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

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RATINGS: 1553   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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3.7
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Citrusy sour nose, funky, some vinegar notes, basement. Pours golden, nice rocky head. Flavor is rather sour with notes of citrus, brett funk, light vinegar, dry musty dusty basement and solid carbonation. Long citric tart finish.

4.8
gsquared (4) - - JAN 15, 2012 does not count
Delicious Pale Ale sour, great after taste and very refreshing. I would highly recommend.

3.7
lefossoyeur (615) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2012
Clear golden with a bubbly white head. Gentle aromas of wood, mushrooms, funk with some fruitiness to it. Light body, crisp acidic attack, low carbonation, bretty flavors with a lot of red wine barrel-like flavours. Long sour finish, with balsamic notes that are not unlike Rodenbach’s beer impressions. Interesting beer with very good drinkability.

3.3
rodenbach99 (4572) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2012
Bouteille de 33cl. Bière blonde comme un champs de d’orge. La mousse est blanche et crémeuse. Très odorant comme tout le nez a de beaux arômes de fruits fermentés et de bois. La bouche est bel et bien surette mais elle est surtout équilibré. Elle est courte et le corps est mince. Une belle introduction aux goûts particuliers des bières sures.

3.8
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle. Pour a clear golden with a large, white head. Sweet/sour aroma of light malts, barnyard, wood and citrus. Slightly sour flavor with notes of light caramel, wood and citrus. Interesting and tasty.

4.2
Chaseman (50) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Pours a light golden amber with a white head. Sour, fruity nose with a little bit of barnyard aroma. Taste is big sour, tart, some fruit, and some oak notes as well. Delicious beer. Can’t believe the ABV.

3.7
madvike (3271) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2011
330mL bottle - Pours light golden amber, clear with cascading bubbles that rise up to a thin layer of tiny-bubbled off-white head. Big tart nose, vinegary with cherries, citrus, and a milky funk. Nothing subtle about the taste, either. It blasts with a huge tart wave to begin, citrusy and acidic with that same white vinegar character. The same cherry note is in there, but pretty subtle, and it lingers through the long finish with a little bit of wood and a touch of milkiness. The initial tart blast isn’t sharp and doesn’t increase in power--it just kind of blasts you and stays around, slowly fading through to the finish. It’s viscous, well-carbonated, and coats the mouth. I can’t decide if the tartness is too much or just enough. I think I’ve settled on just enough. A weird beer, and one that would be a good substitute for a really tart gueuze if you’re just looking for mouth-puckering.

3.7
Gription79 (2891) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 29, 2011
330 ml bottle.
Aroma: sour stone fruits, lemon, caramel
Appearance: cloudy golden with sparse head
Taste; lemon, caramel,tart cherries, bready
Palate: medium-thin
Overall: a fun beer to drink, the tartness keeps me coming back for another sip

3.7
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Poured into Tulip, light blond color with a quickly dissipating finger or two of white head. Smells light and very citrusy. Taste is very pretty sour. Crisp and refreshing. If you are in the mood for a sour, this is a good choice.

3.8
sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2011
33cl bottle from Discount Liquor Milwaukee. Pours a bright yellow color with a white head and nice lacing. Aroma is sour, a little funk, citrus, lemon. Medium on the palate with lively carbonation. Flavor is sour, tart, fruity, citrus, lemon, with a nice light, sour finish. A very good sour ale at very good price.


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