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Brewed by 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: 1581   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.

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Zymurgeist2 (2246) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 23, 2009
You notice the aroma before the color as it explodes out of the bottle. Color is clear honeycomb and a plush, white pillow head looks nice but is gone too quickly. The oak is amazing on the nose. Bright citrus, this is very difficult to describe....but I like it! Full mouthfeel - the oak aging gives it some nice sour aspects. Complex, yet structured, taste with a chewy yeast throughout the palate. Difficult to describe...yet so tasty. Mouth

3
Quack-Duck (9484) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 14, 2009
bottle (Bochum!). Clear golden colour, small white head. Fruity-sour nose. Shy malty background with lots of fruity sourness and a touch of vinegar.

4
pompelmoes (89) - BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2009
Bronze yellow in colour with small white head. Aroma is refresching with note of citrus, wet wood and old hops, the taste is a little rustic with touches of old gueuze, hay, herbs and unripe green fruits

3.5
dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 24, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 Bottle pours orange gold with a fluffy white head leaving a little lacing. Nose is full of lemon, musty oak, and stale bread. Flavor shows the same, with additional notes of grapefruit, granny smith apple, and white pepper. Body is moderate with a dry, sour finish.

3.1
RichardGretton (4770) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle. Bronze beer with a lightly smoky aroma, and sour spiced flavour. Overall a very average and disappointing beer.

2.8
deflagro (106) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 15, 2009
Bottle. Pale, cloudy liquid. Smell is acidic with some malt, although a bit boring. Taste is of lactic acid and some vomit-like notes. Quite nice acidity, but no success in total.

3.5
illidurit (2341) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Pours a light orange gold with a fluffy white head that leaves some scattered lace. Aroma is tart but perfumey once you’re acclimated to the sour aspect. Lemons and bruised apples come through in the aroma as well as the flavor. The oak is subtle, as is the alcohol, but they’re apparent if you look hard enough. Fleeting licorice accents, also some pepperiness. Interesting and fairly complex, but a little thin in body.

3.8
solifugid (16) - New Paltz, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a lingering white head, which leaves nice notches on the glass. Smells like yeast and lemons. Feels sort of like cider on the palate--starts very sour, ends on a more bitter note. Has the aftertaste of olives and lemon zest with a slight alcohol bite. Didn’t get any of the vanilla flavor I was expecting due to the oak casks. This is the first sour ale I’ve tried so I’m not sure what to compare it to, but I’d say this was a pretty enjoyable bottle.

3.5
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2009
330ml bottle
7.3% ABV
I tried this beer on September 2, 2009 at "Smokeless Joe’s" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a hazy golden brown with a thin white head that lasted. The aroma is musty bread and wood chips. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with light carbonation. The taste was SOUR! Moreso than the Petrus Oud Bruin in my opinion. Very yeasty in the taste.

3.9
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Gorgeous pour of golden orange brown with a thick white head and plenty of lacing. Aroma is primarily vinegar and tart apples while the taste is much the same, with a bit of a citrus finish.


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