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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: 1412   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
r464 (2252) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2014
Yellow gold color with a fizzy white head that dissipated quickly. Very tart, sour flavor. Punchy, citrus and cherry, almost lambic-like. Finish is very tart and trails off very slowly. Wow.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SirLimpsalot (3502) - SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2014
@Basunen: frisk och tydlig fatdoft. Smaken är rätt syrlig med trevliga torra fattoner. Mycket gott. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle from Wilbur’s. Appearance: slight white head, golden yellow color, clear. Aroma: vinegar, oak, some lemon hoppiness and honey sweetness. Palate: light body, dry finish, average carbonation, crisp. Taste: crisp sweetness, bitter and tart finish it off. Overall, unique, but I feel that the balance is off a bit. Still a great beer and something I will be buying more of.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuedmaster (345) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2014
750 ml. bottle from the local liquor store. Pours the color of golden honey with a small white head that maintains and leaves lacing. Aroma of sour cherries, oak, slight vinegar, I detect some hay or herbal aromas as well. Tastes quite dry and tart with a slight woodiness, but has a refreshing flavor and a good balance of sweet, sour, and bitter. Very unique and an interesting combination of flavors. The 7.3% abv is well hidden. A very lively palate with a medium body, thin texture, average carbonation, and a sour and dry finish. A very nice sour ale, would repeat.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leini (1736) - SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2014
330ml bottle. Golden body with a medium white head. Sour. Vinegar, fruit, oak, citrus, barnyard and herbs. Dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (5174) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Sample at Hopfest 2014. Comes a clear gold with a nice white head. Aroma of fruit, funk, and wood. Taste is tart fruit, funk, and oak. Very nice surprise!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ruigo (2075) - PORTUGAL - JUL 22, 2014
Shared a 33cl bottle. Pours a clear pale copper colour with a thin off-white head that quickly vanishes. Wood, sour and fruit in the aroma. Average to soft carbonation and medium oily body. Taste is sour, tart with some caramel notes. A bit punchy if you are not prepared. Overall, a very good beer that stands out of the normal ones.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (1045) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle. Pale yellow pour with a white head, nice lacing. Fairly sour, some citrus and pineapple notes. Quite tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ramboraffe (1755) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2014
Sample at ölrepublikens surölsfestival. Half clear yellow with small head. Smell is sour and funky with stables and basement aromas, barnyard and wet leaves. Taste is sour and dry with light sweetness. "Clean" sour taste, with less funk and stables than a lambic.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bonkiedeaap (592) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle from de Bierschuur in Poppel. The beer has a yellow/pale color and a nice large white head, with a lot of bubbles. In the aroma wood notes, citrus, notes, acids and a little sherry. The taste is very astringent and vinous, dry, sour apple crisp, a real brut the brut. There is a reference to sherry and fruits. At the end is the classic acidity and dryness of the beerstyle recognizable. Not my thing this beer, but some things were good about this beer.


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