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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1359   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.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
flywatt (24) - East Haven, Connecticut, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Just way over the top too sweet. I couldn’t find any pale. Just sweet and bitter. No hoppy accents that a pale ale should have. I had a hard time finishing this beer. Sorry, not recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Samuel214 (144) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2015
Flaska på Örebro Öl & Whisky Festival. Belgoklubbens monter. Ljusorange med fluffigt vitt skum. Syrliga toner av sura äpplen, balsamvinäger och belgojäst. Syrlig i smaken, en del sockersötma, vinäger och syra så det stramar åt i käken. Något torr kropp. Mycket kolsyra, något champagnig. Något bitter i eftersmaken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fellebag (1218) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle 9.4fl.oz. No head, hazy light yellow green color. Aroma is oak, gooseberries, citrus, grass. Sour taste of grass, fruit, berries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kerenmk (3483) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Yoav’s place. Thanks Yoav. Hazy blond with a white head. Funky, slightly lactic, also citrus tartness in the nose, hints of vanilla - perhaps from the wood - as well. Funky, fruity and juicy taste. Medium body, balanced, juicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Milter (520) - Nyborg, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2015
Min førse øl af typen. Spændende øl, med en overraskende smag. Har fin smag fra ege-fadene.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Icedwarf (926) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2015
Helder geel bier met weinig schuim. Smaak is erg zuur en droog, fruitig met iets van citrus. Veel te zuur om van te genieten.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Moebbels (558) - FINLAND - NOV 11, 2015
A perfectly clear yellow body with a ring of white foam around the edge of the glass. Nose has nice funky aromas, stable, bandaid, yeast, earthiness and fruitiness. Taste has a strong sour bite with a rather hefty bitterness on the finish, puckering aftertaste. Lively carbonation and fairly light mouthfeel. This is ok, I guess. A little too sour for my taste but lovely aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
McWorta (1136) - LUXEMBOURG - NOV 6, 2015
Opalescent golden with bronze hues offering a small white head and interesting viscousity. Funky, wet earth aromas with notes of wood, ripe apples, pears and quince and a wonderful dash of mirabelles, apricot and nectarines rounds the co,plexity off. Lightly even faintly carbonated with a light oily, medium-full body. Fruity apple, apricot sweetness, tart, acidic and pretty funky complex. Lasting slick finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlfredoGarcia (183) - Santiago, CHILE - OCT 26, 2015
330 ml bottle. Bought in Rue de freres in Strasbourg. The smell is strong wood has you can imagine for a "grand reserve", i’m not such and expert to tell what kind of wood, but I know is there. There are red fruits in the smell has well, mostly raisins. Color is common golden with low white head. Really no clue of how this is going to be. This is the first time I have a reserve beer and taste is really different, is like citric, but in the good way and has a lot in the backround to feel. Maybe not crazy about this beer, but definetly worth the try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foffern (1497) - Bodø, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2015
Bottle at home. One year old bottle. Pours a clear golden amber color with an off-white head. Sour aroma of oak, forest floor, brown sugar, rowanberries, vinegar and apples. The flavor is more sour with lemon juice, crowberries, cigarette, vinegar, and dry oak. Has a slick and sparkly mouth feel, and a medium berry bitterness. A bitter berry sour ale. Feels a bit unbalanced but interesting though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (3018) - Mt Reclusion, Vermont, USA - OCT 21, 2015
On tap at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury, VT. This was poured into a half pint glass of theirs. The appearance was a soft hazy burnt yellow color with a cap of a white little head. The smell started off with a big burst of sour lemon rind and softened to a vague overall citrus rind. A light woodiness did open in it as it warmed. The taste was moderately sour with a light woody sweetness underneath. Its sour lemon in the aftertaste but had a dry citrusy finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a nice sessionable feel about it. Carbonation runs good and somewhat light. Overall, as a sour/wild ale, it definitely works, I’d have this one again.

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