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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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common

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RATINGS: 1303   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 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.


ThisWangsChung's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 3/6/13. 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a light golden amber color. The head is a one finger white shade. Itís more substantial looking than others in the style, but still fades quickly. Thin splotches of lacing are left on the glass. S: Thereís good tartness on the nose - better than I expected really, given how low the Petrus Oud Bruin was in sour qualities. The fruit esters here are pretty light; apple, pear, grapes, and maybe some vague citrus. Even touches of honey and pale malts are found. T: Oh yeah. This one has some good mouth-puckering sourness. Itís definitely acetic/vinegary in nature; however, itís not perfectly integrated within the other (meager) qualities the flavor profile provides. It is balanced well, however. Just like the aroma, there arenít really any cherry fruit qualities, itís pretty much apple/pears/grapes alongside the acetic sourness. It becomes less tart near the finish as some light maltiness and the faintest ípingí of grassy hops come through. M: Pretty damn light in texture, which is just what I look for in the style. Oak tannins help to dry out some of the acidic zing on the finish and aftertaste, and never come across too harshly. It isnít particularly easy to drink, but it IS easy to sip, and thatís what counts. O: This one definitely delivers the sour, puckering bite to it - and at a decent price, to boot! I really wish it was fruitier, but thatís just nitpicking. Iíd definitely consider making this one a go-to sour for me.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lebermilz (79) - GERMANY - JUN 3, 2015
A beer close to white wine. Intense aromas of citrus and peach which appear again on the palate. Nothing sweet, rather tart and sour. Soft, but very fine carbonation. Enjoyed this a lot,

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mateuszk (359) - Poznań, POLAND - JUN 1, 2015
Crystal clear, golden with low head. In aromsweet and sour, winegar plus some tart fruits. In flavour acidic with tart fruits, lemons, oak. Medium bodied, long acidic finish, fizzy carbonation. Nice one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
redders1974 (232) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2015
If I had this on a blind tasting I would swear itís cider unusual oaky tartness comes through very dry but leaves as sugary sweet after taste some desirable funk unusual beer not one I would seek out again but refreshing and unusual

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kavu (2759) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 27, 2015
0,33l bottle @ Stadin Panimobaari. Pours pale clear golden with a medium head. Aroma is sour malts. Flavor is sour malts. Great.

0.6
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Woodspop (13) - Rivervale, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2015
Would not buy again, didnít realise was a sour beer. Smells exactly how it taste. Doesnít describe being sour on the bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvanFriend (385) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Sour apples, a bit of vinegar, and an almost fruity character. Not as much vinegar as most sours. I like it.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BarleyandVine (50) - Stockbridge, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Remarkable part of a collection of Belgian Sour Ales in "Sour Power" Refreshing tartness with subtle oakiness. An experience youíll surly enjoy.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkleu357 (541) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Smells like and tastes like a fresh batch of wort. Very grainy. I like the beer, but mostly like how it reminds me of brew day when making homebrew. Itís fairly sweet.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bill Becker (518) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - MAY 10, 2015
A very clear and bright gold. The foam wasnít excessive but has a lot of retaining power. Lacing? For sure. Geez, this smells good if you are a sour beer fan and donít mind some horse blanket permeating your nose buds. I am deliberately trying to pull some of that funk out of my first few sips and I can but make no mistake, this oneís all about the sour and quite a bit about the bitter. On the sour scale shown on the label, 1 to 5, this comes in at a 5. I believe it and I relish in it. I would call it close to medium bodied with a solid but not outrageous level of carbonation. Dang this is good. On or at least at the level of your beers from Cantillion, De Cam, Tilquin, Gerard. . More please!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bpreo (1984) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2015
Super duper sour! Not like any beer I have ever had before. I am truly impressed.


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