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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1376   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tranquillity (1633) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2008
Bottled. Hazy yellow, long-lasting white head. Taste very sour, grapefruit maybe. Damped aroma. Very enjoyable beer, hard to put into words. Then again, I love all flamish.sour ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (10409) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2008
This brew puurs a clear dark golden color with a medium and fizzy white head that burns away steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of sour fruit and Brut champagne. Medium-bodied and dry with a tart fruit character that is mouth-puckering on the first drink. Flavors of sour apple, grapefruit and light yeast in the background. The finish is fruity and leaves a long tart apple aftertaste with a hint of earthy malt. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Good belgian/sour aroma. Big head, good lacing. Taste is sour as heck! Starts mildly sour, then slowly escalates in sourness into the spicy and dry finish. How many times can I say this beer is SOUR???

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - APR 26, 2004
Thin, fast fading head, golden to copper in color. Smells reminescent of a gueuze a bit...sweet, tangy wood earthy apple cider. Thin, very thin palate & little/no carbonation. Not a ton in the flavor, light sour woodiness, but it does bite back in the finish(acid). Alcohol well hidden. I get almost everything flavorwise right as it slides down my throat and afterwards. Certainly sour, but just too thin and straight-forward to get high marks from me...too strong to be a session beer, but not complex enought to be a real charmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11163) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2004
Bottled: Golden coloured. Clear. Fluffy white head. Vinegar and some fruitsweetness in the aroma. A little to much vinegar for my likings, but not unpleasant. Flavour is surprisingly sweet. Very fruity and light yeasty. Quite refreshing, and has a citrusy and light sour aftertaste. Last medium on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (32164) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2004
An orange beer with a small disappearing head. The aroma is lovely sour. The flavor is acidic with notes of wood and grapefruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Hard to place this one--while there are some of the sweet yeasty notes reminiscent of a double, there’s a strong, sour brett presence and an unmistakable oak profile. Fairly unique stuff--refreshing, but the oak flavors get to be a bit too much about halfway through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkover (1532) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Cloudy orange color with a white head. Strong sour aroma. Flavor is really sour with some oak. Too sour to really taste much else.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
Couleur dorée allant vers l’orange pale, apparence claire et translucide. Faible à moyenne quantité de mousse blanche concassée rapidement diminuante mais se renouvellent partiellement. Arômes de pommes vertes, de jeune cuir, de levures sauvages et de métal. Sensation en bouche sûre, vinaigré et lactique. Saveurs de bois, de cuir et de pommes-raisins verts. Aucune trace d’alcool d’identifiable durant tout l’étalement, nous conduisant vers une finale très sèche, aux accents de levures. Corps d’épaisseur semi mince, carbonatation hyper-active aux fines bulles champagnesques.

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