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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1438   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Pours a clear straw with a decent white head. The nose...oh man...smelling this reminds me of my trips to Napa. The wooden barrels permeating the air and sending me to a place that puts me in a different world. The one I need to be in for this experience. Strong oak, though not overpowering. For an oaked beer, I don’t see how it could be any better; hence the 5. The flavor. Of course there is a serious influence from the oak here. But is also hits you with a slight tang that gets your tastebuds to really pay attention. The oak does not last a long time, but while it is there it is making itself known. Strong apple presence as well. Borders on cider-esqe. I am revising my review and giving the taste a 5. Feel is slightly carbonated, but not thick at all. Very drinkable as far as being such a unique and interesting brew. But it’s not a session beer. Too distinct, too pungent, and way too elegant to be slamming these all night, though I would love to have this one another time. Awesome. I am ecstatic to be able to try this one, but pissed that I have no (local) way to get more in New Mexico. Seek and find. After tasting everything from the six pack, this one is by far the best. In a class of it’s own.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2009
11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Back label stamped "39681." Appearance: Poured into my Maudite tulip. A hazy light amber hay color. Slight, quickly receding white head. Nose: Apricots, peaches, kumquats, lime, sour dough, slight minerality. Also, smells like a million bucks! Palate: Sour! Holy sour, batman! Wow, ok...medium-bodied, light to no carbonation really. Lots of sour peach, sour apricot, kumquats again, with some oxidized nuttiness in the background. There’s this toasted hazelnut/caramelized sugar underpinning beneath all this sour citrus fruit. There’s enough sweetness to keep the acid from getting out of hand, and the oaking keeps the sourness in check by drying it out a litte. Notes: Talk about a complex beer! Wow, totally blow away by this one. I love the interplay between the nutty/oxidized sub-notes and the full-on sour apricot body. Highly recommend for fans of sour beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2013 Aroma is vinegar and sour fruit. Pours a cloudy gold with quite a bit of sediment and a small white head and good lacing. Taste is sour apple’s, vinegar, and heaven. It keeps getting better after every drink. Totally Awesome!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Passewaaij (326) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2013
Mooie gouden kleur. Weinig schuim, en zelfs dat is snel verdwenen. Ruikt zoetig en een beetje zuur, erg lekker. Weinig koolzuur. Smaakt fantastisch, tamelijk zuur, beetje zoet. Bijzonder goed bier.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyrmir (5527) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2014
On tap during Brussels vacation. Golden with beige head. Aroma is tart, light sour, wood, pale malt and sweet notes. Taste is similar, fairly sour, lactic, tart, pale malt, light grain and wood. Great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 28C Wild Specialty Beer (base style: 25A Belgian Blond Ale)

AROMA: Classic sour aroma; green and white fruits; some Brett tartness. Slight earthy character from foeders. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Golden yellow; high clarity. Slow steady CO2. Small, white foam with good lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Moderate sourness immediately, followed by green apple; white grape. Slight pineapple on the finish. Fairly strong tartness at the end. Dry, champagne-like finish. Sourness increased with each swig which improves the palette. /20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body with fairly low CO2, though crisp from the tartness. Very smooth; no alcohol presence. Refreshing with a clean aftertaste 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A delicious sour/tart ale with a simple palette that shows how well a sour can be without bells and whistles. 10/10


DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2011
Appearance: brilliant straw and gold. Bubbly airy egg white head fades bubbly and clumpy – globs stick to sides of glass and float in the middle.
Nose: lemon bars full of zip and zest. Pinot grigio grapes and wine. Essence of wild soured fermentation as the grapes ferment. Oak planks damp with dew. Grape skins and pomace. Cactus.
Palate: lemon prominent with lemon bars, lemon sorbet. Faint sweetness in the back. Pinot grigio in the middle with a touch of tropical tartness – papaya and kiwi. Angel food cake sweetness in the middle, subtle and delicate. Freshly cut oak planks. Pomegranate long in the finish after each swallow. Playful acidity and carbonation.
Final Thoughts: even better than I was expecting. I love beer aged in oak and I love sour. Once more those fabulous Belgians have done it and done it right. May I have another please and thank you.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - APR 20, 2012
Delicious sour. Pale golden color. The nose smells just like a well aged Grand Cru White Burgundy. Medium bodied, nimble, highly acidic with a finish that just won’t stop. Amazing beer. From tap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 26, 2015
nose, apple and lactic acid, palate-- dry and astringent, spritzy carbonation, taste--no hint of sweetness, sour, appearance golden yellow, good persistent lacing and short head, apple cider gold

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bill Becker (807) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - MAY 10, 2015
A very clear and bright gold. The foam wasn’t excessive but has a lot of retaining power. Lacing? For sure. Geez, this smells good if you are a sour beer fan and don’t mind some horse blanket permeating your nose buds. I am deliberately trying to pull some of that funk out of my first few sips and I can but make no mistake, this one’s all about the sour and quite a bit about the bitter. On the sour scale shown on the label, 1 to 5, this comes in at a 5. I believe it and I relish in it. I would call it close to medium bodied with a solid but not outrageous level of carbonation. Dang this is good. On or at least at the level of your beers from Cantillion, De Cam, Tilquin, Gerard. . More please!

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