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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1294   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 Ďmother beer,í 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 connoisseurís delight! The only one of its kind on the U.S. market.


3.8
   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.

2.9
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobaidan (523) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 20, 2007
Pours clear gold with a medium white head. Aroma is tart with a hint of apple. Mouth feel is very lively. Flavor is close to the aroma, with a nice tartness that is not overbearing. This may be the most dry tasting beer Iíve ever had, which is not a complaint. Finish is exceptionally clean leaving your tongue ready for another sip.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2007
330ml bottle purchased at Falling Rock during GABF. Golden straw color with a light but big bubbled head. Delightfully sour aroma with a light fruitiness and wood. The flavor is sour but not overpoweringly so. There is mostly apple flavors mixed with what I suppose to be wood hints. Dry and very carbonated but in this case (likely due to how dry this was) I think the carbonation enhances this brew. An interesting experience but for 11 dollars a bottle, it is one that I will not repeat soon.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Pour is a clear pale gold with a small diminishing white head. Aroma of sour grapes, apples, faint spices, yeast and lemons. Flavor is sour and citrusy with some yeast, oak and tart cherry. Medium bodied. Another good belgian!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cobra (1100) - - SEP 24, 2007
330 ml. brown, longneck bottle. Cryptic date on back label. Poured out a hazy, straw yellow color, with a decent white head on it. Champagne carbonation, fine, tiny bubbles. Aromas are of pears, lemons, Brett, some wine barrel. Flavors are of pears, Brettanomyces, wine barrel, sour grapes. Medium mouthfeel, lively & prickly on the tongue. Decent, sour finish to it. Damn tasty beer. Maybe I should have bought more than one.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2007
9/19/07 From the bottle. Aroma is lightly sour pear-like malt forward balanced with fruity esters, followed by toffee, butter and no hops. Appearance is clear light gold with a good white head. Flavor is very sour, astringent, almost flawed. The esters totally mask the malt and there is no hop character. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a spritzy carb feel. Overall, this just seems like a flawed beer (4 of us split it, so I wasnít the only one); need to have another one to be sure.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybercat (3801) - Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Aroma is strong, very malty with a considerable fruity overtone, like apple or pear. Color is a clear golden. Flavor is crisp, strongly fruity - very much like a cider rather than an ale - with a good bitter bite and a hint of sour apple taste. It is fairly smooth but does have an edge to it, and leaves a sour but not unpleasant aftertaste.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Pours a clear straw with a decent white head. The nose...oh man...smelling this reminds me of my trips to Napa. The wooden barrels permeating the air and sending me to a place that puts me in a different world. The one I need to be in for this experience. Strong oak, though not overpowering. For an oaked beer, I donít see how it could be any better; hence the 5. The flavor. Of course there is a serious influence from the oak here. But is also hits you with a slight tang that gets your tastebuds to really pay attention. The oak does not last a long time, but while it is there it is making itself known. Strong apple presence as well. Borders on cider-esqe. I am revising my review and giving the taste a 5. Feel is slightly carbonated, but not thick at all. Very drinkable as far as being such a unique and interesting brew. But itís not a session beer. Too distinct, too pungent, and way too elegant to be slamming these all night, though I would love to have this one another time. Awesome. I am ecstatic to be able to try this one, but pissed that I have no (local) way to get more in New Mexico. Seek and find. After tasting everything from the six pack, this one is by far the best. In a class of itís own.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2007
An interestingn brew with flavors reminiscent of loquat or kumquat. Almost taste olives too. Dry, sour, and salty. Unique and Iíd certainly enjoy another.


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