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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1582   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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3.7
TBone (17589) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
Bottled @RBESG’05
Golden color, small white head. Very sour nose. Sour, same time sweet flavor. Crisp carbonation. Very balanced and excellent for this style.

3.6
chrisv10 (17474) - DENMARK - APR 28, 2011
Bottle. Clear golden with small white head. Flavour is malt, fruit, sour, little tart, little perfume and a little marzipan.

3.6
yngwie (17056) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2007
Bottle. Hazy, golden-orange pour. Berry-like, sour fruityness and some barnyard in the aroma. The flavor is quite sour and berry-like as well. Medium, quite astringent mouthfeel. Truly a lovely beer, that surprised a bit. (070914)

3.6
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Light amber pour with a white head. Nose is somewhat acetic with a light grapefruit quality. Some slight malt sweetness, light musty funk, and a hint of wood. Quite sour on the palate. Some definite vinegar notes, a light citric acidity, and mild malt sweetness in the background. There’s a little bit of funk to it and a light vinous quality.

3.8
Dedollewaitor (16171) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 28, 2008
Bottle. Thanks Christian. Pours clear gold with a white head. So very matured aroma - sour, sweet, vinous, barrel, oak, freshness. Good mouthfeel & great Sour ale.

3.6
FatPhil (16114) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 20, 2008
330ml bottle (alko - via mirjukka - thanks!)
Clear amber with a healthy tight pale head. Light fruit sweetness and sourness. Soft and sour on the tongue. Bursting with refreshing light malty tastes before you even swallow, and a very pleasant sourness that zings on the tongue, and builds up to be the major flavour after swallowing. The light malt character is very mellow, but I can’t actually pinpoint the oak in the aging that this is usually a sign of. The finish is in part quite dry, but not drying, and otherwise more of the mellow light malts. And no hint of 7.3% - fantastic - I’d session this without a second thought! A few acidic esters stop this from really excelling, but it is a very tasty beer on the whole.

3.8
MiP (15667) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2008
Bottle, 7.3%. Acidic aroma, lactic. Clear golden colour, nice stable white head. The flavour is also acidic, distinctly, but not overwhelming. Has a good, satiating acidity. Actually quite good.

3.3
Benzai (15625) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2011
On tap @ Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Very clear golden color, small white head. Smell sour, brett. Tastes sour, but pretty balanced. Decent carbo that suits the beer. Medium body.

3.8
Ferris (15586) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2013
Bottle - Sour apple with some hints of grain. Clear gold with a minimal head. Lightly sour with tastes of vinegar and maybe apple if anything. A great refreshing sour that I think is a great introduction in this style of beer. Finish is just enough not to ruin your palate for the next beer.

3.7
bhensonb (15253) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Sour fruit - cherries and apples? - for aroma. A bit of yeast. Hazy golden color with a fine white head. Starts with apple, passes to generic sour, then to an oaky yeasty finish. Something like a sour gueze (some aren’t). Extremely dry, even astringent. Definitely puckers the mouth. Apple is ever present.


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