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


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RATINGS: 1460   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 3/6/13. 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a light golden amber color. The head is a one finger white shade. Its more substantial looking than others in the style, but still fades quickly. Thin splotches of lacing are left on the glass. S: Theres good tartness on the nose - better than I expected really, given how low the Petrus Oud Bruin was in sour qualities. The fruit esters here are pretty light; apple, pear, grapes, and maybe some vague citrus. Even touches of honey and pale malts are found. T: Oh yeah. This one has some good mouth-puckering sourness. Its definitely acetic/vinegary in nature; however, its not perfectly integrated within the other (meager) qualities the flavor profile provides. It is balanced well, however. Just like the aroma, there arent really any cherry fruit qualities, its pretty much apple/pears/grapes alongside the acetic sourness. It becomes less tart near the finish as some light maltiness and the faintest ping of grassy hops come through. M: Pretty damn light in texture, which is just what I look for in the style. Oak tannins help to dry out some of the acidic zing on the finish and aftertaste, and never come across too harshly. It isnt particularly easy to drink, but it IS easy to sip, and thats what counts. O: This one definitely delivers the sour, puckering bite to it - and at a decent price, to boot! I really wish it was fruitier, but thats just nitpicking. Id definitely consider making this one a go-to sour for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flying_pig (1466) - SCOTLAND - JAN 19, 2017
330ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co Wine & Beer (Glasgow):
Quite a strong, funky offering that came through with a lot of tart & Belgian yeast to give the beer a zesty, lively feel that was also quite dry. Initially quite a pungent opening, thankfully the beer settled down & mellowed out a little as it was given time to open up & breathe. There was some nice fruits coming through at times, the apple & citrus flavours being particularly enjoyable but there was definitely more alcohol showing nearer the end than Id have liked from this one. Overall it was quite a pleasant beer that started well but faded ever so slightly nearer the end; its still one well worth trying though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
androman (1972) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2017
33cl bottle at home from Abbey N8, Antwerp. Nose is sourish citrus, wild yeast. Body is clear pale, head is medium, white, frothy, average lasting, fair lacing. Aroma is tangerine, lemonade, brett, sour apple, malt. Medium to heavy sweet, medium citric sour. Finish is medium lasting fruity medium sweet sour. Light body, dry texture, average carbonation. Easy, refreshing, not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jado (795) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2017
330 ml bottle. Clear amber body topped by a thin white head that stays around. Aromas include lemon zest, funk, white wine, vinegar and oranges. Prickly sourness in the mouth followed up by pepper, lemon zest and a grassy note. Crisp finish leads into a softly fruity aftertaste. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sissio (1434) - Orsenigo, ITALY - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle at home. Clear gold, white head with nice lacing. Yeasty, cellar, wood and cereals, sour acetic mellow aroma. Greatly balanced sour taste with yeasty, cereal, cellar and wood barrel taste with fruitiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sdaniel90 (1059) - Mexico City, MEXICO - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle, 65cl. Clear golden, minimal head. Tart citrus aromas. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Dry and thin. Tart fruity flavors into a stinging sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zilverenmaan (66) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2016
Aroma and taste sour, apple. Very fruity, like cava but less dry. Aftertaste and mouthfeel a bit watery and thin. Lacks body and complexity but not bad and very distinctive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowenbrau (3763) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 24, 2016
33cl bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 19-07-2015.
2 Cata Ratebeer Asturias.
BBD: 20-08-2016.
In short: tart golden ale.
Pours quite clean pale gold with nice white head. Moderate head retention, poor lacing. Tart, citrusy nose. Light body, high carbonation, crispy texture. Taste is tart, fruity, citrusy. Dry aftertaste.Ok

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Manu912 (3) - BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2016 does not count
THE absolute numer one reference when it comes to sours beers. Beyond comparison!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
madnorwegian (185) - FRANCE - DEC 20, 2016
One of the better sour ales Ive had. Great fruity aromas. Ok appearance. Flat, no head. Pleasant flavors, apple and vanilla. But as with other sour ales, very little body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nutjes (522) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2016
33cl-fles bij mijn schoonouders. U: Helder goudblond met een dunne witte schuimkraag. G: Onrijp fruit, hout en brett. S: Fruitige aanzet, granen, onrijpe appels en een zurige afdronk. M: Medium body en stevige carbonatie.

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