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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1597   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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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nick35 (12) - USA - APR 19, 2003
First bottle I hated. Second bottle was tolerable. Third was divine. This is a beer halfway between lambic and flemish sour. Way too much Brett to count as just sour, but more restrained than lambic. Perhaps the most complex beer I've had. pH 3.6

Jayb0 (1223) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2003
Yellow-gold, slightly hazy. off-white, somewhat foamy head. The flavor explodes with dry sour notes of tart apple, oak, grass, maybe pine, hot alcohol. Balanced with a malt sweetness and other elements I couldn't discern. A vanilla sweetness hits at the very end, especially as it warms. This is a wonderful, unique beer. It can easily be consumed over the course of an hour but don't sip, take big shots and let it coat your mouth. You may not enjoy the first one but you'll crave a second one when the mood hits.

JorisPPattyn (10138) - BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2003
AT LAST!! This beer, made by Bavik to blend with younger dark beer, for obtaining the "P. oud bruin", or "P. Oak aged dark" in the USA, is as such only obtainable in the USA. In Belgium the brewery refuses to recognise its existence; breweries' representants not knowing about it, or claiming not to... Thanks to a friendly American visitor, here I go. Colour: dark golden-yellow, dusty-hazy. Slight, but seen the acids quite stable white head. Nose: vineous, woody, lactic & acetic acid. Then lemony, green apples. Taste: Beautifully aged. The wood is very discernible. Mellow acids - acetic acid kept below recognition treshold. Hints of sweetness from malt or unfermentables. WOW - this epitomizes the 'Oud bruin' style. Mouthfeel : there is acid-burn, no mistake. The beer is far from empty, a firm underbuild by malt presents itself. Aftertaste: long wood notes. The sweet underbuild gains strenght given some time. Overall: HELL! I couldn't get enough of this beer, were it available here. As it stands, it is a crying shame. It's like making Romanée-Conti unavailable in France!

Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 11, 2003
This isn't a Gueze? Are you sure? This pale ale has soaked up the tannic acids of the oak casks they bathed in an taken on some quite sour characteristics. I was mildly intrigued but not enough to go back and try some more. So this is NOT a gueze, right? Coulda fooled me.

jgb9348 (6650) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2003
Sampled a single bottle, and turned out to be pretty bad. I'm not sure if the bottle was held in bad conditions, or if the beer was just bland and bad?

21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2003
A nice illuminating golden amber hue with a minimal amount of head. Smelled very much like a farmyard, full of hay and animals, especially dairy cows. A nice combo of bitterness and sourness. Interesting to know that this stuff was oaken cask aged for over two years.

mwsf (361) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 31, 2003
Wow, this is one intense beer! Anyone that says Americans have the market cornered on over-the-top, tongue-numbing beers obviously hasn't had this one. I'm really not sure if I like it or not. Luckily I have another six to find out. Straw color. Crystal clear. Long-lasting white head. Excellent aroma. Some barnyard. Winey. Very acidic flavor. Extremely sour. Light-to-medium body. Fairly effervescent. I hate to say it but my first impression was that of regurgitated stomach acid. Yowza! Re-rates sure to follow...

hopscotch (11492) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2003
White wine, wood, grapefruit and orange blossom honey in the nose. Fairly high ABV is absent. Crystal clear, straw-colored ale. Medium-sized frothy white head is mostly diminishing with good lacing. Pucker up, folks, because this one has bite. I love it. The flavor is of lemon, white wine vinegar and wood up front. Pungent, acrid and very lightly bitter on the backside. As with the aroma, in the flavor, the fairly high ABV is expertly hidden. Light bodied with a watery mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. A long, acrid, sour and dry finish. Very good Sour! I recommend a blind tasting between this and a package of Sour Patch Kids.

raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2003 Clear,slightly hazy,golden liquid. Head is soapy but hangs around.Little lacework. Heavy sweet,sour,woody aromas.Mouthfeel is TART.Quite a bit of carbonation as well.Light for a 7%beer. Delicate sweet flavors are surrounded by sour and woody notes. Finish is acidic and dry. Slight hop noticable as well,in finish. This is probably the most distinct tasting beer I have ever tasted.My favorite "sour" beer.

joet (2678) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - DEC 9, 2002
Wow, interesting. Sweet and sour light body. Some dank, dark farmhouse flavors. Heavy wood. Like a medium effervescent gueuze.

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