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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1402   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2007
Not a pale ale thats for sure Aroma is sour and barn with some leather saddle. Sour throughtout with a hay and straw flavour. Finishes sour with some cherry.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Very interesting, reminded me of a grand cru or sour ale really. Poured a medium gold with a thin bubbly white head. Aroma was under-ripe apricot, buttery, Some sour alc. as well. Flavour was intense on the front of the palate with sharp tartness. Middle eased with a bit of malt honey sweetness, then a sour finish that was a bit thin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2007
An interestingn brew with flavors reminiscent of loquat or kumquat. Almost taste olives too. Dry, sour, and salty. Unique and I’d certainly enjoy another.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tranquillity (1719) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (10889) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2008
Color: Nectar. Little to no white head. Nose: Deep, rich and spicy nose with a pleasant mustiness, spicy oak and soft, overripe mango. Palate: Initially sour cherry, lemony oak and tannin. Chalky sweet-tart notes. Pleasant acidity on the finish reminiscent of muscadine and wild honeysuckle vines.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BritAlesRule (215) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Pours the color of damp straw and even now the aroma of brine and oak assault my nose from a foot away! No head retention and clear with no sediment. Palate is not quite puckering, but close, it’s gets smooth just before you make a face. I don’t detect any brett in the taste. Lemon zest and oaky brine and sour candy. Not a ton of depth. Kinda like sucking on an oak chip that’s been soaking in apple cider vinegar, with a sqeeze of lemon. Refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (7570) - ITALY - JUL 29, 2008
biondo inteso schiuma non molta abbastanza persistente note acide legno un leggero fruttato in bocca buona acidità tannini legno

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (4380) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Bottle: Poured a clear golden with a white head. Aroma is sour and woodsy. Taste is a bit sour at first with a grainy wood finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2009
2009-03-02. Crisp golden yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of light alcohol, biscuity pale malts, light musty notes, touch of fruit. Flavour is on the sour side, mild fruit, notes of tart green apple, pale malt base. Average palate is smooth and light on the tongue. Interesting. Refreshing. Not sure if it started out this sour but it is not unpleasant. Bottle from Bier Tempel, Brugges, with some age on it.


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