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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: 1577   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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3.4
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2011
The words "pale" and "Belgian" tricked me into thinking this would be a Tripel, so imagine my surprise upon tasting this sour concoction! Pours a nice medium gold with white head. Nose is a Belgian yeastiness, with hints of the sour to come. Flavor is sour balanced by hints of yeast and peppery spiciness.

3.6
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Pours a hazy copper with a nice white head. Aroma is very fruity, apple brandy, sweet malts, berries and spices. Flavor is mostly that of a pale ale with some fruits and herbs and a little sweet malts.

3.6
suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Dark, coppery, amber/straw color. Small white head that is quick to fall and leaves a tiny bit of lacing. Huge funky aroma. Brett, malt and honey. A slight acetic flavor mixed with the aforementioned aromas coming through in the taste. Nice earthy, woody presence as well. Nice tart, crisp, and refreshing. Like a pale, lighter, Rodenbach Grand Cru.

3.4
jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 12, 2011
11.2oz bottle in a tulip. Pours amber with a fluffy, off-white head. Aroma strong of wild and spicy yeast, some pale and caramel malts, and light hops. Flavor a little too much of the sourness and light fruits, and I wish there was more oak and dryness. Average texture. A decent beer.

2.4
ozmoetr (2) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2011 does not count
Everything looked great until I tasted it, tastes like pure lemon juice to me. Not a fan of the sour ale.

3.1
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2011
Lemon candy nose with spicy notes. Pours medium gold with a typically Belgian fluffy head. Taste is sour lemon drops with some pine bitterness and quinine tang. Fair, but not great.

3.8
topherh (1928) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is tart, sour ,horsey, and funk. Flavor is sour, tart, light woody notes, dry finish, nice.

4.3
MikeMoriendi (72) - Boynton Beach, USA - SEP 26, 2011
I popped the cap and poured it into my Cigar City snifter and it arrives a very clear orange color. It has a thin bubbly white head on top but that quickly dissipates into the liquid. The nose hits you with apple cider vinegar right up front. There are hints of oak in there as well. The taste has a nice ACV bite up front that then goes tart. Sour apples and maybe even a little lemon in there. It finishes dry and crisp.

3.8
rosenbergh (11532) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 22, 2011
Draught at ’t Kraantje, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Clear pale golden colour with average size white head. Intriguing Lambic like sourness in aroma. And this really is sour. Tart, berries, acidity and malt. Very tasty.

4
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 17, 2011
From the bottle. It pours golden with a beautiful tall lasting white head. The aroma is very tart and complex with citrus, lemon, orange, leather and funk. The flavor is less tart and more acidic with notes of vinegar and a nice balancing sweet fruitiness with tangerine and peaches. Some more tropical notes toward the finish before a leathery and citrus peel ending. Very nice under the radar sour ale.


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