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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1314   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 (689) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 4, 2015
Great full-flavoured beer. The feeling in the mouth goes on for ever. The nose has fruity notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
migwell (103) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Bumbling about in the liquor store, cursing the fact that I’d forgotten my glasses while knowing that my long, sweaty bike ride would end up with a few new beer purchases, I (barely) saw this brew on a shelf. Knowing that I have never had it, I bought one. Did I know that it was a sour? Nope. Supposedly, I’ve given up on them, not especially liking the style. This ale has a fruity aroma and tastes like sour cherries. It’s not sweet, not bitter, well carbonated and has a solid ABV. Not my idea of something I’d like to spend an afternoon drinking, but more than acceptable after that bike ride. Go Belgians!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2930) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 29, 2015
Bottle. Golden with white head. Aroma of musty funk, earth, lemon. Taste of lemon, funk, earth. Super sharp and acidic. Delish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuideDogSaint (784) - Xiamen, CHINA - JUN 29, 2015
33cl bottle at Corner Bar, Beijing. Pours clear golden yellow with a thin white head. Lambic type aroma. Sour taste. Sour finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PauloAG (196) - BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2015
On tap. Beer festival in Antwerp. Lots of wood, wine, apple. Very sour almost vinegar like. Kind of champagne like mouth feel. Highly complexity of aromas. Really doesn’t feel like 7,3%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (6063) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 22, 2015
330ml bottle from a holidaying friend. Pours clear pale gold, long lasting thick white head, nice lacing. Sour aromas, almost wine vinegar territory. Taste has a crisp apple thing going on, dry like champagne, sour too. Lovely.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aggiebob (238) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUN 19, 2015
Draft. Poured clear gold with small white head that quickly dissipate. Sour fruity aroma. Flavor is apples and cherries. Very tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11454) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2015
11.2oz bottle. Thin white-yellow. A-tart/sour/sweet/citru/lt malt/oak. T-follows-crisp/clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
colui72 (193) - HONG KONG - JUN 17, 2015
Pours clear golden with thin white head. Sour aroma, between cider and champaigne. Tastes closer to a sparkling dry wine. Sour-dry finish

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
mjik83 (950) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2015
33cl flesje via drankgigant.nl Alcoholpercentage van 7,3% Uitgeschonken in Keyte glas Uiterlijk: goudkleurig, kleine schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: neus is zurig, aroma is fruitig als zure appel, azijn Conclusie: verkeerde keuze, totaal niet mijn bier. Smaakt als een geuze. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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