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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MuertosPorter (24) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Golden pour with a creamy white head. Aromas of sour milk and yeast. Active carbonation on the palate. Flavors of unripe apples, sour orange, slight amount of vinegar. A bit straightforward, but very enjoyable. Excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1260) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2008
Dark golden body, beautiful white head; Quite deep almost cheap chardonnay like nose with tons of oak; Very sour but very simple, lots of lemon fruity acid; Medium long finish with lots of lemon fruity freshness, quite acidy, lots of oak aroma white wine barrel. Alright.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (35031) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2008
ZBF2008: From bottle. Pours clear and pale yellow with a lacing white head. Light acidic to citric aroma. Flavour is dry almost woody, acidic to light orange and citric fruity. Ends dry and light acidic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
HermanW (1046) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2008
Eerst even gekeken wat voor soort bier dit was en dan kun je de verrassing toch beter waarderen. Zurig ik moest toch denken aan de krieken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2008
ZBF 2008: Light yellow with a decent white head. Aroma of lactic tartness, wood, and starfruit. Some sugar. Grapefruit and some vinous character. Flavor is tart with wheat and some acid. Green apple, starfruit, and other tart summer fruits. Somewhat simple flavor profile but quite solid. Slight metallic on the back end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (14447) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2008
Bottle, 7.3%. Acidic aroma, lactic. Clear golden colour, nice stable white head. The flavour is also acidic, distinctly, but not overwhelming. Has a good, satiating acidity. Actually quite good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (10892) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 20, 2008
330ml bottle (alko - via mirjukka - thanks!)
Clear amber with a healthy tight pale head. Light fruit sweetness and sourness. Soft and sour on the tongue. Bursting with refreshing light malty tastes before you even swallow, and a very pleasant sourness that zings on the tongue, and builds up to be the major flavour after swallowing. The light malt character is very mellow, but I can’t actually pinpoint the oak in the aging that this is usually a sign of. The finish is in part quite dry, but not drying, and otherwise more of the mellow light malts. And no hint of 7.3% - fantastic - I’d session this without a second thought! A few acidic esters stop this from really excelling, but it is a very tasty beer on the whole.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2008
33cl bottle. Pours hazy and deep, orange-gold with a thin, off-white head. The aroma is quite sour. It has some sweetness as well as an earthy and medicinal note. Impressions of sour apples and crystallized ginger run amok. The flavor is very dry - quite reminiscent of a very dry white wine or champagne. There are some sour notes, too - slightly acetic, unsweetened lemon juice. There are other influences, too - particularly oak. There is little hop, yeast, or malt character here (except the sour notes from wild yeast or bacteria). The finish is extremely dry. The beer’s texture and acidity combine to form astringency everywhere, leaving the mouth completely dry afterwards. The texture is medium in body and well carbonated - but it leaves a creamy feeling, unlike champagne. I am not a particularly big fan of dry champagne, and that seems to translate in my not particularly enjoying this either. What a shame...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hiddenvariable (207) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2008
bottle. pours a hazy honey color with a somewhat thin white head that fades to a film relatively quickly, but leaves a nice lacing. lots of sour fruit in the nose, mostly cherry and lemon, a bit of white grapes, some woody notes, and a lingering almost cheesy funk in the background. a bit of caramelly malt chilling in the background. a fairly strong white wine taste, with further notes of lemon and cherry and oak. quite vinous, and combined with the dry finish and the abundance of bubbles, i would say quite champaigne-like. light body, and a nice tart finish, for a sensation that could only be described as quenching. i could drink this stuff all day. not the best for pure sourness, and i like duchess more for complexity and malt character, but this is undeniably good. the word "quenching" keeps coming to mind. i could drink this all day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7996) - 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!

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