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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1334   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.

JeffroDH's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JeffroDH (18) - - DEC 7, 2013
Pour is just a bit lighter than the double IPA sitting next to it. Starts with a light, even foam and is very bubbly. Aroma is redolent of sour beer (DUH) also with hints of citrus and oak. The flavor is difficult to classify this evening. Definitely sour up front, with a satiny mouthfeel and a hoppy bitter finish. I would compare this to a dry champagne, though made with malts and aged in oak (and obviously sour). That may be a ridiculous comparison, but that is where my mind immediately went. Very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hivemind (780) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerViking (3263) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle, golden with a thin lasting head and a tart dusty aroma. Dry-sweet, citrus and herbal bitterness, lightly sour, and complex.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmk (22) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2015
Zure matjes. Weet niet zo goed wat ik er moet. Heeft wel wat van Cider. Dorstlessend...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (3128) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2015
From a 12 oz bottle. Hazy golden body topped by a white head. Lots of oak in the flavor. The aroma is funky and not really appealing. High complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1280) - California, USA - AUG 20, 2015
On tap at Cannery Row BC. Pours a golden color with a bit of head. Mild sourness and nice oaky wild yeast flavors.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
bhenning (15) - Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2015
Seriously wondering if I got a bad one of the bunch. Given the average overall rating by other reviews, I have to believe I got a skunked bottle. Tasted terrible. Very sour and tasted like aluminum. I'll have to buy this from another store and give it another go. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abemorsten (3266) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2015
0,33 l flaske fra De Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Klar sprudlende gyllen kropp med et lyst farget fingertykt skum. Nydelige vinøse fatnoter i nesa, rikelig med bærpreg og duft av Brettannomyces. Frisk vinsyre og sitrussyre i starten, grapefruktsyre og -bitterhet midtveis og frokostblanding i ettersmaken. Lett til medium fylde.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidobutai (534) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Poured from a bottle. I know I should like this, but I just don’t like sours. And this one was like eating a sore patch kid. A tad cloudy golden. A bit filmy on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike5326 (1275) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Clear golden color, small white head. Nice sour aroma. Medium body with a full flavor slightly sweet and sour flavor with a nice finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SeniorZozo (303) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 4, 2015
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.

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