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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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3.2
Brandman (2961) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 11, 2011
Slightly hazy golden body, white head. Aroma of berries, sorbus mostly, some vinegar. Very sour vinegar flavour, tight sweaty pussy taste. (What the hell I’ve been thinking when I wrote this).

4.2
Thanimal (29) - Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Light copper poor. Sour but not too sour. Hints of lemon. Very light head. Great refreshing beer

4
darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Fairly clear nice looking beer with a bubbly carbonation and long lasting white head. Nose is winey, with some cherry and light acetic notes. Flavor is similar to Rodenbach Grand Cru, deep and complex with cherry, wood, a bit of vanilla on the back end. Moderate acidity, less vinegar that Rodenbach Grand Cru. Very very good sour.

3.6
JulienHuxley (5949) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2011
Bottle. Clear gold pour with small white head. White wine vinegar aroma, tart cherries, quite oaky, madeira. Taste is sour and winey, with and oaky finish. Medium body, decent carbonation, finishes a bit sweet. Sold to us as a good deal, and it is.

3.9
PhillyBeer2112 (2894) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Nice sour nose with acetic notes, a bit like balsamic vinegar but restrained. Indistinct fruitiness that is peaches and persimmon maybe. Nice dry profile with a solid sourness, crisp clean finish. Nicely drinkable. Just a hint of oxidized woodiness toward the finish. Faded copper, quick fading head.

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 (249) - 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) - EffOff, 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 (5463) - 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.


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