Brewed by Brasserie de Blaugies
Style: Traditional Ale
Dour-Blaugies, Belgium


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RATINGS: 376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Ale brewed with fig juice. A traditional style named for John Darby, preacher of temperance whose parishioners were oddly moved by a "soft drink" they insisted was just fig juice...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2005
(Bottle 75 cl) Golden with a gigantic head and the typical Blaugies super carbonation. Lovely dry with some undefinable spices - none that appears very fig-like though. Actually this is more down Orval alley, although without the refined complexity of this beer. But still a nice one. 111097

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Fluffy and abundant carbonation tickles the nose with tiny pinpricks then settles into a warm mouthbuzz as it warms. Medium, mineralized, soft and slippery body. Aroma of prickly pears, figs, bananas, dough, yeast, salt, flowers, a bit of funk like a slightly damp musty root cellar in the chill fall, musk?, and sweet honey-like malt. Taste is warm, round, yeasty, fruity, some sweet herbal/spice notes, and lots of sweetness nicely balanced by some peppery acidity and light funk. Finish is long, sweet, and smooth, with an herbal fruity aftertaste. Impressive and drinkable, a lovely beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2005
Bottle. Quite a yeasty dry ale. Quite subtle in flavour, with some apple, flowers and citrus in aroma and flavour. Nice soft carbonation, with some pepper and herbs in the finish, quite nice, soft and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2005
It’s made with fig juice? It’s certainly noticeably fruity but I certainly wouldn’t have picked out figs. More grapey I’d say. But then I’ve never had a beer involving figs before so I don’t really know I might expect fermented fig juice to taste like. Cloudy, orangey colour. Dry and a bit musty, with a fair amount of acidity on the finish. Some citrus. Drinks quite easily but didn’t really get me going (so to speak). Bottled, at Catford Beer Festival 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Cloudy orange with a moderate to low carbonation and a nice lasting head but not much lace. moderately fruity and yeasty aroma with some citrus. Also some slightly hot and spicy hints in the aroma as it warms. Really smooth slightly tart flavor, malty, yeasty, herbal, and earthy- almost woodsy. Good body with a nice slightly citrusy, acidic and tart finish. Unlike any other beer I have had. Not excellent but pretty good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (12329) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 7, 2005
Bottled 375cl (BBE 2007)
Dark hazy orange, lots of big yeast particles, big foamy beige head. Fresh, yeasty and lemony aroma. Light, metallic, citrusy, weizen like beer with earthy notes. Oily, earthy, fruity aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2005
from a bottle served up by a Shelton Bro Dan at brewtopia. cloudy golden yellow color, short white head. aroma is funky, raisin, cherry, fig. yes, I also would not have guessed fig, but Dan enlightened me. very creamy mouthfeel, slightly sour, yeasty, slightly dry. thanks Shelton Bros!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2005
750 mL, corked & caged (unknown vintage, purchase June 2003, sampled April 2005): pretty pathetic cork removal, disappointing…must have waited to long with this one. No carbonation. Clear orange amber. Sweet, fruity aromatics, light malt and hints of alcohol. Also noticeable are a bit of must and significant cork. Sweet and tart grape flavour that is quickly diminishing on the tongue, but leaves me with a strange satisfaction. Though this one is clearly not it top condition, neither the aroma nor the flavour give indications of infection. I am off to find a fresh bottle...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8781) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2005
Bottle at Spring Brewtopia 2005... Poured from the bottom of the bottle so I got a ton of yeast. Totally murky, pear-colored ale. Apple esters, light smoke and spiced pear. Perfectly balanced. Pleasantly tart and spicy. Lightly sweet. Medium-bodied and fizzy. Crisp, clean, very dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2005
Brewtopia ’05. Hazy brown/orange body with off white head. I smelled raisins and other dark fruit. Taste was the same, lots going on. Very nice.

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