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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2008
If you didnt know better you would swear its a bottle of champagne. Fresh grains are sweet but other than that the beer is pretty uninteresting. vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11191) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Beermania. Thanks to Rikke for bringing this home to me.
Pours muddy yellow with a giant, frothy, white head. Aroma has lots of oranges, good yeast, sweet caramel and light funkiness. Medium smooth carbonation, fine mouthfeel. Flavour is a little limited, quite dry, lightly tart, good woody character. Light yeasty and funky finish with good hoppy dryness. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11255) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Bottle from the beer and chocolate shop next to Biere Temple in Brussels. Aromas of pale stone fruit, citrus and yeast. Poured 1 inch beer and 6 inches tan head. Probably my bad. Orange tinged gold color. Medium body with very smooth carbonation. It starts with sweet fresh fruit, a little caramel perhaps, and then some woody bitter slips in to cut the sugar. Ends lightly bitter and fruity/yeasty. Heck of a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Huge frothy head...fresh hay aroma, with lots of coriander. Nice clear pour, very effervescent, but when it calms down there is just too much stillness and a good bit of residual cotton candy sweetness. Any other flavor would be welcome besides a soft (softer than the aroma) coriander and sugar presence (OK... a late slight bitterness develops which is good). Drinkable, and I like that the ABV is relatively low.

Thanks for the bottle, Eugene - I really appreciate your generousity!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6379) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2008
330ml bottle from Bier Mania, Brussels. Golden coloured with a moderate white head. Sweetish aroma of coriander, yeast and grassy hops. Flavour of sweet malt, yeast, spice and honey, with a short dry finish. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogivlado (5791) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 30, 2008
Bottled(330ml). -as Mea Culpa Blond
Light hazy yellow/golden coloured, medium sized white head that went away fast. Very sparkling (like champagne). Strong peppery spicy coriander aroma with notes of yeast and fruits (apple and lemon). Touch of alcohol in the spicy finish. Odd but nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2008
(Bottle 33 cl) Courtesy of BelJohansen. Slightly hazy golden with a lively, lacing white head. Distinct aroma of coriander and a little yeast. Medium-bodied with sweet fruits and some rather perfumy coriander notes. Basically no bitterness. 260208

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (31474) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2008
33 cL bottle. Pours almost clear yellow with a white head. Light fruity and light spiced aroma. Flavour is sweet caramel and a mild yeast flavoured. Light spiced flavour following. Ends with a light Belgian yeast lingering finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomciccateri (1009) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 15, 2007
From a 33cl bottle at Beer Mania, poured a gold color. Light-bodied and overall very mellow in both the hops and malt. An OKAY Belgian blonde.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2007
Very pale blonde/straw colour. Massive rocky head. Very bright pale Belgian malt aroma, peppery spice and some light zesty lemony character. Soft mintiness as well that creates a very inviting quality. Flavour is excellent, bright combination of lemon and mint with a soft earthy yeast quality as well. The beer itself is bone-dry but there are lots of lovely fruity and citrusy flavours that give a sweet impression. Even a hint of ginger on the back. Very balanced. I wasn’t really expecting much from this contract brew, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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