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style
Brewed by Bavik-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: 1513   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 connoisseurs delight! The only one of its kind on the U.S. market.

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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (11005) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2003
White wine, wood, grapefruit and orange blossom honey in the nose. Fairly high ABV is absent. Crystal clear, straw-colored ale. Medium-sized frothy white head is mostly diminishing with good lacing. Pucker up, folks, because this one has bite. I love it. The flavor is of lemon, white wine vinegar and wood up front. Pungent, acrid and very lightly bitter on the backside. As with the aroma, in the flavor, the fairly high ABV is expertly hidden. Light bodied with a watery mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. A long, acrid, sour and dry finish. Very good Sour! I recommend a blind tasting between this and a package of Sour Patch Kids.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2003
A nice illuminating golden amber hue with a minimal amount of head. Smelled very much like a farmyard, full of hay and animals, especially dairy cows. A nice combo of bitterness and sourness. Interesting to know that this stuff was oaken cask aged for over two years.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2004 Aroma is remarkably yeasty, lots of fruit - apple and sour cherry. The ABV definitely works its way into the flavor and your nasal passages...whew, but its no rival for the sour cherry that is there for the entire ride. I am a fan of flemish red ales, but this seemed just below the cusp with too much attention given to the cherry rather than ways in which to incorporate it in the beer well.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Aroma is of a a white wine, with apples and peaches. The Flavor is almost like a cider. The Aftertaste is sharp, but managable. Great oak flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
Very pale straw yellow color and thin white head. Fruity aroma of lemons, apples, blackberry, and clove spice. Very tart and tasty flavor. Some earthy, musky qualities. A challenging sour but complex beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Cloudy dark yellow color with kind of a sour, earthy thing going on in the aroma and taste. Tasted like a Gueuze.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Oak aged aroma really comes through with this one. Sour, vinegar, and white wine in the nose. Seems to have some spices in there as well. Complex indeed. Tart, white wine flavors. Very dry finish. Alcohol burn and warming in the throat. Interesting beer, but would not be one of my favorites.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrDick (381) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2004
A well-balanced sour ale. Sour at first but the fruity undertones of apple/grape quickly mellow the bitterness. Complex but nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3196) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Hazy amber body, medium clumping off-white head. Strange aroma, toasty, with toffee and hints of butterscotch, in addition to musty funkiness (a bit of brie cheese rind, sour) that develops more fully after letting the beer settle in the glass. Sour body with stale crackers, bread, and grassy hops, the sour punch concealing a rather thin malt backdrop. Some balsamic vinegar and cheese rind in the mix, which is never a bad thing. A bit different than the darker, fruitier "red" versions of the style, but this has just the right kick for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3385) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Had a Sip of This from a bottle. Pretty damn tasty potent sour. Must re-rate, definetly good.


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