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

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RATINGS: 1062   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Top-fermented dark beer brewed with the finest hops and malt varieties. Matured on oaken barrels during 20 months. Serve by preference at 8 to 12 deg. C.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7909) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2003
Dark red-brown. Thick yellowish head, fast disappearing. Lactic acid, besides old wet wood in the nose, vineous. Restrained acids (lactic mainly) in the taste, some wood, and some port – but much drier. Complex fruit tastes, light sweet underbuild. Dry, a bit empty. Long woody finish. A quite good old brown.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
CatoctinMike (9) - Sabillasville, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2003 does not count
Nice head and beutiful color. Lacks the fruity sourness of the other Belgian sour ales. Flat dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (2865) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2003
So I buy this expecting a dubbel (it's a brown ale from Belgium). I pour it in a chalice, take a whiff, and whew! this smells a touch sour. Is it supposed to be this sour?

I log on to ratebeer. Yes, it is supposed to be this sour. It's a Flemish sour ale fer crissakes!

Anyway, Petrus pours a nice garnet brown color. Little lacing but a nice quarter inch of head lingers throughout. Somewhat sour nose with a bit of cherry. The sourness, though surprising to me, was not at all overwhelming and not the least bit bad. Sort of a cranberry type of sourness rather than any sort of foul vinegar kind of deal. Refreshing and light bodied with gentle carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dI5tIL (15) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2003
Nice dark red brown colour. Aroma is musty and vinous with cherry tones. Head retention is sorely lacking. Flavour is a bit thin and not overly acidic. This beer is hardly exceptional the way this kind of beer can be.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shorlin (650) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - MAR 31, 2003
Very small fizzy head, with little lacing. Colour is a medium ro dark red. Aroma dominated by fruit: prune, date and cherry. Also some red wine in there, Kind of sourish, but not too much. Nice and easy going beer. Body is kind of light and kind of dry.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2003
WOW! thick and opaque, ruby hinted brown body. Really dark solid body with hints of ruby. Very tiny bubbles, thick creamy tan head. Yeasty, Yeasty, Yeasty. Some dried fruits and alcohol as well. Citrusy and spicy, a bit metallic, rather sour. wierd, but it is a sour ale i guess

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Sour lambic aroma.Sweet, smooth,watery, sour flavor.Clean finish.Not very exciting for an oak aged Belgian ale.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Murky brown. Sweet, fruity nose. A bit watery and thinnish on the palate, but not too bad. Smells much better than it tastes. Rather salty in the middle, and a bit in the finish too. Not a drain pour, but didn't do much for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5142) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2003
The label looks like the picture, but says "Old Brown Ale Aged in Oak Casks for 2 Years". Pours reddish brown with a thin head. Tart nose, tart flavor. Nice mild sweetness, not at all overbearing. Finishes sour, but in a good way. This is a good change of pace if you have been drinking pales or IPA all night.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2003
strong sweet slight citrus aroma, deep burgundy, sweet and yeasty, sour with a semi metallic finish


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