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

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RATINGS: 1583   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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3.9
rederic (3344) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2011
330ml bottle, clean honey gold color, with a bubbly white head, mild funky, wild yeast, sour green apple, white wine tannic oakiness nose with a light zesty lemon juice, faint honeyed toasted, pale malt accent, with a faint vanilla oak barrel, young rhubarb, acidic pineapple note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice quenching acidic, sour green apple, juicy lemon, sharp rhubarb fruitiness, earthy white wine tannic oaky character, with an apple cider vinegar, sour cherry, subtle honeyed pale, toasted malt sweetness within good sourness backbone, leading towards a fruity lemon juice, green apple sourness, wet oaky, vinous white wine dry finish.

3.4
rocbyter (2160) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Light sour fruit aroma. Clear golden color with a small white head. Sweet tart beginning with a sour middle and finish. Light palete.

3.8
SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2011
(33 cl) Une tête évanescente sur un liquide bien doré. Un nez acide et légèrement doux, construit autour de parfums aigres avec une touche bien sauvage et des fruits vigoureux. Un goût vivifiant, des papilles parfumées, des notes aigres et fruitées apaisées par un sucré de malt approprié. Une bouche bien intéressante, doucement remuée par de fines bulles. Une texture bien belle, proprement huileuse. Une finale aigre, longue, peu intense et très agréable.

3.7
Leighton (22327) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle at Pat’s birthday tasting at chriso’s. Pours clear, pale yellow with a fine, white head. Crisp tartness to the aroma. Flavor is lightly sweet with a delicate, acidic tartness. Light bodied with fine, fizzy carbonation. Notes of lemon acidity in the finish with nice sourness. Good beer.

4.3
tightslice (1438) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 6, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2014 Bottle from Whole Foods, Redwood City. Notes of lemon, chicken brine / broth, vinegar, white wine. Tastes of lemon rinds, oak / wood, white wine, broth.

1st Review: Bottle from Total Wine, Orlando. Pours a crisp gold. Smells nicely of apple cider vinegar. Taste is very pleasant... refreshingly sour. Reminds me of Kombucha Tea (which I love). This probably means I must terminate my ratebeer account, right?

3.4
Muggus69 (2726) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2011
330mL bottle Golden body, decent clarity, dense white foam. Grainy malt on the nose. Some vinegar, bruised apple, citrus, bit of cheesy yeasty funk in the mix. Medium-low carbonation, body seems well-attenuated, bit of acidity in there too. Flavour is an interesting mix of fermented apple, acetic acid, citrus rind, pale malt and fainty cheesy funk. Finishes very dry, little bitterness. Sort of like a Gueuze without the effervescence and high acidity. Not bad, probably a bit lacking in complexity to many sours. The abv is a creeper!

3
degbert (1776) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle. Pours a rich gold with a high, large-grained, white head. The nose is intense; malic, acetic, sulfurous, and candy sugar notes. Intensely sour on the tongue, with almost no sweetness -- there is a herbal/spice/savory undertone, though it’s hard to quantify. It finishes clean and astringent. Oak notes finally show up on the close. Good, but a little one-dimensional.

4
DanBrewer (16) - Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Notes of fruit, plums. Nice copper color, off white head, dissipates quickly. Nice balance of sour and oak, high carbonation. Very drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
prawlie (1676) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2011
33 cL bottle from ABS Drinks in Winksele poured into a Westvleteren glass at home. Clear Orange/yellow and very fizzy with a good creamy head on it. Smells sour and tart, acidic and overripe fruit. Light, a bit of banana and first with a sour and slightly tart finish. A pretty good Belgian sour ale, its got character.

3.4
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2011
On draft. Hazy yellow color with a decent white head. Nice sour acidic taste. Not much complexity. Good sour though.


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