diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
ZBF 2008, SInt Niklaas, Belgium
Muddy, blond body. Off-white creamy to rocky head. Aroma of hops and orange. Heavily bitter, citric flavour. Quite 1 dimensional and not extremely well balanced, but not bad.
Fin (7540) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
ZBF 2008 on the Saturday Poured a hazy lemon colour with white head, and started off with a good rush of hops and bitterness. The bitterness sort of hung around like an uninvited mother-in-law, which is a strange thing for me to say because if Loz and I were married my mother-in-law would always be most welcome, it’s just typical of my notes sometimes and bizarely I meant for the bitterness thing in a positive way, I like that about it. There was a very good tang to this beer, another flurry of sweetness, finishing with some soft slightly restrained hops, very nice.
joergen (21081) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the brewery.
Hazy golden coloured with a huge white ehad.
Fruity aroma of grass, yeast and spices.
Fruity flavour of yeast, grass and hops with notes of bananas and grape fruits.
Dry hoppy finish.
JoeinDahlem (1329) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
So many Belgian attempts to produce extra-hoppy ales have had somewhat clumsy results, as if the hops are striking discordant notes with other ingredients--or more commonly, the brewer is just holding back and can’t quite commit to the hoppy thang. Not so in this case! Thus we have my favorite brew I sampled at ZBF08. Pours thickly cloudy old gold, with a thick, off-white head turning to persistent film. Citric-hoppy nose, like grapefruit, but also notes of oranges and green grass. Nose is fantastic, and it has you wishing it was even stronger. Flavor makes up for it, with a very hoppy bitterness managing to be both dry and fresh-tasting, counteracted only a bit by a light, malty sweetness. Bitterness is sticky into the finish and aftertaste. I hope this recipe becomes a consistent one for Alvinne.
JorisPPattyn (7976) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good, persistent yellowish, fine head; over hazy orange beer, with an olive shine. Mustard seed, greenery, fresh malt, some hops. Extremely good forward C-hoppy taste, backed with just the right amount of cakey malts. Very dry finish, if some fusels. Medium bodied, slick, near chewy. AH! This is one Alvinne’s best tries. Probably the most straightforward Belgian IPA.
Jerre (2702) - Waregem, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 This afternoon at the brewery with the brewers self: Davy and Glenn, THX.
Tasted again @ home now.
Bottle, 33 cl.
Hazy dark golden to amber color, with great creamy, partition sticking head.
Aroma very fruity nose, good hops, bit yeast and little flowery. Medium to full body.
Taste going a bit to the Gaspar,
but there’s a great difference.
This restyled version is more bitterness
(good !) than the early Extra.
Dry bitterness, good in balance,
nice hops. Good bitterness finish.
Very good beer !