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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1300   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours out a small head that goes away and leaves a lacing that’s kinda weak. The color is golden like champagne. Smell is sour, so is the taste. It’s very fruity and sour at the same time. Mouthfeel is very good and I wouldn’t mind having another one of these.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2007
Cask @ Beer Circus, Croydon. Bottle read ’Grand Reserve’. Amber gold colour. Malty honey nose. Sweet and sour taste with lactic at the back of the tongue. really different but good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2007
I really dug this at a home-tasting. Fantastic find from an unknown entity. Brut-ish, bone dry, reminiscent of an unfruited lambic. Pleasantly sour and oaky. I’d be curious to try this with a Thanksgiving turkey or some artisan cheeses. A good find!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AskForJenny (1033) - Ontario, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2007
330ml - Apple bite on nose, green apple and lambic sourness on palate. Appearance isn’t much but the flavor is great, and isn’t that what were here for?

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (2081) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 16, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2009 bottle poured a wheat amber in color with a thin layer of white foam on the surface and unrelenting carbonation. aroma has sour green apples, citrus peel, beautiful yeast, tart cherry, candy sugar, and some background oak. just really something to smell and just got better as it warmed a bit, had no idea this would be so good. flavor is tart like it should be but with this dry sweetness that offsets it so well, light to drink with such great fruit combination’s. keeps coming at you with yeast, and the subtle flavor from the oak is tremendous, lambic like but totally different. so much better than the Oud Bruin, combines the fruit sweetness and dryness so well.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3459) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Pour is a orange with a small white head. Aroma is very wine-like with some grapes and a nice cherry. Flavor is super sour with lots of cherry and a nice yeastyness. Very tart and not one of my fav styles but i guess good enough to try once.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4725) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2007
(Bottle) Purchased at Hillside Liquors in Victoria for ~$4. Pours a frothy white head atop a light amber body. Good sour notes with a seedy undertone. Very drinkable and enjoyable - good strong sour, cherries and yeast. Smooth with a lasting tart finish. Definitely a winner.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Spritzy appearance, light golden body, funky farmyard apple aroma. Classic flemish sour flavor, quite tart, medium cherry-pit bitterness in the finish, very drinkable. Strange combination of flemish sour, gueuze, and saison that works really well. Seems to be really hard to find around here. Had to bring back from the Bier Tempel in Belgium.

4.2
   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.

3.9
   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.


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