Brewed by Brouwerij Alvinne
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Moen, Belgium


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RATINGS: 417   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Gaspar is one of the hoppiest beers in Belgium. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, bottle conditioned with a well balanced, complex hop aroma and a long lasting sparkling hop bitter finish. Serve cool (54° F) in a tulip-glass. 18° Plato; 20 EBC; 115 IBU (Hallertau, Goldings and Saaz)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1356) - BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2014
Bière ambrée houblonnée, de très nette tendance ipa avec son niveau EBU de 115, mais que ratebeer classe allègrement en belgian strong ale … selon sa bonne habitude et son manque d’implication dans les classements par genre. Il faudra aussi que l’on m’explique en quoi une bière de 7,9 % abv est une « strong » … Bref, dégustons tranquillement …. Couleur ambre moyen à roux clair, avec un tout léger voile. Bulles moyennes mais aussi de grosses qui montent par intermittence (du spectacle…). Mousse blanche très épaisse, crémeuse, avec plein de cratères. C’est splendide (on s’y baignerait…). Arômes d’agrumes, houblon en fleur, Orval. 1ère bouche souple à la très belle entame sur l’amertume, avec un goût d’écurie et de crottin frais. Arrière-bouche sur l’Orval, ancienne génération. Superbe. 2ème à la magnifique amertume, sur un fond de malt légèrement grillé. L’Orval est tout près (même de Flandre ….). 3ème avec un splendide ensemble malt/houblon qui va vers un équilibre centré sur l’amertume. Les jambes sont grasses et marquées. La levure Morphéus fait des merveilles. L’alcool est très adapté au genre, et parfait en progression. La finale nous monte au firmament de l’amertume : finesse, précision, complexité. CONCLUSION : Gaspar était un bon Roi mage. Il a sûrement offert à Jésus une bière de chez Alvinne, pour qu’il nous délivre un pareil message de béatitude !! Sans Gaspar, Jésus n’aurait pas été ce qu’il a été … CQFD.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Augustijn55 (82) - Izegem, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2007
Bottle 33 cl. Cloudy amber color with a big head. Very hops aroma, and typical Alvinne malt. Hoppy taste with much alcohol notes. Bitter aftertaste, like it !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bierridder_S (660) - BELGIUM - MAY 11, 2015
33 cl bottle @ the Brewery. Hazy yellow colour with nice rocky head. Fruity hops, citrus, nice bitterness, dry. Very refreshing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jerre (3166) - Waregem, BELGIUM - NOV 26, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 Bottle 33 cl. Now a give this rating taste this new beer 3 times. First (begin oct.)at the brewery. Amber colored beer with a big head and good lacing. This is Belgians most hopped beer (115 IBU). Aroma is very hoppy. The taste is hoppy with some alcohol notes and bitter. Aftertaste is all hops and bitter, but not too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (5179) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2006
Bottle at Kerstbierfestival 2006, Essen. Cloudy, deep amber with a huge offwhite head. Extremely hoppy nose- all you can take from fruity and earthy hops. Very bitter, fruity, earthy hop bitterness in the lead-no compromise. Extreme beer Belgian-style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5742) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2008
330ml Belgian shorty bottle. Hoppy beers seem to be catching on it Belgium, and this is a great example. Sticky sweet with a much more balanced taste than an American hop bomb. Very nice yeast and hop balance. Alcohol very well hidden. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (21169) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Sample bottle at the brewery, poured by Glenn. Bright orange with a big fluffy head that lingers and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma of bread, orange peel and coriander. Dominant malts with complex spiciness. Good body. Excellent Belgian style IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (3076) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Interesting brew. Poured very lively with a huge foamy frothy sudsy textured off white to cream colored head that lasts and lasts (like forever) plus lots of lace. Color is an almost clear amber. Aroma was surprising given the amber glass of the bottle and being skunky (which, thankfully, was fleeting). Also yeast malt spice and bread dough. Flavor is like aroma and not expansive as is usually the case. Finish is like flavor and a bit sweet, but not too. Decent brew overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jdeutchman (1) - - MAR 20, 2014 does not count
Opened cold Gaspar, immediately overflowed from bottle. Noticed strange sediments in beer. Unfiltered. Nice. Poured into wine glass. Lots of head. Very nice flavor and very tingly. Nice beer overall

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2007
Slight hazy orange-amber beer with nice creamy off white-yellowish head. Aroma is complex and interesting hoppy with a warm barley like carracter. It has smooth hints of caramel and nice aroma’s of cereals and nuts. The taste is earthy and dry crispy, with a fruity elegance and a refreshing boost of minty and herby hops. The hints of pineneedles, dried apricots, honey, nuts, Alp flowers and smooth barley are all well in composition. The afthertaste is at first very balm like, it has a nice rondness and the 8% is well integrated in this very tastefull bitter Belgian strong ale. Served straight from the fridge in a Bordeaux Riedle glass.

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