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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 1299   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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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.


4.6
   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!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdwinLitzau (320) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyrmir (3970) - 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!

4.5
   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.

4.5
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jerm719 (130) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2013
Nice golden color. Small head. Acidic pineapple, barnyard, mild wood, apple cider vinegar, some vanilla, pomegranate tart. Love it! Just wish it had a longer finish..

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alliance100 (937) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Draft and bottle , medium to light copper pour, lots of funky aromas, pleasant sourness. Excellent palate cleanser. Perfect summer beer, very refreshing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paintedmaple (506) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Sour funk over woody fruitiness with an awesome aroma and crisp barnyard finish...this stuff is awesome.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KapitiCritique (369) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - 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

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bill Becker (511) - 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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