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

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RATINGS: 1553   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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3.2
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2011
From SkjoldBurne, Aarhus, DK. Bottled, 140511. Brown with small head. Aroma of sourness and wood. Flavor with malt and a not well balanced sour tone

3.8
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Bottles shared by ?. Clear orange color with a hazy cloudy center. Aroma is full of sour citrus funk. Flavor is somewhat fruity and funky. Nothing over the top but a damn fine sour.

4.4
poisoneddwarf (2511) - 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 I don’t know if that’s an American or European date stamp, so either it’s barely out of date or expired by over three months. I wouldn’t 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 doesn’t detract too much from its deliciousness. Carbonation is medium-high, body is medium-full. Very good.

3.6
AirForceHops (7139) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Draft. Light copper ¼ 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
LiteWait (266) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Draft. Light copper ¼ 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
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Tap @ Theresa’s. 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
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
chrisv10 (17288) - 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
mcox90 (2072) - 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 wouldn’t expect. Sour, tart palate and thin in body. Complex. Not easy drinking, but enjoyable.

4.5
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.


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