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


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RATINGS: 1343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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.

Kristall-König's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kristall-König (2520) - Oldenburg, - DEC 30, 2012
Säuerlich, weinartiger Geruch. Ausgewogen säuerlicher Start. Mitte milchsäureartig, Holzfass. Trocken sauer abgehend. Stimmiges Bier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SimonBlok (26) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours clear golden with white head. Aroma: sour, apple, little malt, wine. Taste: Medium sweetness that fits the sour character of this beer. Notes of banana. The finish is medium bitter with notes of wood. Carbonation is low, texture is sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Klimaet (852) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2015
Tap @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Pours a clear golden with a small white head. Aroma is funky, hoppy, citrussy, green grapes and some tart green apples. Taste is funky, oaky, grapefruit, green apples and grapes with some brett and citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PeatyPete (589) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2015
Bright golden yellow colour with white foam head. Aroma of Green apples a bit wry. Taste of unripe fruit, sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (1004) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2015
Tap at Fermentoren Aarhus. Pours a clear golden with a small white head. Aroma is tart with slight hops, green apples, vinegar, tart, white grapes, Lemon peel. Taste is sour, acidic, but with a certain oily malt sweetness. Body is light to oily with a Fairly High carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (875) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2015
Pours a pale gold with a long-lasting white foam head. Aroma is fruit, lactic, and oak. Flavor is light fruit and oak, with a very sour lactic taste. Has a slight bitter feel. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrOrla (1019) - Odense C, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2015
Tap at c4. Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma of tart, green apples, sour. Taste is the same, light hay, lactic. Decent

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChtiBreizh (258) - Rennes, FRANCE - SEP 11, 2015
Golden, nearly clear, with a small frothy head. Aroma is citrusy, a little woody. It is dry and very sour, with a good bite from the carbonation. Good and interesting for the sake of beer art, but not as complex nor refreshing as a geuze.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (4206) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 10, 2015
Sample at beer bloggers conference, Brussels 2015
lightly hazy pale gld, lactic tartness, lemony, clean, sharp

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rubin77 (244) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 7, 2015
F: white head frothy, not long lasting. C: hazy gold colour. A: wine, earthy yeast, wood, hint of lemon. T: very special dry earthy, vinous, grapefruit, vinegar sourness and dryness on the palate, some woody tones, leather, tart fruit, medium to complex body, good carbonation, nice dry end on the palate, very good one for this style, worth to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hivemind (809) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2015
Draft @ Rosamunde today waiting for E. Pour is gold, 50-60% transparency, minuscule head and lacing. Nose is funk-sour but also fresh piney hops, cool. Tastes like sour grapefruit, good mix of a sour and pale/IP ale.

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