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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: 1479   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Pours a pale yellow straw color with a fizzy disappearing white head. Sour nose of old ale tartness. Tart taste without the fruit palate of darker old ales. Light on the tongue and very refreshing with hints of lemon and vanilla. Nice beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nearbeer (5184) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 330 ml. Mostly clear, orange-gold with a three finger head that leaves some frosty lace. Aroma is tart fruit and slight malt vinegar. Flavor is reversed: malt vinegar bests the tart fruit (lemon-cherry), some earthy funk, and soggy wood. Light-medium body is smooth, watery and acidic-tingly-dry.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wacho (52) - Izegem, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2008
een onversneden oud bier dat aan de basis ligt van vele Bavikbieren. Heeft de echte houtsmaak van de foeders, toch een iets zoetere afdronk. Het bier is gecommercieerd voor de Amerikaanse markt maar hier gewaardeerd door vele bierproevers

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (15832) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 28, 2008
Bottle. Thanks Christian. Pours clear gold with a white head. So very matured aroma - sour, sweet, vinous, barrel, oak, freshness. Good mouthfeel & great Sour ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2009 Bottle... poured like apple juice with a thin white head. Aroma of floral apples and wine. Very flavorful drink with lots of tart fruit and sourness. Each sip became more enjoyable. Great sour ale with a finish that could almost make you pucker.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2008
20070610 Not sure of serving, Spuyten Beast of the Yeast. Dark golden with nice but small creamy white head. Aroma is bretty, floral, nice bready malts, orange, and musty apple funk. Smells like a produce aisle in an early summer market. Flavor is bitingly tart. Nice acidity, quick brisk finish. This is a treat that I enjoy whenever I get the chance and, if available locally, Id keep on hand at all times.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2008
Bottle - batch 38826. Pours a golden color with initial 3 finger head that fades into a top layer. Really carbonated with great lacing. Nose is feet, funk, wood and lemons. Palate is citrusy tart with some cheesy funk and aspirin. Medium mouth feel. Alcohol is well hidden. Its a decent sour.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - APR 20, 2008
I am surprised to see some of the low ratings for this. This is a nice little underrated sour ale. Beautifully effervescent, sour cherry, old and woody tasting, deep and earth, with a well balanced sour component that is almost vinous. Enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2008
Color: Nectar. Little to no white head. Nose: Deep, rich and spicy nose with a pleasant mustiness, spicy oak and soft, overripe mango. Palate: Initially sour cherry, lemony oak and tannin. Chalky sweet-tart notes. Pleasant acidity on the finish reminiscent of muscadine and wild honeysuckle vines.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - APR 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2008 Bottle procured at half time on impulse. Whew! sour ale is right on but certainly not my style. Champagne nose hits as soon as cap removed from bottle. A deep amber in the glass. Brief sweet body squashed by severe lemon crabapple finish. It seems that was what they were going for so good for them. Pass.


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