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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1444   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.

MacDouglass' rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Aroma: a combination of apple juice concentrate and mushy brown apples beneath an apple tree in autumn, honestly, that’s the aroma that predominates to me, and I’m not even sure if apples are in any way involved in the brewing of this beer; Appearance: a very pale yellow on the pour that turns more orange/golden as you fill up the glass, light, white head that quickly dissipates after the pour, decent, consistent streams of bubbles that collect at the edge of the glass; Taste: a strong sour punch without any sweet (aka: not candy-like) upon initial draught, followed almost immediately by a bitter aftertaste and maybe something reminiscent of medicine, indeed, this is a very strange beer, maybe some soggy wood in there somewhere, the malts are hidden behind the sour, but, to me, the hops are completely masked by the sour, I still taste something apply, maybe almost apple vinegar, since I love sour ales, this is all very good to me, but I’m pretty certain that my wife would resolutely refuse to finish the glass after the first draught; Palate: mostly, the sour lingers, not a lot of complexity in the palate, mostly, I think, because the hops are so masked by the sour; Overall: a nice sour ale experience, since I still don’t have many sour ale experiences under my belt, I can’t really say one way or the other whether or not this is superior in its class...I’d definately recommend it to an adventurous beer drinker though!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jvhemert (379) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 22, 2016
Aroma: grass, citrus Appearance: blonde clear Taste: very sour, different depths of sourness with aromas. Palate: thin, medium carbonation Overall: very decent, not quite the complex aromas to make a winner

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frothmeister (733) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2016
330ml bottle. In the cellar for a year. Pours pale gold with a light haze, and an off-white head. On the nose, sour cherry, tart apple, faint oak, and more sour cherry. Taste wise, tart acidity, calvados, and sour cherry that leads into some serious tartness with again, more of the cherry, with light oak and pomegranate in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10872) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2016
Bottle at Nialls. Pours clear golden, nose is wood, toffee, light funk, taste is sour, funky, chewy, lime, toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FinnIckler (99) - GERMANY - OCT 11, 2016
Bottle from savuere. Pours golden with small white head. Nose is oak, citrus, resin, acid. Palate is sour, oaky, dry. Finish is more oaky dry sour notes. It certainly tastes interesting, but not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Evilkniamhel (577) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 9, 2016
On keg at Bow Bar. Pours clear gold. Nose of maple, citrus, sour sweeties. Taste is tart, hay, light fruit, tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (5373) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 6, 2016
On keg at the Bow Bar. Appearance - golden with a nice fluffy head. Nose - as expected, wood and cider vinegar notes. Taste - woody, cidery and so lovely and funky. A bit of apple brandy at the back. Palate - light to medium bodied with a long lean tangy middle section that continues through the finish. Overall - lovely. Lovely. Lovely!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (2959) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 27, 2016
Keg at Bow Bar. Clear golden. Nose is oak, slightly sour, fruits. Tastes tart, bitter and sour, wood, fruits. Tart and oaky.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALIBALI (787) - Kiel, GERMANY - SEP 26, 2016
Getrunken im CAFE DE KOFFER in Groningen. 25cl/3,90€ vom Fass. Definitiv hart säuerlich, mit viel Kräuteraromatik. Abgerundet wird das extreme Geschmackserlebnis von einem leichten Kümmelflair. Wild und üppig weinig. Willst du auf den Weinfassboden? Dann komm herunter 😀!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsporrer (740) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2016
Pours a clear golden yellow with a thin white ring. Light carbonation and some lacing. Crisp strong aroma of tart citrus. Taste is tart, sour apple with a nice mouth feel. Finish is a bit dry and grassy flavored. Pretty pleasant and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
markschiedon (596) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 22, 2016
Drinking from tab at Mitra BX. In the aroma sourness. The clear golden beer has a small white head. In the taste sourness. High carbonated.

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