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


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RATINGS: 1577   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 connoisseur’s 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. It’s more substantial looking than others in the style, but still fades quickly. Thin splotches of lacing are left on the glass. S: There’s 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. It’s definitely acetic/vinegary in nature; however, it’s not perfectly integrated within the other (meager) qualities the flavor profile provides. It is balanced well, however. Just like the aroma, there aren’t really any cherry fruit qualities, it’s 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 isn’t particularly easy to drink, but it IS easy to sip, and that’s 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 that’s just nitpicking. I’d definitely consider making this one a go-to sour for me.

BBHansen (934) - Køge, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2017
Bottle @ home w friends/chef. Appearance: pours clear yellow with ok white soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste: bread, straw, oak and sour berries/grapes. palette: strong yeasty aroma, average carbonation, medium body, low to average sweetness, unbalanced by distinct acidity, average to long duration, and a watery texture. Overall: quite distinct, but but unbalanced.

hallinghansen (3192) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2017
Bottle. Clear golden body with a small white head. Yeast, petroleum, alcohol, citrus, tartness, oak. Hmm absolutely not what I expected, but somehow good. Quite weird.

vinivini (2391) - Gomel, BELARUS - JUL 16, 2017
Bottle. Clear glden look. Small white head. Aroma: baked apples, malts, fruity yeast. Light to medium body. Light sourness on taste. Hidden hops. Very good.

szymonskc (902) - Skórcz, POLAND - JUL 16, 2017
Zapach intensywny, kwaśny, ocet, białe wino, stajnia, zielone jabłka, siano, drewno. Kolor słomkowy, klarowne. Piana obfita, średnio i grubopęcherzykowa, szybko znika, zdobi szkło. W smaku wytrawne, kwaśne, średnia pełnia, ocet, stajnia, cytryny, zielone jabłka, drewno. Goryczka niska, wysycenie wysokie.

chipmunk3774 (2) - - JUL 14, 2017 does not count
Quite tart, not as tart as Bakewell sour. Like it! Don't love it. But it's better than a fruit beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

GriZZZly (212) - - JUL 13, 2017
Ar: biale wino, kwasek, ocet winny, swiezo, domowe mlode wino, troche szlachetnego alko, mocna mila kiszona kapucha, sladowe drewno, intensywnosc srednia. Wyg: zlote, klarowne, dobra gruba roznoziarnista piana. Sm: wysycenie bardzo wysokie, bardzo mocny kapusciany kwas, czuc ze mocne, ale alko dobrze schowane i szlachetne, mocna kapusta kiszona, agresywne, milo grzeje w gardlo, troche slodu, dominuje ostra kapucha. Pos: kwasek, kapusta, odrobina beczki, troche zalega ten kwas. Ov: porzadnie przekiszona kapusta, mocno kopie, ale samo alko super schowane.

BelgiskOlklub (1082) - Viby J, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2017
Golden yellow slightly hazy body and a white rocky head with small lacings. Aroma of sour fruits, basement, vinegar, grapes. The taste is heavy sour and light sweet. Dry finish.

gooner92 (132) - Lubaczów, POLAND - JUL 11, 2017
Zapach: szampan, winny. Wygląd: złote, piana niska, szybko znika. Smak: kwaśny, po czym goryczkowa kontra, chyba od dębu, bardzo przyjemny posmak.

Bootlegger007 (151) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2017
This was my first sour ale, it grew on me the more I tasted, aroma was perfume, lemon citrus and slightly bready, clear light yellow in colour with a good sized white head, half way through I felt the lemon sourness kick in, with an aftertaste of spice pepper, carbonation was soft but tangy, increadable

mmmeinike (184) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2017
Slightly hazy pale yellow with a small white head. Sour aroma with notes of white wine and vinegar. Taste of sour refreshing vinegar.

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