Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Bavik Petrus Aged Belgian Pale Sour Ale
Bavik Petrus Aged Belgian Pale Ale, a light sour offering from Bavik aged 20 months in oak, poured a dazzling champagne color into the glass, with the attendant heavy carbonation and fizzy, short-lived white head to match. The nose immediately gave away the sour bugs that have developed through the fermentation process- sour rhubarb, sweet strawberries, pie cherries, green apple tartness, and the slightest hints of vinegar.
Petrus Aged Pale Ale opened tart and dry, with green apple sourness shooting to the back of the mouth and the sweeter fruits detected in the nose stayed in the background. The ale seemed a little soft and a tad watery compared to most sour ales I have tried, but that was likely due to the extended oak aging and how bone dry the ale was.
Petrus Aged Pale Ale is a fantastic sour that walks the line between a Berliner Weisse and a Flanders Brown when it comes to flavor. Less wild flavors than comparable Belgian sours I have tried, but a cutting dryness that will give most Bruts a run for their money.