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

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RATINGS: 1591   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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   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.


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Enhabeer (1) - La Ferte Bernard, FRANCE - JAN 14, 2018 does not count
Belle couleur. Nez acide, fortement citronné. Goût aigre et acide, mélange de vinaigre et de produit vaisselle. Extrêmement clivant. Je ne l’ai pas terminée. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
Sten (766) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2018 Orange beer with a small white head. Fresh sour aroma and taste. (Bottle 33cl)

0.5
trex13 (2) - - JAN 6, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2018 Har aldrig smagt typen eller øllen før. Værste smag nogensinde. Blanding af sur citron 🍋, eddike og urin. Hælder det meste ud. Må prøve at købe en af samme slags. Der må have været noget galt med den.

2.9
lada66 (84) - Savonlinna, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2017
ABV 7,3% but tastes stronger. I can taste alcohol too clearly. To be honest this is not very good sour beer. Too pungent flavor to me. Needs more balance. Unfortunately I can't find the oak barrel at all. Could be better without aging in the barrel.

3.5
artemb (1292) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - DEC 30, 2017
Clear golden, white head. Clean vinegar and brett aroma. Sour. Flavour: apple vinegar, wet straw, light flowery notes. Plain and good.

3.7
Sebilinz (2714) - Linz, AUSTRIA - DEC 15, 2017
Bottle. Golden clear body with white head. Aroma is sour fruity mostly green apples. Taste is sour fruits wood malts. Aftertaste is nice balanced between sourness, malts and bitterness. Nice one.

4.5
julesxxl (125) - Cholet, FRANCE - DEC 15, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2017 (claire, nez sucré raisiné (clairette & layon) & cidré // bouche âpre-acide (bois & lime/apple), belle fin sugar-bitter)

4.6
tomandoaltura (363) - - DEC 5, 2017
Apariencia : ámbar (6 SRM) translúcido que traduce en ámbar intenso en la copa; cabeza color blanco tiza de gran textura; muy buena retención; buen encaje Aroma : notas de pera y Calvados con tenue almíbar; generosas notas de sidra Sabor : fresca manzana ácida y plátano sin madurar con moderado amargor de pieles de frutos con hueso y tenues toques de madera Boca : cremosa espuma; ingreso fresco; gran efervescencia; cuerpo medio-ligero; final semi-seco; prolongado y fresco regusto a limón verde; noble tibieza alcohólica

3.9
deepdrinker (364) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2017 Hazy golden colour , sour, wooden aromas. Sharp sour taste which improves after a few drinks

3.8
rodenbachvintage (211) - Roeselare, BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2017
De trader Joe variant geproefd. Heerlijk zuurbier. Overtrof mijn verwachtingen. Heerlijk zuurbier die perfect kan wedijveren met de beste zuurbieren. Ongetwijfeld het beste bier van De Brabandere. Heeft de perfecte zuurtegraad om als zeer dorstlessend over te komen. Heel mooi in balans.


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