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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1421   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 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 (3501) - 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 (5642) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Pours just about crystal clear, dark golden-amber in color. A minimal, off-white head fizzes away quickly, leaving just a hazy film at the surface. A few wet spots remain behind on the glass. The nose gives of notes of sweet, caramelized nectarine, with tangy apricot and green apple tartness. Soured, woody oak comes through, complimenting the sweet-tart fruit nicely. Flavors mirror the aroma, with a lactic, oaky sourness showing alongside lightly sugary nectarine and zesty lemon peel. It’s quite acetic, much more so than any blond sour in my recent memory. Medium bodied, there is a sprite, lively carbonation that intensifies the lingering, semi-dry, acetic finish. This is a good beer, and a noticeable step up from the other Petrus brews I’ve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Bottle. Pours gold that is clear and pale with a light thin head. Tart aroma with a taste to match like granny smith apples. Very light and easy to drink with an almost dry quality on the back end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear pale yellow/gold with a one-finger white head that reduces quickly to just a ring. Lacing is good but nothing special. Nose is immediately tart, clean, sour dry, light apples and toasty aromas. Wonderfully dry and tart, with a good clean brightness, with herbal and oaky notes. Yeasty, sourdough and apples finish that lingers on and on. But for the fact is 7.3%, this could easily be a favorite session beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - JUN 8, 2009
Taste 6/9 bottle. Looks: Pale cloudy gold. Aroma: Acidic, straw and sticky bread. Taste: Dry. Acidic, mouth watering beer. Mild fruitiness overwhelmed by a puckering need to replenish one’s thirst.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 5, 2009
Bottled 33cl. Courtesy of Daniele. It pours a clear golden beer with a nice off white head. Sour nose with a lot of oak showing up. Hints of leather, apples, tarragon, sage and blueberries. sour taste of apples, blueberries and tarragon. The oak characteristic is quite present. Low carbonation. Medium bodied. Some lacework. Dry finish which is reminiscent of apples. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (3015) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Woo-hoo! mmm, mm, good beer! Very interesting. Big tropical fruit nose with a lilttle malt and a hint of the flavor to come: sour. Poured with a small head that quickly fades to almost none and a tiny bit of lace. Very clear rich gold color. Flavor is much more dry and much less fruity than the nose would suggest. Very nice carbonation. Tartness lingers on the tip of the tongue. Finish is clean leaves good memories. Not sure if it’d be a session beer.

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