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

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RATINGS: 1555   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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3.3
Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle pours clear gold color with persistent medium white head. Aroma sour fruits. Taste sour fruit, funk. moderate tartness, lemons, slightly sweet. Moderately long sour finish. Palate carbonated. Alcohol disguised. Given to me as an intro into sours. Pretty drinkable but I haven’t developed a taste for sours at this point so for now won’t seek out again.

3.9
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2010
330ml. Bottle. Pours a bright gold color with a thin white head. Pungent sour nose with bits of oak, bread and wheat grass. Unexpectedly strong sourness with green apple and lemon notes. Also has a puckering apple cider vinegar kick that slowly fades into some malt sweetness. The malt flavors are subtle and mostly characterized by freshly baked dough. Oak is noticeable throughout and gives some softness to the otherwise tart nature of this beer. Strong carbonation with a slightly thin palate. Finishes with a nice combination of malt sugar and green apple jolly rancher. For the price this is probably the best readily available sour around.

3.7
kopher (593) - New York, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Aroma is cake dough candy and sourness crazy dough, sweet. Pours clear Pale orange yellow Taste is mellow sweet sour Medium body nice long tart finsh This is good but the cakey sourness is odd

3.6
Fred82 (2315) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2011 12oz bottle from savvy1982.
Appearance : Clear shiny amber with small head.
Aroma : Nice funk with lots of oak and sourness. Nice citrusy tartness with light vinegar. Some fruits too. Light honeyed malt notes.
Taste : Sour and slightly acetic. Lots of oak with light alcohol. Finish has lots of oak notes with light citrusy tartness. Light alcohol too. Light funky notes too. Quite acidic too.
Overall : Good stuff but it’s not exactly my thing. I dig the funk and the tartness but the light acetic notes are driving me off a bit. Still has an enjoyable sourness with nice oak notes. Rating stayed the same.

On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill, Burlington. Named Petrus 30th anniversary.
Appearance : Clear amber with a small head. Not much lacing.
Aroma : Peachy and a bit woody. Quite sour and tart. slightly acidic.
Taste : Lactic oak sourness. Some fruits (peaches).
Overall : A bit too lactic for my taste. Nice sour kick. Very tasty but after a few sips I’m done. 161210 7,3,6,3,17;3.6

3.8
j12601 (11002) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed amber with a medium sized white head that falls off quickly. Sweet barnyard funk, light bits of fruity wheat. A bit sweet, leaning almost towards a lemonade soda sort of feel, with lots of tartness. Quite nice. Long bits of brett, but very subtle. Very pleasantly surprised with this.

3.5
JohnnyMummbles (151) - Pitman, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2010
poured from a 330 ml bottle a bright golden blonde with a large white head that leaves some lacing around the glass. Aroma is of sour fruits. Flavor is of sour lemon that puckers the mouth. A lot of flavor is added from aging this beer in oak barrels. A nice sour ale.

4.2
mjmcend (209) - USA - DEC 7, 2010
Very sour with some fruit and apple notes. Yellow and carbonated with little head. Juicy, sour, and bubbly. Crisp and would be a perfect beer to have on a summer day. Outstanding.

3.4
jesperhammer (4727) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2010
26-NOV-2010, bottle @home, from "Ølbutikken" Golden with white head. Sour nose with oranges and cittrus. TAste is citrus and oranges as well, a little spicey, and a long sour aftertaste. Not very complex, but still a fine brew.

4.2
wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Tasted from a 12oz bottle purchased at Lush Roscoe. Pours a clear pale orange with a huge white head that quickly recedes to a thick lace collar with spotty lace on the beer. The nose is sour citrus with a good amount of brett funk and sour berry (both cherry and raspberry) with a bit of light malt as well. The flavor features the berries a little more than I expected with the sour citrus and the addition of apple cider vinegar and a nice, almost nutty, malt flavor. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a very long sour berry finish.

4
planky84 (3215) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2010
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Bright gold pour with a white head. Sour, fruity aromas. Peach, pear and green apple in there. A slight whiff of acetic acid too. Flavours of pear, cider vinegar, cloves and a little citrus. Fruity, sour finish. Nice.


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