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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2004 Aroma is remarkably yeasty, lots of fruit - apple and sour cherry. The ABV definitely works its way into the flavor and your nasal passages...whew, but it’s no rival for the sour cherry that is there for the entire ride. I am a fan of flemish red ales, but this seemed just below the cusp with too much attention given to the cherry rather than ways in which to incorporate it in the beer well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hivemind (809) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2015
Draft @ Rosamunde today waiting for E. Pour is gold, 50-60% transparency, minuscule head and lacing. Nose is funk-sour but also fresh piney hops, cool. Tastes like sour grapefruit, good mix of a sour and pale/IP ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbastard (808) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Nice beer for an spring afternoon. Very refreshing. Clear pale golden ale very pleasent to look at. Mild brett aroma with apples. Cider like taste, tart and sour, not too strong. Has a nice smoothness to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2007
9/19/07 From the bottle. Aroma is lightly sour pear-like malt forward balanced with fruity esters, followed by toffee, butter and no hops. Appearance is clear light gold with a good white head. Flavor is very sour, astringent, almost flawed. The esters totally mask the malt and there is no hop character. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a spritzy carb feel. Overall, this just seems like a flawed beer (4 of us split it, so I wasn’t the only one); need to have another one to be sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (804) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle. Pale yellow pour with a white head, nice lacing. Fairly sour, some citrus and pineapple notes. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IPAgutten79 (804) - Skui, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2015
Lys gylden og helt gjennomsiktig. Lavt skum. Aroma av mild edikk. Smaken er sur, edikk. Jeg klarer ikke identifisere andre smaker da surheten overdøver. Tørr, med tynn konsistens.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2014
11.2oz Bottle. The pour was a lightly cloudy golden color with an average (1-2 finger) white sudsy head that reduced slowly, down to a thin film with a large collar and possessed excellent sheets of sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt and a musty Belgian yeast with a note of citrus (lemon), a slight fruity ester (apples and pears), a hint of cask and a mild vinous scent.

The taste was sweetly tart and a tad acetic with some bold fruity overtones from the get go, becoming rather yeasty and a bit sour with a winey cider taste and a light bitter citrus appeal at the end. The flavor lasted and average time after consumption with a slight fruity vinegary taste left behind.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a thin dry texture and a rather prickly carbonation.

Overall this is a fantastic Wild Ale with a ton of sweet-sour flavor along with the perfect influx of fruit, which did a good job of hiding the semi-high ABV... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aggie80 (790) - Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2002
Interesting! The aroma and initial flavor is that of aged sherry, with just a hint of cherry. Nice head and lace. Color is that of a nice apple cider. A champagne type of dryness with just a little coppery after taste. This comes across as very dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ttutony (790) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Pours a transparent golden yellow with minimal head. Aroma of sour fruit and wood. Pretty sour on the palate with hints of malt in the background. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ha1ag (787) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2008
Bottled. Color is hazy gold, with thin head. Nose is citric, very sour. Flavour is a like a good Chinese dish: full of sweet and sour. Aroma islonglasting, well balanced. Nice!

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