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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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3.5
NordicV (2344) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2011
På fat på De Boom i Alkmaar. Trodde jag fått fel glas när jag fick glaset som såg ut som en vanlig pilsner. När jag doftade på ölen och fick den där distinkta sötsyrliga äppelciderdoften insåg jag att det var rätt glas. Känslan av en torr äppelcider går vidare i smaken. En fin törstsläckare.

3.7
jfb (6256) - GERMANY - SEP 14, 2011
(bottle) pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a frothy white head. aroma of cherries, balsamic vinegar, black pepper, herbal hops, vanilla and oregano. flavour is mostly the same, with a medium sweetness, some notes of straw, herbal hops, bubbelgum and a tart citrus finish. medium-bodied with average carbonation.

3.5
Rasmus40 (20639) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2011
Clear golden with a lasting white head. Aroma is sweet, moderate sour - vinegar - and wood. Flavor is medium sweet, rather sour and rather acidic. Quite dry and rather acidic finish. 070911

4.2
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip. Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-blonde with nice, foamy white cap. Some sticky lacing. Aroma: Major apple cider going on here - both sweet and tart. Some light pepper as well. Oak becomes noticeable as it warms. Taste: Very tart and peppery. Somewhat sweet apple, oak and clove provide an additional layer of complexity, but it is the tart, peppery profile that carries from start to finish. Some hoppy bitter notes at the end as well. Palate: Moderately high carbonation, fairly light body, nice dry finish. Overall: I was surprised by how peppery this is, but that seems to make it more refreshing and appealing. Also, despite the onslaught on the taste buds, there is still a nice, soft character beneath that really makes this a fantastic sipper.

4.7
SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Pours clear golden with a large, fluffy white head. Smells sour, a touch hoppy and a touch malty. Tastes really sour with a touch of vanilla and malty sweetness underneath. Light-bodied with a wet texture and decent mouth-carbonation, Petrus Aged Pale finishes with a nice sourness that fades almost to sweetness.

4
Guyute_Pig (103) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2011
After years of drinking these fancy beers, I decided to give the sour and wild bunch a honest go of it. Absolutely love this stuff, had on draft the other night at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville. Definitely a mild/light sour for the style, but damn tasty stuff.

3.2
wlajwl (6803) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Very sour/tart aroma while the appearance is golden-yellow and relatively clear. The flavor is of apple juice, a hint of grain and very tart. Normally I don’t really care for sour ales, but this one was decent, not too far gone in the sour direction.

3.9
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2011
(750ml bottle courtesy of rayl101. Thanks Kevin! Pours a clear copper color with white head and active carbonation. Aroma has some funk, vinegar and fruit. Taste is a bit sweet, but mostly sour. Really fantastic. Medium bodied and oily texture. A solid sour beer.

3.1
natejgood (510) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Pours a very light clear golden with a large white head that craters slowly. Aroma is a bit yeasty, but it is hard to smell through the head. Fairly sour and I don’t get much of an oaky flavor. I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of sour beers, but this one is very drinkable and smooth in the mouth.

3.9
MrHangover (4507) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2011
Tap @ de Paas. Nice amber to blond colouration. Looks great with a nice white head on top. Aroma has some oak, some sour apples and a lot of sour dough yeastiness. Flavour was incredible, nice fresh and sour. Really quenching my thirst and making me more happy with every sip. Really nice find, this one.


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