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BeerMania Mea Culpa

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


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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (8177) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle at Bier Mania, Ixelles, Brussels, Saturday 21st March 2015 I have the bitter version and Loz the sweeter standard blonde I guess, not a clue why they aren’t split. I am rating mine, hazy (clumsy pour) Nicely bitter reminds me a little of De Ranke XXX, maybe not quite as bitter but not far off. Lingering bitterness, dry finish. Soft carbonation, lemony in mouth. Good. A6 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gizmo_ber (189) - Steinwenden, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2014
A great blend of spice and malt that goes down easy. The brewers did a great job of putting together a solid beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lobs_ols (347) - LATVIA - DEC 2, 2014
Went for the more bitter one (or so the nice lady said), -030 bar code. Light semi-opaque gold, strong white head. Slight spicy aroma with some maltiness. Sweet with a definite bitter spine. Finishes bitter with slight wateriness. Okay.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alusmamuts (838) - LATVIA - NOV 22, 2014
Got two bottles with different barcodes: 5425020560016 and 5425020560030. The first one - amber (dark yellow) cloudy with medioum off-white head, bit creamy and fastly dissapearing. Mention "Blond" on the label. Sweet fruity aroma (yeast+hops). Taste honey sweet at the beginning with certain sourness, followed by herbal bitterness. Herbal bitterness aftertaste with honey flowerly sweetness touch. The seocnd bottle - much lighter (despite this one isn’t "blond") yellow clear with rich stable creamy head. Bit less strong aroma, taste mostly herbal bitterness with some sourness and touch of sweet, but the same herbal aftertaste, however without any sweetness. Both beers - 6,5% of alcohol. Rating contains best values of both (for instance: aroma for the first one, appearence - for the second).

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (3019) - 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?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
freretoc (1074) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marduk (3619) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - 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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Serapac (211) - 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

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