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BeerMania Mea Culpa

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Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Belgian Ale
Ertvelde, Belgium

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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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"In fermento veritas." Bière aux 10 épices (10 spices) BeerMania is not a brewery, the "Mea Culpa" (or Mea Maxima Culpa, the same in 75cl bottle - there is even Ultima Culpa, but that's an incredibly large artsy glass) is brewed upon Nassers' own recipe at a Belgian brewery. He declines sofar to tell which, untill he has all contracts signed and papers worked out...


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
clauded2 (10) - Brussels Area, Belgium, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2014
Bouteille 75cl : une Mea Maxima Culpa donc. Jolie couleur dorée orangée surmontée d’une mousse blanche peu épaisse qui disparaît rapidement tout en restant vive. Le nez révèle des épices, du malt et du houblon...normal pour une bière...difficile d’en faire l’analyse, tout se mélange. Nous sommes bien en Belgique par contre ;-) Corps moyen à léger, peu gazeux et goût bien épicé...du poivre reste en note majeure en arrière bouche. C’est bien assemblé, mais par contre à force de chercher l’équilibre absolu, le tout a peu de caractère...à mon sens. Beau travail, reste à oublier le pardon (mea culpa) et pousser la recette pour lui donner une personnalité un brin plus distinctive.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (1824) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2014
BeerMania’s ’housebeer’ to a recipe from the owner, with an exuberant, very expensive glass accompanying it. Thick, rocky, creamy, snow white head, deep ’old gold’ colour with lively sparkling. Strong sweet aroma of exotic fruits and spices (apparently 10 different spices are used here), impressions of mandarin, peach, honey, vanilla, cider, banana liqueur, floral hops, aniseed, ginger, cloves. Fruity taste with citrussy freshness, pretty strong carbo, smooth, apple, honey, aromatic dried spices, soft finish with sourish accent, sweetish but not cloying, mild flowery hops, no real bitterness. Weird but enjoyable spice beer - if Van Steenberge is indeed capable of this, then why don’t their own regular beers show more ambition?

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
freretoc (716) - Besançon, FRANCE - AUG 13, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33cl, couleur blonde, mousse et effervescence moyenne, une bière avec une attaque sur les épices genre cumin ou encore cardamome, un peu malté elle finit sur une note de poivre, juste agréable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marduk (2749) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 20, 2014
330ml bottle. Clear golden color. Medium size, bubbly white head, stays. Yeasty, fruity, sweetish notes in aroma. Herbal, spruce?, yeast, straw in taste. High carbonation. Medium spicy bitterness. Typical Belgian.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BoBoChamp (5480) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2014
33cl, exclusive brew, from Beer Mania Brussels, complex brew, floral/malty and slightly spicy/bitter, balanced, hazy, rocky head, nice brew

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Serapac (110) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 30, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2014 Bottle. Hazy orange, medium white head. Aroma tutti fruti, taste likewise, mostly sweet, not much on the palate. Mediocre belgian ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sparf (120) - Östersund, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2014
Stiltypisk i doft och utseende. Vacker ljus färg och en hyfsat varaktig skumkrona. I doften hittar jag jäst och en parfymaktig tallbarrston mot en fruktig bakgrund. Mycket fruktig och tämligen söt i smaken. Dock balanserat med ett lätt, beskt anslag. Tyvärr gifter sig inte karaktärerna till en balans och det som kunde blivit en trevlig komplexitet framstår som spretigt på grund av ett ofärdigt genomförande. Rund, fyllig kropp och med en trevligt torr avslutning. I eftersmaken tonar dock banan sötad med vitt socker upp. Ingen hit.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrHangover (2456) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2014
Bottle, courtesy of worldbeertaste. Pours a clear golden beer with a thick white head on top. Aroma is yeasty, bready with some slight unripe fruits in there. Flavor is rather boring, typical Belgian ale. Slight sour, yeasty notes on top of high carbonation levels. Not so impressive.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
worldbeertaste (1654) - AUSTRIA - JAN 5, 2014
Hazy gold with a white sticky lasting, lacy frothy head. Smells of yeast and fruit with some fresh bread. Typical but still nice. Medium oily frothy dry body. Sweet taste of fruity malt with yeast and a bitter grassy finish. Refreshing enough but a typical Belgian beer nonetheless..

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (4475) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Worldbeertaste. Poured hazy light amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is yeasty citrus. The flavour is light bitter with a big Belgian yeast hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.


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