bierkoning (11111) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Golden color. Floral notes and hints of soft fruit in the aroma. Herbal hopbitter flavor, with licorice and soft fruity notes. Not too outspoken hopbitterness. Drinkable.
Alengrin (3234) - BELGIUM - APR 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Anderson Valley’s APA, now for sale at the Albert Heijn supermarkets, of which there are some in Belgium as well nowadays. Deep ’old gold’ colour, with somewhat orangey hue, a bit paler than usual for the style, clear with calm sparkling; densely lacing, medium thick, regular, off-white head. The aroma strikes me: I have rarely encountered a beer aroma this ’weedy’ and vegetable-like. I get impressions of Persian hogweed juice (very strongly so, a first for me in any beer!), nettles, sorrel and thistles, raw rhubarb, lime zest, dough, rancid butter, unripe green plums and wild berries. Rather neutral onset with strong, tingling, minerally carbonation, sourish grainy accent paired with unripe fruits, fairly thin malt body, mostly a grainy pale malt sweetness as in a pale lager but with a slight nutty touch as well; increasing ’weedy’ and grassy hoppiness, ending dry and bitter, but not too ’biting’ (the difference between IPA and APA, I guess) with a remnant of the pale maltiness creeping through. Weird, fascinating for the aroma of wild fruits and fresh weeds (made me feel like I had been working in my garden all day)... The taste is okay, no big flaws here, but as far as I am concerned, below average for an APA and even for an Anderson Valley beer. Hopefully Albert Heijn expands their range to their IPAs too, which I would prefer well over this. Still, correct and very drinkable.
dutchbeerpages (1842) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thank you major supermarkets for stocking this. Just a wonderful light tasteful beer. Refreshing, never too wild in flavors. Nicely balanced.
77ships (5405) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml. bottle @ home. Purchased @ Alber Heijn. BBF 24-12-2015. Clear orange, creamy white head. Nose is pretty dull, sweetish, light banana, bread, yeasty, light cloves, sugary,… Taste is yeasty, bread, aspirin & light moldy cardboard bitterness, sugar, cloves, sweetish, light plaster, light lemon,… Creamy, touch yeasty body,… Rather bland, it is a bit like intentional muzak,… I cannot criticize because I assume that they were going for a beer with minimal flavor & minimal involvement required but I prefer more. It is okay for what it is for sure. The aspirin-like bitterness doesn’t really work all that well for me.
PriorL (2776) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Albert Heijn.
APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, nice stable white head.
NOSE: fruity, little hoppy, malts.
TASTE: citra, rather dry, bit watery. nothing special here...
caesar (5794) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled from local AH, BB 24-12-2015, large sample. Clear golden color, medium frothy slight off-white head. Aroma of slight grassy hop, slight citrus, bit grainy malt, slight flowery. Medium bitter in taste, quite malty as well.
thanatosti (1141) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
35,5 cl. bottle @ home, bought @ Albert Heijn Culemborg.
Clear golden with a white head. Aroma is a bit musty, like a cellar. Other than that is’s hoppy and quite malty. Taste is medium bitter. body is thin, finish is clean.
jerohen (2067) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled from local supermarket. Clear dark golden colored, medium white head. Very hoppy nose, flowery, grapefruit. Hopbitter yet watery flavor, grapefruit. Short lasting bitter finish. Not a lot of complexity, but nevertheless pleasant beer.
Maakun (1535) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Dark golden with short lasting white head. Light caramel, some of those crunchy fish shaped snack thingies, lemon juice, yeast, lots of unripe grape and vegetable notes. Medium sweet with medium, slightly metallic finish.
ShivanDragon (2262) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
helder amber met witte kraag, maar wat ook gelijk opvalt is dat er vrij weinig co2 in het bier zit. aroma komt wat muf, aards, stro, hop, en lichte citrus achtig binnen. smaken zijn matig zoet, redelijk bitter, sterke smaken van gras, pittig kruidig en bitter, ijzer en hooi, en klein beetje honing. ben ook hier niet weg van. vind hem ook niet erg fris, lichte body en bovenal dun en waterig.