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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 1299   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 ‘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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (13272) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2002
Okay, I read Bill’s rating and I’m thinking ’what’s wrong with that?’ Golden with a substantial nose (brett, fruit, wine - reminds of Rodenbach Red). The body is light, vibrant, complex, acidic. So drinkable, so refreshing. If you like this, check out Vapeur d’Antan.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (12921) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2011
Clear golden with a lasting white head. Aroma is sweet, moderate sour - vinegar - and wood. Flavor is medium sweet, rather sour and rather acidic. Quite dry and rather acidic finish. 070911

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (12834) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2012
Bottle at BXL Cafe, NYC. Pale golden beer with a rich lasting offwhite head. Vinous oak aroma, yeasty, fruity, tart, sourish, grapes, citrus, dry woody, hay and some spices. Sour oak flavor, really sourish from grapefruity and lingonberries, spicy, tart, some barnyard, yeasty notes, fresh with lots of fruits showing. Vinous finish, banana notes, grassy, sour and quite sourish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (12480) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Light amber pour with a white head. Nose is somewhat acetic with a light grapefruit quality. Some slight malt sweetness, light musty funk, and a hint of wood. Quite sour on the palate. Some definite vinegar notes, a light citric acidity, and mild malt sweetness in the background. There’s a little bit of funk to it and a light vinous quality.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (12182) - DENMARK - APR 28, 2011
Bottle. Clear golden with small white head. Flavour is malt, fruit, sour, little tart, little perfume and a little marzipan.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12136) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Sour fruit - cherries and apples? - for aroma. A bit of yeast. Hazy golden color with a fine white head. Starts with apple, passes to generic sour, then to an oaky yeasty finish. Something like a sour gueze (some aren’t). Extremely dry, even astringent. Definitely puckers the mouth. Apple is ever present.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2009 (Bottle) Pours a clear, sparkling golden color with a medium-sized white head. Aroma of florals, sourness, and fruit. Flavors of tart boysenberries, sour apple, and vinegar. Some gueze-like qualities. Acidic, dry palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (12083) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2007
Bottle. Golden / orange colour with a white head. Aroma is fruit, yeast, oak. Flavour is sour, fruit, yeast, oak,young rasberries, acid. nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11958) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Clear straw head with medium white head. Aroma is very sour, vinegar, white grape, some barnyard, light cherry, wood. Taste is mild sweet, quite sour, vinegar, white grape, barnyard, some oak. Light, crisp body. Not a lot of sweetness, but enough to offset the strong sourness. The flavors coalesce into quite a tasty treat, assuming of course that you are into this sort of thing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11685) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Bottle. Poured hazy pale color with a large frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Heavy tart citrus and fruit aroma. Medium body. Medium sour citrus flavor with a medium sour finish of moderated duration. This is a very refreshing standout beer.


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