BAB Mystère
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Brewed by Brouwerij Strubbe
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ichtegem, Belgium
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Pilsnermalt, Munichmalt, pale ale malt and biscuitmalt; dark and white candi sugar; Styrian Goldings, Hallertau Herzbrücker. Dry hopping with Cascade, Nelson Saugin, Amarillo.
A tribute to the former director André Demeulemeester from the defunct Aigle Belgica (BAB) brewery. Labels show cartoons by this brewmaster.

seynie's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
seynie (356) - Tienen, - MAR 28, 2014
Orange with a clear white top. Reminds of Orval but lacks the punch. Smells of citrus fruits. Hops, a bit of citrus but the watery finish disappoints. Read metallic in another review and I can confirm...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (8081) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2016
Draught @ Cafe Rose Red. Aroma has sweet fruitiness and grassy hops. Promising, smells like De Ranke Harvest or Hommelbier. Flavour has hops, grass, fruity notes and some biscuits. Good, but not excellent. Flavour is filled with menthol-like hoppiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (6372) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2016
savoured at Bab 2016, thnx for sharing, everyone ! Pours amberbrown, ok white head. Smell is sweet, thcik, caramelly malts. Taste is bitter, dry, sharp, slightly metallic. Creamy malts in the back.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2016 Big (75 cl) bottle bought at Rotsaert. Bottle opens with a bang, but no significant gushing. Very thick and frothy, rocky, thickly lacing, egg-white head on top of a hazy amberish orange blonde beer. Saison- but also lightstruck-like aroma of fermenting grass, ammonia, burnt rubber (DMTS), wet leather, green banana, wet dog, dried apricot, biscuit. Crisp, fruity onset, unripe stonefruit, touch of pineapple with a sourish hint, softish carbo, toasted malt bitterishness, bit nutty, gentle grassy hop bitterishness in the end, drying and yielding some retronasal flower aromas along with floral accents. Quite alright, unfortunately skunked, but whatever this is supposed to be, it is way closer to saison than to IPA...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bierridder_S (716) - BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2016
06/02/2016 – sample @ BAB shared with tderoeck, 77ships and kradel. Amber coloured with good white head. Nose is fruity, malty. Taste a bit same but overpowered by dyacetyl

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bartlebier (3496) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 8, 2016
75cl bottle and/or tap pour at BBF 2016, Festival Bier. - ZA. Virtually no nose besides yeasty dough, not even fresh one. Tastes like a duller Augustijn Blond with a bit of a grassy hop bite, the yeasty quince bitters, unripe peel - but by no means any of the used aroma hops coming to the fore. Alas another oldschool Belgian where the cartoon characters on the label are more memorable than the generic, implosive yeast bomb inside, exterminating all life and oxygen, coating the tongue in a yeast fur - quite a few beers did that this weekend actually. - Not the best starter/welcomer for a 21th century festival. - The real mystère: From Namibia to Lithuanian Honey Beer, Backdoor Cafe to Brugs Bierfestival, Strubbe can (and will) contract brew anything (cf. Haus der 131 Biere atrocities against international beer culture.). - Maybe at the 500th jubilee of the Reinheitsgebot, Belgium should convert to German Sharia and vice versa German brewers start brewing clean experiments - win, Old Europe, win?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (11232) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2016
Sampled at Brugge beer festival 2016. Hazy dark golden with an off white head. Aroma of light yeast, light fruits and malt. Flavour is light moderate sweet and bitter. Light medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40837) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2015
75 cl bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is grapefruity hoppy. Lingering fruity. Crisp. Bitter, fruity and crisp hoppy. Dry and bitter far finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jerre (3235) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2014
From tap @ Brugs Bierfestival (01.02.2014) Almost clear darkgolden to copper color, with creamy off-white head. Aroma: some sweet, hops, yeast, fruits (mango ?). Medium body. Taste: fruits, yeast notes, nice hops, bitterness. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (14269) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2014
Bottle @ Brugs Beertje, Brugge. Hazy dark orange to reddish color, full sized white head that lasts forever. Smell and taste malts, European (so probably Belgian) hops, decently bitter but also a slight sweet malty touch. Medium body and carbonation. Decent.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
VsXsV (3967) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle. Deep copper liquid with medium white head. Aroma of flowers, clove, spices, diacetyl, bread and raw sugar. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of butter, raw sugar and clove. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not good...

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