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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6831) - Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2010
9/24/10. Hazy light golden pour with a thick off-white head that’s gone fast. Huge sour aroma with huge vinegar and hints of lemon peel and tart green apples. Obvious tart flavor, a bit one dimensional, light compared to the huge vinegar aroma with a touch of alcohol and definite tannic wood in the finish. Not bad, but there’s better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3479) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2010
Pours a murky yellow with a white head. Smells of Belgian sour. Tart with aromas of sour berries and hints of malts. Medium bodied. Medium to high carbonation. Bitter and sour finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jesperhammer (3493) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2010
26-NOV-2010, bottle @home, from "Ølbutikken" Golden with white head. Sour nose with oranges and cittrus. TAste is citrus and oranges as well, a little spicey, and a long sour aftertaste. Not very complex, but still a fine brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2010
Pours clear yellow with a thin white head. Sour aroma of wild yeast. with thick wine like notes. Flavour is very sharp and sour. Not the most sour beer I have evr had but it is very sour. It’s a grreat sour ale. This is one hell of a brew! well balanced with complex citrus notes this is a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (4636) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - JAN 8, 2011
Bottle 33cl. A clear yellow-copper beer without head. Smell is sour. Aroma is medium sweet with nuts, wood, and apple skin aroma, typical brettanomyce bitter mushroom taste at the finish. Near to a gueuse but more sweet. Quite surprising beer, not really a Flamish Red not really a gueuse, but a pleasant beer, specially for the summer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanEric (1127) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2011
Dark blond, small head, aroma has hops, grain, straw. taste is just more sour, a bit like a gueuze. Surprising, light dry and a bit bitter. Nice thirstquencher.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
perramount (7) - Calhoun, Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2011 does not count
Another good sour ale from West Flanders. Little to no head. Pale color. I get a little lemon in the taste. This is not, in my opinion, one of the better sour ales; but it is still quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubbleflubber (2035) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2011
On draught downstairs in the Belgian section of the Thirsty Monk in Asheville. Pours golden with a light head that leaves spotty lace. The nose is of green apple. Flavor is dry, almost vinous, and lots of unripened green apple. The finish is dry and acidic. The mouthful is tart and dry on the palate. Nice sour ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borresteijn (5409) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2011
On tap at In de Wildeman. Clear golden colour, white head. Aroma is fruity, sweet-sour, wood, oak, light vanilla. Flavour is sweet-sour, wood, fruity, vanilla, balsamic vinegar, rather tart. Medium bodied. Nice, but just a tad too sour for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (4768) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 12, 2011
11.2oz bottle in a tulip. Pours amber with a fluffy, off-white head. Aroma strong of wild and spicy yeast, some pale and caramel malts, and light hops. Flavor a little too much of the sourness and light fruits, and I wish there was more oak and dryness. Average texture. A decent beer.

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