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BeerMania Mea Culpa Blond

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

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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Note (2/VI/15): We are splitting them up, today. This is for the "regular" version, that also states blond. If he sold you the "ipa" version, that’s without the word blond on the label, please enter your rating under the other version.

Important: if your rating is under the wrong version, contact and administrator, or enter a correction with the link to your rating, so we can move it.

"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 so far to tell which, until he has all contracts signed and papers worked out...


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5795) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2016
Bottle (old bottle – 2008 drank in 2016): Poured a clear golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with light fruity ester is pretty enticing considering the age of the bottle. Taste has light oxidation notes with some residual sugar notes with some fruity ester. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable though would probably be better if fresh.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mates (18) - POLAND - FEB 15, 2016
Butelka, przyjechała z Brukseli. Kolor jasny złoty, wysoka drobna piana szybko schodzi do gęstego kożucha, mocno oblepiając ścianki szkła. Silny aromat propolisu, korzenny, w tle estry owocowe. W smaku na początku goryczkowe korzenne (goździki, pieprz itd) i trochę taki bananowy posmak, który dodaje słodyczy temu dość wytrawnemu piwu. W miarę picia wychodzą też winogrona. Nagazowanie dla tego piwa zdaje się idealne, ładnie współgra z gęstością i paletą smaków. Na ogół wolałbym piwo mniej korzenne, a bardziej owocowe, ale tu wyszło nieźle. Piwo złożone, raczej do degustacji niż seryjnego pochłaniania. Polecam!

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
mateuszk (1584) - Poznań, POLAND - JUL 22, 2015
Bottle. Hazy and orange in colour, white weak head. In aroma fruity, malty with solid oxidation (cardboard). In taste fruity, slightly spicy with low bitterness. Dry in the finish. Weak one.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tderoeck (7877) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2015
12/VI/15 - 33cl bottle from Beer Mania (Brussels) @ home - BB: 13/XI/17 (2015-773)

Clear dark blond beer, big aery white head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of banana, sweet, bit floral, soapy. MF: lots of carbon, medium body. Taste: bit sweet, lots of overripe banana, fruity, some citrus, yeast. Aftertaste: lots of the same overripe banana, yeast, bit of coriander, sweet finish. Meh.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Refsgaard (6) - - JUN 22, 2015 does not count
Lækker lys øl, hvor en bitter eftersmag trænger igennem. Minder meget om en pilsner, hvilket den forholdsvise lave, i belgiske standarder, alkoholprocent også viser.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9351) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gizmo_ber (190) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lobs_ols (452) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alusmamuts (1454) - 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).

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
clauded2 (12) - 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.


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