bobaidan (503) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 13, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
callmemickey (2469) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
DiarmaidBHK (3347) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
solidfunk (3567) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
nickd717 (3457) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
SilkTork (5151) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Abio (1550) - Waasland, BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
SPDickerman (913) - Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.