Benzai (14029) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Thompson. Clear dark orange to light amber color, medium sized off-white head. Smell and taste some malts, lightly herbs or spices, quite a firm bitterness. Decent body and carbonation. Hmm not bad.
Thompson (615) - - FEB 11, 2016
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle @ benzai.. medium white dense head.... clear amber colour... smell herbs yeasty.. taste is somewhat flat grassy but not much more....
altonbrownd (5628) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
6/18/2010 2:07:07 PM Bottle from Bierkoning. Dark orange body with huge head. Spicy and sweet nose. Taste is also quite sweet and spicy. Nice malty and spicy notes. Enjoyable.
Douberd (4824) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Captain Cooker) Stubby bottle 330 ml at home, served into a shaker. ABV 5.7%
I got this for 25 cents, itís seven years past its BBD to be completely honest. It opens with a slight psshh, carbonation still present. Pours an amber coloured beer with a decent sized tan light beige head, with pretty good retention too.
Aroma of port wine, herbal notes. I donít know if itís those manuka leaves or a result of time.
Taste has also lots of herbal notes, no sign of oxidation. Some vinous notes, juniper berries.
Medium thin body, good carbonation, light dryness on the palate.
Not bad at all. I may return to get more of those bottles.
Alengrin (4529) - BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Specialty ale with manuka leaves which James Cook allegedly used as a medicine for his men, brewed under license of The Mussell Inn, a New Zealand pub, which apparently invented the brand. Yellowish beige head, deep amber colour with copper hue, flowery and herbal aroma, I have no idea what manuka smells like but I suppose this is it, hints of lavender, mango, tea, pineapple, hazelnuts; taste has again the exotic touch of fruit and flowers, hint of tea which should be that manuka, nutty and caramelly malts, dryish spicy notes of pepper and ginger, finishing mildly bitter. I am not the greatest fan of exotic ingredients in beer and this is not my cup of tea - or manuka, if you will.
bartlebier (3387) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JAN 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Backlog: bottle@ZBF, 27/04/2013. In the Belgoo Lupoo category of pillowy perfumed beers, bordering on air freshener - this can at times actually cater to a need and did as my first airy entry at the ZBF. Feathery yeast, citrus zest hops, biscuit malts, leaving a slightly artificial palate. Weird surprise.
domienS (250) - Oostakker, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2013
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
pours a clear amber beer that is lightly saturated. Has a big white foamy head.
Smells like soap to be honest. I am trying to find something different in the aroma but it has this really dominant soap smell. I can smell a little bit of sulfur.
Tastes bitter but not very nice. I canít say the taste is balanced or pleasant. The same goes for the palate. It kinda tastes like it smells. Maybe if you are a fan of soap this beer is worth picking up.
gregorydewolf (2) - - JUN 15, 2013 does not count
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
, citrus, kruiden. Best lekker maar volgens mij geen topper. Wel verfrissend bij warm weer.
mike_77 (5399) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2013
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Aroma and flavour are floral, medicinal, herbal and soapy with a hint of hair removal cream. Rather unpleasant. I read that parakeets eat this manuka plant to rid themselves of parasites. My kitchen sink is now free of parasites...
tderoeck (8127) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 29, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
27/IV/13 - 33cl bottle @ Zythos Bierfestival (2013-418) Thanks to the Belgian ratebeer crew for sharing our beers today!
Clear amber beer, creamy off-white head, bit stable, non adhesive. Aroma: very spicy, weird, yeast, floral, sweet impression. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: floral, bitter touch, spices, more flower, black tea. Aftertaste: bitter, watery, weird, tea bitterness. Did not like this one.