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


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RATINGS: 1313   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2012
11.2oz bottle, served at 40-45F.

Pours cloudy golden amber with a one finger white head that leaves a few spots of lacing and recedes to a foamy ring and wispy cap.

Aroma is apple cider vinegar, funk, oak, sour. Interesting and inviting. Gueuze-like qualities. Very good strength.

Flavor is tart cider vinegar, funky, oak, a hint of some almost caramel like sweetness lies underneath, finishes with acidic sourness. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, a bit sticky, sharp carbonation.

Really nice Sour, especially for the price. Great intro to the style for those on a budget.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerGolem (742) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2012
Bouteille 330ml. Servie dans un verre Tulipe. Robe dorée, léger collet blanc qui disparaît vite. Pas de dentelle. Arôme de levure, de fruit et d’acidité de vin. Le goût est sûre et arrache! L’équilibre n’est pas terrible, mais l’amateur hardcore de sour ale ne s’en plaindra pas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrmartin (741) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Dark golden pour with white head leaving nice lacing. nose is sour citrus/cherry and subtle brett and light caramel malt. taste is similar to the nose not very sweet but not overwhelming. light body, lingering sour fruit throughout pleasant bite. nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2011
Bottle. A nice medium sized pillow of white foam sits on top of a clear, golden straw colored beer. Little bubbles can be seen rising to the surface. Really nice looking. Tart aroma with what seems like green apples. Taste is mildly sour. I was honestly expecting this to be a bit more tart because of the aroma. Something is missing around mid palate for me. Lighter body with pretty nice carbonation. For $2 this is a great beer, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2005
Golden colour. Thin white head. Spicy, wooden, sour nose. Acidic´, sour, yeasty flavour. A little vinous aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ametras (736) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2015
330ml bottle. Clear golden with a frothy white head. Flavors are hay, lemon, apple, grapes, oak and vinegar with grainy and earthy notes. Generous acetic sourness. Light to medium body, soft carbonation, slick texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TizzleJizzle (731) - Garland, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle from the Bottle Shop Dallas. Tart on the nose. Poured a clear light yellow color with a thin white top and nice lacing. Taste of cherries, acidic, spice. Great carbonation. Overall I wish it was as complex as other sour ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Fairly clear nice looking beer with a bubbly carbonation and long lasting white head. Nose is winey, with some cherry and light acetic notes. Flavor is similar to Rodenbach Grand Cru, deep and complex with cherry, wood, a bit of vanilla on the back end. Moderate acidity, less vinegar that Rodenbach Grand Cru. Very very good sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip. Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-blonde with nice, foamy white cap. Some sticky lacing. Aroma: Major apple cider going on here - both sweet and tart. Some light pepper as well. Oak becomes noticeable as it warms. Taste: Very tart and peppery. Somewhat sweet apple, oak and clove provide an additional layer of complexity, but it is the tart, peppery profile that carries from start to finish. Some hoppy bitter notes at the end as well. Palate: Moderately high carbonation, fairly light body, nice dry finish. Overall: I was surprised by how peppery this is, but that seems to make it more refreshing and appealing. Also, despite the onslaught on the taste buds, there is still a nice, soft character beneath that really makes this a fantastic sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Poured hazy amber with a thick tan head. Good thickness in the head. Aroma had red wine, vinegar, sour cherry and butterscotch. Taste was bitter at first but smoothed out quickly.

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