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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: 1512   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (2476) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - MAY 10, 2011
33 cl bottle into tulip. "The Key to Heaven." I like that. Botle says best before 5/2/11. I dont know if thats an American or European date stamp, so either its barely out of date or expired by over three months. I wouldnt think it would matter either way with a sour. Pours a hazy orange with a medium white head with pretty good retention; leaves a collar and blanket of big-bubbly foam and some lace. Aroma is nice and rank like a sour should be; a little dusty. Taste is nice and sour--pucker up. Has a slight wet dog offnote that doesnt detract too much from its deliciousness. Carbonation is medium-high, body is medium-full. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6954) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Draft. Light copper inch thick head. Lightly sour nose. Almost like a grape jelly and fine white wine. No carbonation, taste is a light sour (sour sweet tarts) Sour comes through more in the finish. A nice pucker as it warms up. Very good overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LiteWait (266) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Draft. Light copper inch thick head. Lightly sour nose. Almost like a grape jelly and fine white wine. No carbonation, taste is a light sour (sour sweet tarts) Sour comes through more in the finish. A nice pucker as it warms up. High drinkability.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
billk (353) - Coeur dAlene, Idaho, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Tap @ Theresas. Golden, either off clear or dew on the glass. Min head, lace, and carb. Aroma was weak for it was cold. Mouth experience was quite sour, acidic, with plenty of funky, bretty, bacterial going on. Very nice, refined, aged wood, aged apple, with old wooden shed and mild spicy, decaying forest floor notes. Definite Gueuze characteristics. Went well with the blue cheese, honey, and bread plate. This is a sipping brew, and a good one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
perramount (7) - Calhoun, Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2011 does not count
Another good sour ale from West Flanders. Little to no head. Pale color. I get a little lemon in the taste. This is not, in my opinion, one of the better sour ales; but it is still quite good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (16573) - DENMARK - APR 28, 2011
Bottle. Clear golden with small white head. Flavour is malt, fruit, sour, little tart, little perfume and a little marzipan.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (2029) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2011
On tap, served in a tulip. Pours a pale gold with a white 1 finger head. A bit of lace is left behind as the head recedes. Aroma is tart green apples and vinegar. Flavor is sour grapes, no pun intended, green apples, but with a sweetness in the finish you wouldnt expect. Sour, tart palate and thin in body. Complex. Not easy drinking, but enjoyable.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2011
Appearance: brilliant straw and gold. Bubbly airy egg white head fades bubbly and clumpy globs stick to sides of glass and float in the middle.
Nose: lemon bars full of zip and zest. Pinot grigio grapes and wine. Essence of wild soured fermentation as the grapes ferment. Oak planks damp with dew. Grape skins and pomace. Cactus.
Palate: lemon prominent with lemon bars, lemon sorbet. Faint sweetness in the back. Pinot grigio in the middle with a touch of tropical tartness papaya and kiwi. Angel food cake sweetness in the middle, subtle and delicate. Freshly cut oak planks. Pomegranate long in the finish after each swallow. Playful acidity and carbonation.
Final Thoughts: even better than I was expecting. I love beer aged in oak and I love sour. Once more those fabulous Belgians have done it and done it right. May I have another please and thank you.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
experiencehaze (6) - California, USA - APR 18, 2011 does not count
750mL bottle pours a clear light amber, the head is gone within a blink of an eye. The aroma is very light. light barnyard aroma and light sourness, probably the least complex aroma of any sour beer Ive had. The taste is mostly a lemony tart/sourness with a hint of oak. A bit more sour than I was expecting from the nose but still nothing crazy. The finish is clean and crisp. Overall a great sour beer for the price and definitely for drinking on a hot summer day.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oobawa (1099) - Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2011
There are better sours out there, sure, but its hard to find a better value on a sour ale than Petrus. Always inexpensive, always worth whatever coin you did shell out, this golden, tart wonder provides all the necessities in a quality wild beer, plus a good bit of oaken cheer as well. Granted, on tap Petrus Aged Pale is an altogether different animal, raging and acidic and close to inducing pucker fatalities. Bottled is tamer, but still lovely. Could look a little better, I guess. Kinda close in appearance to many a lesser lager-- yet this outward frumpiness could be a plus, since it in no way prepares you for the deliciousness to come. As soon as you smell it, though, no questions. Then the sip, the lemony, tart cherry, the moderately easygoing middle, the fade of oak and sour lemon Warheads, shit, this beer is tasty. Great sour fix for a great price.


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