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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Brewed at Heule by breweryhirer ’t Alternatief (Izegem).
“ALTERNATIEF “ is een volmout bier van hoge gisting met hergisting in de fles. Dit bier is niet gepasteuriseerd en heeft dus smaakevolutie. De smaak doet denken aan pils maar dan mouterig, voller en hopperig. Het bier is een alternatief voor wie graag een lekker gezond en licht bier drinkt maar niet wil inboeten op smaak en kwaliteit. Het is een zeer goede dorstlesser. De kleur is blond en het bier beschikt over een stevige schuimkraag. Den “ATERNATIEF” is gemaakt van alleen water, mout, 3 soorten hop en gist. Geen andere toevoegingen. Het bier wordt best koel en droog bewaard. Kleur 5 EBC , Bitterheid 28 EBU , 5 vol % alcohol.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Alengrin (2742) - BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2014
Stereotypical Belgian medium-strength blonde, in that it openly tries to compete with ’pils’ (as standard golden lagers are called in dutch), as a top-fermented alternative. Since 2008. Sticky, snow white, stable foam, colour a yellow blonde with greenish hue. Bready and very timidly fruity nose, smelling of cheese spread, freshly peeled potatoes, grain, carboard; tastes grainy, dry with only a shy and brief fruitiness, rather thin mouthfeel, a bit marred by a cardboard flavour and in the finish somewhat astringent solvents but little hop bitterness. I sincerely hope this has improved since I first tasted it, because in this shape, I would even prefer a bland Belgian ’pils’ over this unbalanced and even unpleasant ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Douberd (2826) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle 330 ml at home,into a tulup. ABV 5.2% while the colur is now 8 EBC. Golden orange colour on a hazy body, small and thin hite head with good retention, leaving heavy lacing on the glass/ Aroma of malts and light grassy hops, some hay too. Very grainy taste, dirty malts, not very good. Medium thin body, average carbonation. Overall below average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarcoDL (2514) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2014
Regular Belgian blond beer. These small breweries always have one, instead of a pilsner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (6905) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 9, 2013
Bottle at Fiere Margriet. Pale, pastel yellow, cloudy, lots of bubbles, with a medium airy head. Breadg and grain nose, hoppy citrus, hay. Flavor of warm malts, bready, with nice hopping, citrus and hay. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (5529) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2011
somewhere summer 2010 33cl bottle @ home

Very cloudy yellowish beer, creamy off-white head, stable and adhesive. Aroma: very hoppy. MF: full body, bit creamy texture. Taste: bitter, hints of exotic fruits, citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7349) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2010
Managed to catch most of the beer in a glass thanks to reading previous raters’ comments- this one exploded just the same. Settles into a hazing yellow-amber with a slim, creamy head. Pleasant, lemony aroma with hints of horse, grassy hop, pine, lemongrass-like spice and suggestion of actual lime or lemon juice, like a Berliner weisse. Sharp, spicy flavour - coriander and maybe ginger, with a more unusual chick pea-squeezed-with lime and lightly coniferous, pine needle character taking over. Lime juice and crackers aftertaste. Unusual, likeable brew with good spucey, grassy hops and that dash of horse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2009
(Bottled) Hazy yellow-golden with a huge, gushing head (wonder what’s the matter with Alvinne nowadays). Honey-fruity, quite pleasant aroma with a touch of grassy hops. Familiar, yeasty Alvinne house flavor with pale, honeyish and fruity maltiness, and a hint of acidity. Light to medium body, low carbonation (after gushing). Quite good for the ABV, but they should learn to control the carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ungstrup (29989) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2009
Bottled. Overcarbonated when opened A hazy light golden beer with a lazing white head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of spices - especially coriander and orange peal on a malty back ground. The flavor is sweet with primary notes of coriander, and the body is thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25076) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 28, 2009
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of joergen/MiP/yespr. Slightly hazy pale golden with a tall and lively white head. Astringent, leathery Brett aroma. Medium body, dry fruit and yeast accents with astringent and dry Brett aagain. An extreme gusher. 200309

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Maria (10188) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 11, 2009
It is hazy, light golden with a huge head, and the foam keeps growing out of the bottle for a very long time. The aroma has notes of yeast with hints of sewer, light fruit and malt. The mouthfeel is very fizzy, rather annoying. The flavour has a light sweetness and notes of yeast, dry citrus, other fruits and malt. The finish is dry and slightly bitter with notes of yeast. IMO a bit out of balance.

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