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


on tap

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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Pours a dull apricot color w/ a fast fading spritzy head that leaves behind a lingering lace. Aromas of tart to sour fruit. Light nectar w/ ample residual effers that explode on the palate creating a chewy cotton texture. Pleasantly sour and brisk. Flavors of under ripened peaches, green apples, sour grapes, and a touch of sodium. The finish is dry and has a lingering tartness. Overall: this brew is very enjoyable and well balanced. I was amazed to learn it was over 7% abv. I couldn’t tell at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2007
Bottle @ GBBF ’07. Petrus? I thought upon Mes’ recommendation but little did I know what I was about to behold. Golden/amberish with a thin white head. Nose of citrus, lemon and lime, apple, yeast and a bit of hay. So much flavour from such a small 25cl bottle, it’s got qualities of a lambic and some subtle woody sour ale notes. Tart and citric, again lemon, lime and apple but also some subtle cherry sour ale notes with yeast, malt and a touch of oak. I’m so kicking myself that I didn’t grab any of these at Drunken Geese when I had the chance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Bottle. Hazy golden in color with a little off white head. Yeasty, very fruity aroma. Coriander notes. Sour fruity flavor. Apples, rasberries. Very tart and sour tasting. Very nice beer. Medium mouthfeel. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (11860) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2007
Bottle. Golden / orange colour with a white head. Aroma is fruit, yeast, oak. Flavour is sour, fruit, yeast, oak,young rasberries, acid. nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Pours golden in color and seems carbonated. Not much head. Very odd aroma. My friend had never had a sour and I let him try it and he was not too happy with it. Very tart and sour in flavor and great on the palate. One of the best sours I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14762) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2007
Bottle. Hazy, golden-orange pour. Berry-like, sour fruityness and some barnyard in the aroma. The flavor is quite sour and berry-like as well. Medium, quite astringent mouthfeel. Truly a lovely beer, that surprised a bit. (070914)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11336) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2007
Bottle. [thank you, Skortila!]
Thought this was only available in the states, but Jos found it in Holland, and I in Belgium. Pours a very clear golden cobber-orange with a lot of bubbles. A small creamy white head on top that stays for quite some time and leaves great ’fat’ lacing. Aroma is funk, muskyness, barnyard, slight sour fruit as well as a clear sweet caramel background. Lively and slightly spritzy mouthfeel. Flavour is impressive, quite tart at first, very dry. A lot of caramel hidden behind the usual lambic flavours. Apples and oak appear as well. Wonderful beer to try!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 25, 2007
A very interesting beer. Mix pack from Bevmo La Mesa. Very stong Lambic qualities. Nose of citrus, apples. The palet much of the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2007
Bottle @ Twickenham BF 07 (Tasting). Pours clear gold / yellow with white head. Aroma is fruity / light / oaky. Taste is sour apples / grapes / spice / oak. Great mouthfeel and nice finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
Pours a clear dull yellow with a sizable egg-white head. Very sour aroma, cider-like. Flavour is dry and vinous, again, more cider than beer. Body is thin with subtle carb. What can I say... sours are not really my thing. Interesting to try, though.

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