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

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RATINGS: 1572   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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Guyute_Pig (103) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2011
After years of drinking these fancy beers, I decided to give the sour and wild bunch a honest go of it. Absolutely love this stuff, had on draft the other night at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville. Definitely a mild/light sour for the style, but damn tasty stuff.

3.2
wlajwl (7006) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Very sour/tart aroma while the appearance is golden-yellow and relatively clear. The flavor is of apple juice, a hint of grain and very tart. Normally I don’t really care for sour ales, but this one was decent, not too far gone in the sour direction.

3.9
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2011
(750ml bottle courtesy of rayl101. Thanks Kevin! Pours a clear copper color with white head and active carbonation. Aroma has some funk, vinegar and fruit. Taste is a bit sweet, but mostly sour. Really fantastic. Medium bodied and oily texture. A solid sour beer.

3.1
natejgood (524) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Pours a very light clear golden with a large white head that craters slowly. Aroma is a bit yeasty, but it is hard to smell through the head. Fairly sour and I don’t get much of an oaky flavor. I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of sour beers, but this one is very drinkable and smooth in the mouth.

3.9
MrHangover (4693) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2011
Tap @ de Paas. Nice amber to blond colouration. Looks great with a nice white head on top. Aroma has some oak, some sour apples and a lot of sour dough yeastiness. Flavour was incredible, nice fresh and sour. Really quenching my thirst and making me more happy with every sip. Really nice find, this one.

3.3
mansquito (6787) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Chevy Chase, DC 330ml ($5): Pours a golden color with a head that leaves and non-existent lacing. Why are people giving this a 4 on appearance? Not quite sure. Aroma is of sour ale, with a few not-quite off notes. Fortunately the taste is an improvement over both the aroma and the appearance. Good amount of sourness. Tastes like a Flemish red ale despite the difference in colour. Not much aftertaste, but certainly does make you wince a second while tasting it. A pretty good sour ale, albeit nothing at all special

4
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Clear, gold, huge head, lots of carbonation. Aroma has the sour funk that I crave. There’s a good sourness and some oak flavors mixed in. Excellent.

3.5
Nickls (2576) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Bottle. Mostly clear golden yellow with a fizzy white head. Lots of lemon zest and light funkiness in the aroma, but vinous with some light fruit undertones. Earthy and lots of minerals in the flavor. Not overly complex, but tasty. Lighter body with bright carbonation.

3.3
Benzai (16520) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2011
On tap @ Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Very clear golden color, small white head. Smell sour, brett. Tastes sour, but pretty balanced. Decent carbo that suits the beer. Medium body.

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Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2011
Previously lost notes from GBBF 2006. Fizzy blonde. Thick body, quite sour and not very well balanced. On this tasting I found this to be an average to poor example of the style.


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