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

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RATINGS: 1592   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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
onceblind (10889) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Slightly hazy darkish gold, almost bronze. Thin white cap that leaves really good lacing. Has an aroma that’s hard to describe, like oak and sour toffee. Perhaps with a sourish fruit tone like apricot. Taste has some "medium" sourness, not too abrasive but still assertive. Nice earthy sourness to start, blending into a tart light fruitiness almost like pineapple, finishing with some earthy toffee. Oak throughout. Dank sour earthiness was a little overwhelming, but it’s a nice ale.

4
Franks (35) - Long Beach, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Pours a clear golden color with medium head. Aroma is bit funky with fruit notes. Taste is tart with hints of vinegar and sour apple. The mouth feel is crisp, with thin texture and good carbonation. A great sour for the price,that I will definitely be drinking again!

4
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2012
11.2oz bottle: Appearance is golden brown with minimal white head. Aroma is slightly sour with hints of oak. Taste is an interesting mixture of sourness and mellow oak notes. Both are very distinct and blended well.

1.3
Russo (2014) - Hemhofen, GERMANY - FEB 16, 2012
bottled. Horrible! Remembers the canoinhense beer, like mocinha. Orange color with a thin head. Aroma is pour vinegar, totally soar... Flavor follow the aroma, disgusting... I really don’t know why this beer is made and why people like this. There are a lot of beers but those soar ones, are horrible! I just through away the rest of botte.

1.7
glennmastrange (2941) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Bottle. Moderate malt note of grain, light grass for the hops, moderate barnyard for the yeast, with background notes of sour apple, white wine, wood and vinegar. Head is average size, frothy, white, with a spot or two of lacing and is fully diminshing. Color is slightly hazy medium amber. Flavor is heavily acidic and sour to start, then finishes heavily to harshly acidic and again sour. Palate is light to medium, watery with a soft carbonation and moderately astringent finish. Holy crap. Rough all through the tasting proccess. I guess Sour Ales will never be my style. Yeesh, these are tough to drink.

4
txspartan (1063) - Berchem, BELGIUM - FEB 12, 2012
Nice sourness in the nose, not too powerful. Head lasts a while. Refreshing tartness in its flavour. Some wood in the aftertaste. Very decent. Moderate carbonation.

3.8
TomTrogh (17) - BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2012
Geur van oud bruin, zure appel en wat kers; fris en licht op de tong met citroenzurige-eikige (en zelfs wat zoethoutige) nasmaak.

3.7
Discgolfin (36) - - FEB 10, 2012
Bottle, pours golden and clear with a white head that does not last long. Funk and sour fruit up front aroma. Taste very sour at first that gets better and better as I drink. Mild viniger acidty, funk and sour finish.. lemon sourness.seems very dry. Overall nice sour.

3.7
imdownthepub (15524) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2012
Bottled, 330ml from Burg Bieren, Ermelo, Netherlands.Gold with white head. Initial sour nose, fruity, tart, this translates into the beer, but in a particularly pleasing way, sharp, floral with a hint of spicy yeast. Good depth, lemony, an assault on the taste-buds but never a trial. Good stuff.

3.8
Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2012
(bottle) Pours a very clear gold color with a white head that immediately dissipates to nothing. Aroma is quite nice for a sour, with plenty of vinegar, oak, mustard, fresh pineapple, mushroom, slight cheese funk, and lemon zest. Flavor is very punchy and acidic, with apple cider vinegar, mustard, and lemon juice. There’s a very slight hint of horseradish as well as a minerally component. This burst of acidity is then quickly followed up by some citrus zest and sugared grapefruit with a lingering finish of oak. On the far finish a light sweetness lingers on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium to light, and the carbonation is quite active and spritzy. Overall this is a quality sour that I will definitely drink again.


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