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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1448   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 connoisseurs delight! The only one of its kind on the U.S. market.

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3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBaby (84) - , Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Clear golden with a pale cream head. A yeasty aroma with a sour taste. Very little sweetness to it.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2009
11.2 oz bottle. Clear gold with a haze of white foam. Nose is lemon with faint honey and oak. Not quite light, some sparkle. Taste is lemon smoothed by vanilla oak. Dry sour finish. Well made simple sour.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3479) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Pours mostly clear with a thin, fleeting head. Acetic acid aroma, stopbath! which way to the darkroom? Corn silage as well. Rotting apples. Sweeter than the aroma would suggest. Lots of tart sourness but theres balance here that keeps it it out of Lambic territory.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5449) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Pours a clear golden with a tinge of orange, small white head. Grain, green apple, cheese, biscuits, dry malt, floral hops. Not that sour, and pretty heavily carbonated. Not a very good sour in my opinion.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2009
2009 Peoria International Beer Fest. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Aroma is a granny smith apple scent with a pretty pungent sourness. Sour dominates the flavor and notes of apples and some mild grainy notes work their way in there as well. Beer has a light acid bite at the very end and is a very pleasant beer overall.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nnudd (69) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours a golden colour with a medium white head. Aroma is sour and fruity with some sweetness. I also sense the 20 month oak barrel maturing, reminds me of redvine Soft sweet/sour and fruity dry flavour. Sour dry finish. Not my kinda beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
Sampled at the Peoria Intl Beer Festival. (I was unaware this was a sour ale until I took my first whiff, so this was the surprise of the day!) Yellow in color, clear, with a moderate white head. Heavy dough & cheese nose - bardyardy with a capital B. Tart flavor, lots of sour apple and citrus (lemon and grapefruit). Refreshingly carbonated. Awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2009
Bottle at a Club-Tasting (Thanks Bager). Clear yellow/golden - white head. Vinegar, wood, sourish, oak, sulfor, bike glue, acid, nice sharpness. Nice.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2009
Peoria Beerfest 2009. Sample pour. Yellow lemonade in color- very tart, carbonated, biting. Im sure this is very well-done for the style, but the style is not my favorite. Much too lemony and tart for my taste.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2009
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Bottle thanks to Trevor211
Transparent gold, small fizzy white head. Nose is sour with some grain, lactic notes, apple, and wood. Flavor is more tart and fruity with some citrus, grape, and apple. There is also some minor lactic quality and further grain. With warmth the grainy notes edge off in favor of some some nice berry notes and sweeter elements. Thin body but fantastic carbonation, perfectly prickly without getting fizzy. Long, tart finish of grainy grape. Very spritzy and refreshing. From a drinkers perspective, this is more a berliner weisse than anything else, but it occasionally flirts with other styles, mainly through the nuanced flavor. Very interesting stuff.


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