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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1471   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
belieson (16) - Washington, USA - APR 17, 2010
This is one of the first sour beers Ive had at Quinns in Seattle. It got me hooked on the genre.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (16012) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2010
330mL bottle, pours a hazy pale golden with a big white head. Aroma of sour lemon, citrus, peaches and pear. Very sour, but soothing flavour of lemon and citrus. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2010
yellow pour with a snappy white head. Aroma of lemons and dust. Flavor is lemony, some celery. Finishes nice and sour, refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2010
Golden tan pour. Aroma of slight sourness, apples and some oaks. Flavor is hops, yeast, some sournesss and oaky end. Nice mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2010
Served in a champagne flute at a local beer tasting event. Clear golden color. Nice thick head with lots of bubbly effervescence. Sour lemony aroma with a little woody oak tones. Very, very tart, almost like a sour candy with vinegar. Im not an expert in this category, and I realize its intended to have this tartness, but it was a bit much for my taste. I wasnt picking up any of the woody notes from aging in barrel -- I just get sourness. Medium bodied, maybe even a bit thin on the palate. I would think its best served perhaps as an apertif before a meal. I wouldnt think it would go well with most foods. Not my favorite, but its interesting to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2010
Sample at Global Beer Expo. The best of the lot, imo. Pours an attractive pale gold with fluffy head. Nose is funky with stone fruits, cherry, apricot and lactic. Sweet ripe fruit in the distance. On taste, a quenching acidity bits through with more peachy notes, some cherry and clean malt. Spicy Saaz character as well. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2213) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2010
pours a clear pale yellow with a small white head, and good lacing. smell of wild yeast, some citrus, and a touch of malt. taste is tart, sour malt, wild yeast, and some woodiness, ends acidic, tart, and a tad bitter. overall too tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2010
Pours a golden orangish color. Aromas of dark fruit, yeast, and a touch of wood. Flavor is sour, yeasty, wood, and a couple of sweet tarts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2010
petrus has some nice beers especially this one and the oud bruin. green apple nose and flavor with a bit of oak and hops. has an appealing sour taste and has some descent carbonation and lacing very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2010
11.2oz bottle from MrChopin - thanks, Kevin! Pale amber pour, crisp carbonation like a cider. Soft green apple nose with a bit of oak and just a touch of sweetness. The carbonation gives the beer some character, as the mostly tart flavors seem to wake up a bit with the modest dry hops that are brought out. Pretty decent, a nice refresher.

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