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

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RATINGS: 1569   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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4.5
motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 19, 2004
many thanks to mwsf for cracking this open. massive aroma of white grape, vinegar, oak and pleanty of sourness. quite sharp but with plenty of character, bloody nose, hint of cherry and tomato sauce flavoured crisps and then a touch of lemon rind and dry sourness. really classy stuff, i can´t believe it´s not rated higher

4.5
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 15, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2005 Bottled. Pours light orange in color just a whisp of a head with no lacing although the carbonation is quite active in the glass. Big sour, vinegar like aromas with notes of an earthy apple cider. Musty sourness is the predominant flavor. The first taste actually mad the top of my throat close up just a bit. Dry spicy aftertaste. The flavor seems to be just a little watery but overall this is a damn good sour ale.

4.5
doublebock (558) - California, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Golden translucent color, lambic yeasty and champagne like aroma. immediately sour tast growing even stronger finishing with an apple tart feel. active carbonation.

4.5
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2011
Appearance: brilliant straw and gold. Bubbly airy egg white head fades bubbly and clumpy – globs stick to sides of glass and float in the middle.
Nose: lemon bars full of zip and zest. Pinot grigio grapes and wine. Essence of wild soured fermentation as the grapes ferment. Oak planks damp with dew. Grape skins and pomace. Cactus.
Palate: lemon prominent with lemon bars, lemon sorbet. Faint sweetness in the back. Pinot grigio in the middle with a touch of tropical tartness – papaya and kiwi. Angel food cake sweetness in the middle, subtle and delicate. Freshly cut oak planks. Pomegranate long in the finish after each swallow. Playful acidity and carbonation.
Final Thoughts: even better than I was expecting. I love beer aged in oak and I love sour. Once more those fabulous Belgians have done it and done it right. May I have another please and thank you.

4.5
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - APR 20, 2012
Delicious sour. Pale golden color. The nose smells just like a well aged Grand Cru White Burgundy. Medium bodied, nimble, highly acidic with a finish that just won’t stop. Amazing beer. From tap.

4.5
Jerm719 (195) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2013
Nice golden color. Small head. Acidic pineapple, barnyard, mild wood, apple cider vinegar, some vanilla, pomegranate tart. Love it! Just wish it had a longer finish..

4.5
alliance100 (1159) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Draft and bottle , medium to light copper pour, lots of funky aromas, pleasant sourness. Excellent palate cleanser. Perfect summer beer, very refreshing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Sour funk over woody fruitiness with an awesome aroma and crisp barnyard finish...this stuff is awesome.

4.5
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 26, 2015
nose, apple and lactic acid, palate-- dry and astringent, spritzy carbonation, taste--no hint of sweetness, sour, appearance golden yellow, good persistent lacing and short head, apple cider gold

4.5
mkdyderski (9) - Poznań, POLAND - JUN 20, 2017 does not count
floral, wild aroma golden, clear, heavily sour, lightly bitter, light sweetness, light body, thin feel, average carbonation, nice sour ale


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