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

bottled
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RATINGS: 600   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bruegel is an easy drinking soft and tasty amber ale. Thanks to the refermentation it offers more body, more head and more taste than most other American and Belgian Amber ales. It is brewed with Dutch barley and German hops. Although the bitterness is clearly present, it is not dominant.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobaidan (503) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Pours medium amber with a small head. Aroma is sweet with a hint of cherry. Medium in body with a bit of stickiness. Flavor is very sweet and unremarkable. A touch of fruity Belgian yeast keeps it drinkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 13, 2012
Dark red-brown colored with cloudy appearance. Little yellow head. Sweet chocolaty aroma with some grainy tone. Medium bodied. Flavor is more on roasted side with still grainy chocolate here, some yeasty-lemony note can also be found. Rather basic one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
callmemickey (2469) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 Reviewed from notes (2007). A: Hazy brown with a thick creamy tan head that slides down the glass at a nice pace.. S: Light apple and banana scent with some mellow soft malts and some clove spice T: Similar in taste as the smell would suggest... some fruits combine with the mellow malts and a dash of yeast... some alcohol comes through M: Light bodied with decent carbonation and some alcohol on the tongue O: Enjoyable but not as complex as one would like... good for a few before getting bored

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DiarmaidBHK (3347) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Bottle from total wine. Pours brown with an inch of white foam. Not much on the nose. Mouthfeel is thicker then I was expecting. Not much on the tongue. It’s Belgian like Stella is Belgian.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
solidfunk (3567) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Not bad. Some decent floral hops and a good head of foam on the pour. Colour isn’t that great but it’s an alright beer, as long as you’re not comparing it to the good Belgians.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3457) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
33cl bottle. Nice clear bright amber color with a one finger white head and some lacing. The aroma is simple with honey as the dominant note. Some caramel and Belgian yeast behind it. The flavor is sweet with caramel and honey, Belgian yeast, and tea notes. Medium body with carbonation a little on the higher side. Solid stuff overall. Enjoyable.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5151) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2011
Part of the Nice Carrefour crate during the Nice-Cannes Marathon week. A moderately malty sweet bitter. Nuts and raisins and a lingering powdery bitterness. Pleasant enough and well conditioned as is the way with the Belgians, but not remarkable. A bit like T.E.A., but conditioned with lively yeast and candi sugar. In the UK this would be classed a Bitter, in the US an Amber Ale, in France a Bier de Garde, as it is made in Belgian it is classed as a Belgian Ale. I hope that makes sense to someone.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Abio (1550) - Waasland, BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2011
Tap. Golden coloured, head should be a bit bigger, to cold served. Yeasty, watery, ok hopped, should’ve gotten a boost for sure. Mostly yeast.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SPDickerman (913) - Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Pours amber with small off-white head. Smells super malty with some hoppiness and Belgian yeastiness. Taste is kind of funky but not sour, some bitterness and some sweetness, but overall not what a "Belgian ale" or "amber ale" should taste like. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and average mouth-carbonation, Bruegel Amber Ale finishes kind of unimpressively: average is the best I can think of for this.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2011
12 ounce bottle
The last of a Belgian sampler pack, this particular release was a safe and unremarkable amber ale. Of the selections it was one of those beers that you could drink but would soon forget. There are no major flaws to speak of; however there are also few things to wow the palate.

Aroma / Appearance - The one huge issue was that the beer was a bit of a gusher. When it eventually settled down I was left with a chestnut colored base topped by a spoonful of topioca pudding. The nose was nutty with touches of caramel and malt. An overall sweetness provided some interest.

Flavor / Palate - Caramel, icing from a sweet cheesecake, and warm tea soothe the palate. The flavors soon fade on the back of the tongue. The silky finish was like cream pie after a sip of cool water. Overall not bad but there are simply too many other better Belgian releases to drink instead.


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