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Brigand Belgian Ale

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Brewed by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ingelmunster, Belgium

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RATINGS: 606   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This rebellious Brigand is a dry bitter, blonde beer that re-ferments in the bottle. It used to be amber in colour; now it is pale blonde thanks to the use of pale malts and pils malt as well as unmalted wheat. Brigand tastes full in the mouth with a slightly malty aroma. It also has a slightly malty taste with accents of spices and hops. The hop bitterness comes through in the finish.

Ingredients: water, barley malt (Pale, Pilsener), unmalted wheat, sugar, hops, yeast, antioxidant (ascorbic acid).


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BenL8 (35) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 17, 2016
Pours hazy amber with fizzy foam. Spicy and boozy aroma, fruity, intense and heavy. Caramel and syrupy. Medium-heavy body, spicy, caramel. Estery-fruity, syrupy and sweet. Boozy. Not really bad but boring.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bijl (113) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2016
33cl fles. Ambergeel helder, witte schuimkraag die snel zakt naar een mooie laag. Schuimresten blijven mooi langs het glas plakken. Behoorlijk koolzuurpareling in het glas..... vind ik zelf altijd wel een mooi gezicht. Aroma: Zoete mouten, hint karamel, iets fruitig, lichte metalig, een een vleug Belgische giste esters (Banaan). Ook een geur van vers brood en boter. Smaak: Fruitig zoet, zoete mouten, iets peperig/gekruid en ietsje wrang. Behoorlijk wat alcohol warmte merkbaar.... het is ook 9% ABV. In de afdronk een redelijke nabitter. Ook zorgt de CO2 voor een aardige sprankeling. Toch drinkt deze Belgian Strong Ale redelijk makkelijk weg, body is medium en afdronk bitterzoet / wrang. Geheel niet slecht hoor..... het is van alles wat.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rayaron (1238) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - MAY 11, 2016
Bottle 330ml. Clear golden-yellow, fizzy with bubbly white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and ripe fruits (peach, banana). Sweet flavor, very alcoholic with notes of caramel and candy, ripe fruits, yeasts, light citrusy bitterness. Medium-bodied.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ttheilen (528) - USA - MAY 8, 2016
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Japalo (1723) - DENMARK - MAY 5, 2016
Bottle@bette ølhus with Stefan. Cellar musty notes. NOT offended by it. Dry. No hoppy notes. Fine but to strong alcoholic. Too high fermented! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (3841) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2016
330ml bottle @ Domino Steakhouse, Spa, Belgium. Pours clear pale gold, good white head. Aroma is sweet, sugary. Taste is a sweet Belgian blonde, light spice, sugar with a bright carbonation. Not bad but not really hitting the high notes.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fules (477) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - APR 18, 2016
Nagy kezdeti hab, ami gyorsan egy centisre apad, ez viszont már sokáig megmarad. Átlátszó, sötét borostyán színű. Illata enyhén édeskés, mézet érezni, komlót, virágillatot. Enyhén édeskés, kissé fűszeres, mérsékelten szénsavas, kissé élesztős. Testes, pár korty után telít.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DrNosha (1465) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 5, 2016
33cl Flasche. Goldenes Bier mit weissem Schaum. Duft nach Karamell und Alkohol. Süsser malzig-alkoholischer Geschmack.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
angel77 (2208) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 26, 2016
Botella 33 cl tomada en el Lupulo enero 2007. (r598). Fcpref 09..2008. Lote BRBR0929B1311. Belga sin muchos recuerdos. Bastante normal con una buena sensación alcohólica con 9 vol.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GoufCustom (1465) - HONG KONG - MAR 18, 2016


330 ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.

Clear light golden orange colour with thin traces of dirt like yeast sediments; One finger head with crumpet white foam which lasts for 3 minutes; Very good sticky lacing with active small carbonation; Fragrant aroma of malt, with apricot, light vanilla, caramel, quite strong alcohol, sugar, strong Bel yeast and light lemon; Strong sweet taste of fair malt, with light caramel, pretty strong alcohol, strong liquorices, ligt red fruits, strong molasses, light black pepper, light spices, Bel yeast, very light lime, light bitter hops and light grass; Medium body, slick and creamy palate; Mouth feel is fairly light maltyness in a thinned but very smooth background. Alcoholic but not as sweet as most Kasteel beers with fairly sharp liquorices. Not much fruity esters except bare bone red fruits. Slightly spice and peppery with very light lime to round. Simple and okay… Hoppiness is light lemon in nose. Pepper, spice, light lime and light grass in taste. Bitterness is moderately sharp for an abrupt, mid astringent bitter-sweet finish; Quite dry after taste. Creamy and slightly boozy to mouth.

Comments: Of all the Van Honsebrouck’s strong beers, this one is perhaps the least sweet and least boozy. Its nice head and creaminess is also quite appealing. On the other hand it’s too simple in aroma and taste to be impressive. Overall it’s a clean and safe BSA but nothing special.


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