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

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RATINGS: 1565   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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4.6
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2003 Clear,slightly hazy,golden liquid. Head is soapy but hangs around.Little lacework. Heavy sweet,sour,woody aromas.Mouthfeel is TART.Quite a bit of carbonation as well.Light for a 7%beer. Delicate sweet flavors are surrounded by sour and woody notes. Finish is acidic and dry. Slight hop noticable as well,in finish. This is probably the most distinct tasting beer I have ever tasted.My favorite "sour" beer.

4.6
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2004
Bottled, thanks to mwsf. This was so good, just amazingly sour and tart, really wild oaky character, so well balanced, juicy and refreshing, lemony and some funky earthy barnyard stuff going on, i justed wanted to drink more and more and more. great beer.

4.6
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Pours a clear straw with a decent white head. The nose...oh man...smelling this reminds me of my trips to Napa. The wooden barrels permeating the air and sending me to a place that puts me in a different world. The one I need to be in for this experience. Strong oak, though not overpowering. For an oaked beer, I don’t see how it could be any better; hence the 5. The flavor. Of course there is a serious influence from the oak here. But is also hits you with a slight tang that gets your tastebuds to really pay attention. The oak does not last a long time, but while it is there it is making itself known. Strong apple presence as well. Borders on cider-esqe. I am revising my review and giving the taste a 5. Feel is slightly carbonated, but not thick at all. Very drinkable as far as being such a unique and interesting brew. But it’s not a session beer. Too distinct, too pungent, and way too elegant to be slamming these all night, though I would love to have this one another time. Awesome. I am ecstatic to be able to try this one, but pissed that I have no (local) way to get more in New Mexico. Seek and find. After tasting everything from the six pack, this one is by far the best. In a class of it’s own.

4.6
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2009
11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Back label stamped "39681." Appearance: Poured into my Maudite tulip. A hazy light amber hay color. Slight, quickly receding white head. Nose: Apricots, peaches, kumquats, lime, sour dough, slight minerality. Also, smells like a million bucks! Palate: Sour! Holy sour, batman! Wow, ok...medium-bodied, light to no carbonation really. Lots of sour peach, sour apricot, kumquats again, with some oxidized nuttiness in the background. There’s this toasted hazelnut/caramelized sugar underpinning beneath all this sour citrus fruit. There’s enough sweetness to keep the acid from getting out of hand, and the oaking keeps the sourness in check by drying it out a litte. Notes: Talk about a complex beer! Wow, totally blow away by this one. I love the interplay between the nutty/oxidized sub-notes and the full-on sour apricot body. Highly recommend for fans of sour beers.

4.6
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2013 Aroma is vinegar and sour fruit. Pours a cloudy gold with quite a bit of sediment and a small white head and good lacing. Taste is sour apple’s, vinegar, and heaven. It keeps getting better after every drink. Totally Awesome!

4.6
Passewaaij (327) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2013
Mooie gouden kleur. Weinig schuim, en zelfs dat is snel verdwenen. Ruikt zoetig en een beetje zuur, erg lekker. Weinig koolzuur. Smaakt fantastisch, tamelijk zuur, beetje zoet. Bijzonder goed bier.

4.6
Pyrmir (6163) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2014
On tap during Brussels vacation. Golden with beige head. Aroma is tart, light sour, wood, pale malt and sweet notes. Taste is similar, fairly sour, lactic, tart, pale malt, light grain and wood. Great beer!

4.6
ChadPolenz (1844) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 28C Wild Specialty Beer (base style: 25A Belgian Blond Ale)

AROMA: Classic sour aroma; green and white fruits; some Brett tartness. Slight earthy character from foeders. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Golden yellow; high clarity. Slow steady CO2. Small, white foam with good lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Moderate sourness immediately, followed by green apple; white grape. Slight pineapple on the finish. Fairly strong tartness at the end. Dry, champagne-like finish. Sourness increased with each swig which improves the palette. /20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body with fairly low CO2, though crisp from the tartness. Very smooth; no alcohol presence. Refreshing with a clean aftertaste 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A delicious sour/tart ale with a simple palette that shows how well a sour can be without bells and whistles. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 46/50

DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

4.6
Sissio (1698) - Orsenigo, ITALY - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle at home. Clear gold, white head with nice lacing. Yeasty, cellar, wood and cereals, sour acetic mellow aroma. Greatly balanced sour taste with yeasty, cereal, cellar and wood barrel taste with fruitiness.

4.6
tsd08460 (1208) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle from Dominion Wine and Beer Aroma: Oak, sour bread, Appearance: clear golden with a white head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, Palate: medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation, tart finish Tasty


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