Calisky (1132) - ALSACE, FRANCE - NOV 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bière bue cet hiver.
Couleur ambreé, légère mousse. Nez houblonné amer assez leger pour une ipa. Gout assez malté voir caramel doux, note de houblon fruité. Pas une ipa comme attendue.
Alengrin (2463) - BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
After Belgian micro breweries had succesfully adopted American-style IPAs, some of the larger family brewers followed their example and started making more mainstream examples, in an attempt to introduce the style to a larger audience. Belgium has a long tradition of adopting foreign beer styles so this might just work, but unfortunately this attempt by Van Honsebrouck failed, as it has been abolished again meanwhile. It had a thick, creamy, off-white head and pure amber colour with pretty sparkling; an aroma of grassy and slightly citrussy hops, walnuts, caramel, peach, iron, mango, pepper, cloves and orange peel; and a fresh, soft fruity taste with citrus sharpness, a sweetish, honeyish malt basis and a herbal and grassy hop bitterness, sprawling over tongue and throat, but less assertively than the more small-scaled examples from the micro breweries. Shame it didn’t work, as I am all for getting the Belgian beer drinking public more familiar with the style.
tderoeck (5148) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
3/VI/14 - 33cl bottle from De Zytholoog/Bierloods (Adegem) @ home - BB: III/10 (2014-587)
Clear deep amber beer, creamy irregular off-white head, very stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet, very floral, bit soapy, no, very soapy, some honey, caramel, metallic, bit oxidized. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: some citrus, pretty sourish and refreshing, grassy, then bitter hops. Aftertaste: malty touch, some caramel, still pretty hoppy, little sweet, bit metallic and a bitter ending. This one has aged very well! I liked it.
Quack-Duck (8147) - Down South, GERMANY - MAR 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. Hazy golden colour, mid-sized white head. Malty start, shy hopy, not as American IPAs, pleasanlty hoppy but not as expected.
kraddel (3623) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours light amber . Small white head
Smells like granny’s coat
Taste is still a bit bitter , even though its 8 years old . Floral and aromatic aspects have gone out , but i can tell they were there , in a way .
Good drinkability . Malty back
Trappist1 (575) - Diest, BELGIUM - DEC 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Old 2009 - 33cl bottle @ Kulminator. Light brownish, bit hazy, flat head, not that appealing to me. Nose is malty, honey, caramel, caramelized sugar. nose hints to a very sweet brew. taste: Is this an IPA, was this an IPA? This brew has been aged (very) well, but no traces anymore of any bitterness, fruitiness nor is it dry. It is an easy drinker, low carbo, soft and has a round body. Got some caramelized sugar, is sweet and gets finally a bitter touch in the finish.
77ships (4298) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2009 Vintage. Last one ever made. 33 cl. bottle sampled @ Kulminator. Dark amber with an off-white head. Nose is slightly herbal, heavy on the sweetness, lots of caramel malts, sweet spices, some oxidation notes but not too heavy. Taste is back to the sweetness, some oxidation, lots of candy notes, caramel, slight herbs, sugary, plenty of sugar, basically nothing in the way of bitterness. Body is still pretty malty, this is pretty solid for a 4 year old IPA, I debate just how much of an IPA this was to begin with, probably just a Belgian Ale with a smidgeon more of hops, that is all.
MarcoDL (2389) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the very first IPA’s I ever had, perhapes even the first. Brigand was early in catching up with the IPA-trend. I used to like it back then, but know I’ve tasted much better specimens.
olio (6521) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20100726.
Pours copper color with a small head. Aroma of ripe fruits, caramel and malts. Flavor of malts, caramel, ripe fruits and yeast.
laiti (5968) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl bottle @ hotel room, Bruges. Rated on 16.07.2010
Aroma has citrus, some apricot and floral notes. Flavour is somewhat hoppy with grassy notes, some citrus, apricot and floral notes. Nothing to do with IPA, but a decent Belgian ale anyway.