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


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RATINGS: 1297   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.

Bontus' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bontus (675) - Flanders, - JUN 10, 2012
33cl bottle @ Geroen tasting. Pours with a pineau de charente color, minimal head. Nose is very astringent, caskwood, oak, & sour green apples. Aroma more of the same, but in a blast. Amazing wood aroma. Superb sour taste, mellow enough to enjoy, but very ’potent’. No remarks on the palate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BarleyandVine (47) - Stockbridge, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Remarkable part of a collection of Belgian Sour Ales in "Sour Power" Refreshing tartness with subtle oakiness. An experience you’ll surly enjoy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkleu357 (527) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Smells like and tastes like a fresh batch of wort. Very grainy. I like the beer, but mostly like how it reminds me of brew day when making homebrew. It’s fairly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bill Becker (508) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bpreo (1965) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2015
Super duper sour! Not like any beer I have ever had before. I am truly impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuperTiti33 (742) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2015
Blonde. Citron. Très Sûre. Boisé chêne. Levure sauvage. Florale. Légère et rafraichissante. Finale bonbon sûre.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Radek Kliber (6594) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 10, 2015
Where and how: Bottle 330ml
Aromavinous, farm yard, hay, zest and leather. Classic.
Appearance :
Top: medium white cap.
Base: clear golden.
Palate : medium bodied, fairly soft. Tad silky with lighter walls. Medium lighter carbonation.
Taste: very approachable in style. Mid tartness, zest with gentle funk. Refined. Alcohol very well covered. Refreshing after long day,
other notes others can do better.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Listigovers (436) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2015
Light clear gold with fast dissipating white head. Smell is funky, taste is great, bracingly sour. Hard to describe the unique flavours in this beer, acidic, a bit white winey, and very funky. Marvelous!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1769) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2015
Overall: Bitter grapefruits, white vinegar, dextrose. Some leather. Very dry.
Note: Bottle 750 ml at home. Reviewed 2015-04-06.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ametras (672) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2015
330ml bottle. Clear golden with a frothy white head. Flavors are hay, lemon, apple, grapes, oak and vinegar with grainy and earthy notes. Generous acetic sourness. Light to medium body, soft carbonation, slick texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (216) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2015 Sûre à souhait, cette bière blonde aux allures vives et délicates saura certainement ravir à souhait les vrais amateurs de sour. Du fond du verre émergent avec vigueur de très grosses bulles fraîches et éclatantes. Le nez est sûr et rappelle avec intensité la pomme verte mêlée à un vinaigre bien dosé. En bouche c’est très sec et vif. Le raisin vert est à l’honneur. Tel un excellent vinaigre balsamique blanc, l’acidité est forte, mais balancée par un sucre non négligeable qui confère à cette bière une belle rondeur une et un équilibre qui nous convainc sans effort à en boire une autre gorgé. Curieusement, cette bière me fait replonger dans mes souvenirs d’enfance où je raffolais des bonbons sûrs et pétillants. La finale est sèche tout en étant longue et très raffinée. Superbe!

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