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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1470   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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 connoisseurs delight! The only one of its kind on the U.S. market.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2010
bottle. pours a pale golden with a 1 finger white head. big tart apple aromas with some oak and some overall funk. big round body with lots of sourness, tart apple notes, some more wood and a bit of lactic acid. dry, tart finish with some general sweetness. excellent sour at a nice price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crackedmachine (479) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2011 Draft. Pale yellow with a thick and foamy head and mild vinegar aroma. A light and pale ale, allowing the sour elements to come to the forefront and dominate the palate. Unlike some of my other favorite sours which tend to be darker and offer a bit of malt counter to the tartness, this one is really just a whole lot of puckering sour. My wife says it would be great poured on some frites. Well, its also enjoyable for sipping.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2011 Draft at Bavarian Lodge. Pours a pretty, clear gold with a thin but lacy head. Aroma of apple cider vinegar, and light cheesy funk. Flavor hits you with spritzy tart apple and finishes lemony with a mild spiciness from the oak. Very light barnyard, but certainly not a mother funker. Champagne-like in body, and very refreshing. Alcohol is deeply closeted. Sooooo good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (8616) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Botle. Pours bright gold with a white head. Bretty funky tart aroma with some woody hints. Nice funky tart flavor, not overly sour. Easy to drink. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (8733) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2010
14/08/2010 - 33cl @ Zwevegem Streekbierenfestival

A little cloudy golden yellow beer, small fine white head. Smell is typically that of a Flemmish red ale, a little tart, sour cherries and ripe fruits.MF: fresh and sparkling with a nice bite. Taste is very sour and fruity. Aftertaste has lemony acidity and some tartness. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 24, 2010
Tap at Paradiso. Listed as an oude bruin- which is a little misleading since this is a soured blonde- almost geuze like overall. It poured a clear yellow with a thin, not very substantial head with decent retention. Very crisp and refreshing sour. At first the sourness is light and vinegar forward and eventually develops into a full sour that is very heavy on white white vinegar and Granny Smith apples. Is a little heavy on the acedic acid, which brings a spicy sour character rather than a yogurty lactic character. Thin bodied, no residual sugars. A very nice surprise.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Maris (1438) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2010
From a 330ml bottle on 24/8/2010. The aroma is not pleasant - primarily vinegar, with some fermenting apple. When it hits the mouth, there is a touch of sweetness but thats overwhelmed by a shortish but extreme and one dimensional sourness. This one tastes alot like champagne, and Im not much of fan of champagne. Did not enjoy this one at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (4049) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2010
On draft. Clear pale golden pour with white head. Nose is cheesy funk. Flavor is wonderfully tart puckering. Great brew. Delicous. Like a gueuze

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepeter (326) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2010
Pours a bright clear golden color with a smaller than average head that lasts as a film for most of the beer. The lacing is very nice and sticky as it clings to the glass. Great funky, tart, sour fruit aroma. First sip hits you with that same sour funk, and then mellows out quite a bit. I got a lot of sour apple/grapes mixed in with a musty funk and acidity. There is a slight sweetness to balance it all through the beer and a very pleasant dryness at the end. There is a medium to light body which is a bit thin for an Oud Bruin, however this one is a "Pale" ale. . . either way I would have preferred more body. Very refreshing and so easy to drink, could drink it all day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3048) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2010
33 cL bottle, $3.70 @ Binnys. Looks like a regular dubbel at first pour, then a reddish tinge appears, under a thin layer of small bubbles. Smell is lightly tart, mostly of cherry, I think. Greater sense of sourness in the taste. I get the definite impression of bugs that came specifically from their oak. A bit of red wine to it, slight warming alcohol. Brisk and zesty, a nice sour beer for the summer.

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