber gold and an off-white head that dissipates nearly completely. Aroma consisted of sour apple and lemon note and a good amount of funk. Flavor was very sour with some tartness, notes of lemon and a bit of apple and funk. A nice crispness to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yves (2821) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - JUL 11, 2009
Clear goldblond coloured beer with lots of carbonation and a medium diminishing white head. Sour fruity aroma. Full sour palate. Finish is sour ending dry and spicy. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2009
Interesting. Aroma of sour darker fruits. Taste of sour fruit and some hops. High acidity. OK nothing special

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUN 16, 2009
A rather monotone ale. Bright nose of fresh cider vinegar and un-ripe pear mildly tempered by some sweet malt. The robust acidity never becomes too overbearing as it plays on the palate with malt fruit and a muted but substantial hop bitterness. When the carbonation works itself out this is very reminicent of a Rhone white. Well balanced, and enjoyable, excellent price for a sour. The wood seems to show in the finish as a lingering patron. 88

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2009
Very standard stereotypical looking beer gold body with a thin white cap. Aroma reminds me of white wine sour grapes with a hint of oak. I’m not sure if I like but I think I do. First sip was a horrible experience very sour and the flavour reminded me of vomit aftertaste. This is a very dry tasting beer its giving me pasties. This has lots of similarities to white wine with its sour oaky taste and sweet clean finish. Taste is light but bold. Never really had a beer taste like this before, very unique. I kind of enjoy this but not really, I can’t ever see myself buying this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle. Clear goldenwith a big foamy white head. Aromas of berries, wood and sour dough. Flavour is tart with notes of rubber, spice, malt and wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3507) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Pours clear dark golden color with thin white head. I can smell the sour aroma from a foot away. Sour lemon flavor with a touch of oak. Thin body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (5830) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Bottle pours out a gold topped with a off white head. Aroma of wood and sour fruit. tast of light sour and some fruit on the tongue a light tartness on the end. this one is a great first sour to try out. Pretty mellow.

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