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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (14127) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 20, 2008
330ml bottle (alko - via mirjukka - thanks!)
Clear amber with a healthy tight pale head. Light fruit sweetness and sourness. Soft and sour on the tongue. Bursting with refreshing light malty tastes before you even swallow, and a very pleasant sourness that zings on the tongue, and builds up to be the major flavour after swallowing. The light malt character is very mellow, but I can’t actually pinpoint the oak in the aging that this is usually a sign of. The finish is in part quite dry, but not drying, and otherwise more of the mellow light malts. And no hint of 7.3% - fantastic - I’d session this without a second thought! A few acidic esters stop this from really excelling, but it is a very tasty beer on the whole.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13614) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13426) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Bottle poured a hazy gold with a small, lasting white head. Aromas of vinegar, citrus, oak, and some mustiness. Palate was light bodied and tart. Flavors of citrus, vinegar and oak with a crisp, tart lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13396) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2012
Bottled, 330ml from Burg Bieren, Ermelo, Netherlands.Gold with white head. Initial sour nose, fruity, tart, this translates into the beer, but in a particularly pleasing way, sharp, floral with a hint of spicy yeast. Good depth, lemony, an assault on the taste-buds but never a trial. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13318) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (13282) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2009
Bottle from a wineshop in Holstebro. Frothy fair mostly deminishing head. Dark yellow colour. Powerful sour aroma. Citrus and wellbalanced astringent grapenotes. Long great sour and creamy!!!! finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
Tasted at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, July 16, 2005. Golden ale with a big bubbled white head. Light lemon sour aroma with light barnyard notes. Sour puckering acid with lemon juice, and good effervescence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (12955) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2007
UPDATED: APR 27, 2008 Yellow with a medium sized white head. Grapefruit and brett, oak and leather in the aroma. Dry and very tart with some oak notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (12927) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2013
Bottle - Sour apple with some hints of grain. Clear gold with a minimal head. Lightly sour with tastes of vinegar and maybe apple if anything. A great refreshing sour that I think is a great introduction in this style of beer. Finish is just enough not to ruin your palate for the next beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12756) - 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.

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