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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: 1461   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 (10767) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dagimp (971) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2010
From a 11.2oz into a snifter. Pours a very frothy pale yellow (nothing special) with a ton of fizzy head. The head dissipates after a few minutes leaving minimal lacing. Nice mild floral aroma. Mouthfeel is very fizzy; too fizzy in my opinion. Taste is very tart like a sour should be. The first taste is POWERFUL. Good floral flavor with some oak flavor as well. Very worth trying and a very solid sour.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (1761) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2010
On tap at The Farmhouse in Burlington. Called "Petrus 30th Anniversary Ale" Red/cider pour with small head.Very lightly hopped aroma. Flavor is sour fruits; apples, cherries and grapes.Light and crisp.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2154) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2011 12oz bottle from savvy1982.
Appearance : Clear shiny amber with small head.
Aroma : Nice funk with lots of oak and sourness. Nice citrusy tartness with light vinegar. Some fruits too. Light honeyed malt notes.
Taste : Sour and slightly acetic. Lots of oak with light alcohol. Finish has lots of oak notes with light citrusy tartness. Light alcohol too. Light funky notes too. Quite acidic too.
Overall : Good stuff but its not exactly my thing. I dig the funk and the tartness but the light acetic notes are driving me off a bit. Still has an enjoyable sourness with nice oak notes. Rating stayed the same.

On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill, Burlington. Named Petrus 30th anniversary.
Appearance : Clear amber with a small head. Not much lacing.
Aroma : Peachy and a bit woody. Quite sour and tart. slightly acidic.
Taste : Lactic oak sourness. Some fruits (peaches).
Overall : A bit too lactic for my taste. Nice sour kick. Very tasty but after a few sips Im done. 161210 7,3,6,3,17;3.6

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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 hadnt 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.


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