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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1552   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
RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Pours brassy gold, medium head that hangs around a bit. Nose is sour at first, oaky and tart smelling, funky. Interesting, in my reading of the label I hadn’t expected a wild/sour ale. Taste is pleasantly and not overpoweringly tart, a hint of sweet gives way to an acidity and tartness that could work well paired with food. Finishes with a brief sourness and crisp carbonation. This is a ’sour’ I can actually stand, not bad all around.

3.6
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Deep golden pour with a nice white head. Aroma is tart and dry with some great woody notes and sour apricot. Flavor is sour but not mouth puckering. Some stone fruit, sour mash, tart and some light booze notes. Good.

3.6
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2011
bottle. Ours a transparent golden color with a thin, lasting head. Aroma is soured yeast and sweet malts. Notes of oak, bread, wine, and lemmon grass come out. The palate is crisp. It tastes sour, finishing dry. This is not for me, but good for the style it is.

3.6
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2011 Bottle. Deep golden pour, some white head. Aromas of vinegar and grape skin, small amount of oak. Flavor is quite tart and dry with hints of the oak aging.

3.6
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2011
bottle. Pours a clear golden with a white head. Nose is of sour lemon and sour apple. Taste is of sour apple and some lemon. Mouthfeel is dry with fizzy carbonation.

3.6
chrisv10 (17270) - 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
LiteWait (266) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Draft. Light copper ¼ inch thick head. Lightly sour nose. Almost like a grape jelly and fine white wine. No carbonation, taste is a light sour (sour sweet tarts) Sour comes through more in the finish. A nice pucker as it warms up. High drinkability.

3.6
AirForceHops (7129) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Draft. Light copper ¼ inch thick head. Lightly sour nose. Almost like a grape jelly and fine white wine. No carbonation, taste is a light sour (sour sweet tarts) Sour comes through more in the finish. A nice pucker as it warms up. Very good overall.

3.6
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2011
Bottle, shared by a nice dude in line for our dld bottle allocation. Pours a nice golden colour. a little misty. The beer had a nice fruity aroma and a sweetness to it. the beer wasnt super sour but it had a nice hit of that too it. Interesting flavour and a good offering, good beer

3.6
patricks110 (2486) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 6, 2011
An appetizing and very drinkable sour ale. The pour is bright orange brown body with a thick foamy white head of about two/three fingers. The aroma is light sourness with a sweet grass and mild malt. The taste is sweet and candied with a lingering moderate sourness. Overall, a good sour ale.


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