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


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RATINGS: 628   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2001
Very much like a lighter, dryer version of my favorite Van Steenberge, Piraat. Well balanced and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Presentation: Poured from a 330ml/11.2oz bottle in to a tulip glass. It has a nice golden amber color with a slight haze. The head was crazy big, white in color and foamy with stiff peaks. It had a very long retention time and left cool lacing on the glass. The aroma is full and has notes of sour apples and pears with earthy/funky Belgian yeast and doughy malts. It has a sour funky favor with some fruity esters as well. The first sip has a puckering affect on the palate. Then there is a dry earthy yeast flavor with some doughy malts and light fruity esters that give it some nice complexity. The body is light to medium with a somewhat thin texture that is alive with carbonation. Overall I really enjoyed this ale. It had a nice refreshing character that would work very well with a light lunch, sea food, mild cheese or fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Papillon (400) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2010
330 mL bottle. Gold body with a foamy white head. Rich sweet malts with complex fruity notes and a pear-banana overtone and a clover floral note; astringent hops top it off in the aroma. Nice flavor of sweet malts with a spicy note, yeast, green grapes, hops speak up in the aftertaste followed by a dry creamy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kodos (205) - USA - SEP 25, 2001
Great version of an Amber. Interesting taste, not too bitter, not too dry. Great balance, good head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kilgore41599 (98) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2002
I found this to be an outstanding beer, but I had it after an especially bad stout so my vision may be tainted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleslinger (2) - CANADA - DEC 30, 2003 does not count
Big, frothy head that leaves nice lace on the glass; watery start, grape and apricot palate, a bit of a thin finish. Nice tight carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2004
What a head. I had to wait ten minutes just to make the second pour. Very smooth. Nose is reminiscent of Unibroue beers. Same yeasty profile as the brewery from canada. However a better malt presence and with less yeasty dominance. Slightly dry. I could drink this in volumes. G-rat

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Bottle. Hazy orange-yellow, huge head. Slightly woody aroma followed by an excellent and straightforward flavor but with some nuances in there if you taste for it. This is like "The Simpsons" of beer; I can see appeal on many different levels. Some fruity flavors, mild holiday spice, crisp. Very good and satisfying finish; this would be a great fridge beer if I could get some of it around here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Dark amber color, thick tan head but no carbonation in the glass. Rose and grapefruit aroma blending with a mild hop scent in the end. Medium palate without the intense carbonation of many belgium styles. Lemon and citrus flavor combined with strong representations of wheat give Bruegel a rounded flavor. A mild but persistant taste of hops rounds out an excellently put together beer. This brand is largely unknown in the States but it should be tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 7, 2007
330ml bottle served in a Chimay chalice. Aroma is mild to moderate brett (barnyard), citrus, and light honey/caramel. I think it smells great, akin to Orval. Gold colored with a wispy head and light, but persistent carbonation. A small amount of yeast stays with the bottle. Tatse is tasty brett (barnyard/horseblanket), citrus (lemon), mildly earthy, minerally taste along with some nice, firm malt backing. Finishes dry, somewhat thin, but not too bad at all. My rating appears to be much higher than most, maybe I got an infected bottle? If so, thanks!

I seem to get brett character out of several Van Steenberge beers.

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