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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1420   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2009
11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Back label stamped "39681." Appearance: Poured into my Maudite tulip. A hazy light amber hay color. Slight, quickly receding white head. Nose: Apricots, peaches, kumquats, lime, sour dough, slight minerality. Also, smells like a million bucks! Palate: Sour! Holy sour, batman! Wow, ok...medium-bodied, light to no carbonation really. Lots of sour peach, sour apricot, kumquats again, with some oxidized nuttiness in the background. There’s this toasted hazelnut/caramelized sugar underpinning beneath all this sour citrus fruit. There’s enough sweetness to keep the acid from getting out of hand, and the oaking keeps the sourness in check by drying it out a litte. Notes: Talk about a complex beer! Wow, totally blow away by this one. I love the interplay between the nutty/oxidized sub-notes and the full-on sour apricot body. Highly recommend for fans of sour beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrGGen (331) - ITALY - MAY 29, 2009
Bel colore giallo dorato.Schiuma molto frizzante e aderente.Aroma di lievito e legno.Sapore secco,di malto e luppolo con una buona acidità,pompelmo e ancora legno.Complessa.Finale di luppolo.Buona

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBaby (81) - , Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Clear golden with a pale cream head. A yeasty aroma with a sour taste. Very little sweetness to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2009
11.2 oz bottle. Clear gold with a haze of white foam. Nose is lemon with faint honey and oak. Not quite light, some sparkle. Taste is lemon smoothed by vanilla oak. Dry sour finish. Well made simple sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3413) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Pours mostly clear with a thin, fleeting head. Acetic acid aroma, stopbath! which way to the darkroom? Corn silage as well. Rotting apples. Sweeter than the aroma would suggest. Lots of tart sourness but there’s balance here that keeps it it out of Lambic territory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5352) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Pours a clear golden with a tinge of orange, small white head. Grain, green apple, cheese, biscuits, dry malt, floral hops. Not that sour, and pretty heavily carbonated. Not a very good sour in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2009
2009 Peoria International Beer Fest. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Aroma is a granny smith apple scent with a pretty pungent sourness. Sour dominates the flavor and notes of apples and some mild grainy notes work their way in there as well. Beer has a light acid bite at the very end and is a very pleasant beer overall.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nnudd (69) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours a golden colour with a medium white head. Aroma is sour and fruity with some sweetness. I also sense the 20 month oak barrel maturing, reminds me of redvine Soft sweet/sour and fruity dry flavour. Sour dry finish. Not my kind’a beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMerritt (1939) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
Sampled at the Peoria Int’l Beer Festival. (I was unaware this was a sour ale until I took my first whiff, so this was the surprise of the day!) Yellow in color, clear, with a moderate white head. Heavy dough & cheese nose - bardyardy with a capital B. Tart flavor, lots of sour apple and citrus (lemon and grapefruit). Refreshingly carbonated. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15096) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2009
Bottle at a Club-Tasting (Thanks Bager). Clear yellow/golden - white head. Vinegar, wood, sourish, oak, sulfor, bike glue, acid, nice sharpness. Nice.

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