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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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RATINGS: 1427   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
Pours a clear dull yellow with a sizable egg-white head. Very sour aroma, cider-like. Flavour is dry and vinous, again, more cider than beer. Body is thin with subtle carb. What can I say... sours are not really my thing. Interesting to try, though.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Bottled. Pours clear light orange with a short head. Minimal lace. Complex oaked sour aromatics. Really nice. The flavor is medium-plus sour. Light-medium body, thick-heavy-oily texture, good carbonation, and a long, tart-acidic finish. Outstanding.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Apple-lemon aroma and a slightly hazy appearance. Strong sour lemon-grape flavor. Very tart.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
varanid99 (1000) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2015
Pale gold pour with a thin white head. Aroma winey, vinegar, weird sweet/sour smell, but in a good way. Taste is good and tart, but still with a slightly sweet, winey flavour. As someone who still hasn’t really got the hang of sours, this was a really pleasant surprise

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark golden color and develops a fine, thinning white head. Enjoyable aroma that is fruity and tart. Notes of green apple, pear, wild yeast and biscuit. Nothing too complex however. Flavor is crisp and moderately sour, with tones of wheat, lemon citrus and old hops. First few sips were a bit metallic, which downgrades the experience. Overall, pretty good brew that finishes nice and crisp, with the oak aging barely noticeable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bozo_skeleton (992) - Grenoble, FRANCE - APR 20, 2016
Blonde dorée, carbo moyenne, petit collet persistant. Aromes aigres, légèrement boisés, pommes vertes. Saveurs sûre qui persiste longuement et qui est assez franche.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmm635 (991) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Never heard of an aged pale ale, so I was intrigued right from the get go. Poured a hazy dark golden color with a thin white head. Fantastic aroma! Sour apple and peachy, funky yeast, and tons of tartness. Flavor also has a strong tart bite and was pretty fruity, but I liked it. Didn’t detect any oak flavors, though. Tingly mouthfeel.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2013
330ml bottle. Pours light amber, clear, little head. Aromas of funk and wood with a spicy edge. Sour on the entry, fairly bland all the same. Finishes with a hint of sweetness amongst the sour.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
stchloe (968) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Looked and smelled much better than it tasted, maybe the bottle was off. Syrup and sickly saccharine sweet, like cheery cough syrup.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2010
Pours clear yellow with a thin white head. Sour aroma of wild yeast. with thick wine like notes. Flavour is very sharp and sour. Not the most sour beer I have evr had but it is very sour. It’s a grreat sour ale. This is one hell of a brew! well balanced with complex citrus notes this is a great beer.


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