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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: 1580   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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3.6
DenverLogan (1219) - LA, California, USA - JUN 8, 2017
From a Trader Joe’s corked bottle. Pours gold with head and lace. Aroma of tart cherries, apples & lime combined, with a touch of grains, wet rag and hay. Medium carbonation and significant mouthfeel. Flavors of grains and tart apricot-fermented pear-peach or the like with oak and minerals and lemon-lime zest. Overall complex, rich, and spot on for the wild style, which, by the way, like it or not, is the unique Petrus way that they’ve done for a long time. Petrus has never been a go to beer for me but I’ve always respected their dedication to quality, and Trader Joe’s chose wisely on this batch and I’ll buy several more for immediate and aged consumption.

4.1
GBZ59 (1217) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - FEB 16, 2014
Botella de 330ml. Copa Flauta amplia. Color dorado y transparente. La espuma blanca forma una tupida corona que deja un amplio anillo en las paredes. El perfil aromático esta bien equilibrado y despliega notas de cítrico ágrio y madera, especias y trazos azucarados por detrás. El gentil malteado de entrada es barrido por un contundente e intenso sabor tartárico. Cuerpo ligero y carbonatación suave. Paladar denso, especiado y ágrio. Los toques afrutados del intermedio aportan una agradable astringencia de limón y pomelo con recuerdos de taninos de uva. Final agrio y prolongado que precede a un retrogusto afrutado y especiado. El ABV apenas se percibe como un calorcillo en la garganta. Refrescante y plena de sabor. 330ml bottle. Wide Flute glass. Gold color, crystal clear appearance. White froth creates a close crown & leaves a wide ring on sides. Well balanced aroma profile displays sour citric & wood notes, spices & sugary hues on the backside. Gentle malty upfront is blowed up by sharp & intense tartar flavor. Light body. Soft carbonation. Spiced, dense & sour palate. Fruity touches in the middle resolve in a kind astringency from lemon & grapefruit rounded by memories of grape tannins. Long sour finish yields to a fruity & spiced aftertaste. ABV is just felt as a gentle heat through the throat. Refreshing & flavorful.

3.6
varanid99 (1217) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2015
Pale gold pour with a thin white head. Aroma winey, vinegar, weird sweet/sour smell, but in a good way. Taste is good and tart, but still with a slightly sweet, winey flavour. As someone who still hasn’t really got the hang of sours, this was a really pleasant surprise

4.2
fkoolen (1216) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2016 75cl bottle, aged 15 years. Almost clear light golden colour, foamy white head. Rich nose and taste with green and ripe apples, white grapes, citrus, vinegar, earthy, funky, medium sweet malty base; very fruity, clean and dry. Low-medium carbonation.

3.4
GIJOE (1210) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - MAR 17, 2017
Bottle at Newark Airport. Pours pale amber with a thin white head; sparse lacing. Yeast, cereal, and pungent sourness on the nose. Taste is rather tart. Very nice brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2007
330ml bottle purchased at Falling Rock during GABF. Golden straw color with a light but big bubbled head. Delightfully sour aroma with a light fruitiness and wood. The flavor is sour but not overpoweringly so. There is mostly apple flavors mixed with what I suppose to be wood hints. Dry and very carbonated but in this case (likely due to how dry this was) I think the carbonation enhances this brew. An interesting experience but for 11 dollars a bottle, it is one that I will not repeat soon.

4.3
thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2006
Sour aroma with hints of vinegar and sweet malt. Light golen in apperance with a medium palate that has good carbonation. Taste is sour and sweet with a nice background of wood flavors. Very enjoyable.

3.7
TrefwoordPunk (1206) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a clear yellowish golden with a small white head and an aroma of vinegar, apple, citrus, white grapes, some malts and a hint of yeast. The taste is acidic, but not too offensive. There’s also some slight fruity sweetness, hints of oak and maybe caramel and a dry finish. This is a really nice beer!

3.1
ketchepillar (1198) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 4, 2013
On tap at Sister. Tastes like old beer, and by beer, I mean that iconic Old Peculiar like beer taste. I thought I liked it for a little bit, but the more I drank, the more I found it the slightly vinegary staleness to be unpalatable. Some soy sauce.

4.2
Jayb0 (1197) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2003
Yellow-gold, slightly hazy. off-white, somewhat foamy head. The flavor explodes with dry sour notes of tart apple, oak, grass, maybe pine, hot alcohol. Balanced with a malt sweetness and other elements I couldn't discern. A vanilla sweetness hits at the very end, especially as it warms. This is a wonderful, unique beer. It can easily be consumed over the course of an hour but don't sip, take big shots and let it coat your mouth. You may not enjoy the first one but you'll crave a second one when the mood hits.


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